Does psychosis make veterans violent?

Psychosis in veterans has an undeserved association with violence, thanks to the popular media. The vast majority of veterans who suffer from psychosis are not violent people and do not cause harm to others. The connection between violence and substance abuse is much higher than between violence and psychosis. And in terms of sheer numbers, “normal” people commit many more violent acts than any sub-group of the mentally ill. Because of a few highly publicized cases of murders or other atrocious acts committed by people with schizophrenia, there is a stigma against veterans with this condition that makes the disorder that much more of a burden for the veteran and his/her family. Of patients diagnosed with schizophrenia, those who are male, under 30, paranoid, have a history of violence, abuse drugs or alcohol, and don’t take their medication, are most likely to be violent.

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