On Not Battling Windmills

I wouldn’t soil my hands by getting overly involved in any battle against the stigma of ‘mental illness’. Why?

1. The aim of mental health treatment should be the restoration of mental health, and I haven’t yet heard that there was any stigma associated with mental health.
2. The idea of stigma is a reinforcement of the biological medical model of psychiatry to which I don’t happen to subscribe.
3. It is my view that chronicity is acquired, and that it doesn’t have to apply to what are commonly referred to as ‘mental disorders’.

Negative outcomes are easy to come by if you want them. I just wonder. Why would you want them?

I tend to see what we call ‘mental illness’ as a failure track. Mental health, on the other hand, is a success track. If a person is on the track that leads to failure, why would that person not want to change to the track that leads to success?

Although success and failure are, of course, relative matters, the question has to be asked, which description is the most pervasive?

This makes treatment a matter of working on two aspects of the problem, the social realm and the personal realm. Social and personal successes do not need to be, by any means, synonymous.

No individual was ever ‘mentally ill’ so much as groups of individuals display harmful ways of interacting with other groups of individuals, and some of these interrelationships we might call ‘unhealthy’.

That’s the social realm. So often, as far as the personal realm goes, all it takes is a change of perspective to see a change in the world. Sometimes such changes in perspective are needed.

That’s stigma, that’s one thing. Civil and human rights are another. Psychiatric oppression occurs even after the person in crisis has gotten over whatever crisis he or she had, assuming that the person was in crisis in the first place.

Society still has a long way to go when it comes to assimilating, reintegrating and utilizing those of its members who are looked upon as ‘different’.

4 Responses

  1. How could you enter into a discussion with a person who utters slogans such as “Let’s remove the the stigma” when those very people are those who rely on creating stigma as a justification to do what they do?

    Imagine that you sitting in a waiting area and the walls are papered with slogans and warnings. Other people are waiting also. Some are fat and smelly, some are wearing everything they own. Some are skeletal. From amongst the people waiting you might hear, “They thought Einstein was crazy”. This is the kind of pitiful defense, the most pitiful whispered protest that these people are able to make at the time.

    The posters on walls are telling the captive to wear a condom, not tell their carers to get fucked and to halve their next dose of ice. Oh… and that there should be no stigma to mental illness.

    • The anti-stigma campaign for me represents a pro-mental illness campaign. What you get out of this thing are ‘advertisements for ‘mental illness”.

      Alright, maybe I should call it a pro-mental illness labeling campaign, and say that what you are going to get out of this thing are advertisements for the ‘mental illness’ label. People are being sold a bill of goods, sure, but not all of them are buying it.

      Irresponsibility is irresponsibility, and we shouldn’t call a joker a duece.

      You’ve got people who are making their careers a matter of living off disability payments. Welfare fraud of this sort is no longer prosecuted. All a person has to do is to get some quack shrink to claim he or she has a ‘broken brain’. The under employed joins the ranks of the chronically unemployed, and becomes a buried statistic, namely one of the cough cough unemployable. This is a growing population. Some day the bottom is going to drop out from under the economy…again.

      Meanwhile, when is somebody going to think about a practical way of getting people out of such an assanine system rather than into it.

  2. I don’t have any particular fondness or sympathy for the “mentally ill”. For one thing they are recruited from the general population.

    I seek out rational people whoever they are. I can recognize them even when they express themselves in strange ways. Sometimes because they express themselves in strange ways.

    Shrinks, their minions and their desperate supporters are boring and tedious to encounter. Their supposed earnest and sophisticated utterings are heartbreakingly pathetic, nothing but secondhand propaganda. Poor quality secondhand propaganda at that. They succeed since the general public are nowadays illiterate and innumerate. Sitting ducks ready to slurp up the most ridiculous logical fallacies and outright lies. Not just ready but eager for more.

    As for getting people out and showing that the system is an ass? What I’m doing is encouraging people to get copies of and read their supposed psych history. What they find is that the shrinks are both stupid and incompetent.. I then taunt the shrinks and provoke them. Since they can’t control themselves they resort to committing perjury.

    I’m pretty fit and able. I think that I can withstand their threats and assaults and eventually expose them.

    • “Mental illness” is way up there with normality for me. I’ve looked for it everywhere, but I can’t find it anywhere. It’s just some Dr. Bozo talking. No, no. You’re not sitting on it. It’s…in your head.

      A person who has been fooled is a person who has been deceived. A person who deceives him or herself is a fool. A person who learned from his or her folly has gained wisdom. Some people don’t wise up, and there are places for such people, but I wouldn’t highly recommend going there.

      I would encourage people who have been in the mental health system to take a look at their records, too. You never know what you’ll find therein. It’s never what you expect. Your Bipolar could actually find he or she was a Borderline, and vice versa. You don’t need to have an identity crisis when you know who you are.

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