schizophrenia are more likely to exhibit
violent behavior than those without a psychiatric condition.1 The only other group that regularly displays violent behavior
are those with alcohol
dependence problems. Those with both schizophrenia and
alcohol problems are the most likely to commit violent acts.
Violence is one of the reasons someone with schizophrenia needs
hospitalization. It is a way to protect the person or those around him or her
hallucinations often associated with the violence
Common signs that can indicate someone with schizophrenia may become
Talking about violence, especially when directed
toward specific people or groups of people (such as past coworkers) or places,
such as churches or government buildings.
Talking, writing, or
drawing about death and violence.
Having unexplained mood changes
or behaving aggressively or violently. Aggressive acts may include teasing and
taunting other people by calling them names; threatening, making fun of, or
playing mind games with other people; or making threatening phone
Buying or talking about having weapons or other means, such
as poisons, that could hurt or kill people.
responsibility for his or her actions or saying that the actions are justified
because of how he or she has been treated.
Drinking alcohol or
using illegal drugs more frequently.
Increased fears of other people (paranoia).
someone that he or she hears voices telling him or her to hurt or kill another