Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Comments by coreyjwiley

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  • I think to some extent I agree but it is nuanced. For me, a person who is on SSDI for the past 25 years and who is chronically depressed, anxious, awkward, nervous, has low self-esteem & confidence, intrusive thoughts and social phobia, and volatile emotions, I do feel disabled because I really can’t function, at the same time I don’t care for the stigma, nor do I subscribe to the notion that I have a disease. I actually have to go see the Psychiatrist tomorrow part of my regular I absolutely dread it because 1. I fear being forced medicated 2. I also know that I need my benefits and I can’t lose them and 3. Everything about going to the mental health care place is very depressing and discouraging to me. I haven’t taken psyche drugs for about 14 years now because of the side effects, I consider my body and mind a temple and they never helped me. I did take them for about 10 years before that. So, my solution to the dilemma would be 1. Unconditional Basic Income 2. Guaranteed Housing 3. Universal Health Care 4. Universal Services including access to a broad range of mental health care services (including exploring new ideas such as one described in “Mad in America” online magazine), but never imposed. In a system like this anyone who struggled with mental health and needed time off from work or less work would still have a basic income, health care and could access mental health services without having to accept a diagnosis if they don’t want one or having to adopt the identity of being disabled. Further no one would need to be means tested to see if they are eligible. Though I really struggle I could do more in my life if I wasn’t frustratingly stilted by eligibility issues. Also, people who need these services and support would be less likely to be judged and stigmatized as lazy or as malingerers since it would all be universal and no reason to complain by outside observers that receivers were unfairly receiving benefits. These eligibility issues would be irrelevant if income & housing was guaranteed and health care universal and there’d be no need to prescribe the label of “disabled” for mental health struggle, a person could simply say they struggle with mental/emotional health issues and leave it at that and function at their own pace.

  • Yes, people in my have thought my complaints and observations are delusional. Really they are being completely intellectually dishonest, dismissive,denialist and callous minimizers of the impact and nature of many problems that I experience. This life is difficult and if you do not have the hand of cards dealt, the right characteristics,capitol,environment,circumstances etc.., then you are not going to have the sufficient energy and capacity to cope or recover or triumph over different obstacles, at least not at the pace that society finds appropriate. In addition you may have other difficulties that others do not have such as more inefficiency communicating and interacting with others. In my observation these problem compound and incur an ever growing debt on the mind and emotions and burden a person mentally ,emotionally,psychologically and socially in a way that one may not be likely to be able to recover, although some do. For me I see this life as hopeless, unless I were to win the lottery and then go live a secluded life I see no possibility of happiness and feel my whole life has been unfair and a continuous cruel humiliation and it causes me real pain mentally and physically. Though I’d say I agree mostly with this article I might disagree to some extent about the “failure” section, in that many failures that are attributed to people are actually things that the people had little to no control over yet they are still held as failures on the part of the person. The second thing that I disagree with is the notion that it is a failure for a person to live at home. People have been living in extended families for a million years, Only recently in the past 200 years and mostly in the past 100 years due to the Industrial revolution and changes in how society functioned has it become more of a norm for people to leave parents and strike out on their own. For this reason I do not see a person who stays with a parent or parents as something negative.

  • I really think it is all about dosage and strain. Cannabis can be good in a lot of ways if used mindfully and maturely and appropriately. Doing large bong hits or using excessive, over indulgent amounts of possibly,adulterated cannabis with no knowledge of cannabinoid content in covert secretive circumstances is not healthy and will probably contribute to a out of whack brain/body chemistry that compounded with other life stresses and toxicity can contribute to mental/emotional/psychological health issues.Just as taking a lot of tylenol, or drinking too much, or too much anything can undermine health. If people are sensitive to using it but still enjoy it or find it benefits or helps them in other ways such that they do not want to quit then they should consider experimenting with the right amount or dosage as well as find strains with a appropriate cbd and thc content. Unfortunately it is hard to be this mindful when it is still illegal and people are already indoctrinated into a culture of over indulgence.

  • People on SSDi for mental health receive a very small sum, just enough to barely survive in the lowest income housing, unless they have someone to live with as I now live with my mother, though before for about 7 years lived in low income where i was very unhappy and conditions were no where close to being sufficient for good mental/emotional health.. The low income lifestyle is counter to healing or good health as it contributes an environment of gloomy toxic despair, danger, low social status,no money for quality food,resources etc..that can help a person reach higher potentials. It is depressing in and of itself and while ssdi recipients receive a very meager stipend and stew and stagnate in the low income,medicated lives the drug companies make billions and psychiatrists and counselors get a career.I’m not saying that therapists and mental health people are all bad or inadequate or unneeded, I’m saying that I agree that there needs a lot of improvement in the system and I’m also saying that benefits should be much more generous and creative, or perhaps we should have a universal basic income.I know that I can’t work or be employed with my emotional,psychological,physiological and social difficulties and am glad to receive something but if I didn’t live with my mother I would likely be homeless or at best barely existing in the worst lowest income housing. S I’m think there should be something in place even though I do not embrace the disease model of depression and mental health as I believe that people are afflicted with a combination of natural human problems and issues that stem from many sources and cause depression,altered states of mind,suicidal inclinations,extreme mental states.

  • Here are two links that I discovered tonight related to this post that people may also find interesting or helpful.

    THe Scientific Case Against Forced Drug Treatment, Robert Whitaker February 2013

    I can’t believe how pro-meds and pro-psychiatry and pro-forced treatment so many people are in this country, even progressives are not even close to being questioning or aware of the detrimental aspects of these. I worry that with my awkward fragile psyche that I may get forced meds some dAY. I also worry that the meds that I took between the later mid 90’s and the mid 00’s have taken their toll on my brain and it is not a good feeling. It is upsetting to me how uninformed people are, and how selective and discriminating and unfair our whole society is in all aspects social and economic and it outrages me that people are not more compassionate, intuitively understanding to how others experiences contribute to their well being and emotional conditions.

  • “However, I also agree with coreyjwiley that there are things that are better not forgiven. It’s the thin line between forgive and forget that is the problem.”

    I can see vegwellian’s point about forgiveness/forgetting and not wanting to repeat the same negative cycle with people who one has had bad experiences I have similar experiences. In my comment I never said “there are things that are better not forgiven”. I’d say it is good to orient oneself in the general direction of “forgiveness” for one’s own peace of mind as well as to show some degree of mercy, understanding or consideration for the other in their particular imperfect human condition, and to try to introduce some element of closure on the past. This does not mean they are completely absolved from all accountability or that one should go back to regular interaction with the other. Forgiveness is a very big word that can encompass broad range of nuance in actual life circumstances.

  • I do not think I can agree with this. How do you measure forgiveness? Is this study saying people who suffer with depression and other issues just need to forgive? I have forgiven people and I continue to have the same issues. “Forgiveness” is just too ambiguous and unmeasurable and I would think people who have depression can be more forgiving and often endure more than they should.

  • I’m a sensitive person and what I experience is that people do know how to subtly, covertly, insidiously push your buttons and push you to the edge or over or into the realm of ambiguity so that you do not know where you stand so that if you talk about how you feel others are cloak and daggering you then -people say that you are paranoid, but if you do not say anything it feels like you are trapped or at the mercy of the manipulators secret antagonism. I have witnessed a lot of confusion and what seems to me to be dishonesty and opportunism in my relationships to others and it is frustrating,infuriating and really something that can drive a person into extreme states. I have experienced this a lot, but it is hard to talk about because it is relationships with others that are private or personal and you can’t really talk much about it because how to do you deal with the repercussions and others calling you paranoid, or how do you prove it? It is a type of clenched psychological bind that causes a lot of psychic pain and is difficult to articulate or put your finger on.

  • I’m on SSDI for depression,anxiety and related symptoms and the benefits are very skimpy. I live with a parent now but without living with said parent (as I was for about 7 years) I would be living in very dumpy low income housing in bad stressful bleak neighborhood affording very cheap, unhealthy food and living under the stigma of poverty which enhances if not causes mental health issues. I have been pressured on occasions very strongly to take medications. Having been on medications for about eight years I know that they are not helpful to me and cause bad unwanted side effects. I worry that I may lose my benefits which though are very skimpy would still create more problems for me.I use yoga,exercise,sleep,positive distraction like intellectually stimulating activities,learning, or even watching fantasy cartoon ect. to help me keep my mood up which is a constant job for me with the tendency to be depressed. I think rather than mandating meds we should have a low stress lifestyle option where a person gets a basic income that raises them above the poverty line, options for therapy and this include holistic therapies like massage therapy,yoga classes, maybe some kind of extra incentive to buy fruits and veg like food stamps (that can be added onto the overall basic income) that can be used for produce . Also I would add Y-membership or a gym membership of some kind. Also there could be opportunities to do light work that is socially beneficial and not too stressful, like maybe 1 to 24 hours a week helping out at a recycling center or at a stray cat refuge or serving meals at a respite center or elderly persons home. I would also add if a person needs internet or appliances have some kind of discount or sliding scale so they can afford or have access to these things which increase quality of life, create more options and can help people transcend depression. There could also be optional group meets in public places for people with issues to gather and chat have some kind of group therapy session, I say in public because it is good to feel that you belong to a society rather than being aside from a society and being associated with a hospital, having meets in public lets people know they are part of the society and do not need to be hidden or associated with hospital setting.

  • I think instead of giving kids the drugs we should prepare curriculums that accommodate students of different types. I do not think we should put too much force into making kids meet any rigid tempo. I think we should stretch out the amount of years that people can go to school so they have more time to learn what they need to learn .
    There are things I never understood in high school that I am ready to learn now or have since been ready to learn, but now I have to pay thousands of dollars to go to school. I think we should make learning and education as affordable and conveniently accessible as possible so people can learn at their own rates. To drug a child (or an adult for that matter) and risk the side effects so that they can fit within some construct of normalcy or some rushed time frame is wrong and unhealthy.