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Blaming Gun Violence on the Mentally Ill Is Easy, but Ignorant

A meme that circulated recently on social media suggested that the days of going to our comedians for levity and our politicians for public policy are over. According to the post, we now get our belly laughs from Donald Trump … Continue reading

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Psychosis Rarely Linked to Violent Crime, Study Says

“High-profile mass shootings capture public attention and increase vigilance of people with mental illness. But our findings clearly show that psychosis rarely leads directly to violence,” said study lead author Jennifer Skeem, associate dean of research at University of California, … Continue reading

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End the mental illness stigma

May is mental health awareness month, but the stigma surrounding individuals living with a mental illness extends much further than that. As the news boils over with horrific stories of violent crimes, mental illness appears to be the only explainable … Continue reading

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My Illness Doesn’t Make Me Violent

I don’t know why the co-pilot on the Germanwings flight became violent or why his mental illness was not properly managed. I just know that, along with the homeless, the mentally ill are today’s lepers. They — we — are … Continue reading

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Treatment of substance abuse can lessen risk of future violence in mentally ill, study finds –

BUFFALO, N.Y. — If a person is dually diagnosed with a severe mental illness and a substance abuse problem, are improvements in their mental health or in their substance abuse most likely to reduce the risk of future violence? Although … Continue reading

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Stigma of mental illness can lead to violence with police: report –

Despite progress in de-escalation training, many police officers continue to carry stigma and stereotypes about people with mental illness, which could lead to violent altercations, according to a report released Wednesday by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. – See … Continue reading

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The Myth Of Mental Illness And Gun Violence

The Myth Of Mental Illness And Gun Violence Random gun violence is a terrifying fact of American life, because of both the violence and the randomness. Terror bred by violence does not really require comment; they are twinned. But terror … Continue reading

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What We Actually Know About the Connections Between Mental Illness, Mass Shootings, and Gun Violence

What We Actually Know About the Connections Between Mental Illness, Mass Shootings, and Gun Violence We need to think of violence itself as a communicable disease. We have kids growing up exposed to terrible trauma. We did a study some … Continue reading

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Elliot Rodger and the NRA myth: How the gun lobby scapegoats mental illness

Elliot Rodger and the NRA myth: How the gun lobby scapegoats mental illness Elliot Rodger’s Santa Barbara rampage that killed seven people (including the gunman) is just one of a series in the United States over the last two months.  … Continue reading

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Effort To Force Treatment On Severely Mentally Ill Meets Resistance

Effort To Force Treatment On Severely Mentally Ill Meets Resistance The vast majority of people with mental illness are no more likely to be violent than anyone else. Statistically they’re actually more likely to be victims of violence. But a … Continue reading

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