Cookies on this website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Continue' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

OBJECTIVE: To examine the association between co-morbid personality disorder (PD) and suicidal behaviour over a 2-year period in a sample of patients with psychosis. METHOD: A total of 670 patients with established psychotic illness were interviewed using a battery of instruments including a screen for co-morbid PD. The prevalence of attempted and completed suicide was measured over the next 2 years using multiple data sources. Logistic regression was used to examine whether those with co-morbid PD were at greater risk of suicidal behaviour compared with others. RESULTS: One hundred and eighty six patients (28%) were rated as having a co-morbid PD. After adjusting for all covariates, patients with co-morbid PD were significantly more likely to attempt or complete suicide over the 2-year period (adjusted odds ratio: 1.87; 95% CI: 1.02-3.42). CONCLUSION: Co-morbid PD is independently associated with an increased risk of suicidal behaviour in psychosis. Early assessment of personality status should be part of the routine assessment of all psychiatric patients.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Acta Psychiatr Scand

Publication Date

06/2003

Volume

107

Pages

441 - 448

Keywords

Adult, Comorbidity, Female, Follow-Up Studies, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Odds Ratio, Personality Assessment, Personality Disorders, Prevalence, Psychotic Disorders, Risk Factors, Suicide, Attempted