Mental Illness Doesn’t Make Me A Violent Person

Mental illness does not make me a violent person

Mental illness is not a sign of violence. Perhaps due to a lack of knowledge about mental illness, however, we very often have a fear that causes us to distance ourselves from the people who need us. Just like everyone else, they may get angry, but this is not necessarily the result of their illness, let alone necessarily prove someone is violent.

Sadly, there has always been a strong link between mental illness and violence. Even so strong that there is widespread discrimination and rejection against people with mental illness. This, in turn, has unfortunately created a huge stigma around mental illness.

A wide range of mental illnesses

When we think of mental illness, the most serious illnesses, such as psychopathy, schizophrenia, and unstable personality disorder , pop into our minds . But we don’t realize then that there are many diseases that are much more common, such as anxiety disorders and eating disorders.

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So what’s going on? Why do we believe mentally ill people are violent? The answer is found in the violent seizures we have heard of. Think, for example, of an unstable personality disorder. In this case, a person may live a normal life, but he or she may respond to certain situations with violence. This usually happens when their symptoms are out of control.

However, responding violently to the situation does not make them aggressive people in general. This is simply a reaction to a situation they can’t handle because they have a problem. This is not to say that we should fear every person who suffers from some form of mental illness, let alone that this behavior is common among people with mental illness.

As we have already mentioned, the world of mental illness is quite vast, and not everyone who suffers from these challenges will ever show signs of violence. Anxiety disorders and depression, for example, are mental illnesses that prevent a person from living a normal life. Should we be afraid of them? No, we should never make any generalizations in the field of mental illness, any more than humans do anyway .

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According to data published in some journals, such as the  Journal of the Spanish Neuropsychological Association and the  World Psychiatry,  only 10% of people with mental illness are involved in some form of criminal activity. This is a rather illuminating fact.

I’m not violent, mental illness just is stigmatized

Mental illnesses are quite strongly stigmatized,  and the question is why that is. All of the above factors come from our own culture. The stigma surrounding mental illness is reinforced through books, history, and movies.

In addition, the centers where these diseases are treated have traditionally been thought to be places that should somehow be separated from the rest of society because their inhabitants can be potentially dangerous. It used to be thought (thankfully to a lesser extent today) that there are people in psychiatric care facilities who could cause serious harm at any moment due to their lack of control.

The media reveals and paints a much more unusual but more negative reality, especially about mental illness. This creates an almost satanic image of them, which in turn leads to a completely unfounded fear in society.

Consider, for example, the case of Beth Thomas, a girl who has been beaten by her father’s hand since childhood. This triggered a form of psychopathy  in him  . Beth’s case shook the whole world and frightened his parents and family members. His problem was caused by something he did not choose himself. Today, he is healed and living a normal life.

It is true that Beth showed violent behavior, but only against her own family. It is rare to find such use targeted at  society in  general. People closest to the patient experience the effects most strongly. But except for his illness, he is a man in it like you and me, and there is no reason to fear him.

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With all of this in mind, fear of a person with a mental illness only means that you are looking at their illness in the wrong way. Not all disorders and diseases manifest themselves in the wings of violence, and not all violence is directed at society.

Can you imagine suffering from some kind of mental disorder and everyone avoiding you, just as if you had the plague, even if you are not a violent person? This would probably make your situation worse. Thus, a deeper understanding of mental illness is positive, both for ourselves and for those who suffer from it. We will never be able to help them if we do not understand them.

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