Tuesday, January 11, 2011

It Needs to Be Addressed

In the aftermath of the shooting in Arizona, I've heard all sorts of things and groups blamed:
  • The Democraps blame Republicists
  • And vice versa
  • The Idontgiveacrats blame the "political rhertoric"
  • Everyone blames the media
  • Some blame the shooters parents
  • Many blame our gun laws
  • A few blame the idiot loser shooter (ILS - I refuse to print such a loser's name!)
And all are absolutely wrong. Yes, I do blame the ILS. It is ultimately his fault but I wish somebody - ANYBODY would address the greater issue which is the way this country treats the mentally ill. 

This ILS was clearly a mental case for many years. And the inclination would be to blame his parents. But the fact of the matter is, even if these parents realized something was wrong with him years ago, they would not have gotten any real HELP!

They may have turned to his school and chances are the school was just as exasperated with him as the parents were. They may have turned to our social services or mental health agencies, but I promise you, they wouldn't have seen much of an improvement. 

This issue makes me so angry. There is great mistreatment of the mentally challenged in this country. I've seen it in the homeless people I know. I've seen it in my own family. 

Would you believe, it's standard practice to NOT label a minor with mental deficiencies??? Think about that... a child with sociopathic tendencies CANNOT be labeled a sociopath! I assume this is the fear of mislabeling a healthy child and giving him challenges to overcome. But I find it odd that we fail to examine and label problem kids when this, to me, seems the best time to prevent a tragedy such as Tucson. In addition, the kid would potentially be covered by parental insurance as opposed to a problem adult with no money for treatment. 

It's exasperating. And exhausting. I know a young man with 13 of the 14 most common traits of serial killers (list below). And his foster parents have tried EVERYTHING available to them. And I have to wonder if the parents of the ILS from Tucson felt the same. 

But unless and until we find a humane way to deal with our mentally ill, this kind of thing will keep happening. You can't do a damn thing about slap dab crazy. At least, not yet. 

14 Most Common Traits of Serial Killers
1. Over 90 percent of serial killers are male.

2. They tend to be intelligent, with IQ's in the "bright normal" range.

3. They do poorly in school, have trouble holding down jobs, and often work as unskilled laborers.

4. They tend to come from markedly unstable families.

5. As children, they are abandoned by their fathers and raised by domineering mothers.

6. Their families often have criminal, psychiatric and alcoholic histories.

7. They hate their fathers and mothers.

8. They are commonly abused as children — psychologically, physically and sexually. Often the abuse is by a family member. 

9. Many serial killers spend time in institutions as children and have records of early psychiatric problems.

10. They have high rates of suicide attempts.

11. From an early age, many are intensely interested in voyeurism, fetishism, and sado-masochistic pornography.

12. More than 60 percent of serial killers wet their beds beyond the age of 12.

13. Many serial killers are fascinated with fire starting.

14. They are involved with sadistic activity or tormenting small creatures.


Dexter said...

Hear hear! We are so stupid about mental health issues. It is also politically incorrect to say that some kids are just not wired properly. I know somebody who adopted two infants, raised together, same home, same opportunities and one is now in prison for attempted murder and other activities. WTF?

Of course our whole mental health system has gone to pot. We used to have several facilities in our town that have now dumped most of the folks back on to the street due to budget issues.

I don't know what the solution is. I always say if people can agree that some dogs are just bad seeds and must be destroyed or put in protective custody why can't they be humane enough to extend that logic to people?

Mango Momms

Levi said...

My momma used to work in the field and couldn't do it for life because of the burn out. There just isn't any help or services for people with MH issues and virtually nothing for the families. It's a sad state for sure!