News Roundup July 2012 3rd Edition

The tragic mass shooting in America has provoked a world-wide reaction and a search for answers to the question of why this happened. Answering this question will require a detailed assessment of the suspect as well as a conviction. People commonly ask if such a person has a mental illness as such behaviour is so far out of the ordinary. However very unusual and terrible behaviours can be carried out by people without a mental illness. That is why it is important to wait for the police investigations and any forensic assessments to be completed as well as a conviction. Finding immediate answers can offer an anxious public reassurance in the short-term but at the risk of getting the wrong answer and stigmatising groups based on incorrect assertions. At Shrinkrap there is a post about Forensic Psychiatrist Park Dietz’s advice on media coverage of mass murders.  Via @VaughanBell there is also an informative interview with Forensic Psychiatrist Professor Paul Mullen where he provides an overview of the historical and cultural context of such tragic events. Professor Mullen also comments on the issue of gun control and behaviour profiles as well as his opinion on solutions.

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2008-2011 News Round-Up

Index: There are indices for the TAWOP site here and here Twitter: You can follow ‘The Amazing World of Psychiatry’ Twitter by clicking on this link. Podcast: You can listen to this post on Odiogo by clicking on this link (there may be a small delay between publishing of the blog article and the availability of the podcast). It is available for a limited period. TAWOP Channel: You can follow the TAWOP Channel on YouTube by clicking on this link. Responses: If you have any comments, you can leave them below or alternatively e-mail justinmarley17@yahoo.co.uk. Disclaimer: The comments made here represent the opinions of the author and do not represent the profession or any body/organisation. The comments made here are not meant as a source of medical advice and those seeking medical advice are advised to consult with their own doctor. The author is not responsible for the contents of any external sites that are linked to in this blog.

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