People with schizophrenia are more likely to exhibit violent behavior than those without a psychiatric condition.1 The only other group that regularly displays violent behavior are those with alcohol abuse or dependence problems. Those with both schizophrenia and alcohol problems are the most likely to commit violent acts.
Violence is one of the reasons someone with schizophrenia needs hospitalization. It is a way to protect the person or those around him or her until the delusions or hallucinations often associated with the violence pass.
Common signs that can indicate someone with schizophrenia may become violent include:
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Miklos Ferenc Losonczy, MD, PhD - Psychiatry|
|Last Revised||August 19, 2010|
Last Revised: August 19, 2010
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