Saturday, August 11, 2012

James Holmes: The importance of knowing the signs of mental illness and taking action

James Holmes: The importance of knowing the signs of mental illness and taking action


Doris Fuller, executive director of The Treatment Advocacy Center, outlines many reasons that people with mental illness don’t get the care they need. Some are not surprising: a lack of recognition of the signs and not enough understanding of the solutions. Too many people still believe you can talk people out of their delusions and anxieties without the benefit of professional intervention and medication.
Plus, about 40% of people with bipolar disorder and 50% of people with schizophrenia do not themselves know that they are mentally ill and so will not seek the help they need themselves, Fuller says.
The organization points out that the Aurora could have been averted since according to Colorado law, once someone, like Holmes appears to be a danger to others, which Dr. Fenton determined he was, “any individual aware of his condition could have asked the county court where he lived to order an evaluation of whether he needed to be involuntarily hospitalized for treatment.”

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