Mental  Illness and Violence

To what extent does Mental Illnesses account for homicidal and suicidal behavior

According to Harvard University

People with Mental Illnesses such as Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia are more likely to commit a violence crime once than a person without these disorders. With these disorders if combined with substance abuse are more than 3 times more likely to commit a violent crime once. These are not the only factors that can contribute. Young people are more likely  to attack elders. Men are more violent then women. People who are live in poverty or are homeless, are more likely than others to become violent. Personal crisis such as lost of job, divorce and etc can increase the chance of assault.

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3 years ago

I think the important part here is people with a mental illness AND have substance abuse issues are 3x more likely to commit violent crimes. Yes, there are people who struggle with mental illness who have commuted horrific acts, but there are plenty of "healthy" individuals who have as well. As a person who has bipolar disorder type 1, I see your point. However, I believe that the title of your post feeds the stigma that already engulfs the subject of mental illness.