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Mental disorders and vulnerability to homicidal death: Swedish nationwide cohort study

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f557 (Published 05 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f557

Re: Mental disorders and vulnerability to homicidal death: Swedish nationwide cohort study

A nationwide cohort study in Sweden showed that those with any mental disorder had a 5-fold increased risk of dying by homicide compared with their counterparts without mental illness.
You do not say who was studied, nor how they were identified, without that information the broad conclusion above fails the test of research, defining terms.

As a demographic we earn to the millions, hold every university degree and every professional, white, and blue collar job. Our risks of being murdered are similar to yours.

They also note that national mental health strategies "should reflect the broad nature of safety concerns in mental healthcare, while anti-stigma campaigns among the public should aim to counter fear of mentally ill people with sympathy for the risks they face."

Anti-stigma campaigns are pro-stigma campaigns, placing that association in people’s minds. Associating fear in this article is equally irresponsible, unethical. We are not a generic” they”, the allegation is as offensive as reducing any group to a generic and positing conclusions therefrom. I recall in my lifetime this was done with Jews and African Americans.

Too many people in the mental health professions are not careful with their language. It is time that changed.

Harold A. Maio, retired Mental Health Editor
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Competing interests: No competing interests

06 March 2013
Harold A. Maio
retired
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8955 Forest St Ft Myerss Fl