Dr. Borenstein Urges Proactive Treatment of Mental Illness on "Dr. Drew"

Dr. Drew Pinsky and Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein on CNN HLN discussing mental illness, suicide, and mental illness treatment strategies
Dr. Drew and Dr. Borenstein

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Acting President & CEO Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein appeared on the CNN Headline News program “Dr. Drew On Call” last night (Feb. 18, 2013, at 9 p.m. ET) and spoke out against the stigma and discrimination of people with mental illness that keeps people from getting treatment. He discussed the serious, increasing and alarming U.S. suicide rate, the prevalence of mental illness and the need for greater awareness of the warning signs, symptoms and treatments. Dr. Borenstein spoke up to urge people with illnesses such as depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder to seek help, to suggest improvements in policies pertaining to mental health and to embolden the general public, the media and mental health professionals to encourage treatment of these serious illnesses.

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I am so frustrated with everyone who talks of mental health and the so called "stigma" that follows with it. You will hardly ever find a mentally impaired person either talking their mental issues out loud, nor will you find us assuming anything about another. we don't wear these titles with pride, nor should we. everyone talks and assumes; along with the stupid questions like "why", then of course follows the mindless answers from every know-it-all you can find. Has anyone ever thought to ask one of us our opinion on the matter. we have disorders, we are not stupid. We have brains and the majority of us have the ability to think and for those who don't I say shame, shame on you people for picking on the weak. shame on the people for the stigma that follows us everyday. if every scared and unexperinced person wasn't given the ok to speak on the matter maybe the world wouldn't be so freaking blind sided by all the crap they, themselves put out in the open. Well I say this, I do not enjoy people talking on any matter when it comes to my mental issues, it's the ignorant and narrow minded people that really piss the mentally impaired like myself off. No professional of any kind can ever say they know what's best for people like me. cause you don't. Every single one of us is different from the other, every case, every past, every thought is not like a category you can just throw us into, take over our lives, send us away from our families just because we are sick, most of us have every GOD forsaking right to be out in the free and with the people we love. we have problems, so what. We are human, humane beings and unless we feel like our comfort zone is being disturbed or disrupted we have every right to not be sent away because we are different, when did GOD hand over the torch and made any one of you masters of answers and judgement.

There's ALWAYS going to be someone who thinks that "treatment" is ALWAYS the answer to fixing all your problems cause 85 percent of the time, their not fixing ours. It's like OMG that person is acting so strange, they must have mental issues. Well why, let me ask you the famous why question. Why MUST someone be mental or have a disorder just because people soak up life differently and who, who says that, some one who went to school finished school and majored in the category, and let me guess it's going to be some one who's done sooooo well because our their extensive backround with all the many, many years behind them. How fancy. Or maybe it's the people who say stuff like "I know",I know what it's it like, because my family member is ill. Well then i'm somewhat of a professional too. I'm 30 years old and guess what I have have 30 years experience. I was born with bi-polar disorder, and now have a few others that have helped me to ruin my life, but also the lives of the people I love. It is not easy and it is not fun. I am not a disorder, I am not to be controlled and told what I am, all my faults, all my mistakes all out in the open. I deserve a fucking life to and not one where any dam "professional" can just come in and snatch me away from my life because you don't the way I act or the things I do or what I say. YOU ARE WRONG to do this to people as though we are ALL sick enough to where we can't make our own fucking choices for ourselves. Unless your on this side of the world looking out. There is absolutely no one who has this right. That is a right I no longer have apparently and now when I do speak, I speak bi-bolar disorder, I speak D.I.D, cause I'm so far off and so dam different in what I say I'm set to the side and no longer part of the help for people like me. Everyone's first question to me most of the time is "are you taking your meds". ITS NOT WORKING any more. it's comments like that, that tend to put action into our thoughts, so stop acting like your in them or a part of them, because your not.

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