Mental Health Warrants Focus

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/26/us/26loughner.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha23

“You don’t have to be a professional psychologist to know the boy is disturbed.” So said one of the victims of Jared Loughner, who killed six people and injured 13, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in January.

The professionals agree. The psychologist and psychiatrist who interviewed Loughner for many hours for the court diagnosed schizophrenia. And now the judge in his case has found him not competent to stand trial and sent him for treatment at a psychiatric hospital.

What a sad, sad story. Clearly, people who knew Jared Loughner knew he was troubled. But no one knew just how ill he really was – or what to do about it.

This is yet another tragic illustration of how ill-equipped we are, individually, as communities, and as a nation, to understand, recognize and treat serious mental illness.
-Jack Simony

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About Jack Simony

Jack Simony is a hedge fund portfolio manager from New York City. More information and a full biography can be found by visiting http://www.jacksimony.org.
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