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Anger Due To Delusions Associated With Violence, Psychosis

JAMA Psychiatry Study Highlights

Jeremy W. Coid, M.D., and colleagues from , , Barts, and the , , England, investigated which and characteristics are associated with violent behavior during a first episode of psychosis.

The study included 458 patients with first-episode psychosis who were 18 to 64 years of age.

The prevalence of violence was 38 percent during the 12-month period, and 12 percent of the sample engaged in serious violence. Three prevalent delusions showed pathways to serious violence mediated by anger due to delusional beliefs: persecution, being spied on and conspiracy.

“Anger due to delusions is a key factor that explains the relationship between violence and acute psychosis,” the study concludes.


JAMA Psychiatry. Published online March 6, 2013. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2013.12.