- May 9, 2019
I never dismissed the idea of other possibilities. Many posts ago I simply suggested that CTE was a "likely explanation" for his clinical presentation and apparently that triggered a lot of people on here but, again, I have never dismissed other explanations such as other neurological conditions or psychiatric illness.
That said, this is not a case of Mark simply being an asshole, spoiled, immature etc. I have decades of experience treating psychiatric illnesses. There is only one viable explanation for his clinical presentation and that is a serious and progressive brain disease. Let me be clear though. Just because there's a medical explanation for his actions does not mean he should not be held accountable for them. I think that notion is partly what has peeps all fired up.
Ted Bundy had antisocial personality disorder, which is in the DSM-5 (diagnostic manual for psychiatric conditions). By definition he had an underlying psychiatric illness yet he was still held accountable for his actions and was sentenced to death (Note: in NO way am I comparing Mark to Ted Bundy; it's just an example to show that people should still answer for their crimes even if it is determined that their crimes can be attributed to underlying neurological or psychiatric issues).
What is being held accountable? Jail? No one heare believes someone who is butchering people should be free to walk the streets.
There is a difference between evil and mental illness, but they are not mutually exclusive. Evil people see the world as it is, they just have a messed up way of interpreting it and acting on that information. People that are really sick have a difficult time separating the world inside their head from the real world.
We shouldn’t assume that they are one in the same or deal with them the same way. Our lust for “accountability” is a big reason our system is so impotent now. We
There are plenty of mentally ill people out there who are not getting the help they need. The hard part is how to fix that without stigmatizing and punishing. People won't voluntarily seek help if they think it's going to harm them in the long run.
Completely agree. It’s more than that though.
How do you admit to YOURSELF that you are not right in the head? How could you even recognize it when your cognitive functions are disrupted? Why is it left up to you when you have proven it can’t be?