Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Now, I would like to make a few comments in regards to the violent mentally ill.

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1. The violent mentally ill are a statistical rarity.

A recent writer with the NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) said this,
"Is violence more common in people with SMI? Yes, during an episode of psychosis, especially psychosis associated with paranoia and so-called “command hallucinations”, the risk of violence is increased. People with SMI are up to three times more likely to be violent and when associated with substance abuse disorders, the risk may increase much further.i But, mental illness contributes very little to the overall rate of violence in the community. Most people with SMI are not violent, and most violent acts are not committed by people with SMI. In fact, people with SMI are actually at higher risk of being victims of violence than perpetrators. Teplin et al found that those with SMI are 11 times more likely to be victims of violent crime than the general population.   https://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/directors/thomas-insel/blog/2011/understanding-severe-mental-illness.shtml

2. The most common form of violence associated with mental illness is not against others, but rather, against oneself. In 2007, the most recent year for which we have statistics, there were almost 35,000 suicides, nearly twice the rate of homicides. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.Although it is not possible to know what prompted every suicide, it is safe to say that unrecognized, untreated mental illness is a leading culprit."
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3. We should not wait until violence occurs to discuss the whole issue of mental illness.
People tend to care very little about the mentally ill until there is something newsworthy that may (or may not) involve a mentally ill person. Obsta  Principa, or check the first symptoms is important when dealing with those of the mentally ill who indicate they may be violent.


4. We should be informed that secular psychiatry does not believe in a personal devil.but evangelical Christians do! People sense "evil." in mass shootings, especially when children are involved.
But teaching of Scripture informs us in Ephesians 2:1-2.
"And you were dead in your trespasses and sinsin which you formerly walked according tothe course of this world according to to  Prince  of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience" (NASB).
The  Lord Jesus Christ tells us in: John 8:44::
"You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your fatherHe was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies "(NASB).


5. We need to pray for revival in  our land an in other nations!!


Thank you,
Rev. Steve Bloem


Executive Director, Heartfelt Counseling Ministries