The Lying Mental Health Issue “Stigma Busting” Ruse

The selling of psychiatric quackery is a full time racket. This is especially apparent in those two-faced lying articles directed at countering what is termed “stigma”. Take this article in news magazine MIDDAY, Shed stigma over mental illness.

Mental illness is like any other physical illness and is treatable. Early intervention leads to better outcomes and can prevent people from reaching the crisis point,” said Sudhir Joseph, director at St. Stephen’s hospital in the capital.

If “mental illness” were like any other physical illness we wouldn’t call it “mental illness”, now would we? You‘ve got to be wary when doctors use the word “treatable”. What these doctors don’t think is that, if it is a “disease” as they claim it is, it is curable. So you buy the “disease”, and you take the “treatment” that never ends, or you wake up, and you live like a human being.

The press bandies about this statistic here, there, and the other place that fully ½ of the people labeled life time mental cases were first labeled by age 14. So much for early interventions!

Over 60 percent of people suffering from mental illness do not seek help because of a complex set of reasons, especially the fear of stigma and poor access to professional mental health advice,” Joseph said.

Where did this 60 % figure come from anyway? I have no idea. This article comes from New Delhi India, a nation with one of the lowest serious “mental illness” ratios per capita of any nation in the world. I suppose the “mental illness” rates in various countries could have been averaged, and perhaps India falls 60 % short of the average. I’m not sure that having an average “mental illness” labeling rate is really a good place to go if those rates are particularly high.

One of the most common and pronounced reasons that people give for not seeking mental health treatment is because they do not have a “mental illness”, and therefore, they do not need “help”. Before a person seeks treatment, somebody has to convince him or her that his or her thoughts and/or behavior could be characterized as “sick”. This may or may not take a whole lot of convincing. Once they’ve been convinced though, the unconvincing that is needed in order for a complete recovery to take place becomes all the more problematic.

Say 20 % of the population, a figure widely touted in the USA, were given a “mental illness” label, and 12 % of the population so labeled, 60 % of that 20 %, decide that mental health treatment isn‘t for them. All I can say is, more power to that 12 %! This drops your overall “mental illness” labeling rate down to 8 % of the population, a much more reasonable and containable figure.

I was recently discussing with a few people their reluctance to let the knowledge of their psychiatric histories leak out. If this were to happen, you’ve got whole careers that could go up in smoke. This is not what these counter “stigma” creeps are talking about. They are talking about encouraging the use of, figuratively speaking, ‘mental patient gloves’ on those people who have found, and who are relatively content with, their role in society as mental patient, or if you prefer, mental health consumer.

Despite its origin in Erving Goffman’s critique of the total institution, the concept of social “stigma”, where mental health treatment is concerned, has evolved into a ruse used by the mental health drug industry for selling psychiatric drugs and the psychiatric labels that go along with such drug use. People need not be deceived, if they have the facts, and they should take any such tongue-in-cheek “stigma” erasure efforts for the feints that they actually are.