Unlike the war on woman, the war on guns is real. Left-wing appeasers wait in the shadows for the next shooting to occur, ready to attack and devour our freedoms with the intent to abolish American’s 2nd amendment rights. The moronic arguments spewing out from left of center are irrational and irresponsible (for it’s a person who kills another person)- the gun just happened to be the weapon of choice. The conflict looming is not that a gun was used (or in the most recent case at Franklin Regional High School in Pennsylvania, a knife); the conflict is even more astronomical. It’s the stigma surrounding mental illness and its sheer lack of acknowledgment from our society.
Throughout the years there has been a “whisper campaign” happening regarding the diagnosis of having a mental illness. Brush it under the rug and no one will know- and if they don’t know, it doesn’t exist. A person with mental illness has often been shunned from the population, judged, and labeled as “crazy” or “nut job”. Many were and still are institutionalized their whole lives and are not able to become productive members of society due to the prejudices surrounding such a diagnosis.
Not much was known on how to treat the mentally disturbed in earlier years such as the 1940’s, so institutions often subjected patients to cruel forms of what doctors considered therapy. Shock treatments and frontal lobe lobotomies were commonplace. Many families would disown or try to hide their own children out of shame and embarrassment. Even the Kennedy’s had a real life One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest situation when they resorted to the mutilation of their own daughter Rosemary Kennedy‘s brain after they realized her mental illness would not be cured. This threatened the rest of the family from achieving ultimate success, so Joe Kennedy made the decision to have doctors give her a frontal lobotomy and then hide her from society in a mental hospital. The operation went horribly wrong, leaving Rosemary nothing short of a vegetable; institutionalized for the remainder of her life.
Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Nevada came under fire and was sued for it’s cruel and reprehensible program known as “Greyhound Therapy”. Some referred to it as “patient dumping”. When the hospital became overcrowded, they gave hundreds of mentally ill patients a one way Greyhound bus ticket to surrounding cities and left them stranded there alone. No money, no identification, and no food. The majority of time, the patient had no family or friends in the city and had never visited it before. The state of California sued the state of Nevada for the costs related to housing these misplaced humans. It was total disregard of human life. Treated as if they were disposable, unwanted junk- instead of a person with a real disability.
The mental health problem stems far into our youth population. Whether it’s nature or nurture as the cause, the obvious neglect of the issue can’t be ignored any longer. We live in a “there’s a pill for that” kind of society. If a boy acts a little too rambunctious at school, the teachers and doctors automatically point to ADHD; wanting to prescribe Ritalin, when in fact, it’s just a boy being a boy. If a girl going through the ups and downs of puberty with changing hormones feels a little down, the automatic fix is anti-depressants. This only masks the problems, or gets rid of their emotions.
Many of the anti-depressant medications being prescribed to young children and adults have earned a “black box” warning label due to them potentially increasing suicidal thoughts. This is the highest warning the FDA puts on any drug, and there is not much information regarding the effects these medications have on a child’s developing brain. Therapy to get to the root of the problems is sometimes not an option as many insurance companies only cover a portion of psychiatric services or none at all.
Taking away an American’s right to bear arms is not the answer. How many shootings have you heard of at a gun show or at a local shooting range? If a disturbed individual wants to hurt others, they will find a way, gun or no gun.
Parents need to be more involved in their children’s lives- know their patterns of behavior, know their friends, communicate with them daily and scan their social media! A parent can find out a lot just by checking out their child’s room. As a parent, you have the right to snoop! No more of the “everybody wins” society creating a false sense of accomplishment. Get them involved with a charity to teach them a sense of worth. Take away the phones, computers, and video games so they can have real people social interaction. Have family dinners and talk about their day. Get God involved; he never fails and it gives them something to rely on. You are the advocate for them. It’s as simple as making them the priority.
The issue of mental health is an industry. The drug companies and doctors tip toe through the tulips, hand in hand. Without diseases and conditions, the healthcare community would be out of business. It’s what is known as managed care. There hasn’t been a cure for a disease since the polio vaccine…
Houston, the first step is admitting we have a problem!
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