Here’s an article today about the stigma attached to mental health and violence issues. Considering the tragedy recently in Connecticut, it’s important that informed discussions about these topics occur.
What do you think? Is there too much misinformation out there about violence being associated with mental disorders? And how can we better identify mentally ill people who do have violent tendencies, so that they get the appropriate help before a horrible tragedy occurs? And one more question: is the appropriate help available? I personally have found doctors, both physical and mental, to be highly variable in their diagnostic skills, therapies, and follow-up. Should mentally ill patients with potentially violent characteristics be forcefully institutionalized until deemed non-violent?
These are tough topics. They deserve tough answers.