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A 'Negative and Fearful' Image 


"Digital Nomad" (March 15) unfortunately reinforces the public's negative and fearful image of the mentally ill and homeless population.

Why focus so many pages on the life story of one man with a history of angry outbursts, restraining orders and drug and alcohol abuse? The personalities of the homeless and/or mentally ill are extremely varied. Many people diagnosed with bipolar experience cycles of highs and lows with no tendencies toward explosive anger.

Anatomy of an Epidemic is a profoundly insightful book about psychiatry and mental illness, written by an award winning journalist who specializes in writing about medicine, science and history. Highly recommended to anyone interested in the epidemic of mental illness sweeping across America, and a must-read for Humboldt County Mental Health staff — especially the doctors.

Paula Levine, Trinidad

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