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The connection between mental illness and violent crime has always been more controversial than portrayed in the mainstream media. People with mental illnesses are often unfairly depicted on television and in the movies as being capable and willing to commit violent crimes if only casually provoked.
However, a recent study published in February of 2009 in the Archives of General Psychiatry found that people with mental illnesses are only more likely to commit an act of violence if they have a concurrent drug or alcohol problem. A history of severe mental illness alone is not predictive of future uncontrollable behavior. Patients with a dual diagnosis of both a severe mental problem and a substance dependence problem were more than ten times likely to commit a crime, than a person who has a severe mental disability but no history of substance abuse.
The theory of a link between violent crime and mental illness is controversial due to the need to protect a patient's civil rights, but also attempt to make sure that patients with severe mental illnesses are not a threat to society. Patients who are acutely psychotic may be hospitalized against their will to protect themselves and others, and be forced to take psychiatric medication such as antipsychotic drugs during their hospitalization.
However, should a person who has a diagnosis of schizophrenia, but does not have any other risk factors for violent behavior, be characterized as a potential risk to others based on their diagnosis? According to this new research, a diagnosis of mental illness does not predict violent behavior.
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