More Mental Illness Fraud

Yesterday I posted an article on how the parameters for diagnosing mental health problems are now so vague and ill – defined that alost everything you do can be defined as a sign of mental illness by greedy, money grubbing practicioners of the pseudo – science of psychology.

Today, as if some higher power is trying to back me up, this appears in The Daily Telegraph:

Dozens Of Mental Disorders Don’t Exist

So when your psychologist insists you are mad, don’t believe it. They’re just envious because the voices only talk to you.

From Cherrill Hicks article in The Daily Telegraph

In his riveting tale of how psychiatrists “medicalise” human suffering, Gary Greenberg recounts that, in 1850, a physician called Samuel Cartwright reported a new disease in the highly respected New Orleans Medical and Surgical Journal. Cartwright named it drapetomania, from the ancient Greek drapetes for a runaway slave; in other words, here was a disease that “caused Negroes to run away”. It had one primary diagnostic symptom – “absconding from service” – and a few secondary ones, including “sulkiness and dissatisfaction just prior to flight”.

Drapetomania was, of course, consigned to the dustbin of medical history. It never made it into the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the leading authority on mental health diagnosis and research. But, Greenberg suggests in his scathing critique of the DSM, it might well have done – had the manual existed at the time.

Everything You do Is A Sign That You Are Mad

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Are you mentally ill? I see a lot of heads shaking.
How about members of your family? Hmm, not quite so many heads shaking but still a big majority.
Your friends? A bit more uncertainty here but people are saying “A tad eccentric maybe but not completely bonkers.”

The fact is though you may not be aware of it yet, you and everybody you know is probably suffering from some kind of mental illness.

For years now the criteria defining mental illness have been steadily expanding. This has resulted in more and more people who were previously considered to be sane are now capable of being diagnosed as mad. Conditions like attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Aspergers syndrome, depression, and even common anxiety are increasingly being diagnosed, particularly among children between the ages of three and 17.

And of course if you are the kind of organized person who stored your CDs in Alphabetical Order you are afflicted with OCD. On the other hand if you don’t store your CDs in Alphabetical order you have issues with authority and need cognitive behvioural therapy. Do you see what is emerging?

Not long ago the inventor of ADHD admitted it was a made – up disorder, just a catch all created as an excuse to medicate lively, energetic children. A drug had been developed and an illness had to be invented for it to treat. And so the chemical cosh for kids that do not conform became the standard treatment for noisy, active children. And also for quiet introverted children. And if you think that is contradictory, try querying it in a public forum, you will probably be told you are not a scientists, therefore you do not understand science and should not comment. Like wot I did.

Psychology is one of those academic disciplines I usually refer to as pseudo-science. There are no consistent tests to determine a person’s mental health and so it is all about opinion. Some people might remember a scence in the movie dead Poets Society in which a traditionalist teacher introduces pupils to a method of “scientifically” assessing the quality of a poem. Psychologists do the same, they try to find ways of passing off subjective opinion as scientific proof.

Whether or not the children referred to above actually have any illness is besides the point, doctors are diagnosing them as such because they are paid by Big Pharma to prescribe the treatments so individualism cannot be tolerated, what is human well being compared to corporate profit? The consequence of this push to make everybody a patient for life has been a huge increase in pharmaceutical drug use. According to the latest data compiled by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), nearly one-quarter of a trillion dollars is spent every year treating children for mental disorders that may not actually exist . Between 1994 and 2011, the number of children being diagnosed with mental illness has skyrocketed inexplicably.

One of the explanations for the huge increase in autism spectrum disorders that comes up in every debate about vaccine safety is the statement that “better diagnosis” is responsible for the increase over the past three decades. Better diagnosis of what. Cout cases against the makers of MMR vaccines have succeeded when the law suit alleged the vaccine had caused brain damage, simply because there is no medical definition of autism or Asperger’s Syndrome.

The latest edition of the American Psychiatric Association (APA)’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) will shortly be released, in this document it seems any type of individualistic behaviour is classed as mental illness. For years government and medical propaganda has been urging us to eat more healthily, now healthy eating is a mental illness, Orthorexia.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that one in five American children are now among the ranks of those considered to have mental illness. Britain and the European Union are pushing in the same direction. And once DSM-5 gets into the hands of doctors and psychiatrists in the coming months and years, this percentage will only further increase.

Join the resistance, refuse medication and conformity; you owe it to your kids because it’s highly likely they are not crazy or the spawn of Stan but normal, healthy, lively, curious, imaginative, individual young humans.

Source: The New American

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Stole this from Sally Dwyer’s (Sally On Tour blog) Facebook

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Well embedding an image worked yesterday – here’s a link

No doubt it will ruffle the feathers of the politically correct thought police and we will be listed as people who don’t take mental illness seriously enough but as we are getting record numbers of page views and few comments these days maybe we have found our true audience. People who don’t give a shit.

Nutters, Mentalists and Head – the – Balls

Former psychiatric nurse Jo Brand has spoken out against the Political Correctness that has prevented us from using colloquial expressions to describe mental illness.
It is a theme both Boggart Blog and Little Nicky Machiavelli have brought up many times in different contexts. Have we really become so regimented and our minds been controlled so much we cannot tell when a word like “nutter” is being used in a humourous or a demeaning way?
Brand points out that by insisting we use medical terms to describe conditions we only blur the boundary between harmless eccentricity and damaging psychosis. “Schizophrenic” or “Psychotic” conjures up images of mad axemen or rurhless cold – blooded serial killers while “mentalists” or “headbanger” could refer ot either condition or equally to someone who pours custard on their bacon and eggs or insists on wearing their clothes inside out.
So let’s leave medical terms in the doctor’s consulting rooms and welcome back barm -pots, divis and head-the-balls.