Today, at age 61, he was released from the mental hospital. He will stay in his mother's home in Williamsburg, Virginia. On a regular basis he will return to the hospital for further therapy.
That's the saga of John Hinckley Jr. He is a testament to the ability of medical science to treat mental illness. Yet, some such as Regan's daughter, Patti Davis, and GOP presidential nominee, Donald Trump, do not agree with Hinckley's mental team that he is of no danger to society.
In essence, those kinds of points of view condemn the human beings who once suffered with serious mental illness to always bear the stigma of that identity.
Yet, research shows that about 25% of American adults will suffer an episode of mental illness. Many of them will bounce back. Some such as Hinckley will make a good response to treatment but the progress will be slow. Others, like myself, learn how to deal with our triggers so that we can earn a good living and contribute to society. For 15 years I was a volunteer in animal rescue.
I wonder if the media will confront Trump about his seemingly uninformed perspective on mental illness. Incidentally, former Congressman Patrick Kennedy calls it "brain disease." He himself suffers from brain disease.