What Is the Connection Between Mental Illness and Violence?

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[BLANK_AUDIO] By and large we should know about some basic statistics. People with psychiatric illness are more likely to hurt themselves than to hurt somebody else. Number two certain disorders like aspergers or autism spectrum disorder, those individuals are significantly less likely to plan out some kind of massive school shooting.

That said there are people who have very serious psychiatric illness, who have psychosis and their reality and their ability to test reality is very different than the general population. They hear things, they see things that the rest of us don't experience. They have an internal life that becomes as real for them as our external life.

And when those individuals stop their medicine or those individuals who stop their treatment or don't get treated they are more likely to respond to their internal stimuli which sometimes can lead to hurting themselves and hurting others, but I think that's the tip of the iceberg.

I think the bigger part of the iceberg is that people with psychiatric illness.