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Pat McMahon

Madness

Sunday, I felt madness in my life, the kind that comes from anger.

The anger came from the other kind of madness, the kind they were talking about on "60 Minutes": Mental illness in America.

I really found it upsetting to be reminded by a Scott Pelley segment on the program that in this country, the United States of America, in the 21st century, remarkable breakthroughs in research are being made every day to control disease -- to help the paralyzed walk and the blind to see -- but if you have a person in your family who suffers from any kind of mental illness, you may be screwed.

"60 Minutes" interviewed an influential Virginia political leader whose bipolar son savagely attacked him and then shot himself. How did his condition get to that point?

Because there was nowhere to go for real treatment.

Scott Pelley asked a cross-section of mothers about the kind of help that their mentally ill -- and often violent children -- had available from insurance companies and hospitals.

The answer? Virtually non-existent.

You know what that's called?

Madness!

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author


He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talk-shows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The Mc Mahon Group" features a very unpredictable all-star panel where 3 people from the community get together and give there thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's which talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multi-faceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.

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