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  1. Ryan Lemay from Canada writes: This whole profession of psychology is akin to modern day voodoo. One in five canadians, ohh this sounds great.
    Better go buy some stocks in private psych. clinics for individuals with 'mental problems'. Five six years ago it was tablets for depression. Which might I add have turned us into a whole pill popping culture. Now the industry states that one in five canadians has a mental problem?

    Wow think of the financial gain one can make with this whole voodoo god like industry. Gee and I thought my Pharmasuitical stocks had good growth potential.

    This direction we as a society are going in is a dangerous one in my opinion, I see us going back to the 1950's all over again. 'One in five canadians'

    This is pathetic. Is this how we now live in North America? Gov't pumping us with Fear (Terrorists), a nation on mood altering (legal) medication (Prozac, Valium etc.) and now A people perpetually in and out of psych. wards. How much more can the average North American take? Our society is becoming a Dr. Phil TV show except much sadder.
  2. c. f. from toronto, Canada writes: I must object strongly to the comment posted by Lemay. It is comments such as his that perpetuates stigma in mental health. Psychology is NOT voodoo or any other hocus-pocus. Psychologists study for many years and their interventions with the mentally ill are based in research and years of experience. Most mental illnesses require both chemical (medicine) and therapeutic interventions for successful progress and recovery. Your rude ill informed (based on TV characters),comments could stop someone from seeking help.
  3. Warren Smuk from Oshawa, Canada writes: After more than two years on Effexor and Wellbutrin together, many years of mild depression, and several episodes of more severe depression, is it time to give up hope of a complete recovery and just exept that this will be normal for me the rest of my life?

    Thanx rcguy47
  4. Ottawa Mens from Ottawa, Canada writes: When you see posters showing disbelief in the fact that one in five Canadians can expect to suffer a mental health problem, is a classic example of the 'it can't happen to me' and 'don't talk about it because it might be contagious' is what drives Canada's lack of empathy and understanding of just how damaging mental health problems are to Canadians and more importantly, most Canadians treat mental health issues as a 'taboo subject'.

    The reality is most of our family court litigation is a direct result of one or both the parties and or, either of the lawyers and or the judge suffering an unrecognized mental health problem.

    Ask any criminal lawyer and he will tell you that most criminal charges are connected one way or another with a mental health problem and or a personality disorder.

    Move on to civil litigation, often is not just a genuine disagreement, its a wrong doing by one party that is all too often an unrecognized symptom of yet another undiagnosed mental health problem.

    Our judges are overloaded, they can't handle the cases, it drives them literally crazy and results in a trail of cases thrown out, dismissed or otherwise disposed of that would otherwise be considered meritious cases.

    Canadians collectively suffer a 'whats in it for me' or 'it won't happen to me attitude' that means politicians would rather win votes by talking about something attractive than facts like mental health problems that need urgent attention or Canada will continue to suffer the billions of dollars lost productivity, the endless family criminal and civil litigation that is in itself a classic syndrome of a mental health problem.
  5. c. f. from unspec., Canada writes: Warren,
    No what you describe is not your full recovery. Do not give up hope. Perhaps you need your medications adjusted. Have you gone for therapy in addition to medications? The issue is that many uninformed medical doctors accept low level depression as ''recovered'' when in fact it is treatable, and should be treated aggressively. Being depressed isnt' normal. It is a long road, but there is recovery at the end of it. Don't give up, and keep seeking help.
    There are people who care.
  6. Mark Roop from Canada writes: out of curiosity... anyone here ever heard of borderline personality? its interesting to hear abt OCD- Which i have been dealing with for over 12 years or depression-which i have had too. Or schizophrenia of which we have a family member, but none of the stories or comments here are abt bpd.... I think tht we need to also look at more 'lesser' known illnesses too, not just the ones that are 'common' and yes i have bpd as well.
  7. Sharon R from Canada writes: I tend to agree with Mr Lemay's comments regarding individuals who are being prescribed meds such as Prozac to get them over a few bad days, when in reality they should be able to 'pull up their socks' and get on with it. Oftentimes, these folks stay on their 'happy pills' way too long.
    On the flip side, it is folks like Lemay who are keeping the stigma alive and well regarding mental illness. You're ignorance and self deprecating comments only goes to show how this venue is much needed.
    I am an intelligent, articulate gal that holds a Bachelors as well as a Masters degree. I was diagnosed as being Bipolar twenty years ago. Without medication and therapeutic intervention I would not be where I am today. I find your comments very rude and disturbing.
  8. joesph wyciszkiewicz from toronto, Canada writes: What ever happened to the importance of Maslow's hierarchy of needs?
    Primary needs being the bases - water, food,rest and elimination,before you can even get out of bed and take a pill or out the door to self-actualisation. Wouldn't we need the primary needs even before we get professional help?

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