Cultural Confusion: The Shifting Line Between Sane and “Unsane”

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From STAT: An unprecedented number of Americans have been diagnosed with a mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder. Does this represent an increase in psychological distress or an increase in the medicalization of ordinary life?

“For years, the American Psychiatric Association considered homosexuality to be a disease. In 1973, it removed homosexuality from its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, long considered the ‘bible’ for identifying and categorizing mental disorders, essentially moving same-sex love and desire out of the realm of disease and into the realm of normal human behavior. This demonstrates how changing social norms can alter the mental health landscape, and vice versa.

The trend for anxiety, depression, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has been going in the opposite direction, with the number of people seeking treatment for symptoms associated with these disorders on the upswing in the last several decades. What were once seen as ordinary behaviors are increasingly being seen as signs of disorders.

In the U.S., academics and the public have begun expressing concern that diagnostic categories like depression and anxiety are more and more often being used to organize and label ordinary behaviors and characteristics that are deemed socially undesirable.”

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2 COMMENTS

  1. “Has the range of what constitutes ‘normal’ been radically truncated, and has minor distress — something that most of us experience — been redefined as an affliction?” Yes.

    Distress and disgust at 9/11/2001, and the subsequent never ending wars, is “depression caused by self,” according to my medical records from late 2001. I’m pretty certain that is political abuse of psychiatry. Plus, I didn’t cause 9/11/2001, so I’m certain such distress and disgust is NOT “depression caused by self,” which makes that a misdiagnosis, thus malpractice.

    Belief in the Holy Spirit or God is now “bipolar,” according to my medical records. Despite such a claim being blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, which is the only unforgivable sin in the Holy Bible. But people should be forewarned that today’s self proclaimed “Christian” and “Jewish” “mental health professionals,” as well as the Philippine and now FBI convicted Indian doctors, believe belief in God is a mental illness.

    These insane “mental health professionals,” and/or their pedophile friends, also “thought she was second coming of Jesus,” claimed “voices of God talk through her to other people,” and “a man, Jesus, spoke through her,” according to my medical records.

    Who are the crazy people? The ones who hear “God talk through” me, I would say, since they’re the ones who are hearing voices. Oh, according to an ethical pastor, claiming someone is Jesus is a “dirty little secret” doctor code for crucify (and kill) this person. The social worker who claimed Jesus spoke through me did confess that she claimed thousands of people were Jesus, so she didn’t even remember meeting me. Is it legal for “mental health professionals” to orchestrate the attempted murder of people that they don’t even know, merely to cover up prior malpractice?

    The doctor she medically unnecessarily sent me to was eventually arrested for Medicaid/Medicare fraud, because he was having tons of patients medically unnecessarily shipped long distances to himself, then “snowing” and performing unneeded tracheotomies on those people, likely murdering many. And that criminal doctor did admit me into the ELCA Advocate Good Samaritan hospital with a non-existent “chronic airway obstruction,” exactly what an unneeded tracheotomy would theoretically “cure.”

    https://www.justice.gov/usao-ndil/pr/oak-brook-doctor-convicted-kickback-scheme-sacred-heart-hospital

    Dreams are now “psychosis,” according to my medical records. That’s a definition of “psychosis” that is so broad that it means everyone who dreams is “psychotic.”

    Concern of the abuse of one’s child, after the medical evidence of such is handed over, is “bipolar” and “schizophrenia,” according to my medical records. The psychiatrists have odd delusions that psychiatric drugs cure child abuse symptoms. And they are drugging the child abuse victims up en mass, according to their own medical literature, and despite the fact this is illegal because they are mandatory reporters. Today over 80% of those labeled as “depressed,” “anxious,” “bipolar,” and “schizophrenic” are actually mislabeled child abuse victims. Over 90% of those labeled “borderline” are actually mislabeled child abuse victims.

    https://www.madinamerica.com/2016/04/heal-for-life/

    Today’s “mental health professionals” have NO way of EVER billing ANY health insurance company for helping ANY child abuse victim EVER, so they’ve been misdiagnosing them with the other DSM disorder en mass for decades.

    https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/your-child-does-not-have-bipolar-disorder/201402/dsm-5-and-child-neglect-and-abuse-1

    The antidepressants and ADHD drugs create the symptoms of “bipolar,” according to Robert Whitaker’s research.

    https://www.alternet.org/story/146659/are_prozac_and_other_psychiatric_drugs_causing_the_astonishing_rise_of_mental_illness_in_america

    The antipsychotics and/or antidepressants create “psychosis,” via anticholinergic toxidrome, according to my medical research.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxidrome

    “The inmates are running the asylums.” Or shall I say the criminal, pedophile protecters, drug poisoners, and Holy Spirit blasphemers are running the asylums? I’m quite certain we need a return to the rule of law, and the “mental health professionals” should get out of the business of pedophile empowerment. This illegal child rape covering up and profiteering of the “mental health professionals” is destroying Western civilization.

    https://yournewswire.com/putin-new-world-order-pedophilia-west/

    Wake up.

  2. I think its probably largely rooted in the woes of late stage capitalism, American-style. Psychiatrists seem to destroy pretty much anyone they can–rich people, poor people, “rinky dink middle class” people–but they have always “had it in” for poor people and working class people, in particular. And…

    these days, we have more and more “have nots” whose problems are “treated” by shrinks working for the 1%-ers. Add in the shrinking range of emotions allowed to most of us, and…one can see how and why psychiatry has become such a powerful, massive industry, almost 60 years after The Myth of Mental Illness.