When we think of serial killers, the first word that pops into our mind is ‘psychopath’. I’m here to tell you that that is not always the case and that it time to change the way that we view mental illness.
1. Not All Killers are Psychopaths and Not All Psychopaths are Killers.
First of all, it should be kept in mind that not all killers are psychopaths. Sadly, 1 in 700 people suffering from a psychiatric disorder will commit a homicide if they have not yet received treatment. This is a clear cut example of why we should be working towards destigmatising mental disorders – to give those in help more confidence in stepping forward to receive the help they need. Unlike psychopathy, psychosis is treatable through antipsychotic medications, psychological therapies, and even through social support. This is one of the main differences between psychosis and psychopathy; one is a treatable, medical condition and the other is a permanent mental disorder.