Dangerous behaviour preceding first admissions for schizophrenia.

  title={Dangerous behaviour preceding first admissions for schizophrenia.},
  author={Martin S. Humphreys and Eve C. Johnstone and J Fiona Macmillan and Pamela Jane Taylor},
  journal={The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science},
Of 253 patients in their first schizophrenic episode, 52 behaved in a way threatening to the lives of others before their admission to hospital. These 52 patients were studied from data collected at the time of their initial presentation. Despite a history of illness in excess of 1 year in 24 cases, and evidence that violence was motivated by psychotic symptoms in 23 cases, fewer than half of the patients were admitted to hospital as a direct result of their dangerous behaviour. Life… CONTINUE READING

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