What is Mental Illness? Well, lets ask Merriam-Webster:
a mental or bodily condition marked primarily by sufficient disorganization of personality, mind, and emotions to seriously impair the normal psychological functioning of the individual
That's a very important definition to me. Looking at the definition, a mental Illness impairs the normal psychological function of the individual, I.E. it causes them to act differently than what they normally do. So if I normally eat people for brunch, if you find me eating someone between the hours of 8 AM and 3 PM on the weekend, I AM NOT CRAZY.
For the most part, mental illness is the scapegoat when a non-PoC is the perpetrator in these mass shootings. If they are one of the many demonized demographic (Black, Middle Eastern) their action is attributed to their demographic as a whole. But white people are always treated as an individual, albeit a disturbed one. Once again, why are they disturbed? What is it about white people that makes them only capable of destruction if they are "Mentally Ill".
|Who would have thought modern psychology would have prevented these fiends?|
There's someone out there right now (read: me) who would already have probably murdered every stupid person in a 10 mile radius if they didn't want to suffer the consequences of that action. Is that person (read: me) mentally ill for thinking that, or are they sane for not acting on it? So if the insane thing is not conforming to social norms and committing a crime, are all criminals mentally ill? Or if wanting to kill someone is a mental illness, is a man getting revenge for the rape of his daughter mentally ill? "I will murder anyone who dares harm my loved one" is as sane as a person could be. If I "lose it" because someone hurt my honey badger, I haven't lost my mind, I lost all regards for the social contract and I will fucking kill anyone I please at that moment.
|A real American Hero and non-crazy person|
People have had mental illness issues way before someone decided a pick up a gun and start shooting people, and unless we do something about it, we will continue to have them. If you want see the people that show our need to have better mental health awareness, look no further than all the bat-shit crazy homeless people running around our major cities. Look at our Veterans who come home and can't sleep comfortably with their loved ones.
|Look at this fucking guyE|