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“Mental Illness Not a Driving Force Behind Crime: Study”

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This April 22, 2014 Health Day article on the Philly.com website offers some interesting statistics based on research done in Minnesota where they looked at 143 inmates with a couple different types of mental illness and found that the crimes they committed rarely had anything to do with their mental illness.  The article seems to imply that substance abuse could be a more likely culprit for their actions.

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Location of state of XY (see filename) in the United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“Brain Researchers Spot Decision-Making Center in Rats”

Results from an fMRI experiment in which peopl...

Results from an fMRI experiment in which people made a conscious decision about a visual stimulus. The small region of the brain coloured orange shows patterns of activity that correlate with the decision making process. Crick stressed the importance of finding new methods to probe human brain function. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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This November 27, 2013 Health Day article on the Philly.com website talks about a recent scientific discovery about brain function in rats and their ability to make decisions.

 

“Can Fish Oil Help Prevent Psychosis?”

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Schizophrenia – schizophrénie (Photo credit: http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca)

 

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This undated article in the NAMI About Research section, talks about ongoing research into the possible use of fish oil to prevent or decrease psychosis in people with Schizophrenia.

 

“Mental illness ’caused by chemistry'”

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This May 17, 2013 piece on the BBC News: Science and Environment website offers a look at some of the  breakthroughs and controversy surrounding science’s look at genetic patterns to understand mental illness.

“Hearing Voices”

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This March 23, 2013 article on the StandardSpeaker.com website talks about training that Luzerne County police underwent.  The training involved wearing headphones and hearing things ranging from critical statements soothing music.   While at the same time they were hearing the voices on the headphones, they were run through a basic roadside sobriety test and given instructions at a fast pace.  The combination of what they were hearing through the headphones and the instructions they were given for the roadside sobriety test confused the officers.  So why did they do this you ask?  Simple to get an idea of what it might be like for someone who is having auditory hallucinations during a seemingly simple stop.

 

If this is the same training session I took awhile back, it is one that I feel everyone who comes in contact with mentally ill folks should take if they are first responders, mental health workers, or anyone in the medical field.  The training really does offer some insight into what it might be like for others.

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