The Causal Link between Major Depressive Disorder, Suicidal Behavior and Filicide

7 Pages Posted: 16 May 2019

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Gabriel Tanasescu

University of Craiova Faculty of Law

Date Written: April 25, 2019


This article describes the causal link between major depressive disorder, suicidal behavior and filicide. The filicide perpetrator is a person affected by major depressive disorder, the passage to the act does not manifest itself as an ordinary delinquent act, but has a specific etiology that sometimes involves suicidal behavior and conjugal crime. In 2014, Turhan Canli publishes in the Biology of Mood & Anxiety Disorders a study on the re-conceptualization of the major depressive disorder as an infectious disease in which he suggests that major depression may result from a parasitic, bacterial or viral infection. Major depression and antisocial personality disorder can trigger the transformation of the criminal ego by overcoming the barrier of moral and religious inhibitions, emphasizing the transition to the crime. From a psychoanalytic and victimological point of view, the destructive attachment of the victims of marital crime that return to the aggressor after being physically abused is also analyzed.

Keywords: antisocial personality, filicide, major depressive disorder, suicidal behavior, the victim of domestic violence

Suggested Citation

Tanasescu, Gabriel, The Causal Link between Major Depressive Disorder, Suicidal Behavior and Filicide (April 25, 2019). RAIS Conference Proceedings - The 12th International RAIS Conference on Social Sciences & Humanities. Available at SSRN: or

Gabriel Tanasescu (Contact Author)

University of Craiova Faculty of Law ( email )

Calea Bucuresti nr. 107 D
Craiova, Dolj 200585

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