Completed suicide in a case of clinically diagnosed progressive supranuclear palsy

Jennifer Wiener, Maria Moran, Marc W. Haut

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Abstract

We present the clinical history and the cognitive and behavioral presentations of a male patient with suspected progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) who fatally shot himself in the head. We believe his act of suicide was the consequence of impulsivity, rather than primary depression or mood disturbance. In cases of suspected PSP and other atypical parkinsonisms, health professionals must be aware of neurobehavioral risk factors for suicide attempts and completions to promote patient safety; however, the literature on this topic is sparse. Our case highlights the potentially lethal consequences of impulsivity and other neuropsychiatric symptoms in PSP and related syndromes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)289-292
Number of pages4
JournalNeurodegenerative disease management
Volume5
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2015

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