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Re: Cam- Read your column! Daveman

Posted by Cam W. on October 20, 2001, at 3:04:25

In reply to Cam- Read your column!, posted by Daveman on October 20, 2001, at 2:29:40

Thanks Dave - I wrote that column because there are a lot of pharmacists out there who still think that mental illnesses are not treatable disorders. The stigma associated with mental illness runs deep in our culture. Many pharmacists are scared of their mentally ill patients.

Even the pharmacist I work with (who is also a Doctor of Naturopathy) says that anyone who takes Prozac is a nutcase and feels that those with schizophrenia should be locked up for the safety of the public (this coming from a guy who believes that water has a memory). I told him that I am taking Effexor, so I must be one of those nutcases he is talking about. He said no, that my depression was understandable, because my daughter had died. When I told him that I had had depressive episodes long long before my daughter's accident, he changed the subject.

This guy also looks down his nose at the boss's sone who was recently diagnosed (2 or 3 years ago) with schizophrenia. He also pushes away the affectionate mentally-challenged patient we have at the store, who often comes in with his mom. He will take this kid's money, but the doesn't warrant any affection back.

Man, I feel sorry for people like my colleague; being close-minded really does rob one of living life to the fullest.

- Cam




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