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Psychiatr Clin North Am. 1997 Sep;20(3):625-40.

Management of the suicidal patient with schizophrenia..

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Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University, New York, New York, USA.


No matter what the course of treatment determined to be most appropriate, suicidal behavior must be considered thoroughly, and it must be conveyed to the patient that the clinician can assist him or her through this period of increased distress. Hopelessness must be viewed as a symptom with the assumption that a more meaningful sense of purpose will emerge despite the chronic and potentially limiting nature of schizophrenia. Most people with schizophrenia are not suicidal, and most who are suicidal can be offered interventions that will reduce their symptomatology and thereby dissipate their suicidal behavior.

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