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Sunday, January 09, 2011

When are going to accept treatment for the mentally ill?

We pretend that there is parity between a physical illness and a mental illness, but we are lying to ourselves and each other. Twenty two year men don't go out on a shooting spree and shoot 19 people. Not unless they are mentally unstable and left to fend for themselves. I assume that as the details come out about the shooter we'll find that he had half-assed treatment at best. Those of us that parent a kid with a mental illness know that there really isn't help unless you're a millionaire and can afford private treatment. Public treatment is stabelization and release, two weeks maximum. When you have a kid that collect guns and publishes plans on the internet, nobody will listen to you. When tragedy strikes, we pass around the blame.

The real fault in such tragedies is held be health insurance companies that deny claims and Republican idiots that don't believe in health care of any kind.

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