BC Schizophrenia Society – Statement On Violence

Research has shown that the vast majority of people who are violent do not suffer from mental illnesses, and that mental illness is responsible for a very small proportion of violence. Studies indicate that some symptoms of psychiatric illness, such as paranoid ideas and command hallucinations, rather than the diagnosis itself, appear to increase the risk of violent behaviour. However, appropriate psychiatric treatment has been shown to reduce the risk of violence, so when people are treated they are no more likely to be violent than the general public.

Please click on the following link for more: BCSS Statement On Violence

Topic area: Advocacy

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