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  •  Look, onset of symptoms throw people (4+ / 0-)

    Parents see the symptoms of the onset of serious mental illness like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder and they go right into denial.  The discussion is supposed to be about the bright future, the university they will attend, the prospect of a wedding in the near future.  

    Mental illness doesn't strike in families that are in poverty or who have a history of drug abuse.  They strike affluent and middle class and working families because the DNA involved is distributed throughout the population.  Mental illness is not someone's fault.  

    There is an ancient tendency to think it is the fault of the parents or someone.   We still have a huge amount of superstition or at least a horror of the whole subject.  

    Progressives should be interested in the fact that there is a whole lot of intelligent practical knowledge and science from a century of psychiatric practice and research.  Yet, this is not being used.

    Low hanging fruit should be to take this knowledge and apply it, through adequate funding and through various forms of public education.  

    Why have we not done this already?  We ourselves, if we really contemplate this, are afraid of mental illness.  Being around people who are psychotic or severely affected is very negative and produces a sense of threat.  We sense that somehow this radically unstable energy can destabilize us.
    It isn't catching.  It is just frustrating and fatiguing.  

    We need to face up to our own reluctance to face the issue of mental illness and face it.  

    We need to build up a progressive fervor about the ways that we could improve things.  

    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 01:11:14 PM PST

    •  Say what? (1+ / 0-)
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      Mental illness doesn't strike in families that are in poverty or who have a history of drug abuse.
      I can assure you that this assertion is wrong, as is your apparent assertion that all mental illness is DNA-based, and that it is "not someone's fault," which I infer means "not caused by the actions of others."


      by raincrow on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 01:50:53 PM PST

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