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Diagnosed depression linked to violent crime, says Oxford University study

Mar 2nd, 2015 by

Researchers find that while vast majority of patients are not violent, doctors’ focus tends to be on self-harm or suicide rather than violence

People diagnosed with depression are roughly three times more likely than the general population to commit violent crimes such as robbery, sexual offences and assault, according to psychiatric experts.

A study based on more than 47,000 people in Sweden, emphasised that the overwhelming majority of depressed people are neither violent nor criminal and should not be stigmatised.

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