The problem here is criteria and stigma.
There was a time where the United States did round up people that are mentally ill and sent them to places like the Athens Lunatic Asylum in Athens, Ohio. There was such a stigma on mental illness that a cousin who I guess talked to himself was actully picked up by police because some woman complained and thought he was a creepy pedophile because he liked to sit on a bench at the park. HE WAS NOT A PEDOPHILE, he was not dangerous, he was just very mixed up. there in lies the risk. he was mistreated on numerous occasions and my mother has always believed it made it worse that he was afraid to go out in public after that incident. he had a sad life.
Then there is the issue of what constitutes mental illness. If you look at the Ohio diagnostic codes for mental illness, you will discover that you and most of the people you know get angry, depressed or have a mood swing from time to time.
the real task is trying to find the Jared Loughners of the world. and we should set them up in their own personal locked hotels for the rest of their lives if they are a threat to themselves and others. but it is not as black and white as you think it is
I know what you mean...I had a second cousin who was institutionalized just because she mouthed off to her siblings one time too many and they ganged up on her. Took her years to get out.
That’s not right either but there has to be a way to strike a balance.
It’s also worth noting that psychiatrists and mental “hospitals” are also a favorite tool of totalitarian regimes to suppress dissent. It’s not such a stretch to imagine one or another Obama Czar deciding that “certain political actions”... such as demanding to see Obama’s BC or school records (just to think of one example)... are symptoms of schizophrenia and require “long term treatment”.