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How Mental Health Issues Affect Criminal Behavior


If you’ve ever wondered why people commit crimes, there’s a good chance it’s because of a mental health issue. Many studies show that most criminals have some type of mental illness. In one study by the Department of Justice, researchers found that 70% of incarcerated males and 78% of incarcerated females had at least one personality disorder. In another study by the National Institute of Mental Health, researchers found that 85% of inmates who committed violent crimes had signs of mental illness.

These numbers are staggering, but they make sense when you consider that most people arrested or incarcerated have been diagnosed with at least one mental illness. Many more people who aren’t in jail or prison may also struggle with these issues daily — sometimes without even realizing it.

We at A. L. Mental Health specializes in providing forensic mental evaluation services for those who have been charged with crimes.

Our mental health counseling in New York is designed to help the person accused of crime identify the root cause of their criminal behavior.

Our counselors for behavioral health in Brooklyn, New York have experience working with clients who have committed crimes ranging from robbery to rape and everything in between.

We also offer comprehensive cognitive assessments and treatment options customized to meet their individual needs — so that they can begin moving forward with their life healthily.

The goal of our counseling services is to help people find the right path forward after they have made a mistake. To learn more about our services, please call us.

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