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Guns Don't Kill People, the Mentally Ill Do

codgerelle Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 10:56 AM
This is a link to an article, written by a lawyer, that provides some basic advice on how to maximize the chances of getting a mentally-ill family member involuntarily committed, It's written for Virginia citizens, but contains valuable strategies that could help anyone in these unfortunate circumstances: http://mentalillnesspolicy.org/coping/how-to-get-involuntary-commitment.html

Seung-Hui Cho, who committed the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007, had been diagnosed with severe anxiety disorder as a child and placed under treatment.

But Virginia Tech was prohibited from being told about Cho's mental health problems because of federal privacy laws.

At college, Cho engaged in behavior even more bizarre than the average college student. He stalked three women and, at one point, went totally silent, refusing to speak even to his roommates. He was involuntarily committed to a mental institution for one night and then unaccountably unleashed on the public, whereupon he proceeded to engage in...