Mental Health

Originally published HERE

Most of us in Western Civilization revere the fact that we are, each and every one of us, individuals with individual rights.  But this concept does not have a long history.

Back in the Middle Ages, the concept of ‘I’ was very vague.  The idea that we lived our life making individual decisions and choices, based upon individual opinions was almost unknown.

Descartes ‘I think, therefore I am’ (cogito ergo sum), seems rather blandly obvious now.  But it was a revelation at the time and caused his books to be banned by the Pope.  The idea that individuals were composed of both body and mind, and that they had the ability and responsibility to think for themselves was truly revolutionary.

Prior to this time, ideas and concepts were believed to have an exogenous source.  Every aspect of a life was dictated by the King, Queen or Church (much like Islam today).  Even happiness was believed to exist outside the person.  One could achieve that state only by going somewhere happiness could be ‘consumed’ – like a fairground.

The prevailing assumption was that everything came from the outside and travelled in to the body.

In the 21st century, many are returning to that dismal state.  Google executives justify their censorship with the belief that if people see YouTubes that show ‘bad’ content, then this will infect them in some way.  It is Middle Age thinking of which Pope Alexander VII would have approved.

Another area that this peculiar notion is re-manifesting is in the area of sanity.  I note in the gutter media that another blogger has suicided.  He put up a post beforehand blaming ‘mental health issues’.

Mental health is not something that lurks around life’s corners before randomly leaping out and striking.  Neither is it like the flu that can be cured by a few days in bed and taking the right medication.

A healthy mind is inherent to the life that you live.  It is inseparable from the state of your integrity.  One cannot violate one’s integrity and expect to feel good.  Neither can you pop a psych drug and expect to be improved.

You are an individual with rights and responsibilities.  What they are is entirely determined by you in accordance with your own integrity.  Violate them and you will pay a self-inflicted price.

Violations of one’s integrity are acts of self-harm on the spiritual level.  They are described, colloquially and vaguely, as ‘mental health issues’.  Life becomes a lot clearer if we ascribe these ‘issues’ to the correct cause.

Can Psychiatry Heal Itself?

From: Scientific American

A Harvard historian urges psychiatrists to focus less on making money and more on helping patients

“My summer reading has been grim lately, focused on medicine’s failings. I recently reviewed Medical Nihilism, in which philosopher Jacob Stegenga mounts a scathing critique of medicine, arguing that many common treatments don’t work very well, if at all.

“In this post, I look at Mind Fixers: Psychiatry’s Troubled Search for the Biology of Mental Illness by historian Anne Harrington, which corroborates and complements Medical NihilismMind-Fixers is more measured than most critiques of psychiatry. Harrington seems almost pained to deliver bad news, making her indictment all the more damning.”

Read it all HERE

Dr. Mercola’s Interview with Robert Whitaker on Mental Health

Mad With Medication

Mental disorders are not diseases

By David A. Hancock

“A neurotic builds a castle in the sky. A psychotic lives in it. A psychiatrist charges them both rent.” Jerome Lawrence, playwright

“A person who pretends to practice medicine without a license is a quack. A person who pretends to practice medicine with a license is a psychiatrist.” Thomas Szasz, MD

Read the full article here

Beyond Blue – Beyond the Pale

That ECT is still practiced in Australia is a scandal.  That it can be administered to someone without their consent is a gross abuse of human rights.

According to the same article, ‘Beyond Blue’ condones the use of ECT.  If true, that says all that you need to know about whose interests that organization is serving.

President Trump vs Big Pharma

President Trump’s order to sue Big Pharma for its role in the opioid epidemic could potentially have spin-off effects in the area of antidepressants.  If pharmaceutical companies begin to be sued in earnest for inappropriate prescriptions, then they will stop knowingly getting their psychiatric and GP accomplices to carelessly prescribe antidepressants.  Antidepressants kill 40,000 people a year.

Trump is also pushing for a major decrease in drug prices.  That also is cause for some optimism as it will reduce the amount that Big Pharma lobbyists can spend ‘influencing’ the votes of members of Congress.

So far, the ‘get Big Pharma’ story has been all talk, but word is that it is about to start in the real world.  And, importantly, that it has bipartisan support.

For the first time in the many years that I have been blogging here, I am cautiously optimistic that things are going to begin to move in a better direction.

I like this President more and more as time goes on.  He is willing to tread on toes that others not afford to.  He is also, quite obviously, a long way from the bigoted racist that the hysterical media are trying to portray him as.

If Trump is successful, Big Pharma’s massive influence (paid ads) over the mainstream media will also be curtailed.

Exciting times – maybe.