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Do you know a family with a mentally ill child?

L.A. Times 2012/12/21 20:45:16
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For those with children who suffer from mental illness and violent episodes, the school massacre resonates in a particularly frightening way.

Elizabeth Guzman will never forget the day last year when she came home from work to find her 25-year-old stepson, Bobby, holding a knife. In a threatening voice, he asked her, "Where are you from?"

"I broke out in a sweat," she said. "I thought, 'I'm alone in the house. If anything happens, no one will know.'" Guzman tricked him into putting the knife down by handing him two chocolate chip cookies, one for each hand. But she fears it's only a matter of time until it happens again. Bobby has a history of violence and a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia.

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  • t.eliot, topbard 2012/12/21 22:00:07
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    t.eliot, topbard
    +18
    Yes, and I think conflating mental illness with yellow crime scene tape does a disservice to all people, mentally ill or not.

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  • Wonder Woman 2012/12/27 18:36:10
  • E. Norma Stits 2012/12/27 17:48:12
    Yes
    E. Norma Stits
    Stanley Ann Dunham & Barack Obama Sr. have a retarded son.
  • ice steel 2012/12/27 15:54:25
    No
    ice steel
    Where was the picture for the article taken please? i love the view
    Thank you
  • Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA 2012/12/27 13:51:29
    Yes
    Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    That child lives in the WH.
    obama crazy
  • Jaiheena Star 2012/12/27 09:44:55
  • mich52 2012/12/27 05:46:21
  • La 2012/12/27 04:34:54
    Yes
    La
    A couple. But we need to remember, not all mentally ill people are violent. It doesn't help to be constantly looking at them as if you expect them to stab someone.
  • mich52 La 2012/12/27 05:47:14
  • NumberOneOtakuLove 2012/12/26 22:25:22
    No
    NumberOneOtakuLove
    or maybe I do but I don't know they have the child. idk.
  • FatherLiberty 2012/12/26 22:11:17
    Yes
    FatherLiberty
    walk into any school in America and look around. Try to point out the children who dont have one.
  • Smokey 2012/12/26 17:55:42
    Yes
    Smokey
    +3
    Just pick some 30% of people on SH. :) lol
  • middlesex1957 2012/12/26 16:51:29
    Yes
    middlesex1957
    +1
    Several. Only 2 of them have ever had adequate care and by that I mean 1. A diagnostic evaluation. 2. A search for and ongoing regulation of a medication that actually helps/manages their symptoms. 3. Access to counceling as needed. Back in the 80's my Mom served on a citizen's advisary council as the local mental health profession got ready to throw all the inpatients to the street. People who could not be relied upon to walk down a hall every morning to take their meds were tossed out into the community where they had to manage money, manage the crappy bus system and travel miles everyday to get their meds at an outpatient clinic. Needless to say not many showed up so the clinics closed by 1990!! They have nothing now. Don't vote for anyone local, regional or national who wants to cut all of our taxpayer dollars out of mental health. If we don't start pressuring our politicians to spend the vast stores of money we entrust them with on things that actually help the helpless and keep us safe we'll have no one to blame but ourselves their suffering becomes our own.
  • Urchyn 2012/12/26 15:41:24
  • StEwPiD MoNkEy 2012/12/26 15:34:00
    Yes
    StEwPiD MoNkEy
    My cousin (although she is older now) is bipolar. She had a GB and could not take her meds. Very scary. When she snaps she gets very loud and violent. Sad.
  • Luna Wren 2012/12/26 13:36:11
    Yes
    Luna Wren
    You don't?
  • Wahvlvke 2012/12/26 13:23:47
    Yes
    Wahvlvke
    +1
    Several ... the obamas ... the clintons ... the reids ... the pelosis and the most unfortunate would be the wasserman and schultz families.
  • Madi 2012/12/26 12:07:58
    Yes
    Madi
    My boyfriend has Schizophrenia, he tends to have schizophrenic "attacks", where all the common symptoms happen at once, but then he's fine. He's completely normal the rest of the time.
  • joe mauro 2012/12/26 07:11:40
    Yes
    joe mauro
    congress
  • Nonpartisan 2012/12/26 06:28:33
    Yes
    Nonpartisan
    +1
    That depends upon what you define as mentally ill. Some would say that my sister who enjoys the pain and suffering of others and only worships money is mentally ill. Those things are normal for her, and she considers herself normal. If you do not really know her, more than most people do, you might even think she is a wonderful compassionate person, boy would you be wrong.
  • calvin236 2012/12/26 06:03:14
    Yes
    calvin236
    +1
    I think it is me and 2 other people in the family and only 1 has been properly diagnosed, but they show the signs.
  • Mtg303 2012/12/26 05:38:58
    Yes
    Mtg303
    +1
    Most people know someone with a mentally ill child or teenager, however Adam Lanza was neither a child or a teenager he was 20. If a parent is aware that their child has a serious mental illness then checks and balances need to be in place before they turn 18. Conservatorships, medical power of attorney and no weapons in the residence for starters.
  • calvin236 Mtg303 2012/12/26 05:59:35
    calvin236
    +2
    Most of the time, people don't notice the signs and assume they are normal and just ask them to stop. You can see why as they get older, the disorder gets worse and eventually causes them to murder.
  • Mtg303 calvin236 2012/12/26 09:11:24 (edited)
    Mtg303
    True that's part of the denial I've seen from wishful parents. Parents are also not always on the same page on acknowledging there's something unbalanced about their child. However outsiders of the family often times notice the signs of the disorder or illness.
  • calvin236 Mtg303 2012/12/26 18:09:30
    calvin236
    That's true, but some people hide it pretty well. I think that the majority of people who do things like this show the signs very easily, but nobody knows what it means until they do something outrageous. That's the sad truth about how people still treat depression and sociopathic tendencies as normal until somebody goes on a murder or murder spree, when they are treated and the debate pops up again.
  • ★misfit★ 2012/12/26 03:44:17
    Yes
    ★misfit★
    But keep in mind that not all mentally ill people are dangerous in any way. Most, in fact, are harmless. Only certain types of mental illness cause people to commit crimes.
  • Mtg303 ★misfit★ 2012/12/26 05:45:51
    Mtg303
    +3
    And some people commit heinous crimes with no history of mental illness.
  • ★misfit★ Mtg303 2012/12/26 16:14:14
    ★misfit★
    Yep that's also true.
  • Nikki<3 2012/12/26 03:30:19
    Yes
    Nikki<3
    +1
    But I don't see them being harmful! They are outstanding human beings, who have just been threw more than we have! I strongly disagree with anyone who blames the Sandy Hook shooting on him having a mental illness. He was evil. His heart was taken over by such evil, that a mental illness could never do. He was a sick cruel person and hat he did should never been seen as that of someone with a mental illness.
  • socokid 2012/12/25 23:31:55
    Yes
    socokid
    My brother. My father actually brought up the shooting when talking about him during Christmas.

    It is good to know that we were not alone...
  • Junior the Outer Space Musi... 2012/12/25 21:15:32
    Yes
    Junior the Outer Space Music Man
    I'm not sure if ADHD is a mental condition or not and the same with bipolar, but my best friends oldest daughter I believe has those two thing, or at least he told me that and I believe him.
  • Resp 2012/12/25 20:50:18
    Yes
    Resp
    Yes! On our block we had a completely deranged mental case. And now look at me!! I'm on SodaHead. Can you believe it?
  • wcake 2012/12/25 20:23:30 (edited)
    No
    wcake
    I have not met anyone with family that has a serious mentall ill. But I do know a few families with Down's Sydrome children.
  • Beccy 2012/12/25 20:16:57
    Yes
    Beccy
    I am a social worker. It is heart breaking to see kids that have everything going for them be strock down with a mental illness
  • Nam Era Vet #1 DNA TLC 2012/12/25 19:42:06
    Yes
    Nam Era Vet #1 DNA TLC
    Not much to say about the kid. I pray for them.
  • plainasitcomes 2012/12/25 19:26:34
    Yes
    plainasitcomes
    +1
    My aunt on my father side has schizophrenia. She even stabbed her husband, they're still together though :P
  • Resp plainas... 2012/12/25 20:51:07
    Resp
    +1
    Uh oh. You do know that schizophrenia is hereditary don't you?
  • plainas... Resp 2012/12/26 07:52:03
    plainasitcomes
    +2
    Well I didn't but it certainly made me question my own sanity. Thank you for the bright thoughts :)
  • Lorenz0... plainas... 2012/12/26 11:05:18
    Lorenz0 W. ElMenzo
    +1
    Don't, worry, there is nothing wrong, with, your sanity! Your math, is, too, good! :)
  • TimothyBrianFoley 2012/12/25 17:24:12
    No
    TimothyBrianFoley
    if i did i wouldn't give him/her a gun who knows what danger they will cause
  • Ramón 2012/12/25 17:17:34 (edited)
    Yes
    Ramón
    Mine. Sad. My ex wife (the one known as the bruja) had asked me to escort our son out to the entry way so he could remove his muddy shoes, when he hit me so hard I flew across the room. I was doing NOTHING aggressive, just serving as escort with my hand on his elbow when I was hit. Then as he grabbed me and began hitting me again, his brother (also MR) hit me so hard I fell to the floor with blood streaming down my face from a laceration on my skull. They are both in adult care facilities and still experiencing anger problems from lack of self control and impulsiveness. They will be residentialized for life.

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