CRJ 308 WEEK 3 & 5 ASSIGNMENT

CRJ 308 WEEK 3 & 5 ASSIGNMENT - 1 RUNNING HEAD:...

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1 RUNNING HEAD: MENTAL MIND STATE Mental Mind State Levuris J. Smith CRJ 308 Instructor Beth Humm July 11, 2011
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2 MIND STATE The discrimination and stigma associated with mental illnesses largely stem from the link between mental illness and violence in the minds of the general public, according to Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General (1999). Crime is neither mental disorder nor necessarily evidence of such disorder. It is a misconception that all criminals are "sick," especially those who commit apparently senseless crimes or particularly serious crimes such as murder or rape. The concepts of crime and of mental disorder should be kept distinct. Crime is a violation of the criminal law, whereas mental disorder refers to behavior that is usually marked by some type of lack of the general capacity for rationality and accompanying distress or dysfunction. Conduct resulting from mental disorder may or may not be criminal and people with mental disorder may or may not be legally responsible for the behavior that mental disorder produces. Criminal behavior, by contrast, is often highly rational. Thus, some crime is the product of mental disorder, but to consider all crime as a manifestation of such disorder would tend both to eliminate any sensible boundaries to the concept of mental disorder and to play havoc with generally accepted notions of morality and accountability. Body paragraghs: #1. Defining Mental Disorders “The nature of mental disorder is a controversial issue. “Some maintain that there is no such thing as mental illness at all; there are brain diseases and problems of living, but mental illness does not exist. Others believe that almost any deviance from what is taken as normal behavior can be counted as a symptom of a mental disorder”(Varelius, 2009). “Mental illness is a disorder (some say a disease) of the mind that is judged by experts to interfere substantially with a person’s ability to Refernces: Bartol, C. R., & Bartol, A. M. (2011). Criminal behavior: A pscychological approach (9th ed.). Upper Saddle River: Pearson Education, Inc. ISBN: 9780558591373
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3 MIND STATE Jukka Varelius. (2009). Defining mental disorder in terms of our goals for demarcating mental disorder. Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology 16(1), 35-52. Retrieved July7, 2011, from Project MUSE database. #2. Provide overview of Mental Disorder and the diagnose that are Relevant to criminal behavior
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