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27. I would say that ideological fanaticism can function as an equivalent of mental illness
Tue Mar 9, 2021, 08:31 PM
Mar 2021

even when no medical dysfunction is present.

The right in general and Trump in particular have been demanding of their followers for a long time that they be willing to put dogma above data, to believe their ears rather than their eyes. After decades of inculcation into this mindset, in parallel with similar efforts by evangelical preachers to breed their own kind of purblind fanaticism, we have a large population of people who are willing to act entirely as if they are mentally ill, when they aren't.

A friend had a breakdown [View all] KT2000 Mar 2021 OP
Thanks for sharing this story. TexasLefty29 Mar 2021 #1
Mental illness is a dreadful tragedy. We haven't known for years now where Hortensis Mar 2021 #2
It is so freaking sad KT2000 Mar 2021 #8
We did also. She could seem entirely rational and pleasant Hortensis Mar 2021 #20
I know someone whose husband was a diplomat at an African post. He broke down and... lagomorph777 Mar 2021 #59
Big frontier. A friend's son became schizophrenic soon Hortensis Mar 2021 #61
I'm so sorry you have to go through this -- my nephew has similar issues and it's heartbreaking Lettuce Be Mar 2021 #3
thank you KT2000 Mar 2021 #6
I heard one of them saying that Biden is on a movie set and Trump is still president malaise Mar 2021 #4
OMG KT2000 Mar 2021 #28
Our regional NextDoor banned all non-local political discussion. Dark n Stormy Knight Mar 2021 #48
I wish ours would KT2000 Mar 2021 #49
That's horrific! Those people are delusional and dangerous. Dark n Stormy Knight Mar 2021 #51
Same with our Nextdoor site. alphafemale Mar 2021 #53
Hmmm, and Trump is where, doing what, and why can't we see him Dark n Stormy Knight Mar 2021 #50
Ha - I'm sure she has an explanation for his absence malaise Mar 2021 #52
There's always an "explanation." Just as there's always a new date Dark n Stormy Knight Mar 2021 #55
Nailed it malaise Mar 2021 #56
without a doubt. barbtries Mar 2021 #5
thank goodness she is not a Q person KT2000 Mar 2021 #7
I'm wondering how old your friend is, wnylib Mar 2021 #22
I don't know her diagnosis KT2000 Mar 2021 #29
So sad that she won't take the meds. wnylib Mar 2021 #35
Yes - she got blood tests KT2000 Mar 2021 #36
Costly, but might not be a bad idea. wnylib Mar 2021 #39
thanks for the link KT2000 Mar 2021 #10
A patient can't be kept in a mental health facility involuntarily for more than 72 hours, uness ShazzieB Mar 2021 #13
it's not a good time in our history. barbtries Mar 2021 #16
This is so true, barbtries. Started with Reagan/Gingrich's weaponization of the rightwing, Fox BComplex Mar 2021 #54
that's the timeline as I see it. barbtries Mar 2021 #57
Yes - KT2000 Mar 2021 #30
Sad what for profit bullshit did to I_UndergroundPanther Mar 2021 #17
similar situation here MFM008 Mar 2021 #21
I'm really sorry you're going through this. blue neen Mar 2021 #23
I'm sorry you are feeling this way. halobeam Mar 2021 #37
I wonder about the mental health of many over at FR. Kaleva Mar 2021 #9
I'm so so sorry about your friend Withywindle Mar 2021 #11
Thank you for posting this. mountain grammy Mar 2021 #12
the way America treats mental health / addiction issues Skittles Mar 2021 #14
this. halobeam Mar 2021 #38
I watched a Nova documentary on addiction Skittles Mar 2021 #40
Extreme paranoia is usually the flip side of grandiose thinking Warpy Mar 2021 #15
that makes sense KT2000 Mar 2021 #31
Not only have I worked a lot of psych Warpy Mar 2021 #43
By Irish standards!!! KT2000 Mar 2021 #46
4 police officers from 3 different jurisdictions opened fire on a 17-year-old BOY who was having a ARPad95 Mar 2021 #18
Horrible, just horrible KT2000 Mar 2021 #32
Sadly, what comes next is her wondering if YOU are "part of it" now. Be careful, please. n/t TygrBright Mar 2021 #19
Unlikely Warpy Mar 2021 #44
Paranoia is horrible. hunter Mar 2021 #24
I feel for you KT2000 Mar 2021 #34
Most people with that severe, familial stuff need to bounce back into the hospital Warpy Mar 2021 #45
The lack of places for people to get adequate help NHvet Mar 2021 #25
Very true Alice Kramden Mar 2021 #41
She's clearly not taking her meds. I wish her the best. MoonRiver Mar 2021 #26
I would say that ideological fanaticism can function as an equivalent of mental illness paulkienitz Mar 2021 #27
what surprises me KT2000 Mar 2021 #33
Well said Alice Kramden Mar 2021 #42
❤️ ✿❧🌿❧✿ ❤️ Lucinda Mar 2021 #47
I wonder whether some QAnuts are actually caused by "asymptomatic" COVID. lagomorph777 Mar 2021 #58
Ask everyone you know for referrals to excellent caring therapists and psychiatrists for your frined Tom Rinaldo Mar 2021 #60
Thank you KT2000 Mar 2021 #64
The "in the know" concept of alternate an reality has always fascinated me. jaxexpat Mar 2021 #62
That is a terrible thing to witness, and have happen to a friend. BobTheSubgenius Mar 2021 #63
My Mom called me a few days ago Laha Mar 2021 #65
There is an ingrained evolutionary response to Ilsa Mar 2021 #66
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