On survivalist attitudes and manuevering the psychiatric treatment maze

Despite the gender specific slant (it certainly doesn’t have to be seen in a gender specific way), I found this article in the NZ Men’s Lifestyle section of the MSN NZ website enlightening. The article I’m referring to bears the heading The psychology of male survival.

A danger to avoid is the one that is most typical in catastrophic situations, and that is the danger of freezing. In disaster situations, most often, people “don’t panic, they freeze.”

They become incapable of action because they simply don’t believe what is happening, which is obviously a serious handicap whether you need to get away from danger or start looking for a new job before you default on the rent. They wait to be told what to do, even if the immediate situation requires instant action.

While pinning much down to luck, the article then goes onto suggest that people who see beyond the play of random chance have a better chance of survival than those who rely excessively on luck.

Others find themselves in a crisis and start doing something about it. Whether you freeze or act might be down to your wider worldview. To put it simply, some people believe their lives are largely controlled by outside forces — by God, perhaps, or fate, or luck, or the universe.

Some people believe they control their own destinies the majority of the time. Research has shown that the latter group tend to be better survivors.

Replace God, or fate, or luck, or the universe with bio-chemistry, or geno-type, DNA sequencing, “stigma”, or simply “disease”, and maybe you can begin to see how the above might be applied to surviving psychiatric labeling “treatment” disasters as well.

The way to deal with any such disaster is to imagine an escape, to come up with a plan, to break it down into small steps, and then to do whatever you can to pull it off.