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Statistics as a percentage of schizophrenics who have commited murder / manslaughter withdrawing from medication vs those undiagnosed with psychosis / schizophrenia

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Dear Ministry of Justice,

I would like to answer a question based on this premise:

Is withdrawing from anti psychotic medication over a short period of time worse for the suffer than being schizophrenic and not medicated.

The data from this might also hint that withdrawal from medication is enough to unbalance someone to the point that their condition is worse than originally being unwell.

The implications of the data as referenced may encourage those on anti psychotic medication to continue to take their medication and only withdraw from them under the guidance of a psychiatrist, potentially lowering the number of incidents suffers find themselves committing.

Therefore I am requesting, as a percentage, the cases of those who have committed manslaughter / murder whilst withdrawing from anti psychotic medication vs those as a percentage who had undiagnosed schizophrenia / psychosis.

Yours faithfully,
Rob Brew,

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