I have always been interested in psychology and I really found the article about Herchel Walker's struggles with mental illness very intriging. I had no idea that he has these problems.
It takes a brave person to come out and admit they have "mental illness". When I was young if I heard that word I thought of someone who was really insane, people who would scare you if you came across them.
I now know that a great population of the world has some sort of mental illness. I'm betting that everyone on this board either knows of someone or themselves have some sort of it. I, myself, have had struggles with depression and anxiety. Not fun.
It can range anywhere from depression to more serious forms, for instance, that in which Herchel has. His kind, the Dissociative Identity Disorder, is a very interesting condition. A lot of people do not believe these people really have it. I have witness first hand during my nursing training someone with this condition. It is something to behold. I read some articles on Herchel and it is very interesting to read. For instance, one of his personalities was the one who came on the football field and is named "the General", who is described as a killer on the field. Also, he has no recollection of winning the Heisman Trophy.
He speaks of the soldiers that come back from their various missions and come back with problems. I am a disabled veteran, so I have spoken to a lot either in person or via the various websites the disabled veterans go to, and so many have serious problems. Post Tramatic Stress Disorder is very serious and really sad. Some of them are really messed up. Its hard for me to imagine what they must have been through to end up this way. Now the VA has its problems but thankfully, they can get treatment and usually compensation through the VA. But it still doesn't change the fact that they will have problems for the rest of their lives and for serving our country.
I'm glad Mr Walker came and spoke. It may make a difference in someone's life to know that it can happen to anyone, especially if it happened to someone like him. Maybe it will encourage someone to get needed help.
I'm not sure that everyone recognizes that we have our freedom, and sometimes that means that the very people who sacrifice themselves for our freedom will have serious problems for the rest of their lives doing what they do for us. Not just physical problems but psychological problems. Just thinking of this makes me thank them even more.
I wish this country would step up its efforts when it comes to mental health, the number one cause of the hundred of thousands homeless is mental health problems. In Georgia it is lacking. Weren't they trying to close down Georgia Regional Hospital?? WTH Does anyone know the status on that? Really this country is really sad. But what do you do? Try not to think about it all? Thats hard for me to do.
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