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Nutty Experts On The Growing Nut Problem

This article in the Winnipeg Free Press about mental illness in Manitoba Canada, Mental illness reaching ‘epidemic’ level, illustrates some of the confusions in professional perspectives on the problem.

First the dilemma…

New data obtained from a freedom-of-information request shows 173,496 Manitobans were diagnosed with a mental illness in 2010, up from 111,544 in 1995 — a 56 per cent increase.

Then the reaction…

“I don’t think things have really changed in terms of percentages,” said Dr. Rehman Abdulrehman, president-elect of the Psychological Association of Manitoba. “What these numbers reflect is awareness of the problem.”

Oddly enough these idiot doctors say the problem is not that there is more “mental illness” out there per se, it‘s simply that more of the people with “mentally illness” that were out there all long are coming forward and seeking treatment now.

How convenient when it comes to their own professions to have such an explanation. How inconvenient when it comes to controlling any epidemic, or actually pandemic, as this thing is spreading across many continents.

“We need to address mental health as a problem,” Abdulrehman said. He said it’s time to treat mental health just as seriously as physical health. “If this were a physical health problem, it would be considered an epidemic,” he said.

Translation: “Throw dollar bills this way.”

Then why are you not considering these mental health problems epidemic? This is a ploy for increasing spending, not for controlling the frequency with which people report “disease”.

If it was a physical health problem, thought to be epidemic, doctors would not be saying that it was there all along. Epidemics occur when diseases are prevalent among large numbers of people. Epidemics are not things we should be expected to live with as a rule. Question, what is different about an ‘epidemic’ of ‘mental illness‘? If more people are to come forward to seek treatment, are these more people supposed to reflect a problem that was always around. In other words, if the epidemic grows, is this growth not really growth, but simply a growing recognition of the problem that was there all along.

It’s kind of absurd to use this epidemic ploy, as they are doing in this article and many others, to increase mental health spending, and ironically, feed the epidemic (pandemic) they would be bringing to our attention. As I have indicated time and time again, the problem is not how do you get more people INTO the mental health system, that’s easy, the problem is how do you get more people OUT of the mental health system.

Now there you are, doctor. Focus, please. Can you deliver?