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My Views On Mental Illness

July 3, 2010

1. Medications are the devil, and if they must be taken be considered “the lesser of two evils”– any people on medication should get off of them as soon as possible.

2. Therapists usually have no idea what they are doing, mainly because they fail to appreciate the beauty of human diversity and the complexity of the human brain. As much as society wants it– there is no “system” by which everyone can fit in– there are no treatments that will work well on most people– even if it might seem that way from the surface.

3. As evidenced by #2, all patients should be treated as individuals– utilizing past experience should only take a supplementary role. If a therapist would try to apply past work as the primary resource, it will inevitably result in cognitive bias, as well as present a severely limited and inherently distorted understanding of that patient.

4. As our understanding of the psychology of the brain is mostly theoretical, the effects of medications are mostly subjective and evidence limited by case– there are no guarantees of anything, regardless of the symptoms. Thus, people taking medication are “guinea pigs” that are paying for psychiatric research (and for the luxurious lifestyles of the top dogs of the pharmaceutical industry)

5. The biggest fallacy (by far!) in the mental health field is the tendency to judge a mental illness by it’s symptoms. That is, if the symptoms go away, they are “cured”. This misunderstanding is the #1 most destructive thought pattern I have ever encountered in regards to mental health.

Anyone with a minute amount of knowledge of what a “symptom” is, knows that symptoms are proof that the body is fighting *against* the disease– the body is healthy because it’s immune system is responsive. Without symptoms, we wouldn’t get sick – heck, we wouldn’t even feel pain (pain is also a symptom!)- we would just die.

Applying this to mental health: just because they don’t act crazy (exhibit symptoms of mental illness) doesn’t mean they aren’t

Furthermore, if a person has symptoms of mental illness, and they are given medications, often the symptoms go away.

Was the problem fixed, as the professionals would have you believe?

No!!!

Quite the opposite!

Congratulations– you just killed their psychological immune system! Now they have no protection– and you think you’re helping them? You’re just helping yourself!

BTW that’s a great deal of the reason why suicide is a common side-effect of antidepressants.

6. As evidenced by #1, medication (I reiterate!) are the Devil! (’cause they kill your mental immune system)

Other bad side effects of medication passed over:

Loss of control

Feelings of disillusionment/fakeness

Can never feel truly happy– ever!

Interferes with self-exploration/analysis

Tendency to conform to the environment

As it turns out, all of these things are things that society wants, which brings us to

7. Medications don’t exist to help people– they exist to control them.

Some people call it a conspiracy theory, but I’m just going off my own experience– as an ex-medication user and ex- ward of the state (aka ‘the system’

8. There is a great deal compelling evidence (some of which dates back to the dawn of civilization) that suggests that mental illness can be a good thing– and it has been linked with creativity and innovation for quite some time.

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