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Danger or disinformation

Graham Thornicroft

in Shunned

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Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780198570981
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754463 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780198570981.003.0007

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

Danger or disinformation

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As we saw in the last chapter, by far the strongest defining feature of mental illnesses, according to its popular portrayals in the mass media, is the link with violence.' Are these concerns justified? Is there a kernel of truth in these worries?' Do such fears exaggerate or underestimate the real level of risk posed by people with mental illness, compared with the risks from people without such conditions? Should policy-makers and the producers of media orientate themselves to the ‘real’ facts of such risks, rather to perceived risks, or are both important? How far do popular concerns reflect real danger or real disinformation? These are the questions that we shall consider in this chapter.

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Subjects: Psychiatry

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