Ending an epidemic means reversing the damage

More than 1 in 10 people in the USA are reported to be on antidepressants at this time. 1 in 5 people are reported to be on psychiatric drugs. When these people are women, fully 1 in 4 of them are reported to be on psychiatric drugs. The World Health Organization predicts that depression will be the leading cause of disability by the year 2020. This is incredible from my perspective. So many people with nothing physical wrong with them are claiming to have a “mental” ailment. The predominate delusion of mainstream psychiatry, at this time, is that there is something physically wrong with them.

The rate of “mental illness” labeling in the USA is so high because the selling of psychiatric drugs and mental health treatment is so pervasive. The thing that separates patients from non-patients is treatment with psychiatric drugs. This treatment comes with a flooding of pro-treatment propaganda. When people are convinced that they are wanting, or ill, then they become patients. Before people are convinced, they are resistant and doubtful with regard to the need, and therefore they must be persuaded. What we have at this time is not a need for more convincing but, rather, a need for more unconvincing.

“Mental illness” labeling has reached epidemic proportions. How could it be otherwise when mental health screening programs are aggressively pursuing more candidates for treatment? How could it be otherwise when mental health professionals claim that “stigma” is preventing people from seeking treatment? How could it be otherwise when mental health treatment is seen as the solution to a media generated fear of  multiple murderers? How could it be otherwise when drug companies inundate magazines, television shows, and internet websites with advertisements for their products?

Focus on the epidemic, ironically enough, doesn’t seem to come from people who want to stem the epidemic. Focus on the epidemic comes from people seeking to raise funds for mental health programs with varying degrees of ineffectiveness. These people are often people who have a stake in raising funds for mental health programs, either as mental health professionals or as family members of dependent patients. In theory these programs are doing something about the problem, our epidemic. In reality many of these programs are feeding the very epidemic they would claim to be countering.

Mental health professionals tend to be very efficient at getting people into treatment. Mental health professionals tend to be very inefficient at getting people out of treatment. ½ of all people labeled with lifelong “mental illness” were labeled by the age of 14 years. Chronicity, or lifelong “mental illness” labeling, is what you get when people go into treatment and don’t come out of treatment–alive. These people don’t come out of treatment alive because of the crippling dependency that it breeds and fosters.

Until this failure to recover people from dependency is addressed, and corrected, the “mental illness” labeling rate will continue to rise unabated. How can it do otherwise? What we call “mental illness” is in actuality the development of a dependency on the mental health system. We’ve got a system that removes people from working situations, and that never returns them to working situations. These people are marginalized and disempowered by the very system that claims to be “helping” them. When the mental health system starts to spend a fraction of the time and energy it spends on acquiring patients, its “consumer” base, on graduating contributing members of society, only then will we have a chance to make a dent on this epidemic in disability.

8 Responses

  1. “This is incredible from my perspective.”

    You can stand and watch in awe at the dance of stupidity and malice that allows such things to be.

    • I see it as incredible because all these people are making predictions, and these predictions are based on the statistics we have now. We’re staring at the coming train crash. Anybody could predict this kind of thing. When things don’t go from good to better they go from bad to worse. The question becomes, if you’ve got a failing formula, why don’t you change formulas? Instead we are told we just have to accept this train wreck as the inevitability of fate when there was nothing inevitable about it.

      Doctors regularly fail their patients, and then the patients get the brunt of the blame for this failure. The doctor can’t be wrong, not with all that education, not with all that status. ‘Dance of stupidity and malice’ sums the matter up aptly. Blame goes to the usual fall guys. (Ever wonder why they’re ‘failing’?) Everybody else gets off scot free with their newly acquired wings. Speak for another person long and frequently enough, and even he or she will come to believe that he or she is a ‘dummy’.

  2. About your use of the word “delusion”. I understand the problem. You and I use it with mixed meaning and intention. Sometimes sarcastically to ridicule the zealot prohibitionists, pigs and shrinks.

    A delusion is an intentional lie whether it be held by the Minister for Mental Health or the scumbag filth that beg me for money outside the supermarket. Or the sad idiot that harms no-one but thinks that eventually angels will strike up the band if he arranges his room a particular way.

    These people all think that they can pretend that their lie is true forever. They all think that they will always somehow be able to support their premise. These people are rubbish on legs. A bit cruel to say that about the harmless ones but rubbish nonetheless, if you value people as pleasant, non-tedious company.

    It’s always been bullshit that people jumped out of windows with the “delusion” that they could fly. They were just people who were murdered, very drunk and/or couldn’t give a shit.

    • Delusion is about deception.

      “act of misleading someone,” early 15c.; as a form of mental derangement, 1550s, from L. delusionem (nom. delusio) “a deceiving,” from pp. stem of deludere (see delude). Technically, delusion is a belief that, though false, has been surrendered to and accepted by the whole mind as a truth; illusion is an impression that, though false, is entertained provisionally on the recommendation of the senses or the imagination, but awaits full acceptance and may not influence action. Delusions of grandeur, the exact phrase, is recorded from 1840, though the two words were in close association for some time before that.
      ~Online Etymology Dictionary – delusion”

      Ludere, the latin term which is at the base of both the words illusion and delusion, was a word that initially meant play. So the sense is that both these terms began in mockery or play. This makes “sarcastically to ridicule” a very apt way of putting it.

      We get a lot of rhetoric from mainstream medical model psychiatry opposing the myths of “mental illness” to the facts. The problem we’ve got here is that we don’t have any “mental illness” here to speak of in fact. You’ve got people displaying “behaviors”, and these “behaviors” are said to be “symptoms” of “illness”. All we’ve got here is theory. When they make these pronouncements, they are making theoretical pronouncements. There is no proof to back these things up. You’ve got science based on theory, but that doesn’t mean your theories aren’t based upon presumption. The “reality” of “mental illness” is not a proven fact. It’s a theory.

      Now these doctors are trying to perpetuate the illusion that what we call “mental illness” is “brain disease”. These efforts represent psychiatrists trying to attain the legitimacy of other medical professions for their own profession. Formerly, when a “mental illness” was found to be a “brain disease” it ceased to be in the province of expertise of the psychiatrist. It was then the proper area of study for the neurologist. This is the difference between the person with schizophrenia say, or bipolar disorder, and the person with a physical condition like alzheimers or syphilis. Contemporary neuro-science would attempt to get around this little Grand Canyon by theoretically grafting psychiatry onto neurology. I haven’t seen any incontrovertible proof though to make this connection stick.

  3. “So many people with nothing physical (sic) wrong with them are claiming to have a “mental” ailment.”

    Have another look at what you have written. Read it again.

    I’ll stand here with you while you read it. And we can look at each other with the horror and disgust bought by the truth, and worse, the further implications bought by the truth of that statement.

    • Life is tough. Some people aren’t so tough. You, me, and the world knows that much of what used to be termed neurosis, and what is currently called “minor mental illness”, has nothing to do with pathology.

      The DSM has over 300 disorders to snag people on. The debate over the next version of the DSM rages on. The danger for the critics is that the DSM will label “normal” people “diseased”, and the “mental illness” rate will go up. Uh-huh. As if that didn’t happen with the current edition.

      The whole absurd paradigm says, “wise up!” Some people are not going to survive because they didn’t wise up. Grow soft, and be absorbed into the system. The system isn’t going to spit you out. No, the system is going to spit out globs of gore and broken bones instead. The system is a monster that has devoured thousands. Take heed, and be wary.

  4. This is off topic but I want to tell you something funny here, something that I’ve pretty much known but not had at least partial proof of.

    I’ve told you that I have been abducted by imbeciles who have made some feeble claim that they are only doing their job and that then I have been released for some reason that suits their policy or bedstate at the time.

    I then attended their “clinic”. They would have it that I “attended” because I was ordered to (people do as they are told) or because I “recognized” that I did indeed have a mental illness.

    But you and I know that I attended to take the piss out of them. And I spoke to and took note of the faces of as many people that I saw coming and going from the clinic as I could.

    I’m still living in the neighborhood. Two or 3 times a week I’ll speak to people I’m acquainted with that I’ve seen as “patients” at the clinic. (I no longer am, I’m barred from being a patient)

    Get this! Recently some (2 to date) have told me that they have been warned against speaking to me.

    A woman who knew nothing of me was effectively told, “If you happen to meet a guy called Rod, don’t listen to him.”

    I shit you not.

    • Actually mental health professionals have been fired for not towing the mainstream (i.e. biological medical model) line. Standard practice in this country means drug, drug, drug. The professional that doesn’t follow this standard practice is often thought of as a renegade.

      With the adoption of more recovery oriented approaches to mental health treatment, hopefully this situation is changing a little bit in many parts of the nation. Many people have been seriously damaged by the over-use of psychiatric drugs. Psychiatric drugs have contributed to the early deaths of a great many people, too. Much of this psychiatric drugging is done without informed consent as the people being drugged have not been sufficiently educated about the dangers.

      I’m not surprised at all. Some of these treatment centers and clinics are very insular in their approach to users. They don’t want real dialogue. This is all very top down, and heaven forbid if any patients had any real power or say in the matter.

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