Coid et al. ~ Gang violence cause of high levels of mental disorders

If you are interested in mental illness and gang membership, perhaps this BBC report and the related journal article may be of interest:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-23275139

“Young men in gangs are significantly more likely to suffer from a mental
disorder and need psychiatric help than other young men, says a UK study”.

“Prof. Jeremy Coid, lead study author and director of the forensic psychiatry research unit at Queen Mary, University of London, explained the likely cause:

It is probable that, among gang members, high levels of anxiety disorder and psychosis were explained by post-traumatic stress disorder, the most frequent psychiatric outcome of exposure to violence”.

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