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  •  it seemed to me (3+ / 0-)
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    That long is overwhelmed and desperate. She has a child with severe problems and she knows shes unequipped to deal with them herself, but the help available isn't really helping. I love how everyone is so judgemental and so certain they'd be doing so much better than her. That's just classy!

    •  I'm not a fan of the piece, but I prefer not to (1+ / 0-)
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      speculate on her intentions. Not much good I suspect of going down that road.

    •  You know, before snarking that anyone here lacks (1+ / 0-)
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      class, you might want to consider that you know nothing about your target's background or life.  Many people have children with severe problems. Most of them don't identify them to the world at large in a way that's not productive for the child.

      Great vent for Long, not so good for the 13 year old she's raising, Enraged Goddess.  As a writer, I can tell you that there are ways to write about her issues that don't identify her soon-to-be young adult son. As a parent, I can tell you that 1. prioritizing venting over a child's privacy shows bad judgment and 2. 13 year old kids are bound to come across a piece of writing that's gone viral.  On the whole, not good for the child.

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      by ksh01 on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 06:22:13 AM PST

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      •  I have a cousin with paranoid schizophrenia (1+ / 0-)
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        who manifested symptoms very early on, so it's combined with some mental disability as well. He is medicated out the wazoo and still has paranoia issues. Most often, he believes that everyone "knows" him and we have to reassure him that if he doesn't know someone, they don't know him. This happens every time we visit. He's 12 years older than me. I remember when I was little the cops and ambulances coming to our house because he became violently paranoid. To this day, no one will explain to me exactly what happened on that day. He was admitted to hospitals more times than I even know about. My aunt was at her wits end trying to get him the right kind of help when FINALLY after years of trying and dealing with failure and it's consequences that she found a good setting for him, with proper treatment and skilled staff. Yes, there are lots of people dealing with the same things. It is NOT easy. So you think her speaking out about her son's problems and the lack of help for them is detrimental to him, which may be true, but some people are taking their judgement of her way too far.

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        you might want to consider that you know nothing about your target's background or life.
        the whole piece seems like a scream for attention at the expense of her child.  Pretty narcissistic
        Uh huh.

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