Monday, December 17, 2012

We need to talk

 In the wake of another horrific national tragedy, it’s easy to talk about guns. But maybe we should really have a talk about mental illness




My heart goes out to those lost and those left behind.

15 comments:

  1. Unfortunately it's not as easy as it sounds. It's not enough to talk about mental illness. Talk is cheap. Talk doesn't help that mom's son. He will always struggle with his issues, like my son will. But at least my son isn't at the extreme her son is. Not even close.

    At least she's smart to not ignore the risks of just leaving him alone. That would be the worst thing to do. I really feel her pain. Her life is a constant nightmare with her son, always wondering if he'll be the next Adam.

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  2. So very true. So agree with Stina too.

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  3. Americans should mostly talk about the overly competitive system in which they educate and raise their kids which are taught to see people as rivals and in which they are taught to fight and be aggressive in their way to success. Success is something different. This is why so many teens leave their early age with deep issues, with bitterness and this is why there were more than 100 school shootings in recent years in USA.

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  4. I can't imagine what more it would take to finally tackle this issue.

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  5. Applause, Marcy. I just shared an amazing article on Facebook about this exact subject.

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  6. Amen. I read something today about the shooter that bothered me a bit too...about how he had been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. Like that makes a person violent. My son has it and he would never even THINK about doing something like this...so sad. Every last bit of it...

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  7. I totally agree, but in a country where we can't even get decent health care for physical illnesses, which do not have a stigma, it looks like it will be a long hard hope to obtain mental health funding and research. I do not have high hopes.

    Actually, I should clarify -- the wealthy and those lucky enough to have insurance can obtain good medical care. The poor certainly cannot. I see people every day asking for how to get medical help and have to tell them there is nothing available.

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  8. the world is a scary place. we cant prevent every evil, and its sad that we have to wait for such a tragedy to see the problems special needs teachers & parents have been dealing with for years.

    thanks for your peace bringing pictures.

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  9. You're right. We've come along away in terms of accepting and understanding mental illness, but not nearly far enough. There's so much we don't know or don't accept, or just can't fully comprehend.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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  10. Good point. My heart goes out to those families and that community and everyone touched by this tragedy.

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  11. Thank you. My heart goes out to everyone in that community. I am praying for them several times a day. I read the link, and it's tough for me to respond to . . .not knowing the whole situation. Each person's struggle is different. Reading all those comments on that post show that . . .many people have struggled with various forms of mental illness and have survived with different methods - nutrition, exercise, music, sensory input choices, and medical methods. The sad thing is that I see two very different methods going on in all those comments - the naturopahtic method and the medical method, and I wish we had more mental health doctors and regular doctors who would take a good look at both ways, and find the best combination of things for each patient.

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