Translation, Please

Psychiatric Jargon

i. Oppositional Defiant Disorder
ii. Conduct Disorder
iii. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
iv. Intermittent Explosive Disorder
v. Generalized Anxiety Disorder
vi. Depressive Disorder

Plain English

i. Rebel
ii. Clown, Scoff law, Hood
iii. Problem Child
iv. Road Rage
v. Worrier
vi. Unhappy

On Lowering The Mental Illness Rate

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and Mental Health America claim that as many as 1/4 of this countries population suffers from a mental illness at one time or another. When we deal with what we call minor mental illnesses, and this includes some of the not so minor mental illnesses, as conditions and states that everybody goes through at one time or another, then these conditions become much more manageable, and they even have the potential of being brought under control. Heck, look at experiences in this fashion, and a lot of what we call mental illness has a tendency to just vanish into thin air.

Depression Demystified

America has a problem…

Bloomsberg News recently reported in the New York Times on a study showing that the number of people taking antidepressant drugs had doubled in the 10 years between 1996 and 2005. According to this article, 10.1 % of the populations of the USA are taking antidepressant drugs. 27,000,000 people then, 6 years of age and older, have been labeled depressed, and are on antidepressant drugs. 27,000,000 is a whole lot of people. There are cities that don’t have 27,000,000 people in them. While the use of antidepressant drugs has gone up, the number of these people in psychotherapy has gone down. The author of the study being highlighted here, Mark Olfson, claims these disturbing statistics indicate a need to have medical doctors, not just psychiatrists, trained to recognize depression and prescribe psychiatric drugs.

I think it would help if we cleared up a few matters about the disorder we are dealing with here before we proceed. Depression in psychiatric jargon is unhappiness in plain English. Drugs are never the best solution for unhappiness, if they are a solution at all. Let me put this another way, taking drugs for any problems you are having in your life will only appear to take those problems away, it won’t actually take those problems off your shoulders.

The solution to unhappiness is to pursue those activities which make one happy. Doing things that only make one unhappy represents a rut people should climb out of if at all possible. Labeling unhappiness depression, and then prescribing a drug for it, is definitely not the way to go. Getting medical doctors to prescribe drugs to unhappy people is not a very good idea either.