I live with a son who is mentally ill. I love my son. But he terrifies me.

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    'I Am Adam Lanza's Mother': A Mom's Perspective On The Mental Illness Conversation In America

    The way we treat our mentally ill, we may as well still be back in the Dark Ages.
     
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    The mentally ill should be removed and placed somewhere where they cannot harm others. This mother wants someone to step in and fix her son. He can't be fixed. He can't be understood or accommodated. He has to be removed and kept somewhere safe.
     
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    How well has the alternative worked so far?
     
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    What a horrible story. I can't even begin to imagine what that's like.

    I'm becoming more and more convinced that it's the psychotropic drugs causing all these mental instabilities.
     
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    To be fair to katz, I'm pretty sure that it's commonplace in Germany and other countries to do that very thing.
     
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    do what thing?
     
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    metal illness is an illness and should be treated.


    you need to have it available to EVERYONE.

    BTW the body is attached to the head and does effect mental health.

    You have to have comprensive full medical care for everyone even non citizens.
     
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    If this shooting teaches us anything, I hope it to finally opens our eyes to how poorly we treat mental illness.

    If you're an adult, there is almost no help out there for you. I know mothers who have given up their rights to their teenagers, in hopes of getting their children help from the state, and I know adults who have reached out for help and been brushed off.
     
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    Treat the mentally ill? What's next, universal health care?
     
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    Actually it sounds like there isn't anywhere safe for her to send him. He's a danger to himself, his brothers, and himself. Not to mention the others at school. She had the sense to move him from 'gifted' classes to self-contained behavior disordered classes, though little teaching goes on in those classes, thus she referred to babysitting.

    Institutions that existed prior to the 1960's certainly left much to be desired, rather than improving, they were closed. When that meant mentally ill children, particularly violent children, the problem was dumped on the home. At 18 or even earlier, many stopped taking their meds, eventually leaving home and many our now the homeless.

    Sending a 13 year old, mentally ill boy to a juvenile detention complex doesn't seem the right choice for most. If though he managed to carry through with his threats in 2 or 3 years, he'll be treated as an 'adult.' That is certainly wrong.
     
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