Re: Man Kills Self, Hostage at NASA Building
If anything good can come of these tragedies over the past week, maybe it should be a greater awareness and involvement in mental health issues in this country. Many years ago there were investigations into, and resultant legislation inacted, to address the abuses going on in many mental health facilities. And rightly so. But in protecting the rights and privacy of people with serious mental health problems have we "swung the pendelum" too much the other way? And I'm referring to treating people with obvious and very serious mental health problems, where warning signs and red flags are going off all over the place, as "out patient", meaning, releasing them into society while relying on/depending on these individuals to get the help/treatment they need on a voluntary basis, when it's obvious most aren't capable and responsible enough to do so.
Now it's obvious that very little can be down when an individual doesn't show such signs, and out of the blue, and for whatever reason, comes unhinged and does something like this.
I've got a cousin, much younger then me, who has struggled with serious mental health problems for years. When here lived here in the area with his Mom he was a very, very troubled young man. He would pace around the home all day, sit in front of the TV and rock back and forth, and go into ramblings abut the people in the TV talking to him. He was taken to see various medical/psychiatric experts who diagnosed his severe emotional problems. But all that was done was prescribing him various medications. One was Prozac. The problem? He won't take the medicine or stay on them because of the side effects and what it did to him. Even though it did help. His Mom, as well as many of us, were really concerned about him. She was frantic. But he was an adult, so what can anyone do? She couldn't afford to have him institutionalized. So we expect these individuals to take care of themselves, take their medication, and that is all that we CAN do?
Then when they really become unhinged which may lead them to do something tragic, we are asking the question "Why?" and are looking for answers?
"panic" only comes from having real expectations