Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 6 Share on Twitter 1 Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
Exclusive to OpEdNews:
OpEdNews Op Eds    H4'ed 7/9/19

Mental health, Psychiatry, and Individualism

Author 513816
Message Morgan Bundrant
- Advertisement -

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day---make it coffee and Prozac
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day---make it coffee and Prozac
(Image by Drab Makyo)
  Details   DMCA

Psychiatry has far deeper and darker roots than most people who participate in the industry realize- it began as a means of torturing and "treating" the "psychotic and insane", through means that would now be classified as inhumane and cruel. The industry dabbled with eugenics, scientific racism, participated in the Holocaust, and finally found its way to where we are today: a $76 billion industry in America, where new psychiatric disorders can be invented, voted on, and then marketed to and profited off of. (Citizens Commission on Human Rights ).

This is not to say that mental health treatment should be criticized- mental health disorders are extremely legitimate and should be treated in whichever way the patient seeks treatment, but classifying mental diseasesis unfounded in science, and is a relatively new practice:

- Advertisement -

"We do not know the causes [of any mental illness]. We don't have the methods of 'curing' these illnesses yet." -Dr. Rex Cowdry, psychiatrist and director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), 1995

So, why are we classifying mental diseases that have no cure, and then marketing addictive and harmful drugs en masse? In the billions of patients that psychiatry has treated, there has not been one cure. In fact, 46 people die every day from overdosing on a prescribed drugs.

How were these problems invented? What did we do before Big Pharma? Why is the issue so prevalent in America?

- Advertisement -

Mental diseases are classified and voted on to be in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV (DSM). Once a disease is established, then drugs enter the market for this disease, and doctors have a host of new potential clients to market to. Sometimes existing drugs are rebranded to suit this new disease, or a new drug is invented the same way the disease was.

Behaviors that have always existed and were traditionally unmedicated, like child squeamishness (that is actually necessary to learn), juvenile delinquency, bedwetting, shyness, and aggression are now allowed to be diagnosed and profited off of- at the physical and financial expense of the patient.

This over-prescribing, in general, has led to a massive opioid epidemic and public health crisis and has even been institutionalized into our public school system.

These mental and behavioral issues have always existed, but only recently have they been classified and drugged.

Before this destructive system, behavioral issues were addressed, not diagnosed and prescribed. Blame should be placed on the Big Pharma that profits off of this destruction, but responsibility is still in the hands of the people who are willingly buying into this system. If we can escape the mentality that we can buy our problems away with a pill, and focus on the root causes of behavioral and mental issues, then treatment wouldn't come with a host of side effects, and it wouldn't require participating in a destructive and extractive system.


The idea that a person can cure their mental state simply by taking a pill comes from living in an individualist society and is consequently the least expensive, quickest, and the most mechanized way to treat billions of invented diseases. Mental health is more complicated than that. Every person should be given more attention, and that starts with seeing people as people needing treatment, not consumers.

 

- Advertisement -

Rate It | View Ratings

Morgan Bundrant Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

UCSC Student
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

How to worry about climate change when the world is already in shambles

Mental health, Psychiatry, and Individualism

Comments Image Post Article Comment and Rate This Article

These discussions are not moderated. We rely on users to police themselves, and flag inappropriate comments and behavior. In accordance with our Guidelines and Policies, we reserve the right to remove any post at any time for any reason, and will restrict access of registered users who repeatedly violate our terms.

  • OpEdNews welcomes lively, CIVIL discourse. Personal attacks and/or hate speech are not tolerated and may result in banning.
  • Comments should relate to the content above. Irrelevant, off-topic comments are a distraction, and will be removed.
  • By submitting this comment, you agree to all OpEdNews rules, guidelines and policies.
          

Comment Here:   



You can enter 2000 characters. To remove limit, please click here.
Please login or register. Afterwards, your comment will be published.
 
Username
Password

Forgot your password? Click here and we will send an email to the address you used when you registered.
First Name
Last Name

I am at least 16 years of age
(make sure username & password are filled in. Note that username must be an email address.)

No comments  Post Comment

 
Want to post your own comment on this Article? Post Comment