Hey there, Dremulf, back for another Rant!
Today I’d like to talk about the association of Violence and Mental Illness.
First of all, the vast majority of mentally ill people are not actually dangerous to normal people. We tend more towards self destructive behaviors than general destructive ones. You are more likely to be robbed by your local politician than by a mentally ill person.
I’ve seen a lot of focus on restricting the mentally ill from owning firearms because of the fear that they may do something. Sadly the fact is, the majority of mass shooters are considered healthy by mental health professionals. Yet the ones who get reported on are only the ones who are considered ill. Often even the ones who are quite healthy are portrayed as being mentally ill, simply because people, particularly those in politics, don’t want people to realize that most mentally ill are harmless.
I not saying that politicians lie outright about it, but they will go out of their way to run around the truth. One of the statistics you see about mentally ill and violence is this
“Mentally ill are responsible for 70% of violent crime in the US”
This statement, while scary, is also completely false, as there has been no actual study on this subject. The closest you will get to this was a study done in Europe.
This study suggests that the mentally in, in 1st world countries, are responsible for maybe 5% of violent crime, yet are 33% more likely to be the victims of violent crime.
A good stat to make you realize how serious the discrimination against the mentally ill is this.
African American Men are 3.5x more likely to be shot by police during the act of a crime.
A man with Schizophrenia is 7x more likely to be shot by police when they encounter each other, whether that SZ sufferer was committing a crime or not. In fact most police shootings of the mentally ill occur when the police are called to assist in talking them down from suicide.
So you have this big group that is shouting about the lives of black people, I’m not saying that they think black lives are MORE valuable than others, but some of the more extreme of their members seem to think so.
Sadly the fact that the mentally ill are treated even worse than the oh so oppressed African American is neglected by main stream media.
When a black man goes to prison, or any man or woman for that matter, they get three meals a day, full medical treatment for ailments, and even free education. They also get to work out, write letters, and go online.
When a Schizophrenic who is suffering from depression gets put in a mental hospital they are drugged to the point they cant function, fed a pathetic excuse of a meal maybe twice a day, are ignored by staff unless they are bleeding, and if they get educational type stimulation, in the form of lesson plans and classes, its in the form of a grade special needs setting. You sit in a room, and melt plastic beads into cute shapes. You know like you did in summer camp when you were 10.
Mental patients rarely get to write letters to family or other loved ones, since a pen could be a weapon, they only get exercise in the form an hour outside, usually in a small fenced in area not even big enough to get a proper walk in.
As for internet access? not happening.
In some more extreme cases the patient is kept in a ‘catatonic’ state, where they are so helpless they have to wear diapers and be cleaned everyday by nurses. You often see the cases of elderly folks in homes being mistreated, in a ‘psych ward’ it can be many times worse. And I am not even talking about countries like Palestine and Pakistan, I am talking about places right here in the USA.
My own personal experience is from my youth. I did something regrettable, and got in trouble with the police, I begged the officer interrogating me to shoot me dead, and as a result ended up in a ward. I was treated like a 2 year old, fed cold, nasty food that wouldn’t even be served in prison camps, and roomed with a psycho girl (this was before juvenile units were segregated.) This girl was truly disturbed, after years of sexual abuse at the hands of a family member, she was ‘sex dependent’ she could not function without sexual stimulation ever few minutes. When you are a guy who views sex as something sacred, an act of making life, this kind of thing is very disturbing.
I complained many times, but was told flat out by a nurse to ‘stop bitching most guys would be all over that like stink on shit you damn fag, now take your meds’.
This of course went into my complaint when I went before the judge the first time. The judge ruled that my treatment there was ‘fair’ considering my criminal history, which at the time was non existent. Since my only ‘crime’ had been attacking a teacher who had molested another student, which I walked in on. Of course I ended up with assault charges and the teacher was given a ‘reprimand’.
When you are mentally ill, no matter how harmless you are, in the eyes of the law you are more dangerous than terrorist, more dangerous than rabid dog, and even more dangerous than six time murderer. Even if you’ve never hurt anyone.