Is a mentally ill person violent?

Showing a mentally ill person committing violent acts is a very specific and very focused trigger for mentally ill people, and people who love someone who is mentally ill. This is separate and distinct from demonizing mental illness. Many mentally ill people are shunned, abused, and murdered because people are frightened of them. Many mentally ill people are extremely poorly treated or even killed because so many people equate mental illness with violence. It is extremely upsetting for a mentally ill person to see a movie that tells them they are frightening and dangerous. Mentally ill people have enough to deal with without having to deal with terror and prejudice. Further, it is extremely upsetting to watch someone you love who has a mental illness watching a movie that shows someone like them being dangerous and violent.
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Movie • 2021 Report
Yes
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Lmss
They’re not mentally ill but they’re made to seem that way at first
Movie • 2021 Report
Yes
13
No
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EzraG
Both of the main villains are portrayed to have unspecified mental illnesses. One is a killer and the other a mass killer.
Movie • 2019 Report
Yes
13
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hanzabananza
Dani’s sister has bipolar disorder, and in the beginning of the movie she kills both of their parents before killing herself
Movie • 2021 Report
Yes
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Book Report
Yes
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ParTy
sollux captor canonically has bipolar disorder and he does kill someone but he was being mind controlled while doing it. many people interpret gamzee makara as mentally ill, though the exact mental illness is debatable. gamzee makara goes on a murdering spree in the comic.
Movie Report
Yes
10
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followforest2
Connor tends to raise his voice at Evan and shoved him in the times they interact. In Connor’s room, there are holes in the wall, assumedly done by himself.
Movie • 2021 Report
Yes
10
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Movie • 2020 Report
Yes
9
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greencow
A mentally ill man is vilified by the townspeople and forced to defend himself, and it’s incredibly heartbreaking
Movie • 2018 Report
Yes
8
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Sid
A woman with psychosis cuts her baby open
TV Show • 2008 Report
Yes
7
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eridanliker
A few scenes in Season 4 shows someone with dementia drug one person, and attack another
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byakuyautistic
There's the "DID system has a murderer and cr*zy alter" trope, so...... yeah.
TV Show • 2018 Report
Yes
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zoolover
that is like. the entire show.
Video Game • 2017 Report
Yes
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JudgeAngels
Yuri is very obviously mentally ill even though she's not violent towards others she is violent to herself
Movie • 1960 Report
Yes
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Gab
This is textbook demonization of mentally ill people in film.
Movie • 2021 Report
Yes
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SiRenfield
Harley is portrayed somewhat more sympathetically than most examples, but she still qualifies
Movie • 2009 Report
Yes
6
No
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Movie • 1978 Report
Yes
6
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TV Show • 2011 Report
Yes
6
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Movie • 1980 Report
Yes
5
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cassandrasaurusrdr
Will depend on if you consider addiction/alcoholism a mental illness, but I marked “yes” to be safe.
TV Show Report
Yes
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Ellie_red
SPOILERS__________________Yes, someone develops psychosis and sometimes violently attacks people. This is mainly due to her having what's hinted as anger problems before she develops the psychosis, but the two mix. There are other people who hallucinate too but don't act violently
TV Show • 2013 Report
Yes
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Amy17
In the first season, a character suffers from Cotard syndrome and she's been thinking she's already dead since childhood. Now she's an adult and she becomes violent. She kills a woman (her old friend) in a very crude way, trying to understand if she's real or not.
Movie • 2021 Report
Yes
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sammylee
[SPOILERS] One man has schizophrenia and in a couple different instances he attacks the others with a knife.
Video Game • 2021 Report
Yes
5
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Pikkles
a violent mentally ill person is featured heavily in the game. The character "spamton" is a broken malware that displays clear mental health problems, and is incredibly violent and even seen as evil in an optional route
TV Show • 2005 Report
Yes
5
No
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Lexington
One of the main antagonists could be classified as mentally ill and displays pretty violent behavior towards the end of the series
Movie • 2021 Report
Yes
5
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noaa
Multiple mentions of side character being violent and holes from punches shown on walls, side character also shoves another character at school aggressively and shouts.
Movie • 2019 Report
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Anime • 2016 Report
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5
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TV Show • 2009 Report
Yes
4
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vermin
The character Chang often threatens and commits acts of (minor) violence that are chalked up to him “just being crazy”. He is used to conflate mental illness and violence throughout the show
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Metta
(slight spoiler) a group of women being kept in an asylum attack & kill the man who runs the asylum
Movie • 1999 Report
Yes
4
No
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Jethro
The man character suffers from DID which ends up making him overly violent (mostly towards himself)