Understanding Kanye

What are Psychotic Symptoms and how do they Manifest in Kanye West?   The majority of the public discourse about Kanye West’s recent comments praising Trump are missing one vital piece of information: Kanye has repeatedly displayed symptoms of mental illness. He has talked somewhat openly about a mental “breakdown” which he refers to as…

Waiting for the Next “Biggest” Mass Murder, Part II

Why we Need to to Stop Blaming “Mental Illness” As a psychiatric social worker, some basic  issues come to mind when public figures blame “mental illness” willy-nilly as the cause for mass murder.  1. People who commit mass murder are no more likely to be mentally ill than then general population. Unfortunately, it is an…

Waiting for the Next “Biggest” Mass Murder, part 1

The CDC estimates that over 33,000 people die from gun violence every year. That is 33,000+ preventable deaths. Wednesday 2/14/18 the third largest school shooting in America this century* occurred at a High school in Parkland Florida, leaving 17 people dead and 14 more wounded. It is behind only Virginia Tech (32) and Sandy Hook (27).  …