Right wingers say we don’t need gun control, just more mental health services. How come counseling and meds immediately head off violence but took years to kick in on my milder issues?
I’m kinda bummed out at the moment.
That’s not unusual. I’m kinda bummed out much of the time.
I’ve had years of psychotherapy and coaching. I’ve tried Zoloft, which is my family antidepressant of choice.
The therapy has helped immeasurably but I don’t have a smug confidence that I’m cured, whatever that means.
Antidepressants don’t help me much. They make my mouth dry but facts are facts. Life can be just as difficult as ever.
My mental health status
I am blessed. I am not violent or suicidal. I have never been housebound/bedbound depressed. I have taken only two “mental health days” in my life and both related to boyfriend issues decades ago. I have the capacity to work and to love, which is Freud’s definition of mental health.
I’m a Jewish neurotic. Like Woody Allen but without allegations of sexual perversion. Also without his level of artistic and commercial success.
Actually, this post may come off as insensitive, since I may be making light of mental health issues that torment other people much more intensely. If so, I apologize.
Mental healthcare is society’s magic bullet
Apparently right wingers believe we don’t need gun control. Instead, we need more attention to mental healthcare in this country to prevent mass shootings. Get all those psychiatrists and psychologists and social workers on it and we’ll all be safe.
This is an interesting approach, given that mental health is damn expensive and is only covered sufficiently in the very best health insurance policies.
Could it be that the NRA cares about people and their mental wellbeing much more than I would have guessed?
I am deeply touched. Just thinking this thought cheers me up.
How do the Republicans propose we pay for all this diagnosis, counseling, meds, residential treatment, and such?
Interesting question. I’m sure they’re working on it. They’ll report something out of committee soon.
Now back to my original question:
How come mental healthcare is miraculous for everyone but me?
In my strictly personal experience, it took me years not to sob dramatically when a date who said he would call me about Saturday night never followed through or when my mother made a passive-aggressive comment.
But now our political leadership say that mental health professionals can prevent mass killings if only they receive a heads-up before the first shot rings out.
How does that work? Is there a better pill out there that I don’t know about? A magic observation in counseling that instantly calms the troubled mind?
The only guaranteed solution that I can conceive of is to lock up every potentially violent youth in an institution until he is deemed cured. This may take years or even their lifetimes.
Is this really what the far right has in mind?
I have to admit, they really think big.
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