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Why do schizophrenics have a higher rate of suicide? What causes them to commit suicide?

5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Anthony Vertino
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Part of the disorder

Schizophrenics have a higher rate of mortality due to the nature of the disorder. The causes of suicidal behavior are not as predictable or consistent and are likely to be unique to the individuals and their thought processes.

In brief: Part of the disorder

Schizophrenics have a higher rate of mortality due to the nature of the disorder. The causes of suicidal behavior are not as predictable or consistent and are likely to be unique to the individuals and their thought processes.
Dr. Anthony Vertino
Dr. Anthony Vertino
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Dr. Jonathan Shedler
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Lots of reasons

Lots of reasons. Schizophrenia can cause terrible emotional pain from which a person may want to escape.
They may have hallucinations or delusions that they are being attacked or persecuted. They may be afraid they will harm someone else. They may see no hope for their future. They may be unable to hold a job or maintain a home. Some end up homeless. All of these things can play a role.

In brief: Lots of reasons

Lots of reasons. Schizophrenia can cause terrible emotional pain from which a person may want to escape.
They may have hallucinations or delusions that they are being attacked or persecuted. They may be afraid they will harm someone else. They may see no hope for their future. They may be unable to hold a job or maintain a home. Some end up homeless. All of these things can play a role.
Dr. Jonathan Shedler
Dr. Jonathan Shedler
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Hallucinations

Imagine having hallucinations thousands of times more terrifying than any horror movie ever made, and not being able to control those hallucinations which can occur at any time, and for hours.
The sufferer is warn down by sleep loss and prolonged exposure to deeply visceral terror from which there appears to be no escape handy. This is what outs them at suicidal risk.

In brief: Hallucinations

Imagine having hallucinations thousands of times more terrifying than any horror movie ever made, and not being able to control those hallucinations which can occur at any time, and for hours.
The sufferer is warn down by sleep loss and prolonged exposure to deeply visceral terror from which there appears to be no escape handy. This is what outs them at suicidal risk.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Dr. Andrew Berry
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