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The problem in the USA is an almost total lack of ability to commitment except when laws, usually concerning illegal or illegally obtained drugs have been broken or alcohol has been abused. The result is that mental illness has led either to jail or to life on the street unless family can cope. And we have seen the consequences of that dilemma recently in Tuscon. What is the legal situation in Finland?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Jan 26th, 2011 at 09:50:33 PM EST
And were I referred to such a facility I have to wonder what they would make of my former sig line:

If sanity be culturally normative, by the norms of this society I claim insanity.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Jan 26th, 2011 at 09:52:11 PM EST
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Your friend may or may not find that amusing.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Jan 26th, 2011 at 09:52:46 PM EST
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But that signature is precisely the point.

Keynesianism is intellectually hard, as evidenced by the inability of many trained economists to get it - Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jan 27th, 2011 at 09:55:40 AM EST
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Conform or be committed!

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Jan 27th, 2011 at 11:35:26 AM EST
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I don't think this is true. Such matters are not just about conformity. There is non-normative behaviour that is "normal" while sometimes it speaks of a deeper problem that requires treatment. Doctors will look into the matter; a hospital isn't jail. And the mother doesn't have her hands in it any more. By having committed her son to medical authorities she expressed that she couldn't handle her son's difference which was honest and probably responsible of her.

Defending John's difference doesn't necessarily help him to find back his balance. It would be interesting to hear his ex-wife, too. Maybe those same problems also led to his divorce while the separation itself only aggravated symptoms.

 

by Lily (put - lilyalmond - here <a> yahaah.france) on Thu Feb 3rd, 2011 at 12:31:05 PM EST
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