Dating a schizophrenic guy
When a person with schizophrenia abuses alcohol or street drugs their risk of engaging in dangerous behaviour increases fifteen fold.
Whilst suicide is by far the larger component of the total mortality figure for schizophrenia, the other part is the very much smaller but equally as tragic figure for homicide.
This is undoubtedly fed and reinforced by rancorous and ill-informed media reporting of the subject.
Articles and current affairs programmes that focus on violence in schizophrenia whilst ignoring all of the other features of this complex condition, particularly the high suicide rate and telling us very little about the illness in general, are sadly all too common.
At this point it is also worth a look at the issue of victimisation; that is how frequently people with schizophrenia become victims of violence themselves.
Research shows that people living with schizophrenia and living in the community rather than in hospital are about 14 times more likely to be the victim of violent crime than to be the perpetrator of it and at considerably higher risk of being a victim than people who do not have schizophrenia.
Each year in the UK about 30 murders are committed by people living with schizophrenia.
In addition, at times of tragedy, they are often faced with hostile reporting by the media which seeks to point fingers of blame at the doctors rather than at society’s attitudes to treating mental illness.Schizophrenia and Dangerous Behaviour It is one of the commonest and most enduring myths around schizophrenia that all people suffering from this condition are violent.In public opinion schizophrenia is most often associated with violence than with any other type of disordered behaviour.In the same way the statistics are skewed heavily by the issue of substance abuse.We simply do not know what proportion of dangerous behaviour in schizophrenia is caused by psychotic thinking and how much is fuelled by alcohol or drug abuse.