Rules For Surviving The Mental Health/Illness System

Everybody who has experienced the mental health/illness system from the inside doesn’t have to live their lives according to a script ghost written by NAMI, bio-medical model psychiatry, and pharmaceutical salesmen in cahoots. There is much room available today for anyone refusing to be a toady for the illness industry to have a viable place in the world.

Rule number 1. You don’t have to identify yourself with mental illness.

Nerves are nerves; you learn to deal with them. Social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, etc., the minor disorder labels of this sort used to be called neurosis. Most kids are neurotic, it’s called childhood. Taking drugs for nerves is like drinking whiskey to be social. It might help in the short term, but it’s going to mean a real disaster in the long term. We don’t encourage kids to drink, in fact, it’s illegal. Adults with nerves need to lay off the pills if they don’t want to become more nervous.

Major mental illnesses are like minor mental illnesses under a magnifying glass, only if you looked there’d be nothing to see. It just means this person has a bigger problem than a person who has a smaller problem. Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression are the clinical names for these disorders. They also go by other names such as chimera, griffon, and phoenix. There isn’t much people can do about them except wait for the smoke to clear.

Rule number 2. Escaping from a mental health facility is not as sick as voluntarily admitting oneself into a mental health facility.

Things like mental health treatment should be finite, i.e. they should have a beginning, middle, and an end. The most important aspect of such treatment is the end, not the beginning. When treatment is without end you have what they call a chronic mental patient (or chronic mental health consumer if you prefer). Many doctors, many staff members, and many patients do not understand this very basic fact regarding treatment.

Rule number 3. Poison is not medicine. Don’t take it.

This is where the current mental health treatment paradigm is most messed up. The so called medications most commonly used in the treatment of serious hang ups are not medicinal in the slightest, they are poisonous drugs. Studies have shown mental patients dying on average 25 years younger than the rest of the population due to the use of these poisons. Slow acting poison is still poison. Alright, that’s the body, and it mostly concerns atypical neuroleptic drug use. The original neuroleptic drugs don’t kill the body as fast perhaps, but they certainly do a good job on the brain. Brain shrinkage doesn’t help anyone perform at an optimal level. Brain damage is not the best goal in life to have, miracle cure or no miracle cure.

Rule number 4. Play the game.

This is another version of When In Rome. Psychiatrists and mental health workers are all about torture, only they call it treatment. These guys and gals are idiots, sure, and they are talking a lot of stupid nonsense, right, but they have all the power while you have none. If you want assert your independence in a big way, they will burn you for it. Reason doesn’t go over big with them, only idiocy. You don’t want to disagree with them, even if you disagree with them. They can make life tough for you. Your objective should be discharge from the hospital, and it’s their game, not your game. You must play by their rules. When you are released into your own space you can go crazy as you please. (In a fine and secluded place, well beyond public scrutiny, of course.) There are people who didn’t learn this rule many years ago, when they were first admitted to the hospital, the hospital they haven’t exited yet.

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  1. Rule number 4 is a tough one for someone who already knows the psychtroopers. I recommend rock hard resistance if the person is up to it. Cause them so much trouble that they beg you to leave the hospital. Tell them you’ll think about it. If they are stupid enough to tell you that you can go if you agree to a CTO, laugh in their faces. Walk out of the consultation and go to the kitchen. Tell’em you want a double serving that evening for dinner. Tell all the other “patients” and staff what an idiot the shrink is.

    Make them get security to throw you out. When you’re out go to the clinic named on your bogus CTO. Take up a whole hour and make extra appointments. Tell the idiot shrink that you will poke sticks in your own eyes before you will ever submit or concede to anything that he could ever do or say. Laugh in his face as he cancels the CTO. Tell the “patients” in the waiting area all about it.

    Insult and ridicule him at every opportunity until at such time he issues a restraint order. You can abide by the restraint order without losing face because the order is issued by a magistrate and enforced by the police, not him. He has had to lie to take out the order. The magistrate can see this but allows the restraint order just to be on the safe side. You thank the magistrate and apologize on behalf of the shrinks who have put him in a morally awkward position.

    You can be pretty confident that they will never have you back in a psych hospital ever again and if you do it right you can provoke them and trap them when they make false charges of breach of restraint order.

    • Maybe so, and maybe no. Let me start with Rule number 2. Another version of this rule runs: It is sicker to break into a mental hospital than it is to break out of a mental hospital. If sicker is a problem you can substitute the words “makes more sense”. I’m thinking its nonsensical behavior that gets pathologized and labeled a great deal. Think self-injurious behavior. Think suicide.

      How does this relate? State hospitals in the USA, and I imagine Australian psychiatric hospitals are pretty much the same, have their own little Catch 22. It goes like this…The person who doesn’t admit to being “sick” is “sicker” than the person who does admit to being “sick”. Either “the patient” is seen as being “in denial” with regard to the seriousness of his or her disease, or “the patient” is seen as “lacking insight” into the nature of his or her disease. Either way this denial or lack of insight is seen as a symptom of the disease, and therefor grounds for keeping ‘the patient’ in the hospital. In other words, the person who ‘admits’ to being “sick” has to be “less sick” than the person who doesn’t “admit” to being “sick”. The person who says he or she is “sick” is going to be closer to discharge than the person who says he or she is “well”, a surefire grounds for extending his or her hospitalization.

      Clinics are one thing, and I’m not so sure how that works. The total institution of the state hospital is quite another matter altogether. I read your final paragraph with a sense of disbelief. Given one of these total institutions, put up a big fight, and I’m thinking Randolph Patrick McMurphy at the end of One Flew Over A Cuckoos Nest. Some of these hospitals are out to break a person’s fighting spirit, and believe me, they can break that spirit.

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