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(UPI)   Headline: Tsunami of boomer mental illness looms. Really? Seems like that wave crested decades ago   (upi.com) divider line 66
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2012-07-15 09:20:57 AM
if you don't actually have anxiety but your doctor says you do. maybe it's time to NOT heed the doctor's advise and DONt take the schizophrenia medicine he prescribes.
 
2012-07-15 09:22:15 AM
Decades ago? The Tea Party's only four years old.
 
2012-07-15 09:23:27 AM
We knew this for a while now. [tea_party_rally.jpg]
 
2012-07-15 09:27:36 AM
FTFA: U.S. health officials need to address the mental illness and substance abuse needs of baby boomers, a non-profit group warns.

O RLY? You're just now figuring this out?! My mom and both aunts are baby boomers. One aunt battled addiction to alcohol, cocaine, and prescription narcotics her whole adult life and died at age 54. Mom, raging alcoholic and prescription narc abuser, died at age 56. The one surviving aunt has been at Threat Level Batshiat her whole life.
 
2012-07-15 09:29:42 AM
Well, maybe if the baby boomers spent less time talking crap about the younger generations not amounting to anything, they'd probably would get better health care when they're too old to take care of themselves.
 
2012-07-15 09:38:43 AM

girljen: FTFA: U.S. health officials need to address the mental illness and substance abuse needs of baby boomers, a non-profit group warns.

O RLY? You're just now figuring this out?! My mom and both aunts are baby boomers. One aunt battled addiction to alcohol, cocaine, and prescription narcotics her whole adult life and died at age 54. Mom, raging alcoholic and prescription narc abuser, died at age 56. The one surviving aunt has been at Threat Level Batshiat her whole life.


It sounds like things are naturally working themselves out...
 
2012-07-15 09:42:12 AM
What a drag it is getting old.
 
2012-07-15 09:43:34 AM
Sometimes clouds need to be yelled at, and sometimes it feels good to wear an onion your belt.
 
2012-07-15 09:44:04 AM
This headline made me try to picture exactly what a tsunami of mental illness would look like.
 
2012-07-15 09:45:16 AM

Fluorescent Testicle: Decades ago? The TeaRepublican Party's only four 158 years old.


FTFY
 
2012-07-15 09:48:16 AM

The 4chan Psychiatrist: This headline made me try to picture exactly what a tsunami of mental illness would look like.


Ever watched The View?
 
2012-07-15 09:53:26 AM
Tsunami of boomer mental illness

66.147.244.95

Back, back, back, back, back, back, back....
 
2012-07-15 09:54:58 AM
Does this mean The Age of Aquarious is over, man?

/lawn - git
 
2012-07-15 09:57:41 AM
Sooner?
 
2012-07-15 09:59:23 AM
It's readily apparent all you have to do is look to the Teabaggers and the far right
conservatives. We don't call them conservatards for nothing.
 
2012-07-15 10:02:39 AM

Hypothetical Imperative: The 4chan Psychiatrist: This headline made me try to picture exactly what a tsunami of mental illness would look like.

Ever watched The View?


Oh please, I don't harbor anywhere near enough self-loathing for that.
 
2012-07-15 10:07:18 AM

rjakobi: Well, maybe if the baby boomers spent less time talking crap about the younger generations not amounting to anything, they'd probably would get better health care when they're too old to take care of themselves.


Maybe if the millenials spent less time whining about the boomers they'd be able to find gainful employment and health coverage instead of just whining that its being denied them by the boomers.

/though stupid, this comment is no stupider than yours or many others in this thread.
 
2012-07-15 10:10:07 AM
upload.wikimedia.org

Approves.
 
2012-07-15 10:11:18 AM
What I want to know is... Why did the boomers have to be the ones to stop smoking? Why did the boomers have to be the ones to start wearing motorcycle helmets and seat belts? Our economy is in the shiatter because these fools were bigger than the generation before, and couldn't be bothered to make a generation after.

It's like some malign presence wanted to utterly fark up every assumption planners of society pre-1970 took for granted.
 
2012-07-15 10:13:44 AM

Debeo Summa Credo: rjakobi: Well, maybe if the baby boomers spent less time talking crap about the younger generations not amounting to anything, they'd probably would get better health care when they're too old to take care of themselves.

Maybe if the millenials spent less time whining about the boomers they'd be able to find gainful employment and health coverage instead of just whining that its being denied them by the boomers.

/though stupid, this comment is no stupider than yours or many others in this thread.


Hey, the millennials are competing for the same jobs as their grandparents. They went to school, They got the degree. And every time they try to kick the field goal into prosperity your lot swipes the football.
 
2012-07-15 10:14:16 AM
Well, we did have the best music

/ducks
 
2012-07-15 10:23:13 AM
Heh. Some of you are saying that the boomers are a bunch of aging conservatives. Others are saying that the boomers are a bunch of aging liberal hippies. In light of the diversity of cultural views within every generation, this reveals far more about the ideologies of the individuals posting in this thread than it does about the boomers. Fark is fascinating that way.
 
2012-07-15 10:24:48 AM
I always knew it was true: if you think you're a secret Cylon while everyone else around you are "real humans"... the simplest explanation is probably that you're crazy.
 
2012-07-15 10:27:20 AM

Evil Twin Skippy: It's like some malign presence wanted to utterly fark up every assumption planners of society pre-1970 took for granted.


Please allow me to introduce myself.
 
2012-07-15 10:29:46 AM

Nakito: Heh. Some of you are saying that the boomers are a bunch of aging conservatives. Others are saying that the boomers are a bunch of aging liberal hippies. In light of the diversity of cultural views within every generation, this reveals far more about the ideologies of the individuals posting in this thread than it does about the boomers. Fark is fascinating that way.


But we all agree that they're aging.
 
2012-07-15 10:32:12 AM

Nakito: Heh. Some of you are saying that the boomers are a bunch of aging conservatives. Others are saying that the boomers are a bunch of aging liberal hippies. In light of the diversity of cultural views within every generation, this reveals far more about the ideologies of the individuals posting in this thread than it does about the boomers. Fark is fascinating that way.


Does it make a difference if I were to just state that this explains the entire situation we're in with the US government. Libs and Cons, doesn't matter. They're ALL equally screwing us over right now.
 
2012-07-15 10:37:05 AM
I'm pretty sure the wave crested with the seating of the 112th Congress...at least I hope that was the crest
 
2012-07-15 10:39:50 AM

Fluorescent Testicle: Decades ago? The Tea Party's only four years old.


OWS Seemed more mentally ill.
 
2012-07-15 10:48:39 AM
obligatory;

www.wipwapweb.com
 
2012-07-15 10:49:17 AM
Mainstream media has been prepping us for this for years now... all that 'zombie apocalypse' shiat is really about the horde of staggering, semi-conscious boomer ex-hippies wandering the earth looking for that one final acid trip. Or a buffet line. Or rent money.

/semi-serious
//they're coming... no, they're already here
 
2012-07-15 10:55:52 AM
Libs, Cons, Coke, Pepsi...

(Old toothless geech voice) You see, it was like this back in '68. Some of us went to Vietnam, and didn't much like it there. Some us went to Chicago for the Democratic Convention, and didn't like it there, either.

So the next year, we all went down to Yasgur's Farm...or "up", depending on the direction in which you traveled. And then, well I don't rightly remember what came next. Always said, "If you can remember the Sixties, you didn't experience the Sixties..."
 
2012-07-15 10:57:14 AM
Did they ever get around to dropping Narcissistic Personality Disorder from the DSM? Boomers have owned that shiat.


/just barely a Boomer
 
2012-07-15 11:00:36 AM
Subby here.... and a Boomer, too.

Yeah, we thought we knew what we were doing - just like every generation before us and every one after us. Idealists all. Our numbers gave us strength and a feeling that THIS TIME it would be different, but human nature said otherwise. Every generation struggles with 'the true way', the 'right way'. Most have only partial success, and are left with the realization that they blew the opportunity.
 
2012-07-15 11:07:33 AM
Right on, Subby. It's all coming back to me, now...

Tell you what made the Boomers crazy - it was snorting all that marijuana.
 
2012-07-15 11:09:31 AM

SoupJohnB: Right on, Subby. It's all coming back to me, now...

Tell you what made the Boomers crazy - it was snorting all that marijuana.


Smokin' all them tweeds.

media.avclub.com
 
2012-07-15 11:13:26 AM
Funny article. My folks were "Freaks" during the 60's and early 70's. Not hippies mind you. Freaks. There was a clear distinction there. The Hippies were into weird shiat like crystal power and East Indian swamis and EST and shiat like "achieving ones personal enlightenment through realization of the Self". Always looking outward and outside themselves for that realization.

Mom and Step-pop both became psychologists, they still smoke a little weed, never became alcoholics, never did cocaine (that I know of), but they did drop acid a few times.,They spent years raising three slightly deranged boys and working their middle class jobs. They're now in their late 60's. Many of their friends in their age group are similar, there are several combat vets from Vietnam, a couple of old retired concert pianists, engineers, college professors etc.

They look at the people in their age group who ended up being the TeaBagger set who live in their community, and, both being psychologists, they've noticed the fact that they, almost to a man, are the hard core drunks who spent their entire lives "achieving the realization of the self", the EST crowd, the phony hippies who spent their entire young lives working for that achievement; That "Realization of the Self". While at the same time accepting that "self" as being the only thing that was considered important. Thats what the Erhard Seminars Training was all about. Teaching people to rationalize and embrace their selfishness and greed. Thats what all those East Indian Swamis were about.

The folks who crowded the discos in the mid 70's, while in their early 30's blowing as much cocaine as they could get their hands on and drinking like fish. The crowd who were mostly born in the years before WW2 started, or during the War when their fathers were off in Europe and the Pacific and often didn't come home.

The folks who ran off to India in their late 20's and early 30's to visit with Muktananda or SaiBaba and meditate and chant and burn incense. The folks who grew up on farms that were stolen by the Banks (which they blame the Government for) during the 1930s and 40's. The children of the 60's whose fathers had killed a LOT of people in the Pacific war and came back to spend their lifetimes punishing their families for, like my Grandfather on my Fathers side did.

Yeah, Pop is leaning toward the TeaBaggers. But he fits right in. Wife beater, liar, magical thinker who has spent his entire life looking outward for enlightenment. Trying to find a reason and a rationalization for it all.

And every single one of them grew up when taxes on the super-wealthy were high, and their public schools were well funded, and college was mostly paid for by the State, and somehow, they all think that now the new generations should just pay for it themselves. All they did was take, and now in the guise of the Tea Party, refuse to contribute in turn to that same system they grew up with.
 
2012-07-15 11:28:34 AM
Driving around Farmers Markets should get increasingly interesting in the next ten years or so....
 
2012-07-15 11:28:58 AM

Evil Twin Skippy: Debeo Summa Credo: rjakobi: Well, maybe if the baby boomers spent less time talking crap about the younger generations not amounting to anything, they'd probably would get better health care when they're too old to take care of themselves.

Maybe if the millenials spent less time whining about the boomers they'd be able to find gainful employment and health coverage instead of just whining that its being denied them by the boomers.

/though stupid, this comment is no stupider than yours or many others in this thread.

Hey, the millennials are competing for the same jobs as their grandparents. They went to school, They got the degree. And every time they try to kick the field goal into prosperity your lot swipes the football.



So we are the Lucy to your generation's Charlie Brown?

I don't think mental illness is on the rise necessarily, just that doctors are pill happy prescribing drugs that might not be needed. Kickbacks?

/who had/heard of restless leg syndrome 15-20 yrs ago? Or dry eye disorder?
 
2012-07-15 11:43:33 AM

jackandwater:

Hey, the millennials are competing for the same jobs as their grandparents. They went to school, They got the degree. And every time they try to kick the field goal into prosperity your lot swipes the football.


So we are the Lucy to your generation's Charlie Brown?

I don't think mental illness is on the rise necessarily, just that doctors are pill happy prescribing drugs that might not be needed. Kickbacks?

/who had/heard of restless leg syndrome 15-20 yrs ago? Or dry eye disorder?


This is exactly right. The generation that turned Dow's "Better living through chemistry" into an all encompassing religion.

Doctors are paid to prescribe certain drugs, Politicians paid to support certain industrial concerns. Bankers being paid to literally defraud homeowners. Police being paid to suppress certain points of view. This "sweeping wave of mental illness" has always been there. It's just that now, all those crazy people have a means of easily communicating their insanity to one another through the Internet. It's self-perpetuating, and self-reinforcing.

Contrails, Fluoride in the water, inoculations, UFOs, secret societies, Moslems, South Americans and other "scary people". Government plots to round up christians and put them in concentration camps. Government plots to use secret aircraft to bomb cities and blame it on Aliens.

It's always something.
 
2012-07-15 12:00:59 PM

CJHardin: Fluorescent Testicle: Decades ago? The TeaRepublican Party's only four 158 years old.

FTFY


Well, the Republican Party only went off the deep end after Eisenhower.
 
2012-07-15 12:09:49 PM
i202.photobucket.com
 
2012-07-15 12:11:16 PM
Was Subby making a subtle reference to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, or just snarking in general?

"And that, I think, was the handle-that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn't need that. Our energy would simply prevail. There was no point in fighting-on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave....

So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark-that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back."
 
2012-07-15 12:21:10 PM

Debeo Summa Credo: rjakobi: Well, maybe if the baby boomers spent less time talking crap about the younger generations not amounting to anything, they'd probably would get better health care when they're too old to take care of themselves.

Maybe if the millenials spent less time whining about the boomers they'd be able to find gainful employment and health coverage instead of just whining that its being denied them by the boomers.

/though stupid, this comment is no stupider than yours or many others in this thread.


Sorry, but the Boomers were the Me generation. They wasted the 70's, spent the 80's and 90's focused on their own greed at the expense of even their own children, creating an economic mess that exploded and now they want the rest of us to take care of them.
 
2012-07-15 12:28:35 PM

The 4chan Psychiatrist: This headline made me try to picture exactly what a tsunami of mental illness would look like.


This

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2012-07-15 12:31:00 PM

rjakobi: Well, maybe if the baby boomers spent less time talking crap about the younger generations not amounting to anything, they'd probably would get better health care when they're too old to take care of themselves.


yes yes, your argument is flawless in its logic. moran. bless the never-ending flow of dumb young farkers.
 
2012-07-15 12:40:11 PM
Sorry, but the Boomers were the Me generation. They wasted the 70's, spent the 80's and 90's focused on their own greed at the expense of even their own children, creating an economic mess that exploded and now they want the rest of us to take care of them.

Don't cast a broad stroke over an entire generation, that;s just ignorant. I'm a baby boomer and I raised three children, two college grads and the third on his way. I've worked 36 years for the same employee, often putting in many hours of overtime. I currently work a second job to fund vacations and occasionally afford a nice dinner out. When I retire I will have a generous pension which I've contributed to for decades. I will also collect Social Security which I am entitled to having contributed into the fund for 40 years. I took care of my parents generation via my contributions and my children will take care of me through theirs.

I, and many of my friends, spent the eighties and nineties providing for our families, not focusing on our greed.

/BTW get off my lawn, I work hard to make it look so good.
 
2012-07-15 12:43:34 PM

Nakito: Heh. Some of you are saying that the boomers are a bunch of aging conservatives. Others are saying that the boomers are a bunch of aging liberal hippies. In light of the diversity of cultural views within every generation, this reveals far more about the ideologies of the individuals posting in this thread than it does about the boomers. Fark is fascinating that way.


In my family, the liberal hippies of the '60's morphed into a bunch of aging conservatives in 2012 (eg. Tea Partiers )

/ lots of weed & cocaine back in the day probably damaged some neurons
// lots of proscription drugs now, with similar results..
 
2012-07-15 12:45:27 PM
Here we have the young farkers are complaining about us silverbacks almost like our parents complained about our generation. Just when you think you've finally figured it out....

/wanna know how long it took me to figure out that "Bloomsday" was about a "HJ?"
 
2012-07-15 12:51:48 PM
Boomers, millennals, Gen X, Y, Z or whatever, ALL generations are facing a growing mental health crisis since the government slashed the mental health budget in the middle 70's and never fully restored it.

The early 70's made massive strides in the treatment of mental health, changing therapies that were decades old, cruel and inefficient, working to educate the public that mental health was NOT like depicted in horror movies, developing small, easy access local clinics and making it tougher for anyone to be shipped to a mental institution on any lame excuse.

Then they developed patient's rights, started educating police departments, working on new, better medications and battling the stigma attached to mental problems. At the same time, the mental health field was working to understand the sudden spread of drug abuse, the addictions and society in general.

They had to cull out the crap stuff from the 60's, where assorted cults and Gurus' suckered masses of people into believing in false lifestyles or philosophies and had to understand the leaders themselves.

They made it harder to have someone lobotomized. Shock treatments were regulated. Standards for major institutions concerning the care and wellbeing of confined patients were pushed into law along with hiring regulations for the workers.

Within a remarkably short time, they made HUGE strides. The government responded by extending grants for mental health development and studies and the US climbed into the number one spot for mental health care.

More young people were entering the field and bringing with them new ideas and concepts and the success rate was climbing dramatically.

Then came the oil crunch. Within two years, the mental health budget was slashed to the bone, grants nearly stopped, long established major mental institutions were closed and thousands of ill patients dumped into the growing masses of the homeless with little if any support mechanisms in place.

It never recovered. There are still yearly battles for budgets and mental health workers often find themselves out of a job because of cuts and those who are left get overwhelmed by the flood of patients.

Now, private institutions and clinics opened up, basing their therapies on the previous discoveries, but they're expensive. The original plan had been to make mental health care affordable for everyone by basing it on a sliding scale. Private institutions and clinics don't do that.

One local drug rehab center charges patients $700 a day and the minimum stay is 30 days.

As society became more complex due to advances in technology and the new problems that brought up, mental problems increased. As the US became the most litigious society in the world, THAT brought up even more problems.

Suddenly, we're flooded with pedophiles and no one knows why or how to treat the problem aside from poorly thought out sex offender laws and Nazi-isque Ostracization that turns the average citizen into a raving lunatic.

New, deadlier designer drugs show up and morons take them in droves and we don't know why. People have become more callous and selfish and we don't know why.

The chances of YOU, the next generation, having major mental problems is far greater than back in the 1900's but your treatment options are frozen around the 1970's level.

Congress has been ignoring the mental health budget for decades, preferring to fill the pockets of special interest groups with available funds instead.

Once you cross middle age, things seem to change rapidly and not everyone can grasp this. Studies on the aging brain are not as advanced as they should be. Studies on the family and aging relatives are not current.

I think, if I were you, I'd be concerned. Hell, I'd be scared. Laws are evolving faster than ever to restrict your civil rights and freedoms and the elderly are rapidly becoming targets.

The US is now down in the double digits concerning Mental Health Care. Some third world nations are ahead of us.

We also have a spike in adolescent mental illness that is barely understood and needs more study, but the funds aren't there and the lawyers are making a killing suing everyone for a kids bad behavior.

Think about it.
 
2012-07-15 12:53:01 PM

jackandwater: /who had/heard of restless leg syndrome 15-20 yrs ago? Or dry eye disorder?


Ankelosing spondelitis is the new condition you're supposed to ask your doctor about.
 
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