"I Live With A Son Who Is Mentally Ill. I Love My Son. But He Terrifies Me "

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    "I Live With A Son Who Is Mentally Ill. I Love My Son. But He Terrifies Me "​


    —DrewM.

    This is a chilling story of a mother desperate to prevent her son from becoming a danger to others.

    Here's an excerpt but really, just read the whole thing.

    A few weeks ago, Michael pulled a knife and threatened to kill me and then himself after I asked him to return his overdue library books. His 7 and 9 year old siblings knew the safety plan—they ran to the car and locked the doors before I even asked them to. I managed to get the knife from Michael, then methodically collected all the sharp objects in the house into a single Tupperware container that now travels with me. Through it all, he continued to scream insults at me and threaten to kill or hurt me.

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    I am sharing this story because I am Adam Lanza’s mother. I am Dylan Klebold’s and Eric Harris’s mother. I am Jason Holmes’s mother. I am Jared Loughner’s mother. I am Seung-Hui Cho’s mother. And these boys—and their mothers—need help. In the wake of another horrific national tragedy, it’s easy to talk about guns. But it’s time to talk about mental illness.

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    When I asked my son’s social worker about my options, he said that the only thing I could do was to get Michael charged with a crime. “If he’s back in the system, they’ll create a paper trail,” he said. “That’s the only way you’re ever going to get anything done. No one will pay attention to you unless you’ve got charges.”

    I don’t believe my son belongs in jail. The chaotic environment exacerbates Michael’s sensitivity to sensory stimuli and doesn’t deal with the underlying pathology. But it seems like the United States is using prison as the solution of choice for mentally ill people. According to Human Rights Watch, the number of mentally ill inmates in U.S. prisons quadrupled from 2000 to 2006, and it continues to rise—in fact, the rate of inmate mental illness is five times greater (56 percent) than in the non-incarcerated population. (U.S.: Number of Mentally Ill in Prisons Quadrupled | Human Rights Watch)

    With state-run treatment centers and hospitals shuttered, prison is now the last resort for the mentally ill—Rikers Island, the LA County Jail, and Cook County Jail in Illinois housed the nation’s largest treatment centers in 2011 (Nation's Jails Struggle With Mentally Ill Prisoners : NPR)

    No one wants to send a 13-year old genius who loves Harry Potter and his snuggle animal collection to jail. But our society, with its stigma on mental illness and its broken healthcare system, does not provide us with other options. Then another tortured soul shoots up a fast food restaurant. A mall. A kindergarten classroom. And we wring our hands and say, “Something must be done.”​



    Keep in mind I'm not talking about people who had a tough childhood are addicts or people who are just overwhelmed by life. I'm talking about people like Jared Lochner who are simply wired wrong.

    These aren't people who just snap. There's usually a long trail of behavioral problems, psych evaluations and other signs. Parents, teachers, neighbors know who they are. They take step to protect their own children from them as best they can. It's not a mystery who these kids are.

    There's no therapy, no drug, no suck it up treatment. These are people who are simply living in their own world. We need to find a humane way to remove these people from society for our own good and theirs as well. Until we figure that out, guns is simply a sideshow.

    Added thought: "Mentally ill" is a very broad term. We need to be clear that never every person with a mental illness is a potential threat. But we can focus on the extremely troubled people. There's no magic answer to this and there's always going to be evil acts in the world but if we start with the big, obvious systemic problems (de-institutionalization) we'd be a lot further along the right path.

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    I notice that you Progressive Socialist Marxists have shyied away from responding to this post. Hmm..., I wonder why? Too much truth in the article?
     
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    Unfortunately, the kindest thing you can do for some of these undersized psychos is probably to shoot them.
     
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    You Stormfront-boys get more-insignificant, as time goes on.

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    This is a great post and very true.

    Our governments have slashed funding for mental health to a level at which it barely even exists anymore.

    Parents, who are left with no answers, call 911. They get cops, who aren't trained in this stuff, who response and litearlly cant do anything. Misbehaving isnt a crime. Until he commits an actual serious crime, sorry, nothing the cops can do. And even then, it requires parents pressing charges on their own kid.

    And then the BIGGEST problem of all- the drug dealers called "Doc". These scum doctors are pushing every pill under the sun. Big Pharma is raking in billions. We're mixing a stew of chemicals in the brains.


    Fund mental health. Grow a spine and start committing these people. Reopen and refund the mental health hospitals. It is the ONLY humane solution for the ill and the innocent.
     
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    Well that makes me feel better. There still is a government solution. In fact, there is a government fix for everything under the sun. All they need is Mo money to do it.
     
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    the kid was hopped up on psych drugs proven to cause violence and you call for more of that as the solution
     
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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXt9c8s4o50]CPS Approves 3-year-old on Psychotropic 2nd Report - YouTube[/ame]


    ya the state will fix those kids...
     

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