Sat Jun 28, 2014, 03:11 PM

Mentally Ill People Dealing With "Sane" People's Violence

ON MENTAL ILLNESS: Mentally Ill People Dealing With "Sane" People's Violence
Jack Bragen
Friday June 27, 2014 - 02:19:00 PM

Persons with mental illness are more affected by news reports of war, compared to a non-afflicted person.
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Someone I know was having a manic episode during "Operation Desert Storm." This war was being shown on all of the televisions including the ones in the inpatient psychiatric ward. When my friend was admitted, she had the delusion that she was a participant in the war.
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Someone else I knew met his demise shortly after the beginning of W's Iraq war. The US had been at peace for the entire Clinton Administration. When W came into office and invaded Iraq, it was part of the disturbance that led to this person's manic episode and ensuing demise.
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Today, with horror, I viewed a video of Albuquerque Police shooting and killing an innocent mentally ill man. His name was James Boyd, and he was 38 years old. He was highly confused and had been arguing with police for several hours. The officers apparently lost their patience with the man, and they opened fire. This man was killed in cold blood as though shooting a wild boar for a cookout.

Except that the boar would get better treatment. In the video, police went out of their way to inflict more pain on this man; he was down from the gunshots and dying when police shot him with bean bags and sent a police dog to bite him.
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As persons who suffer from mental illness, we have been called crazy. We have been stereotyped as violent, sick and unconscious people. In fact, the people who are really sick are those who have all of their faculties, who are conscious of what they are doing, and who, at the same time, gun down a harmless man or woman in cold blood. And our society is culpable for allowing this to happen with no retribution.

I guess I am "mentally ill". I couldn't even watch the Albuquerque video.

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Sun Jun 29, 2014, 01:38 AM

1. Excellent post. I couldn't watch the Albuquerque video either.

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