Some people need to believe that people with mental illness are violent

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Some people need to believe that people with mental illness are violent
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Fri, 01-20-2012 - 8:33pm

Why do you think that is?

The common misconception that persons with mental illness tend to be violent needs to be overcome, particularly with professionals such as police officers and ambulance service personnel who deal with persons with mental illness on a day-to-day basis. Awareness of the facts, understanding of what it is

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iVillage Member
Registered: 02-28-2008

Yeah not all people with mental ilnesses are violent that is for sure but, it should be noted that people who are mentally ill have a greater tendency toward violence when their meds are not regulated and let us not pretend that they dont have a problem with emotions and perhaps just perhaps outbursts that may or may not have resulted in violence.

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Registered: 07-11-2006

people who are mentally ill have a greater tendency toward violence when their meds are not regulated

Substance use is a much better predictor of violence than untreated mental illness. While some people who have untreated mental illness are more likely to be violent than an average person, they are not as likely to be violent as people with substance abuse problems. It seems to me that the small increased risk tends to be exaggerated.

let us not pretend that they dont have a problem with emotions

That is somewhat

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-28-2008

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I just dont see that as true. Maybe

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-23-2001

Do you think the mentally ill should be treated differently when they commit a crime and if so, why?

 


 


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Registered: 07-11-2006

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006

but the stereotypes and resistance in getting mental health help from your link is very real.

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Registered: 04-09-2011

I suffered a breakdown, and I'm not violent.

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006

I believe, and statistics support the idea, that many, many ordinary, likeable people experience mental illness, even serious mental illness. As a rule, they are no more likely to be violent than anyone who hasn't experienced symptoms yet.

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006

Again untrue we don't really know that now do we?

Well, it's not really just my opinion. There is evidence to support the premise that substance users are more likely to be violent and those with mental illness are not (or maybe just a little). There is some evidence that those with certain types or untreated mental illness might be more likely to be violent than average, but it is not as strong as the substance abuse data.

I guess I would be a little surprised if marijuana increased violence, but most other substances including alcohol wouldn't surprise me at all.

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006

Who is to say that it wasn't a combonation of both?

The research has shown that it is the substance abuse not the mental illness than is linked to violence.

jails are so overcrowded

Jails do house many (too many) people with mental illness, but often their "crimes" are non-violent, nuisance type crimes. There's data somewhere....

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