Dating a schizophrenic
This might explain the wide variation in the figures for how much more likely violence is in someone with schizophrenia.
The largest study to date, conducted in Sweden, compared more than 8000 people with schizophrenia with control groups using hospital and criminal records.
Rebecca Syed does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.
A violent attack by someone who is mentally ill quickly grabs the headlines.
They found that much of the increased rate of violence in those with schizophrenia was confined to those who also abused drugs.
It’s tricky because schizophrenia varies so much in character and severity.And we tend to forget about how uncommon it is to have these kinds of incidents (though shouty headlines can make us think otherwise).Even if it could be proved that the disorder actually caused an increased rate of violence, completely taking all of those with major mental disorders out of society would only reduce violent crime by about 5%) - less than for drugs and alcohol.And other factors known to have an association with violent crime, like migration and social disadvantage, are often also implicated as a part of the cause or consequence of schizophrenia.
To assess the risk of someone with schizophrenia attacking others, we’re basically trying to work out the risk of a rare event happening in a bunch of people with a mixed bag of symptoms with the “schizophrenia” label - and with multiple other factors confounding and perpetuating the issue.
But i am talking years of taking his health seriously.