People Diagnosed With Major Depression May Have Increased Likelihood Of Committing Violent Crimes

Reuters (2/25, Kelland) reports that a study published in The Lancet Psychiatry suggests that people who have received the diagnosis of major depression may have up to triple the likelihood of committing certain violent crimes, such as assault, sexual offenses and robbery, or of committing an act of self-harm, compared to people who have not been diagnosed with major depression. Researchers arrived at that conclusion after studying data on some 47,158 people in Sweden and then examining data on some 898,454 matched, mentally healthy controls. The study also found, however, that the vast majority of people with depression committed no violent crimes or criminal acts at all.

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— “Clinically depressed three times more likely to commit violent crime,” Kate Kelland, Reuters, February 24, 2015.

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