Schizophrenia: Warning Signs of ViolenceSkip to the navigation
While most people with schizophrenia are not violent, violence is one of the reasons someone who has schizophrenia may need hospitalization. It is a way to protect the person or those around him or her until thedelusionsorhallucinationsoften associated with the violence pass.
Common signs that can indicate someone with schizophrenia may become violent include:
- Talking about violence, especially when directed toward specific people or groups of people (such as past coworkers) or places, such as churches or government buildings.
- Talking, writing, or drawing about death and violence.
- Having unexplained mood changes or behaving aggressively or violently. Aggressive acts may include teasing and taunting other people by calling them names; threatening, making fun of, or playing mind games with other people; or making threatening phone calls.
- Buying or talking about having weapons or other means, such as poisons, that could hurt or kill people.
- Not taking responsibility for his or her actions or saying that the actions are justified because of how he or she has been treated.
- Drinking alcohol or using illegal drugs more frequently.
- Increased fears of other people (paranoia).
- Telling someone that he or she hears voices telling him or her to hurt or kill another person.
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Christine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health
Current as ofDecember 7, 2017
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