My own experience in therapy has taught me that we are a product of our environment and our genetics. Just as some physical illnesses run in families, mental illnesses do as well. But mental illnesses do not develop without some kind of precipitating event or events. Even so, no matter what has happened to someone, they have the power to heal. Our bodies and minds are self healing. We need help sometimes, and it can take strength and courage to reach out for help for a mental illness. I admire people who allow themselves to be open to this type of help. The whole world benefits from people understanding each other. The political unrest in our country that has been getting worse for the past three years is a product of inciting and dividing people. Our county's original sin of creating a nation based on equality but not for all people, only for the few, is the root cause of this unrest. All people need to be respected and loved. We need to eradicate poverty and we can.