There’s something else you don’t know about me, Joe Rogan. (c)Tyrone Biggums
My dream was to be a Psychologist. Better yet, my dream was to have a private practice and provide therapeutic services to adolescents. Because I had great GRE scores coming out of Hampton University, I was kind of steered towards Ph.D. programs and Psy.D. programs. I went to work on a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology for 3 years and had a great GPA, but in an ironic twist, I had the worst case of writers’ block in history and ran out of funding before finishing. I intended to go back, but started making full time money, and now a wife and two sons later, it’s probably not in the cards.
I say all this to say that I know a little something about mental health treatment. With that background, how in the bluest of hells would a trained mental health professional think it’s a good idea to completely disrupt the life of an ex-husband to help his scheming “amnesiac” ex-wife? It’s all kinds of unethical and just plain wrong. The Young and The Restless handles many issues with kid gloves, but they’re so ham-handed with the portrayal of both mental health professionals and the mentally ill. From Emily Peterson marrying her bat-shit crazy client’s obsession to this Kevin and Jana debacle to Sharon’s private room to Ashley’s voluntary commitment to Adam’s manipulation and the depiction of the patients as 1 dimensional loony birds, the portrayal leaves a lot to be desired, to say the least. Again, it’s a great dramatic opportunity for Y & R that they won’t take in order to take shortcuts. How interesting would it be for Sharon, for instance, to realize she was Bipolar? It could create some Emmy-worthy scenes and could explain a lot of her past behaviors. If you doubt the dramatic potential of such a development, I dare you to check out “An Unquiet Mind” by Kay Redfield Jamison.
Anyway, I really hope this storyline ends quickly…it just makes me uncomfortable…not that I watch that kind of thing