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Objective: To investigate the frequency of suicidal ideation in diagnosed pa- tients of schizophrenia.
Methodology: This cross sectional analysis was conducted on in-door patient of Department of Psychiatry, Nishtar Hospital, Multan who were diagnosed with schizophrenia from March 2016 to September 2016. One hundred and fifty pa- tients were selected for this purpose in accordance with the inclusion and exclu- sion criteria. Beck scale for suicidal ideation was used to figure out the frequen- cy of suicidal ideation. Data was entered & analyzed by using SPSS version 23.0.
Results: A total of 150 patients were selected. Among these, 87 (58%) were male patients and remaining 63 (42%) were females. Mean age of the patients was 28.21 ±5.91 years. Suicidal ideation was found in 38 (25.33%) of schizophrenic patients. Male patients having suicidal ideation were 26/87 (29.88%) and female patients having suicidal ideation were 12/63 (19.04%). Severe suicidal ideation was found in 01 (1.6%) female and 5 (5.7%) male patients.
Conclusion: Suicidal ideation was found in a significant number of patients with schizophrenia. Suicidal ideation was more common and more severe in male patients compared to females.
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