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Unlearning Spurred On By Undiagnosis

Unlearning is very important to me. The school system I grew up with taught me I couldn’t do anything correctly. Unlearning this education meant I could do things correctly despite all I had been taught to the contrary. One wonders how many lives have been squandered at the alter of learned futility. Unlearning, in this case, was a matter of recognizing the value of utility instead.

Obviously, being taught that you are “incapable” of doing anything worthwhile is going to complicate the project of living one’s life severely. This complication translated, for yours truly, into a “serious mental disorder” diagnosis. Taught by the education system that I was “incapable”, there were all these doctors ready and willing to jump in with a “disease” diagnosis. My “incapacity”, in their eyes, was due to my having a “disease”, specifically, a “disease” of the brain.

If you read the literature on institutionalization, you will find mention of something they call “learned helplessness”. One could say, in a sense, that this diagnosis process merely represented an extension of the business of education. Here was, after all, confirmation that I was “incapable” of producing anything of value. Not only are people taught that they are “incapable”, but the suggestion is made that this “incapacity” is owing to having become “stricken” with “disease” rather than schooling.

If you succeed in failing at being educated, no wonder, for continued if lower education, we’ve got the mental health system. It can help if this unlearning process is accelerated by the shock of the mental health system. Through the mental health system, I learned to undiagnose fictitious disease. or rather because these “diseases” come to you through other people, pretty much the same thing, to unlearn them. The mental health system could be referred to as a form of radical unlearning.

If learning is a diagnosis, continued unlearning must, logically enough, encompass undiagnosis. Anyway, it makes sense to me. If nobody ever told you to be wary, if the mental health system doesn’t unteach you wariness, that wrong place must be the right place for you. Theoretically speaking, of course. There are some evil scoundrels in the world, and some of them are in positions of authority. Cardinal rule: You don’t attain positions of authority through unlearning.

More and more people it seems are discovering unlearning. The textbook may have black print on white paper, but transparent print on a transparent sheet of, say, plastic isn’t outside of the realm of possibility. One has to wonder, in most learning situations, where is the person in the classroom to tell the class to take everything said in front of it with a grain of salt? If there is such a person, it’s usually the person catching hell from the teacher. I would like to suggest that this may be because the teacher has a lot of unlearning to do yet.

May Is Mental Health Fraud Unawareness Month

Officially designated Mental Health Awareness Month way back in 1949, ever since the month of May might unofficially be more aptly referred to as Mental Health Fraud Unawareness Month. May is the month in which people pretend that there is such an animal, despite no evidence to speak of, as “mental illness”, and that mental health treatment, the animal’s obverse, in some fashion would help alleviate this theoretical disease and philosophical abstraction.

When mental health awareness has something to do with the acknowledging of medical conditions where there are no medical conditions, well, you should be able to see what I mean by fraud. Psychiatry has, with it’s DSM, for some time been categorizing misbehavior, that is breaking rules unwritten into law, as illness. Nobody is going to end violent crime by medicalizing it. Simply put, misbehavior is not pre-crime, and crime is not disease. To treat them as such, and to call it awareness, is similar in nature to calling a blindfold reading glasses, and vice versa.

The worst of the mental health frauds to come out Mental Health Fraud Unawareness Month concerns the fact that a large amount of energy is directed during this month towards labeling and treating children for imaginary diseases. The first of the month in fact contains a designated National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, and in some cases, Week. Generally speaking this means that the mental health treatment of children is promoted in a big way. The problem is that before you “provide” a child with mental health treatment, that child requires a “mental illness” label to justify such treatment.

What would be preventative, where mental health authorities are concerned, is rather more causative than anything else. You’ve got one statistic that dramatizes the failure of organized psychiatry more than any other, and that statistic says that fully 1/2 of all lifelong mental cases were diagnosed by the age of 14 years old. Diagnose more children “mentally ill”, and you are going, of necessity, to get more lifelong cases of “mental illness”. Cease and desist at labeling children, and the lifetime “mental illness” rate will shrink correspondingly. The word used to describe children, much more appropriately than “ill”, particularly where there is no actual physical disease, is innocent.

Another matter that is, of course, going to addressed during Mental Health Fraud Unawareness Month are anti-“stigma” campaigns. When you’ve got people incorrigibly malingering in the mental health system, their sense of entitlement gives them much good cause to campaign against “stigma”. You can’t really be maintained at tax-payer expense when there is no reason for doing so, and what is being called “disease” supplies some people with that rational. The issue that is ignored here is that prejudice and discrimination, the matters underlying the concept of “stigma”, actually stem from the law that allows for non-consensual treatment rather than from any real disease that can be pinpointed and isolated. End non-consensual psychiatry, and you’ve just erased the entire rational behind the so-called “stigma”.

Mental Health Fraud Unawareness Month makes it all the more urgent for those of us with some kind of inside knowledge on the subject to educate the general public about mental health fraud and abuse. Although there is, at the present juncture in time, no Mental Health Fraud Awareness Month, the damage done by so called Mental Health Awareness Month would seem to make such a designation all the more urgent and necessary. Lives are being destroyed by that mistreatment which goes by the name of mental health on a daily basis, and until we recognize it for what it is, even more lives are going to be lost. When we start saving lives, rather than throwing them away, you can bet that the “mental illness” rate will start to contract rather than expand as it more typically does. That’s got to tell you something. Mental health fraud is no way to treat a person you care about.

What Virginia needs now is more mental patients. You think?

Some people in politics in the state of Virginia don’t have a lick of sense.¬† Case in point…

Last summer, Del. Joseph Yost, R-Pearisburg, invited educators, guidance counselors, school nurses and parents to a meeting to talk about his idea to begin screening all public school children for signs of mental illness.

The story in The Daily Progress bears the heading, Virginia to study benefits of mental health screening for school children.

I would imagine he has read the usual propaganda, and that’s why he wants to bust more school children for “mental illness”. Should a person read this propaganda, they will learn, for instance, that 1 in 4 people have a diagnosable “mental illness”. I suspect the industry is over extending itself a little here in the interests of drumming up more business. Busting 1 in 4 human beings for “mental illness” strikes me as overkill. Busting 1 in 4 children? I hold my tongue.

With too many unanswered questions, Yost said he decided to scale back his grand plan to one that could gain approval in the General Assembly. The result is that the state will study the benefits of offering voluntary mental health screenings in public elementary schools.

You’re much closer to 1 in 4 if you have mandatory screenings, ditto totalitarian governments, but voluntary screenings are going to up the “mental illness” labeling rate much more than the no screenings you have at present. Personally, I like no screenings. I don’t see why anybody in their right, or wrong mind for that matter, would want an increase the number of mental patients in the state, country, world, etc.

All the same, what “benefits of offering voluntary mental health screenings”? More people in butterfly nets?

Children with untreated mental illnesses are at risk of doing poorly in school, running afoul of the criminal justice system, abusing drugs and attempting and committing suicide.

Uh, let me remind you, children without “mental illnesses” are at risk of doing poorly in school, running afoul of the criminal justice system, abusing drugs and attempting and committing suicide. Life, as the saying goes, happens, or not, as the case may be. Labeling kids and drugging them has not been shown to be a particularly effective deterrent to any one of the behaviors he mentions.

The question that hasn’t been asked, and that should be asked is, does labeling and drugging children stop them from “doing poorly in school, running afoul of the criminal justice system, abusing drugs and attempting and committing suicide”? Or does it, in fact, contribute to this sort of destructive misbehavior.

Let me enlighten you, if you haven’t got a clue, the “mental illness” rate has been soaring for years. Somebody said something about, theoretically biologically, 1/4 of the population of the United States having actually caught the “bug”. Er, and this only means, that the experts would label and drug 1/4 of the population. Why else give the public such mental health screening tests!?

Well, there are more college graduates than ever before in this country. Oddly enough, just as in the mental health centers, 1 in 4 Americans are now expected to graduate from college. Unfortunately, in the fields of entertainment, where college was never essential, and politics, we can see the sad results of this focus on education. I’ve only scratched the surface of the problem here, by the way, all you have to do is consider all the irrelevant and useless, not to mention ridiculous, research projects undertaken at all sorts of universities, and funded by the public, to get the idea that something is off kilter.

The same can be said for federal penitentiary inmates. 1 % of the population of the USA is presently behind bars. This is a much larger percentage than exists in most other countries. Now whether psychiatric labels, and psychiatric drugs, keep people out of criminal justice establishments is another matter. One thing, for sure, is that they don’t keep people out of “mental health” clinics, and that sort of thing.

As for suicide, the suicide rate long ago surpassed that of murder, and I’m not at all sure that increasing the murder¬† rate proportionally would represent a proper antidote.

If anybody needs their head examined, we know where those bodies are. Perhaps a better idea would be to screen political candidates for “mental illness”. Even better, elected officials. Everybody agrees, there is a heck of a lot of “mental disorder” on Capitol Hill. Bust politicians for “mental illness”, and it would probably mean changing our perspective across the board regarding such inferred debility. Further, keep the public out of it. They don’t need any more “mental illness” than they’ve presently got.