Psychopathology and Criminality


Society has struggled with a judgmental dilemma of whether criminals and others who just kill are unacceptable, mad or both since time immemorial to the present. To understand this dilemma, psychopathological studies have been trying to unravel the antiques of criminal minds. This paper will do an uncompromising analysis on how psychopathology is perceived and defined. Psychopathology revolves around studying of mental illnesses, mental distresses and agonies and maladaptive behavioral attributes. By the end of this paper, many might consider it a disorder contrary to societal popular belief.


The debate about the significant relationship between the violence exhibited by some people and mental disorders has been on for years in the psychiatric community. Psychopathology has had it fair share of controversies and complexities in the world over. In a study conducted by Dr. Skodol, results were presented on correlations between criminal minds and mental disorders in reference to: violence at Axis I psychopathology in psychotic patients, clinical data of more than three thousand murderers which shows motives and clues, link between axis II disorders and motivation of behaviors shown by criminals, importance of studying social unaccepted behaviors in society to understand some of the most horrifying murders and genetic studies on the relationship between crime and aggression from a medical viewpoint.

Research has shown that psychotic patient exhibit some characteristics. Such characteristics include but not limited to the following: deviance, dysfunction and danger, distress and anxiety. Most psychos are said to repeat their violent actions and are twice as dangerous that non-psychotic persons. Risk factors to psychotic paths are much higher in low class people and in children who are unable to express themselves at the early stages of life. Individuals with poor relating abilities are full of rage and tend to have explosive and emotional outbursts.

Several mental disorders can be classified under psychopathological disorders. The commonest pair is Bipolar Disorder and Dysthymia. More often than not, express bouts of rage. Persons with these disorders are always moody and severely or moderately depressed. Treatment starts with acceptance from peers then the use of antipsychotic drugs to suppress inappropriate emotions. This medication works best when combined with massage and bodywork which lessens episodes of heightened emotion and behavior.


Clinically, it has been proven that anybody deemed to be a psychopath has neurons afflicted to mental disorders. Psychotic persons need to be categorized under the biological theory category. Such people need medical attention, not segregation.