I’m not OK. You’re not OK. We’re OK.

This post has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with that school of psychology known as Transactional Analysis, and, therefore, nobody associated with that school need take offense over the purloined jargon.

If you thought things were schizophrenic before, just wait…A recent Florida news headline, in Florida Today, declares, ‘It’s OK to not be OK’: Panel vows to tackle stigma linked with mental issues. Apparently crazy has received a major make over.

One of every four Space Coast adults reports symptoms of chronic depression. But unlike physical injuries, mental health issues carry a negative stigma — discouraging many from seeking help.

A label of “chronic depression” is the “OK” signal for “not OK” moods and attitudes. “Negative stigma” is the thing that makes “not OK” “OK”. If “not OK” weren’t “OK” then “not OK” people would have to become “OK”.

Alright. Maybe I was over simplifying. “Chronic depression” is “not OK”, but it is “OK” now to be “not OK”. “Negative stigma” would be “OK” if “chronic depression” were “not OK”, but since “chronic depression” is “OK”, “negative stigma” is “not OK”. Get it.

If 1 in 4 Space Coast cadets require “help” or “treatment”, that is, convincing as to the “OK”ness of their “not OK”ness, well, there you have it. We need more effective persuaders.

If “not OK” were not “disease”, and, therefore, unavoidable, blah blah blah.

“We have a tendency as a society to place fault. If you have a broken leg, it’s not your fault,” said Lori Parsons, Family Counseling Center of Brevard chief executive officer.

So broken brains are not the fault of the people with the broken brains. Nor are those people around them responsible for having broken their brains. Broken brains are an accident of God, nature, or pseudo-science. As in broken legs, where the fault resides in the leg bone, the fault resides in the broken brain.

“(But) if you have something wrong with you that’s a mental health issue that you’re struggling with, somehow that’s your fault,” Parsons said.

No, it’s the brains fault. I think we covered that issue fully above. Can’t you read?

If there is no remedy for “mental health issues”, of course, that’s of no concern to the physician.  He does his best, optimistically speaking. Nonetheless, and skirting the technicalities involved, if you think you are “not OK”, and the doctor thinks there’s no fixing your “not OK” thinking, we can only redeem you by declaring “not OK” “OK”.

Why, you may ask, must we make “not OK” “OK”? Why, of course! In order that we can request additional money so that “not OK” may feel more “OK” about him or herself being “not OK”. Is everybody happy, or, at least, “OK” about being “not OK”?

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