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Suicide What are the risk factors for suicide? Research shows that risk factors for suicide include: depression and other mental disorders, or a substance-abuse disorder (often in combination with other mental  disorders). More than 90 percent of people who die by suicide have these risk factors. 2   stressful life events, in combination with other risk factors, such as depression. However, suicide and suicidal  behavior are not normal responses to stress; many people have these risk factors, but are not suicidal.  prior suicide attempt  family history of mental disorder or substance abuse  family history of suicide  family violence, including physical or sexual abuse  firearms in the home, 3  the method used in more than half of suicides  incarceration  exposure to the suicidal behavior of others, such as family members, peers, or media figures. 2 Research also shows that the risk for suicide is associated with changes in brain chemicals called neurotransmitters,  including serotonin. Decreased levels of serotonin have been found in people with depression, impulsive disorders, and a  history of suicide attempts, and in the brains of suicide victims. Schizophrenia What are the symptoms of schizophrenia? The symptoms of schizophrenia fall into three broad categories: Positive symptoms  are unusual thoughts or perceptions, including hallucinations, delusions, thought disorder, and  disorders of movement.  Negative symptoms  represent a loss or a decrease in the ability to initiate plans, speak, express emotion, or find 
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