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In a two-year study of patients admitted to hospital after deliberate self-poisoning or self-injury, a fivefold excess of patients with epilepsy was found compared with general population prevalence rates. Males with epilepsy were particularly over-represented. Patients with epilepsy were prone to make repeat attempts. Anticonvulsants, particularly barbiturates, were used in most cases of self-poisoning.

Original publication

DOI

10.1136/jnnp.43.2.168

Type

Journal article

Journal

Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry

Publication Date

01/01/1980

Volume

43

Pages

168 - 170