Fishy, when I wrote "chill," I did not direct it toward anyone who has suffered from emotional pain. I just meant to suggest that people who are interested in freedom ought to find common ground. I have been a member of this site for almost 6 years. I was a Ron Paul meetup organizer in 2007. I have campaigned hard for Ron Paul and have voted for libertarian candidates since 2000. I am not your enemy.
By the way, as a psychologist, I do not have prescription privileges. I help people manage their emotional pain using tools like talk therapy, hypnosis, meditation, etc. However, I do think that medications are an important consideration for many people and that people always should be fully informed about potential benefits and risks before deciding whether to take them.
I share your concerns about the potential stigmatizing effect of diagnoses. I encourage clients to pay out of pocket so I do not have to give them a diagnosis and submit that diagnosis to an insurance company with unforeseeable future consequences. Almost no one takes me up on my private pay offer. I guess that people generally don't think that their privacy is worth the cost of paying out of pocket.
Returning to my original point, Ron Paul says that freedom brings people together. I think that most people here agree, but sometimes we forget and attack each other.
‘Each individual is separated from others by a "taboo of personal isolation"...this "narcissism of minor differences"'
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