Have You Hugged a Homebody Today?

I stepped out yesterday, to do a bit of shopping. Not my favorite thing, it always heightens my nerves. A noted ,but controllable result of PTSD. This experience is nothing new for me, and can bring things into your awareness that most people would never notice. In every bunch of us there’s some who stand out. Most note someone tall or short, men and women note attractive women and men, and children misbehaving, draw the awareness of most adults. However, and I’ve commented on this before, there are those in the world invisible and missed. I think I see these invisible and forgotten based on past work experience. Along with this awareness given me, when I feel a bit odd from a PTSD response.

These aren’t people wearing funny hats or tattered clothing. That’s not what draws my attention. These oddities are subtle. It’s a look for some. Not the way the face looks, but where when approached the eyes go. But I understand it, I think.

You see, or maybe you don’t, these are people specifically trying to not catch anyone’s attention. It’s purposeful. You’ve known people like these all your lives. You knew them in school, when we called them shy. Some who were once bubbly and out going, may have changed themselves. Myself, I’m am a bit of a hermit now. Where as in my youth, I was very out going.

Whether you’ve known, know, or have noticed these my brother and sister, we are different. there’s no question. Some think we are angry grumpy rude. No, we’re overwhelmed, because we are quiet introspective homebody’s. This means we are hard to get to know.

From my perspective I have limits in the number of people I’m comfortable within a group, and that’s not 200 people moving about in a rush pushing carts in a shopping frenzy. In fact, my personal comfort zone is about 6 people.

Maybe my PTSD has helped in a way, if I’m honest. When I was one of those friendly social group gathering people, I passed judgment, all be it quietly and personally on people who were shy homebody’s. I did this in ignorance then. I was young invincible, living life fast, putting myself in difficult positions. Actions on my part that allowed me to experience, even if traumatic painful and tragic, this change. I’ve repent and understand, my private home-bodied brothers and sisters.

The funny thing though, like everyone else we are just trying to get by. Trying to get along in packed spaces. Trying to not be a bother or even be noticed. We, my antisocial family, aren’t hateful. Most of us, I feel, have good thoughts for our fellows. Some I’m sure, are even envious of the social butterflies out in the world. We are here, all over, waiting on the non-judgmental, the patient, and the calm to note our qualities. We make trustworthy loyal rational. life long friends, not hundreds of acquaintances. We in the end, are simply people. We offer a different perspective.

Have you hugged a homebody today?

Guns Mental Health and Manipulation

I have experience dealing with those who have mental health issues. I’ve also listened to the current gun control debate, with all the proposals put forth, as actions to take. There was an action recommended, that I found the most disingenuous. The action was to increase funding to mental health services, so those who may cause violent get weeded out, with a list created of those names. These would be lists of those they consider a future risk to the public.

Doesn’t this action remind anyone of a lesson we should have learned long ago? Also, hasn’t anyone connected the issues between the growing use of psychoactive and psycho-reactive “Prescription Drugs”. Use is rapidly growing, especially by those younger in age, at the behest of school teacher, school officials, councilors, and parents.

Think of the lists they will make, or have already made. Is your child identified as ADD or ADHD? Is there a comment about antisocial behavior, or a “doesn’t work well with others”, on your child’s report card? Has you child even been in a fight at school? Have you ever seen a councilor or psychologist? Have you ever been prescribed a medication used by Psychiatrist, for treating  stress anxiety or depression?

That list just grows and grows, once you start. You also need to ask, what good will a list actually do for the public good? At this point you might even ask, is the list they want to make, for the public’s good to start. Especially with the loss to our rights and privacy that have already taken place.

The Pharmaceutical Multinationals will have to take note, making real and substantive statements about these risks and efficacy of their medications.

So, I see a few problems. I see the list making by the government as, an identified danger from the past. I see the weakened, due to real mental health concerns, as ripe for abuse by government-funded mental health, and psychiatric systems. Those in the government-funded system have little to no defense against such abuses, and accept medications without understanding them. The greatest majority lack the ability to question the choice of one drug over another,. I see the growth of those young given an ADD and ADHD diagnosis as more than an issue of misdiagnosis. I see the arrest of a 6-year-old, for making a gun with their fingers, as I did as a child, as not a safety measure. I see these media spectacles not as news, but a psychological manipulation of the adult populations opinion. As there’s a Huge movement to limit the future disbursement of firearms

The plan fact is, there are those who will do horrible things, and when an inappropriate variable’s included in the mix it’s even more likely. Fact is, gun control laws won’t matter, to those who will do horrible things. Fact is, those with mental health issues are easily manipulated and easy scapegoats. Fact is, many mental health related pharmaceuticals have some horrible side effects. Fact is Psychiatry is a business and if they don’t prescribe, people don’t come back. A fact that’s also true is, when power and control become involved, those in the mix no matter the side will present only facts that support their side of the argument. The sad fact to all of this, many will believe a side of an issue without ever looking at the issue.

Let’s be real, those that need mental health care, generally receive poor care. This will not change. And let’s be real again, taking guns from the public would be more dangerous to the public, than leaving the guns in the hands of their owners. Lets be real too, there will always be those who go over the edge, and not having a gun for them, won’t change the outcome.

Conclusion : All the rhetoric, no matter the side, is simply that rhetoric. And any appearance of concern for ones fellows in this debate, is only pretense. Make your own call, instead of falling in line with those who would manipulate you to “Blame” today’s favorite whipping boy, The Mentally Ill.

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