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posted by drdonna

In reply to: Cooper: Mental health services critical in preventing tragedy »

January 2, 2013

Ms. Cooper has done a great job of highlighting some of the key issues. Because of the shame so many families feel when they are dealing with mental illness, there is a "no talk" rule that seems to take over. Although science continues to reveal that so much mental illness is biologically based, we still hold on to the outdated notion that it is basically caused by poor parenting (Thanks, Dr. Freud). Shame causes families to withdraw and turn inward, thus cutting off the support and very resources that are needed. People leave their church families, stop going to family events, cut off neighbors, stop inviting friends over, and short circuit conversations about anything that might reveal "the secret." Our rugged individualism says that if we just work hard enough we can control anything-- all by ourselves. The opposite is actually the case-- we need each other.

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