I have to say that Hansard on mental illness is heavy going. It reproduces, word for word, the various speeches made by peers - there are no spontaneous questions as there are in the Commons. Lord Layard comes out with some interesting statistics, which I'll quote when I've read the whole thing - he certainly knows his stuff. In essence, he is backing the Government's desire to have parity of esteem between mental and physical health, which is certainly not the case at the moment - mental health being very much the poor relation. I know treatment has come a long way since the asylums closed twenty to thirty years ago, but more and more people are being diagnosed with mental health problems. Why? Is it just better recognised? There are millions of prescriptions for antidepressants given out each year - some must surely be going to the worried well? Worryingly, if my first episode had been correctly diagnosed in 1973, I would have had a life in the asylum on drugs like haloperidol and chlorpromazine. Not that I'm knocking them - many people were able to live outside the asylum when given those drugs.
I could go on for a long time, but I'll end there and try to go to sleep again.
I spent 16 years in the RAF defending the Free World , then got bunged out unceremoniously for being bipolar. I and was subsequently diagnosed with PTSD. Funny old world, isn't it?