From The Unbounded Spirit, which “was created with the sole purpose of providing valuable and interesting information that will provoke its readers to get into a creative thinking process,” an article that asks whether the DSM’s categorizing of nonconformity and freethinking as mental illnesses leads to “a chilling picture for those of us who are noncomfomists.”
““ongoing pattern of disobedient, hostile and defiant behavior,” symptoms include questioning authority, negativity, defiance, argumentativeness, and being easily annoyed.”
Well that’s certainly a reality. There really are people like that. And honestly, NOT IN A GOOD WAY. Psychiatry doesn’t know how to discern or differentiate between someone who’s struggling to communicate about wicked things in a bad ass world, and someone else who’s legit got some serious ill-will.
“The Soviet Union used new “mental illnesses” for political repression. People who didn’t accept the beliefs of the Communist Party developed a new type of schizophrenia. They suffered from the delusion of believing communism was wrong. They were isolated, forcefully medicated, and put through repressive “therapy” to bring them back to sanity.”
I can’t stop laughing. What’s my problem, because even I know it’s wrong to laugh at that. But I seriously think that’s hilarious.
“Although the authors of the manual claim no ulterior motives but simply better diagnostic practices, the labeling of freethinking and nonconformity as mental illnesses has a lot of potential for abuse. It can easily become a weapon in the arsenal of a repressive state.”
No, it just means countries like the United States are becoming Russia.
Just kidding. Man, I’m having a hard time taking anything seriously anymore. I must be the unburied.
In 1851 the prominent American physician Samuel Adolphus Cartwright observed black slaves that fled captivity, and saw an illness. “Drapetomania, or the disease causing Negroes to flee” was the title to his paper explaining that black slaves didn’t want freedom, if they escaped they were ill. The cause was masters who treated slaves as something close to human beings, and slaves who considered themselves to be individuals of worth. Freedom was an illness, and Cartwright had the cure.
If a slave becomes “sulky and dissatisfied without reason,” then they may have drapetomania and be about to flee.
Now the same nonconformist behavior and thinking is called “oppositional defiance disorder” !
A generation ago, society had eccentrics. Now, thanks to the efforts of psychiatrists, we have people with “mental disorders” and the number of disorders grows each year. People who worry about state surveillance are labelled “Paranoid”, those who argue passionately against injustice and have a head full of facts and figures are “Deluded” and suffering from “Thought Disorder” and those full of dreams and visions of a better world are “Psychotic”. Meanwhile, kids who prefer to explore their surroundings and chatter (as thousands of years of evolution prepared them to do) instead of sitting still listening to teachers are labelled as “suffering from ADHD” and drugged.
For more than a century, Mankind has been the unwitting guinea pig of psychiatry’s deliberate social engineering experiment.