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Necessity Is The Mother Of Invention And The Whore Of Mental “Illness”

Why Psychiatry Doesn’t Work

 

Psychiatry is founded on a presumption that someone is suffering from a disease, defect, or genetic impairment. Even though there is NO actual scientific process for the reliable diagnosis of psychiatric “illness”, the labeling of the “problem” as a disease results in sending the message that the patient is somehow defective and that the defect is beyond their own ability to remedy. This then sets up the ongoing relationship where the patient should consider themselves as inferior to the “all-knowing doctor” admits to not knowing.

Time after time we see commercials on television talking about some new psychiatric drug. Somewhere in the commercial they usually say that “the cause is unknown” for the problem they claim to be treating. Its usually mixed in with the lengthy description of side-effects. So lets consider what they claim is unknown. We often hear mention of the neurotransmitter activity when mental “illness” is discussed. Neurotransmitter activity is directly involved in the brain’s method of gathering and processing information. It then seems logical to ask why the brain would have a need to adjust the processing and gathering of information. I would compare the brain to the electronic functioning of a calculator; where it is a mechanical physical activity but we should remember that WE are the finger that pushes the buttons on the calculator and not the calculator itself.

When we formulate some notion of who we think we are (at a biological, mental, and spiritual level) we set up ideas about what we think we need to survive. These ideas of survival needs then lead to experiencing levels of stress related to if the needs are being met or not. In the medical science they talk about the parasympathetic nervous system response in relation to stress. One of the main things that happens is that we have more adrenaline pumped into our system. Soooo, picture someone who has their stress threshold overloaded (either by sudden stress or accumulated stress): the adrenaline races up to the brain with a basic survival demand to find the source of the stress and determine the basic response (fight or flight/engage or disengage). THIS is what alerts the neurotransmitter activity!!! The difficulties arise when someone is not able to GET the information they need OR they are not able to PROCESS the information. When that happens the mind switches to a type of default setting that equates any answer as being better than NO answer. Hallucinations are usually manufactured input, and are usually of a negative type (i.e., threat identified). ANY psychiatric so-called symptom is simply a very basic survival equation that could be classified as a fight/engage or flight/disengage response. Depression is a flight response. Paranoia is a fight response that identifies a supposed threat. Suicidal tendencies are actually a last desperate act for survival by way of a flight response. Aside from cases where there may be actual organic brain injury (which can be caused by extensive prolonged use of psychiatric drugs), all “symptoms” are simply a matter of stress overload related to perceived survival needs at one or all 3 levels of the biological, mental or spiritual self. Proper treatment MUST be based on helping the person maintain a quiet, safe place. Once they are no longer overstressed it then becomes a matter of helping them find BETTER options for survival through helping them define, or redefine, their sense of self in relation to actual survival needs AND more options for stress coping skills and development of survival strategies.

Now, having looked at the survival nature of so-called symptoms, it becomes easier to see why psychiatry doesn’t work. It invalidates a patients basic survival drive by labeling the strategy used as a defect. This devalues, degrades, and suppresses the basic survival drive. Even the drug treatments suppress the biological survival drive. Soooo, the fundamental message sent by psychiatrists to their patients is, “It is not okay for you to survive so you must let me help you do what is not okay.” This mixed message, at a very basic level, sets the psychiatric patient up for relapse and fr more and more problems. It can also trigger more desperate acts of survival such as extreme flight (suicide) or extreme fight (outward violence towards others). The proper path is to VALIDATE the urge to survive as a GOOD THING while helping a patient see that the STRATEGIES have not been as effective as they could be- and to then help them survive BETTER. The only exception, in psychiatry, is Logotherapy by Viktor Frankl; which helps provide some sense of purpose to help align environmental stressors to (but I don’t know that even it is complete). Validate the patient. Empower the patient. Help the patient find themselves and find more options for HEALTHY and SUCCESSFUL survival. Let them be SELF-determined and they WILL thrive.

 

December 25, 2012 by D. Trebas

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