Mental Health: Equal Health
Written by: Victor E. Moseley
First things first is we must wrestle this false superiority of knowing what is mental health away from the general conversation about it. Five years of Mental and Behavioral Healthcare experience has allowed me to uncover many expert opinions about it, and all such opinions deriving from seemingly enlightened patients. Granted some self-care explanations were on track, but being close to the answers cannot be the standard.
Therefore the philosophical nature of mass expertise is counterproductive and harmful to societies understandings about mental health in general. What then can psychological professionals do to dampen such a kaleidoscope of untrained sufferers diagnosing complicated mental disorders? My suggestion would be to produce a weekly periodical. A digital application on a smart phone with current news in the field. Produced along with a bevy of relatable leaders in the field cast on a short 30 minute weekly video. These non-stoic professionals will raise mental healthcare to the same respectable level as physical healthcare.
Many changes have led mental health to being reconsidered as a crucial opposite to the same coin of physical healthcare. More promotion is required if mental health is to achieve the position of equality it deserves for the benefit of humanity.
Issue 5: Injuries Beneath the Skin
The surface layer is what everyone sees. On the surface there are some among us that can ascertain the level of damage or damages afflicting a person before a word is spoken. Although most people that may be able to do that are understood to have a prior relationship with the person in mental anguish. Highly skilled individuals, untrained or trained, can validate, assess mental distress thresholds, and call upon solutions or prescribe psychological reparative techniques to stem temporarily the onslaught of pain until a more detailed diagnosis can be made and performed.
There is something simple I’ve been doing to myself for many years and I’ve just come to realize the destructive effects of this thought pattern of mine to judge the life around me. I questioned myself, you can say harshly in the commissary one day as I was browsing the produce isle. Why was I looking for the imperfections on or in the fruit I would purchase to eat? Then it hit me. A cascade of why, over many decades, was I searching for imperfections in people, places and things?
Before you draw conclusions of agreement let me elaborate why this thought process I believe has been sabotaging my life for many years. It wasn’t the fruit, the things or the people I’ve met and had relationships. It was a mindset formed by influence and more importantly buy in from me. It is the thought of having less ‘flaws’ than others which would make me more acceptable to others and by deduction to myself.
Some examples that were a rapid fire of ‘flaws’ about me that others gleefully pointed out. They said I had a water head. They said my teeth were crooked. They said I was skinny. They said I talked ‘White’. They said I was poor. I won’t go on because you get the point. This constant process of judgment did take a toll on me as I obviously had to expend mental energy to combat it to reach any positive outcome in my day to day life.
What I didn’t realize was it was penetrating my body. Beneath the layer of my mind, my skin, it was laying mines (metaphorical mines) that would allow ‘anyone’ in the world that touched them to set them off, in my mind! I’m not going to go too in-depth because you get the picture. For a long time I walked the Earth like that until I realized that sort of thinking was corrupting my own judgment of the world. The people, places and things granted by the creator to enjoy. So, through a process known as ‘re-editing’ or scene editing I changed my thinking.
As I started to put one of the apples back a realization hit me. Why must the apple be perfect? Why? What about that perceived imperfection tells me it will not be beneficial to the body? The stupidity of those thoughts and beliefs just caused a cascade of improper exclusionary motivations to suddenly be ejected from my mind.
Watch what your mind seeks to contain (hold in reserve). I finally had my answers. I began to identify what negative judgments I had, and the ‘ground’ they covered. Where they sprouted to a harvest of ignorance in me, and I began to separate the ‘wheat’ from the ‘tares’. For those that do not know ‘tares’ are ‘weeds’ growing between the goodness about you. Of a truth, for this post I am claiming good ground upon which others sowed their ‘tares’ on me. I’m also concluding that all of us start on ‘good’ ground until we are sprinkled upon with the ‘seeds’ the world has to offer. We do, and I repeat we do, get to determine what is good for us. Don’t get it twisted. It is ultimately what you want in your life that matters.
Spiritually, I stress is the intent of the paragraph above.
Now to our hands on exercise. Let me ask you something. Do you know the feeling of being pulled down? Do you know the feeling of being lifted up? Can you tell the difference between those two sensations?
I’m going to get political about the Presidential race. Is there really a confusion about which of these two men are offering to help us up or pull us down?
Donald Trump is offering to steal, kill, and destroy. Donald Trump hates women. Donald Trump hates immigrants as he has called them rapists. Donald Trump hates Muslims. The tax breaks Donald Trump gave went to the rich. Donald Trump himself said he ended abortion healthcare in America.
President Joe Biden has cancelled student loan debt for a lot of people. President Joe Biden has fought for higher wages even walking a picket line. President Joe Biden has went all in on America with manufacturing. President Joe Biden has reinvigorated our Chips and Science Industry. President Joe Biden has passed infrastructure. President Joe Biden got us out of Afghanistan. President Joe Biden has lowered the cost of some prescription drugs.
There is no confusion about which of these two men are offering good things or evil things. People, go back to your roots. What happened to anybody can talk a good game? It matters what you do when you’re on the field and the clock has started. Did you prepare ahead of the game or you just playing by the seat of your pants?
We know who will win on the field of play between those two opponents? President Joe Biden because he came prepared to play on the field. I don’t give a crap if President Joe Biden was 900 years old. Look at the results! Don’t let somebody fool you again.
Ask the Republicans what do they have to offer to keep this ‘boom’ time going? I think you know what they’ll say. Tax cuts for the rich. Lowering wages for the middle class because they think you don’t deserve what you’ve worked hard for (I’ll seen for nearly 41 years people work until they almost drop dead on the job, and the job still want them to come to work the next day)!
‘Do it, then talk’. I guess President Joe Biden isn’t much of a talker. I guess we got to talk for him because he’s done what he said he would do. Give me ‘old man’ President Joe Biden any day over these clowns trying to just say he’s old like Nikki Haley does all the time. Say the rest too. Say what he’s done then tell us you can do it too.
Psst, come closer. Nikki Haley couldn’t do what President Joe Biden has done if God himself gave her the wisdom and the know how in ‘Cliff Notes’.