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Dealing with aggressive and violent behaviours in psychiatric settings 

Dealing with aggressive and violent behaviours in psychiatric settings
Dealing with aggressive and violent behaviours in psychiatric settings

Mario Luciano

, Julian Beezhold

, Nagendra Bendi

, and Dinesh Bhugra

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date: 05 July 2022

People with mental disorders have a relative risk for aggressive behaviours two to three times higher compared to the general population. Approximately 10% of patients at ward admission present with an episode of aggressiveness and 22.5% of psychiatric patients have at least one episode during their life. Violence risk prediction is a priority issue for mental health professionals working in psychiatric settings. Violence committed by psychiatric patients represents an important and challenging problem in clinical practice, since it negatively influences treatment, staff dynamics, and relationships with professionals. In this chapter, aggressive behaviours in psychiatric practice are discussed and practical information on early recognition and treatment are provided.

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