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***The offer still stands, if I was in charge of the FBI, there would be no mental illness in the United States within 30 days.***  
               (FBI director Robert Mueller in this YouTube Video)

[For what I do, I suppose I maybe in some people's "kill" list for wanting to destroy the mental illness scam which has a large group of people (dangerous people) who benefit greatly from it, but do remember I offer a solution that works for those with mental illness]
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[301] NY’s mental-health system: crazy, cruel & dangerous -When I offer to end mental illness?

Referring to those who suffer from mental illness as “crazies” who “can’t be rounded up” deepens the stigma of mental illness that is all too prevalent in our society (“Homeless Crazies Can’t Be Rounded Up — Until They Attack,” Dec. 10).
It is only through improved understanding of the complexities of severe psychiatric disorders that we can begin to identify and effectively treat mental illness.

Studies have found that individuals with severe mental illness are particularly vulnerable to being victimized. When these images are encouraged, society reacts toward the mentally ill with feelings of resentment and fear, further marginalizing them and acting as a barrier to effective treatment.

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[302] Survey Finds 75 Percent of Individuals with Mental Health Conditions and their Caregivers Don't Receive Medication Monitoring from Pharmacists -When I offer to end mental illness?

ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Approximately 75 percent of individuals living with mental illness and their caregivers seldom or never receive safety or effectiveness monitoring assistance from community pharmacists according to a survey conducted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in conjunction with the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists Foundation (CPNPF).

The greatest obstacle cited by 58 percent of survey respondents is the lack of private space in retail pharmacies to discuss medication issues, including side effects and drug interactions. Although 91 percent are very comfortable going to community pharmacies and 83 percent feel respected by their pharmacist, 43 percent nonetheless feel that they do not have a strong professional relationship with their pharmacist.

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[303] 'I Am Adam Lanza's Mother': A Mom's Perspective On The Mental Illness Conversation In America -When I offer to end mental illness?

Written by Liza Long
Friday’s horrific national tragedy -- the murder of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut -- has ignited a new discussion on violence in America. In kitchens and coffee shops across the country, we tearfully debate the many faces of violence in America: gun culture, media violence, lack of mental health services, overt and covert wars abroad, religion, politics and the way we raise our children. Liza Long, a writer based in Boise, says it’s easy to talk about guns. But it’s time to talk about mental illness.

While every family's story of mental illness is different, and we may never know the whole of the Lanza's story, tales like this one need to be heard -- and families who live them deserve our help. Three days before 20 year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother, then opened fire on a classroom full of Connecticut kindergartners, my 13-year old son Michael (name changed) missed his bus because he was wearing the wrong color pants.

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[304] U.S. Mental Health System is Broken: Why we can Expect More Mass Murders -When I offer to end mental illness?

BY DIANE LILLI
There are no simple solutions to offer when looking at a 20-year old man who shoots his mother in the face and then murders adults and young children.
But experts across the country are saying depression can be a deadly trigger especially in young men.

At the same time, there are brain disorders where people do not have the ability to feel empathy. As of now, there is no solid information on this murderer's state of mind. His brother, yesterday, told the F.B.I. his brother has mental problems his entire life.

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[305] Mental illness: A common family problem -When I offer to end mental illness?

Written by Matt Campbell
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Mental health is something that Adam Lanza, the gunman in the Connecticut school shootings, apparently struggled with long before Friday's rampage. The executive director of the Mental Health Foundation in Grand Rapids says mental illness is a surprisingly common issue.  Kristy Buck says one in four families is affected by mental illness, and one in five teenagers struggles with it.

Josiah Curtis is part of the statistics of mental health struggle. Police say, last month, Curtis, 25, broke into a Wyoming school garage and took one of the busses across the state. He was arrested arrested in Washtenaw County.

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[306] Mental illness intervention can help prevent suicides, mass killings (essay from Cheryl McCullumsmith) -When I offer to end mental illness?

By Cheryl McCullumsmith
The recent suicide in the Birmingham's Hugo Black U.S. Federal Courthouse by gunshot coupled with the mass murder/suicide of 26 victims in Connecticut last week have brought mental illness and risk for suicide and violence to the forefront of the nation's consciousness.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, for all age groups but is the 3rd leading cause of death among those aged 15-24 and the 2nd leading cause of death for those aged 25-34. Suicide takes the lives of over 38, 000 people a year---that averages out to 105 deaths by suicide each day in the U.S. alone. The great majority of those who die by suicide are suffering from a mental illness.

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[307] Lawmakers want focus on mentally ill -When I offer to end mental illness?

Jason Brudereck
When asked for their positions on re-evaluating gun control in the wake of the Connecticut school massacre, most of the six federal legislators representing Berks County mentioned their desire to better restrict the mentally ill from having guns or for improving the way society treats mental illness. U.S. Rep. Joseph R. Pitts, a Chester County Republican whose district soon will include all of Reading, noted he has voted to prohibit firearms purchases by those deemed by a court to be mentally ill or dangerous.

"We need to take an honest look at how we address mental illness in our country," he said. "Yes, we should look at gun laws too, particularly at how we enforce them. We need to recognize, though, that no law can prevent insanity and that criminals and madmen do not obey the law."

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[308] Margaret Keeler: For families facing mental illness, there is help here -When I offer to end mental illness?

Written by Margaret Keeler
Our hearts are saddened by the tragedy in Newtown, Conn.
More questions than answers as to why someone would act with such extreme violence are raised. How could someone direct such violence against children?
The discussions about firearms come up short as how to prevent future gun violence. More attention must drawn to how to recognize when behaviors and symptoms raise red flags as to a person’s mental wellness. Dedicated volunteers in communities across the nation, including here in Lansing, are regularly working to educate about symptoms of mental illness, treatments and support for individuals and families.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation’s largest grass-roots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research, and is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a community of hope. NAMI Lansing is the Tri-Counties Voice on Mental Illness.

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[309] Mother of mentally ill son reacts to recent tragedies -When I offer to end mental illness?

By Matt Grant
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - The mother of a mentally ill son is calling the state of mental health care a "national disgrace" that's "failed people with mental illness."
Authorities believe the man who set a trap and killed two New York firefighters had mental health issues. It's something we've heard about the Newtown shooter, the Aurora shooter and the list goes on.

"It's a national disgrace," said Daleen O'Dell, "that we're not taking care of our mentally ill." As the mother of a son with schizophrenia, she cringes when she sees the faces of other people's sons who became a danger to more than just themselves.

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[310] In Gun Debate, a Misguided Focus on Mental Illness -When I offer to end mental illness?

By RICHARD A. FRIEDMAN, M.D.
The gunman, Adam Lanza, 20, has been described as a loner who was intelligent and socially awkward. And while no official diagnosis has been made public, armchair diagnosticians have been quick to assert that keeping guns from getting into the hands of people with mental illness would help solve the problem of gun homicides.

Arguing against stricter gun-control measures, Representative Mike Rogers, Republican of Michigan and a former F.B.I. agent, said, “What the more realistic discussion is, ‘How do we target people with mental illness who use firearms?’ ”
Robert A. Levy, chairman of the Cato Institute, told The New York Times: “To reduce the risk of multivictim violence, we would be better advised to focus on early detection and treatment of mental illness.”

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[311] Backward policies on mental illness -When I offer to end mental illness?

Here's the sad truth about the loner down the block with serious mental illness and maybe - just maybe, you fear - an itch to hurt somebody. He's a lot more likely to end up in a fight with a cop or an argument with a prison guard than a therapy session with a doctor in a hospital.

About 30% of the inmates in Wisconsin prisons have mental illness, according to a 2008 Legislative Audit Bureau report; about 10% seriously so. They account for virtually all "self-harm incidents" and attacks on staff. The Mental Illness Policy Organization contends, meanwhile, that a person with serious mental illness in Wisconsin is four times as likely to be in prison or jail as in a hospital.

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[312] Break The Chain Of Neglect For The Mentally Ill -When I offer to end mental illness?

By PAUL GIONFRIDDO
My son Tim has a serious mental illness. Whenever a tragedy highlights the need for better mental health services, I wonder if policy leaders will finally enact some of the measures that would most make a difference for Tim. And for children who today are experiencing what he did years ago.

I'm usually disappointed. Tim has had a bad outcome. He is homeless. It could be worse; he is still alive. Many are not. Bad outcomes are the result of a chain of neglect of mental illness that lengthens over decades. We are not, however, helpless in the face of this chain. We have so many policy tools available to break it. We just need to get started.

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[313] On treating subway-pushing by treating mental illness and homelessness -When I offer to end mental illness?

By Dana Rubinstein
Subway pushers are often psychotic, homeless, male, and have histories of psychiatric inpatient treatment, or at least that was the case in 1992, when Park Elliott Dietz, a forensic psychiatrist, published "Mentally disordered offenders who push or attempt to push victims onto subway tracks in New York City" in the Archives of General Psychiatry.

"We found that inadequately treated psychosis, homelessness, and living in the subway were risk factors for homicidal subway pushing," Dietz wrote in an email this weekend. "Despite the City's efforts to combat each of these causes, I'd expect to find a similar pattern today. Of course, this is a fairly safe prediction, considering that one recent suspect was reported to be homeless and another to be muttering to herself."

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[314] 64 mentally ill die at hands of police this year -When I offer to end mental illness?

By Tom Moroney and Lindsey Rupp
Michael Mahoney, 36, had a hard life, spending months in juvenile detention centers and six years in prison before deciding to turn things around. He enrolled in welding courses and cared for his ailing father in their Oxnard, Calif., home. Then his schizophrenia took over. He lived his last months in fear and paranoia, once screaming out, “Kill me!” Then someone did.

Mahoney died Aug. 14 of a gunshot wound to the chest after three officers, responding to a report of a man with a weapon, fired on him. He was one of 64 mentally ill people who died after being shot with a gun or electroshock device by U.S. law enforcement this year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That’s about three times the number police indicated in a 2009 Department of Justice survey, the last year for which statistics are available.

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[315] Mental illness linked to domestic violence -When I offer to end mental illness?

by Seil Collins-Kings College London
"The evidence suggests that there are two things happening," says senior author Louise Howard. "Domestic violence can often lead to victims developing mental health problems, and people with mental health problems are more likely to experience domestic violence." (Credit: "woman depressed" via Shutterstock)

KING’S COLLEGE LONDON (UK) — People diagnosed with mental illness are more likely than others to be victims of domestic violence, new research shows.
Previous studies into the link between domestic violence and mental health problems have mainly focused on depression, but this is the first study to look at a wide range of mental health problems in both men and women. In this study, published today in PLoS One, researchers at King’s College London and the University of Bristol reviewed data from 41 studies worldwide.

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[316] National debate on mental illness hits home for Pittsburgh woman -When I offer to end mental illness?

by Marcia Greenwald, Guest Columnist
If any good can possibly come out of such a horrific tragedy, perhaps this is it. The country must have an open, unfettered discussion about mental illness, and the media need to educate the public on this issue. I believe this because I have struggled with mental illness since I was a child, even though I was properly diagnosed only two years ago. It started with post-partum depression when my first son was born in 1990.

When I look back at my early years, I recognize the first signs of obsessive-compulsive disorder. As I get older, I fully understand my hypo-manic, bipolar behavior. I used to spend a lot of my parent’s money, charging their credit card for everything.

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[317] Controlling mental illness could help control gun violence: Christopher Evans -When I offer to end mental illness?

By Christopher Evans
Richard Alan Folbert dresses the part: a gray suit he picked up for $40 at a thrift store, a tie that set him back 50 cents, a striped shirt he scored in a donation bin and a pair of black loafers he bought at Kmart. He looks good, normal, a little bloated, but that could be a side effect of the antidepressant he takes.

At 52, Folbert is a face of recovery, the success story of a once-violent, suicidal, paranoid-schizophrenic, delusional drug addict with a gambling jones, who flipped out big-time on Oct. 13, 2002. On that Sunday, he was sitting in a pew at St. Angela Merici Catholic Church in Fairview Park. During Holy Communion, Folbert rose and screamed: "May I have your attention, please? I am Richard Allen [sic]. I am Satan. I want to confess that I killed Amy Mihaljevic. I will kill you all," according to a Fairview Park police report.

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[318] Committing a mentally ill adult is complex -When I offer to end mental illness?

Liz Szabo
To rebuild the country's mental health system, states need to update laws that allow mentally ill patients to be hospitalized against their will, many advocates say. Today, state civil commitment laws can make it difficult or impossible to hospitalize adults involuntarily, even when their families or caregivers feel threatened and patients appear extremely sick, says Dewey Cornell, director of the Virginia Youth Violence Project.

States have crafted their civil commitment laws to protect civil liberties, in reaction to abusive situations in the past, says Liza Gold, a forensic psychiatrist at the Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington.

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[319] Mom Whose Son Struggled with Mental Illness Says Shootings Should Change Conversation in Iowa, Nationally -When I offer to end mental illness?

By Beth Dalbey
From Thanksgiving weekend seven years ago when she found her son curled in a fetal position under a blanket in an Iowa train station until his sudden death last September, Loretta Sieman shuddered at every breaking news report of a mass shooting. The gunman could have been “my Kevin,” she said.

Kevin Sieman’s death four months ago today cut a life short at 34 years. But it ended a years-long mental health struggle that drove the once gregarious West Des Moines Valley High School student leader scurrying into closets to escape voices in his head that told him he was being pursued, that the government wanted his brain, and that his mother, who had done nothing but love him, was the enemy.

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[320] Local police support training to deal with mental illness after two recent incidents requiring force -When I offer to end mental illness?

By REBECCA LeFEVER
Two recent police incidents involving patients with mental illness have led some local officials to support mandatory crisis intervention training for officers.
Police from West York and Springettsbury Township used force against people in two different incidents. Both of the people involved, have suffered from a mental illness, said friends and officials.

On Dec. 29, Springettsbury Township Police responded to the Kmart store on Haines Road when Todd William Shultz, 40, tried to commit retail theft with a knife, police said at the time. When four officers arrived on scene, Shultz failed to be brought down with a stun gun and came at officers with his weapon, Chief Tom Hyers said.

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[321] Adolescent Stress Linked to Severe Adult Mental Illness, Mouse Study Suggests -When I offer to end mental illness?

Jan. 17, 2013 — Working with mice, Johns Hopkins researchers have established a link between elevated levels of a stress hormone in adolescence -- a critical time for brain development -- and genetic changes that, in young adulthood, cause severe mental illness in those predisposed to it. The findings, reported in the journal Science, could have wide-reaching implications in both the prevention and treatment of schizophrenia, severe depression and other mental illnesses.

"We have discovered a mechanism for how environmental factors, such as stress hormones, can affect the brain's physiology and bring about mental illness," says study leader Akira Sawa, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. "We've shown in mice that stress in adolescence can affect the expression of a gene that codes for a key neurotransmitter related to mental function and psychiatric illness. While many genes are believed to be involved in the development of mental illness, my gut feeling is environmental factors are critically important to the process."

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[322] Virginians Push for Mental Health Awareness to Prevent Tragedies -When I offer to end mental illness?

Carla Babb
FAIRFAX COUNTY, VIRGINIA — The aftermath of the December mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut has been deeply felt in Virginia, where the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history ripped apart families in April 2007 and left people searching for ways to help the mentally ill.

When Joe Samaha heard the news about gunfire at Virginia Tech five years ago, he began to worry.  His daughter Reema was a student at the Blacksburg, Virginia, university. "I watched the numbers," Samaha said. "I watched the toll going up and I said, 'Something's going on. Let me call Reema.'"

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[323] Invention Would Track Meds in Mentally Ill Patients, But Is It Ethical?  -When I offer to end mental illness?

Imagine if doctors could add something to their mentally ill patients’ pills so that they could tell on their smartphones whether the patients were taking the pills as prescribed. Inventor Don Spector has actually filed a patent that would do just that, and he did it after the Sandy Hook school shootings in Connecticut, which sparked a national debate about mental illness and privacy.

“This isn’t house arrest, but it is an invasion of privacy to some extent,”  Spector, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at New York College of Health Professions, said of his invention. “But on the other hand, these are really people who shouldn’t be released without medication.”

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[324] Facing the reality of the mentally ill -When I offer to end mental illness?

But I would hope we would want to teach our high school students something as close to the medical truth as we can, such as: There are a few among us who gradually develop paranoid mental illness where they believe others are evil and should be annihilated or totally wiped out. They can become so agitated and taken over by these delusions that they can’t appreciate that they are intending to harm perfectly innocent people.

Antipsychotic medication can make their agitation and false beliefs go away in about a third, can make their agitation and false beliefs partially go away in another third, and can make their agitation partially go away but not their false beliefs in the final third. The improvement can occur within days or weeks. The way to increase trust and faith in one another is to report these folks who are verbally threatening others to your teacher, councilor, family, or the police.

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