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What is the link between schizophrenia and violent or dangerous crimes?

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Even though people with schizophrenia can act unpredictably at times, most aren't violent, especially if they're getting treated. When people with this brain disorder do commit violent acts, they usually have another condition, like childhood conduct problems or substance abuse.

SOURCES:

National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Schizophrenia."

Harvey, P. , August 2010. Current Directions in Psychological Science

Keri, S.  , September 2009. Psychological Science

National Institute of Mental Health: "What is schizophrenia?"

Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America: "About Schizophrenia."

University of North Carolina: "Myths About Mental Illness."

University of Michigan Health System: "Schizophrenia."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Schizophrenia."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 20, 2018

SOURCES:

National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Schizophrenia."

Harvey, P. , August 2010. Current Directions in Psychological Science

Keri, S.  , September 2009. Psychological Science

National Institute of Mental Health: "What is schizophrenia?"

Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America: "About Schizophrenia."

University of North Carolina: "Myths About Mental Illness."

University of Michigan Health System: "Schizophrenia."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Schizophrenia."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 20, 2018

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