Horrors of America’s Broken Mental Health System (Re-Blog from 12/20/12) AND 5/27/14

Horrors of America’s Broken Mental Health System (Re-Blog from 12/20/12 and 5/27/14).


V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 12/13/17

Professor Emeritus of Psychology

Practicing Health Care Provider in Psychology


Before you read the next sections of this post, I want you to please study the following article about a mass murder in California by a severely mentally ill man, whose family had warned the police that he was planning to kill people in retribution for his social Isolation.


(I have added this article to this (5/27/14) re-blog  because so much news today about important issues is fake news, (11/13/17)

It is absolutely essential that you see the self-produced video of this profoundly mentally ill man laying out his plans to kill women and men; expressing great happiness and satisfaction to do so.

You may read the article that accompanies it. However, it is only the video that will show you only one face, among others of free-roaming homicidal mentally ill in America.


Such individuals are only a small minority of America’s mentally ill, but they inflict terrible and irreparable damage to our society. It is essential that they be identified and confined to the safety and humane psychological/psychiatric treatment in long-term mental institutions.

Know that America has always been awash in guns. This is nothing new.

What is new is that America is now awash in mentally ill citizens (and criminals) and a some of them are very dangerous. We can never fix this problem by removing guns, knives, cars, poisons, etc., from our society.

We can never fix the whole problem of murder in America by removing the severely and dangerous mentally ill to long-term hospitals, though this is an important step in the right direction. 

We cannot fix the whole problem of murder in America by locking-up all of the dangerous criminals in America, or executing the murders.

Our American culture, that we have allowed it to become profoundly degenerate, will just spawn more and  more dangerous mentally ill, criminal, and incompetent citizens.

We can only fix our panorama of deteriorating mental health and other severe population behavioral problems by fixing our culture. To do this will not require that we turn back time. That is impossible. It will require that we return to our previously enforced rules of self-conduct that were once enforced with strong and more immediate consequences when America was  at its best.

Finally, I doubt that any of this can be done without our return to our historical Judeo/Christian values and rules for personal conduct.

Perhaps all of this is also impossible. We will never know without trying…and we have not yet tried. Someone once said “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result”.

By this definition, the behavior of our post-modern America is insane.

I will assert that America’s behavior is now so hedonistic, irresponsible, corrupted and violent that is now criminally insane.

V. Tom Mawhinney, 5/27/14


The following is my 12/20/12 Blog on this very topic.

I guess that some might accuse me of constructing a sensationalist title for this blog. They would be tragically mistaken.

The Behavioral Contagion of Mass-Murders in America and other counties has been significantly fueled by a misguided humanitarian policy of the Deinstitutionalization of Mental patients. I think that the average American has no understanding of this profound cultural design mistake that has caused so much human misery, terror, and loss of life. It also represents an abuse to the countless mentally ill individuals that live in our alleys, side-streets and under train trestles, etc.

I will try to convince you to spend about 30 minutes reading the documentation for my strong assertion. I will also provide you with a few amazing samples of a larger strongly documented article written by Clayton Kramer.

Mr. Kramer is a very fine scholar, whose work has been used by supreme court justices. You must read the entire article…if you remain ignorant on this matter you will remain part of the problem of mass murder contagion in America. The following quote from Kramer’s article is only a sample of the facts that you and those for whom you vote had better know, understand and respond to. _______________________________________________________________________________________

When The New York Times did a detailed study of 100 U.S. rampage killers in 2000, they pointed out that there was often plenty of warning: Most of them left a road map of red flags, spending months plotting their attacks and accumulating weapons, talking openly of their plans for bloodshed. Many showed signs of serious mental health problems. The Times’ study found that many of the rampage killers… suffered from severe psychosis, were known by people in their circles as being noticeably ill and needing help, and received insufficient or inconsistent treatment from a mental health system that seemed incapable of helping these especially intractable patients. . . . The Times found what it called “an extremely high association between violence and mental illness.” Of the 100 rampage murderers, forty-seven “had a history of mental health problems” before committing murder, twenty had been previously hospitalized for mental illness, and forty-two had been previously seen by professionals for their mental illness. While acknowledging that mental illness diagnoses “are often difficult to pin down . . . 23 killers showed signs of serious depression before the killings, and 49 expressed paranoid ideas.”57 There is no shortage of these tragedies that have one common element: a person whose exceedingly odd behavior, sometimes combined with minor criminal acts, would likely have led to confinement in a mental hospital in 1960. After deinstitutionalization, these people remained at large until they killed. The criminal justice system then took them out of circulation (if they did not commit suicide), but this was too late for their victims. ________________________________________________________________

I will now beg you to read the rest of his article. Learn about one of America’s major self-inflicted design flaws. http://www.fed-soc.org/publications/detail/madness-deinstitutionalization-murder

V. Thomas Mawhinney Ph.D., 12/20/12

Health Services Provider in Psychology

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