I chose the picture accompanying this post to illustrate what I sense our alleged leadership is offering us as these ongoing debates about our fiscal future degrade into insult, injury, and debasement.
I can’t speak for anyone else here, but I know this, tolerating leadership that is pervasively rigid and inflexible is just outrageous. And I see neither side as being responsible nor capitulating in a healthy and prospective manner. I watched “Meet The Press” this morning, and when David Gregory put the numbers up about revenue versus spending in family budget terms, it was just frightening and ugly to note. Really, how many of you out there making $63,000 a year are not only at peace, but your creditors are ok if allowing you to borrow $42,000 a year on an ongoing yearly basis to maintain your expenses? Seriously, are you looking at those numbers!? You are borrowing on 2/3 of your income stream and expecting to continue this trend for years? That is example A of cluelessness at best, frank antisocial and dependency traits not much better!
Why am I talking about a political issue at a mental health care blog? Because I am tired of people either tolerating, or just ignoring characterological issues that are causing conflict, dissention, and frank mayhem in their day to day travels, and then just expecting a medication to fix it. And not just possibly by a patient, but patients noting they are dealing with rigid, inflexible people in their lives on a daily basis and thinking that a pill will end the problem. It is time for mental health to stop ignoring the role of Axis 2 features, or extreme and pervasive Axis 4 problems, mislabeling symptoms as primary mood and thought disorders and misdiagnosing people as primary Axis 1 disorders, and then overmedicating people. What are you as providers thinking next, medicate Congress and the President!?
I am going to be posting about political issues here every so often in 2013, because I think that there is more to the representation in government of late reflecting what our society is succumbing to beyond fiscal and social issues. And it ain’t pretty. If nothing substantial can be pursued as change for the better, things are going to get much worse. And guess what, mental health care will experience new lows in being scapegoated, castigated, and just plain disrupted even further than what profound disruptions we deal with now.
See the tie in now?
So, which fork in the track above do you want to be on, as is!?
The train is coming, folks, and the light at the end of the tunnel is not daylight!