May Is Out And Out Bullshit Month

May isn’t Mental Health Month, judging from the literature, May is actually Out And Out Bullshit Month. Here’s where the obediently compliant mental health consumer, who has had his or her backbone extracted, comes out and talks about the wonders of treatment. It’s the wonders of treatment versus “disease”. The treatment is pharmaceutical. The disease is a “broken brain”. This brain is broken by genetics. This is biological psychiatry which explains itself in the most un-biological of terms, the circuitry in this or that brain isn’t working the way it should work. Psychiatric drugs, it’s supposed, allow these individuals afflicted with “broken brains” to manage in society. They…”fix it”.

I’ve read about a movie featuring 3 of what are described as people with schizophrenia paid for by a pharmaceutical company. Now when a pharmaceutical company makes a movie, it’s going to feature relatively treatment compliant people. Despite any disclaimers, and there are those, too, we’ve got a blatant instance of conflict of interest going on here. I would not think that the directors of this movie had a small pool of potential people to draw their 3 “winners” from. By “winner”, in this instance, we mean brown nose, or kiss ass. There are many more persons who are not being showcased as blue ribbon mental cases. You will probably be crossing paths with a few of them every now and then.

There is also the matter of the ex-politician member of one of America’s leading families who is doing his part to promote this sort of invalidism. This man recently stated that he empathized with the Tuscon shooter whom he felt was in need of treatment. I think you could say the same thing for the recently “treated” Osama bin Laden. This ex-politician is busy promoting brain research for the sake of a better understanding of non-existent and future “brain diseases”. He himself was given a “bipolar” label early on, but he says this label was recently switched for another label. He is chiefly known for his substance abuse issues that got him into hot water with the police and his constituency. The “mental illness” excuse for scrapping self-control, moral integrity, and responsibility is not an excuse which I choose to honor.

If you want the truth about so called “mental illness” you will have to wait until Mad Pride is celebrated in July. Bullshit is bullshit, but Mad Pride celebrants, at least, are honest about it. The maddest people in the world are those purporting to be most sane. These are the presumed reasonable people who run our countries, ruin our economies, and get us into wars. When you lock up a man or woman thought to be mad, in most cases, you’re locking up the wrong person. These people don’t have power, means, money, or position. They aren’t going to lead our nations down a path that leads to nothing but death and destruction. In fact, they are much less likely to do so than the powers that be. The value of life still cries out to be affirmed, and the victim of your mental health/illness system is not the one who is doing everything in his or her power to diminish that value.

Fixating on “mental illness” is just another way of avoiding insight into the damage wreaked by just such a fixation. The “mental illness” label is another term for lack of power, privilege, and means. “Mental illness”is an expression that means “bad luck”, lack of good circumstances, or “absence of opportunity”. Power disparities, and the situation of the human scapegoat, are not determined by biology, and there is no need to pretend that this is the case. You change the circumstances a person lives and works under, and you’ve changed everything. This is a matter of taking people who have been maneuvered onto a failure track, and redirecting them back onto a success track. When this realization is reached, “medication management” and “stigma reduction” ceases to be the aim and end all of mental health treatment. Full and complete mental health recovery again becomes the objective, and the result, of such treatment.