Healio: New research shows that individuals with schizophrenia and comorbid insomnia are at increased risk for suicidal ideation.

“Given the relative paucity of studies on insomnia and suicidal thinking and behavior in schizophrenia, we attempted to replicate previous findings, as positive associations would underscore the importance of recognition and treatment of insomnia in these patients,” Brian J. Miller, MD, PhD, MPHof the department of psychiatry and health behavior at Augusta University’s Medical College of Georgia, and colleagues wrote.

The investigators used regression models to evaluate associations between current insomnia; suicidal ideation over the past 2 weeks; suicide attempt in the past 6 months evaluated via either the Calgary Depression Scale for Schizophrenia or self-report; and current psychopathology for individuals with baseline data from the Clinical Antipsychotic trials of Intervention Effectiveness.

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