Kids ‘Hearing Voices’ May Be at High Suicide Risk

Among teens in a new study from Ireland, those who reported hearing voices were at greatly elevated risk of attempting suicide within the year compared to their peers with or without mental disorders who did not experience voices.

Considered a symptom of psychosis, hearing voices was linked to a nearly 70-fold higher likelihood of a suicide attempt over the course of a year in the study of 13-to-16 year olds. That could make the symptom a valuable early-warning sign for parents to act on, according to the study’s authors.

The relationship between suicide and these symptoms had not previously been known.

By Kathryn Doyle, Reuters

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