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Are people with schizophrenia dangerous?

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Most people with schizophrenia are not violent. They typically prefer to withdraw and be left alone. But sometimes people with mental illness may do dangerous or violent things, often as a result of losing touch with reality and from feelings of being threatened in some way by their surroundings.

It's more likely that someone with schizophrenia is a danger to themselves. Suicide is the No. 1 cause of early death among people with schizophrenia.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Schizophrenia."

MedicineNet.com: "Schizophrenia."

National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Schizophrenia."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Schizophrenia."

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation: "Schizophrenia."

Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 21, 2020

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Schizophrenia."

MedicineNet.com: "Schizophrenia."

National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Schizophrenia."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Schizophrenia."

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation: "Schizophrenia."

Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 21, 2020

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