Friday, September 20, 2019

The risk of suicide

Q: 20 years old male with no previous history is admitted to ICU after a suicide attempt. Psychiatry service diagnosed him with schizophrenia. All of the following are risk factors for suicide except

A) Male 
B) High school drop-out
C) Active hallucinations 
D) Family history of suicide 
E) Substance Abuse 

Answer: B

The risk of suicide is high especially at the onset of schizophrenia. The risk goes further high in young and highly educated males with the presence of insight. Other risk factors include prior suicide attempts, depression, active hallucinations and delusions, family history of suicide and substance abuse.



Hor K, Taylor M. Suicide and schizophrenia: a systematic review of rates and risk factors. J Psychopharmacol 2010; 24:81.

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