First Published in DelawareLiberal on 6/3/2014 by ProgressivePopulist
You might have noticed, if you're paying attention, that the U.S. has
a major set of medical crises. An epidemic of mass killings from
clearly deranged perpetrators who've slipped through the net of the
psych/neuro professionals unnoticed. And an epidemic of broken vets
returning home from the killing fields with PTSD and Traumatic Brain
Injury (TBI). . The response from the medical profession (using this
term advisedly)? Silence.
NAMI reports that nearly 14 million
Americans live with chronic mental illness such as Schizophrenia,
Bi-Polar or major depression disorders. Millions more undiagnosed. The
VA reports that nearly a million veterans using their services are
diagnosed with PTSD/or TBI. A similar number out there undiagnosed.
is not like these poor souls are new to our society. Decades have
elapsed for sufferers of this pain to be better understood by so called
medical science. I say so called because a friend of mine graduating from
medical school told me his field was largely not driven by science, but
rather, medicine was an "art". Yet they've sold it to us as a science
and we're paying dearly for it. I believe he's right. But art or not,
what have you heard from the halls of medical learning lately about
either of these crises? Nothing. Nada.
Stone cold silence from
our medical schools, institutes of neuroscience and schools of
psychiatry. No public discussion led by them as you might expect or
wish. No media blitzes with either insights on causes or remedies.
They just keep making money and stay very quiet, as if to go unnoticed.
We'll, I'm noticing and I am appalled. The graphic here in this blog
is intended to represent these cowards, not the broken souls they fail
I'll leave the connection to gun violence to other
forums. And discussions about an obviously overwhelmed and understaffed
VA to address their inability to either certify the presence of these
disorders with any kind of science or provide adequate lifetime
I read about Bush's knee surgery and Cheney's new
heart, but I read nothing about their deliberate abuse of power sending
our young men and women off to kill, be killed and immersed in the
horrors of slaughter. I don't give a rats ass about either of them and
have no expectation that we'll ever hear any expressions of remorse for
their crime against these young people, the civilians in Iraq or Af/Pak
or our broken society.
It is time for the Psych/Neuro
practitioners to stand up, be accountable and own up to their failure.
It is time for reform and leadership among their ranks to address these
long neglected issues. It is time for research funding as needed and
outreach from the cloistered, insular halls of medical learning.