So I made a short script based on the following information: – About 1% of people are in prison at any given time – About 2% of people are on probation, which can actually be really limiting and unpleasant – About 1% of people are in nursing homes or hospices – About 2% of people have dementia – About 20% of people have chronic pain, though this varies widely with the exact survey question, but we are not talking minor aches here. How should they know how many people have it pretty good or not?
It’s not because I’m deliberately avoiding them; I’m pretty live-and-let-live politically, I wouldn’t ostracize someone just for some weird beliefs.When she can’t cough up enough quickly enough, he bans her from visiting or talking to the grandchild, plus he tells the grandchild it’s her fault. If my patients were to read the above paragraph, there are a handful who would sue me for breach of confidentiality, assuming I had just written down their medical history and gotten a couple of details like the number of children wrong. There was some kind of explosion in his factory, he got PTSD, now he freaks out every time he steps within a hundred meters of a place where manufacturing is going on.Her retirement savings are rapidly running out and she has no idea what she will do when they’re gone. Gradually stopped going outside because there were too many scary loud noises, his wife started yelling at him and telling him he was useless, he started beating his wife, put in jail for a year or two for domestic violence, came out, by this point his wife has run off with another man and took everything he owned with her.And yet, even though I probably know about a hundred fifty people, I am pretty confident that not one of them is creationist. 1/2^150 = 1/10^45 = approximately the chance of picking a particular atom if you are randomly selecting among all the atoms on Earth.About forty percent of Americans want to ban gay marriage.She has one son, who is in jail, and one daughter, who married a drug addict. 60 year old guy who was abused as a child, still has visible scars.She also has one grandchild, her only remaining joy in the world – but her drug-addict son-in-law uses access to him as a bargaining chip to make her give him money from her rapidly-dwindling retirement account so he can buy drugs. Ran off at age 15, got a job in a factory, married let’s say a waitress.But it’s in a more subtle way than you might think.That first patient, the 70 year old, might on paper have more than the median income if her dead husband’s pension is high enough.Slaves endure bondage, painful spankings and canings, humiliations both public and private, and much more for the pleasure of their skilled and often sadistic masters and mistresses.One “advantage” of working in psychiatry is getting a window into an otherwise invisible world of really miserable people.