Not Cease from Exploration...a blog by Steve Albert

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Interesting Article

Failure:  The Adult Baby

I read this article yesterday and found it very interesting, in a very sad sort of way.  I'll let the author tell the story, but the bottom line is that I think on many levels our mental health professionals are failing us in this country.  Whether it's...

...over-work on the part of mental health professionals
...the easy fix of medication
...a desire to not judge

...it all amounts to the same thing: we seem to be less mentally healthy as a society, despite advances in science a desire to be "compassionate".

To the latter point, I do think that sometimes we are compassionate in the wrong ways.  As noted in the article, we allow someone to die a very slow death because that's easier than telling them a difficult truth.  In the end, that's actually not all that compassionate.

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