Today the participants in my Men's Depression Group wanted to talk about Charlie Sheen. They were feeling pretty angry and had a thing or two to get off their collective chests.
Here's something you should know about this group. They all suffer from significant mental illness -- Depression, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder. Some have been homeless. Some have been involuntarily hospitalized. Some have been incarcerated. Some have attempted suicide. Some are actively hallucinating. Some teeter on the edge of relapse. And despite all their distractions and obstacles, they keep coming to the weekly group.
Talking about anger is good for depression especially when anger is such a big part of depression. Today's discussion was really good for these really brave men.
Here's what they had to say about Charlie Sheen.
It's insulting to the chronically and persistently mentally ill when people say that Charlie Sheen must suffer from a mental illness. One radio personality with absolutely no authority in such matters went so far as to diagnose him as suffering from Bipolar Disorder.
He's not mentally ill, one group member said with more energy than I'd seen in some time.
Another participant agreed and said, "He's just a wasted jerk who got too much attention and too much money way too soon."
All participants agreed that the main problem with Charlie Sheen is that he's way too full of himself and he has taken way too many drugs.
"The human brain doesn't do too good when all those chemicals are pumped into it," another participant concluded.
I feel protective of the mentally ill and they deserve better than to be compared to an ego-manical coked out narcissist.
You go, Men's Depression Group.
Of course, witsendmagazine will continue to offer sarcastic Sheen observations. It's too much to resist.