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Dr. Paul Appelbaum Talks to US News & World Report re: Violence and the Mentally Ill

Can You Stop a Shooter Before It's Too Late?
October 16, 2013

After every shooting incident and act of public violence, we tend to circle around the same questions: "Who was he? What was her motivation?"

In trying to untangle the mystery, what we're really asking is if anyone saw this coming. We wonder whether she was bullied at school or passed over for promotions, or whether he was seeking revenge or battling mental illness...

"People with serious mental illnesses have a higher rate of violent behavior than the general population and yet, at the same time, their mental illness accounts for only a small percentage of violence in the United States," says Paul Appelbaum, past president of the American Psychiatric Association and professor of psychiatry at Columbia University


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