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Mental illness alone not linked to violence


Doesn't explain why they are still abusive on the wards even when the drugs are out of their system. I have been assaulted on many occasions in acute and elderly psychiatry wards by patients who have been detained for at least a month. Patients don't always admit to drug and alcohol problems, I have met some who use drugs heavily but deny it on admission only later hearing the extent of it from the people who know them best. Also the violent and abusive (in my case also racist) patients tend mostly to come from poor uneducated housing scheme backgrounds. The bulk of patients in mental health inpatient departments come from such areas. Mental ill health affects almost 25% of people and yes I have nursed some patients from affluent areas, but very few. Could it just be that the rough areas that these patients come from normalizes violence? And maybe drugs and alcohol are not entirely to blame? Why don't the affluent mental health inpatients behave violently? And it can't be to do with lack of drug and alcohol problems as I have nursed a few of them too in wards such as alcohol problems ward and haven't had the violent aggressive type yet. More research needed I think Dr Fazel until then I will be keeping a good distance between myself and the violent and aggressive patients who make my work place a living hell for decent folk.

Posted date

16 September, 2010

Posted time

6:55 pm