Year: 1986 Source: British Journal of Psychiatry, v.148, (May 1986), p.554-559 SIEC No: 19870029

Hospital records for 104 schizophrenic patients, 15 of whom subsequently committed suicide, were rated blindly for individual depressive symptoms comprising DSM III major depressive episode, and for hopelessness. Results indicate that a large number of patients experienced major depressive episodes and that these could be reliably identified. The relationship between depression and suicide disappears when hopelessness is taken into account.