Robin Williams Never Shot Anybody
Robin Williams was a peaceful man, never violent so far as I am aware of. He was beloved by all and I don’t know of anyone whom he hadn’t made laugh.
Misdiagnosed with Parkinson’s disease he actually suffered from Lewy Body Dementia. Discovered after his suicide, it was this illness that led to his suicide.
Politics of Gun Control, Let’s Blame Mental Health
Mental health has been in the news a lot since the Parkland Fla. Shooting, as it is generally after every shooting. As usual congress, (both republicans as well as democrats) and President Trump are demonizing mental illness in order to push a political agenda!
This week president Trump has not only risked alienated the ‘forgotten women and men’ who put him in office with is changing views on gun control. He also seemed open to Senator Feinstein (D-CA) about the idea of a new “assault weapons “ban.
He also discussed confiscation without due process:
“Take the guns first, go through due process second,” Trump said.
Trump was responding to comments from Vice President Pence that families and local law enforcement should have more tools to report potentially dangerous individuals with weapons.
“Allow due process so no one’s rights are trampled, but the ability to go to court, obtain an order and then collect not only the firearms but any weapons,” Pence said.
“Or, Mike, take the firearms first, and then go to court,” Trump responded.
Trump: “If you can add a paragraph including Domestic Violence to the bill, It’d be great”
Of course the gun confiscation was aimed toward the political definition of those who are mentally ill
Then reported all over the news the next day, calls for “comprehensive mental health reform”
Connecting gun violence to mental health is an easy sell to the public
From The Atlantic
“This is one of the hardest distinctions to make,” McGinty says. “Anyone who kills someone else in a mass shooting scenario or otherwise is not what we would consider mentally healthy. But that does not mean they have a clinical diagnosis and therefore a treatable mental illness. There could be emotional regulation issues related to anger, for example, which are a separate phenomenon. There could be underlying substance use issues. There could be a whole host of other risk factors for violence going on.”
“I think we have a long way to go in terms of brain science to really understand [those] distinctions,” adds Ron Honberg, a senior policy advisor at the National Alliance on Mental Illness
But when the news reinforces these easy narratives, as McGinty’s study shows it often does, that can have serious consequences. Other research shows that reading stories about mass shootings by people with mental illnesses makes people feel more negatively toward the mentally ill. This only heightens stigma, which could lead to more people going untreated.
“Do we not risk creating further barriers?” Honberg asks. “People [may] feel like, ‘Oh my gosh, if I get identified as having a psychiatric diagnosis, people are going to draw certain conclusions.’ It’s hard enough to get people to seek help when they need it.”
A mental illness doesn’t make someone bad or sub-human, they are not defective.
A mental illness doesn’t make one violent.
Mental Illness and Gun Violence Facts
The truth is there is little evidence that supports the idea that people who are diagnosed with a mental illness are more likely than everyone else to commit a gun crime. – NCBI
Most individuals with psychiatric disorders are not violent. – Harvard and The American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)
The percentage of crimes committed by people with a mental illness is less than 3% to 5%, much lower than the national average.- ”Appelbaum PS. Violence and mental disorders: data and public policy”. Am J Psychiatry.
Databases that track gun homicides show that fewer than 5% of the ‘gun related killings’ between 2001 and 2010in the U.S. were committed by people diagnosed with a mental illness.- National Center for Biotechnology Information and National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
People with a mental illness are more likely to be a victim of violent crime, rather than a perpetrator of it. MentalHealth.gov
Researchers analyzed 429 crimes committed by 143 offenders with three major types of mental illness and found that 3 percent of their crimes were directly related to symptoms of major depression, 4 percent to symptoms of schizophrenia disorders and 10 percent to symptoms of bipolar disorder. American Psychological AssociationAmerican Psychological Association American Psychological Association
It’s theorized that mental illnesses such as schizophrenia actually reduce the risk of violence over time, and are in many cases marked by social isolation and withdrawal. “Nestor PG. Mental disorder and violence: personality dimensions and clinical features” Am J Psychiatry
A 2008 study conducted by Stanford University School of Medicine found that those with Bipolar disorder “expressed enhanced creativity”, in fact there have been many articles written associating artistry with mental health disorders.
Here are some more well known celebrities who also suffer with a mental illness
Howie Mandell has been very open about his OCD.
Actor and comedian, Jim Carrey was diagnosed with depression.
We’re all familiar with Charlie Sheen’s very public battle with mental illness and has publically discussed his bipolar diagnoses.
Just a handful of celebrities to name a few, so many have very courageously and openly discussed their diagnoses with mental health.
History of mental Health Used for Social and Political Engineering
Mental health disorders weren’t always considered bad, schizophrenia was considered an “illness of docility” up to as recent as the 1940’s. Schizophrenia was an illness that affected people’s abilities to “think, and feel” and were considered nonthreatening. Considered harmless to society” publications like the New York Times wrote many articles of “schizophrenic poets” who produced “brilliant rhymes.”
The politicized mind. New York Times., shyness is blamed in mental illness. New York Times. December 29, 1929, and Noyes AP. Textbook of Psychiatry. 1st ed. Macmillan; 1927
Taming the “Little Woman”
In the 1940’s and 50’s social engineering efforts used mental illnesses to mold women into conformity. Magazines like Ladies’ Home Journal and Better Homes and Gardens wrote articles about unhappily married housewives who had “schizophrenic mood swings” comparing them to “Doctor Jekyll and Mrs. Hyde.” Ads ran in professional publications sowing middle aged white women, one such ad suggesting medications could make them “clean, cooperative, and communicative.”
“Don’t tell them we’re all going crazy.” Better Homes Gardens. July 1947, and “Are you likely to be a happily married woman” Ladies Home Journal, March 1949.
Making Blacks Conform to Society
In the 1960’s and 70’s Black men were deemed mentally ill for their activism. “Black culture” and “Black activist politics” were terms used in numerous public discussions of the mentally ill. The Archives of General Psychiatry, described a “protest psychosis” where the Black Power movement “drove ‘Negro men’ to insanity, leading to attacks on “Caucasians” faux statistics were used demonstrating how blacks had higher rates of “insanity” that whites did, and that “growing up ‘negro in America ‘produced impairments in the capacity to participate in the surrounding culture” causing “schizophrenic types of behavior”
Psychiatric history and symptom differences in Black and White depressed patients. J Consult Clinical Psychology . 1970
The “protest” psychosis: a special type of reactive psychosis. Arch General Psychiatry. 1968
Psychiatric history and symptom differences in Black and White depressed patients. J Consult Clinical Psychology. 1970
Social conflict and schizophrenic behavior in young adult Negro males. Psychiatry J Stud Interpersonal Processes. 1961
It’s an unfortunate fact of society, though rare, some people have violent tendencies. Sometimes these people with violent tendencies commit violent crimes. If a person has a mental illness, and doesn’t have violent tendencies, that person will not commit a violent crime. This is why millions of people who are diagnosed with a mental illness go relative unnoticed. This is why we never see celebrities such as Brittney Spears or Charlie Sheen, who in the middle of a psychotic or manic episode, don’t acquire an AR-15 rifle and gun anybody down. Sometimes people are just bad. Sometimes they are evil.
In even rarer cases demonic oppression can be involved. In the case of Nikolas Cruz he heard “demonic” voices that not only told him what to do, but how to do it as well! NY Daily News, Zerohedge, The Sun
The real issue is lack of love for our fellow humans. Its lack of love that’ll make someone do the unspeakable act of murder, and also lack of love that would make us demonize a group of people in order to push a political agenda. It’s plain evil to put the blame on a group of people who have virtually nobody to advocate on their behalf. People who suffer with mental illness do so courageously and in silence.
Perhaps it’s another celebrity who put it best. You may know Mike Rowe from “Dirty Jobs”, he is someone who knows hard working folk, and someone who’s definitely not afraid to get his hands dirty. He also has a new show on TBN called “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” Awesome show as always from Mike.
In February Mike Rowe Posted on Facebook:
“Robin was losing his mind and he was aware of it … He kept saying, ‘I just want to reboot my brain.'”
In an essay published in the journal Neurology two years after his death, Susan Schneider revealed that the pathology of Lewy body dementia in Williams was described by several doctors as among the worst pathologies they had seen. She described the early symptoms of his disease as beginning in October 2013. It included a sudden and prolonged spike in fear and anxiety, constipation, urinary difficulty, heartburn, sleeplessness and insomnia, a poor sense of smell, stress, and a slight tremor in his left hand. Eventually, she said, he suffered from paranoia, delusions, severe insomnia, memory loss, and high cortisol levels, indicating stress. According to Schneider, “Robin was losing his mind and he was aware of it … He kept saying, ‘I just want to reboot my brain.'”