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  •  Even if one has health insurance and can afford (5+ / 0-)
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    treatments for mental illness (whether addiction, general depression, or some other type), the bigger hurdle is still the social stigma, especially at work.
     Just try to explain to a supervisor why you need X hours out of work two or three times a week to see a mental health counselor (or if it's your child, why you need the time off to take them for visits.)  Even if you don't disclose that the nature of the medical visits, not all workplaces are tolerant of taking that much time off.  And gawd forbid if you have to take several weeks or months off to go into rehab.  Even if the employer can't officially fire you, but they can certainly "reassign" you when you return.
     Tipper Gore had a "campaign" several years ago attempting to get rid of the social stigma of mental illness, but I don't know if it achieved much.

    My Karma just ran over your Dogma

    by FoundingFatherDAR on Fri Mar 16, 2007 at 10:10:05 AM PDT

    •  Agreed - Our Society's Too Caught Up (2+ / 0-)
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      on the fairy tale that this is all about self-control.  If he really wanted to quit drinking / smoking / drugging / gambling, he'd just up and do it.

      But the science has been there for decades that prove the above false.  This is an illness and as such, should be treated just like any ailment of the body.  God/dess forbid you get sick from the nexk up.  If it's got anything to do with the brain then you're f#cked. Sorry kid but yer on yer own there - good luck to ya.

      It's time our society climbed out of the 19th century and joined the rest of the world in the 21st.  People are suffering for want of understanding, compassion and treatment.  Rather than toss someone in a jail cell for his 5th DUI, why in the HELL can't we get him in to rehab?

      This is a no-brainer as far as I can tell.  Spend a buck and save 12 - help someone get his life back in the process.  And by so-doing, you help his wife, kids and everyone else in his life that's affected by his addiction.

      Or her addiction.

      •  I wasn't referring just to addiction. (3+ / 0-)
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        Members of my family have (or have had in the past) various mental health illnesses - from ADHD to mild  depression to bi-polar disease.  
         "Mental illness" encompasses a lot of diseases, and a lot of gradients of those diseases.  But they too often get lumped in together when it comes to health insurance and other programs.

        My Karma just ran over your Dogma

        by FoundingFatherDAR on Fri Mar 16, 2007 at 10:29:47 AM PDT

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        •  I Understand (1+ / 0-)
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          My son has developmental delays - luckly my boss is pretty understanding about my need to get him in to see his therapists.

          Used to know a guy who was bipolar - he was on some serious meds to keep it in check which seemed to help.  But his life centered around keeping is disease under control.

        •  add marriage counseling to the list (1+ / 0-)
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          Workplaces should accomodate these things - it improves their bottom line to have more productive employees.

          In a democracy, everyone is a politician. ~ Ehren Watada

          by Lefty Mama on Fri Mar 16, 2007 at 10:47:49 AM PDT

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            Family counseling is often covered by a lot of health plans, but you're on your own if the trouble's between a hubby & wife.

            You're right - if your mind is clear of worries you're much more productive at work.

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