Violent Behavior and Mental Health Disorders


For the month of April I am participating in the annual A-Z Blogging Challenge. The Challenge was started by author/blogger, Arlee Byrd.









Each day of the month (except Sundays) we will post something based on that days correlating letter. Some of us chose a theme and others are winging it. My theme is the A-to-Z’s of Mental Health, Raising Awareness. It is a topic that is very close to my heart. I hope you find the posts interesting and you will comment and share the posts everywhere. To see a list of all of the participants or for more information-click on the badge over there to the right>

Today’s letter is the letter V

A-Z Letter V






Violence and Mental Health

In the United States and Internationally Mental Disorders are quite common. More than one-quarter of the population is diagnosed with a mental disorder in any given year. This is approximately fifty-seven-million-or one in four people.

One in seventeen people are diagnosed with a serious mental disorder like bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or psychosis, in any given year.

Most people believe that those diagnosed with mental disorders are likely to commit violent acts.

While there is a link between mental disorders and violence, most people diagnosed with a mental health disorder are not violent.

In fact people with mental disorders are two and a half percent more likely to become victims of violent crimes like murder, rape and assault than the general public.


The stigma is not fair for the non-violent people diagnosed with mental disorders but until a way to accurately diagnose those that are most likely to commit violent behavior is discovered that stigma is not likely to end.

Researchers are finding that when those diagnosed with a mental disorder are also abusing drugs they are highly likely to commit a violent act at least once a year if not more.

The ideal treatment for these people is long-term substance abuse treatment, monitored medication, behavior therapy and conflict management. This ideal treatment is easier said than done. The best chance for recovery requires the monitoring and support of family and loved ones.


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8 Responses to “Violent Behavior and Mental Health Disorders”

  • This has been a very helpful series.

  • Yesterday, a number of people blogged about Ubutu – essentially the oneness of the world. I think if everyone focused on our interconnections then so many of the mental health problems could be addressed. As I see it right now, it is so easy for everyone to think someone else is taking care of “the problem” and not stepping up to do it themselves. How many of the violent outbursts resulting in so many injuries and deaths in the US (and other places) could be prevented if people were able to recognize the pain and anguish others are going through.

  • Definitely need to remove the stigma around mental disorders. Education is key. As well as exposure and proper treatment! Yes, even the ones who don’t go out on shooting sprees, still have problems with their anger control. I’ve seen it. I know it exists. And it takes a lot to recognize it and overcome it. With proper help and support, they can!

    Jamie Dement (LadyJai)
    My A to Z
    Caring for My Veteran

  • i appreciate you calling attention to all these mental health issues. support of family and awareness and understanding of the public are two important factors to keep violent outbursts from occuring… thank you!!

    happy a to z-ing!

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