Mental Health and how it's looked at in this country

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  1. dukect45
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    Since the clean debate zone arrived here in this message board I wanted to talk about a topic that not only effects me but countless people in this country mental health. Well for me I suffer depression, ADHD(Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), and Asperger syndrome. But, with the love and help with my family I'm going back to School and try to become a writer.


    But, there are a lot of people out there like me or worse that don't have their family support or they do but, said family can't support them financially. My question I lay out before you is how can we as a country help these people with out marginalizing them or looking at them like they are stupid and just avoiding them.

    Hopefully I'm doing this right if not the mods can take this down

    Peace
     
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    You are doing it right.

    the recent wars have greatly increased mental issues in our country.
    So has the strife brought about by the 2 party system. And fearmingering by political talking heads.
    And job loss, etc has caused problems.
    We can either work on this in a positive way or it will eventually multiply and eat our lunch.
     
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    I would bet that the depression part is the worst in terms of social stigma and integration..

    Asperger is fairly well known now and IMO -- most co-workers/employers/friends can probably cope with that. ADHD is so common and treated that it's almost a personality trait rather than a debilitation.

    Not making light of any of this --- you SHOULD pursue the writing goal. And learn to be comfortable and make others comfortable with your conditions.

    My only discomfort is that you're in the hands of a profession that I have severe reservations about. And personally I believe they they often do more harm than good. Ever consider being a shrink?? The prescription writing, couch analyzing type? Might save you some bucks. (slight nervous chuckle)
     
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    If I had my way I would take my military retirement and social security, maybe check into a state hospital for life, but the government has shut down our hospital. This new attitude about mental illness and being able to treat it outside of a facility is faulty. It's necessary but the repub's say they are tired of paying for mental patients. Now what is to be done? Got Me...............
     
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    So you suffer from no less than three XXXXXXX illnesses...




     
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    What would your answer to that question be?
     
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    I can tell you how the criminal justice system treats the mentally ill. As criminals.
     
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    Wrong, they treat the mentally ill that violate the laws as criminals. But then you know that don't you?
     
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    I was going to say that a pretty good indicator of the attitudes concerning mental illness in this country would be to look at the responses here.

    How do we change those attitudes? I don't have a freaking clue. I work with the profoundly intellectually disabled. People still call them derogatory names, make fun of them and sometimes physically abuse them. Sometimes I wish it were possible for those.people to switch places with them....just for a few days.
     
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    I am so sorry, I do hope that you find someone to talk to. I am sure that you have seen so much.
     

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