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60s Radical in the Loony Bin http://manicmagicalmysterytour.blogspot.com/2012/11/60s-radical-in-loony-bin.html is more amusing than Descent Into Hell http://manicmagicalmysterytour.blogspot.com/2010/08/descent-into-hell-st-vincent-new-york.html Next time I will master HTML. I promise.
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Try to get anyone hospitalized. I was shrink/mommy/grandma for 2 months at OWS last fall. We could not get suicidal kid hospitalized. Irtwas just as well because a bunch of friends swore to spend every minute with him. There are very few psychiatric beds, and insurance companies want patients out after a few days. They run the show. Someone seriously mentally ill would benefit from a psychiatrist/therapist, but that hardly ever happens. Social workers are cheap, but most are too intimidated by psychiatrists. There is a terrible shortage of child and teen psychiatrists, so the family doctor is prescribing the psychiatric meds. We don't have a mental health system. I could go on about this for about 200 pages. At 40 I was diagnosed as a manic delressive and have been "treated" for 27 years. I did much better before I was diagnosed. I would not recommend one of my shrinks. I have finally come out of the manic depressive closet for good. At 67 what do I have to lose. I know I can give memorable voice to the voiceless. Cassandra Woolf and Redstocking Grandma are writing for the same blogs. My cat is dancing on my keyboard, so I won't attempt html. http://manicmagicalmysterytour.blogspot.com/ It is unfortunate that my starring roles as a 60s radical in the loony bin were not videotaped. Loony bins are jails. Their function is to prevent suicidal patients from killing themselves. She who laughs lasts, but I still have trauma from them.
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My mom died in 2004. I have never stop grieving. She now has 14, going on 15, great grandchildren. Her mom lived to meet 23 great grandchildren. I miss her every time a new child is born. I long for her advice on how to be a mother of four mothers.
Toggle Commented Dec 19, 2012 on 'Grief is its own size' at Obsidian Wings
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Every one of your eight predictions came true. Scary but brilliant.
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I pray for the SH killer's mother and hope she wasn't awake when her son murdered her. From all accounts she had devoted her life to him. I cannot understand why anyone would encourage their son to learn to shoot guns. She is quoted as saying she wanted to encourage him to be responsible. He had no police record whatsoever. His father seems to have been missing in action after the divorce, and his brother hadn't seen him for several years. How easy it is to blame his mother who was always there for him. I would be very curious if the killer was taking antipsychotics, commonly prescribed for autism. Their side effects can be worse than the symptoms they were treating.
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Lisa Long (I Am Adam Lanza's Mother) needs to stop trashing her son's reputation for his entire life and submit herself to intensive family therapy and individual psychiatric care. If I were her son, I would hate her and fantasize about killing her. She has ruthlessly exploited her son and a national tragedy to win worldwide fame and sympathy. Some of her other posts are chilling. I am a therapist. I don't believe in treating children without family therapy. Parents should not be reassured their child's emotional problems are entirely caused by a broken brain.
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As an open manic depressive, I am appalled by the conflating of violence and mass murder with mental illness. People are shockingly ignorant about the US mental health system and the nature of mental illness. All we know about the SH killer is that he isolated himself, loved guns, played video games, was a geek, had mother issues. He possibly had a developmental disability. Since he destroyed his computer and has no online presence, we might never know more. The first reaction of people who know mass murderers usually is "I can't believe it." Too often the second reaction is "I saw the warning signs all along." Can even a brilliant psychiatrist know whether a geeky 15 year old will become a mass murderer or start Facebook? A young child gets it. "Bad men can't have guns." We could outlaw guns that kill 20 first graders in 15 minutes this year. The human race has never eradicated violence and evil and never will. Concentrating on mental illness is falling into the NRA idiocy that guns don't kill people; people kill people. I blog on mental illness as Cassandra Woolf. I am Mary Joan Koch, Katherine Hawkins's mother.
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