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The Horrors of America’s Broken Mental Health System

December 29, 2012

The Horrors of America’s Broken Mental Health System

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 largely 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 cause so much human misery, terror, and loss of life.

I will try to convince you to spend about 30 minutes reading the documentation for my strong assertion. I will provide you with a few very amazing samples of a larger strongly documented article written by Clayton Kramer. This man 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 is only a sample of the facts that you and those for whom you vote had better know, understand and respond to.

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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.

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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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