A New Jersey newspaper editorial bearing the headline, State funding treatment is a good investment, misses at the math.
Of the roughly 20,000 murders that occur each year in the United States, about 1,000 of them are committed by people with untreated schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, according to the Virginia-based Treatment Advocacy Center.
The Treatment Advocacy Center is a group that lobbies for more forced mental health treatment. The TAC is based in Arlington, Virginia, in the Washington, D.C. area. It is a special interest group lobbying politicians, therefore the northern Virginia location, and it’s proximity to D.C.
1,000 is 5 % of 20,000. 20,000 is 95 % of 1,000. What this statistic shows, and coming from advocates of more forced treatment, is that murders are 95 % more likely to be committed by people without psychiatric labels than by people with psychiatric labels. If murders are 95 % more likely to be committed by people without psychiatric labels than by people with psychiatric labels, the question then becomes what are we doing locking up and drugging people with psychiatric labels? We have much more reason, the above statistic shows, for locking up and drugging people without psychiatric labels.
Many, if not all, of these tragedies are preventable.
Who is this editorialist kidding? Himself? The tragedies being referred to here are the 5 % of violent crime attributed to people with psychiatric labels. What are the murders committed by people without psychiatric labels? Comedies? I suspect that if the law treated people without psychiatric labels the way it does people with mental illness labels then everybody would be subject to confinement and forced drugging on the grounds of a potential for future violent criminal behavior.
Last week, the [New Jersey] state Department of Human Services confirmed that $2 million in the recently signed state budget will be used to begin implementing court-ordered involuntary outpatient care.
Does this guy realize that our nation has a trillion $ federal debt to pay off? This debt is going to sabotage any efficient effort to scapegoat people with psychiatric labels in this fashion. Just try getting more than 2 million dollars when we’re shaving off billions of dollars. We simply don’t have the money to waste pursuing harmless people with hypodermic needles.
Although direct to consumer advertising, mental health screening, ineffective treatments, lack of pretentive measures, and psychiatrist ties to drug companies keep the mental illness labeling rate growing by leaps and bounds, the 5 % of labeled people committing these violent acts falls far short of the 95 % of non-psychiatrically labeled people perpetuating such violent crimes. In a nutshell, the 5 % of people with psychiatric labels who resort to murder are in no danger, for some time to come, of challenging the hegenomy of murder by the 95 % of violent criminals without psychiatric diagnoses.
Filed under: Biological Psychiatry, Conflict of Interest, Direct To Consumer Advertising, Discrimination, Mental Health Care, Mental Health Screening, Pharmaceutical Company, Psychiatric Drugs, Research, Violence