Are the Mentally Ill Over-Respresented in Crimes We See in the Media?

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People reflexively say 'Well to do something like that, they must be out of their minds', in one sense they may be true but it doesn't mean they have to have mental illness. To really understand it, you have to look at this phenomenon and the broader context. So we have violence occurring in our society to varying degrees, most of the crime is motivated by greed, passion, and some particular purpose, the things that really gets the public attention now is this massacres that are occurring, that make no sense.

And in this context, there seems to be over representation of perpetrators who do have some form of mental illness. Now, it's not all of them, so for example, Timothy McVeigh blew up the Oklohoma government building, he was doing it because of his misguided ideological allergies[sp?] when this major Dadal Hasan to Fort Hood, to this people because of his rabid, that radical Islamic Jihadist mentality.

But then you have the Jarrod Lawfners and the Korean students at Virginia Tech. These people are clearly psychotic, they're not getting adequate treatment, and they do these things because their symptoms are impelling them to do it. There's also a third group of people that her involve in this tragic incidence.

So you got your ideologic zeolites, you got your untreated mentally ill and then you have what's been referred to as the disaffected loner. So these are people who kind of existed at the margin of the society, they've experienced slights and insults to other life and they build up this reservoir and one day they explode.

So who are these disaffected loners? Is it something that's just a social phenomena or is there some kind of clinical, medical, psychiatric basis to it. I think that there's reason to suspect that there maybe, in the sense that if you look at individuals like that then we will the individuals St.

Barbara as an example, or maybe Adam Lanzer, or James Homes, these are individuals that are intelligent. You know they don't have a learning disability, they don't have mental retardation, I don't know it's some kind of intellectual problem but they have a social problem, and the term that, clinical term that one might use to describe this called social apraxia.

They and so if you understand as we do now on the context of modern cognitive[sp?] on neuroscience[sp?], that cognition is a very complex set of functions ranging from memory to attention, to creativity, to also how do you deal with world socially, you know how do you go out, figure out what are the pecking orders in your school, how do you understand how to find a romantic partner, how do you engage people into friendships? That's intelligence, that's a form of cognitive intelligence and autism is finally understood to have one of it's features, this kind of social disability.

One of the features that we know in autism, there's particularly the case in people that previously called the aspero[sp?] syndrome, they lack this kind of social intelligence. But beyond just autism where this is one feature of you also have another group of disorders which is in our society been pretty under recognize called learning disabilities, so we have dyslexia, we have various types of verbal learning disabilities but these are, these are congenital, likely genetic, pediatric onset, deficiencies, and cognitive function.

And this likely includes individuals that may lack this kind of social capacity. So there is possibility that the individuals having sort of been considered to be this disinfected loner type, maybe suffering from this type of social apraxia which is been lumped into either the learning disability category, or the high functioning autism category.