Is it possible that delusions to lead to violence?
A review of a literature on delusions and violent behavior conducted by Nistazaki Maria, Papadimitriou Maria, Nikolaou Nikolaos and Alevizopoulos George published in the Journal of Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation, debates on whether violence can be triggered by symptoms of psychosis itself or not .
In almost all studies reviewed, anger over delusions appears to lead to violent actions.
Reactive aggression is considered the ultimate behavioral expression of anger in response to threats and delusions of persecution, conspiracy and espionage, leading to serious violence, can be an extreme threat to the psychotic patient.
Perhaps the most important finding arising from this short review is that anger due to delusional thinking is a key factor that explains the relationship between violence and psychosis.
Nystazaki M, Papadimitriou M, Nikolaou N ,Alevizopoulos G. Delusions and Violent Behavior: A Short Review of the Recent Literature. J Forensic Sci & Criminal Inves. 2017; 3(2): 555613. DOI: 10.19080/JFSCI.2017.03.555613.
Absolutely! Delusions can make one violent and in some cases, it even leads to murder.
Delusion is common symptom of Schizophrenia and According to various research Schizophrenics are 4 to 7 times more prone to committing violent acts such as assault and homicide than their normal counterparts.
Capgras syndrome, in which sufferer believes their loved ones are replaced by imposter. This delusion can also leads to violence.
There are a variety of delusions which may influence the patient to exhibit violent behaviours. Auditory hallucinations in schizophrenia may involve persecutory delusions against the self or others. Visual hallucinations, may also influence violent behaviours.
The bizarre condition Capgras' delusion can lead to violence. This is a delusion in which people come to believe that their loved ones have been replaced by imposters or some malevolent force, this is due to specific ways in which the neurology of the individual breaks down.
Capgras has led to murder and violence in a few different instances.