Early Phases of Schizophrenia and Depression: Prediction of Suicide

  • Jerry F. Westermeyer
  • Martin Harrow


As prospective studies of representative samples of schizophrenics and other types of psychotic and nonpsychotic patients have increased (1–5), suicide has been recognized as a major problem which merits greater concern on the part of clinicians and policy makers alike. For mentally disturbed samples, literature reviews suggest that the suicide rate may range from 10% to 15% among the major mental disorders (1,45). For the general population, suicide is a leading cause of death among adults under forty years of age, and suicide rates have been increasing since 1955 with a slight decrease in the late 1970s (6).


Suicide Rate Psychotic Disorder Index Hospitalization Psychotic Patient Commit Suicide 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jerry F. Westermeyer
    • 1
  • Martin Harrow
    • 1
  1. 1.Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Centre Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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