The Safety Net of Disability for Mental Illness
This is becoming a growing problem in the United States. Not only is Social Security in danger of collapsing because of the extraordinary size of the Baby Boom generation but there are a growing number of people who are being placed on Social Security Disability for various mental illnesses. You guessed right if you knew that the majority of these mental health diagnoses is Bipolar Disorder.
While many people who are genuinely diagnosed with mental and physical illnesses may need the income there are always a few scammers who will fake being mentally ill if they think they can get “free money” from the government. It’s relatively easy to get disability for a mental illness since all you have to do is act paranoid. Usually a good doctor will see through this and there may be brain scans in a few years to test who genuinely has mental illness and who doesn’t.
Don’t worry, Karma will catch up to anyone who is intentionally scamming the system. The government probably already knows who they are. For those that are using the system right disability, much like conventional medications combined with therapy, have their place in the treatment for various mental health conditions. For those who are committed to personal growth and self-development rest assured you can go live a functional life of self-sufficiency again.
For that matter for those who make a commitment to serious personal growth the sky is the limit; and even that is infinite. The diagnosis is just a label to help get you to the right treatment facility. You don’t have to let anything define or limit you. You know the ones who are following after the path of self-development, they are the ones who willingly go to counseling and support groups such as Emotions Anonymous for one. Those few who only want a check and all the “free” benefits that come with the bipolar label will never commit to anything that requires personal growth. It all boils down to a lack of ambition, or no zest for life.
Prepare for LIFE
Life was made for living and too many people choose to sit on the sidelines. Most are just overwhelmed by all the choices that there are these days. By committing to self-development and personal growth they can learn to get to know themselves and prioritize what they want out of life.
At one time in life, centuries ago, the passage of manhood, or womanhood, started in a person’s teens. The man came of age and learned his chosen trade that he was to use to provide for himself and his family. Usually they made a living off of agriculture and he inherited a plot of land from his family. Then he took a wife and they had ten or twelve kids who would till their land and inherit their own land someday. Those who didn’t work in this field went to learn apprenticeships for a period of seven years and then settled in an area to open up shop.
These days most people know what they want to do as early as their teen years. Due to the overwhelming choices as to how to go about it and all the peer pressure that society places upon us we have a tendency to get derailed. Nothing has really changed much since teen pregnancy is an issue. Men are still starting families young but they just aren’t emotionally mature enough to take care of them. The average age of maturity nowadays is about 30 years of age. You get through elementary and secondary school, get a job, go to a community college for a few years and enjoy life in your 20’s. Then you get serious about your passion in your 30’s and start to settle down.
Unfortunately the hormones still rage and a young man may have to pay child support while he is doing all of this. But if he really knows what he wants he will take the appropriate steps toward pursuing his dream. The same goes for career-oriented women since they have nearly so many choices as men do these day.
The good news is that we are living longer these days. There has also been a study that people who continue to work the rest of their lives have a tendency to live longer. That is probably why there are so many billionaires that live well into their 90’s. Because they don’t really “work” in the sense that the average middle class American works. They are driven by their passion. And if Social Security ends up crashing because of all the people on it, due to the size of the Baby Boom generation as well as all those receiving “bipolar money”, then those who have found their passion won’t mind working the rest of their life. They will just have to learn to save and invest.
Fortunately I don’t believe Social Security is going anywhere. If it does there will be something to replace it as my dad always said.
- Erwin Wooten
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