Is Killing Crazy? Link Between Mental Illness and Murder
February 10, 2014•9 min
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 1 in 4 Americans suffer from a mental illness.Everyday you turn on your television, pick up a newspaper or on your browser and see another mass murder that has taken place. There's gun violence, bombings, stabbings and even beatings talked about daily that make you wonder why someone would ever commit these heinous crimes.Were these just random acts of violence, or is there a link between untreated mental illness and murder?According to the National Institutes of mental health, 1 in 17 Americans suffer from a serious mental illness, (such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression) and the vast majority of those people are not going to be violent.So what leads one person to be violent and not the other?There are some factors such as social isolation, having a violent background or coming from a violent background or a violent community, substance abuse and anger management issues that can play a role as an increased risk of violence.Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Sheela Raja, PhD discusses warning signs to look out for, and what can drive someone to commit a mass murder.