The Violent Child - Peter Rodger's Blog

“About 1 in 4 Americans suffer from mental illness in any given year. It's time we remove the stigma of asking for help. To start, we are providing resources and asking you to share your story so that we may help one another.”
Peter Rodger, father of Elliot Rodger -- spree killer, murderer, mentally ill

Peter Rodger has created a blog asking other parents to share their stories of dealing with children with serious mental illness who commit heinous crimes. Sometimes these events can be stopped; as we know many others cannot, and a good bit of this has to do with a broken mental health system.

Here is a stunning contribution to Peter Roger’s Blog, Ask For Help Now
This could be very disturbing for some to read. Be forewarned.

I also have a killer son
submitted by Joyce Alexander

I am a retired mental health professional, but I understand the grief that is caused when one of our children becomes a killer. In my case, my son William Patrick Alexander,  in prison in Texas for the January 2oth, 1992 murder of Jessica Witt, his 17 year old Girlfriend,  is a psychopath (anti-social personality disorder) who has no conscience though he was raised in a family of Christian believers who tried to model and teach good behavior, kindness and love. My son is extremely smart, scoring “gifted” in the 99th percentile since first grade…yet the dropped out of high school to become a thief.

My son was raised in a middle class environment that valued education and hard work to go along with the brains God gave us. We didn’t coddle our children, but expected them to work part time even in High School, to save some of the money, and to do family chores. In short we tried to model and teach responsibility and good behavior.

When he first “rebelled” against authority we took him to a counselor, did our best to “reach” him…but he robbed our friend’s business, and when we realized what he had done, we turned him in to the police. He was arrested and let out on probation. Still more therapy and interventions, but he continued his life of crime, and by age 18 was in “big boy” prison for a home invasion. Read More...

First DP Network Television Interview - A Milestone

Stranger to My Self author Jeffrey Abugel discusses depersonalization on Channel 8's “Let's Talk Live, Washington DC. The first live discussion of DPD on a major television station. This is a major milestone in getting the word out about DP/DR. Thank you Jeff!

"Minds On The Edge"

Minds On The Edge
MINDS ON THE EDGE: Facing Mental Illness is a multi-platform media project that explores severe mental illness in America.

The centerpiece of the project is a television program that will air on PBS stations in October 2009. This video component is part of a national initiative that includes an extensive web site and an ambitious strategy to engage citizens, professionals in many fields, and policy makers at all levels of government. The goal is to advance consensus about how to improve the kinds of support and treatment available for people with mental illness.

The television program MINDS ON THE EDGE: Facing Mental Illness effectively illuminates challenging ethical issues as well as systemic flaws in program and policy design, service coordination, and resource allocation that are contributing to a mental health system that is widely acknowledged to be broken. MINDS ON THE EDGE also provides a glimpse of many solutions that are currently being implemented across the country. These innovations, many shaped by the guidance and expertise of people with mental illness, offer promising solutions and hopeful direction to transform the mental health system.

Become Involved! Educate Others.
Visit the Website: MINDS ON THE EDGE