(12-10-2014, 12:25 AM)UniqueStranger Wrote: I don't dismiss seeking psychiatric help entirely, as I believe it can help some people some of the time, along with proper medication. My brother chose to leave this world, even when his mental issues were controlled and he was not self-medicating with drugs - while in a closed ward. There was something else wrong there, something unaddressed, undiagnosed...but I don't blame his psychiatric team, nor doctors, nor any of us that desperately tried to help him. It seemed that he just didn't want to remain here. So, perhaps there is so much more to helping someone other than fixing a hurt child (psychologically-speaking), perhaps our society makes life so difficult and intolerable for some people that they can see no light at the end of the tunnel, because for many there is no light at the end of the tunnel.
Again I'm sorry about your brother. My father was the exact opposite. He was an alcoholic who refused to accept addiction as a mental illness and did nothing to recover. In the end he took his own life and nothing anyone said or did helped. He was a stubborn man. I agree with you on many points. Life is not a utopia and there are categories of people who simply don't fit in. These people often get labelled as mentally unwell. I just try and do my job as best I can and hope that sometime in the future mental illness is taken extremely seriously and more studies and better medicine can turn the tide. I just can't deal with the pressure of feeling that the job I do is not good enough. I am glad we had this mini debate as it is important to me in my role to not only understand the mentally ill but those that are willing to help in a civilian capacity.
I can see by your coat my friend you're from the other side. Just one thing I got to know. Who won?