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Crime and Mental Health are linked

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Started: 9/18/2018 Category: Health
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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shania.a

Pro

We know that mental illness is a risk factor for the criminal justice system involvement. Studies have shown that majority if offenders have mental disorders. Through this high statistics it has shown that this pattern is proving that mental health does have an affect/impact on crime. Kleptomania, Is a rare mental health that causes people to have the inability to resist urges to steal. Kleptomania is a type of impulse control disorder and many people have difficulty to resist the temptation. Crime with people who are Kleptomaniac is very high. Their urge is steal is so powerful that it is hard extremely hard to control. They steal from public places such as stores and supermarkets or even steal from their friends. It is known that two-thirds of people who have Kleptomania are women and usually have more than one mental disorder. Kleptomania does not have a cure and those who usually have it are in jail meaning that they are not able to seek help. This mental disorder is then passed down to family members causing more thefts to occur. With a mental disorder that is specifically linked to crime, Proves that mental health are linked with crime.
1365666

Con

Having a mental illness doesn't mean that they will commit crimes. Actually people with mental illness are more likely to be victims of crimes. People with mental illness are more likely to self harm rather than harm others around them.
Most people with mental illness who commit crimes are featured in the new so these crime get stuck in peoples head but lots of smaller crimes go unnoticed by the general public, These crime usually have no relation to mental illness but are caused by poverty, Homelessness, Unemployment and substance abuse.
Debate Round No. 1
shania.a

Pro

Statistics have shown that half or more than half of prisoners or crime people have a mental disorder. With these statistics, It makes you think that all these similarities must mean or at least say something. Drug Use Monitoring in Australia is a program used to assess offenders the prevalence of mental disorder. Through the program is it shown that there are 1. 8 diagnoses of mental health per man and 2. 0 per women. The diagnoses data has mostly represented the majority of the offenders have a mood or anxiety disorders. In both mental illness, Women have a higher rate than men. The highest proportion of male detainees with mental disorders were among those charged with property offences. This shows that those who has committed a great crime have a mental illness. Doesn"t this show a sign? 33% of men and 46% of women reported to currently taking prescribed psychoactive medications. 70% of men have had a previous diagnoses and 83 % of women had previous diagnoses. With taking medications and having already have a mental illness shows that crime and mental health are linked. 28% of men and 41% who had a mental disorder during the previous 12 months didn"t seek help from health professionals. Without seeking for help causing their mental health to worsen and more crimes to be committed.
1365666

Con

Even though Kleptomania is a problem it is a very rare mental illness and can be helped through counseling. Also people who have this usually stay inside or have someone to help to resist the urge to steal.
People with mental illness normally would seek out help before anything gets too bad, Resources are always available in almost every area and even talking to a friend can help with mental illnesses that can turn violent.
Debate Round No. 2
shania.a

Pro

The reason why those who commit a crime who have a mental illness are on the news is because it is showing pattern. It is showing you that something is linked. They say those with mental illness are more likely to hurt themselves then others, But it is has said that those who experienced abuse during their childhood are actually more likely to abuse others. Through their tough and traumatizing childhood of abuse they are learnt and have been put into their own mind to abuse others.
The crimes may be linked with poverty or homeless but with having a mental illness and being in a poor situation may cause you distress and you become desperate. With being so desperate you begin to commit crimes. Instead of trying to seek out help you commit crimes.
Kleptomania may be rare but it"s still a mental disorder leading to crime. They may stay inside but if their treatment doesn"t work or if they can"t find help, Their crimes they commit may become much worse. This will lead them to a time in jail.
In conclusion, I believe that mental health does have a big impact and is linked to crimes committed in this world
1365666

Con

There is a slightly higher likelihood of people with a psychotic illness to become violent but many studies suggest that this is caused by abusing drugs or alcohol, Not receiving proper treatment as a child or having a history of violent behaviour which is independent of the mental illness.
Also most mental illnesses are not harmful to people around the person with the disorder.
In conclusion i believe that not all crimes are linked to mental illness but sometime it can depending on that person's background and history.
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