Once Again: Mental Illness Doesn’t Predict Future Violence


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The joys of living with mental illness in America circa 2015: One half of the ideological spectrum ​thinks you’re a psychiatry dupe and really just need to chill out and brighten up (and spend more money at Whole Foods), while the other half thinks your name should be on a bunch of lists because, clearly, you the mental illness sufferer are a threat to aviation, schools, and whatever else because just look.


By Michael Byrne|MOTHERBOARD

Fuck. The joys of living with mental illness in America circa 2015: One half of the ideological spectrum ​thinks you’re a psychiatry dupe and really just need to chill out and brighten up (and spend more money at Whole Foods), while the other half thinks your name should be on a bunch of lists because, clearly, you the mental illness sufferer are a threat to aviation, schools, and whatever else because just look. Fuck.

Well, a study out Friday from Northwestern University again confirms what shouldn’t need confirming: mental disorders do not predict violence. ​The NIH-funded report is published in the current Journal of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and is based on interviews with 1,659 youth who were at one time incarcerated at Chicago’s Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. Subjects were interviewed up to four times at intervals of three and five years post-incarceration.

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