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Forcing treatment on the mentally ill

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The suspect in the recent Arizona shooting, 22-year-old Jared Loughner, had been told by community college campus police to get a mental health evaluation if he wished to return. According to a story by the Associated Press, Loughner, despite professor and classmate concerns, was never diagnosed with what experts say seems to be a clear-cut case of schizophrenia.

The issue of individual rights versus the safety of others sometimes comes into play when serious mental issues are addressed.

Louisiana Tech University psychology professor Mary Margaret Livingston elaborates on this topic.

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