The recent school shooting in Parkland, FL once again raised the question of the connection between mental illness and mass violence. But, if you suffer from a mental illness in the United States, you may find yourself thrown into a confusing and often contradictory system of doctors, clinics, institutions, home care, and drug regimens that is hardly a system at all. This month historian Zeb Larson traces how our response to the mentally ill has been shaped by a faith that such illness can be cured and a desire to deal with the mentally ill as cheaply as possible.

History Talk

Smart conversations about today’s most interesting topics - a history podcast for everyone

History Talk Logo

Subscribe to our mailing list.

Origins YouTube

See the past and present on the Origins YouTube channel

Origins YouTube