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1. Does Earley's connection to the topic of mental health care through his son strengthen or weaken his analysis? - Morgan

2. How does Earley's views differ from first person accounts of psychiatric hospitals we have read? - Morgan

1. Given the system outlined in the text, what options would families with more limited resources have to be able to get help for their loved ones? — Ruth Curran

2. What would have been the motivation for Kennedy to put so much “faith” in one drug? (69) - Ruth Curran

1. When Mike was talking about his week at the hospital he stated that there were two of him “one insane and one sane.” He said the sane one could only sit and watch the insane one take control. This reminds me of what Kaysen said in Girl, Interrupted, how there are two versions of yourself and you only really see the second one after you’ve had a mental break. Also similar concept to the “Two Wolves” meme as discussed in class last week. - Teresa

2. The mental health system is full of red tape and difficulties causing struggles for all of those involved. Even though the red tape is difficult, there are reasons for the tape being there. How could the system be reworked to be less difficult but also protective of those that the red tape is there to protect? - Teresa

This reading advocates for change within the mental health care system. Based on the reading, what specific aspects of the system need the most urgent attention and reform? - NG

As I’m reading the author’s account of his son’s mental break, I’m struck by how confused and scared everyone involved must’ve been. From the viewpoint of a parent, it must be incredibly heart wrenching and terrifying to watch your child go through what Mike was going through. But also, from the standpoint of the one struggling with mental health, it must also be terrifying to experience psychotic breaks. Your mind is acting in a way that is different from how society dictates you should act and you have doctors telling you to take medication that will change your brain’s functioning in a way. It must be terrifying for everyone involved.- NG

1. It’s interesting to note that Earley states in chapter 4 how “In 1903, state mental hospitals held 144,653 patients. By 1950, that number had reached half a million.” This was following a talk related to Dorothy Dix’s ideas compared to what it basically evolved into. -Jake M.

2. When we learn about Beatty in chapter 8, why is it that serious actions such as proper training and learning about the severity of mental illness seems like an afterthought? -Jake M.

1. In what ways can we as a society illustrate the improtance of advocating for mental health?- Evan

1. In what ways does Mike's story resemble stories we have heard previously throughout the semester? Are there any specific instances you think of comparatively? - Joey

2. Chapter 8 mentions how CITs were formed to allow for more trained police officers to be tasked with working with mentally ill persons who are in crisis. while they work in tandem in many cases with doctors and psychiatrists, why would they not want a doctor/psychiatrist to be present for their in-field interactions with people who are mentally ill or unstable? Do you think it simply boils down to money? - Joey

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