Criminal offenders are persons who have been charged and imprisoned for illegal acts of violence. Many offenders suffer from a wide range ofmental health disorders that can be classified by using the DSM 5. Edward and Bond (2012) revealed that Schizophreniaaccount for seventy four percent of criminal offenders (UWIOC, p.162). People who are schizophrenic display bizarrebehaviours. According to Feldman (1999), “schizophrenia is a class of disordersin which sever distortion of reality occurs” ( p. 557).
What does Unit 9 state about the disorders that criminals are likely to display?
Schizoaffective disorder is a combination of schizophrenia and mood disorders. Persons who are experiencing this disorder may experience hallucination and delusion.
Are there other mental health disorders?
Criminal offender also displays bipolar disorder, a condition in which individual alternates feeling of euphoria and depression. Feldman argued that persons who experience this disorder often show recklessness that produces self injury or injury to others” (p. 555).
Delusional disorder is a serious mental illness which is accompanied by psychotic episodes. Among the most common delusion experience by persons with this disorder are the beliefs that they are being controlled and persecuted by others.
Psychopathic individual are callous, mean and heartless. According to Vitale and Newman (n.d), psychopathy is a clinical syndrome that is still often mentioned synonymously with criminal behaviours sociopathy and antisocial personality disorders” (p. 583).
Borderline personality disorder is another disorder where person have difficulty controlling their anger and can become impulsive and destructive.