Overmedicated & undereducated: the state of current American affairs

In my view, pharmaceutical companies have dominated the market for years. Children and adults alike who think differently from their peers are diagnosed with various physical and mental illnesses regardless of whether or not they really fit the diagnostic criteria for them.

Yet those with anxiety are often those who are high-achieving: their anxiety can drive them to work or produce at a rate greater than those who do not suffer from anxiety attacks.

It’s important to realize that mental illness is almost just as prevalent as physical illness. Why bother discriminating against those whose brains are ill when physical pains (like a broken leg, a broken arm, a broken heart) are plaguing you? What’s the difference between mental and physical illness besides that one can be more apparent to the eye?

I believe that preventive care should be exercised regarding mental illness. Too often, it’s only after complete breakdowns that people reach out for help. I’d say we ought to strike at the root of the problem and realize what behaviors and thoughts need to change to help you function as an autonomous being.

…. but anyway, I was going to tie this into how I believe big money is behind drugs (antidepressants, antipsychotics, etc.) and how we’re spending excessively in national defense while failing to fund education. I don’t understand why we need to spend so much on defense when there are so many problems prevalent within our borders: problems regarding poverty, illiteracy, etc.

South Korea’s literacy rate, according to Wikipedia, is at a 100%. Ours (the US’s) is most certainly lower.

For example, Detroit’s illiteracy rate is at 47%. That means almost one in every two people are unable to read, yet so much of today’s information age requires reading. Paperwork requires literacy.

You have to understand the nation’s need to emphasize education. We cannot be ruled by the uneducated masses, and we cannot allow the school-to-prison pipeline endure the test of time.

Afterschool literacy programs are crucial to this nation’s success, for much information can be obtained through basic reading and analytical skills. Libraries are gardens of knowledge from which we can reap the benefits of a better understanding of the world around us, with its infinite possibilities.

So what, exactly, is the point I’m trying to make?

Don’t be afraid to think differently from others, even if you’ve been diagnosed with a mental illness.

Embrace your differences. Think healthier, heartier than you have ever before.

Even if your dreams have died, even when you think you’ve given up, keep going. This too shall pass. Panic attacks are understandable for different situations, but they don’t define who you are as a person.

Vulnerability need not be a weakness but rather a strength that can galvanize future action.

Value your education. Value lifelong learning.

The rest is up to you.

It’s your life, so take control of your own actions and behaviors, taking care to regulate your own emotions and motivations.

Love yourself.

Love others.

Simply love.