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  •  Because you have interviewed him??? (1+ / 0-)
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    Heart of the Rockies

    I have some experience too, by working at a mental health social center for seven years and even living with an unmedicated schizophrenic.

    Please explain to me how hearing voices and writing senseless gibberish are not signs of mental illness.

    And explain to me why he was discharged from the Coast Guard for psychiatric reasons.

    I take the phrase "Bleeding Heart Liberal" as a compliment...

    by Pixie5 on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 05:35:23 AM PDT

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    •  Hearing voices (2+ / 0-)
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      I think we need more information.  I'm not sure that the "hearing voices" comment is a self-evaluation of an actual experience (rare if you have a severe mental illness), or a metaphor.  I could say, I hear voices in the wind to describe an experience of standing in a grove of trees on a windy day.  But, I wouldn't mean that I'm "hearing voices" that are telling me to do . . . whatever, and a symptom of a mental illness.  To say that this is a symptom of a mental illness, which it is, but without a full psychiatric examination, is premature.  We are making conclusions on third hand observations from media reporting.

      We all keep grasping for understanding or explanation of what happened.  He was a deserter.  He has a mental illness.  Or even he went Gault (my apology to the author of this diary, because it is a valuable insight).  Until we hear from official sources and from Bergdahl himself, it is all speculation.

    •  I'm concerned about his "blackness" comments (0+ / 0-)

      He speaks of blackness, darkness overcoming him or his fighting against it.  I find that concerning and would love to know more.  I really can't agree with the diary's description of Bergdahl.  That may be the way he was heading, but he sounds far too unformed yet.  I think he was struggling to find his way, but I don't think he had a good sense of what that way was.

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