An Inexpensive Cure

While not particularly in the mood to write anything today (yet being obliged because of my participation in NaBloPoMo) and hoping to scoot by with a topic that I can quickly zip through, I searched through the Daily Post’s Daily Prompts and found the subject, “Placebo Effect – If you could create a painless, inexpensive cure for a single ailment, what would you cure and why?”

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Although there are many more “popular” diseases which are deadly to the afflicted person him/herself, mental illness in one sickly individual can claim countless victims through innocent proximity alone.  Our health care system, in the good ol’ U.S. of A., is shameful in its treatment of and for the mentally ill, I know this firsthand as I served in the capacity of Office Manager for two psychologists a few years back. 

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The secrecy of these patients was highly guarded, as professional and non-professional people crossed the threshold of the office daily.  I often wondered how these people afforded their treatment since most health insurance plans had no coverage for any type of mental health regimen.  The more frightening curiosity was – how many violently-capable people are in society who do not have insurance coverage for any type of therapy and cannot afford the expensive office visits?  How many are frightened to seek help due to the stigma placed upon the mentally afflicted (as if they carried leprosy) which keeps many ostracized to their pain?

In my make-believe world of this posting, my “cure” for mental illness in all forms would begin with treatment available to all who suffer, whether they have insurance coverage or not, followed up with one singular pill that would fix any remaining fragments of  a broken, damaged, lost mind.  And for those who are too insane to seek medical assistance, that magic pill would be available to everyone without prescription so that loved ones could secretly dispense the one-time magic pill into an unsuspicious-appearing  glass of water, cup of coffee, etc…

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The magic pill would have no effect on those who do not have a mental illness, there would be no “high”, therefore no reason for abusing the drug.  There would be no side-effects, ever, no interaction with any other drug or herbal supplements.  The pill would be administered once and it would provide its benefit for the lifetime of the patient.

Maybe the pill could also be made available as a one-time inject-able, like a vaccine which could even be administered safely at birth, or to the pregnant mother wherein its magic would be shared by both entities…

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I am certain, however,  that there would be resistance to any magic pill, at least in the world we live in today, but in my world, the world of this little post, the magic pill would be met with open arms by a public who are in agony and exhausted from losing so many innocent loved-ones as victims to someone else’s demons.  I only hope that someday, in reality, attention and treatment can be supplied to all who carry the very real disease of mental illness.

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20 responses to “An Inexpensive Cure

  1. I wish there was a “magic” pill. I would take it. As I’m sure you know, those of us who suffer, can also lose “ourselves” to those demons. I have story after unbelievable story regarding our filthy psychiatric community. Which is not to say there aren’t good and honest doctors our there. But where I live currently, they are hard to find. So I went all the way to the National Institute of Mental Health for four months. Because, those are some of the greatest minds in the industry. If only I could say that my “hope” was restored while there. The Smashing Pumpkins had it right. “…..we are still just a rat in a cage.”

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    • You are absolutely right, many of those who have experienced treatment in the form of therapy, have not found the experiences helpful. If mental health were as publicized as breast cancer, more treatment options might become available and affordable.

      I wish there were an answer.

      Oh, and thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment.

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  2. That would be so nice. As a research scientist, I know all too we’ll that there is no perfect drug. We need your magic pill!

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  3. You are definitely right on about the need for affordable, accessible, respectful mental health care.

    Mental illness has a huge stigma in our culture. Fear of “the mentally ill” is propagated by the media and the entertainment industry. While it is true that some times people with mental illnesses commit violent crimes, the actual statistics are quite low. More violent crimes are committed by people who have not been diagnosed with a mental illness.

    The above rant courtesy of the eternal social-worker who lives inside of me – sorry.

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    • Oh, no apology necessary. I honestly did not do the subject justice with my little article, there are so many more facets to be considered, but it could be a good conversation-starter.
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

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  4. Interesting question to answer…I’d have to say similar – although I’d like a cure for alcoholism too, but for purely selfish reasons.

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  5. I skipped this prompt because it was too big for me. Where to even start? Even with medical benefits (yeah, right), so many of the mentally ill would never seek help because they don’t perceive themselves as sick or as needing help. So I’d probably go for a cancer cure. “Take two of these. You’ll be right as rain. No, you don’t have to come back for a check up. You’re cured. Forever. Oh, and innoculated against any form of cancer in the future.” Works for me.

    How right IS rain anyhow?

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    • Hahaha! I know, the subject IS too big, I just didn’t want to go with the obvious selection. I like your take on the subject, “Take 2 of these…you’re cured…forever!”

      I never understood the comment “right as rain”, still don’t! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment! 🙂

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      • I’ve actually written several posts titled either “I Hate Pink” or “Make Mine Maroon” … So when I saw you site, I said “AHA! A fellow traveler!”

        I really do hate the whole pink thing. It’s created a major industry bilking people for money that never goes to any breast cancer victim. I don’t know about you, but no one offered me squat. When they call they say the money is to help out victims of breast cancer who need financial assistance. So I ask them if they are offering me money and if so, how much and do they need my address to send the check? Usually leaves them speechless. The whole thing pisses me off.

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        • My sentiments exactly! No little pink ribbon or t-shirt are helping to pay my medical bills. It really pisses me off too. If people were smart, they’d donate directly to research facilities, but, there’s no band-wagon-eering in doing something smart and responsible.

          I dunno, I’ve always been a loner with a different viewpoint, I just wish people would smarten up.

          Hey, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

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          • You’re not alone. There are quite a few of us, but we are out-shouted by the big money-making machine that is Think Pink. It makes millions for a lot of people and not a penny goes to a research facility or an actual victim. I’ve suggested people just find cancer victims and give them money. At least you’ll know you’re helping someone!

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  6. P.S. I keep telling people: Cancer isn’t pink. It’s at best puke green and that’s being generous.

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  7. So many people in the world would get peace from the magic pill. Maybe, someday…

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