Part 4 on the series of 5 posts
If you read my other 3 posts in this series, then you know I mentioned the serious mental disorders that lead to serial rape and murder. I also told you that we already have a law on the books that would allow us to treat addictions and remove a gun or knife from all minors in place, without anyone yelling,”Unconstitutional.” It is called” Reckless endangerment of a minor by an adult”. Once the law is enforced, parents,guardians, or adult buyers or pushers could be held or fined, while children received treatment for carrying a gun or knife,inebriation, or use of illegal substance that cause mental health issues to worsen, if left untreated or unenforced.
They would not have to nor would we want them to invade our privacy or business but arrests made on the streets would cut crime even more. Since the other 3 posts in this series, are more on what shame and lies are doing to our Country than on the specific diseases, I would like to go more into detail here on what we as a Nation already know about psychopaths and anti-social disorders.
Psychopaths and sociopaths (better known as anti-social personality disorder today, and are estimated to make up 4% of our Nation’s population) are a combination of mental disorders as versus just a single disorder. When America became disturbed in 1999 about the teenage shootings, Congress funded an extensive study on video games, the lack of prayer in school, working mothers, violent movies, and poor parenting as possible scapegoats for blame, as to the violence in our youth. They even canceled,” Buffy the Vampire Slayer” incase the show was leading the young people to kill.
It has become fodder for the Religious and Conservative Right to blame working mothers for years. If anything conclusive came out of it, I do not recall that it was announced. I do know that it couldn’t have found much in that regards, because the Religious and Conservative Right have said for years that single and working mothers are the cause for all social ills in America, and if they found anything significant we can all bet the media would have flooded us with the results if they found anything conclusive.We do know all other studies on working Mothers as versus stay-at-home Moms show there is no difference in the success or fail rate of children, except Mothers who do work out of the home do show that they are more satisfied and the children are better socially adapted.
This is the good news, Science does know; These disorders are possible to diagnose in children as young as 3 and 4 years of age and possibly even in the embryo in the womb, because there has been enough biological information found. For instance we know they have a lower serotonin level in the brain. If we treat children before the age of 14 then we have a possibility of a cure. These pathologies or disorders are readilly diagnosible by Forensic Psychiatrists and regular Psychiatrists. There have been smaller studies done that show head injuries during childhood may play a bigger role than some thought. That would explain why income or gender does not matter with these disorders.
If we experience aggression or violence in our children and they are bullying others as well as, are discipline problems,and appear to be play acting through life, instead of showing any real emotions, and have the following symptoms then it is in our best interests, as well as theirs, to not to try to diagnose them ourselves or have the school counselor do so, but to be referred to a Psychiatrist or Forensic Pyschiatrist to have our children checked out.This then are the symptoms:
1.glib and superficial–they are not really serious about anything
2.egocentric and grandiose
3.lack of guilt or remorse
4.lack of empathy when someone else or a pet is hurt
5. they lie and manipulate people into what they want but will not do themselves
6.Shallow fake emotions
2. poor behavior control
3. need for excitement–as in carnival rides or adrenaline rushes
4. lack of responsibility
5. early behavior problems
6. adult anti-social behavior–they are very charming and have groups to entertain but do not get really emotionally close to anyone. Lying and bragging also is symptomatic. It is all about them and being the center of attention. They trade friends or are left by groups faster than most people change light bulbs.
I repeat: Please do not use this list to try to diagnose yourself. As many of these are also symptomatic of other psychotic diseases and if treated wrongly can be a disaster. It requires the specialties mentioned above along with blood workups and other screenings. Since the earlier it is caught the earlier it is possible to treat and give our child a normal life, to delay or go into denial is just too sad for the entire human race. Too many family Doctors will brush us aside as over concerned mothers, so do not hesitate to find another if that is the case. One of the worse problems we have with mental illness is the denial of parents and their refusal to get help. Mothers,especially, do know when something is not quite right with their child.
We know by 15 the results of it ever being treated is next to nil. Adults with aggression and violence who are psychopaths or have anti-social disorder are not all serial rapists and murderers but all serial rapists and murderers do suffer from these disorders.
We know once a child is 14 criminal activity does start showing up and counseling does not work as another symptom of the disease is complete and utter denial and delusion. Counselling does not work as they are not able to feel shame,remorse or empathy for others. In their minds they are the intelligent ones and everyone else is stupid and nuts. Rarely will many finish school or get jobs that last. Drugs and alcohol becomes a large part of their life, which only increases the effects of the disorder. The only way Society will ever be safe from those who have the criminal element of the disorder, is to shut them up for life so that Society remains safe.
We know that they come from every social-economic level and that poverty is not responsible. There is a genectic factor. We know when they come from homes with abuse in them, their offenses are more severe than in homes where they were loved and treated well. It effects both boys and girls, men and women. Parenting is not the total blame but poor parenting does play a role. In other words, if they are raised in homes where anger is shown and expressed through fists and beatings to both them and a parent there will be more savagery committed during their crimes.
We as a Society need to be working together to get rid of the stigmatism that is stuck to mental illness. We need to quit saying we are going to do something about it and then do nothing. We have a moral obligation to express the honesty and heart break of what mental illness does do to families and then treat it.
How can we call ourselves Christian and deny that mental illness is an affliction and illness of the mind that no one ask for or deserves. There is not a family in America that has not been afflicted with it and we still act as though it is a shame to acknowledge that truth. Its’ effects on families are ripping families apart and yet as a Nation, we deny that it is a real disease no different from that of cancer. The denial, itself is symptomatic of the effects of the disease. We are so hard on people who suffer from its destructive effects that some children would rather be drug addicts than be diagnosed of mental illness, not even realizing that drug and alcohol use can also be a form of psychosis. Children need to be treated and the disorders recognized when they are younger.
As a Society,parents, schools,churches,Doctors,business men,policemen,judges,politicians,lawyers,social services all need to be made aware of the fact that boys especially, are not just being boys or girls are not just taking after their Mothers. Many times. “we hear other women say that another woman is a bitch but her daughter is going to pay her back when she gets older,” without realizing that there may be more truth to that, than they realize. Too many adults are just passing the behavior off without realizing that these children are in serious need of all of us becoming adults and hearing their cries for help.
By the time law enforcement or the Courts are dealing with them, it is already too late for them to be able to help them or Society, either one. Unless Religion and Science work together for a solution, we will never be able to find our children the help they need. With 20 States putting them to death we should all be abhorred by the shame of it all.We owe our Nation’s children a whole lot more than that! A Nation is only as strong as the way it shows compassion to it’s most vulnerable who live amongst us.