Suicidal and Homicidal Thoughts as Psychotic Symptoms in an Adolescent: A Case Report

2023 34(3): 215-220
DOI: 10.5080/u27015
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The first episode of psychotic disorders often occurs in adolescence.
Depressive symptoms are the most common symptoms in the
prodromal period and the symptoms in this period are not specific to
psychosis. Adolescence is a risky period in terms of suicidal behaviors.
The risk of self-harm is further increased in the prodromal period and
in the psychotic episode. Homicides in psychosis constitute a small part
of all homicidal cases and homicidal thoughts have been associated with
command hallucinations and delusions. In this article, an adolescent
girl with psychosis who had intense homicidal and suicidal thoughts
and self-harming behaviors will be presented, and homicidal thoughts
in psychosis will be discussed. The symptoms of the case decreased with
risperidone, and she started to socialize with the support of her teacher,
who visited her house for lectures. The medical, legal, and social aspects
of suicides and homicides in psychosis are discussed.
Keywords: Adolescent, psychosis, homicidal, suicidal