People Suffering From Schizophrenia Have Higher Risk Of Commiting Suicide

People Suffering From Schizophrenia Have Higher Risk Of Commiting Suicide

People Suffering From Schizophrenia Have Higher Risk Of Commiting Suicide

New Delhi: A study has shown that nearly 12% of the suicide cases were diagnosed with schizophrenia. Among the people who died and had schizophrenia, every one in five was found to be in between age of 25 and 34. On the other hand in non-schizophrenic cases the numbers are lowered to one in ten.

Juvera Zaheer, the author from Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Canada said,"This is shocking. We need to emphasize the importance of assessing the risk of suicide in younger patients with schizophrenia, particularly early in the course of illness.”

In the study, published in the journal Schizophrenia Research, the team analysed data from 5,650 suicide cases in Ontario, Canada.

They found that, 663 cases that is 11.7 per cent of the entire sample had schizophrenia-related diagnosis.

While the study is mainly focused on the population from Ontario in Canada, the "finding points to an opportunity to intervene, and raises the question of whether there's a role for a suicide risk assessment and management with every young person with schizophrenia," Zaheer added.

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She further said, that the assessments may not be top of mind among clinicians, who are focused on managing their patients' hallucinations and delusions. But the younger schizhophreniac patients are more engaged with health care systems, hence the clinicins need to be cutious about the risk of suicide among their patients.

The research has suggested that the risk of suicides might be different for those with schizophrenia compared to those with other illnesses, and looking at patterns across a population is one way to identify these risks.

                                                                        

(Inputs From News Agency IANS)

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