On a more serious note:
I know that the media is desperate to report something about the movie theater shooting, but I’m really annoyed by the current headline that’s making the rounds:
CNN: Colorado suspect was seeing a psychiatrist
FoxNews: Court papers reveal Colorado shooting suspect was seeing psychiatrist
NYTimes: Colorado suspect was getting psychiatric care
ABCnews: Colo. suspect was seeing a shrink
I find this reporting horribly offensive, irresponsible and damaging. We know NOTHING about what he was seeing a psychiatrist about. NOTHING AT ALL. Nothing has been released. And yet it’s being reported everywhere, because the media (and our society as a whole) has decided that seeing a psychiatrist is a sign of a deranged mind. “Aha!” says America! “He was seeing a psychiatrist! That explains SO MUCH!”
But it doesn’t explain anything, because seeing a psychiatrist is not a damning sign of craziness, or a precursor to murderous behavior, or a conclusive sign of ANYTHING AT ALL.
Legitimate, non-murderous reasons real people might see a psychiatrist (not comprehensive):
Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia (like me)
My point: So the Colorado shooter was seeing a psychiatrist; SO WHAT? Implying that seeing a psychiatrist is relevant to this case–WHEN NO FACTS ARE KNOWN–paints every person with a mental illness as a potential mass murder. Which is BULLCRAP.
This is why people are afraid of admitting to mental illness. It’s why very sick people refuse to get help–because they’re afraid of the stigma.
It was GOOD that this shooter was seeing a psychiatrist. I have no idea what the reason for his visits were, but seeing a psychiatrist meant he was trying to get help. I wish MORE people were willing to see psychiatrists. But that’s not going to happen as long as society views psychiatric patients as ticking time bombs. So STOP IT.