The Value of Being Politically "Incorrect"
In his recent book, The Insanity Offense, Dr.
Charita Goshay, an
“In this politically correct era, I fully expected to be flayed and accused of being insensitive for calling for more inpatient treatment for seriously mentally ill people,” she wrote. “Instead, what I received were a number of telephone calls and e-mails from relatives of people suffering from serious mental illness, all of whom had heartbreaking horror stories regarding their futile efforts to get inpatient treatment for their loved ones.”
She noted there are “but matters of degrees” between near tragedy and “a full-metal bloodbath.”
Of the people who contacted her she reported, “They're people who live in daily, mortal fear that their loved one is going to hurt someone else or themselves, and that only then will someone finally listen to what they've been saying all along.”
The hope is that policy makers will listen before the next preventable tragedy strikes.