NAMI Fact Sheet LIES…….

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……

10 thoughts on “NAMI Fact Sheet LIES…….”

    1. Pam, I now have a new “share” button that’s up top. You can’t see it very well. No, let me say that differently. I cannot see it very well but maybe it’s visible to other people. It looks like a “share” icon. In my browser it is in the middle of the screen, right up top in the center of the top bar.

      Also, I added a floating “follow” button. When I disable the visual aids I use with my browser I notice that the “follow” button is red, sorta red, and it’s on the bottom right of the screen. The plug-in is outdated and I am not sure if I can move the floating button, but I like the color, so…..

    2. But Pam you find that share icon only if you click on each individual post itself, not on the blog’s main page. As I said, the plug in is outdated so I am not sure if I can change this. Let me know if it works or if you have any problems with it.

  1. 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

    … and with an appropriate and effective fairy godmother most people who live as a kitchen drudge can marry a handsome prince and live happily ever after.

    Stigma erodes confidence that mental disorders are real, treatable health conditions.

    … which is why we here at NAMI do so much to promote stigma by routinely linking mental illness to violence and promoting it as a permanent brain disease.

    We [here at NAMI] have allowed stigma and a now unwarranted sense of hopelessness

    … and will continue to do so as long as we are primarily funded by drug companies.

    Did you see Robin Murray’s summary of his career researching schizophrenia? It only took him half a century to realise how wrong he was. I wonder how long it will take for NAMI.

    1. Thank for your comment! My parents discovered NAMI as did many. My dad became a leader in the cause. Eventually his orientation turned entirely to human rights! Not only that, but he found that when he inquired about human rights and how patients were treated, the most credible witnesses, and sometimes the only credible witnesses, were the patients themselves. We were there, after all. He died in 1997.

  2. YES I saw and see the share buttons but no where to Reblog it….Anyhow I copied some of it and shared a link I created…Hope it brought you some traffic, I know I got a few Likes from it so people must have gone to your blog from mine. I hope so at any rate!

    Great Post!

  3. Julie, may i make a sugestion?
    The idea is to make your article more easy to see NAMI faults.

    Try to use colors (or for NAMI quotes), or for your comments.
    Italics… make it harder to get.

    And is more prone to variance (different browsers, different operative systems, different fonts gestion, different monitors, different window size).
    On the other hand… if you put a different color where you want to show your point… is quicker/ easier to read.

    Also,
    Dont if is just me but below where i am writing this text, there is the email… then the name… then the website… then (at the left), there are 2 tiny squares… likely to click … but NO TEXT, at that level (at both squares).

    Good blog and all the best.
    Sam.

    1. Good point! I can’t see the italics myself. I can’t see the colors too well and I change them all around anyway. Come to think of it, it’s a human rights sort of idea that many humans, especially inexperienced ones, assume that all other humans experience life exactly the same as oneself.

      Oddly, I find that the profession that is most guilty of this is_____ (kindly fill in the blanks here). I think anyone can guess…… The ones we paid that sat across from us in those offices…..ha ha ha ha ha

    2. Sam, you mentioned two tiny squares. I’m not sure but I suspect it all has to do with browser differences. It is hard for me to find them, possibly because the alternations I do to the screen obliterate a lot of stuff I’m actually supposed to see. Should I ever find them I’ll check out what is going on there.

Feedback and comments welcome!