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  •  Diaries like this need to be treated better (15+ / 0-)

    Mental illness is very frightening and an issue a lot of people would rather avoid.

    Progressives may be allergic to dealing with this because, as people who have an intellectual bent, and who are concerned about things in the world, we are all vulnerable to being thought of as "crazy."

    This is an ancient, atavistic response and quite natural.

    But we all need to get over it  There is a lot of science on this subject and lots of clinical practice.

    I happen to have some familiarity because the tragedgy struck my family and I had to become acquainted with the ins and outs of serious chronic mental illness and the MHMR system for many years.

    Most people, thankfully, have not.  People who don't have to deal with it don't.  It isn't an area that people decide to read up on as a hobby.  There is nothing pleasant about the situation.

    This nation has shut its eyes and closed its ears to all the human suffering involved.

    It is time we put our focus on this and began an effort to look at what serious reform would really mean.  Maybe we don't deal with stuff until it becomes a crisis.  

    It is now a crisis.  

    hope that the idiots who have no constructive and creative solutions but only look to tear down will not win the day.

    by Stuart Heady on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 11:21:43 AM PST

    •  Disagree that progressives are "allergic" (7+ / 0-)

      The left-leaning people of my acquaintance (and yes, I have only anecdotal data) are EXTREMELY willing to pay more taxes to better treat mental illnesses, shelter those who can't take care of themselves, etc., etc.

      But left-leaning people are exactly as ignorant as right-leaning people when it comes to knowledge of human development, psychology, and behavior. In my experience, most people who have more than superficial knowledge about mental health have learned what they know because they or someone close to them is mentally ill, or because their profession demands such knowledge.


      by raincrow on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 01:36:00 PM PST

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    •  This is my impression as well (0+ / 0-)

      Progressives are very sensitive to possible "stigmatization" of "marginalized" classes, which makes them less likely to support any kinds of blanket treatment of the mentally ill or initiatives that would single them out for special or different treatment. Also, they will instinctively recoil against the idea that teachers need to be free of disruption in their classrooms because they feel that the marginalized will pay an unfair price for this need.

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