Recent Blog Articles

Harvard Health Blog

The Tucson shooting and mental illness

January 12, 2011

Disclaimer:

As a service to our readers, Harvard Health Publishing provides access to our library of archived content. Please note the date of last review or update on all articles. No content on this site, regardless of date, should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinician.

Comments

Dr. Tim Harrigan
January 01, 2012

Very sad.

[url removed by moderator]

Gatorade Rules
July 28, 2011

I am just commenting to let you know of the impressive experience my cousin’s daughter had studying your blog. She came to find a lot of issues, with the inclusion of how it is like to possess a wonderful giving heart to make most people just know just exactly chosen multifaceted subject areas. You truly surpassed visitors’ desires. Many thanks for showing the beneficial, dependable, explanatory as well as fun guidance on that topic to Tanya.

243 rifle
January 19, 2011

Great breakdown of the cause. Mental illness becomes so common with isolated society. It is no good for anyone to be left alone, only generate self-imposed negative thoughts.

Valentin F. Tubau
January 18, 2011

I applaud that you brought attention to the guns subject and I share the view that further control is needed. Just with sociological observation could be concluded that a country with restricted policies about guns have less violence episodes.

However, I would like to defend a different perspective on the need to amplify mental treatment in order to reduce the risk of violence and suicide. Even though I am a psychologist and hold a Masters in Psychopathology and Health Studies, I would see such an effort to prevent acts of violence as something that could become very similar to the mentioned Philip K. Dick´s “Minority Report,” only that executed by mental health “forces” intead of the police.

Extending our circle of action to hundreds of thousands of people just to prevent the few exceptions that could become the Jared Lee Loughner of the day, seems out of proportion.

Dr. Dixon´s conclusions that the psychosocial interventions are more important than medications for improving quality of life and reducing harm are a reality.
And a step prior to that would be CARE. A well-thought prevention program would have to deal with care and communication above any other meassure. Hopefully, in a non-practitioner medium.

Any professional knows that almost all extreme cases are connected to a history of disregarded episodes and a degraded processes that finally exploded.

I believe, our responisibility is to prevent that from happenning, and attention and communication are still the best meassures.

Anyway, the subject generates a vivid debate. My life has taken me to the path of screenwriting and I would not discard to take such an issue and give it life through a screenplay, which would allow to muturely expose all the angles and possible points of view that embrace the problem. I promise I will not try to emulate Philip K. Dick´s “Minority Report.” Nevertheless, as always happens in film, the climax of the story would finish the debate and move towards the perspective of the writer. That is a “trick” but, again, that´s the world of movies!

Valentin F. Tubau

Commenting has been closed for this post.

Harvard Health Publishing Logo

Thanks for visiting. Don't miss your FREE gift.

The Best Diets for Cognitive Fitness, is yours absolutely FREE when you sign up to receive Health Alerts from Harvard Medical School

Sign up to get tips for living a healthy lifestyle, with ways to fight inflammation and improve cognitive health, plus the latest advances in preventative medicine, diet and exercise, pain relief, blood pressure and cholesterol management, and more.

Harvard Health Publishing Logo

Health Alerts from Harvard Medical School

Get helpful tips and guidance for everything from fighting inflammation to finding the best diets for weight loss...from exercises to build a stronger core to advice on treating cataracts. PLUS, the latest news on medical advances and breakthroughs from Harvard Medical School experts.

BONUS! Sign up now and
get a FREE copy of the
Best Diets for Cognitive Fitness

Harvard Health Publishing Logo

Stay on top of latest health news from Harvard Medical School.

Plus, get a FREE copy of the Best Diets for Cognitive Fitness.