Schizophrenia is easier to treat than Alzheimer’s Disease and when we treat it we benefit from the creative talents of people who are young enough to create lives for themselves.
This is not to diminish the pain of Alzheimer’s disease but to highlight how we should clinically care for people who have a medical illness that is just as devastating for patients and families as Alzheimer’s.
Mental Illness is not a choice.
Most of the choices we punish are not choices at all.
What we really punish is not goose stepping to the lie that the U.S. is a
nation of self-made people and that if you wish hard enough you can think
your way out of chronic illness.
That’s what she said when she asked me to take her picture.
I assume that she told the judge or the shrinks that she
wouldn’t hurt herself or anyone else .
So much misinformation and misunderstanding exist about DID and schizophrenia – many studies show they both affect around 1% of the population world-wide, yet schizophrenia is diagnosed more often whereas DID takes an average of 6 years of obvious symptoms until diagnosis.
A key difference here is that the only known cause of Dissociative Identity Disorder however is extreme childhood abuse beginning at a young age, this history exists in around 95% of those diagnosed with DID. DID is one of a range of Dissociative Disorders: including Dissociative Amnesia, Dissociative Fugue, Depersonalization Disorder and Dissociative Disorder not otherwise specified.
While both psychotic episodes/schizophrenia and dissociative identity disorder commonly feature hearing voices these typically appear external with schizophrenia and internal with DID (i.e. thoughts).
Mood disorders are not part of the diagnostic criteria for DID and can be very much a red herring. Signs of amnesia are key though – forgetting…
Idiotes: An idiot in Athenian democracy was someone characterized by self-centeredness and concerned almost exclusively with private—as opposed to public—affairs. Idiocy was the natural state of ignorance into which all persons were born. In Athenian democracy, idiots were born and citizens made through education (although citizenship was also largely hereditary). Refusing to take part in public life, such as democraticgovernment of the polis (city state), was considered dishonorable. “Idiots” were seen as having bad judgment in public and political matters. Wikipedia
“The Nazis are just a gang of stupid hooligans, but they do serve a purpose. Let them get rid of the Communists. Later, we’ll be able to control them.” Maximilian von Heune, Cabaret
I’ve considered the possible consequences of writing a post like this.
I’m aware of my vulnerabilities and the fact that this really isn’t a good time to dissent from the prevailing cultural norm.
The prevailing cultural norm looks like an ersatz stance of rebellion based on the most superficial and self-serving mythology surrounding the youth movements of the 1960s.
This ersatz rebellion predates our ubiquitous access to the Internet and the age of memes.
This ersatz rebellion appeared in the 1970’s with disco and new wave; and saturated the globe in the 1980’s with MTV.
It now occupies a dominant place in U.S. politics with the rise of the libertarian tea party movement and its new rock star, Donald Trump.
The Donald refers to his people.
Imagine his audience screaming like adolescent girls at an early Beatles concert as Trump sings the tunes that only they want to hear.
The ersatz tea party rebellion is also a rebellion against teachers and intellectual discipline.
It denies hard science and rejects independent thought.
It despises art, philosophy, curiosity, vision, and the value of reason.
It equates bad manners and bullying with individualism.
It confuses ignorance and dogma with principle and refuses to question itself
It’s as if a fundamentalist interpretation of the Pink Floyd lyrics to “Another Brick in the Wall, Part Two) became domestic policy in the United States.
We don’t need no education We don’t need no thought control No dark sarcasm in the classroom Teachers leave them kids alone Hey! teachers! leave the kids alone! All in all you’re just another brick in the wall. All in all you’re just another brick in the wall.
These lyrics don’t say “We don’t need to acquire knowledge and intellectual discipline.”
The song closes with these Lyrics:
“Wrong, do it again!”
“Wrong, do it again!”
“If you don’t eat yer meat, you can’t have any pudding.
How can you have any pudding if you don’t eat yer meat?”
“You! yes, you behind the bikesheds, stand still laddy!”
“There’s this notion that the wealthy use their money to buy politicians; more accurately, it’s that they can buy policy.” Jared Bernstein
Within the $3 billion private prison industry, GEO Group is the nation’s second largest for-profit prison operator. NPR
Since its founding in 1984, the GEO Group has profited from federal and state policies that have led to a dramatic rise in incarceration and detention in the United States–an increase of more than 500 percent over the past thirty years. As of 2011, around half of all prisoners in state facilities were there for nonviolent crimes, and half of inmates in federal prisons were serving time for drug offenses. GEO has explicitly identified drug decriminalization and sentencing leniency as factors that could have adverse effects on its business. SourceWatch
The governor states that he is concerned about 4th Amendment protections: “I was very concerned about the 4th Amendment rights and the protections of those detained by someone other than a law enforcement officer.” Houston Chronicle
The Fourth Amendment reads as follows: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things …”
The operating word is ‘unreasonable.”
I think the Governor is full of hooey.
A Texas citizen who is not a law enforcement officer may, without a warrant, arrest an offender when the offense is committed in his presence or within his view, if the offense is one classed as a felony or as an offense against the public peace. Code of Criminal Procedure
In Texas, it is already legal for people who are not law enforcement personnel to detain another citizen.
I think the Governor of Texas knows that mental illness exists and that he doesn’t care about the lives of those affected by it.
It is cheaper and more profitable for the GEO group to fill their prisons than it is for psychiatric patients to go to a hospital.
The pattern is clear: ignore the mentally ill until they commit a crime and use them to fill prisons for profit.
The only real question I have is this: Why have so many citizens of the United States become Idiotes? Why do so many of us continue to vote for corporate lackeys who hate their freedoms?
“…when government is polluted by officials who put corporate interests above their constituents and cost-cutting above the common good, it too often fails to fulfill even its most basic functions, such as protecting access to safe drinking water. But instead of giving in to anger and austerity, in this election, we should be having a vigorous debate about how government can be truly accountable to the people it serves.” Katrina vanden Heuvel