The Relationship Between Mental Illness And Violence

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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…show more content…
The essential feature of Bipolar 2 Disorder is “a clinical course that is characterized by the occurrence of one or more Major Depressive Episodes accompanied by at least one Hypomanic Episode.”// Diagnostic symptoms of bipolar disorder include: at least one manic, depressive, or mixed episode and “clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning that are not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., a drug of abuse, a medication, or other treatment) or a general medical condition (e.g., hyperthyroidism).” // Manic episodes are characterized by “a distinct period of abnormally and persistently elevated, expansive, or irritable mood, lasting at least 1 week (or any duration if hospitalization is necessary).”// During these episodes, at least three symptoms tend to be present, such as: increased self-esteem or grandiosity; decreased need for sleep (feels rested after only 3 hours of sleep); more talkative than usual or pressure to keep talking; flight of ideas or subjective experience that thoughts are racing; distractibility (attention too easily drawn to unimportant or irrelevant external
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