No surprise registered at the mental health business boom

Having been there, I wouldn’t encourage anybody to actively seek psychiatric treatment. There are so many assumptions being made in psychiatry as to astound credibility. First, there is the assumption that an actual “mental illness” exists the way a pig or a cow exists, and second, there is the assumption that some kind of “stigma”, or mark of disgrace, is attached to seeking a treatment for this thought disease.

Not being a mental health professional, I don’t have all the answers. If you feel bad you feel bad, and that doesn’t mean you are sick. Mental health professionals have determined that bad feelings are sick feelings. Heaven help those people who live by their hearts rather than their brains, predatory psychiatrists are on the lookout for them all the time. The only thing worse than bad feelings are bad behaviors, and psychiatrists tell us misbehavior is sickness, too.

Misbehavior is sick behavior within limits. Misbehavior that interferes with a person’s function, whatever that should be, is sick behavior. However, if a person’s function is criminal, bad behavior is not sick behavior. We’ve got a little ways to go before we can attribute all bad behavior to bad brains, and then demand treatment for it. I should say that some doctors are working on this matter diligently, and maybe someday they will have a developed a drug to treat criminality as well.

Alright, if a “mental illness” has a substantial existence like a horse or a penguin, first you have to convince a person that he or she has one. There are crypto-beasts like dragons and unicorns, too, but unlike “mental illnesses” few people credit them with a tangible reality, few people believe in them. Here’s the problem, you can get rid of wasps, mice, and cows, but just try dealing with a unicorn, dragon, or griffon infestation. That’s not such an easy proposition, is it?

The rate of people who think they have a “mental illness” worldwide is growing by leaps and bounds. There is no wonder why this is so. Mental health is a business, and without clientele it would dry up and die. Convincing people that they have a disease is the easy part of the job, convincing them that they can dispense with this disease they may have grown fond of is a more difficult matter. Mental health workers don’t like joblessness any more than any other segment of the population.

If the role of the mental health worker were to cure the mental patient, well then, most mental health workers deserve to be fired. They have failed, or dysfunctioned, at this task most miserably. They have not been fired though. Why is this temerity the rule? This is the case because curing the patient is not the mental health workers real role; it’s only their pretend role. The real role of the mental health worker is to keep the business operational, and you can’t do that without mental patients (aka consumers).

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6 Responses

  1. I think it takes time to heal from the trauma of psychiatry!

    Time to slowly taper off drugs, heal from any/all past “treatment!”

    Although I agree that psychiatry is causing damage (including deep injury to the brain), I think that every person is unique, and each person heals in their own way, and on their own time.

    In a perfect world, the failed biological theories of psychiatry would be dead. In the same perfect world however, people would be given the opportunity to get back up after a breakdown, and encouraged, providing support.

    Sometimes, something as simple as finding one good friend… Someone who listens, appreciates a person for who they are… Other times, maybe resolving a past trauma (not always through talk-therapy by the way).

    And last (but not least), if “mental illness” has at its root cause trauma (which seems to be what the field of psychotherapy indicates for 80-90 percent), there are still as many as one of of five people who have underlying physical conditions – thyroid, absorption, adrenals, hormones, etc.

    I’m as down on conventional psychiatry as anyone you would ever meet.
    But, I’m not down on people who suffer… and many do…. I’m for reaching out to them with encouragement, and challenging them to overcome…. Many out there were lied to, about their “brain disorder” and lied to about their “lifelong, incurable illness”… Their worlds were turned upside-down, and I think the system needs to begin to tell them the truth, mainly that they can not only heal, recover… they can thrive! –

    http://discoverandrecover.wordpress.com/2011/09/15/root-causes-of-mental-illness-and-non-drug-solutions/

    Be well,

    Duane

    • Alright, first sentence, we’re dealing with recovery from the trauma of psychiatric assault I imagine. The issue is still a matter of resilience. Why, the question becomes, are some folk so much more resilient than others? PTSD, like other magical DSM categories, all too often defines a state in which people are not so resilient following trauma. Trauma is a fact of life. One’s response to trauma is more individual.

      Psychiatric drugs are a big issue all to themselves. People trust the medical degrees hanging on the walls of psychiatrists. Little do they realise that the psychiatrist these days has become little more than a pill pusher. These doctors are a big part of the problem. If they didn’t prescribe psychiatric drugs with the frequency that they do, they’d actually be saving lives.

      I think another big part of the problem has to do with dependence. I see what we call “sickness” as dependence upon the psychiatric and social welfare systems. True independence is perhaps more illusive than one would think. This dependence is based upon great disparities in terms of power and wealth. Interdependence, based on more equalitarian relationships, facilitates mobility and action. Power disparities cripple.

      I don’t imagine anybody is going to touch “a perfect world”. I’m focusing on this world, and this life, rather than speculating abstractly about “other worlds”. We have the power to change aspects of this world, and those changes could be describing as reaching for a more “perfect world”, but that perfection will always remain out of reach. I don’t think this means that improvements can’t be made.

      When people don’t have close friends, you can see how the fact of finding such a friend can make a world of difference. There are social aspects to any situation that we are walking our way around. Sometimes those social aspects involve discrimination and prejudice. Insight can assume an importance it might otherwise lack in the absence of good and caring friends, not to mention in the absence of a working mental health recovery system.

      I don’t doubt that many mental health issues are caused by “underlying physical conditions – thyroid, absorption, adrenals, hormones, etc.” I wouldn’t equate such issues with trauma, and I especially would not equate them with mental or emotional “trauma”. I do have a problem with the “mental illness” excuse, and I think that sometimes taking the road to recovery involves dropping “mental illness” as an excuse, and shouldering responsibility.

      I don’t want to victimize people, and I don’t want to trap them in victimizing circumstances. That said, I don’t want to absolve them of accountability either. The oxymoran “adult child” aptly describes the plight of many people in the mental health system. They are not credited with being fully “adult”, and just as is the case with children, this less than “adult” status involves a curtailment of rights and liberties. I am against the targeting of this group of people for human rights violations.

  2. Psychotherapists have none of the answers, but all the questions.–something Gore Vidal wrote many moons ago

    I thought psych survivors were supposed to only go after psychiatrists. I’m glad to see you’re honing in on “mental health professionals” in general. My experience has been that psychotherapy is even more pointless and corrosive than psychiatry.

    • Sometimes questions can be a good thing. Some people need the questions asked they wouldn’t ordinarily ask themselves. I’m not bashing psychotherapy.

      I’ve had psychotherapy, and it didn’t do anything for me either. I’m not saying it doesn’t work for everybody. I think it might help some people. The advance of biological medical model psychiatry, the drug drug drug school of thought, has left dear ole’ Sigmund Freud out in the cold, but shining like a saint.

      I don’t think the hiring of legions of Certified Peer Support Specialists as turn-coats is necessarily the best thing in the world to do. You have this recovery model of treatment, talking recovery, without a whole lot of recovery going on. I see the system as in large measure the problem. Turning mental patients (consumers) into disability workers doesn’t in itself lessen the epidemic of people on disability for mental health issues we’re facing. These turn-coats could be doing something about the system as well.

      We’ve got all these once disabled disability workers. Work is, like, the opposite of psychiatric disability. These are people who would once have been considered too unemployable to even receive an unemployment check. The Americans with Disabilities Act has not been working for people coming from the mental health system and seeking employment. The mental health system is hiring them though. Whoopee! I’m just thinking I’d really like to see more people getting outside of the psychiatric system entirely, and working for it is not moving beyond it.

  3. I don’t know. It seems to me that many people I know in real life think it’s “sheque” to have a shrink and/or a label.

    Then once you get the label, your friends and family go to certain groups (I won’t name them here but you know which ones I am referring to) and they help convince on more and more drugs, and then say it’s ok to get the ECT on top of that, all the while the people I know in real life who thought it was “cool” to have the label and the doc are turning into Zombie, loose their jobs, and ruin lives and families.

    Labels look good on designer clothes if that is your cup of tea. Not on people. I feel like I am hitting my head against a brick wall sometimes. It’s like the bad intersection where people die every day =and no one does anything until the Mayor’s kid is killed there.

    Sigh.

    • I agree, Susan. You can see that “sheque” appeal in mortality rates. Psychiatric drugs are known to contribute to an earlier age at death. The “mental illness” rate is going up.

      Big Pharma is going to great lengths to sell psychiatric drugs. Psychiatric drugs are biological medical model psychiatrys way of treating “mental illness”. You can’t sell the drugs without at the same time selling “disease”.

      Incredible claims are being made about the numbers of people in psychiatric treatment. These claims are a money making gimmick. The bigger the crisis, the bigger the check to cover it runs the thinking behind this strategy. The very act of pitching these statistics is adding fuel to the epidemic. You don’t shrink these figures without putting a little thought behind just where that money might go. A broken mental health system is an expanding mental health system.

      Hey, and that’s exactly what we’ve got!

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