Recently we saw a shameful decision made in a juvenile court in Tarrant County, Texas. A young man, 16 and on a drunken rampage with some friends, drove into a crowd, killing four bystanders. The culprit, from a wealthy family, was given probation, with mandated treatment, based on the idea that he was suffering from “affluenza.”
This term, used to describe rich, spoiled children, is not a mental illness. We have experienced many tragedies committed by people with untreated mentally illnesses.
Using a fake diagnosis does a tremendous disservice to the truly sick.
Fernando J. Milanes, M.D., Miami