Terrorism & mental illness

This brief article discusses the connections between mental illness, violence, and terrorism. There is some evidence that “lone wolf” terrorists are more likely than group-based terrorists to suffer from mental illness, suggesting the need for better behavioral health services for youth. Of course, predicting which disaffected young people might engage in terrorism is very imprecise, and most people suffering from mental illness are neither violent nor terrorists.

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3 Responses to “Terrorism & mental illness”

  1. Mike Ward Says:

    I agree, we need to increase our mental health care drastically, however tagging extremists and terrorists as a mental health problem is a long desperate shot in the dark. Let’s call it like it is, radicalized fundementalism and deal with it accordingly. Otherwise we one could argue that Gitmo should be turned into a lunatic asylum.

  2. Chris Williams Says:

    Here in the UK we have a partnership case management approach to those at risk of radicalisation. We find a vastly above-average proportion of people with mental health problems and particularly those with Asperger’s Syndrome, who seem vulnerable to being radicalised.

  3. Gunther Says:

    “Otherwise we one could argue that Gitmo should be turned into a lunatic asylum.”

    I agreed because every left or right white extremist terrorist particularly right wing American militia willl be using mental illness as a means to escape the consequences of their criminal acts.

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