Grand Poo Bah wrote:I was going to walk away from the computer but you posted so quickly after me I have to comment, the above suggestion, advice or whatever you might refer to it all is like, to me, if you don't mind me explaining, is garbage that you'll have to eat. Do you feel the cruelty if what to me is blatant bafoonery. It leaves me only to caution you and others from continuing too express yourself as if you know what your talking about withough questioning yourself. Nothing personal I don't ascribe to views that lack truth of perspective.
Firstly, I am a mental health professional (trained in psychology and social work). Secondly, I have had a number of friends (and "clients") take one of the three options I outlined above. And lastly, you know that what I am saying is true. If you have a psychiatric illness unfortunately (and I really do mean unfortunately, I sincerely wish there was a fourth option but there isn't in the world we currently inhabit) this is the reality. Trying to deal with a psychiatric illness without professional help (and that includes medication in the majority of instances) is just not an option. I really sincerely wish it was, but it is not.
I am sorry if what I said upset you, it was not my intention to do so.
Greg, I think you'd do yourself a better service if you didn't speak in absolutes, it makes it sound like you think you are omniscient. . . you can say "in general this is the case" ... or something like that, I believe this is more what you mean.
As an example of an alternative: I met a renowned healer in Bouda when I was staying in Katmandhu in 1997. Years earlier, she appeared to be insane, she was talking to herself, displaying all the signs of schizophrenia, and frustrating and terrifying her husband. But one day a high Lama encountered her on the street, and recognized something remarkable in her: he saw that she had a gift, and an ability that she needed to develop, and she just needed purification to harness it---> this was what was making her crazy, because she hadn't been able to channel it properly. So he guided her, she did the proper practices and purification and then she became a type of healing-oracle. Even HH the Dalai Lama had recognized her as such by the time I saw her. She treated everyone indiscriminately, Tibetans, Nepalis, Westerners, whoever came to her with a need, but she was channeling a wrathful female deity, and was quite terrifying to behold. She would bite you, suck black goop from you, use bamboo to suck or beat you, etc. But many people were healed, even from a distance (she could also see what was wrong with people from a photo alone, etc. so had a type of clairvoyance related to her healing). And once she had properly developed her gifts she never exhibited the type of craziness that had aggravated her before.
So each individual is unique, I suggest you don't speak in absolutes unless you are omniscient.
There's a good chance you're right, but it's not the only possibility.