My Anti-Treatment Tirade

I don’t like mental health treatment. I don’t like it firstly because I think it is unhealthy. I don’t like it secondly because I think it is deceitful.

A Citizens Commission on Human Rights post I read once said a person is only “mentally ill” until the insurance runs out. There is certainly a lot of truth in such a statement as a person can only be a mental patient so long as it is paid for.

“Mentally ill” is always presumptive. Nobody has ever found a “mental illness” for starters. There is no “mental illness” on a microscope slide, or in a petri dish. The symptoms are a matter of disturbing behaviors. The disease itself is thoroughly elusive. If, in fact, it is at all.

Even if by a stretch of the imagination we credit “mental illness” with a tangible existence, there have been “un-sick” people stuck in psychiatric facilities just as surely as there have been innocent people on death row. Mental patient is more real. Mental patient is the role assumed by a person caught up in the mental health treatment system.

If there were no mental patients or mental health consumers as they call themselves these days, there would be no mental health workers. You’ve got two tiers of parasitism here. You’ve got people living off insurance, and you’ve got the people these people who are living off insurance are paying off, by means of insurance, to validate their own insurance claims.

This leads to my third objection to mental health treatment. I don’t like mental health treatment because it is unethical.

Mental health treatment assumes that this group of people is too immature to deal with matters in an adult fashion, and so they must be tended by that group of people who are presumed to be more responsible. Why are they deemed more responsible? They aren’t living directly off insurance payments; they are rather taking insurance payments indirectly from the first group.

I don’t care how many excuses a person gives for not going out and getting real work, an excuse is just an excuse. Tending adult kindergarten flunkies is not a real job. A radical form of mental health shock therapy would involve subsidizing neither group of freeloaders.

In my view, when we start firing mental health workers, and when we start hiring former–for there are no mental patients without insurance payments and mental health workers–mental patients, then we will be beginning to make some real progress.