According to multiple studies in recent years, mental illness diagnoses are not as closely related to mass shootings as some believe. News coverage after a tragedy can often focus on a violent offender’s troubled past or difficulties in social settings, such as in a Washington Post article published after the Parkland shooting that cited the shooter’s previous “mental health concerns.” However, a 2015 study by Jonathan M. Metzl in the American Journal of Public Health says fewer than 3 to 5 percent of crimes in the United States involve people with mental illness.
“Apologize to me for talking that way!” The words flew out of my mouth, setting me up for an epic battle of wills. When my 6-year-old daughter finally mumbled an apology through her tears, I wondered if all the drama had been worth it. Had she learned anything by being pushed to say “I’m sorry”? Experts explain what’s important is not simply saying the words but learning to take responsibility for a mistake. “Children this age may resist apologizing because they believe the mistake wasn’t their fault,” says Ericka Anderson, a licensed professional counselor at The Healing Grove, in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. “They need reassurance that even though they misbehaved, they are not ‘bad’ and are still loved.” By breaking the apology process into a few steps you can help your child understand how her actions affect others and learn when to make amends.
There is no clear diagnosis of an anger disorder, but the psychiatric diagnostic manual does include “intermittent explosive disorder”, which is characterised by recurrent behavioural outbursts representing a failure to control aggressive impulses. This affects 7.3% of the population at some point in their life and 3.9% in the past 12 months.
Anger, however, is a common clinical presentation that features across an array of different mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use disorders and many more.
If you begin to notice that you are on edge quite a lot, do things that you later regret, are quick to react instead of respond, and that you have people in your life who have told you that you tend to get angry, it might be helpful to do something about it.
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Anger problems can make you feel isolated from others, dissatisfied with life, and completely misunderstood. When you have a difficult time dealing with your anger, it can be hard to accomplish what you want to do or develop the relationships you would like to have. Yet, the person who has anger issues doesn’t always recognize the source of their difficulty. They may think others are at fault for pushing their buttons or even feel that the universe is against them.
Yet, realizing that the problem lies in how you choose to deal with your anger can be very freeing. Knowing what is actually happening can help you feel more in tune with yourself. Understanding that you can take charge of your responses can help you deal with the uncomfortable emotions surrounding your anger. And, once you can honestly say the words “I have anger issues,” you can begin the work of overcoming them.
Of children in the juvenile justice system, some 70 percent have a mental illness.
“What we forget when someone has a mental illness and becomes violent is that we failed them,” Insel says in the film.
If a person with diabetes goes into a coma, we know that their treatment didn’t work. The same is true when people with mental illness have crises, Insel says.
Anger is a normal, healthy emotion. But it’s unhealthy when it flares up all the time or spirals out of control. Chronic, explosive anger has serious consequences for your relationships, your health, and your state of mind. The good news is that getting anger under control is easier than you think. With insight about the real reasons for your anger and these anger management tools, you can learn to keep your temper from hijacking your life.
Senseless tragedies like mass shootings also provoke and demand answers – preferably ones that are also accompanied by easy fixes, says Jeffrey Swanson, a professor of psychiatry and behavioural sciences at Duke University School of Medicine. “We want life to be safe and predictable and to make sense,” he says. “The normal reaction is to want an oversimplified master explanation so you can put it in this box and say, ‘Ah, it’s mental illness’..’”
That knee-jerk conclusion is problematic, he continues, because it encourages even more stigmatisation of people who have a mental illness, many of whom already have extremely difficult lives and already face discrimination in several areas, namely housing, jobs, and relationships. Individuals suffering from mental illnesses are actually three times more likely than the average person to be victims of violence, as they are more vulnerable.
An inability to resist aggressive urges may be an indication of intermittent explosive disorder. Individuals with this disorder often seriously damage property or assault others, and react in ways that are entirely out of proportion to the provocation.
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In the Netherlands, criminals with mental illness are treated completely differently to many other countries. Melissa Hogenboom visits a Dutch prison to find out how.