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How can command hallucinations contribute to suicide risk?

Many people with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, and in some cases with depression, hear voices. These voices may be uncomfortable, demoralizing, threatening or commanding. By no means all people with a psychotic disorder suffer command voices and the majority of these do not act upon them. However, it is possible that someone can die by suicide as a result of acting on his/her voices. Voices are very real to people and are not like thoughts running through one's head, but rather like someone in the room telling you to do something. An example would be voices telling them that by jumping off a certain bridge they will save the world from destruction. These voices are very intrusive. However, they can usually be controlled by antipsychotic medications.

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