Staff Therapist, Sara Corse, Ph.D., Interviewed on CBS 3 Philly
December 4, 2019 | Staff Therapist, Sara Corse, Ph.D., provides her insight on determining if a family member needs help or is suffering from a mental illness. While the vast majority of people coping with a mental illness are not violent, and in fact more likely to be victims of violence than perpetrators of it, Dr. Corse was interviewed in response to two recent murders that occurred in Philadelphia. In both cases, the defendants took the lives of their own family members and were perceived to be struggling with a mental health condition. Research suggests that there are some factors that may increase the risk of violence perpetrated by people experiencing mental illness; co-occurring substance abuse, untreated psychosis, being young and male, and a past history of violence. Dr. Corse highlights the need for recognition of symptoms, intervention, and access to appropriate care in these cases.