Depression to blame for 32,000 violent crimes a year, says Oxford University (THE TELEGRAPH)
Depressed people are three times more likely to commit violent crimes than the general population, researchers have found.
Depression is to blame for 32,000 violent crimes in Britain each year including murder, sexual assaults and robbery, scientists have found.
A huge study by Oxford University found that depressed people are three times more likely to commit a violent offence than the general population.
Overall they found that depressed people were likely to be linked to 46,000 violent crimes, but when other factors were taken into account, the illness itself was responsible for around 32,000.
The scientists said doctors should question patients about their risk of violence in the same way they currently ask about thoughts of suicide.
The study looked at 47,000 people who were diagnosed with depression in Sweden and compared them with people who were not suffering from the mental illness.
The science behind the article can be found at: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpsy/article/PIIS2215-0366(14)00128-X/fulltext