Violence & Aggression


Rifle Type Affects Number of People Wounded, Killed in Active Shooter Incidents

Rifle Type Affects Number of People Wounded, Killed in Active Shooter Incidents

Researchers suggested that more data is required to create a centralized database that can be used to inform the debate on an assault weapons ban.

Sexual Harassment, Assault Tied to Women's Health Issues

Sexual Harassment, Assault Tied to Women's Health Issues

Sexual harassment and sexual assault among midlife women are associated with poorer physical and mental health.

Many Sexual Assault Victims Don't Complete Evidence Kits

Many Sexual Assault Victims Don't Complete Evidence Kits

Even with access to specialized forensic evidence collection, many sexual assault survivors do not complete a Sexual Assault Evidence Kit.

Many Youths Believe Gun Control Would Decrease Mass Shootings

Many Youths Believe Gun Control Would Decrease Mass Shootings

Most youths in a recent survey support the right to own guns, but the majority believe that gun control laws would reduce mass shootings.

Odds of Death Up With Medium, Large-Caliber Firearms

Odds of Death Up With Medium, Large-Caliber Firearms

There is a correlation for firearm caliber with likelihood of death from gunshot wounds.

Future Outlook Tied to Risk of Weapon Violence in Male Teens

Future Outlook Tied to Risk of Weapon Violence in Male Teens

Positive future orientation is associated with reduced odds of weapon-related violence perpetration among teenage males from low-resource neighborhoods.

Technology-Enhanced Intervention in the ED Appears Promising for Reducing Underage Drinking, Consequences

Technology-Enhanced Intervention in the ED Appears Promising for Reducing Underage Drinking, Consequences

This intervention provides flexibility in the clinical setting, allowing for therapist delivery when staff is available and computer delivery when staff resources are not available.

From Abused Child to Serial Killer: Investigating Nature vs Nurture in Methods of Murder

From Abused Child to Serial Killer: Investigating Nature vs Nurture in Methods of Murder

Not all abused children become serial killers, and not all serial killers are victims of childhood abuse. However, the connection between the two cannot be dismissed as just coincidence.

Police Killings of Unarmed Blacks Affect Community Mental Health

Police Killings of Unarmed Blacks Affect Community Mental Health

For black US adults, police killings of unarmed black Americans have adverse effects on mental health.

Psychological Distress Linked to Firearm, Nonfirearm Violent Crime Examined

Psychological Distress Linked to Firearm, Nonfirearm Violent Crime Examined

Firearm-related victimization was associated with severe distress more often than victimization involving no weapons.

AMA President Calls Physicians to Lead in Addressing Gun Violence

AMA President Calls Physicians to Lead in Addressing Gun Violence

The issue of gun violence must be addressed by the physician leadership scientifically, in an evidence-based manner.

Transference in the Age of #MeToo: What Counts as Harassment From a Patient?

Transference in the Age of #MeToo: What Counts as Harassment From a Patient?

The psychological effect on psychiatrist victims should be acknowledged even when the behavior of the perpetrator can be explained by diagnosis.

Why Is #MeToo Missing From Medical Schools?

Why Is #MeToo Missing From Medical Schools?

As the #MeToo movement has gained strength, reports of sexual harassment at medical schools have mostly remained stagnant.

Significant variation in mortality trends in substance use disorders among US counties

Mortality rates decreased for alcohol use disorders, self-harm, and interpersonal violence between 1980 and 2014. Mortality rates for drug use disorders increased both nationally and in each county over the same period.

#MeToo: Helping Victims Cope With Sexual Harassment

#MeToo: Helping Victims Cope With Sexual Harassment

Mental health professionals regularly grapple with the best way to support clients navigating an onslaught of sexual violence in their daily lives.

Trait Anger Linked to Dangerous Behavior Among Drivers

Trait Anger Linked to Dangerous Behavior Among Drivers

Individuals with excessive trait anger are "more easily provoked by a wide variety of situations than people with low levels of trait anger."

How Can Men Be Encouraged to Seek Help for Mental Health?

How Can Men Be Encouraged to Seek Help for Mental Health?

Men, including male physicians, are less likely than female physicians to seek medical treatment for their own health conditions.

Biological and Psychopathological Variables Predict Aggressive Behavior

Biological and Psychopathological Variables Predict Aggressive Behavior

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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.

Discussing Sexual History with Adolescents in Mental Health Treatment

Discussing Sexual History with Adolescents in Mental Health Treatment

Awareness of adolescents' sexual history is essential in providing mental health treatment.

Psychopathic Offenders Lack Ability to Learn from Punishment

Psychopathic Offenders Lack Ability to Learn from Punishment

Brain abnormalities prevent psychopathic violent offenders from learning from punishment.

Virtual Reality Training Helps Girls Avoid Unwanted Sexual Advances

Virtual Reality Training Helps Girls Avoid Unwanted Sexual Advances

Teenage girls can learn assertive behavior to reduce unwanted sexual advances through a virtual reality program.

Childhood Abuse Tied to Migraines in Adulthood

Childhood Abuse Tied to Migraines in Adulthood

Nearly 25% of adults who said they suffer from migraine headaches said they were subjected to emotional abuse as children.

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.

Brain Circuitry Influences Response to Violent Movies

Brain Circuitry Influences Response to Violent Movies

Brain activity in people who self-identify as having aggressive tendencies differs based on what they are watching.

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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