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Elyn Saks

Author, The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness

Posted: January 19, 2011 04:42 PM  - After the shooting rampage in Tucson, the parents of the accused gunman released a statement that included this: "We don't understand why this happened."

At this point we can only speculate what happened. There were a lot of red flags in the shooter's behavior leading up to the incident that indicated he was mentally unstable. His Internet postings suggested someone really struggling, though people shade things on the Internet. And, of course, there is that photograph of him -- head shaven, the look of possession, lips slightly smirking.

Yet no one aggressively tried to get this young man committed.

There are a number of things that may have conspired to keep him on the streets. One possibility is what we know may happen when many people have information and assume that another will react. An example is the case of Kitty Genovese, who was stabbed to death near her apartment building in 1964. Her cries for help went unheeded by neighbors who heard them. Surely someone else will step in.

Another possibility is people might fear they will put themselves in jeopardy if they intervene. Will the dangerous mentally ill person come and get me?

Still another possibility is a person may be conflicted about intervening to put someone away: This would be a terrible thing to do to a person, and it should be done only if there's evidence of extreme dangerousness.

Or people don't recognize the signs of mental illness.

You will note that some of these possibilities turn on stigma -- that people who are mentally ill are dangerous, that holding a person in a mental hospital may somehow wrong the person, that failing to recognize the symptoms may be because people don't want to admit to something so stigmatizing to their family or friend - or even a stranger. Best to stay away.

In this case, the fallout of staying away was an act of extreme violence that unfortunately compounds the stigma of mental illness for all who suffer it.

Why is mental illness still so stigmatized?



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December 2, 2010

Despite the existence of effective programs for treating alcohol dependencies and disorders, less than a quarter of people who are diagnosed actually seek treatment. In a recent study by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health researchers report that people diagnosed with alcoholism at some point in their lifetime were more than 60% less likely to seek treatment if they believed they would be stigmatized once their status is known

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PBS Stations to Air Unlisted


PBS stations will begin airing the film: Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia during
Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct. 3-9). Check the website for station schedules.

The film was shown at the NAMI national convention this summer; some NAMI affiliates
also are sponsoring local screenings in their communities.
Source: NAMI

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It's tough being a teen. Are you in or are you out? Are you hanging with the right crowd? Are you dressing and talking and acting the right way? For adolescents who are ethnic minorities, on top of this quest to "fit in" is the added layer — and the burden — of dealing with discrimination, say UCLA researchers. In a new study, the researchers found that adolescents from Latin American and Asian backgrounds experienced more discrimination than their peers from European backgrounds and that the discrimination came not only from other adolescents but from adults as well. The level of discrimination also impacted these teens' grade-point averages and their health and was associated with depression, distress and lower levels of self-esteem.

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A joint study by Indiana University and Columbia University researchers found no change in prejudice and discrimination toward people with serious mental illness or substance abuse problems despite a greater embrace by the public of neurobiological explanations for these illnesses. The study, published online Sept. 15 in the American Journal of Psychiatry, raises vexing questions about the effectiveness of campaigns designed to improve health literacy. This "disease like any other" approach, supported by medicine and mental health advocates, had been seen as the primary way to reduce widespread stigma in the United States.

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It's tough being a teen. Are you in or are you out? Are you hanging with the right crowd? Are you dressing and talking and acting the right way? For adolescents who are ethnic minorities, on top of this quest to "fit in" is the added layer -- and the burden -- of dealing with discrimination, say UCLA researchers.

In a new study, the researchers found that adolescents from Latin American and Asian backgrounds experienced more discrimination than their peers from European backgrounds and that the discrimination came not only from other adolescents but from adults as well. The level of discrimination also impacted these teens' grade-point averages and their health and was associated with depression, distress and lower levels of self-esteem.






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