Schizophrenia Should Not Be Blamed for Crimes

A writer discusses that those with paranoid schizophrenia can lead moral lives, and the illness should not be blamed for crimes:

"Elizabeth Smart's kidnapper is considered a 'Paranoid Schizophrenic.' Brian David Mitchell's Defense Psychiatrist, Richard DeMier has attributed Mitchell's kidnapping and rape crimes against a young teenage girl snatched out of bed one night in her parents home, as a prime reason for his actions. This illness does not contribute to the actions of a person. Personality, moral attitude, and self-esteem of any person will contribute to their actions or behavior. If a person is sick with schizophrenia they could still be a lawful citizen. The correlation between illness and criminal behavior is not consistently related. Some very sick and mentally ill people have never committed felonious crimes, and they probably never will. Others may decide to change their current behavior and/or moral outlook and participate in heinous, devastating and violent behavior; while some may see that as a conflict to their inner ego. With any consistent, and morally decent upbringing, if one is nurtured in an emotionally supportive and stable environment most mentally ill persons will stay law abiding even though, they have a terrible disease or mental illness."

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