Mental Attitude: Violent Crime Risk Rises with Depression.

Mental Attitude: Violent Crime Risk Rises with Depression.

An analysis of more than 47,000 Swedish men and women suggests that individuals with depression may be more likely to commit a violent crime that those without depression. Investigators found that nearly 4% of depressed men and 0.5% of depressed women in the study committed a violent crime in the three years following their depression diagnosis. In comparison, during the same time frame, the violent crime rates were just over 1% of men and 0.2% of women among Swedes in the general population without a depression diagnosis. Study author Dr. Seena Fazel adds, “One important finding was that the vast majority of depressed persons were not convicted of violent crimes, and that the rates reported are below those for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and considerably lower than for alcohol or drug abuse.” Lancet Psychiatry, February 2015

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