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Asperger syndrome related suicidal behavior: two case studies

Authors Kocourkova J, Dudova I, Koutek J

Received 1 June 2013

Accepted for publication 30 August 2013

Published 22 November 2013 Volume 2013:9 Pages 1815—1819

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/NDT.S49289

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Jana Kocourkova, Iva Dudova, Jiri Koutek

Department of Child Psychiatry, Charles University Second Faculty of Medicine, University Hospital Motol, Prague, Czech Republic

Abstract: Asperger syndrome hinders adaptation to developmental challenges during childhood and adolescence, particularly with regard to interpersonal relationships. Individuals with Asperger syndrome display lack of empathy and limited ability to understand social and emotional exchanges with other people. Individuals with Asperger syndrome are significantly exposed to the risk of suicidal behavior, especially during adolescence. The authors describe cases of suicidal behavior in two adolescent boys with Asperger syndrome.

Keywords: Asperger syndrome, suicidal behavior, adolescence

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