I finally got internet in my new apartment and am starting to feeling more happy and at home, here - but I am still super busy with a bunch of things that keep my mind and hands occupied. Right now, this is why I am extending my tumblr break for a bit longer.
I will be available via email and skype - I am not vanishing from the face of the earth, I promise!
Love you guys, see you around here once things irl are less insane!!
Anonymous said: Hi! I was wondering, if you have the time and are so inclined, if you could recommend some reading (books, articles, whatnot) about the relationship between mental illness and violence? There's always so much talk about it, but I'm interested in knowing what the research actually says but, as a layperson, have no idea where to look.
Repeatedly research since the 1990s has shown a positive relationship between violence and mental illness. More specifically, criminologists are fully aware that serious mental illness increases the likelihood of violence compared to those without mental illness, especially when hallucinations or delusions are involved. It isn’t fashionable to say, but serious mental illness is associated with higher levels of violence. You’ll see posts that claim persons with mental illness or disabilities are less likely to engage in violent behavior, but that is an artifact of how they create their categories. Of course there isn’t going to be a relationship when all categories are lumped together to represent mental illness as a whole.
When persons with mental illness do engage in violence, they are more likely to commit more anti-normative violence. See the deviance hypothesis. Persons with mental illness also have a higher likelihood of being violently victimized.
Start with this article that I linked a few weeks ago. From there, see the articles that are cited in the body and look them up in the references. If you want an article and can’t find it through google scholar first, shoot me an email. There should be something in that first article that says “for a review see…” Those are great review articles. There is also this article, but it deals more with the prison population. there are some good cites in the body as well.
have you ever started reading a book and just put it down and thought “i have read better fiction by fifteen-year-olds with microsoft word and a fanfiction.net account”
(Source: astrotheology, via farenmaddox)