The buck stops here. To much sadness, to much pain. Let us not ignore what is really going on here. Mental illness! It is a sad, sad world when so many of us are experiencing depression, anxiety and full on mental illnesses without medical attention.
Ah, the USA, the greatest country in the word, but maybe not anymore. We have more dead teachers and children than we have casualties in the military in 2018 already. Astounding! When are we going to address the mental health problem we have in this country? When?
Personally depression and anxiety was passed on to me by a parent. Yes me, because if there is anyone reading this that knows me personally, that statement is a surprise to them. All they see is the happy-go-lucky woman indulging her grandchildren and enjoying life. But under all that there is an ongoing battle since childhood against anxiety and depression. If it does not show it is because I made a conscious effort to stop the sweeping under the rug mode of handling this illness, because it is an illness and get help. On a daily basis we interact with individuals who are mentally ill and we do not even know it. The person next to you on a bus is battling demons, the supervisor you admire and look up to is fighting anxiety and maybe the person who looks back at you in the mirror as well.
In the 60’s there was a policy put in place that basically released mental patients into the community leaving it up to everyday society to handle. Why did this happen? Guess? Money! The records show that the politicians were dogged by the image and financial problems posed by the state hospitals and that the scientific and medical establishment sold Congress and the state legislatures a quick fix for a complicated problem that was bought sight unseen.* So here we are decades later dealing with the havoc. We can no longer continue to be a country that ignores the core of the reason there is so much crime, hate and killings.
My parent. For many years I could not understand the actions taken and for so many years I judged and I asked, “don’t let it bother you, just let it go” and the response was, “I can’t help it”. Now that I know better, my heart crumbles into a million little pieces when I realize how real that statement was, because I live it now. The desperation you feel when you are in that black hole is debilitating. It is frenetic, you lose control, your heart starts racing and you feel utterly hopeless. When you go through that for days at a time, you are mentally and physically spent and your mind is flooded with suicidal thoughts. You want to stop the pain.
This is something I would not wish on an enemy and I refuse to let it get into another generation without identifying the illness and getting treatment. Mental illness is hereditary. The last thing in the world I want is to have my grandchildren go through this. The buck stops here. We have to educate, and treat any illness, mental or otherwise. Five major mental illnesses — depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, schizophrenia and autism — are traceable to the same inherited genetic variations, according to the largest genome-wide study of its kind. These variations account for 17-28 percent of mental illness risk.* * Parents, be aware of the signs, any different behavior, stay close to your children and speak to them on a regular basis, because we never know what is bothering them.