The following is my commentary on a “fact sheet” from NAMI New York. This is some material from the URL http://www.naminys.org/nys/educational-materials/ Here, what you see in italics is what I have copied verbatim, directly off the NAMI page. Here and there I am replying, as I see fit, with commentary of my own, in non-italics.
Here are some important facts about mental illness and recovery:
Please note: Much of what NAMI tells you ain’t facts!
- Mental illnesses are biologically based brain disorders. BTW, the “brain disorder” theory was disproven almost immediately after it was proposed. There is no scientific evidence of any brain disorder in those with the so-called major mental illnesses such as schizophrenia or bipolar. They cannot be overcome through “will power” and are not related to a person’s “character” or intelligence. The implication here is that these so-called “brain diseases” are permanent conditions that will not go away on their own nor can they possibly be transient or outgrown. This is false, as many are indeed temporary, or can be overcome by changing one’s life circumstances, growth, maturity, improved physical health, changing one’s environment, nutritional changes, or improving one’s relationships.
- Mental disorders fall along a continuum of severity. Even though mental disorders are widespread in the population, the main burden of illness is concentrated in a much smaller proportion — about 6 percent, or 1 in 17 Americans — who suffer from a serious mental illness. It is estimated that mental illness affects 1 in 5 families in America.
- The World Health Organization has reported that four of the ten leading causes of disability in the US and other developed countries are mental disorders. The implication here is that the disability is caused by the mental disorder itself, however the disability is more likely caused b the treatment of the disorder, such as incarceration, poverty, chemicals, electroshock, unemployment, and marginalization. By 2020, Major Depressive illness will be the leading cause of disability in the world for women and children. By 2020, antidepressants will put millions more people on disability and will effectively shorten their lives.
- Mental illnesses usually strike individuals in the prime of their lives, often during adolescence and young adulthood. All ages are susceptible, but the young and the old are especially vulnerable. This is why the Mental Health System is so effective at silencing the very young, before the are able to enter the workforce, and ending the lives of older adults quickly and subversively, before the elderly financially overburden the wealthiest taxpayers.
- Without treatment the consequences of mental illness for the individual and society are staggering: Actually, this is completely false. Statistics tell us that those who refuse treatment actually do better! This according to studies cited by Robert Whitaker in Anatomy of an Epidemic. Check it out if you haven’t already. ….unnecessary disability And who puts those compliant mental patients on disability in the first place?, unemployment, substance abuse, homelessness, inappropriate incarceration, suicide and wasted lives As a person whose life was wasted by psychiatry, I’d say the opposite, had I been noncompliant soonoer I could have had a productive life!; The economic cost of untreated mental illness is more than 100 billion dollars each year in the United States. Here, I can only speak for myself. The economic burden of treating fake illnesses is staggering. Now that I refuse “treatment” I never needed I am hardly costing the US taxpayers anything at all. My contributions to society (such as writing this right now) robably outweigh the small amount that gets paid out to me still.
- The best treatments for serious mental illnesses today are highly effective (causing organ damage, brain damage, shortening lives by an average of 25 years); between 70 and 90 percent of individuals have significant reduction of symptoms and improved quality of life with a combination of pharmacological and psychosocial treatments and supports. Meaning you’re on drugs for life and whatever job you have is probably minimal, “supported,” or “supervised.”
- With appropriate effective medication and a wide range of services tailored to their needs, most people who live with serious mental illnesses can significantly reduce the impact of their illness and find a satisfying measure of achievement and independence so long as you are continuously monitored forever and ever. A key concept is to develop expertise in developing strategies to manage the illness process. Again, the implication here is that these are real illnesses that are permanent, and this notion is completely false.
- Early identification and treatment is of vital importance. Here NAMI, coupled with the drug companies, are getting scary, since drugging our children is certainly not going to make them healthier. By ensuring access to the treatment and recovery supports that are proven effective They have not been proven effective NOR safe, recovery is accelerated and the further harm related to the course of illness is minimized. This, too, has been shown to be false.
- Stigma erodes confidence that mental disorders are real, treatable health conditions. This is circular logic. Treatment, much of which is abusive, doesn’t just erode confidence, it devastes people and ruins lives! We have allowed stigma and a now unwarranted sense of hopelessness Much of treatment is hopelessness-based, pushing the notion of the permanent brain disorder…I call that hopeless! to erect attitudinal, structural and financial barriers to effective treatment and recovery. It is time to take these barriers down. It’s time to take down the walls that incarcerate human beings, the walls of these institutions, and LET MY PEOPLE GO.
Thanks, NAMI…….More circular logic to go into the circular file asap……