It's never been about guns or video games, most of us live out our entire lives surrounded with these things and most of us, even young children,
instinctively know the differences between make-believe and real life, fact verses fiction. That it's fundamentally wrong to harm another!
Most of us that is--- Some few have a problem separating fantasy and reality.
and that brings us to the Pickle.
My dear friend Kirsten has a little girl called Pickles, and Pickles is very sick. Her diagnoses include schizoaffective disorder, generalized
anxiety disorder, oppositional/defiant disorder, and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. She has spent the better part of the past two years in
two residential treatment centers, one in Denver and one here in Albuquerque, plus six in pediatric psychiatric hospitals. There has been a
frustrating cycle of days or weeks of improvement followed by a crash and increased psychosis.
Pickles is a real person with very real problems without help she has the potential to become a violent offender.
Pickles was, at that time, seven years old. She is now 8 and is psychotic most of the time, in spite of large doses of anti-psychotic
medicines, mood stabilizers, and anti-anxiety drugs. In recent weeks, she has tried to stab herself with a fork, gouged her face with a ballpoint pen,
and required emergency restraint multiple times. She is not able to go on outings with her group and she has not had an overnight pass with her mom,
all because she is at risk of hurting herself or someone else.
and what help was there for her?
There are no aftercare provisions in place.
No respite care.
The education specialist at the RTC told Kirsten that Pickles won’t get a specialized classroom placement until she “fails” in a regular
Would you believe that for a while there it looked like Pickles would be kicked out of her treatment center? her insurance company gave her until
Thursday, December 27, 2012 then she had to get out! it was only threw pray and media attention that NM Governor Susana Martinez intervened and
Pickles is getting the care she needs.
But what about all the other "Pickles" in the world? What about the Pickles who's problems are not so obvious? Yes it's a damn good idea to keep guns
and sharp objects away from people like that, but gun control is not the answer!
The Pickles of the world need proper Mental Health care... something that modern managed health care has killed or so servilely limited that today's
mental health care system in in crisis!
Not all mental health patients need to be locked away. some will lead perfectly normal lives with medication, therapy, a friend to remind when their
inappropriate.What would happen to the school system if all bullies were made to just take a simple anger management sessions? No, it wouldn't stop it
all - but the numbers would go down.
Our problem is not gun control or violent video games. it's the failure of our current mental health care system and until we fix that problem there
will only be more movie theaters and school shooting! Until we fix the problem more people will slip threw the cracks and as their numbers grow, so do
our proplems with violent offenders!
Yes sir, you can learn a lot from a Pickle. but if we dont learn to deal with them with the proper respect humanity and everything we can offer to
help! then who's fault is it when things go wrong?
And that's why we find ourselves where we are today. A pretty Pickle aint it?
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edit on 17-1-2013 by MajorMayhem because: (no reason given)
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