Having read the entire anthology of his books, I disagree. Perhaps the current iteration of his in television lacks ASPD, but his character, in general, does.
That’s my opinion, as someone who has taken several psychology courses. Other people in the field (who have actually graduated or majored in psych) may feel differently. Most of my psychology buddies agree that his traditional, Sir Arthur Conan novels, paint him markedly as an ASPD person.
Re: my own mental health issues:
Totally not something to apologize for. I’ve had a rough life, but I see things every day that make me thankful to be alive.
Re: institutionalizing people:
This is one thing that I really, truly hate, with every fiber of my being. I’m going to try to control myself and my tongue in how I approach this.
People need to understand what being institutionalized actually entails. When people use it as a punishment, they imagine padded rooms, straitjackets, and lots of shots to keep you nonviolent.
An institution is very different. I cannot say it is better, and I am hard-pressed to say it is not worse.
When I was in Tucker’s Pavilion, the only mental institution in my entire state with an available bed after my suicide attempt (an I had to wait nearly 24 hours for that bed), I was over an hour from my family.
Therefore, they could not visit. But even if they could, the hospital would disconnect my outgoing calls (nurses monitored calls at all times), would not give my family my room number to call me (despite my explicitly signing a form that stated people could call and request my room number if they had my name), and made me feel as if my family didn’t want to see me. Each time I asked the nurses about it, they told me “Well just try calling again.” EDIT: I meant to include this was because they were convinced I have a bad home life. I was asked more than fifteen times if I was sure I wanted to go home. Incredibly offensive, tbh.
In my 6.5 days there, I called my family over 100 times (in the 2 hours each day that phones were allowed to be used). (There were 30 or so other patients, and I had towait my turn)
One of the other patients had been imprisoned in the past. The food was better than prison’s, the beds were worse. Initially, I was in the handicapped bedroom, due to my bursitis and arthritis, but once a diabetic who’s lost her feet came, I lost my bed. I understood why. Nurses didn’t change the sheets though. (Handicapped bedroom had cheap motel beds, while normal bedrooms had prison beds)
Our bathrooms had no doors, but we were expected to shower daily, to prove we weren’t too suicidal to maintain bodily hygiene.
Wow, I am getting way too far off track with this. I’d be more than happy to answer any questions about mental hospitalizations, though! I’m truly not ashamed of it.
Where I was going with this is that institutionalization shouldn’t be used as a punishment. It also shouldn’t feel like a punishment. As one of the younger patients told me, “Everyone should have an experience like the !any group therapy sessions at Tucker’s, to learn how to love themselves and cope with stress.”
My apologies for getting so off track. Mental hospitals really grind my gears.