Parasomnia Pseudo-Suicide

    Volume 48, Issue 5 (September 2003)

    ISSN: 0022-1198


    Published Online: 1 September 2003

    Page Count: 5

    (Received 3 April 2003; accepted 29 March 2003)


    Complex behaviors arising from the sleep period may result in violent or injurious consequences, even death. Those resulting in death may be erroneously deemed suicides. A series of case examples and review of the pertinent literature are provided to increase awareness of the possibility that some apparent "suicides" are the unfortunate, but unintentional, consequence of sleep-related complex behaviors and therefore are without premeditation, conscious awareness, or personal responsibility. The correct cause-of-death determination in such cases may have profound social, religious, and insurance implications for surviving friends and family members.

    Paper ID: JFS2002399

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS2002399

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    Title Parasomnia Pseudo-Suicide
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30