Completely Bonkers, The Bill of Goods

Mental Health Needs Growing in All Facets of American Life shrieks an article in World News Insight. The selling of “mental illness” must go on and the heartland of such selling has become the USA.

Mental Health issues seem to be more and more common everywhere you look. It seems that society is more accepting of the fact that Mental Illness is legitimate and not just ploys for attention or other foolish things that people come up with. However, even though we may be a bit more accepting the majority of us still have some growing up to do on the mental illness front.

Note: embracing “mental illness” is not the same thing as getting over it.

The good news is that we’re “embracing” it.

In good news, results showed a sizable jump in the acceptance of mental illness as a neurobiological disease, from 54 percent in 1996 to 67 percent in 2006 and with a 6 to 13 percent increase across all test indicators. Similarly, a majority of respondents endorsed care for mental illness, with 85 percent of respondents advocating care for those with major depression.

I would like to point out that not all “care” is actually care. One person’s idea of “care” might be another person’s idea of “harm”. Some of this “care” involves force. This is where “care” becomes imprisonment, torture, and poisoning. I don’t consider imprisonment, torture, and poisoning care.

The bad news is that we’re as prejudiced as we ever were. We haven’t made any progress on the community integration, or the end the stigma, front. This embrace is always at arms length, and in another end of town.

However, public stigma remained high in the 2006 study and relatively unchanged from numbers found in 1996. So while it’s good news that advances have been made to embrace a neurobiological understanding of mental illness and endorse psychiatric treatment, public acceptance rates of people with mental illness show little improvement.

The moral of this tale is that if you’re nuts, maybe you’d better just stick to your closet.

There is a recovery model of treatment for “mental illness” that this article doesn’t touch upon. Recovery is about getting over it. Recovery is where your “mental illness” has a beginning, a middle, and an end. You can’t sell “mental illness”, and get over it at the same time. Not unless it’s merely partial recovery you’re talking about, but there are some people who are in the partial recovery business, too.

Hmmm, maybe “mental illness” isn’t such a good thing after all. How many coo coos do we really need?

Selling “mental illness” is a ploy to sell psychiatric drugs. The drugs don’t actually help anyone get over their problems. Instead these drugs extend the “illness” through the managing of its “symptoms”. These psychiatric drugs work mainly by keeping psychiatrists and mental health workers in business. I tend to think people would be better off if they lost their “illnesses”. As far as love affairs go, I’ve known better.

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