An Alternate View of Mental Illness and Health

 Stfrancis (@Stfrancis) 7 years, 9 months ago

An essay outlining many of my personal intuitions about the nature of mental health and illness. Although this is a hypothesis and has yet to be established as medical fact, I believe the information and explanations contained in this essay are extremely important for everyone to understand and contemplate for themselves.

https://www.madinamerica.com/2012/08/op-ed-schizophreniapsychosis-brain-disease-or-existential-crisis/

January 2, 2014 at 5:58 am
josephm (772) (@josephm) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

my stomach just rumbled when i clicked the link. i would probably need to pop an adderall to attempt to comprehend masses of sheer volume. your better off explaining the key points, i read at a second grade level. whats the hypotenuse professor?

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Stfrancis (110) (@Stfrancis) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

Haha understandable, I suppose I have a little more of an academic bend than most. Here’s the gist.

The medical theory of mental illness as a “brain disease”, linked overwhelmingly to chemical imbalances and genetic make up, and treatable if not curable by pharmaceutical drugs is a myth. There are mountains of evidence casting doubt on the most basic assumptions of the medical model of brain diseases like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia and mounting evidence that psychoactive drug treatment for such illnesses including major depressive disorder is actually extremely harmful in the long run.

Also, childhood trauma of one kind or another are pervasive in those diagnosed with these great struggles and studies cited by doctors about the effectiveness of pharmaceutical drugs for treatment are methodologically flawed, misrepresented, and are usually include patients who have regularly used the drugs for over a decade before taking part in studies meaning that their brain chemistry was likely negatively altered by the very drug that was attempting to fix their brain chemistry.

All in all, psychiatry is an incredibly self-righteous and profit oriented “science” which has surrounded the issue of mental health with dangerous illusions and ignorance, and anyone currently prescribed to these medications or likely to seek such medications for help in future should do some real research on the things they put in their bodies.

Oh, and there have been full recoveries from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder without the use of psychiatric drugs which have been ignored or hush hushed by the medical community for obvious reason. These cases discredit the entire foundation of their unfounded theories and the premise behind the multi billion and growing industry of pharmaceutical treatment and mental diagnosis.

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josephm (772) (@josephm) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

i agree that altering neurochemistry merely justified by doctors perception of symptoms will likely cause other chemicals to imbalance thus causing psychotic disorder’s, breakdowns, school shootings.

love is the cure.

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josephm (772) (@josephm) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26e5PqrCePk

watched this, like, yesterday? day before? i dont know. but definitely some crazy shit.

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KoMaCarpe (92) (@KoMaCarpe) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

Sounds no different from the “cholesterol myth”…Ancel Keys laid the foundation even though there were no real evidence for it. Simvastatin is one of the most sold drugs…

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JonH (1,139)C (@IJesusChrist) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

A psychiatrist once worked with a woman from Thailand who had severe depression. After much work, she claimed she had been cured and felt very well.

Soon she went back to work. She hung herself the next day.

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Anonymous (175) (@) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

mental illness is based on 19th century moralistic concepts and pop psychology.

psychiatry isn’t really an objective science, just relies on common opinion, yeah, just like how physics, anthropology, economics and geology rely on common opinion and not objective reasoning. ;)

The DSM V says that a mentally well person is (I’m paraphrasing) “a person who whilst not acting ‘normally’ does not have emotional distress or social malfunctioning based on this.”

sorry psychiatrists, but most pay lip service to your definition, and still use colloquial/subjective definitions of “not fitting in” or “not acting ‘per the norm'”. so yeah, criminals and gangsters aren’t considered mentally ill, but people some who cause harm are lol.. yet we supposedly live in a culture of rights, meh, OK lulzz…..

mental illness is a social and not medical label. a broken leg, cancer, myocardial infarction certainly are not social in form. So damn those Victorians and their morals lulz..

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Anonymous (175) (@) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

what is more is that psychiatrists actively select who gets good treatment or not.

they lambaste patients for their hobbies and interests, and they arbitrarily prescribe medications. it’s an evil practice that needs to be outlawed.

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Anonymous (175) (@) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

Also, they preach some idiotic minimalism.

it’s psychiatry has some plot to change morally society into their Tibetan-esque utopia.

unless they can prove that spiritualist concepts are scientific/medical fact?

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Lisa (4) (@sfarsai) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

Thank you so much for sharing this, I am planning on following it up with a lot of the readings that were discussed in the comments portion of the post.

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Benjamin (18) (@benjayk) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

Thanks for sharing this. It’s a very good article.

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