Politicians don’t want to spend tax money (not their money but they find ways to make it theirs) on mental health. They’ll do it for prisons but not schools nor long term psychiatric care. If the same funds that used to be spend for long term care was spend on community mental health programs, simple outpatient facilities mental and wellness programs, I think you’d see less problems caused by the unstable. The problem isn’t precisely the loss of institutions: it’s the loss of mental health as a managed aspect of communities, whether institution or outpatient. In short: the money’s not spend on mental health anymore, not unless you’re of the correct class. Then the funds show up.

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50% is actually good odds in some circumstances and there are ways to mitigate risk. For example: You have money to invest. You break into two categories: Low risk | High risk. Money you can afford to lose goes into high risk. Money you can afford to lose goes into low risk. You can split low risk / high risk at the 50% line if you like. Notice I didn’t say “Money you cannot afford to lose”. Money you cannot afford to lose you do not invest.

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“That feeling of information that just by reading it, can change the way you see the world…” is brilliantly worded. I try to treat information / input as food. It’s why I don’t watch documentaries much; I know the tricks they use to convince rational-minded people through “what if” and logic mazes connecting bits of evidence. It’s bad for people. But, I more strongly believe in autonomy of knowledge seeking so I wouldn’t forbid it. I can try to convince but not ordain.

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That was a long time ago in the days where a husband could get rid of a pesky wife by claiming she’s nuts or a mother could get rid of an unwanted child by making similar claims. But the big old institutions have nearly all shut down and the ones that are left are usually retrofitted into prison psychiatric wards or “adolescent treatment centers” with just as much abuse as ever. But the ease in the days of the Rosenhan experiment is long gone Healthcare costs virtually eliminates it and that doesn’t happen in the USA anymore in quite that way. The lesson remains however and nowadays the danger in overdiagnosis is found in schools putting kids under the federal disability list WITHOUT informing parents properly as they’re supposed to. [happened to my friend’s son just last week and she was MAD], which sticks them in a special track where they are subject to different rules than average school kids. So while Rosenhan won’t happen again in quite the same way, vigilance is needed. The most dangerous intersection imo is between criminal law enforcement, psychiatry, and schools.

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