Schizophrenia could be responsible for over 10% of all suicides, a new study finds.
Investigating the 5650 suicides committed between 2008 and 2012 in Ontario, Canada, a recent study established that 12% involved individuals with schizhoprenia spectrum disorders (SSD).
The prevalence rate of SSD is estimated at 1% of the general population.
Compared to other cases, these victims were younger, poorer, and utilized more health services (even compared to a subpopulaion with severe mental illness.)
Schizophrenia is a severe psychiatric condition characterized by hallucinations, delusions, and disorganized speech and behavior; and this study highlight the potentially deadly nature of this disorder.