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  •  if you have a family member whom you do not (5+ / 0-)

    wish to institutionalize, you hide his condition from the world for fear a neighbor or associate will complain and DSS or the police or any number of other agencies who will remove and institutionalize that relative, no matter what the circumstances.

    The stigma carries with it a certain fear on the part of others.  I would observe that the media is having a field day with the shooter's mental state and his behavior, which while may have been fringe behavior, describes thousands of other people throughout the nation

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