Schizophrenia and Suicide
You can have schizophrenia and be happy. I’m doing well and managing my voices better. Doing things I like and following my psychiatrist’s advice is really helpful. Talking with a group of people who hear voices is also very liberating.
What are schizophrenia spectrum disorders?
The schizophrenia spectrum includes a number of disorders with similar causes and symptoms, including schizotypal personality disorder, delusional disorder, brief psychotic disorder, schizophreniform disorder, and schizophrenia.
Symptoms of schizophrenia spectrum disorders
The following symptoms may indicate the presence of a schizophrenia spectrum disorder:
- Disinterest in human relationships and intense anxiety about intimacy
- Superstitious beliefs
- Delusions (ideas that are held despite evidence to the contrary)
- Disorganized speech (speech that doesn’t match the intended meaning)
- Symptoms of depression (difficulty sleeping, sleeping longer than usual, loss of interest in usual activities, etc.)
- Suicidal thoughts
Schizophrenia spectrum disorders and suicidal thoughts
People with schizophrenia spectrum disorders may have suicidal thoughts. If this is the case for you, consult the following sections:
01 Taking stock of your mental health
The first step toward taking back control is identifying what’s causing your suicidal thoughts.
02 Taking care of yourself
There are a number of things you can do to protect yourself and regain your balance when you’re having suicidal thoughts.
03 Talking about it with your loved ones
Asking for help from your family and friends isn’t always easy. There are different ways of going about it.
04 Finding support services
Every day, all sorts of people contact support services to get the help they need.
Do you have a schizophrenia spectrum disorder?
Symptoms associated with schizophrenia spectrum disorders can be stabilized. If you have symptoms that correspond with these disorders, first call Info-Social at 811, option 2, to discuss your situation with a psychosocial worker and be referred, if necessary, to resources in your area that can provide support.