The Seriousness Of Serious Mental Illnesses

I’m not a big one for the idea of ‘the invalidated’ ones patiently (Get it?) assuming the stance of an ‘invalid’ toward their chances of ever getting over it (their ‘invalid’ status), and going on, and making a decent life of it (the shambles that has been made of their lives). Hey, if you don’t need a wheelchair, get up, grab a partner, and dance around the room. (Even if you do need a wheelchair, join the party, and you might be able to show us some incredible moves on it [your wheelchair].)

Unfortunately, mine is a minority viewpoint. The notion of spontaneous recovery, and I have heard the term used, has not gained universal acceptance yet. When it comes to ‘serious mental illness’, perhaps you’ve read some of the literature on the subject. It may take a person years and years of drilling to do so, but eventually the person will get the message, the maggot! This leaves years and years of obstacles and setbacks on this person’s individual road to recovery.

Right!….Institutions, state mental hospitals, were once found to be academies for ‘learned helplessness’, and the situation has somewhat improved in that now these same institutions would be teaching ‘mental wellness’. I just wonder, is it the teaching material or is it the students? Either we’ve got inadequate instructors, and textbooks with loads of errors, or we’ve got incredibly dense students. Flunkies, in fact, but maybe we’d better not go there.

Well, part of the problem resides in the fact that before you can learn ‘how to be well’ you must learn ‘how to be sick’. I have yet to encounter a How To book on Sickness. Hey, look! When you can build a sickness, then you’ve got the matter licked. Sickness can be deconstructed. This idea presents a number of problems for other people that it doesn’t present for me. There must be a ‘helplessness’ manual around here somewhere, all I need is a glance at it.

Why so gloomy then? Why, of course, you’re learning, aren’t you?