There is a pill for people who "suffer" from all of these mental issues. The pill is called Prison... Its been there since the beginning of time for a reason. People have been "crazy" since the first human was born... When people want to act crazy, for ANY reason, lock em up for 25 years and keep the rest of us safe.
Zach - In America people have the right to be crazy as long as they are not a danger to themselves or others. Do you want to imprison every older adult who exhibits dementia?
I would like to say that we should aspire to the real-world impacts that the erBB is having, or at the very least, a mention in CNN.
But the truth of the matter is that it's a shame that they have contributed to the demonization and encouragement of someone who is clearly mentally ill.
Whether due to drug addiction or not, this type of behavior is beyond a person's control. You can hold them accountable for their actions, but it is absurd to judge them as cognizant individuals when there is a clear history of obvious mental illness.
Many of you heap judgment and scorn upon people like her. The same judgement and scorn that you are so quick to withhold for service members who are acting out due to brain trauma, PTSD, and subsequently common substance abuse issues.
People who cannot help themselves should be helped- especially in one of the richest societies in the world.
We do our best for neither her nor service members, nevermind the exploding homeless population (which is predominately impoverished, or addicted, or mentally ill people, who are frequently service members).
Situations like this reveal more about us than they do about any of the characters invlolved. Our society continues to fail it's most troubled citizens. Anyone here who has had a family member or friend with substance abuse issues, PTSD, or mental disability should recognize this.
Everyone else should be less judgemental, appreciate their good fortune, and have more consideration for people who cannot help themselves- for whatever reason that may be.
If your next child is born with with down syndrome, or suffers a brain injury snowboarding, or becomes addicted to heroin- you will soon see firsthand how our society fails you.
One of my good friends jumped off a 16 story building. A bus hit him after he landed. I had just turned 20. I took baths with that kid when we were toddlers. I remember playing He-Man and watching GI Joe and transformers. We got our first hair cuts together. I moved around a lot, but our parents always kept in touch. His folks are my G-Dparents! His brothers are my brother are my brothers, His Dad taught me everything I know about art, and then when we were teenagers something happened to his brain. He developed schizophrenia. He didn't know his own mother anymore. The sweetest woman in the world, she's like 4'8" and teaches 1st grade in some of the worst schools in San Antonio. He thought she was the Devil. They tried to get him help. A poor, genius artist and a gifted, inner-city school teacher did everything they could to save their troubled son. They tried to get him to take the drugs. And nothing really helped. Their oldest son is a CTO, their only daughter a Medical research Dr, their son who I share a Birthday with a M.S. Nurse practitioner who does iron man triathlons after beating cancer twice, their youngest son is one of the Chief Engineers at the Toyota plant making Tundras in North America. Crazy is a powerful thing.
And so one day, my good friend jumped off a building and got hit by a bus. I went to his funeral right after leaving Spring Break at Padre Island. And that's some crazy sh!1. There are many people in this world who should be put down like rabid dogs, but just maybe poor Jill Anjuli Hansenis crazy. I feel terribly sorry for her victim.