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What are some things that lead people with schizophrenia to have suicidal thoughts?

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Sometimes, suicide risk rises when someone with schizophrenia leaves a hospital. They may see staffers and other patients as central to their life and feel hopeless without them.

Becoming more aware of their illness can lead some to suicidal thoughts. That’s especially likely in younger people who used to have healthy lives and now see how much they've lost.

And some antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs warn of higher risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in children and young adults.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Schizophrenia."

Pompili, M.  , March 16, 2007. Annals of General Psychiatry

FamilyDoctor.org: "Schizophrenia."

Hawton, K.   2005. The British Journal of Psychiatry,

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 16, 2020

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Schizophrenia."

Pompili, M.  , March 16, 2007. Annals of General Psychiatry

FamilyDoctor.org: "Schizophrenia."

Hawton, K.   2005. The British Journal of Psychiatry,

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 16, 2020

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