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Thursday, September 8, 2016

No need to be cured



I don't fit all that well into “normal” society. However, I am lucky that I've been able to make a life that works for me.

It's the young kids that have it rough. There are only so many approved life paths out there. Worse yet, many of the societal approved paths don't work anymore. Hard work is often not rewarded. Higher education often does not result in higher pay.

The mental health professionals in the United States have it rough. They are underpaid, too few, and lack all the tools they need to do their job. It doesn't help that their major toolkit consists of drugs. Insurance companies love drugs. They are fast and powerful. Other therapies take a lot of man hours and well trained people.

A major problem is that the mental health professionals are working within the confines of an insane society. How do you “fix” someone to function in a dysfunctional world?

I wonder how many mental problems would be solved if people had decent jobs that provided meaning and a living wage? While money does not buy happiness, poverty is a great cause of unhappiness. Don't believe me? Suffer with a toothache that you can't afford to get fixed sometime.

There are many people out there with real needs that are not being addressed. Mental health is no joke. Okay, I joke that insanity works for me, but maybe I'm the sane one after all.

If I was counseling people I'd soon lose my license. I'd prescribed things like dropping out and hiking the Appalachian trail for year. Working as crew on a sailing boat and leaving the country. Living in a squat while making jewelery for cash. Hey, if it makes you happy, go for it.

-Sixbears

9 comments:

  1. it is one thing to be crazy

    but as more shall wind up insane

    one day compared to the rest you are the sane one

    what then?

    Wildflower

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    1. Then you have to fake being like everyone else to survive.

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    2. any advice?

      Wildflower

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    3. Don't work a job you hate, if you can avoid it. It twists your whole life.

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  2. I ran across this online:

    In 1952, Abram Hoffer, PhD, MD, had just completed his psychiatry residency. What’s more, he had proven, with the very first double-blind, placebo-controlled studies in the history of psychiatry, that vitamin B-3 could cure schizophrenia.

    His central point has been this: Illness, including mental illness, is not caused by drug deficiency. But much illness, especially mental illness, may be seen to be caused by a vitamin dependency.

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    1. Sad how little progress in that direction we've made since 1952. It has been shown that fish oils are helpful to many people. More studies on the link between diet and mental illness should be done, but drug companies can't make a bundle on it.

      Of course, there are other causes of mental illness. Hard to go forward in life if you've had a terrible childhood.

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  3. The majority of my working life, I worked for myself out of an office in my home. I did things my way. . .

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