Brewtown Politico

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It's mental health month

The National Mental Health Association is promoting its Mind Your Health campaign as part of a month-long effort to educate the public on the seriousness of mental illness.

It wasn't too long ago that we locked people in asylums for suffering from severe mental illnesses. Conditions like schizophrenia, depression, and multiple personality disorder are the result of a chemical imbalance affecting how neurotransmitters communicate in the brain. We've come a long way toward treating mental illnesses such as these as medical disorders rather than personality flaws, but we have much to learn.

Our knowledge of the brain is still in its early stages, and I would love to be around in a few hundred years when our methods of treatment these days will appear primitive. Part of getting there is to convince more people afflicted with mental illness to seek treatment, and for others to take the disease more seriously.

NPR's Talk of the Nation had a good program yesterday on this issue. You can listen to it in their archives.


At 5/18/2006 12:17:00 PM, Blogger Craig said...

I still think America is over-medicated. There's better ways to fight some of these mental illnesses - Not everyone, but some could do counseling instead of just going to a Dr. and they immediately just put someone on meds. Plus how this country advertises so many medications now on TV. Some places like Europe are floored by the fact we have that stuff advertised on commercials.

At 5/18/2006 01:49:00 PM, Blogger Scott said...

Agreed. Advertising for prescription medication ought to be banned from the airwaves. If a medication is necessary, that ought to be something for the doctor to determine.

The other impact of putting people on meds who don't require them is it lumps them in with people who are suffering from a serious mental illness, thus contributing to the perception that this isn't a serious issue.

At 7/08/2006 04:42:00 PM, Anonymous Danel Haszard said...

Well said,i applaud your blog, mental health consumers are the least capable of self advocacy,my doctors made me take zyprexa for 4 years which was ineffective for my symptoms.

I now have a victims support page against Eli Lilly for it's Zyprexa product causing my diabetes.--Daniel Haszard


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