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  • Jimbee28

    What distresses me most about stories like this, is that media presents them as typical for the mentally ill. They most certainly are not. The vast majority of the mentally ill are not violent. They are your friends, your family, your coworkers and your neighbors. There are about 100 murders a day in the United States. The media then decides which ones are newsworthy. And it is therefore their job to present the information correctly and validly. The stigma of mentally illness is the greatest problem the mentally ill face. Some say build more hospitals and clinics. But who is going to want one in their neighborhood if they think they are all axe-weilding thrill killers? Think about it for once.

  • helicohunter

    Nightmare doesn't begin to describe it. It takes a seriously deranged person to stab someone in a restaurant. The saddest thing is that there is often nothing the parents can do. It's hard enough to get treatment for a child and nearly impossible to force treatment on an adult.

  • Lilium Inter Spinas

    Wait, why didn't he avail himself of the many substance abuse and mental health resources made available to those without means? Oh wait, I'm thinking of some other country! (My bad.)

  • thenitenurse

    Every woman's nightmare is to find out that your boyfriend is a true mental case.

  • rightened

    This is the problem with mental health care after the age of 18. Unless a court grants parents extended custody (and usually, there have to be some police incidents to prompt that), they can't force their adult child into confined care. Also, nobody can force a mentally-ill adult to take their meds, go to therapy, etc.--and insurance companies have made it increasingly difficult for the past 30-40 years, in that they are limiting the type of coverage they'll provide and for how long. Even if there's a court order in place, that's not to say that the adult is following that order.

    There is no solution in terms of caring for those with mental illness. It's about maintaining as healthy of a level as possible... which is made even more difficult by the fact that medications are NOT a fix-all (doctors have to get the right meds, then have the right doses of that medication in a patient's body, then provide adequate follow-up care and communication to know if it's working or not, there are side effects, and so on). You don't just "pop a pill" and be done with it.

    And you can't just go, "lock 'em up" as a precaution or even because of past incidents, because these are people with families, with jobs, and with other responsibilities that must be met. Put their job at risk by a prolonged absence, and they stand to lose their insurance. Then they get no care whatsoever. It's a Catch-22 sometimes. Also, it goes back to the insurance issues again--and law enforcement sometimes. My former boss' adult son was ill; he was given six weeks of facility care under the family's insurance and then basically farmed out to a rehab facility, as he also had a combination of a criminal record and drug issues. You can't treat one at a time, and it's even more complicated with violent patients.

  • KRJ

    sick sick sick.