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    massacres like sandy hook are, by definition, not sane behavior.  not rational behavior.  mentally well people just don't up and do that sort of thing after breakfast.

    Please don't dominate the rap, Jack, if you got nothin' new to say - Grateful Dead

    by Cedwyn on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 07:35:20 AM PST

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    •  Nor do many (0+ / 0-)

      mentally "unwell" people.

      In fact, how are you defining "well" or "unwell?"  I have Social Anxiety Disorder, which is technically a mental disorder or mental illness, depending on the terminology you would prefer to use.  

      So unless you're seriously implying that someone with an anxiety disorder, like myself, is just as likely to be violent as someone with something more serious (though even the majority of them are unlikely to be violent toward anyone but themselves), then yes, we do need to stop saying "mental illness" is the cause of these things, especially when using it as a blanket term.

      •  of course not (0+ / 0-)

        "mental wellness" is used as a blanket term precisely because there is a range.

        no one is saying that everyone with social anxiety is liable to snap like this.

        but it cannot be argued that stable people do these kinds of things.

        Please don't dominate the rap, Jack, if you got nothin' new to say - Grateful Dead

        by Cedwyn on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 10:28:38 AM PST

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        •  Yes, but (1+ / 0-)
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          the vast majority of "unstable" or "mentally ill" people would never dream of doing something like this.  That's my point.

          So just saying "Well, he was clearly unstable" doesn't explain why he did it, any more than saying "he had Asperger's" does.  The instability may or may not have been a contributing factor, but even if it was, there had to have been something else too.

          I think there's also a discussion to be had about what is considered "stable."  As discussed elsewhere here, the definition of "insane" by legal standards depends on one's ability to tell right from wrong.  So does someone with a mental illness who can still make that distinction count as unstable?

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