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.
That is nonsense. There is nothing redeeming about acute and agitated psychosis. Indeed, we do not usually commit psychotic people to hospitals unless they present some sort of danger. The US is not the Soviet Union. In the US, there are many quietly psychotic people out there refusing treatment or help. That is a tragic thing, but it's a free country.
Another tragic fact is that our ability to treat schizophrenia is very limited. We can usually help with acute symptoms and provide various support systems if they are accepted, but we can not fix the disease, which is chronic. The good news is that we are now excellent at treating the psychoses of Bipolar Disorder. With cooperative patients, it's as close to a cure as is possible.
It may be "enriching" for the NYT, if most of their readers are disconnected from reality and unfortunately can not tell fact from fiction. We need better cures for all kinds of mental illness, including NYT fantasy syndrome.
"We do not usually commit psychotic people to hospitals unless they present some sort of danger." But we do elect them to public office and allow them to assume other position of both public and private trust.
So who's nuts?
NH has had conditional discharge and outpatient commitment laws for decades, and I make my living at the state hospital by negotiating the treatments and the legal ins-and-outs. (I was supposed to testify before the legislature this week on a change in the law, but it got cancelled - rights advocates are trying to introduce pointless complications.)
I am greatly in support of the process, but I have no numbers on how much it helps. Observation and enforcement remain big problems. You can just move to another state. Sometimes just moving to another town can make it hard to catch up with you.
The schizophrenics I know are generally miserable when psychotic, not "enriched." This professor is from Saturn.
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It always interests me that in this day and age of "care in the Community", which is to say near non-existent care, and the burden of protecting and caring for the ill person now being primarily on families, friends and loved ones of the mentally ill person, that these articles generally talk as if there were no other people's lives, health, happiness or welfare involved. Loved ones who are beaten, assaulted, threatened, who stay awake watching dangerous psychotic or manic relatives or friends. Whose own welfare matters not a jot to social workers or doctors (unless they are minor children--in which case, said children are ripped from their family and put in foster care because there exists no long term treatment for a dangerously ill parent). We have a barbarous system now. Families have filled the gaps because love rises to the occasion. But the families stagger under the weight.
My point is, there used to be some consideration of the impact on a family of having someone trashing the place, violently assaulting people, or just scaring the bejesus out of the kids talking about Satan coming out of the sideboard.
In addition, in this age of the recovery memoir, we accept as gospel the complaints of former patients about the horrific abridgement of their liberties when they were out of their heads. The person writing is often sadly accurate about cruel "care", but sometimes one must remember they are also paranoid.
In addition, many of the treatments and drugs that finally quell mania or psychosis cause amnesia. I recently learned that an acquaintance repeatedly manic, who maintains that they suffer from "anxiety and depression" (a BS euphemism) has only ever been able to be calmed down by ECT, which leaves them w total amnesia for the wild thoughts and behavior that got them in trouble.
I am totally sympathetic to people suffering from psychotic episodes, but we need to remember the families too. Our mental health care system is a disaster and getting worse. I don't know what could fix it? Money. Money. Money. Hopeless. People hate and fear the mentally ill in America because they deny their own issues.
Before the NHS had such serious money troubles in GB, they used to be able to section people who were truly ill and hospitalize them til they were well. This saved the lives of three people dear to me. We should have this here. But we don't sufficiently value saving the mentally ill enough in this country. Instead we save people from diseases caused by lifestyle choices.. And we pay more attention to drug addicts than to the many, many severely mentally ill people who don't drink or drug.