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Crime and Mental Illness are linked

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Started: 9/11/2017 Category: Society
Updated: 4 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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ellacashin

Pro

People with mental illnesses generally have very unpredictable behavioural patterns and are associated with an excessive risk of potentially snapping at any time, for no particular reason. Being a mentally ill patient means that you have the ability to become triggered by a range of numerous factors, such as stress, anxiety, loud noises, feeling vulnerable, or even feeling threatened by other people. These factors can cause a patient to react aggressively and in the form of violence. Although, usually this is not their intention. Most people with mental illnesses also have trouble showing emotion and communicating with others, and the only way that they can do this is through unintentional aggression. This may cause another person to feel uncomfortable and threatened by them, possibly leaving society in danger. Most patients can become triggered in situations that they, themselves, have had previous experience in, and react in the only way they know how. They react in ways that they are familiar with, usually violence, as this is what they are being exposed to. The mentally ill are more likely to attack someone compared to a healthy person, as their mood swings are completely arbitrary. The majority of people in jail are currently suffering for a mental illness of some sort. Special wards and rooms are allocated to these people to ensure that the other prisoners are not at risk. Police officers detain 1 mentally ill person every 2 hours. Being in jail may cause one person to develop a mental illness, and combined with the exposure of violence they are more likely to commit a crime when they are later released into the public
elisebaker

Con

Most people assume that violent crimes that have been committed by people have mental illnesses, they don"t think any broader than it just being "obvious" although we have to remember that it is just our assumptions and not ALWAYS true.
"When we hear about crimes committed by people with mental illness, they tend to be big headline-making crimes so they get stuck in people"s heads," said lead researcher Jillian Peterson.
"The vast majority of people with mental illness are not violent, not criminal and not dangerous."
Debate Round No. 1
ellacashin

Pro

The main cause for violence to occur due to a patient's mental illness is when the proper medication, or even no medication at all, is being provided to them. This can cause them to become angry, frustrated and even in some cases violent. Not receiving proper medication can mean that the symptoms of a person's mental illness can begin to massively increase, causing them to act out. Mental illnesses can cause one to hallucinate, become paranoid, hear voices, become delusional and even think something is wrong, when there isn't. Even on medication these symptoms are still bad, now can you imagine how much worse it would be without any medication.These symptoms mess the mind and persuade them to do things any other healthy person would not usually do. This can cause them to act violently as they think they are doing the right thing. Having a mental illness can make a person more likely to abuse drugs, to make their symptoms feel better in the short-term. The abuse of drugs and alcohol can be a result of not receiving the accurate medication. Take for example, healthy people, they take medication when they are sick or in pain, in order to make them feel better. This is exactly what people with a mental illness do.They may not take proper medication as the side effects are too strong for them to deal with, so they do something completely normal and human. They numb the pain with drugs and alcohol. Fifty-three per cent of patients who doctors predicted would commit a violent act actually did. Thirty-six per cent of the patients thought not to be violent in fact went on to commit a violent act. This just proves that even with medication, they are still susceptible to falling perpetrator or even victim of criminal activity
elisebaker

Con

Within a study of crimes that were committed by people with severe mental disorders, it was shown that only 7.5% actually had common symptoms of mental health disorders.
It was found that 429 crimes that were committed by 143 people had only 3 mental disorders, they found out that 3% of their crimes were committed because of their symptoms, 4 percent to symptoms of schizophrenia disorders and 10 percent to symptoms of bipolar disorder. The rest of the crimes were committed by average people that weren"t diagnosed with mental disorders.
Yes, some people that commit crimes have had mental health issues in their past, although it"s just like saying they have eaten pork before, or owned a Toyota brand car, it may be true but it doesn"t mean that"s why they did it. It"s just like saying that people that don"t have mental illnesses are incapable of committing a crime of any sort.
Debate Round No. 2
ellacashin

Pro

The rate of violence by the patients with psychotic disorders is 4.8 times higher than among their siblings, and 6.6 times higher than among the general population.This is something that should not be taken lightly.It is absolutely unacceptable that any person, whether they are mentally ill or not, commits a crime and is violent against others, but this is the reality that we are faced with in our society today.Yes, I must agree that not all mentally ill patients act violently, but if you consider the major to the minority, the minority is largely outnumbered.Psychopaths and sociopaths are people who are mentally ill. They have no feelings, no remorse and no guilt, and are the main cause for violence and criminal activity, especially murder.People like this are more dangerous than the general population of criminals, and justify the point made that crime and mental illness are indeed linked.People with schizophrenia are also more likely to become violent and act aggressively as they can not tell the difference between what is real and what is fake, this causes them to become paranoid and then causes them to want to hurt people based on what they think is true. They act upon delusions, not reality, and this is something that can"t be stopped.Borderline personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, conduct disorder, and other personality disorders often manifest in aggression or violence. When a personality disorder occurs in conjunction with another psychiatric disorder, the combination may also increase risk of violent behaviour.Take for example, the well known Australian criminal, Martin Bryant. The perpetrator of the mass shooting and killings in Tasmania and the victim of a mental disability, known as asberger's. Having not received the proper medication, his symptoms began to get stronger and the voices inside of his head began to fog his thoughts.This caused him to become violent towards others, thinking he was doing the right thing.This is just one example of how crime and mental illness are linked.
elisebaker

Con

Have you ever heard anyone claim that committing a crime is evidence of having a mental illness? We think that only a mentally ill person would kill someone? So this means that anyone who kills another human is mentally ill?
Think about it, when did the linking of mental illness and crime come into our lives? It came when we became afraid of the individuals predictability of committing a crime. We don"t know what they are thinking or how they think, so why don"t we just blame the peculiar person? It"s the easier way to solve the case"
We shouldn"t discriminate against people who are mentally ill, healthy people are just as capable of committing a crime as mentally ill people are.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Masterful 4 months ago
Masterful
I think a lot of the time, people might commit crimes due to desperation, which is not a mental illness.
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