Violence & Aggression

Biological and Psychopathological Variables Predict Aggressive Behavior

Biological and Psychopathological Variables Predict Aggressive Behavior

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More than 65% of inmates who showed aggressive behavior against others and/or themselves displayed severe aggression.

Exposure to Stressful Triggers Increases Risk for Violent Criminality Irrespective of Psychiatric Condition

Exposure to Stressful Triggers Increases Risk for Violent Criminality Irrespective of Psychiatric Condition

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The largest 7-day absolute risk of criminal violence was observed after exposure to violence in patients diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, as well as in unaffected individuals.

Harassment of LGBT Youths Can Lead To Lasting Depression, PTSD

Harassment of LGBT Youths Can Lead To Lasting Depression, PTSD

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10.3% of the participants experienced moderate victimization that increased, and 5.1% experienced high levels of consistent victimization.

Antidepressants May Double Risk of Suicide, Aggression In Adolescents

Antidepressants May Double Risk of Suicide, Aggression In Adolescents

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The odds ratios for children and adolescents were 2.39 for suicidality, 2.79 for aggression, and 2.15 for akathisia.

Pass Comprehensive Mental Health Reform to Support Community Resilience

Pass Comprehensive Mental Health Reform to Support Community Resilience

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Mental health reform is needed to provide better help to those who are directly or indirectly impacted by mass shootings and traumas.

New Approach to Risk Assessment for Violent Behavior

New Approach to Risk Assessment for Violent Behavior

Standard risk factors were not effective in identifying who would be violent, but a causal approach was successful.

Domestic Violence: The Psychiatrist's Role in Detection and Intervention

Domestic Violence: The Psychiatrist's Role in Detection and Intervention

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Psychiatrists can play a key role in detecting signs of abuse, helping the individual to create a safety plan, and providing trauma interventions.

A Primer on Intermittent Explosive Disorder

A Primer on Intermittent Explosive Disorder

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IED has comorbidities, including mood disorders, lifetime prevalence of anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and substance abuse.

SSRI Use Modestly Associated with Violent Crime

SSRI Use Modestly Associated with Violent Crime

Link only seen in study participants aged 24 and younger.

Mental Illness Increases Risk of Violence in Released Prisoners

Mental Illness Increases Risk of Violence in Released Prisoners

Female prisoners with a mental illness were twice as likely to be violent after release.

Video Games Linked to Higher Aggression, But Not Violence

Video Games Linked to Higher Aggression, But Not Violence

Link to actual violence is unclear, and other factors may be at play, APA task force says.

The Psychiatric Dangers of New Designer Drug 'Flakka'

The Psychiatric Dangers of New Designer Drug 'Flakka'

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The synthetic stimulant "Flakka" can cause users to have thoughts or feelings of violence toward themselves or others.

Statins May Increase Aggression in Women, But Not Men

Statins May Increase Aggression in Women, But Not Men

In general, statins were found to increase aggression in postmenopausal women, but decrease it in men.

Psychosis Infrequently Associated With Violent Crimes

Psychosis Infrequently Associated With Violent Crimes

Only 12% of violent incidents committed by high-risk psychiatric patients were preceded by hallucinations and delusions.

Children's Exposure to Weapons Violence Ups Risk of Mental Illness

Children's Exposure to Weapons Violence Ups Risk of Mental Illness

More than 25% of children have either been a victim of or have witnessed violence involving guns, knives, rocks and sticks, leading to trauma symptoms.

Suicide, Violence Risks in Schizophrenia Patients Appear to Grow

Suicide, Violence Risks in Schizophrenia Patients Appear to Grow

Long-term study finds rates of suicide, early death and violent crime continue to increase over time in patients with schizophrenia.

Some Psychiatric Drugs May Be Linked to Higher Homicide Risk

Some Psychiatric Drugs May Be Linked to Higher Homicide Risk

An study of people convicted of homicides found that using benzodiazepines was associated with a 45% increased risk of doing so.

Mental Illness in Delinquent Youth Doesn't Portend Future Violence

Mental Illness in Delinquent Youth Doesn't Portend Future Violence

However, youths with a history of substance abuse may be linked to a higher risk of violent behavior.

Almost 10% of Americans With Anger Issues Have Guns

Almost 10% of Americans With Anger Issues Have Guns

Quick-to-anger gun owners also have elevated risk of personality disorders, alcohol abuse, anxiety and PTSD, the researchers said.

What Psychiatrists Need to Know About Violence

What Psychiatrists Need to Know About Violence

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Fear, neurological problems, or conduct behavior disorders can increase the potential for aggression in people.

Depressed People More Prone to Commit Violent Crime

Depressed People More Prone to Commit Violent Crime

Swedish study find people with depression were five to six times more likely to harm others or themselves than the general population.

Psychopathic Offenders Lack Ability to Learn from Punishment

Psychopathic Offenders Lack Ability to Learn from Punishment

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Brain abnormalities prevent psychopathic violent offenders from learning from punishment.

Variants in Two Genes May Play Role in Violent Behaviors

Variants in Two Genes May Play Role in Violent Behaviors

Finnish prisoners who were repeat offenders for violent crime shared a certain genotype in two genes.

Treating Substance Abuse, Mental Illness Together Cuts Aggression Risk

Treating Substance Abuse, Mental Illness Together Cuts Aggression Risk

Patients who have a mental illness and a substance abuse issue less likely to be aggressive if both conditions are treated simultaneously.

Crime More Prevalent in Youth with Psychiatric Disorders

Crime More Prevalent in Youth with Psychiatric Disorders

However, nearly 90% of youths with mental illness do not engage in crime.

Childhood Sexual Abuse Increases Heart Risks Later

Childhood Sexual Abuse Increases Heart Risks Later

Women who were sexually abused in their youth tended to have thicker carotid arteries, which can lead to cardiovascular disease.

Bullying Ends in Childhood, But Mental Toll Continues in Adulthood

Bullying Ends in Childhood, But Mental Toll Continues in Adulthood

Decades after bullying ends, adults still face psychological issues from events that occurred during childhood.

5-Item Violence Screen IDs At-Risk Veterans

5-Item Violence Screen IDs At-Risk Veterans

The VIO-SCAN questionnaire is the first rapid screening tool available to aid clinicians in identifying those at risk for violent behavior.

Violence Towards ER Nurses While Providing Care Not Uncommon

Violence Towards ER Nurses While Providing Care Not Uncommon

Nurses said that violence was endemic in their workplace, due to the high-risk environment they work in.

Violent Television Associated with Poorer Cognitive Function

Violent Television Associated with Poorer Cognitive Function

More research is needed to determine if poorer function is the result of or leads to a preference for viewing violent television programming.

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