Monday, September 20, 2021

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  • Ms Ingalla says she’s taking lexapro. Reports variously associate or conclude lexapro use is associated with dementia, tardive syndromes, traumatic brain injuries, weight gain, sexual dysfunction and on it goes.

    However, as one Mad in America essayist misconstrued, the incovenient truth is that some people claim high voltage impacts on the brain (for example) do feel just right. The issue is far more complicated than an essay could ever hope to impress, or confuse readers with.

    Ms Ingalla is motivated and intelligent and is running what appears to be a successful business.

    I see no indication or concern about poverty anywhere. Poverty greatly upsets anyones mental health. Much worse is the orchestrated denial that it exists along with its deliberate creation. Instead we hear a constant refrain about social justice when people are homeless and can’t pay the rent much less their mortgages.

    A thoughtful or caring mental health worker presumably understands these dynamics in the economy and it would be in the domain of their care. Realize (for example) that hedge fund managers and venture capitalists or defense contractors in Arizona aren’t apart from the poverty and desperation in the country but are direct causes of so-called mental health casualties.

    Instead Ms Ingalla has appointed her web page with diagnosis, care for sexual preferences, immigrants and refugees. Very popular and nothing objectionable. We’re all against racism, sexism, violence, and for human rights. We see the lies of omission too.

  • The APA destroyed all of their credibility and basically said out loud to the world “ethically we must do evil” by designing and implementing systems of torture for the US Military. The APA is irrelevant, another discredited, failed and corrupt institution. They at once did harm.

    I did a quick word search and didn’t find venture capitalist, hedge fund or militarism. Three examples that both destroy and unequally sustain mental health across the country and beyond. Not under consideration.
    But why not? They make money by locking up the world’s largest prison population, and keeping them locked up longer, and drugged.

    I did find the word poverty once in this oped which is curiously associated with one race. This sounds racist, or misinformed although I am sure the author didn’t intend it to be understood or sound this way.

  • There are positive affirmations in this article. Is this bias, objectivity or bias that reads like objectivity?

    It is unfortunate that most critcism of the World Health Organization carefully avoids discussion of this proxy for soft power – complimentary to corporate power. This doesn’t necessarily mean bad, evil or deadly but it is useful to understand this.

    Most online criticism is empty and seems to be generated on purpose so that most people will be distracted from reaching a better understanding.

    But this essay conveniently ignores details. It is hiding the deliberate, destructive efforts to distribute psychiatric medications or toxic poisons throughout the world as if it didn’t happen or isn’t today.

    It may be useful to consider the WHO in terms of a narcissistic abuser that the world no longer needs. They may have meant well. There is hope for the narcisstic abuser but they should no longer have any kind of role in advising the world what to do with health crises. Why does the world need this?

    Again use the narcissistic abuser model – what kind of gaslighting is it to celebrate modest reform that may mean less damaging abuse of people who suffer from so-called mental problems?

    Isn’t it ironic to be reading a positive if not fluffy article like this on a weekend after the FDA has revealed itself to the entire world that it is hopelessly corrupt and it is profit that matters over people?

  • “The world’s most ruthless killer and the greatest cause of suffering on earth is extreme poverty,” a finding that emphasizes the correlation between poverty and its effect on mental health. This is from the World Health Organization. Poverty is an enormous risk. But the US (not unique from other countries) seems to have a cocoon of institutions dedicated to mystifying what is really going on.

    Now smoking is a big risk factor for lung cancer. The origin of so-called mental problems seems to be more mysterious. Put crudely: was somebody crazy before they became poor, or did the inability to pay the rent, buy food and clothing make them lose it in some way?

    Whether or not we agree with this uncertainty, I think one class has the abillity to disguise its interests as working for the “general good”.

  • LSD, psilocybin et al were always exciting recreational drugs routinely used by Americans. There were plenty of bad outcomes and disasters.

    But by the 1980s Congress had laws on the books and a large agency (DEA ) that would eventually throw millions of people in prison for using drugs that were always less harmful than the sadism, destruction and profiteeting of criminal justice. Lives were destroyed nationwide, not by drugs but by the Government.

    Psychiatry had an active role in determining whether people were “getting off” on certain drugs in which case this made the drugs use obsolete outside of a medical order and an appropriate substance for harsher laws and draconian punishments.

    So, in the 80s psychedlics, like crack were a ticket to prison for poor people. Alternatively they were a weekend of insight for wealthier customers who also enjoyed benign drugs like cocaine. Some of them too ended up in rehab, in psych wards in which case LSD became a gateway to heavier dope like prolixin.

    One of the most effective criticisms of psychiatry is to bluntly label it materialistic. To see new clinics opening up and charging outrageous amounts of money for a high and the “healing and insight” that was available with friends on the weekend in the criminal era undermines just how psychiatry (by design) will never get it: ” The public can’t be trusted, they have no insight. Before we threw them in jail and that was profitable, now they can pay 1000.00s of dollars and that will be profitable” Have a nice trip!

  • The terms used to describe capitalism are more often a combination of politics and ideology. So it’s a loaded term. Everyone appreciates it when someone drops it into the comments section though. Thanks.

    Capitalism, for most of us, means having to get up everyday and more or less sell ourselves for money. Some call this drudgery, others call this slavery, few call this freedom. Interestingly Whitaker measured psych drug effectiveness in terms of whether people went back to work or not.

    America has an otherwise well intentioned class of people who never worry about their basic needs, indeed luxuries or metaphysical hobbies.
    You can almost guess they are too embarrased to talk about it on social media or they really have no idea at all. This indifference or ignorance is not organic. It is another carefully designed feature of our system. What should we call this system?

  • What a remarkable comments section. It’s almost like the article wasn’t read at all. I’ll post some terms, ideas and facts – they just aren’t getting any coverage but I might be mistaken:

    Capitalism.
    Poverty.
    The rich get richer and the poor sometimes get prison,
    Free and easy money is available for the super rich.
    Materialism does matter to an extent and it directly impacts well being.
    If you complain to a psychiatrist sometimes you get drugged.
    If you complain on social media you get censored.
    The legal system can and does cause great harm as well as good.
    The United States is not a democracy.
    Deaths of despair is a term used to obscure intentional violence from the status quo and it is usually completely legal.
    The focus on identity politics is used to obscure poverty.
    Militarism creates poverty.
    MIlitarism creates mental illness.
    Militarism guarantees tent cities, homelessness and deaths of despair.
    Militarism creates enormous wealth, happiness and prosperity for a smaller number of people.

  • There’s a bit more man made traumas than mass shootings or so-called terrorism. Both are relatively rare. Focusing on them continuously will certainly induce trauma.

    Other man made traumas include losing a job, being unable to pay the rent, having to stand in line for food, being foreclosed on and losing a home, not being able to pay medical bills, declaring bankruptcy, collecting unemployment, sued or persued by debt collectors and watching a wealthier segment of society live in an entirely different world but the same country.

    I enjoy reading Mad in America but there seems to be a pattern of ignoring some elephants in the room as they pretain to mental health. We have some of the identity issues covered but the growing mass of poorer people can only be ignored by social media for so long before it too becomes irrelevant.