|Psychiatric Illness And Criminality|
Credits: 1.00 Post-Assessment Questions: 5
Release Date: 5 Oct 2020
Expiration Date: 23 Jun 2021
Last Reviewed: 23 Jun 2020
Estimated Time To Finish: 60 Minutes
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The relationship between psychiatric illness and criminality has been the topic of intense debate and scrutiny in the recent past in light of multiple mass shootings in the United States. While the renewed focus and media attention on the importance of mental health in the aftermath of such tragedies is a positive development, the relationship between mental illness and criminality is too often conflated. The popular belief is that people with mental illness are more prone to commit acts of violence and aggression. The public perception of psychiatric patients as dangerous individuals is often rooted in the portrayal of criminals in the media as “crazy” individuals. A large body of data suggests otherwise. People with mental illness are more likely to be a victim of violent crime than the perpetrator. This bias extends all the way to the criminal justice system, where persons with mental illness get treated as criminals, arrested, charged, and jailed for a longer time in jail compared to the general population. This activity reviews psychiatric illness and criminality and the role of the interprofessional team in caring for afflicted patients.
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Authors: Noman Ghiasi, Yusra Azhar
Editors: Jasbir Singh
Editors-In-Chief: Mary Fitz-GeraldAdrian PredaKamalika Roy
Chief Medical Reviewer: Kamron Fariba
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Pharmacy Planner/Reviewer/Editor: Mark Pellegrini
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