The Relationship Between Mental Illness And Violence

888 WordsOct 27, 20154 Pages
The relationship between mental illness and violence is often a controversial topic. People who suffer from mental illness are often labeled as potentially violent, even if they have no history of violence or violent tendencies. This stigma tends to be particularly strong when applied to people with bipolar disorder, which very often is misunderstood by others. Topic #16 from the list of suggestions, asks two questions: are people who are diagnosed manic-depressive/bipolar often violent, and what effects did Jamison’s violent outward behavior have on her? This research reflection paper intends to answer these questions, by explaining the association between bipolar disorder and violence, as well as providing guidance for assessing violence potential and taking preventative measures.// “Bipolar disorder (also known as manic depressive illness) is a complex genetic disorder in which the core feature is pathological disturbance in mood (affect) ranging from extreme elation, or mania, to severe depression usually accompanied by disturbances in thinking and behavior.”// The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders fourth edition (DSM-IV) classifies two types of bipolar disorder: Bipolar 1 Disorder and Bipolar 2 Disorder. Bipolar 1 Disorder has primary symptoms of cycling episodes of mania and depression. The essential feature of Bipolar 1 Disorder as “a clinical course that is characterized by the occurrence of one or more Manic Episodes or Mixed Episodes.”//
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