Patients with OCD are 10 times more likely to commit suicide

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    Suicide is a major public health problem that leads to an estimated 800,000 deaths worldwide each year. People with mental health conditions are at higher risk to die by suicide, and about 90 percent of those who die by suicide are considered to suffer from a mental disorder.
    However, little attention has been paid to the risk of suicide among people suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), one of the most common psychiatric disorders. OCD has a lifetime prevalence of about two per cent in the general population, generally runs a chronic course, and is often associated with a significantly reduced quality of life. The risk of suicide in OCD has traditionally been considered low.
    Patients with OCD are 10 times more likely to commit suicide, contrary to what was previously thought. In a new study from Karolinska Institutet published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, is also shown that the main predictor of suicide in OCD patients is a previous suicide attempt, which offers opportunities for prevention.

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