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Making a difference

October 20, 2013

wareness Week just passed and is an important opportunity to learn more about mental illnesses such as major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. It’s an opportunity to make a difference....

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Premier

Oct-21-13 5:14 PM

Touché!

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Scott36

Oct-21-13 10:31 AM

And Scott you said you did not find it "very mature". Had you ever read some of the things Charles has written?-Premier

...and a very "mature" way to argue--somebody is worse than me. He does it too!!!

BTW, I still do not see it as a jesting matter--You "find it funny"? nuff said.

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JohnZook

Oct-21-13 9:49 AM

I'm going to be a cold hearted bas tard this morning. First, we kicked all the people who need help OUT of facilities and closed them. And why do we need to wear colors to show we care about health problems to CURE them? Oh,... to show we care..... good liberal ideas; we care.... As if a lot of the vets coming home with problems is ignored! And what about the school and workplace shooters. Is anyone NOT AWARE of these mental health problems. Instead of wasting money on all these gov't control projects, lets stop "wearing colors" and SOLVE THE PROBLEM!!!

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spike2

Oct-21-13 6:43 AM

Premier there is not one funny aspect to mental illness. Not one. The families often struggle foe their entire lives. The "individual" struggles. treatment works but rarely for life. SZ's decompensate, refuse to follow med regimens and spend much of their lives in an alternative universe.This is a very long topic and very serious.

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Premier

Oct-20-13 7:42 PM

And Scott you said you did not find it "very mature". Had you ever read some of the things Charles has written? That's where I was going with that as numerous people have suggested he needs help.

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Premier

Oct-20-13 7:37 PM

Scott, you find it offensive, I find it funny that's why I happier than you.

You guys are always trying to tug on the emotional heart strings in an attempt to diminish an opposing view and to give yourselves a utopian high.

Your just plain silly.

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MikeSmith

Oct-20-13 5:37 PM

Truth be told, I'm not dating her at all. I'm treating her.

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MikeSmith

Oct-20-13 5:31 PM

My point being, this is some really serious stuff. Stigmatizing people is bad, the illness itself left untreated presents a real and present danger to all of us.

Most schizophrenic's will never commit a mass murder. But nearly all mass murders are committed by schizophrenic's.

Think about sweeping this illness under the rug in that light, and be scared because this is really scary stuff!

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MikeSmith

Oct-20-13 5:29 PM

Man up, it was in poor taste.-Scott36

Lighten up Scott36. Premier was just making a joke, he was in no way diminishing the importance of the letter.

I'm dating a paranoid SZ and it is a wild ride. She denies being sick, and that's because she also has another mental illness called anosognosia. In effect, the brain is so scrambled it doesn't have the slightest idea it is scrambled. So, even though her behavior is way, way, way, way off, her brain (multiple voices in her brain that are not audible to us) tells her that she is being stalked, spied on, spoken to through the radio, TV, couch, the dog, whatever......but otherwise she's the normal one, not you. You're either stupid, or part of the plot against her.

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Scott36

Oct-20-13 1:21 PM

Premier, When you put the "Chuck" comment into it, I did not take it as something very mature. If you had ever witnessed firsthand what certain "mental illnesses" can do to a person, let alone a loved one, I have a feeling that you also would not see it as a jesting matter. You obviously do not have a clue as to the tremendous anguish/pain that the sick person goes through, and also those around them. Man up, it was in poor taste.-Scott

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Premier

Oct-20-13 10:41 AM

Scott, seriously? You ASSUME too much. Why do you think I typed that quip?

Between "assuming" and "guessing" there's your side has it all figured out don't you?

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Scott36

Oct-20-13 10:10 AM

I read the first couple of paragraph's and thought it was another LTE from Charles. My apologies.-Premier

I would assume that you have not had to witness/deal with what the effects of some mental illnesses can do to someone. Lest ye joke.

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Premier

Oct-20-13 7:30 AM

Well your word "guessing" was a dead give away. Just keep "guessing" and someday you just might get something correct.

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MrShaman

Oct-20-13 6:59 AM

"I read the first couple of paragraph's and thought it was another LTE from Charles. My apologies." - Premier

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I'm guessing you miss the "good ol' days"....when we could burn epileptics & schizophrenics, at the stake, for being "possessed".

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Premier

Oct-20-13 6:18 AM

I read the first couple of paragraph's and thought it was another LTE from Charles. My apologies.

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eriklatranyi

Oct-20-13 5:00 AM

A thoughtful LTE reminding us all to pay attention to mental health and to remove the stigma attached.

People who need help, should get help.

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Capricorn1

Oct-20-13 3:36 AM

Very good letter and thank you for taking the time to educate others. It's time we remove the stigma that has been attached to mental illness and give it the attention it rightly deserves.

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USABorn

Oct-20-13 1:51 AM

Excellent letter Mr. Knier. I hope SG readers not only read it, but take it to heart.

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