Suicidal behavior in schizophrenia and depression: A comparison

Enrique Baca-Garcia, M. Mercedes Perez-Rodriguez, Carmen Diaz Sastre, Jeronimo Saiz-Ruiz, Jose De Leon

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The aim of this study was to compare the frequencies and suicide attempt characteristics in patients with schizophrenia (N=25) and major depression in absence of schizophrenia (N=107). There were no significant differences in attempt methods, but attempters with schizophrenia reported a lower number of life events influencing the attempt (2.0 vs. 2.6), less influence of life events on the attempt (42% vs. 83%) and lower GAF scores (36 vs. 50). Schizophrenia was not associated with higher impulsivity scores but with significantly more lethal attempts (40% vs. 29%) and with a trend toward (p=0.08) higher scores in aggressive behavior history.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-81
Number of pages5
JournalSchizophrenia Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 1 2005

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The study was supported by a 1999 and 2001 National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) Young Investigator Awards and Young Investigator Awards to Enrique Baca-Garcia M.D. Margaret T. Susce, R.N. M.L.T. helped with editing of this article.


  • Depression
  • Risk factors
  • Schizophrenia
  • Suicide
  • Suicide attempts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry


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