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Kellen, Why can you not help but wonder?

I know what your gut feeling is telling you, why do you appear to doubt yourself?

You have seen the foster children age out of the care system and live on the streets yourself. You know the base cause of their problem is the trauma - because you have worked for years surrounded by the effects.

Do you use the word "wonder" to avoid seeming arrogant?

We all know how correct you are, now, what are you going to do about it?

Do other countries have a better system?

Do therapists in the us collate their findings to provide meaningful statistics - will someone listen?

In the eyes of many a government, the homeless are not worth the care nor the cost; How would you propose to alter that attitude?

Are the authorities governing the foster care system in some way influenced by the drug and insurance companies in the same way as other areas of your health care system? Talk to them Kellen.

I’ve read through a few of your articles and I find them to be extremely interesting and honest. Many blogs that I go on talk about depression as if it’s a disease or merely state the diagnostic criteria. I like that you write quite frankly that people need to see depression as an indicator for change (going outside in the sun, exercising, socializing). Right now, I’m considering medication and it’s difficult to make an informed decision. My therapist has recommended medication. I went to the psychiatrist but she says that I can take it if I want to but there are ‘underlying issues’. It has me a bit confused. I’m not a doctor neither am I a mental health care provider. The “I can take it if I want to” sounds to me like you don’t need it but if you feel like taking it I’ll just write a prescription. It's like eating candy. One of your articles was saying that there are a lot of people out there that don’t know how to cope. What happens when you’re just drained, why you're 'coped out' and you’ve had one trial after another? What happens when you’re not performing like your counterparts who had parents to teach them what life is about, how to do well on the job and play the game, finding a career that you love and that you are competent in (not just choosing a job that gets the bills paid, where you can get paid a reasonable sum of money (being a kindergarten teacher vs being a doctor) and have that support? I’m doing school and work and I’m now at a point where I’m just sitting there staring at the screen. I don’t want to do it anymore. I hate it. I’m in graduate school in my early 20’s. I can’t just say I’m unhappy with work and school so I’m going to quit both and start afresh. I still have to pay rent and everything else. That should be motivation enough. Reading through the internet all I see are horror stories about how antidepressants have messed up people’s lives, how bad the side effects are (lack of focus, sleepiness). Sure, it’s nice to keep in mind “look at how far I’ve come” but the external world is not going to look at you in that way. They are going to compare you to others and if you’re not up to par you will be found wanting and be rejected. Will antidepressants work to help with coping and take away the depression and anxiety so that I actually can compete?

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