Are People With Mental Illness Dangerous?

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We hear on the news about how a person has committed a homicide, or even a treacherous crime. The first thing that pops into one's head is something has to be wrong with that person, but really there isn't anything wrong with them at all. So, are mentally ill people also criminals? Studies suggest that there is no correlation between mental illness and crime.

Why do we as people tend to think that mentally disorder people are so dangerous? According to a recent survey that was conducted. About 60 percent of the people that was asked said that they believe that people with schizophrenia are dangerous. But are they really as dangerous as everyone puts them out to be? As stated in this on this following website, “”:

“People with schizophrenia are far more likely to harm themselves than be violent toward the public. Violence is not a symptom of schizophrenia. News and entertainment media tend to link mental illnesses including schizophrenia to criminal violence. Most people with schizophrenia, however, are not violent toward others but are withdrawn and prefer to be left alone. Drug or alcohol abuse raises the risk of violence in people with schizophrenia, particularly if the illness is untreated, but also in people who have no mental illness. When violence does occur, it is most frequently targeted at family members and friends, and more often takes place at home.”

As knowing a person with this type of disorder it is safe to say that people with this disorder are not harmful to others, but to themselves. Schizophrenia is defined at the “psychiatric disorder with symptoms of withdrawal into self: a severe psychiatric disorder with symptoms of emotional instability, detachment from reality, and withdrawal...

... middle of paper ... to suicide which is not any better than being mentally ill. As knowing a person with this type of disorder, She is more harmful to herself rather than others. So, why do we as people that are not around people with this disorder think that people with this disorder are so criminally impaired? For starters, the way the world sees people is if you have a mental illness everything that was done wrong is all that persons fault when really. . They didn’t do anything, but to themselves .When people cause crimes, something has to be right in their head to know what they are doing. Most of our crimes committed today are by people that are not even from our country. Take 9/11 for example. This was an impactful thing that affected most if not all of the United States. When Bin Laden sent his people to come crashing into our twin towers where MANY people worked.
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