December 31, 2012
Researchers at the King’s College London Institute of Psychiatry and the University of Bristol released a study that finds domestic violence is more common in adults diagnosed with a mental disorder – regardless of the specific diagnosis.
This five year study was funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NHR) which links definitively mental health issues and domestic violence with a direct focus on depression.
PROVIDE, headed by the NHR hopes that this study will draw attention to “the mental health needs of survivors of domestic violence and remind general practitioners and mental health teams that experience of domestic violence may lie behind the presentation of mental health problems.”
The researchers concluded that:
• Women with a history of depressive disorders were more likely to be victims
• Anxiety disorders in women gave them a propensity to domestic violence
• Post-traumatic-stress-disorder enhances the likelihood of becoming involved in domestic violence
Other mental disorders attracted to domestic violence were:
• Eating disorders
• Obsessive compulsive disorder
• Biopolar disorder
• Common mental issues
Louise Howard, lead author of the study and professor at the King’s Institute of Psychiatry explained: “The evidence suggests that there are two things happening: domestic violence can often lead to victims developing mental health problems, and people with mental health problems are more likely to experience domestic violence. Mental health professionals need to be aware of the link between domestic violence and mental health problems, and ensure that their patients are safe from domestic violence and are treated for the mental health impact of such abuse.”
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) explains that propensity toward violence is partially defined by an individual’s socio-demographic, drug addiction, mental illness and economic stance. Psychiatrists are tasked with identifying mental illness, its predictability and which pharmaceutical drugs can combat the problem.
Mental Illness has been attached to Asperger’s syndrome (which is actually a mild form of Autism) with the propaganda in the media, although those who have the disease are not known for violent outbursts. The assumption is that the illness causes the sufferer to feel alone in society, which is then redefined as a desperate need for help. The next leap made by media is that these persons may become violent because of Adam Lanza and the Sandy Hook shooting.
Mainstream propaganda would have the general public believe that the mentally ill have a great incident of violence; however this is not statistically true. The NIH has found that the data is inconclusive with respect to violence and the risk mentally ill pose to the public.
Contrary to mainstream propaganda, Jeff Gardere, clinical psychologist and assistant professor of behavioral medicine at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, states that: “Most children who play violent video games do not commit crimes or violent acts. But some youth can be at risk for violence if there is mental illness and an oversaturation of violent video gaming, according to some studies. There have been studies showing a link between violent gaming and acting out because these kids become desensitized. The answer is about parents finding the proper balance and not allowing the child to isolate.”
The National Academy of Sciences published research that concluded that “male criminal participation in serious crimes at any age greatly exceeds that of females, regardless of source of data, crime type, level of involvement, or measure of participation.”
Boys learn to be violent from their fathers; these studies would have us believe. The glorification of sports as well as a culture saturated in heroic figures teaches one another to commend those who commit violence. As a rite of passage, being violent becomes manly and therefore boys and young men feel obligated to preform acts of violence to be accepted into the society.
The national discussion of mental stability has become synonymous with gun control. Senator Diane Feinstein, spear-head of the cause to destroy the 2nd Amendment, has reintroduced the idea of a new assault weapons ban that would be permanent.
Feinstein said in a statement about introducing such a bill that: “On the first day of the new Congress, I intend to introduce a bill stopping the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of assault weapons as well as large ammunition magazines, strips and drums that hold more than 10 rounds. I am in the process of gathering support for the bill in the Senate and House. I have been working with my staff for over a year on this legislation,” Feinstein added. “It will be carefully focused on the most dangerous guns that have killed so many people over the years while protecting the rights of gun owners by exempting hundreds of weapons that fall outside the bill’s scope. We must take these dangerous weapons of war off our streets.”
President Obama has been positioning himself against US veterans for nearly a year now. He signed an executive order (EO) which gives the president power to take control over the evaluation of the mental health of our returning service men and women by providing US government controlled “effective mental health services for veterans, service members, and their families.”
Obama is authorizing the coordination of the Departments of Veterans and the Department of Defense (DoD), as well as the Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Defense to “transition” veterans back into “civilian life”.
One way to ensure that veterans do not continue to enjoy their 2nd Amendment is a provision within the 2013 NDAA which states that returning service mean and women diagnosed with any type of mental illness will have their right to bear arms revoked.