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There’s a surprisingly strong link between mental health and gun violence, but it probably isn’t what you think

If mentally ill people aren’t committing mass murder, who is? People who study violent events say there is a well-established pattern among most mass shooters: They’re typically angry young men who feel they’ve been “wronged” and are looking for revenge.

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The Myth That Mental Illness Causes Mass Shootings

Perpetuating the myth that mental illness is the cause of mass shootings only serves to stigmatize the mentally ill even further. In addition, it distracts from the more difficult conversation that must be had over gun-control in America. Still, it … Continue reading

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Checking Facts and Falsehoods About Gun Violence and Mental Illness After Parkland Shooting

Nikolas Cruz, who has been linked to a history of mental illness, is believed to have used a legally obtained AR-15 in the shooting. The attack has led to widespread conversations about links between gun violence and mental illness, and how lawmakers … Continue reading

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How To Deal With Stigmatizing Remarks About Mental Illness

Research shows that people living with mental health issues are more likely to be victims of a violent crime as opposed to the ones committing them. Yet a formulaic response tends to follow tragedies: Mental illness is bad and it’s what caused this to happen. … Continue reading

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Myth vs. Fact: Sorting out mental illness, violence relationship

It is true that a higher percentage of those with serious mental illness are likely to engage in violent behavior than those in the general population. This fact speaks more to the reality that we have unsatisfactory resources to treat … Continue reading

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How Obama’s Gun Law Executive Action Hurts People With Mental Illness

This week, President Obama announced a sweeping series of executive actions to address the urgent need for gun reform in the United States, attempting to circumvent Congress since it refuses to act despite pleas from the White House. The fourfold … Continue reading

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Mental health prescription?

Start by expanding Medicaid coverage, a benefit that is 90 percent paid for by the federal government but which certain GOP-led states have refused, chiefly because the expansion was part of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act and therefore must … Continue reading

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Guns, Media, and Mental Illness After Newtown

Guns, Media, and Mental Illness After Newtown I have plenty of fears for the mentally ill. None of them involve guns. I fear for them when they struggle to navigate a labyrinthine medical system and fight for the care they … Continue reading

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A New Approach to Dealing with Gun Violence

A New Approach to Dealing with Gun Violence The study recommends that people who have been involuntarily committed for psychiatric treatment should temporarily not be allowed to have guns. There is a window of time around such a hospitalization when … Continue reading

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The Truth About Mental Illness and Guns

The Truth About Mental Illness and Guns “To the extent that society continues to vilify the mentally ill and scapegoat them as the primary cause of gun violence, is a major step backward,” says Hoge

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