Schizophrenia as a disorder that highlights a diversified set of symptoms expressed differently across patients and also is differentiated largely over the course of illness. A new study published in the Schizophrenia Research journal states that the suicide rate is higher among those diagnosed with schizophrenic.
According to ANI reports, lead author Dr Juveria Zaheer, Clinician Scientist at the CAMH Institute for Mental Health Policy Research said, “What this study teaches us is that although people with SSD are at higher risk for suicide, we can target those at the highest risk with changes in policy and treatment.”
“In the past, clinicians have focused on treating the psychosis itself when it first appears. This study shows that treatment has to include suicide prevention safety planning as well from the very beginning,” remarked senior author Dr Paul Kurdyak, Director, Health Outcomes and Performance Evaluation, CAMH Institute for Mental Health Policy Research and Clinician Scientist at ICES.
The most common symptoms of schizophrenia:
* Remaining aloof, loss of interest, and social withdrawal.
* Muttering and smiling to oneself.
* Disturbance in thinking and perception in the form of delusions, hallucinations and unusual bodily sensations.
* They may hear voices or see images, which in reality may not exist.
* Irrelevant or incoherent speech.