Lack of understanding

Just because we cannot physically see something, does this make it any less real?

Similar to the saying if a tree falls in the forest and there is nobody there to hear it, does it still make a noise?

Yes it still makes a noise however there was simply nobody there to hear it when it fell, therefore this saying in itself is designed as a giant head fuck for all intents and purposes.

When we say we are sick, it doesn’t necessarily mean we have a physical illness that is physically treatable, just because an illness may not be one that is physically present, does not make the illness any less debilitating or significant.

Mental illness is a very real, debilating and life altering illness, and should not be overlooked.

We too often overlook our mental health and over all wellbeing, thinking that because the words mental health, are in the sentence that it mean it’s in our heads, or we have imagined it, this is simply bullshit.

Without good mental health, we have nothing, it is like the void, it is where we physically begin and physically can come crumbling down.

Yet we seem to think that because a person has a mental disorder, or illness the significance of how these effects their overall life is somehow different to a person with cancer, or Parkinson’s disease (for example)

We use words like atypical, anti-psychotic medication, when there is nothing typical about drugs that are so powerful they alter our entire brains way of thinking.

Yet general practitioners world-wide have the power and no knowledge when prescribing medication with such power, and long-lasting effects to individuals that they have become complacent with their prescription pads, often using off label methods of treating a person who may be suffering a manic episode or a relapse of some kind when they hand out their poison inked written prescription’s.

This lack of knowledge coupled with a physician’s complantency to over treat or worse under treat a patient is simply sickening.

I am by far no fan of the shrinks office in fact I hate going at the best of times considering I have been to see far too many of these so-called specialists who really have no fucking clue.

I am not a text-book therefore why they look at my case as though it is or should be text-book simply has me at a loss for words.

Constantly they try time after time to put me into their boxes with a label too often labelling me with the wrong warning signs or worse none at all.

I have come to learn over the years that these quacks are doing a job just like every other job in the world and I am nothing more than another number for them to get through before they can end their tedious day at work and head home where ever home may be to their own lives, probably not knowing who I am let alone what I look like.

It is with this knowledge I now go to see the shrink to get my medication sorted for the month I know when to nod and how to answer the stock standard questions and have given up with even attempting to ask myself why or how did this so-called specialist become a specialist in his or her field.

I used to wonder how the hell they could treat a person suffering from any kind of mental illness when they probably have not had anything wrong in their own mental history, after reassessing this I have come to the conclusion that a heart surgeon may  not of ever had experienced any kind of heart issues in his life, or had any one  close to him or her that required surgery of this extremes, it was just their child hood dream to become a heart surgeon.

Therefore like any other job him or her goes to work, daily does his or her job which is now routine, and pumps their patients in and out like a butcher at his butcher shop, next, and so on and so forth.

It just pisses me off the utter disregard that gp’s have when it comes to specialised medication, that they hand out like lollies, and never stop to question their so-called diagnosis of a person before giving them a highly specialised medication, and what the side effects could be five ten, twenty years down the track.

It also pisses me off that people are so ignorant they still think that a mental illness is less significant than a physical one when the fact is a mental illness often causes so many physical problems for a person, often preventing them to gain extra money through work, therefore making them more vulnerable to homelessness, and forcing them to live under the poverty line, barely making it through day-to-day, just to get up and battle twice as hard the following day to do what most view as the norm.

We live in one very fucked up world, and however they came to their equation of the norm, really needs to be re-evaluated, the norm as they put it is not how it is for so many and their families, friends and careers who suffer day in and day out as they battle with themselves, the constant battle of the rhetorical questions never finding an answer, simply living in a nightmare, due to the lack of understanding even in the 21st century about mental health and well-being the lack and total ignorance that still surrounds those who suffer from mental illness, and those dick heads who seem to think they may catch it as though it is some kind of contagious thing which is passed on by talking to a person or acknowledging that this person fights the never-ending battle to try to conform into what society deems as the norm.

This to me will always be something that utterly pisses me off, ignorance I guess there is no cure for.

About Angel O'Fire

New Zealand born, this kiwi chick took flight to live in the great land down under in Queensland Australia in 1988. I am clumsy at times not known for my tact and or grace, straight to the point, and somewhat impatient, I have come to accept that what is in this life simply is. Far from religious, I do not believe in a divine god per say that will come down and save the world, although I accept each to their own when it comes to their views and beliefs of what religion is or should be. I consider myself to be my own worst critic as I tend to strive for best, and have a tendency to push myself physically and emotionally beyond my limits. Still naive at times, still hoping to see the good rather than the bad in people, this has not been one of the qualities that I can say I am fond of, as it has come to burn me time after time over the years. I am a strong believer in Karma, as I do believe in what we put out is what we do get in return, good bad or indifferent. With a tendency to stand my ground when it comes to opinions, as we all have one, there is no right nor wrong, it is a perspective, a view point on how we view a subject. Zero tolerance for others who are self-riotous, I have no interest in people who claim to have never done any wrong in their lives, and who judge others, prior to walking in those they cast judgement upon’s shoes. I am just your average girl who is trying to make my way through life as it is. I am a mother, lover, friend, partner, co-worker, manager, coach, and referee, a Jill of all trades. A firm believer that ‘ignorance is not bliss’ nor is ‘ignorance’ and excuse to be an arsehole in the world we live in today, those who continue to use the ‘ignorance is bliss’ rule are plainly arrogant and uneducated. I love the water, beach surf and sand, the water is where I seem to find myself when I need to take 5 mins out of life's hectic cycle. I figure that each to their own, as it takes all kinds of people to make the world go round. I believe that life is not learnt out of a text book, and often wonder why we teach our lessons from one to our growing generations. Although I can be a surprising wealth of knowledge I find it amazing how a person can actually no so much about nothing, yet be a master of the topic. I am that girl who cuts her jeans into shorts because she got hot, am not one to enjoy shopping, in fact I hate the entire nightmare of going shopping and it has me fkd how so many chicks say 'lets make a day of it' and love bouncing from shop to shop looking at things that are well pointless. All in all that is me so hello world I'm Angel.
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4 Responses to Lack of understanding

  1. bipolarmuse says:

    Mental illness is real. I can’t stress it enough. I have had other illnesses that gave me a pretty bad scare but they made me “cling” to life while my mood disorders seem like they are trying to kill me off.
    It is in our minds but it is not fabricated… it is an organ that is malfunctioning, just like a heart can do.
    Great post.

  2. Angel O'Fire says:

    I clearly think that lack of knowledge and understanding should be addressed, rather than a stigma that is attached to something that people choose to be ignorant towards

  3. BearDrummer says:

    I am often quite impressed with your ability to write down your thoughts, especially when those thoughts are as insightful as they often are. (I have to write my thoughts out as best I can, then get my wife to translate them into “normal human”)

    Another point you might wish to add to what you said above is that many “psychological” issues ARE just as physical as cancer and Parkinsons. Overproduction (or underproduction) of serotonin, endorphins, etc. are just as physical as a bunch of cells mutating in a way that causes damage to the unmutated system (cancer). Many people with schizophrenia have brainstem pathways that are of disproportionate sizes, preventing normal brain function. Psychological issues are often physical issues, mislabeled because at the time intelligent people recognized these issues and started working on them, they did not have the technology to identify serotonin (etc.) levels or brain shape issues.

    If PTSD, schizophrenia, etc. were new concepts today, now that we have the technology to image the brain and to detect hormone imbalance, most “psychological” issues would be recognized as the diseases they are, instead of some mysterious thing. Humans just have this problem of letting go of preconceived notions, regardless of what real research shows.

  4. BearDrummer says:

    Reblogged this on The Bear Cave and commented:
    A post from a rather insightful woman.

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