Saturday, February 27, 2021

Comments by dsd1886

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  • I’ll answer your response in three parts, the order in which you wrote.

    1. I’m not sure I agree with the opinion, which is shared by many, that we cannot speak for the marginalized and oppressed. Of course it is problematic, but I don’t think that it means we shouldn’t do our best. I am also someone who has experienced a gamit of mental health issues, therapy, drugs, and am also an MSW, so I’ve seen things from all sides. While I share your concerns about the sensationalism of the article, I am trying on a more moderate hat, perhaps misguidedly, or perhaps I am being more conciliatory to systems as I have been forced to join with them at least for now, tacitly, as I start working in the field. The article has much to be critiqued, but if the main message is that our mental health system is completely fucked, which it is, then perhaps it will start a larger conversation. I do not expect Boston Globe editors to understand the complicated nuances of “mental illness.”

    2. To me, mental illness is a “dis-ease” within the body, mind and soul. It is the self’s way of realizing that something is wrong within the equilibrium of their selves and the outside world. Now, obviously, we all experience this to some degree every day, but some people experience it on a more serious level. Me personally, someone who understands the diagnoses, would never assume someone is violent because of a diagnosis, not even accounting for all the mis diagnoses, or the spurious legitimacy of diagnosing in general. However, if you lined up for me 50 people with no psychiatric history, with jobs, kids, hobbies, whatever, against 50 people with psychiatric histories of depression, psychosis, personality disorders, whatever, I’m sorry I’m more afraid of the latter. Doesn’t mean I jump the the conclusion that “mentally ill” people are violent, nor do I forget all systematic reasons for one to become mental illness which goes onto the last point….

    3. I’m in complete agreement that interactions with the mental health system can be a huge cause of trauma and creating violence in people; I think where we will both agree is how fucked up the current system is. However, just like I won’t take a typically conservative stance and blame people with no social context, I won’t take a liberal stance, and act as if there aren’t many people suffering from mental illness/drug addiction that have the potential to be a danger to themselves and others. The real question is what can be done about THAT? Cheers.

    Dan

  • Sera,

    It is an article, first an foremost, about how lacking we are in mental health care. Instead of commending what is right with it and suggesting tangible solutions, you mostly are critical of it. Isn’t there SOME space to point out the positives of the Globe even focusing on this marginalized and downtrodden population. Why not point out where the article was too focused on violence, but point out its positive qualities as well?

    Also, in the case of the mentally ill being potentially violent, surely a person in acute states of conflict with themselves and society MIGHT be more prone to emotional outbursts and irrational decision making then someone who is not experiencing mental illness (whether that MI is psychosis, extreme anger, acute stages of personality disorders)?

    Dan