Mania is Not Strongly Associated With Violence


A review of New South Wales court documents from 1992 to 2008 found that only 12 of 272 people found not guilty by reason of mental illness were in a manic state at the time of the offense. Ten were diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder (three of them in a depressed phase) and two with bipolar disorder. The authors conclude that mania, in particular the manic phase of bipolar disorder, is not strongly associated with severe violence. Results appear in Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].