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EDWARD SCHWEIKERT: Labels hinder unique creativity

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Being classified with a mental issue often results in lost contributions to society

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

The free world celebrated the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion. Interesting. I heard World War II veterans say or agree that “Hitler was alive and well living in the United States.” The federal and state governments are duplicating the Nazi Germany they had fought. It is worse now.

If in Nazi Germany you were labeled “mentally ill” and you were a productive member of society, the government would sterilize you. If you were labeled “crazy” and a burden of society, you were terminated. Hitler’s family member was killed. We simply put them in mental hospitals or prisons and forget.

I have known someone who was an active, creative child. The system diagnosed and prescribed medication to control the behavior. Later, the same system added more medication to combat the growing behavior of that active, creative child the medical field had suppressed earlier. That person has become “another brick in the wall” (Pink Floyd).

Some can exhibit intelligence, but if they lie outside mainstream, they are shunned, outcast or isolated by society. Albert Einstein was labeled one because society could not classify him. If he had not received financial backing, he would have died an unemployed, fired, entry-level patent clerk in Austria.

EDWARD SCHWEIKERT

Albany