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  •  Quality of care was not the issue (5+ / 0-)

    We had very good, expensive coverage from my professional employment. Compliance with treatment was the issue. While it is quite impossible for me to be entirely objective, I had a great deal of opportunity to observe the dynamics, to put it mildly, of the afflicted persons illness, and there was clearly an element of embracing the illness because the treatment was unpleasant and morally difficult, in terms of side effects, will power and plain and simple character, or the lack thereof.

    And that's the more general point I am trying to make in the specifically socio-political context of this discussion. Clinical mental illness narrowly defined its not, but Teabaggery IS  a social disease with pathological effects on the body politic and is contracted and spreads because its more fun than the hard work of living in the real world.

    Just getting a handle on the knobs and dials.... Hey, don't touch that!

    by Old Lefty on Sat Apr 28, 2012 at 06:11:35 AM PDT

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    •  A friend was married for twenty years to a woman (7+ / 0-)

      with bipolar disorder. He was a very supportive spouse, raised the children largely single handedly (and actually during her hospitalizations). She however did tend to go off her medications and the last time around fell in with some naturists who persuaded her they were "chemicals." During that episode she attacked him with a knife and left him needing thirty stitches. As the children were adults by then he finally sought a divorce.

      I'm glad to say that about two years after that he found a very good life companion and married her. I suspect that in the final tally he will have more years of happily married life than not.

      Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

      by Wee Mama on Sat Apr 28, 2012 at 06:20:38 AM PDT

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      •  Holy paralell lives, Wee Mama (4+ / 0-)

        With the knives and the kids and the...similar but not identical. Gory details aside though I'm the still single proud Papa of three warrior women whose up and coming five warrior princesses all now listen to the songs I used to sing to their mamas while the storm raged outside their bedroom door; House of the Rising Sun, Amazing Grace and Swing low sweet Chariot, with a little less of the basso profundo though.

        The health of the soul is a precious thing and the Bag-Heads are not helping that of our beloved country I'm very sorry to say.

        Just getting a handle on the knobs and dials.... Hey, don't touch that!

        by Old Lefty on Sat Apr 28, 2012 at 06:56:47 AM PDT

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