This June 18, 2015 article on the SALON website, talks about the many ways that those with mental health issues are losing more and more rights because non-mentally ill people assume myths are facts. Those who have followed my blog for some time probably have realized I generally don’t do many posts about anything having to do with crimes that the media has decided were the result of mental illness, but this article really hit home as it described how those with mental illnesses are scapegoats and are in many ways being thrown under the bus as opposed to being treated with the same dignity or respect that non-mentally ill people enjoy. I have felt for some time that when it comes to a court of law, involving any kind of violent act, that the court should focus on whether the evidence says the accused could have committed the crime or not, and that mental health issues need to be an after thought with evaluations used to help decide what services the person needs whether they are incarcerated or not. I have never seen media make diabetes the focus of a court case I also have never seen the media make cancer a focus of the court case when a violent act was committed. So since I have been told for many years that “just like a diabetic has to take insulin for the rest of their life, I will have to take medication for my mental illness for the rest of my life” doesn’t it seem fair to say that ‘just like a person with a mental illness stands trial based on their illness, then so should the person with diabetes stand trial based on their diabetes’. As for those of you thinking that it makes no sense to try someone who committed a violent crime based on their diagnosis of diabetes, why would you assume it’s OK to do just that when it is a person diagnosed with a mental illness? both are illnesses and both need treatment, but only those with diabetes are allowed to be treated as a person and not an illness by society.
- Psychosis Rarely Linked to Violent Crime, Report Concludes (feeds.socialpsychology.org)
- Psychosis Rarely Linked to Violent Crime, Study Says (health.usnews.com)
- It’s not about mental illness: The big lie that always follows mass shootings by white males (salon.com)
- Being Both Physically and Mentally Ill-What I Fear Most (dailytwocents.com)
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