Category Archives: Mental

Who are you?

I really feel for this woman. I do. She has some issues with her identity, that’s for sure, but she actually seemed to be dealing with them in some positive fashion. She certainly didn’t need to be confronted with her issues in front of the whole country, being put on the spot as she was, to confront who she really is in contrast to who she has been presenting herself as being.

Dolezal did not directly challenge any accusation made regarding her race in the post but mentioned in passing that the national “dialogue has unexpectedly shifted internationally to my personal identity in the context of defining race and ethnicity.”

Source: Embattled NAACP Chapter President Rachel Dolezal Steps Down – ABC News

Honestly, I don’t see where the problem is. She seems genuinely concerned with race relations and in equality. She has worked hard to educate herself to where she appears to be a competent lecturer on African studies. And no one has made any allegations about her abilities in administering her chapter of the NAACP as its president. If we really are looking for equal opportunities across the board then how does race constitute a requirement to be a chapter president of the NAACP. The NAACP doesn’t seem to have a problem with it.

Actually race and ethnicity have such fluid boundaries I really can’t see why we use them any more. At some point in the near future I predict that race and ethnicity will be irrelevent taxonomies. We will all be mutts, as if we weren’t already.

More than 1 in 10 take antidepressants

Just another data point that proves nothing by itself but with 11% of the population 12 and up on drugs that have stated side effects of violent behavior I think we really need to look to reasons people are so violent as much as what they use to commit violence.

URL: http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/health/story/health/story/2011-10-19/CDC-Antidepressant-use-skyrocketed-in-past-20-years/50826442/1

Where the National Discussion Really Needs to Happen

It happens every time. Someone’s rage takes over them, the take one or more firearms and go on a killing spree. When it’s over, usually with the assailant dead, there is a cry for a national dialog on gun control. Talking of gun control is fine but that won’t get to the underlying problem.

I am sharing this story because I am Adam Lanza’s mother. I am Dylan Klebold’s and Eric Harris’s mother. I am James Holmes’s mother. I am Jared Loughner’s mother. I am Seung-Hui Cho’s mother. And these boys—and their mothers—need help. In the wake of another horrific national tragedy, it’s easy to talk about guns. But it’s time to talk about mental illness.

via ‘I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother’: A Mom’s Perspective On The Mental Illness Conversation In America.

We can talk about gun control and banish guns from honest citizen and criminal alike but unless we have this talk about mental health we will next be talking about machete control or baseball bat control or some other instrument that can be used to take a life. The problem isn’t the tool. The problem is the rage. See, rage is the problem, not guns.