Men­tal ill­ness

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

The New York State Of­fice of Men­tal Health has done re­search demon­strat­ing that a ran­dom sam­pling of psy­chi­atric pa­tients un­der treat­ment are far less prone to acts of vi­o­lence than their “nor­mal” coun­ter­parts. Maybe we should have a fed­eral reg­is­ter of “nor­mal” peo­ple and leave the men­tally ill alone. They suf­fer enough with their ill­ness not to men­tion the so­ci­etal stigma. For the less in­formed, the world would be a pretty des­o­late place if it weren’t for the con­tri­bu­tions of the men­tally ill. Com­posers, artists, au­thors, po­ets [. . .] The list is end­less. Do the names Lord By­ron, Emily Dick­en­son, T.S. El­liot, Vic­tor Hugo, John Keats, Hans Chris­tian An­der­son, Edgar Allen Poe, Alexan­der Pushkin, Lord Ten­nyson, Walt Whit­man, Charles Dick­ens, Ralph Waldo Emer­son, Ernest Hem­ing­way, Ge­orge Fred­er­ick Han­del, Gustaf Mahler, Rach­mani­noff, Robert Schu­man, Peter Tchi­akovsky, Irv­ing Ber­lin, Cole Porter, Paul Gau­guin, Vin­cent Van Gogh, Michelan­gelo, Ge­or­gia O’Keefe sound familiar? This is a smat­ter­ing of peo­ple known or strongly sus­pected of hav­ing been men­tally ill. Richard L. Higley Clifton Springs, New York

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