A childhood learning disability that predisposes those afflicted to adolescent and adult depression and suicide risk

J Learn Disabil. 1989 Mar;22(3):169-75. doi: 10.1177/002221948902200305.


A particular subtype of learning disability (nonverbal learning disability) is described. This subtype of individuals with learning disability is seen to be at particular risk for depression and suicide. The origins of the study of this subtype of learning disability, its incidence in various forms of neurological disease, disorder, and dysfunction, and its behavioral and socioemotional manifestations (including its association with significant internalized forms of psychopathology) are described. A case history of a young woman who manifests this disability and who has attempted suicide on three occasions is also presented.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adjustment Disorders / etiology*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Learning Disabilities / psychology*
  • Motor Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Risk Factors
  • Suicide, Attempted / psychology*
  • Syndrome