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Old 05-08-2012, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Lompoc,CA
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Not if they are in a fragile state--you are correct.

I was on CD for a long time before I read and posted in this forum. But then I found that some of the best people on CD were HERE.

Sometimes I prefer those with "mental health" issues. They can be more real. And I'm strong enough that I can respond to/ignore the more ignorant who wander in here and tell us to take walks and get fresh air and all will be unicorns and puppies.
LOL,,,totally agree!
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Old 05-08-2012, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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People of that mindset should not be in the medical profession, IMO. They may not specialise in treating people with depression or anxiety, but they may end up having to treat someone who self harmed or someone who overdosed. Mental illnesses are just as serious as physical illnesses, even though they're not tangible. In turn, they can cause physical illnesses anyway.
well said.

My brother is a surgeon, all A+B=C logic, and math oriented, not verbal.
He is terrible with people, BUT he knew this when finishing his internship and chose a practice where the patients arent conscious. lol.

Many quacks go into the psychology profession, unfortunately.
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Old 05-08-2012, 08:02 PM
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Location: Coastal New Jersey
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well said.

My brother is a surgeon, all A+B=C logic, and math oriented, not verbal.
He is terrible with people, BUT he knew this when finishing his internship and chose a practice where the patients arent conscious. lol.

Many quacks go into the psychology profession, unfortunately.
They're often crazy. That doesn't mean they can't be good therapists, but if you hold them up in too high esteem, you might be disappointed.

My shrink was in NYC's Greenwich Village, a little gay man who sat in a rocking chair and wore black corduroy slippers. He was great. Loved him. One time I was early, and so I stopped in a little community park up the street. There was a woman sitting at the table at the entrance to the part--it is surrounded by a high iron fence, and I guess a person from the community volunteered to sit at the gate and keep out any homeless or druggies or whatever. The woman asks ME to sit at the table so she can go use the rest room (the park is adjacent to a library--a NYC landmark building). When she came back, we chatted a bit, and it being the Village and all, I had no problem telling her I was on my way to see my therapist. She pulls out her card, and it turns out SHE is also a therapist in the neighborhood. She leans in and tells me, "When you go see your therapist today, show him this card and tell him you found someone else. Just watch for the expression on his face! He'll be SO jealous, because you know--WE'RE all crazy."

I did do what she said. He was NOT amused. But I was.

Ah, the story made me miss that old neighborhood. I haven't been there in a long time.

Here's the Library. It was once a prison.



And here's the garden. You can see the person at the left sitting under an umbrella. That's someone minding the entrance.

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Old 05-08-2012, 08:29 PM
 
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Well, I lived in SF so I am shocked. SF is a bastion for tolerance so I can't imagine this. I really can't. I am dumbfounded, unless it's a sports thing.
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Old 05-08-2012, 11:59 PM
 
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Yes. I think mental illness definitely still has a stigma. I admit I am not always sympathetic to certain things. My husband has several people in his family that suffer from various mental illnesses. After a while my patience does run out. I have a lot of empathy but more severe mental illnesses such as bi-polar disorder and Schizophrenia can be very difficult to deal with. I realize it is more difficult for the person that actually has the illness but when they refuse to take their medication or become violent, it is very taxing on those that care about them. My husband's 2 sisters, niece, and step mother are either bi-polar or schizophrenia. At some point they do something that causes some grief. It is usually mean spirited. Of course it is blamed on the illness and the rest of the family are enablers so that doesn't help matters. About 8 yrs ago my step mother in law told everyone she and I were going to sell avon together. I have no idea how this even came about. She went off her meds and told everyone of our plans. When my FIL called my husband and told him about it, my husband was miffed. Then he told me about it and I was like....ahhh..huh? If there is anything in this world I would never do its selling stuff. My FIL was angry that I just didnt go with it for his wife's sake. Then a few years ago my one sister n law and her daughter both stopped taking their meds. An unapproved med vacation and imagined I said horrible things about them on Facebook. I woke up one morning to find both of them threatening to beat me up on my page. I had about 10 messages in my inbox from family and friends asking me what the heck was going on. Again my in-laws felt I should just let it go. About 9 months later I saw both of them at a family get together. I was anxious as I wasn't sure what to expect. Both of the greeted me like I was best thing since sliced bread. I can't take the unpredictability anymore. I have slowly cut them off. I had to for my own mental health.
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