|Uh, sign me up for that?
||[Jul. 12th, 2005|03:11 am]
There's a don't-let-your-psychosis-go-untreated mental-health PSA ad on the red line. It reads:
Confused About What Is Real
About 3 of 100 young people have these experiences.
We can help.
Could also easily be an ad for Scientology.
3 of 100 young people... and 100 of 100 office workers.
Is it really helpful to remind troubled kids how rare they are? Does that make them more or less likely to get treatment?
Actually, I think the ad's trying to convey that they're not alone.
I'll admit, my first thought was Scientology also. I mean "Unusual Thoughts"? Who on earth says "Nah, I don't have an imagination. My thoughts are all 100% ordinary." Sort of like how everyone who takes the Scientology stress test turns out to be borderline suicidal - the questions they ask are so loaded.
that whole series of ads drives me fucking bonkers.
the other one says like "sometimes not happy? wishing you were going in a different direction? worried about your basset hound?"
okay i made the last one up, but seriously, this is why i am so glad i never got prescribed any meds, because even though i learned SO MUCH about learning disabilities and clinical this and that, ADD, etc., as an education student, even _I_ think some of this shit is malarkey.
(i think i should have more coffee.)
i always thought that was interesting.
and i figured there might be a story there, too, but i never asked.
Well, shit, time to finally check meself into the ol' asylum, eh?
I took Prozac last year to curb the perpetual CD player in my noggin and it turned down the volume to the point where I could concentrate on schoolwork. The only problem was that it also turned down the master volume on ME. My emotions were flat and I couldn't feel sad or happy. I could NOT have an orgasm, no matter how hard I tried,* and even looking at nekkid wemmins wasn't any fun at all.
I stopped the drugs and learned to live with my particular mental oddity, but I am fortunate in that I was able to do so. I would think that a lot of mentally-ill people can't go the same route I did and I'm glad that public transportation (which crazy people shouldn't be on, anyways!) is allowing them a sign that will probably feed their psychoses for months on...
*I fervently apologize for this pun...
I was worried that this can o' worms was going to get pried open. Yes, of course lots of folks need medication to be mentally healthy. I would never presume to tell them I know more about their needs than they do. I don't doubt that anti-psychotics would help 3 out of 100 (or whatever) young people. From where I'm sitting, the criteria on that sign are hilariously broad. I guess I'm not the intended audience, but that doesn't mean I can't get a laugh out of it. In fact, that's the basis for a lot of great humor. =)