Thursday, 27 December 2012
What Is Normal Anyway?
I would call myself 'normal'. I would also call my friend who has the beginnings of dementia 'normal' even though she displays common symptoms of this distressing disease.
Since my 40s I've been a staunch supporter of the mental health charity MIND. It provided the best support and advice for those suffering from poor mental health and it acknowledged the public ignorance of diseases of the mind.
Some of the he most common are anxiety and depression and most of us suffer one or other for a short time during out lifetimes. Sadly there are people who suffer constant anxiety, depression or other issues and require the help of professionals who understand how the mind works; albeit their knowledge is limited.
Nowadays however, so many of our children are labelled as having a mental or behavioural disorders such as ADHD - something which never existed a few decades ago. Children are diagnosed at such a pace that within a few decades, if the psychiatry isn't questioned, more children will be labelled with a disorder than not.
Of course finances enter into these diagnoses; schools receive extra funding for any child labelled as having a disorder and parents receive state funding for their child's 'disability'.
Over the years, in my spasmodic voluntary work, I've met adults with serious mental health problems and children who I would class as 'unruly' although they have been identified as mental health sufferers. Their parents are always anxious to emphasise the 'symptoms' of their disability and usually while the child is present. I've always been uncomfortable with that, but the children don't seem to mind their parent discussing their 'problem'. If a child - or adult for that matter - is told often enough they have a medical problem, they'll believe it.
The industry of modern psychiatry has been accused of having 'officially gone insane'. I agree. Today's psychiatrists are paid for diagnosing children and receive kick-backs from big Pharma, schools are happy to refer children to their services because they receive extra funding and parents want a name for their child's 'bad' behaviour. No parent wants to think they're not doing a good job rearing their children.
An example of how insane the mental health industry has become is:
The DSM is now larger than ever, and it includes disorders such as "Obedience Defiance Disorder" (ODD), defined as refusing to lick boots and follow false authority. Rapists who feel sexual arousal during their raping activities are given the excuse that they have "Paraphilic coercive disorder" and therefore are not responsible for their actions. (But they will need medication, of course!)
My intention is not to knock all psychiatrists as some are dedicated to their profession, but to call for an end to identifying young children as having a mental disorder, without lengthy and detailed testing. That is a cruel hoax, but as long as the state continues to pay the child's carers money and big Pharma is so involved, then little will be done about the number of children on mind-altering drugs.
The article calls for the abolition of psychiatry but it has its uses in society. I would call for the abolition of medicines prescribed by psychiatrists for children.
There's no doubt mental health disorders are being fabricated and until the finance element is removed from children's mental health, then nothing will be done. What is normal anyway?