A deranged world

Posted: February 11, 2014 in Disgusted in AZ, Healthcare, Personal, Ugliness American Style
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“To be ill adjusted to a deranged world is not a breakdown.”
― Jeanette Winterson

A news report out of Mississippi indicates that they’ve discovered a mass grave with thousands of bodies when trying to build a new parking garage.  That’s how we treated the mentally ill not that long ago.  We’ve stopped warehousing them and ignoring them until they died alone and end up in unmarked graves.  I mean, we still ignore them, just right under our noses.  Until, of course, we can’t ignore them any more.  When their illness explodes into our public awareness through horrendous tragedy.  Now we either keep them at home until they totally lose it hurting innocents and others (see Loughner, Lanza, Holmes, etc, etc, etc) or keep them in “the system” in a round robin of jail/prison, streets and shelters, back to jail, etc, etc, etc.  We can do better.  We should do better.

  1. Aren’t people just wonderful?

  2. alopecia says:

    When he was governor of California, Ronald Reagan correctly (boy, does that feel weird to type!) said the state mental hospitals were a disgrace: they were crowded, patients weren’t given appropriate treatment and/or were held even when they were appropriately treated, and (here comes the tell) they were too expensive. Better, he said, to release patients and invest the money saved in community-based services.

    The first part happened. The second part was forgotten as soon as the governor and legislators saw how much money was suddenly available for, well, damn’ near anything other than services for the mentally ill.

    As president, Reagan did his level best to repeat this triumph on a national level.

    And now, because the Right insists we can’t afford anything but a military, we as a nation are on course to make Reagan look compassionate toward the mentally ill.

    We can do better. We should do better. I hate to say it, but we probably won’t do better.

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