For many years, doctors, psychologists and medical scientists were completely baffled by people who were addicted to drugs or alcohol. They could help to get them sober by putting them through a medical detoxification process, but the majority of people were unable to remain so. Science today benefits from the leaps and bounds made in past years in uncovering why addicts do what they do, but there is still a stigmatization about addiction that hinders the ability of addicts to seek the help they need.… [Read more]
Many things don’t mix well, such as:
- Drinking and driving
- Tea and Pepsi
- Negligent actions and guns
- My mother and a garden hose (don’t get in range, you’ll get wet, very wet)
- Republicans and common sense
- Mental health issues and guns
It’s the last item that I’m going to write about today.
Several weeks ago I wrote in a post or comment about a young man with whom my wife has conversations.… [Read more]
It’s summer and half the year is already over. Days tend to pass very quickly when one is busy with work or taking care of kids. Sometimes it can get a bit overwhelming as there are so many things to do on a daily basis. You can get mentally and physically exhausted by the end of the day.… [Read more]
The other day, I came across this article Suicidal behaviour is a disease, psychiatrists argue on the website of New Scientist. To my skeptical mind, this article is profoundly dishonest, yet another example of self-serving opinions placed by vested interests with the goal of turning the debate on mental disorder in directions that suit themselves. In 1000 words, I can’t deal with every point it raises but we can have a look at some of the major inconsistencies.… [Read more]
When the news wires revealed that a Mississippi Republican state representative apparently shot herself to death Sunday, the hurried rush to look for possible scandal was tempered with the restraint passed on to current day scribes by journalists before us,
I am a political columnist. That means I’m one of the writers inhabiting the great Washington swamp chronicling the food chain in action. … [Read more]
With all the talk about guns and mental health, and the post-traumatic stress syndrome of vets from Iraq and Afghanistan, what better idea could one have than to grab your neighbor and take a homecoming Marine who has psychological problems out to a gun range and put a weapon in his hands.
What could possibly go wrong?… [Read more]
“Dirty” Harry Callahan had his .44 Magnum while James Bond preferred the sleeker Walther PPK. John Rambo and Tony Montana preferred larger automatics—the M60 E3 and M16 respectively. Omar Little and Ash Williams touted shotguns. And countless other action icons wield some type of Glock as their go-to firearm.
For decades now, possessing the bigger and badder gun has been a sign of toughness in American culture, most often associated with “manliness.” Real men not only own guns, they own the biggest, most effective ones; they master their uses; they fetishize them.… [Read more]
According to the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), those suffering the loss of a loved one could be classified as depressed rather than bereaved, which was the old approach to such a catastrophic event. Now, exhibiting such characteristics as loss of appetite, lack of sleep, or irritability for more than two months after the passing of a loved one, a psychiatrist could prescribe medications for something entirely different from what the patient needs.… [Read more]
Another semester goes by and I ought to be feeling great. I’ve gotten straight A grades and a national honors award that could earn me admission and scholarship to any 4-year program I choose. Teachers and classmates are heaping on the praise, certain that I will make a great therapist. My bosses say I practically am one already, because the clients I’ve been assigned are really enjoying their time with me.… [Read more]
Halfway done with a 2-year Mental Health certificate program, with another 4 years of undergrad and 3 years of grad school to look forward to after that (if I want to get a “real” career and not have to beg for a couch to crash on ever again), and I’m already burning out. The dull and dry reading and writing assignments, the suspect perspectives being voiced in class discussions, the skewed theories that raise more questions than they answer; this wasn’t what I had signed up for.… [Read more]
In case you missed the first installment: At 24 years of age, after an impressively protracted derelict adolescence culminated in broke, broken, homeless desperation bad enough to make me feel sorry about how I was living, I figured it was time to “get it together.” So off I went to my community college to begin a career in “mental health” work, to get my head out of my punk ass and serve people with much bigger problems than mine.… [Read more]
There was a time in my life, a painfully misguided detour into the depths of insanity, during which I lost my way. A term which I have used more than once in this column, “quarter-life crisis,” could be used to describe what I experienced, but with one catch: for most people, this is the time in their lives they spend staving off the impending doom of adulthood by avoiding responsibility and commitment at all costs.… [Read more]
I think by now we have all read and heard about the zombie attack, sorry I mean face-eating horror, in Miami. But what you might not be familiar with is a Jeffrey Dahmer-esque murder in Maryland, which I read about in The Huffington Post. Some psycho college student thought it was a good idea to kill his roommate and then dine on part of his brain and all of his heart.… [Read more]