The fact that the German co-pilot suspected to be behind the deadly plane crash in the French Alps last month, killing himself along with the 149 people on board, was apparently suffering from depression has prompted many to speculate that most psychiatric disorders could lead to violent behaviour.According to the new findings only substance use disorders predict future violence.

Violence and psychiatric disorders were assessed via self-report in 1,659 youth aged 13 to 25 years."We must improve how we address multiple problems including violent behaviour as part of psychiatric treatment," study first author Katherine Elkington, assistant professor of clinical psychology in psychiatry at Columbia University Medical School, pointed out.The study was published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry.

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