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10 Reasons the Rest of the World Thinks the U.S. Is Nuts

Commented Mar 19, 2012 at 11:47:38 in Politics

“First of all, as commented, you're assuming that everyone HAS an extra $9 a month, which they may not. Not to mention the cost of getting the prescription as well, which requires a doctor's appointment and often a pap smear--you're not getting either for $9 without insurance, or at Target at all.

But secondly, what about IUDs? Depo shots? Implanon? These are more effective--almost foolproof--forms of contraception and cost a LOT more upfront.”

Rebecca Shalom on Mar 19, 2012 at 23:54:06

“If it is too expensive then they can get if for free from Title X funding. Or, they can work somewhere else.”
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Unencumbered By Facts: What Upsets Me Most About the Anti-vaccine Movement

Commented Jan 18, 2012 at 18:02:49 in Parents

“Childhood vaccinations tend to be given around the same time that signs of autism first become apparent. The parents you mention would have seen their children develop the same way if they hadn't vaccinated. It's not just coincidence, it's a coincidence with an explainable cause.

By your logic, anything that occurs before autism can be diagnosed can be labeled as a 'cause' based on nothing more than anecdotal evidence. Meanwhile, children are getting sick and dying from easily preventable illnesses because of dropping vaccination rates.”
The Success and the Failures of the Religious Right

The Success and the Failures of the Religious Right

Commented Oct 14, 2010 at 11:26:26 in Books

“I'm not anti-Christian. I have no problems with Christianity. What I have a problem with are people who refuse to accept that other people hold moral opinions that are valid, even if different from theirs. You don't have to agree with them. You don't even have to like them. You just need to accept that your version of morality isn't the only one, and arguing for laws based on it is going to get nowhere with people who don't share it.

I don't care how you live your life, Just stop telling me how I should live mine.”
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Psychiatry and the Media -- a Strange and Strained Relationship

Commented Oct 11, 2010 at 17:38:34 in Healthy Living

“Thank you, Dr. Greenburg, for speaking up on behalf of a group of people who seems to be routinely left out of conversations about mental illness in the media--those of us who have been HELPED by medication, who genuinely need it and whose lives are immensely improved because of it.

Are there quacks in psychiatry? Sure. Why would psychiatry be any different from any other field of medicine--or any other profession, for that matter? There's always going to be people who are bad at their jobs and who do real harm. But by focusing on them, we forget about the good work that is being done by others, the people who are getting real help, and the people who need it but are being scared away because of the stigma surrounding mental illness.

I don't have anything against people who want to question these illnesses. I do have something against people who do so to such an extent that they prevent others from accessing the help they desperately need to be able to function in a society that so often isn't understanding of the struggles they face.”

technofreak on Oct 11, 2010 at 20:40:07

“Jayn,

I appreciate your support. I wish more people were as comfortable as you are in saying their positive thoughts about getting help for a mental illness. Until we can get rid of the stigma , there will remain too many good people who live in chronic emotional pain and suffer alone, in silence, because of fear of the prejudice around them.
Thank you for speaking up.

Rosalie Greenberg, M.D.”