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cpreedy
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Crime and mental health are linked

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Started: 9/11/2017 Category: Society
Updated: 10 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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elasfox

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There are plenty of ways that mental health and crime are linked. Certain mental health issues are known to lead to destructive behaviour without the right treatment and support, which creates a direct link to crime. Poor mental health related crimes can range from domestic violence to brutal acts of revenge as a way to lash out due to the offender's internal feelings of anger and fear.
cpreedy

Con

Some of the major types are depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar mood disorder, personality disorders, and eating disorders. The most common mental illnesses are anxiety and depressive disorders.
There are many other reasons, mental illness or not, that can influence the need to commit crimes. Poverty, loneliness, lack of employment, divorce, loss of loved one, accident (e.g car accident - serious injuries or brain damage sustained from that), family issues or homelessness.
Debate Round No. 1
elasfox

Pro

You are right in saying that a lot of those reasons that can influence crime committing (divorce or family issues etc). These issues can have many mental health issues that stem from it. Anxiety and depressive disorders, especially with how common they are, can play a part in influencing one's decision to commit a crime at the very least. More (extreme) disorders like bi-polar can also add up.
cpreedy

Con

Recent research and studies found by Harvard Health, what the public believe does not reflect the reality and the fact of the situation. It was discovered that most people with psychiatric disorders were not violent in any way. Yes, it is true that an increasing amount of people with mental health problems do commit violence and crimes, but we have to ask ourselves how much of their actions we can put towards their mental health, and what we can put towards other aspects of their lives.
Debate Round No. 2
elasfox

Pro

Whether the blame is placed on the offender's mental health or for other issues does not matter all that much. In reality it all leads back to some sort of mental issue, even if it only had a mild influence on the crime that was committed. Crimes are committed because of disagreements and an inability to control frustration, anger and even fear. A perfectly healthy mindset would weigh up the reasons before committing a crime, whereas mental issues can influence the decision in a different way.
cpreedy

Con

It was found that the major mental health disorders that are found in prison populations are depression, anxiety or drug addicts. However, every single person in the world has the chance to fall into any of these three disorders. No one is born with a drug problem, no one is born with depression or anxiety. So, it is not exactly reliable to base their actions on the fact that they are suffering from these. They could still think straight and they are still behind the crime regardless.
Debate Round No. 3
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