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  •  I'm not sure we should (3+ / 0-)
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    ancblu, smartdemmg, Otteray Scribe

    lump all mental illness together in this. Are some forms of mental illness more correlated with violence than others? I would think that some may correlate more with self-harm but less with violence against others.

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    by AaronInSanDiego on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 11:27:46 PM PST

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    •  You are absolutely correct ... (2+ / 0-)
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      CherryTheTart, Otteray Scribe

      mental health covers of very wide range of clinical diagnoses.  As a society we are still working through the public stigma of this type of health diagnosis and we should careful when considering the role it might play in propensity to gun or other forms of violence as a public health issue.

      The literature does place the emphasis on "major" disorders as categorized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, published by the American Psychiatric Association.  These would include certain anxiety or mood disorders, as well as schizophrenia and paranoia, etc.  DSM-IV

      Importantly, the statistical prevalence of violence is most strongly indicated when multiple independent correlating variables present in some combination.  

      The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear - fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants above everything else is safety. H.L. Mencken

      by ancblu on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 11:52:35 PM PST

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