7 Myths About Mental Illness You Need To Stop Believing Right Now

You’ve surely heard about the UCSB shooting by now. Long story short, Elliot Rodger went on a murderous rampage, killing six and injuring many more.

This murderer published numerous YouTube videos and a 141-page “manifesto” that explained his actions. He calls it his “retribution” against women, “All those girls that I’ve desired so much, they would’ve all rejected me and looked down upon me as an inferior man if I ever made a sexual advance towards them while they throw themselves at these obnoxious brutes. I’ll take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you.” His disgusting misogynistic rant sparked the hashtag #YesAllWomen to show just how common violence against women really is and how sexism is still alive and well.

Many are quick to jump to the conclusion that Rodger was “crazy” and that his attacks are a result of mental illness. It’s easy to point the blame at mental illness instead of talking about it, but the fact is that this is someone who hated women (and other races according to his own words). Yes, Rodger was in therapy.

Yes, he suffered from mental health problems. His own mother requested that the police check on him after seeing a video he posted. They did, and everything checked out. Mental health is not the problem here. Misogyny and Elliot Rodger are the problem. Complacency with sexism is the problem. We need to stop saying that mental health causes senseless violence like this because it does not, and there are so many other stigmas about mental illness we need to stop believing while we’re at it:

What do you think about mental health issues? Did you believe any of the myths above? Do you think mental health is the problem here? Tell us in the comments!

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  • NerdyGirl217

    I would have approached him, I thought he was actually cute and hot, but if he didn’t have those mental issues and worked on his personality then I would have dated him

  • WrittenSimply

    In my English class we just research essays on diseases and mental illnesses; I did mine on Dissociative Identity Disorder, which is probably one of the most controversial mental health issues, but it was super cool to write on and it taught me a lot on mental health in general!

  • Nia

    I understand that the overwhelming cause for this massacre was misogyny, but was he really not mentally ill…at all? There are men who are offended when women don’t accept their advances, there are men who spew insults at them, or even men who last out physically. But how many men actually plan a “day of retribution” and go out killing innocent people because of that, all while claiming to be “the supreme? I’m no mental health professional, but that’s a state of mania if I’ve ever seen it.

    Are not serial rapists and killers mentally disturbed in some way? As someone who has a mental illness, I know the frustration of having moral flaws lumped together with our chemical flaws, but to say that this guy was completely well actually does take out a big part of the equation, in my opinion.

    • gilda

      he wasnt even rejected by women – i read his manifesto and he never made a move at all. he would go outside and get angry when random women on the street he didnt know didnt approach him or “give him sex”. im sure he did have some sort of mental illness, because normal people dont act like that, but thats not the reason. he thought that he deserved those women because he was smart. this idea of them owing him something didnt come out of a mental illness