More on privilege, specifically economic

14 Mar

I wrote in my last over arching post about privilege about how I come from an upper class family, but it wasn’t always that was. Also if you remember or click black on the link you will see that privilege I a continuum, with extremes on each side. I’m not, and have never been at either extreme. 

We grew up in a working class family. My mom was a waitress and my dad was a service manager at an automotive repair shop. Our first house was a one bed room, one bath 5 acre lot up in the mountains that my family did an expansion on, with my grandparents. 

When I was about 5 my parents bought a gas station with an automotive repair station about an hour away from where we lived. My dad commuted to work for about 2 years before we moved to where I live now. 

Business was rough until I was late in elementary school. My parents were workaholics and the business wasn’t thriving like it was now. But we were doing okay, but nothing like the more extravagant life we live now. 

As the business did better and better, my dad began traveling more and more for fishing as they were self sufficient. It created a lot of family drama but that’s for another post. 

By high school we had grown to three fast stations and auto repairs. My dad was gone much more and my psych issues were peaking. The benefit of being economically well off was I was seeing a private therapist weekly me parents were paying for. I didn’t have to worry about treatment for my psych issues. I wasn’t able to work because my psych issues but my family could support me. And almost every time my dad went out of town/the country he would leave me money to do things with. 

I am very lucky in that I can afford treatment for my mental health issues because my current upper class standing. It’s a privilege that I try not to take for granted, especially when reading other people’s blogs and the struggles they have with insurance and paying for or receiving mental health treatment. 

And this post is just in regards to economic privilege along with mental health treatment. 

2 Responses to “More on privilege, specifically economic”

  1. Bradley March 14, 2016 at 2:26 PM #

    I also grew up in an upper middle class family. Unfortunately, I lost connection with most of them for awhile. I was on the streets going to one county medical center to another and was always turned away. They had too many clients. One even told me that I was too high functioning for help (yet I was homeless.) They told me to come back when my situation gets worse and they’ll see what they can do then

    I’m happy to see that’s not your situation. You seem grateful and you should be. Great post.

  2. manyofus1980 March 14, 2016 at 4:19 PM #

    i think no matter what a person has they always deserve help. we were poor when i was young, my family had very little. things are better now but we arent well off by any standards. i dont have private health insurance or anything like that. my treatment team are very good but i am not paying top money to see them. great post. XX

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