“Mental illness” training in the rear view mirror

The parenthetic zone of mental health treatment

(psycho-social rehab)         real world

has a natural analogy in the contrast between childhood play and adult responsibility.

(pretend)         actuality

One can of course invert the equation,

)pretend(         actuality

but that causes problems for the rest of us, and it can eventually land one in psycho-social rehab.

Answers to treatment addiction


Self destructive and suicidal actions aren’t sensible acts. Acting sensibly isn’t acting mad, “mentally ill”, out, what have you. Acting on self-interest is sensible. Doing those things that support self-interest and not doing those things that work against self-interest is a sensible way to behave.

It is not sensible for one to waste an excessive amount of precious time when one could be doing things that support self-interest.


Youth is prone to folly. Time and experience teach. It would be wrong to condemn anybody for the folly they displayed in their youth. Some people actually grow wiser over time even if some people continue to repeat the follies of their youth.


A role in life is not a permanent state of being. It is best to realise this transitory nature of reality, and not to give things more weight than they actually deserve. Confusing a role with a permanent state is a way for a person to keep themselves back, and it’s not a way for a person to move forward. You are what you do, and not the other way around.


Physical health is interconnected with mental health. If it harms your physical health it can’t be good for your mental health. Concentrating on improving physical health is a way of staying mentally fit. It takes effort to stay physically healthy, and this effort in turn builds mental health (i.e. stamina).


Should you be using a psychiatric drug to maintain your mental equilibium, something is wrong. Something like 95 % of the people in the general public haven’t been saddled with a “serious mental illness” label. Something like 5 % of the population has been tagged with a “serious mental illness” label. Mental health is a matter of ceasing to consume mental health services. Psychiatric drugs are a major reason why people have difficulty ceasing to consume mental health services. People who have difficulty ceasing to consume mental health services are people who have been labeled longterm or “chronically” “mentally ill”. (This “chronic” adjective is a contemporary update of the old term “incurable”.) Psychiatric drugs have toxic effects, and withdrawal symptoms that severely disable people, and these adverse effects go a long way towards explaining the large recidivism rate for people in mental health treatment. It is possible for people in the 5 % category to re-join people in the 95 % category, but they can’t do so through drug “therapy”, or “medication maintenance”. They can only do so through detoxification.

2 Responses

  1. You wrote:
    “Physical health is interconnected with mental health. If it harms your physical health it can’t be good for your mental health.”


    Which is precisely why being “compiant” with a failed paradigm of care – aka, psychiatric drugs for the long-haul causes more harm than good.

    Can these psychiatrists not see the damage from these drugs?
    Lay-people can!
    The glassy eyes, the shuffled gait… hell, let’s cut things to-the-quick.
    These drugs turn people into zombies!

    I agree.
    Full “recovery” means tapering OFF psychiatric drugs.
    It also requires replacing them with things that work.
    Things that work to make both the mind and body STRONG.
    Not weaker…. STRONGER!

    The problem of course is for those who have been on these drugs for long periods of time, and the danger of withdrawal that comes after significant time has gone by…
    These folks deserve some empathy and understanding.
    The drugs are addictive, and full withdrawal is not always possible…

    We do NOT have adequate withdrawal centers set up in this country, and to attempt to withraw can be more dangerous than getting on the drugs to begin with?

    Pharma has been successful in creating enormous disability rates, and unfortunately, the lawsuits against them have been (largely) brought on by the states (rather than individuals, or class-action, especially as these pertain to neuroleptics).

    Pharma made this mess.
    Pharma can clean it up.
    The same way tobacco companies put out public service announcements, etc…
    Pharma can put some money into psychiatric drug rehab…
    Information on their full-page ads on how to slowly, safely withdraw from these drugs…
    Centers around the country…
    Lots of them!

    It’s going to take some strong moral and political will on the part of politicians.
    For them to do so willl require that they hear from the “people.”

    A vision to reform the mental health system as we know it… to include psychiatric drug withdrawal centers, paid for by Pharma –


    Call me a “dreamer.”
    I’ve been called worse!


    Duane Sherry, M.S.

    • I’m outraged by what’s going on in the mental health field today. I see a story that should cause a major international scandal being completely suppressed. People are dying. People are dying at a quickening rate, and the mental health system is turning a blind eye to what it is directly responsible for.

      Psychiatrists would be saving lives if they stopped prescribing these harmful pharmaceuticals to the extent that they prescribe them. There is no question about that.

      25 years is enough time for a child to grow up, reach maturity, and accomplish something amazing. 25 years are the numbers of years, according to one study, people are losing in mental health treatment due to the drugs being used in those treatments.

      We are also treating people at younger and younger ages. When you treat younger and younger people with psychiatric drugs, and they develop metabolic problems, they die at younger ages than people who didn’t receive such early treatment. There is a potential for this 25 years line to contract even further.

      The public has to be made aware that these drugs aren’t the “wonder drugs” they are cracked up to be before we can put pressure on Big Pharma. I think a dialogue needs to be developed on the safety and effectiveness of pharmaceutical products. I think this dialogue should include information about alternatives to conventional psychiatric treatment. The problem at the moment is that we’ve got way too many guilty bystanders. We’ve got way too many guilty bystanders, and we’ve got a mental health system that will get rid of anybody who even suggests there is a better way of doing things.

      Frankly, I’m frustrated scrounging for ways to get the word out to a world that doesn’t care a fig about the people I’m trying to save. This exclusion from humanity barrier is a big gap to try to bridge. The problem is that we’re talking not simply about a health problem, we’re talking about a matter that involves prejudice and discrimination, and this prejudice and discrimination is part and parcel of the health deficits people in the mental health system are facing.

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