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?

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4 Responses

  1. I just saw a quote of Robert Whitaker saying man has survived for thousands of years without psychiatric drugs.

    Normal drugs that are relatively safe are alcohol and tobacco.
    but patients aren’t supposed to want those ones.
    That doctors can not perceive they are giving-prescribing drugs is the problem.
    The doctor can not conceive the drug acclimation in the patient as being part of the problem.

    Chasing drugs to be happy will get you nowhere.
    If there is a bodily disease, identify it doctor.

    • I’m not sure I’ve seen the quote (probably I have), but I’ve had the same thought. It took millions of years for nature to evolve the human species, and overnight we’ve got all the chemical compounds that some of us have developed a little too much faith in. It’s scary.

      We found out about tobacco, didn’t we? Alchohol is not something I’ve heard anybody encouraging anyone to imbibe on a daily basis, unlike some of these pharmaceutical drugs, and they’re certainly no better. Doctors don’t know what they’re doing, but it’s beats getting sued.

      Drugs are not the gate to happiness. People think there are medicinal properties to some of these substances, and there aren’t any such properties. Some of these drugs are likely to be eventually found carcinogenic, but then you have to have a person live long enough to get cancer.

  2. Here we have increasing rates of diagnosis with bushfires and floods. You’d think that someone would say, “Hey this isn’t mental illness, this is a reaction to catastrophe.” But no, it’s seen as exposing people with genetic susceptibility to a medical condition.

    The shrinks could say, “Something good came out of this disaster, we were able to identify a faulty brain. Had it not been for the ruination of his life he may have continued to live not knowing that he had a mental illness.”

    We also have various celebrities selling human caused global overheating. They predict that global warming will send those of us with genetic susceptibilities floridly mad. They also threaten that people like myself who do not swallow their AGW rubbish might expect a visit from the men in white coats.

    • When the cause is located outside of the body, it can’t be attributed to a faulty brain. Biological psychiatry keeps trying to get around making these connections precisely because it is ideology and not science. You don’t prove anything by making a statement, and yet this is what medical model psychiatry does over and over again.

      Interesting equation, disaster = ruination of life = mental illness. When you’ve got somebody who has been labeled, eliminating a seen natural disaster doesn’t eliminate the possibility that what we’ve got is the outcome of an unseen and secret disaster.

      Well, the horror is in the fact that the effects of global warming could be reversed, but instead of being prompted to reverse them, we are being encouraged simply to resign ourselves to its inevitability. Certainly, global warming < 'natural' disasters' < 'mental illness'.

      I think that confirms my suspicions that if we ever develop a madness detector it will go off around any elected official like a geiger counter before a lump of raw plutonium.

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