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September 1972

Electroencephalographic Correlates of Suicide Ideation and Attempts

Author Affiliations

Glen Oaks, NY
From Hillside Hospital, Glen Oaks, NY.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1972;27(3):363-365. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1972.01750270067010

Without knowledge of electroencephalographic results, the histories of 219 consecutive psychiatric admissions were evaluated for presence and degree of (1) suicidal ideations, (2) suicide attempts, and (3) assaultive-destructive behavior. Patients displaying significant symptomatic suicidal and/or destructive behavior were contrasted in terms of EEG results with a control group of patients totally free of suicidal or assaultive symptoms. Results indicated that, for both males and females, there was a positive, significant association between paroxysmal EEGs and suicide ideation alone, suicide ideation plus attempts, and assaultive-destructive behavior without a suicidal component.