I come from a generation of kids who see no shame in visiting a mental health professional when life gets a bit overwhelming. When I was young, and my father passed away, I went to a phsychiatrist for a while, and there’s nothing embarrassing about it. If you’re in your early 30s-late 20s and you haven’t struggled with the dilemma if whether popping an Adderall might help you get work done, or help your child do better in school (well lucky you) but, pardon me, you’ve been living under a rock!
Today, most of the people I know are on a mild anti-anxiety or anti-depressant. At the very least they’ve received a prescription, for a dose or two of Xanax from their doctor. This doesn’t make them mentally ill. In fact, I think this makes them responsible and healthy. If they weren’t willing to seek help and treat their ailments I would be highly concerned about their mental stability.
These were the thoughts that ran through my head last week as I prepared to “shop” for health insurance on the government’s new website. Never mind that with the “shutdown” the site is not functioning properly, I did like a good little lamb and created an account. But as I sit and wait for an email saying that I can continue the process, I’ve started thinking about all the little aches and pains for which I’ve previously seen my doctor. Then it occurred to me: when I renew my concealed carry permit in three years, will the FBI include my medical files in my background check? What in my record could keep me from passing? And that’s when I began to make this “infographic,” to explain just how I see this Trojan Horse, called the Affordable Care Act.