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    because I -- and many, many other people on the planet -- would not at all "have a vastly different reaction," especially those of us who have taken psychiatric meds and/or live around or with people who take psychiatric meds.

    I've spent my adult life making no bones about my psychological problems, and as a result have been privileged to maintain a low-key but steady informal ministry to people who want a nudge thru the doorway of mental health treatment.

    Over the past 20 years, and especially the last 10, fewer people have eased into my office seeking reassurance/ permission/ reinforcement/ encouragement precisely because we're making progress de-stigmatizing mental illness. It's no longer earth-shattering to seek talk therapy, antidepressants, treatment for PTSD or abuse issues, couples counseling, treatment for bipolar disorder, etc. Personally, I thank TV, movies, a generally more enlightened physician community, and especially the bloodsucking Big Pharma commercials for psych meds.

    Significantly disordered thinking -- schizophrenia, sociopathy, extreme personality disorders, etc., -- still frightens the general public (and sometimes even me). I view that fear as an opening through which taxpayers might be convinced to provide treatment to all who want/need it.

    IMO the more of us who are open about our psych issues, whether transient, long-term, organic, etc., and the more informed we stay about statistics so we can try to allay unwarranted fears, the more society will benefit.


    by raincrow on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 12:13:48 PM PST

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