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Re: How do you feel about the term 'Mental Illness'?

Posted by baseball55 on November 17, 2017, at 18:32:30

In reply to Re: How do you feel about the term 'Mental Illness'? baseball55, posted by beckett2 on November 15, 2017, at 22:16:24

> I agree. There seems two worn routes popular thinking runs when thinking about psychotic disorders--the creative type like John Nash or Van Gough or the violent mass shooter (#thankstrump).
>
The latter bugs me though. Who says that violent mass shooters are psychotic? I don't know of any evidence that this is the case. Why do people even say they're mentally ill? Just because you do something "crazy" - in the sense of something most people can't empathize with or imagine doing - doesn't make you mentally ill in the sense of meeting any DSM category. It makes me angry when, after one of these all too frequent episodes, people start talking about keeping registries of the "mentally ill" or the need to do something about "mental illness" rather than acknowledge that there are just strange and angry men out there who have too easy access to automatic weapons.


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