A movie a few years back, had a scene in a department store in which a person was having a melt down. “I need a Valium! Who has a Valium!” Nearly everyone in hearing distance began searching in their purses.
Did all those people realize that in order to get that medication, they may have had to have a psychiatric diagnosis? And, now that diagnosis follows them around in the Great Computer?
Today, the President and most officials will be trying to make sense out of the Texas shooting by suggesting mental illness as causation. Gun–mental illness is back on the front page. Besides the research on the connection between guns and mental illness as tenuous, to get ahead of the story I am rushing to raise the question “And who will be deciding who is who?
Getting quickly to the point, it was recently estimated that one in four people have a psychiatric diagnosis. How did this happen! Simple–follow the money. In order to have the insurance companies pay for medication, there has to be a “medical necessity” diagnosis.
So, back to the question–who are the mentally ill who should not have weapons?
This question is so complex I am not about ready to tackle it. But I assure you a lot of poorly informed people will--not to mention those on the left who “don’t let a crisis go by.”