I tried to leave this as a comment, but you have that utterly horrible blogger captcha, and I tried to do it, but it stinks to high heaven.
Here’s my response to her post:
The mentally ill don’t vote. (Insert your funny joke about the party you don’t vote for here).
Their families are a mixture of positions, and I understand, in theory. Psychotropic meds (Thorazine, Haloperidol, etc) were going to revolutionize mental health care (1965 and later); screaming psychotics then became somewhat medicated psychotics. Not droolingly crazy = unfair holding against their will! !Close the horrible institutions! They just hold people who’ll be fine’ (if they take their meds; when they leave very close supervision in a structured environment, they usually don’t). Then they’re on the street, literally.
One of Americas’ few real shames is the number of homeless who need to be institutionalized due to mental illness, but aren’t. Land of the Free, home of the brave, but no home for the decompensated schizophrenic.
Mental health is a life-long problem, and the patient pool we’re talking about here aren’t unhappy about their latest relationship, they’re literally coo-coo for cocoa-puffs, except that makes them sound more cartoonishly pleasant than they really are. They’re miserable, through no fault of their own, and there’s nowhere to go.
There’s plenty of blame to go around here, on both political parties and over a couple of generations. Money is the root of evil here; long term mental health care is horribly expensive just because it’s lifelong. Many states are closing their long-term MH Hospitals due to cost. It’s hard to get re-elected on the tax bill for the mentally ill; inexplicably, toll roads get people re-elected. Go figure.
I want legislation that puts a homeless schizophrenic on the corner next to every legislators’ home (there’s plenty to go around), and then maybe, just maybe, something will happen. Until the mental health advocates and the courts get involved, then they’re all back on the street and in the ED.
Blogger site bloggers: the blogger captchas are bad, they’re stifling, and you need to get rid of them.