O'Reilly Out of Touch for Mentally Ill

From October 6th through the 12th, it is Mental Health Awareness Week.

I recently came across an article by Bill O’Reilly of FoxNews that sheds a bad light on those with Mental Illnesses. He concludes that mentally ill people in the United States are out of control and are making America look bad.

Here is where the change comes in. It used to be these kinds of folks were kind of isolated. There isn’t a schizophrenic club or bipolar club. But now on the Internet there is the most horrendous stuff you can imagine readily available to anyone. In cyberspace there are no boundaries. The worst acts that human beings can perform are on display.

Therefore restraints are falling back and the fuse of mental illness is being lighted as troubled people see violent fantasies up close and personal. So we Americans and folks all over the world are going to see an epidemic of bizarre behavior in the future far more than we have experienced in the past.

The problem isn’t the Internet. Or fantasies. It’s the state of the mental health care system in the United States. It’s a joke. It takes weeks, if not months, to see a psychiatrist. Then when you finally go, they charge you so much and give you the most expensive medications.

Then there are the medical side effects, which are horrible. So some mentally ill people go off meds and stop seeing psychiatrists simply because of the cost of the care.

Mentally ill people in the United States (and worldwide) are already pariahs, and it’s not our fault. We’re not to blame for being mentally ill. It’s not something we wished on ourselves. I wish people would realize how hard being mentally ill is, treat it like a disability, and accept us for who we are.

Give us the proper healthcare, give us the proper treatment, and give us a low-cost way to get treatment and medication.

That’s my Talking Points memo, Mr. O’Reilly.

4 Comments

  1. Bravo! Support groups exist on the internet for those suffering chronic illness, alcoholics, drug addicts, and gamblers, but mental illness is “hush hush” — something to be locked away like Boo Radley in To Kill A Mockingbird — “Don’t mention schizophrenia or manic-depression in polite company!” Unless the sufferer has attempted suicide or threatened others because of his inability to get the necessary therapeutic support, it will take weeks or months to see a psychiatrist familiar with appropriate medications and support programs at a cost beyond the reach of most. Prescribing is left to the family practitioner who generally does not have the background nor the time to monitor how the patient is doing. Nor will s/he be able to make a referral to an appropriate psychologist or counselor to do this. Those suffering from mental illness are simply seeking direction from others in their search for the help they need in dealing with everyday life and the side effects of the medication if they happen to be lucky enough to afford it and make it through the wait to see a competent mental health provider. Perhaps Mr. O’Reilly should see a therapist to deal with his obvious phobia of those who are trying to cope with the high costs of treatment as well as inaccessibility to care rather than trying to place yet another roadblock in the way of those who just want to get through a day in the same manner as others who aren’t afflicted!

  2. sorry to sound like a broken record, but have you ever considered diet as a factor?

    “Most processed foods contain excitotoxins, especially if any kind of commercial taste or flavor enhancers has been added, such as hydrolyzed vegetable protein, soy protein extract, yeast extract, beef stock and caseinate; commercial soups, sauces and gravies are usually most affected. On the label any of these products may just be called ‘natural flavoring’. Aged proteins, processed meat, cheeses and tomato puree have higher levels of free glutamate as well but fresh tomatoes are fine. All of these should be avoided by sensitive individuals who are prone to overactive mental conditions.”

    Walter Last

    • Shay,

      The only thing I’ve ever heard a psychiatrist say about “diet” is that on Zyprexa, I need to get more exercise, otherwise I’ll blow up like a balloon.

      As far as processed foods, I’ve never heard any psychiatrist say anything as to the causation of mental health problems.

      In my case, quitting smoking (which should be a healthy activity) triggers my mania. I know it seems counter-intuitive, but the doctors actually urge me to keep smoking until they can find better alternatives.

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