In spite of widely held stereotypes, individuals experiencing an increase in mental health symptoms actually more likely to be victims of violence than perpetrators.  This may be due to their behaviors driving caretakers away and/or an increased focus on the internal mental state on the part of the the individual.  When individuals are experiencing an increase in symptoms, it is recommended that they consider spending less time in public spaces, community treatment facilities or increases in guardianship.

Georgia State University (2009, April 14). Increased Symptoms Lead Mentally Disordered To Become Victims Of Violence. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 16, 2009, from­ /releases/2009/04/090414120459.htm