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  •  There is such a social stigma attached to mental (2+ / 0-)
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    health problems which inhibits many people from even beginning to seek help in this area.  Typically, people don't hesitate to see a doctor about getting antibiotics for a bacterial infection like a urinary tract infection or strep throat, and there are legions who go overboard and demand antibiotics for such things as a cold or the flu (which antibiotics don't mitigate), but many of these same people would never admit they might need medical help for what a qualified doctor would diagnose as a mental health issue.  The other big problem is access, both economic and simple availability, to quality mental health care.  IMHO anyone who seeks to kill another human being has some type of mental health issue.  

    There is so much great work being done today by many brain scientists to understand the human brain and its functions and dis-functions, it is truly amazing and hopeful.  Charlie Rose had a great series on the human brain on his show that is worth seeking out on PBS, with the worlds best brain scientists represented quite wonderfully and accessibly.  However, there is much road to travel and much needs to be done to make this information available to the public at large to educate us all about what could arguably be the most important organ in the human body, the brain and how to best exercise it, take care of it, and seek medical help for it when it is truly necessary.  Additionally, changing the perception of mental health issues from perpetually "crazy" and something to be ashamed of, to an illness that can be treated and, if not cured outright, be managed like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or low testosterone, could go a long way in making the tragedies of Columbine, Aurora, and Newton, Connecticut a thing of the sorrowful past.

    "Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." - John F. Kennedy -7.8., -6.6

    by helpImdrowning on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 06:04:14 AM PST

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