Which Three Mental Health Disorders Contribute to Violent Offenses?

Which Three Mental Health Disorders Contribute to Violent Offenses?

New findings published in the Journal of Criminal Psychology by researchers at Western California University (WCU) reveal that adult males in prison with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), panic disorder (PD) and alcohol use disorder (AUD) are more likely to commit violent offenses. For the study, scientists evaluated the mental health of male detainees at local detention centers to assess associations between PTSD, PD and AUD and violent crimes. In addition, these findings offer scientists useful information about the effects of PTSD, PD and AUD in combination. Researchers plan to conduct further studies on a tactful method that could be used to determine whether violent offenses signal the presence of these disorders in the prison population. For related coverage, read “Should Mental Health Disorders Be Approached Differently?”

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