Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Mental Health Professionals and the Duty to Protect

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It is clear from the circumstances of the Aurora shooter's psychiatrist that deciding what to do about dangerous people is often a no-win situation for mental health professionals.

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#1 May 20, 2013
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Professor Conducted A Huge Study To Find Out Why People Kill
http://www.businessinsider.com/why-people-kil...

"Though we might like to think that murderers are either pathological misfits or hardened criminals who," Buss told UT, "the vast majority of murders are committed by people who until the day they kill, seem perfectly normal."

In Gun Debate, a Misguided Focus on Mental Illness
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/18/health/a-mi...

Mass Murder: Is There a Mental Health Issue?
http://socialwork.columbia.edu/news-events/ma...

Synopsis - Murder By Proxy Film
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Most people don't realize that in the overwhelming majority of cases people who commit these murders have no criminal record or history of mental illness.

Predicting the Risk of Future Dangerousness
http://virtualmentor.ama-assn.org/2012/06/hla...
Research, in fact, confirms the error in associating dangerousness with mental illness, showing that “the vast majority of people who are violent do not suffer from mental illnesses [8]. The absolute risk of violence among the mentally ill as a group is still very small and…only a small proportion of the violence in our society can be attributed to persons who are mentally ill”[4]. Violence is not a diagnosis nor is it a disease [9]. Potential to do harm is not a symptom or a sign of mental illness, rather it must be the central consideration when assessing future dangerousness.

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