Many of us cherish the belief that Psychiatrists are among the craziest and most dangerous class of people in society.
I appreciate that this is an unhealthy categorical thinking that could be construed as "hate."
Or just a gentle warning to always listen carefully.
Today's example is chilling.
Psychiatrist says Greyhound bus killer could be released inside of 5 years
Vince Li stabbed, decapitated and dismembered 22-year-old Tim McLean in front of nearly three dozen horror-stricken witnesses on board a Greyhound bus outside Portage la Prairie, Man., in July 2008.
Li was suffering from untreated schizophrenia and psychotic delusions at the time.
Li was found not criminally responsible during his trial in March 2009. A provincial panel ruled ten months ago that the Chinese immigrant must be confined indefinitely under heavy security at the Selkirk Mental Health Centre.
Dr. Stanley Yaren, Li's original psychiatrist, said Monday that his former patient is making good progress in treatment — and could be released into the community in a matter of years.
"It's really a guess," Yaren said. "But I'm going to say a time frame within five years is not unrealistic.
"Relatively speaking, his response to treatment . . . has been better than average, somewhat faster than usual."
Here is my question.
Is there any possible explanation for how completely out of touch this psychiatrist is with reality?
Is there any possible explanation for how this psychiatrist is allowed to continue to practice?