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.