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

Posted by Christ_empowered on November 18, 2017, at 9:13:38

In reply to Re: How do you feel about the term 'Mental Illness'? beckett2, posted by Phillipa on November 17, 2017, at 22:00:24

I think in American culture...we have a tendency to try to make social issues "personal problems."

So...clearly, this is a violent culture, and we're armed to the teeth. Instead of dealing with it at a social level, I guess the easiest thing to do is label the (many) perpetrators of mass violence as "mentally ill," and demand more "treatment," more hospitals, etc.

Meanwhile...when the mentally ill -do- commit crimes, they/we are often published 2x. Where I live, mentally ill people convicted of felonies are often burdened w/ a "guilty but mentally ill" verdict, which often equals more punishment and harsh "treatment." Those who end up with an NGRI verdict (not guilty by reason of insanity) sometimes fare better, but a lot of that depends on their social status going into "the system."




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