reply to post by IrishCream
I can't help but think that you are right, that the "system" has failed these people. Whether on purpose or not, they have received the short end
of the stick somewhere along their development as an adult human being. I have worked with "troubled youth" in the past and currently work with
youth dealing with mental health issues (autism, or whatever it is you want to put under that very large umbrella term). It really blows me away at
how little the medical professionals understand or are willing to understand these people through these significantly rough patches of their lives.
Doctors who prescribe totally useless medications see these people for minutes out of a day on the average rotation of about 3-6 months. How you know
an individual and all of their behavioral nuances within that time frame is beyond me - and then to just suggest a pill which manipulates chemical
reactions in the body as a solution...laughable when you think about it. But what do I know...I'm not a brainwashed...I mean, smart doctor. A common
and typical excuse given when asked for more help is usually related to the speech of "limited resources". Which is ALWAYS related to budgets in one
way or another it seems. And this is coming from Canada.
Side note, I feel the excuse of limited budgets is too often used when in reality the resources exist - they just can't be paid for with imaginary
paper and digits - this is one of the major restraints our society faces when it comes to doing things properly. From building spacecraft to helping
the mentally ill, budgets are the most common excuse to not do something right. As said by a NASA engineer who designed the space shuttle, it was by
far the most dangerous vehicle that ever existed, BECASUE it had a budget.
I have worked with individuals who i KNOW are going to be violent criminals when they are older...hell they are violent criminals NOW and little to
nothing is done about it...in fact on many occasions NOTHING is done because clinical directors believe that natural consequences are not meant for
these youth...REALLY? Yes, Really...the social "care" system is literally breeding psychopaths because they think that being soft on every count of
violent outburst/behavior is the best possible answer for a traumatized brain (abuse is typical in these types of cases - one's in which the children
are in state care facilities). While i can agree to that in SOME cases and instances - it is not good practice to just apply that type of thinking to
ALL cases and scenarios.
Not pointing fingers, but the generalization of my experience dealing with this population, is that the parents are always a significant portion of
the problem/solution for these individuals. Again, that is a generalization, in which I do not mean any offence. I totally understand the frustrations
and complexities involved in rearing a teen, let alone one who is having a very difficult time adjusting to the reality around them.
Teenage years are likely the hardest and most confusing for a human to go through, while the brain completes it's formation - chemically speaking
that can be VERY difficult for some individuals, especially when their environment is not stable in one way or another - we ARE products of our
Are chemical restraints the answer for these trials and tribulations? No, I don't think so - at least not in all cases, some, yes...they are needed
to get the individual through their day with little to no violence, but I don't think you are referring to these types of mental health issues.
Chemical restraints (weed/ "street" drugs included) are no window of opportunity to help "troubled youth". It literally just makes the job (of
dealing with them/ being accountable for their actions) easier for care takers and the youth themselves when related to the drug of their choice. Care
takers are usually to always overloaded with their work - making it difficult to focus on a one to one basis with these individual who need that type
of attention and care. Street drugs are a go to for the youth because it is an OUT, from their reality - i can't exactly blame teens all the time for
taking that approach to be honest. The ones who tend to suffer mentally also tend to be highly intelligent. Perhaps not on paper, but given the
opportunity to shine, and they would blow you away.
When I generalize about the parents, I am not pointing the finger directly at them. The system we all play into (the monetary system) doesn't help a
thing - if anything it works against us. Parents are forced to leave their kids at school/group homes/care facilities...somewhere for the state to
interfere and have a say in how this child is reared - all because the parents are forced into a work-off-debt system (not all, but a majority of the
world is involved in this decrepit system). Buy a house/car/something you need to perpetuate habitual spending/borrowing. This forces you to work,
either a job you love or hate or are impartial to. Ether way, this is your survival...and the survival of your offspring is directly related to your
ability to balance a budget with whatever fruits you can bear from your labor which leads to earning...thus survival for another day. A lovely system
- just make sure you kick in the teeth of the people below you while you try and climb that meaningless ladder in the effort to attain more purchasing
power - aka freedom.
The more issues the child faces, the more the state see's itself interfering. It never once sees the child having more one on one time with the
parents or primary care givers - if anything it is less, and parents for the most part are coaxed into believing that this is the best that could
happen for their children. Mind you, in some cases this is the only choice that a child has...not all parents are as good as you (willing to stick it
out with their child and help them trough their issues with love and affection - the REAL cure to mental health issues IMHO). This is an attack on the
family unit. A destruction of the family nucleus, which likely started hundreds if not thousands of years ago. Certainly made a huge leap when women
were allowed into the work force. Not that I am against this, but it really wasn't about giving women a chance, it was about ripping the family apart
- send BOTH parents to work...leaving the child tended to by the state for a majority of their developmental years. How many families do you know
where only one parent has to work? Not many - if any.
I certainly do not have any answers as to why we are seeing an influx of these types of behaviors in society...or that autism now encapsulates about 1
in 50 kids in the western world. I am sure the theories have been endlessly hashed out on ATS since it appeared. Tainted water, big pharma unleashing
hell, psyops, propaganda...you name it, it's a theory for the situation.
Stable minds come from stable environments, from what I understand, live and see. The best we can do, I believe, is to provide stable, loving and
compassionate environments for these people to develop into. How do we do that? I'm not sure...but turning away and throwing the problem a pill will
not give any long term solutions credit.
I guess i'll just stop here, turn on my PS3 and play a few hours of Grand Theft Auto 5 to contemplate solutions.