I wish to respond paragraph by paragraph to your most recent comment. No, people with mental illnesses do not committ mass shootings because of their mental illness. Do not assume that Adam Lanza, for example, killed elementary school children because of his autism and OCD; that’s disengenious to the people who have autism and OCD. In this regard, I encourage you to do personal research to see any type of causal relationship between mass shootings and autism/OCD rather than relying on your intuitions. And you’re right, Roaming Millenial did not say we should condemn all people with mental illness as being violent, and that she did state that if the congressional shooter had any type of mental illness, that all speculation about the cause of the shooting would be moot since this hypothetical mental illness should be presumed to be the cause. That’s what I’m arguing is fallacious.
Regarding your second paragraph, I’m sure you may be able to tell that this is a personal topic for me; I was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorder years ago. I would say that these have developed in my life and that they weren’t always present, which would mean that they are “mental illnesses” by your definition. Yet, I have received disability support services from my university and they treat those diagnoses as disabilities. Coupled with this fact and how you expressed uncertainty in your previous comment tells me that you are not done thorough research on this topic. I myself wouldn’t call myself a “professional” by any standards, but I have always heared mental illness and mental disabilities as being synonymous throughout my time being involved with my mental health issues. Also, no, OCD alone does not cause people to kill as an anxiety disorder. I sincerely ask you talk to a medical professional like Jordan Peterson (which I’m actually going to suggest in a separate thread to Roaming).
Finally, I do think men are more prone to violence due to them having higher testosterone on average, but for the record, we shouldn’t police or suspect all men of being violent criminals since we should treat all individuals as being unique and not judge a person because of a label. Ben Shapiro though has explicitly stated that mental illness is to blame for mass shootings; see his talk with Piers Morgan and Dave Rubin.
I agree, we shouldn’t condemn everyone with a mental illness, man, white person, black person, etc., as being a potential mass murderer. However, after doing some research and seeing people blame mental illness as being the cause of these mass shootings, I have to express concern for the potential policies that people might advocate for that unfairly discriminate against people with mental illness/disabilities. Jimmy Kimmel for one has expressed advocacy to take gun ownership rights away from people like me, claiming it’s “common sense”, and most members of US congress want gun ownership rights to be taken away from people who are labeled as “mentally ill.” I’m sorry, but in the face of academic research in the field of psychology, this is a scary proposition that won’t do any good and only strip protection away from the group of people who have been shown to be more vulnerable to violence.