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Friday, 20 April 2007

I just heard on MPR a lead in that was discussing a view that Virginia Tech should not have let the shooter return to school after he was hospitalized with a mental illness.

Are people really saying that employers and schools have to be held responsible for decisions to not descriminate against the mentally ill?  I couldn't listen to the broadcast, but the teaser was either repugnant, misleading or both.

If someone's behavior at work or school is threatening and dangerous, then the employer/school should be responsible for dealing with it appropriatly.  Merely knowing that they have been hospitalized does not mean that they are responsible to not allow the person on campus/hire them.

How many people have been hospitalized for mental problems and gone on to live normal, productive lives and not treaten anybody.

Ugh.  I am so sad for the victims and the families, and for the whole terrible mess.  All this over-focusing on single issues is perhaps understandable, but it is inappropriate and will not produce outcomes that will be helpful in any way.  People need time to heal before they can respond rationally.

Friday, 20 April 2007 08:45:36 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [4] |  |  | #
Friday, 20 April 2007 13:36:37 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Also, spending this much time on it in the media is likely to encourage copy-cat offenders. They might see this as their only shot at fame and take it.
Saturday, 21 April 2007 14:32:54 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
I can totally agree with you on this one.
I heard one guy all over the news yesterday talk about how anti-depressants make people incapeable of feeling.
That is absurd as I have been on them at times and know plenty others who have and are plenty capeable of emotion.
Saturday, 21 April 2007 15:10:52 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
mommyzabs,

Welcome to my blog. Thank you for your comment.

I don't know how different anti-depressants affect different people, but I know that they have helped many, and should be used with medical advice and supervision.

I heard a brief interview with a family member of the child, and she said he had always been cold.

It just really is unfortunate that people are rushing to judgement rather than waiting for the real explinations to emerge. Or at least wait until the dead are buried and their families have had a chance to morn before pushing their pet agendas with speculation.
Saturday, 21 April 2007 23:08:39 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
One thing I would point out as a lifetime member of the mentally ill community is that marginalizing us and ostracizine us makes us MORE, not LESS inclined to have an episode and act out inapropriately. Why? Because pretty much every symptom you can think of of mental illness is made worse by stress. Not being able to earn a living because we -and this is a direct quote from a former supervisor whose attitude toward me changed for the significantly worse when he found out I was in therapy- "might go postal" causes stress. Being excluded socially causes stress. Being pushed to the edge of the herd and treated like what we've got is catching when we are as much social creatures as our more well adjusted counterparts causes stress. So basically it creates a self fullfilling prophecy.

And while meds may work for some, they don't work for everyone or for all conditions. And finding the right mix can be a real carnival of frustration as you get to spin the big wheel of effectiveness and side affects. Frinstance, one popular anti-depressant, Nortryptilin (sp?) makes a dandy chemical male chastity belt. Care to guess what THAT does to a guys state of mind, especially if he is young, healthy and in a relationship? Yee HAW
Bob Wagner
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