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Mental illness, offending and substance misuse.


Royal College of Psychiatrists

Subject Keywords: Mental wellbeing
Topic: Mental Health
Catalogue: Research and Evaluation
Type: Article
Region: Republic of Ireland

This leaflet is for members of the public who want to know more about mental illness, offending and substance misuse. We describe what is meant by mental disorder, offending and substance misuse and how often they are seen together. Also we will talk about treatments and other sources of help. We examine whether people with mental illness are more likely to commit violent crimes. Offending and mental health: Mental illness is sometimes called a â?~mental disorderâ?T. This includes schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, drug-induced psychosis, personality disorder, depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. These are just some examples of mental disorders. The branch of psychiatry dealing with the assessment and treatment of offenders with mental health problems is called â?~forensic psychiatryâ?T.





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Suggested citation:

Royal College of Psychiatrists. (2012) Mental illness, offending and substance misuse. [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 20th July 2019].


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