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What symptoms of schizophrenia are associated with suicide?

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In general, the core symptoms of psychosis -- hallucinations and delusions -- seem to have a weaker link to suicide than symptoms such as:

  • Hopelessness
  • Negative outlook on life
  • Sense of worthlessness
  • Awareness that schizophrenia is negatively affecting how the person thinks

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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