The mother of Olfa Khalfallah (C), who died in the Nice attack in France, cries during a funeral in Enfidha, Tunisia July 20, 2016. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi
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After family members of the driver who slammed a truck into a holiday crowd in the French city of Nice said he suffered from depression, questions have been raised again about the links between mental illness, extreme ideology and mass violence. Mental illness cannot be blamed for terror attacks, experts say. The overwhelming majority of people with mental illness never turn violent. But mental health disorders may make some people more susceptible to extremist ideology, and in rare cases that ideology can lead to horrific acts.Bouhlel's uncle in Tunisia, Sadok Bouhlel, told the Associated Press that his nephew's family problems made him vulnerable to an Algerian recruiter for the Daesh (ISIS) who converted him in just two weeks.Still, there are angry men estranged from their wives and withdrawn from society around the world who will never feel the impulse to slaughter a crowd of innocent people.The potential link between mental health problems and terror attacks has also been raised as a possible motive for Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski, who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.
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