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Suspect detained for stabbing 2 men in Saitama says he is ‘mentally ill’

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A 20-year-old man was detained Friday in Tokyo on suspicion of stabbing two delivery company workers in Saitama City on Thursday. 

The man showed up at a jewelry store in Roppongi at around 11 p.m. Friday and told an employee that he had stabbed two people in Saitama and that he was mentally ill, Sankei Shimbun reported. Police were called and the suspect, with a bloodstained knife in his possession, was taken into custody for questioning.

Police said the man has been rambling but admitted to stabbing the two men outside an apartment building in Omiya Ward at around 5 p.m. on Thursday.

The two victims suffered several stab wounds but their lives are not in danger, police said.

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That’s weird usually a mentally ill person doesn’t realize they are mentally ill, thus their behavior. To realize you are mentally ill would mean you are congregant of your actions? Two random people stabbed would seem to deflate my understanding of what constitutes mentally ill.

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Actually a lot of mentally ill people, particular those who learn the psychological vocabulary, know there is something wrong with them.

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"To realize you are mentally ill would mean you are congregant of your actions?"

Possibly 'cognizant' is the word that you were searching for...?

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Who would doubt the word of someone who without a motive knifed two strangers?

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Obviously not mental ill enough if he knows he is mentally ill.

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That’s weird usually a mentally ill person doesn’t realize they are mentally ill, thus their behavior. To realize you are mentally ill would mean you are congregant of your actions? Two random people stabbed would seem to deflate my understanding of what constitutes mentally ill.

That's false. Pretty everyone who has a diagnosis knows about it. The struggle is in managing the symptoms when they prevent the normal carrying out of daily life.

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Mentally ill, do not say they are mentally ill...

The struggle is in managing the symptoms when they prevent the normal carrying out of daily life.

Like stabbing people while going for a walk? That kind of daily life? If it is, then he should have been locked up a long time ago!

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Like stabbing people while going for a walk? That kind of daily life? If it is, then he should have been locked up a long time ago!

Absolutely wrong. I work with mentally ill people. That's all I can say, but I serve them and paid by city taxes. You can't put a blanket definition stereotype and a huge population of people based on something that happened in the news.

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Of course you are ill, not just mentally but TOTALY.

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The original Catch-22 was that in order to be medically discharged from the military, you had to be mentally ill. However, if you declared yourself so it meant you were lucid and therefore not mentally ill.

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cla68 - indeed. But Catch-22 is a conceptual trick, not a legitimate medical diagnosis.

Most mentally ill people who have had any treatment will be aware that they are mentally ill and some develop a fair bit medical knowledge of their own problems. Simply being told you have a mental illness does not turn your condition off like a light switch. It is just step one on what can be a long road. Many who haven't been diagnosed may well have some idea that in the Hargreaves ecosystem they are not Mr. or Miss. Stable.

At least the guy stabilised enough to turn himself in and fess up.

Mentally ill people typically pose far more of a threat to themselves than they do to others. Mental illness is more common than you might think, but stabbings are uncommon enough to make the news.

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It’s very simple at its core. Illness means that one is not well.

Awareness of being ill is relevant. As an example, someone suffering from cancer is considered ill whether they are aware of the disease or not.

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stabbing two delivery company workers

why did he target delivery workers?

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That’s not the criteria, because nowadays you are faster when counting the not mentally ill people. No, the difference is the level of self-restrictions and self-restraints. Only a very few people are quickly over the limits, while the whole rest of all people remains below those killing limits, in a span from being against all and any violence up to having real strong hateful feelings, but only as a maximum some killing phantasies, never setting them into practice too.

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