Antisocial Behavior Prior to Psychosis Points to Later Risk for Violence, Study Suggests

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Individuals who engage in antisocial behavior before showing symptoms of schizophrenia are more likely to be violent after a first schizophrenia episode occurs.

“These data have implications for violence prediction and treatment in patients with schizophrenia,” Paul Appelbaum, M.D., told Psychiatric News. “[They] suggest that treatment targeting psychotic symptoms in higher-risk patients may not be enough to prevent violent behavior—interventions aimed specifically at propensities for violence may be needed as well.”

–Psychiatric News Alert

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