Mental health isn't the issue - stigma is

  • Article by: JOSEPHINE MARCOTTY and MAURA LERNER , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: December 29, 2009 - 9:53 AM

Many politicians have overcome admissions of addiction or depression, thanks to better understanding of the manageable diseases. Can Dayton, too?

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smilesDec. 28, 0910:08 PM

As much as I hate to correct Ms. Marcotty who is an excellent reporter, This sentence, "It's just a disability," said Dr. Steve Miles, a bioethicist at the University of Minnesota and former candidate for the U.S. Senate who has bipolar disorder. "I take medicines. I show up for work. If depression disqualified people, we'd have to put 20 percent of them on welfare." Should read: "It's just a disability NOT AN IMPAIRMENT," said Dr. Steve Miles, a bioethicist at the University of Minnesota and former candidate for the U.S. Senate who has bipolar disorder. "I take medicines. I show up for work. If depression disqualified people, we'd have to put 20 percent of THE POPULATION on welfare."

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crystalbayDec. 29, 0912:22 AM

I'm a licensed mental health professional with 30+ years of experience in the field and spent about 10 hours pushing back on the ignorance of everyday Strib posters a couple of days ago. The article about Dayton provided a great platform for educating countless readers. Or, trying to educate them. Throughout the entire day-long struggle, my expertise in this area was consistently attacked & questioned. The biases and stigmas were so pronounced. It's a fight worth waging, but it was pretty discouraging. I explained medications, therapy, and everything depression can involve. Maybe one or two folks learned something?

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mensanDec. 29, 09 9:31 AM

...suffer from depression at some point or another. It's all a matter of degree. To be human means we are capable of having satisfying and productive lives despite facing challenges--physical, intellectual, environmental, emotional, and psychological. In fact, most of us "suffer" from multiple challenges at any single point in our lives. Do you want to be judged by your "flaws" or by what you contribute, what you can appreciate?

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katnincDec. 29, 0910:04 AM

...what I do have a problem with - is "guilty rich guy" liberalism. To me, that is more destructive than either chemical dependency or depression. If we only had treatment for that...

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langton4Dec. 29, 0910:27 AM

seem to assume that the rich, by definition, must be conservative. Not so. It is up to them to decide where their interests lie. While it seems to be true that Republican policies, especially tax policies, tend to favor the rich, that isn't necessarily everyone's number one priority.

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WalksHauntDec. 29, 0911:04 AM

Dayton was a run-and-hide, do-nothing as a senator. Is Dayton saying he was impaired during his term as a senator? If so, he should have resigned to get treatment - instead, he remained a power hungry do-nothing and now wants another four years at the trough. Which was it?

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colleensueDec. 29, 0911:19 AM

What an ignorant statement. Dayton was far from being a do-nothing. Where on earth do you get your information? Try this: http://aprilknight.blogspot.com/2009/12/mark-dayton-senate-years.html

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crystalbayDec. 29, 0911:30 AM

Did you follow the thread from Lori's article and see the struggle I engaged in to combat ignorance about depression?

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RossbergDec. 29, 0912:04 PM

How timely of Mr. Dayton to inform us of his condition while trying to become Governor. Why admit it now? It's hard to believe this was a total secret for all these years. Was someone else threatening to make this public and hurt his candidacy? Coming forth now appears to be simply a calculated way to inoculate himself against the issue being embarrassingly brought up by one of his fellow candidates or a journalist.

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handyfanDec. 29, 0912:15 PM

If what you're after is an awareness of depression; vote for this guy, and pair him up with Pogemiller & Kelliher to run the state. For simplicity, you can just endorse what's left of your paycheck directly to the "State of Minnesota"

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