Mental Health Experts Respond Carefully To Mass Killings

Psychiatry professor Dr. Renee Binder calls it "the conversation we're stuck with," a teachable moment growing out of horror. Each time mental illness is cited as a possible factor in a high-profile mass killing, there's a collective sigh among mental health professionals. Even as they see an opportunity for serious discussions of problems and remedies, they also worry about setbacks to their efforts to destigmatize mental illness. "Most people who suffer from mental illness are not violent, and most violent acts are committed by people who are not mentally ill," said Dr. Binder.



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