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.

7 Responses

  1. The psychs prefer people who need to be told what to do and then will do what they are told.

    • Yes, they are called “compliant”. The problem with blind “compliance” is that it can end up being detrimental to both a person’s physical and mental health. “Comply”, if you are crafting verse, for instance, appropriately rhymes with die. Psychiatric drugs have a potential not only to damage people’s health, they also kill people. People are seldom given any information on the subject of the psychiatric drugs they consume beyond what is supplied by the companies that manufacture those drugs. Consent based on a drug company gloss is not informed consent; it’s stupidity. I’d just encourage people to read between the lines, and get to the truth, before they unwittingly do, as happens time and time again, serious damage to themselves.

  2. But at the same time the psychs despise these people. They think that there must be something wrong with people who will do what a shrink tells them. Come to think of it, the shrinks don’t like anyone. They hate each other. They are narcissists who think that people are stupid. They don’t want to be liked by people who they think are inferior. Yet of course they are fearful of people who are superior.

    What a miserable bunch they are.

    • Psychiatrists are the most prejudiced people in the world when it comes to the very people they are charged with treating. I have no doubt whatsoever as to the truth of this statement. Who, after all, do you think it was who engineered eugenics procedures in this country, and who then imported and modified such procedures in Nazi Germany–psychiatrists. Mental patients were used as guinea pigs in preparation for the mass extermination of the Jews. The killing of both was based on prejudice. Things have not really progressed as much as psychiatrists would like for us to pretend they have progressed. How far removed, after all, is biological medical model psychiatry in theory from the view that justified eugenic policies? Is it a far leap from mental patients are biologically different from the rest of us to the view that mental patients are biologically inferior to the rest of us? I don’t think it is such a far leap at all.

      As an aside, I was exploring the phrase Master of the Universe wondering if it had something to do with a Jules Verne inspired movie I’d seen years ago. Apparently not, as the title of that book was Master of the World, and the villian is some Robur, not the Captain Nemo I was confusing him with. Master of the Universe has more to do with a media franchise and the kiddie cartoon He-Man.

      I had more luck with the concept of man as the master of his fate as it makes its way into the poem Invictus by one William Ernest Henley.

      A wikipedia page gives us some background to the poem…

      At the age of 12, Henley fell victim to tuberculosis of the bone. A few years later, the disease progressed to his foot, and physicians announced that the only way to save his life was to amputate directly below the knee. It was amputated when he was 25. Victorian text-books professing stoicism were popular in English public schools, and in 1875, the Stoic ideal of indifference in the face of suffering inspired Henley to write his poem from a hospital bed. Despite his disability, he survived with one foot intact and led an active life until his death at the age of 53.

      I’m posting the poem in its entirety below.


      Out of the night that covers me,
      Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
      I thank whatever gods may be
      For my unconquerable soul.

      In the fell clutch of circumstance
      I have not winced nor cried aloud,
      Under the bludgeonings of chance
      My head is bloody, but unbowed.

      Beyond this place of wrath and tears
      Looms but the horror of the shade,
      And yet the menace of the years
      Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

      It matters not how strait the gate,
      How charged with punishments the scroll,
      I am the master of my fate:
      I am the captain of my soul.

      The real debate here is between freedom and determinism, and that one goes back a long, long ways.

  3. Many people, less eloquently than Henley, have attempted to tell of the fear they are experiencing at the hands of the “fell clutch”. What makes it doubly worse, or worse than that, is that their fears are dismissed as evidence of their illness. So often they give up, They think at first that they can explain to people that know them what they couldn’t explain to the fell clutch. But that doesn’t work so there’s nothing left for them.

    So yeah, people joke about car salesmen and real estate agents… sheesh.

    Little aside from here. Some good news. Health spending cuts are likely in Australia. McGorry and Hickie are crying.

    • Same thing in the USA. We have a budget crisis, and mental health services are not a top priority in most people’s minds, and so that is where the cuts often come in first. This is a good thing and it is a bad thing. The authorities aren’t spending more money on their totally ineffective treatment programs than they had been, they are spending less. The problem is that any effective treatment alternative, if there were any in existence, might have more than its share of financial difficulties as well. These budgetary cuts don’t necessarily mean a reduction in the numbers of people labeled “mentally ill” either but at least, for the moment, bogus prevention programs that are in actuality contagion programs are put on hold.

  4. It’s a good thing because less people fall in with the fell clutch. But it’s a bad thing because the bastard shrinks double their rage against the victims that they do have. They do this because they can and because they want to. They also know that if anyone dares to complain that they can say that they are working in difficult circumstances due to reduced funding.

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