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Thread: Mental Health - Isn't This The Real Issue?

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    Re: Mental Health - Isn't This The Real Issue?

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfman24 View Post
    Saying you have worked with DD kids or Aspergers kids and not knowing who Dr. tony attwood is is like saying your a physics teacher or math teacher and not knowing who Albert Einstein was. Clue.
    Clue to what? That I am not a teacher? I am not a teacher of kids with this ailment specifically. I am a teacher that sometimes gets these kids mainstreamed into my class. Clue? Clueless.

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    Re: Mental Health - Isn't This The Real Issue?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    When will America recognize the 800 pound gorilla in the room? When will the focus of concern and attention be directed at the true issue here?

    Why is mental health still such a hush-hush topic? Something to be kept secret? Something to be be ashamed of or buried?

    How can something that effects so many still be thought of as unspeakable and embarrassing?

    Depression, anxiety, fear, anger, loneliness, hatred, and an overwhelming sense of hopelessness.

    These things need far more attention than our country currently give them.

    What will it take for people to open up about such things?

    How can we improve our understanding and knowledge about these conditions and not treat them as weaknesses or things to be ashamed of, but as things that can be overcome and helped through?

    If mental health had the same social stigma as cancer, would society be better off as a whole?
    People don't typically recognize when they have a mental dysfunction, and they aren't going to waste time and money fixing a problem they don't know they may or may not have.
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    Re: Mental Health - Isn't This The Real Issue?

    Quote Originally Posted by Surtr View Post
    People don't typically recognize when they have a mental dysfunction, and they aren't going to waste time and money fixing a problem they don't know they may or may not have.
    Very true... I know somebody with BPD who insists that the issue is always with the other person. Very difficult to deal with.
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    Re: Mental Health - Isn't This The Real Issue?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    Very true... I know somebody with BPD who insists that the issue is always with the other person. Very difficult to deal with.
    I know what that's like. My mother has BPD. Took her 20 years to consider that she has issues. It's even worse now that she's diagnosed, because she just uses it as a crutch to blame everything on instead of fixing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Surtr View Post
    I know what that's like. My mother has BPD. Took her 20 years to consider that she has issues. It's even worse now that she's diagnosed, because she just uses it as a crutch to blame everything on instead of fixing it.
    You do know it well... with me it was my wife of ten years. Now I have to deal with her because we have children. It is universally my fault, no matter what. It would be comical if it was in a movie with Robert Downey Jr. or something.
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    Re: Mental Health - Isn't This The Real Issue?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    You do know it well... with me it was my wife of ten years. Now I have to deal with her because we have children. It is universally my fault, no matter what. It would be comical if it was in a movie with Robert Downey Jr. or something.
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    Re: Mental Health - Isn't This The Real Issue?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    When will America recognize the 800 pound gorilla in the room? When will the focus of concern and attention be directed at the true issue here?

    Why is mental health still such a hush-hush topic? Something to be kept secret? Something to be be ashamed of or buried?

    How can something that effects so many still be thought of as unspeakable and embarrassing?

    Depression, anxiety, fear, anger, loneliness, hatred, and an overwhelming sense of hopelessness.

    These things need far more attention than our country currently give them.

    What will it take for people to open up about such things?

    How can we improve our understanding and knowledge about these conditions and not treat them as weaknesses or things to be ashamed of, but as things that can be overcome and helped through?

    If mental health had the same social stigma as cancer, would society be better off as a whole?
    Is simply identifying the 800 pound gorilla enough? What can we do to actually tame it?

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    Re: Mental Health - Isn't This The Real Issue?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dooble View Post
    Is simply identifying the 800 pound gorilla enough? What can we do to actually tame it?
    Not keep it quiet. Not make people feel ashamed to talk about such things. Not hide it. Not look down on people who seek help or need help.
    Not condemn those with issues to being something less or something to fear.

    There is safety in numbers usually isn't there? Nobody likes to feel alone.
    Maybe if society became more open and honest about the numbers of people who sometimes feel lost, depressed, hopeless, alone, and left out, then those people who suffered these things might feel better about asking for or seeking help rather than keep it hidden and secret.

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    Re: Mental Health - Isn't This The Real Issue?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    Not keep it quiet. Not make people feel ashamed to talk about such things. Not hide it. Not look down on people who seek help or need help.
    Not condemn those with issues to being something less or something to fear.

    There is safety in numbers usually isn't there? Nobody likes to feel alone.
    Maybe if society became more open and honest about the numbers of people who sometimes feel lost, depressed, hopeless, alone, and left out, then those people who suffered these things might feel better about asking for or seeking help rather than keep it hidden and secret.
    That's a nice, reactionary, approach, but how about taking preventative measures? What can we do to neutralize the problem at its roots?

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    Re: Mental Health - Isn't This The Real Issue?

    Most of the responsibility will have to fall on families, friends, and even employers to some extent to have open and honest conversations about this kind of thing.

    Like I said earlier, if people sought out help for emotional issues, like they did for physical issues, we might have less tragedies of such enormous proportions.

    You start getting the flu, or flu-like symptoms you don't hesitate to go to a doctor.

    You start feeling down, tired, emotionally drained, lonely, hopeless or "depressed" you're much less likely to seek out help.

    That needs to change.

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