Mental Illness – Schizophrenia and Violence.


Hollywood and the public media are fascinated by violence and mental illness, especially psychosis and “insanity”. This magic sells tickets, but also preserves the stigma and negative image of society towards people with mental illness and schizophrenia.

Studies in Australia have shown that mental health TV personalities are ten times more likely to be violent than those without mental illness. Television has also convinced people that a person with mental health problems as a neighbor poses a risk to them.

This trend is across the Atlantic, where in the United States 75% of respondents believe that people with serious mental illness are dangerous.

But the question is … Is schizophrenia worth this bad reputation?

The answer is yes and no. “

The same survey found that severe mental disorders were associated with high levels of violence (assault, sexual assault, arson). However, this was important only in sexual violence.

The strongest predictors of violence were those who did not suffer from a serious mental illness, such as adolescents, history of violence, gender, date of juvenile detention, separation or recent divorce, date criminal records of parents for acts of violence, material abuse and unemployment. ,

Other studies have linked other factors to mental disorders and violence. These include a lifestyle and antisocial attitude, low drug compliance, weak parenting patterns and chaotic social lifestyles.

The answer to the national response is that schizophrenia and severe mental illness are “yes” with increasing rates of violence but are not significantly increased. Increased violence among people with schizophrenia is not related to the same disease, but is often due to long-term drug use and other attitudes and attitudes towards society.

In general, violence in the general population is low and severe mental disorders increase the risk three times. Compared to an alcohol disorder, drugs increase the risk 9-fold. The risk of mental disorders and alcohol and drug use increased 13-fold.

Schizophrenia is only questioned when people are educated and informed. Schizophrenia is a common disease that suddenly affects about 1% of the population, which means that many people have been stigmatized, mainly because of this “tendency to violence”. However, as we have seen in this article, these are serious mental illnesses that often lead to personality factors and social factors.


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