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Mass shootings, "Mental Illness", and Anger

My friend Paul lives in Las Vegas, he and his wife both teach psychology at the University of Nevada. In the last few years I’ve gone out there many times to guest-lecture in Paul’s classes, talking about borderline personality, trauma, homeless adolescents, and what it is to be a therapist. I was there a week before Stephen Paddock - for no identifiable reason - murdered 58 people, and shot hundreds of others. After one of these rampage killings it’s now familiar for us to hear one side calling for gun control, and the other side calling for increased “mental health services.” As a therapist, I can’t help but think of how broad and general this last term is, as an infinitesimally small pr


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