We’ve got to come up with some new terminology that separates our quirky recluses who’d never hurt a fly from the narcissistic psychopaths who embezzle from their friends and murder innocents. “Mentally illl” has become an umbrella term that incorrectly groups sadistic individuals with housebound PTSD sufferers, agoraphobics, young girls with teenaged eating disorders, and people who cut themselves to relieve SELF-imposed shame. Those that hurt nobody at all- and even those that hurt only themselves - at least deserve their own term. I don’t know what it is, but it’s an important distinction society needs to make. Because people who enjoy violence but feel no remorse ARE dangerous and DO need to be called something. If we don’t have an accurate term for them, how will we warn and protect our children with information?
As someone who has experienced depression in response to an onslaught of devastating and traumatic events I did not choose, I’m sick to death of everyone acting like “mental illness” is a dirty little secret. Maybe it wouldn’t be if the term didn’t also include said violent psychopaths? Just a thought for the mental health experts.