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“Normal” or “sane” people much more likely to commit murder

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.

Second paragraph.

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.

His point?

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.

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  1. These so called advocacy groups are the same as the groups that clamour for regulation against second hand (and third hand smoke). If they are not money grubbers they are dishonest, bitter and twisted emos.

    If you were to ask this TAC to justify their assumptions and then ask to see their data they would pull faces and shriek that you were killing their children.

    • The founder of the TAC is psychiatrist E. Fuller Torrey. He remains a standing board member of the TAC. He is also the executive director and founder of the Stanley Medical Research Institute, a research establishment funded by businessman Theodore Stanley. Ted Stanley, the parent of a man with a psychiatric label, apparently had an epiphany after reading a book by Dr. Torrey. Dr. Torrey was also a long time active advisor to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill or NAMI. NAMI is an organization composed mostly of the relatives, usually parents, sometimes siblings, sometimes children, of people labeled “mentally ill”. Obviously the motives of parents differ from those of psychiatric inmates as parents are often the ones making psychiatric inmates (Sorry, I’m old school.) out of their children. NAMI could be said to be a front group for the drug industry, too, as it was recently revealed that NAMI received more than 50 % of its funding from drug manufacturing companies. Although NAMI tried to distance itself from the TAC and Dr. Torrey around 1998, this distance may be strictly illusory. They are still rumored to be linked in many ways. Among the more hare-brained theories that Dr. Torrey has come up with is one attributing “mental illness” to a flu spread through cat fecal matter. I see no need to elaborate on the absurdity of this theory. Dr. Torrey has been, and remains today, a staunch opponent of people struggling for the human and civil rights of people oppressed by psychiatric coercion, maltreatment and labeling.

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