Details about the D.C. gatecrasher, who we now know as Miriam Carey, have been slowly trickling out since yesterday. Here’s what we know so far: She was fired from her $100,000 a year job as a dental assistant in August 2012, and sources in the police department told NBC News that she believed President Barack Obama was “stalking” her.
Gee…what might have put THAT idea in her mind? Can’t imagine.
(A TEApublican vision of Darkness)
According to family members, while Carey was a “happy and non-political” person in general, she suffered from severe post-partum depression. The family reports that she was “hospitalized” after the birth of her child.
Postpartum depression affects 5 to 25 percent of women after childbirth. Most of the time, it mimics the effects of typical depression, and lasts for a fairly short period of time. However, it has been known to trigger other mental illnesses like schizophrenia, and lead to both suicide and infanticide. In fact, instances of mothers killing their own children, while very rare, very often occur following or within the context of postpartum depression. So, it can be a very serious illness.
Carey herself was fired from her position as a dental assistant because of patient complaints that she was “too rough.” A lack of empathy toward others isn’t atypical for a number of mental disorders, including psychosis.
After the fact, Carey’s boyfriend reported that he had called the police in December fearing for the life of their baby who was then 4-months old. He reported that she was acting delusional, and had told family members she believed that Obama “had placed Stamford [CT] on lockdown, and that her house was under constant electronic surveillance.” She also indicated that she herself was being “stalked” by President Obama.
CNN reports that the police found prescribed medication for both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in her home; the boyfriend told police that she had stopped taking them some time ago.
It’s not unusual for people with mental illnesses like Carey’s to go into periodic episodes of psychotic delusion; the narcissism of psychosis and attendant delusions of grandeur make a mind like Carey’s fertile ground for government conspiracies and anything that feeds the idea that they’re being personally persecuted by a person in power. See, Alex Jones.
(the Maharishi Yogi of bipolar schizophrenics everywhere)
It’s hard to know whether or not Miriam Carey could have been helped by anything. She did initially undergo treatment, and was prescribed medication that she chose to stop taking. It is quite possible that better mental healthcare would have helped her, and having access to a psychiatrist who could continue to monitor her and make sure she was taking her meds certainly would have made a difference.
Unless you’re Alex Jones, it probably isn’t wise to try to politicize crazy. But it’s probably worth mentioning that no gatecrashing, delusional psychotic on Earth has ever had Anderson Cooper on their YouTube playlist.