What popular notion do you think the world has wrong?
There is a huge stigma in the world about the mentally ill. We are not all gun-toting murderers, nor are we all dangerous. The press doesn’t help. Every time there is a shoot-out, the press automatically assumes the shooter has to be mentally ill. This plays on people’s fears and if they hear the words “mentally ill” or “bipolar,” people freak-out. Of course, there are some dangerous mentally ill people and one can only hope that those are being treated, but some fall through the cracks. Some families do not want to admit they have a mentally ill parent or child. All we can do is continue to educate the public and encourage those who are mentally ill to seek help and for families to intervene if they have a dangerous mentally ill family member.