Random cynical thought of the day

May 18, 2007 at 9:05 am Leave a comment

The provision of psychiatric services is predicated on the assumption that anyone who’s going to get better is going to do it regardless of the services they receive, while anyone who’s not going to get better, is going to stay a wreck whatever the psychiatric services do. The first group, who have just experienced a small blip in their healthy, happy, working tax-payer status will get better anyway, so you might as well spend as little as possible hurrying that along (“here, have a generic SSRI”). The second group are fucked and going to stay fucked, so why waste money on getting them better? The more effective use of resources is to prevent them screwing up anyone else (“quick, they’re threatening someone, call the acute mental health team!”). Spending actual money on making them better is a waste, so why bother. Failed suicide attempts can often lead to expensive, long term, physical conditions, so try and stop them doing that. But if they succeed, then, hey, that’s one less drain on our resources.

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Hi, I'm James. I'm a 26 year old guy from England with bipolar disorder (currently well controlled). I also have a circadian rhythm sleep disorder (not so well controlled). This blog has charted my journey from mental illness, through diagnosis and, recently, into recovery. It's not always easy, but then, what is?

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