We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Yes. It used to be that Psychiatrists were the only ones who would talk to a distressed person with some depth of understanding. Nowadays, everybody can be a "therapist," and the "New, Improved" Psychiatrists don't want to get to know who you are. They want a symptom for the right pill.
I kept going on doing what I knew how to do anyway – just kept "doing what I did before and what I loved." I was a late arriver, having had another career first, so I was never around for the days of wine and roses to "go backwards, moneywise, in [my] career." I’m retired with "the lifestyle that my wife and I have been living for the last 40 years." I live in a log cabin. We travel and buy the things we want. It was a modest life with a modest retirement. I wouldn’t have had it be much different. I get calls from Therapist friends often who want me to help them find a "good Psychiatrist" who will do their "meds." I don’t even know what to say. Good Psychiatrists don’t "do meds," they treat people.
In my view, all docs should treat people, not diagnoses and not symptoms. People aren't "cases" - not even to good surgeons and anesthesiologists. No two "cases" are the same. Medicine is a humanistic, humanitarian art as much as it is science, and people are too complicated for simple formulations - unless they are bleeding out in the ER or some such. As I read the medical literature, most people don't even take their prescribed medicines.
All I need are my guns and my Bible to guide me because I despise people who aren't the same color I am and them damn immigrants are taking all our jobs on the cheap. I don't need no psychiatrist to tell me what I already know.
Paraphrasing Our Dear Leader of course, but that is a certain kind of analysis of an entire group of people from the heights of intellectual Olympus which is very common. And it's not just a "progressive" or "conservative" thing - almost everybody takes delight in telling you whats from with you.
Take a couple of courses in psychology and philosophy on your way to your Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree and your an expert analyst. Who needs medical doctors properly trained in the working of psychology?
Fortunately, I'm completely and totally Laugh Factory crazy, I know it, I revel in it, my spouse and kids accepted it many years ago and I'm comfortable being me.