Bipartisan Agreement on
Mental Health Treatment

Kermit Cole
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The New York Times on Obama’s $235 million initiative: “Mental health unites lawmakers Republican and Democrat, urban and rural, even those with safe seats versus those who may face competitive races.” The plan “includes includes $130 million for programs that would help detect mental illness in young children, train educators to spot those signs and refer the students to treatment.” However, NAMI”s legal advisor said of the bill “Interestingly enough… the people we’re talking about are very likely not individuals whose names would be on any lists.”

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]

7 COMMENTS

    • Of course it is. Mental health treatment = psychotropic drugs. Tax dollars don’t fund psychotherapy because it’s “unscientific” and “doesn’t work”, but forcing children to take psychotropic drugs proven to cause irreversible brain damage and tortuous side effects is O.K. because some doctors whose practice relies on them and take money from drug companies say so.

      • It’s so sad to me, because I live with the trauma of my abuses 24/7. Rarely ever do I wake up without my mind racing about them, accompanied by terrible feelings and a complete hopelessness for the future of society and the species.

        I’ve said it before, once met with scorn for doing so, but being forced to take these drugs as a child can be at least as bad as sexual rape, and in many ways worse. At least a person who is raped can know that all of the world agrees with them in how they were wronged, that such a thing is illegal, that it’s not SUPPOSED to happen to anybody. They don’t have to wake up and read a news article about how their government will be spending 130 million dollars to screen more children to be handed over to pedos for rape.

        It’s not just the psychological effects of being treated that way, being injected or otherwise forced to take drugs that hurt you, but the physical and neurological effects that can follow you for a life time. Every doctor I’ve seen has told me my movement disorder is so mild that it wasn’t even diagnosable. My jaw clenches my teeth together, stops and then repeats. Over and over, all day long, for nearly 20 years now. And then to think of all the kids who have it much worse than me, and the many more who will join them thanks to bills like this and the ignorance of society.

  1. Do you suppose the NYT looked up this one before they went to NAMI?

    http://www.mindfreedom.org/kb/psych-drug-corp/nami/nami-named-in-pfizer-suit.pdf

    NAMI was named in a Court action as helping Pfizer to off-label mkt Geodon.

    Or this one where Mindfreedom kept track of NAMI’s Biologically based references:

    http://psychroaches.blogspot.com/2012/09/namis-bio-based-bullshit-blows-through.html

    Or this one?

    81% of NAMI contributions over $5,000 came from drug makers?

    http://www.ahrp.org/cms/content/view/696/36/

    But at least the full court press to diagnose, disable and drug more students is “Bipartisan”: meaning, Both Political Parties sold out.

    Here’s a satirical gripe from conservative voters who’re also nauseated by being sold out on a whole host of issues by politicians who’re more interested in seeing that the interests of Government itself prevail over the rights of the Citizens they supposedly represent.

    http://thepeoplescube.com/peoples-blog/open-letter-to-rnc-chairman-reince-priebus-t10946.html

    A party that runs on a plank of smaller Government has no business whatever expanding this Healthcare defrauding drug deal.

    The same site has also weighed in on the epidemic of psychiatric control of children.

    http://thepeoplescube.com/peoples-blog/medicate-your-children-to-guarantee-compliance-conformism-through-pharmacology-t10930.html

  2. Reading the 300+ comments on that article is crushingly depressing. It still seems that the overwhelming majority of people are of the opinion that psychiatric treatment is benign. Some people, maybe even a third of people, still seem to think that psychiatric treatment involves leather couches and talk therapy.

    The general theme went something like this, “It’s about time that we started to address mental health issues in this country, but the guns are still part of the problem. Mental health screening and treatment is in the best interest of all, but is our government actually going to follow through with funding it?”

    That sort of thinking made up probably 80% of the comments.

    As one commenter says:
    “No one is going to criticize any effort to identify individuals who suffer from mental issues and to provide mental health service and facilities for them. But this issue of mental health, like the proposal to place guns in the schools, was an NRA diversion from the outset, designed to block consideration not only of assault and military-type weapons and high-capacity magazines, but even of background checks. ”

    Or another:

    “The progress in mental health techniques is impressive. There is indeed “evidence based” medicine in the area of mental health. The tragedy is that the poor, on Medicaid, do not have access to sometimes life-saving treatment. ”

    And of course there is no sane or rational reason to disagree with psychiatry:
    “There are 2 kinds of people who seek mental health treatment: those who are ordered to do so; and those who believe or suspect they have a problem and choose to address it. By addressing their problem, the latter group exhibits a healthier mentality than those with problems who do not seek treatment either by personal choice or order.”

    Sigh…

    “As a retired nurse and current court advocate for victims of domestic violence I see many cases of abuse caused when the person with mental health issues stops taking their medication. The answer lies in oversight and more stringent consequences for the actions of a mentally ill person who refuses to be helped. ”

    Refuses… to be helped. Never do they stop to think that maybe they’re refusing TO BE HURT! Nope, if a doctor says it’s medicine that makes it HELP! NO MATTER WHAT!!!

    And if you disagree that just means you’re stupid or crazy or both and most people would just roll their eyes at you and call you a moron.

  3. This is Draconian in every respect. We’re being sold donw the river by both parties and they’re patting themselves on their backs for how enlightened they are for making sure that we who are “mentally ill” will get the great treatment that we so justly deserve! The community mental health center in my county is a joke. They treat people as if they’re subhuman and warehouse people into their stupid so-called “day treatment” programs. It’s all just a big joke, done at the expense of the people caught in the system. Just what we need, more of these kinds of community mental health centers! Any teacher who participates with any program to diagnose more children as mentall ill need the same kind of treatment that the poor kids are going to get! Where is all the money going to come from when every person, except the psychiatrists and ceo’s of the drug companies, are all caught in the net of “mental health care?” This is disgusting and very frightening.

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