may we all be heard
words are bells
let them ring!

Thom World Poet Austin, Texas, USA
Global Radical networker and activist for promoting the live Creative Arts,
at every possible opportunity, especially in his home-city, Austin, Texas, USA

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

"to a hammer,everything looks like a nail"

1 in 5 Americans suffer from mental or brain disorders
46% meet the criteria for mental illness at some time in their life
Stress and emotionality often trigger unhelpful responses
In an age of universal surveillance,treatment is often punitive
A 21 year old woman stripped and acted out,and was shot by APD
Schoolchildren prescribed RITALIN,elders on AMBIEN
Chemical combinations have severe side effects
There are few options in prison.Prescription drugs are given
to 26.5 million adults-1 in every 9 adult citizens.
1 in 20 have depression so severe it disrupts lives.
Proliferation of psychotherapists couples with new mental illness diagnoses
"Personality disorders"used to include homosexuality
There are now three times the number of disorders listed since 1952
Are we as a nation three times as crazed?Or over medicated and overanalyzed?
"Crazy"is both a political and economic term.Rich folk are"eccentric"
Diagnoses such as"narcissistic personality disorder"are being abolished
even when current crops of politicians reveal many of the symptoms
If you can live your life sans pills and potions,count yourself lucky(and sane..enough)

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