Suicide risk in schizophrenia: learning from the past to change the future

  title={Suicide risk in schizophrenia: learning from the past to change the future},
  author={Maurizio Pompili and Xavier F. Amador and Paolo Girardi and Jill M Harkavy-Friedman and Martin Harrow and Kalman Kaplan and Michael Krausz and David Lester and Herbert Y Meltzer and Jiř{\'i} Modestin and Lori P Montross and Preben Bo Mortensen and Povl Munk-J\orgensen and Jimmi Nielsen and Merete Nordentoft and Pirjo Irmeli Saarinen and Sidney Zisook and Scott T. Wilson and Roberto Tatarelli},
  journal={PLoS Biology},
  pages={e343 - 2741}
Suicide is a major cause of death among patients with schizophrenia. Research indicates that at least 5–13% of schizophrenic patients die by suicide, and it is likely that the higher end of range is the most accurate estimate. There is almost total agreement that the schizophrenic patient who is more likely to commit suicide is young, male, white and never married, with good premorbid function, post-psychotic depression and a history of substance abuse and suicide attempts. Hopelessness, social… CONTINUE READING
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