Health care. Let me not be someone to mention some outrageously socialist proposition that completely outrages everyone in the state I was born and raised (and still reside in). I’m not on a Chavez level of socialism (too soon?.) But, what I do take issue with is the way mental health care is treated and viewed in this country. Selfishly, yes. I am saying this in a selfish way. People have it way worse than me; there are those who should and could be complaining and stating a way more effective case for change than I ever could.
But, let’s think about this for a second…. how many criminals have some sort of mental illness? How many… if granted an opportunity…could afford treatment? The answer is zero. I can’t even afford help. I am a raging alcoholic. I finally found a doctor who seemed like he could help. He had been trained in teaching a certain book/exercise manual packet. He didn’t believe in groups. He was an ex-pastor who didn’t follow the 12 step program. It looked perfect on paper. I was directed to him by my primary care physician.
And then I get there…. and he takes no insurance. 160 dollars a session. He wants to see me twice a week at 160 dollars a session. Not to mention the “several thousand dollars” the course that he teaches will take. I looked it up online. I can buy both items for less than 15 dollars.
I feel that this is exploiting the mentally ill. When really…. most of the crime is committed by the mentally ill! Obviously, I am not going to commit a crime. I felt too guilty to take two dollars from RedBox. But, there are crazy people out there–who would be much better off in a program to wean them off of drugs (which I have heard is a nightmare), help them find jobs, figure out a root problem, and set them on their own two feet. These are not program’s that are useless. I am one of the people that needs help in such a manner. I have an issue that cannot be addressed on my own. The last nurse practitioner that I was seeing…. was one of the meanest personnel I have ever been witness to. She told me that I was too much for her to handle. I have little faith in therapy or medicine at this point, but I like to believe that someone out there is affordable and capable of dealing with a tough client. Even this previous man could see that intelligence lies beneath the decay and graffiti that adorns my skin and soul. I’m twenty-seven. I am not a lost cause yet. But, it’s beginning to seem a precarious situation in regards to finding a reputable and yet…. affordable solution to a problem that could potentially end up being priceless. It’s not right. It’s not fair. And I don’t really care what right-wingers have to say about it…. mental health care should cost less than it does. Taxes or not. Suck it up. Grow a pair. And let people who deserve a chance to live…live.
OH. And for those unfamiliar…. AA you believe is a great choice…. BUT, not only am I an agnostic/atheistic person…. I have also read of many stories where if you are a girl and go to these meetings alone–there is a high chance that a predator will take you and rape you. So, yay for that idea.