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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-24-10 06:29 PM
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72. Thanks. I was in California when Ronald Reagan ended the
state's programs for the mentally ill, dumping them off onto the counties, which promptly avoided dealing with the problem altogether.

I'm married to a woman with bipolar disorder. It's very well controlled with medication, but there have been a few difficult times. Fortunately, we have health insurance which covers her treatment.

For people without the financial resources we have had, there is literally no help at all. Sadly, suicide is the frequent result. This is why I'm 100% for Universal Single-Payer healthcare. I don't see it on the immediate horizon, but it is coming.

For those who are not involved with people who have mental illness, they simply do not understand. Properly treated, which can take a long time and lots of changes in methods, it's manageable in most cases. Left untreated, and it's a real killer.

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