The Relationship between Violence and Psychotic Disorders

Mental illness is commonly alleged to be a principal cause for violent behavior. For that reason, many uninformed people are frightened of someone who is obviously disturbed emotionally. Yet mental illness, like most physical illness, tends to impair the individual’s ability to act aggressively or in any other way. Only a few such conditions have a significant potential to precipitate a violent act. The fact is that violence is an uncommon complication of mental illness. Some attempts have been made to predict who will become violent and who, having once been violent, perhaps criminally violent, will become violent again. Not much success has been achieved in this determination.


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