Police to do “mental test” but I’m worried. Here’s why.

So the other day I came across this headline in the national dailies announcing a new “initiative” from our dearly beloved police: AIG orders mental tests on Lagos policemen. (I actually was late to the party as it had been announced since mid-August and I only happened on it by the end of the month.) But you know when you see something […]

What plane crashes can teach us about violence in mental illness

Yes o — I’m still on this mental illness and violence matter! Honestly, I thought I’d just do a post on it, but each post so far has produced responses that necessitate another. (This will be the last for now, although I’m sure I’ll have to come back to it.) This post started as the answer to a […]

Are people with mental disorders really more violent?

In my last post, I wrote about why it’s not fair to lump terrorists together with people who mental illness, and a friend of mine replied thus in an email: I agree with your conclusion just that I really think mentally people are more violent than other people. Not because the mental illness makes them […]

Can we just stop calling terrorists mentally ill?

I recently disagreed with a friend over mental illness and terrorism. It happened after the terrible Charlie Hebdo incident, and started because he had the temerity to suggest that the murderous terrorists were deserving of a psychiatric evaluation. That is one sure way to get me upset. Whenever there’s a discussion (online or off) of some […]

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