transactional analysis

Mental Health Treatment and Work: The Gateway To Corruption

Mental health treatment and work has become a gateway to corruption. The parenthetical existence that it supports and fosters are coming close to bursting the parentheses entirely. Certainly there is a limit to humanities inanity in this matter. If so, the species has yet to reach that limit.

The industry propaganda, driven as are all things in this industry, by pharmaceutical company profiteering, is obsessive. “Mental illness is real, it is real disease, and it is brain disease.” Given this profit making equation, if “mental illness” is in the genes, the drug industry booms. If “mental illness” is in anything else, it can be ignored, there’s less profit in going there. Cha-ching. Nuts is to the bone.

Blaming violence on “mental illness” has led to a great increase in the population of people claiming to have “illnesses” of the mind. Not by itself, mind you, there is also the great ‘anti-stigma campaigning’ going on north east west and south. It’s now okay to be nuts says the propaganda. Of course, if it’s okay to be nuts, it’s also okay to have fewer rights than other human beings, citizens even.

If I reach into this hat here, we will find out what the answer is. Ah ha! Hiring mental patients in mental health work. Now there is no need to leave the mental health treatment world whatsoever over the course of multiple lifetimes. Your children’s children can get diagnoses and employment in the mental health care, er, “mental illness” system, and nobody is any the wiser.

We’ve got job security. We’ve got market expansion. We’ve got an illusion to foster and maintain as long as is humanly possible. I guess that means until extinction then. The artificial crutch business is booming. They say 1 in 4 people in the USA has a diagnosable “mental illness”, and if you buy that garbage, brother, sister, I’ve got a few bridges to show you.

The serious “mental illness” business is something for us to get serious about indeed. That’s where the money is, and that’s also where the greatest failure rate resides. Failure here is the reason for so many human success stories. Somebody has to look after all the failures. Where, in fact, would we be without them. Slumming it, of course. Instead we have the negative prognosis, the downward spiral, and the deteriorating outcome.

The needy people business needs needy people in order to prosper and grow. Without needy people, social service people are out of a job, therefore, the more needy people the better. We’ve got a bureaucracy to maintain after all. Housing, feeding, therapy, the works, we’ve got it all covered. You can get work working with the jobless. No need to get nostalgic over the dwindling GNP. That’s why we have developing countries.

I’m not OK. You’re not OK. We’re OK.

This post has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with that school of psychology known as Transactional Analysis, and, therefore, nobody associated with that school need take offense over the purloined jargon.

If you thought things were schizophrenic before, just wait…A recent Florida news headline, in Florida Today, declares, ‘It’s OK to not be OK’: Panel vows to tackle stigma linked with mental issues. Apparently crazy has received a major make over.

One of every four Space Coast adults reports symptoms of chronic depression. But unlike physical injuries, mental health issues carry a negative stigma — discouraging many from seeking help.

A label of “chronic depression” is the “OK” signal for “not OK” moods and attitudes. “Negative stigma” is the thing that makes “not OK” “OK”. If “not OK” weren’t “OK” then “not OK” people would have to become “OK”.

Alright. Maybe I was over simplifying. “Chronic depression” is “not OK”, but it is “OK” now to be “not OK”. “Negative stigma” would be “OK” if “chronic depression” were “not OK”, but since “chronic depression” is “OK”, “negative stigma” is “not OK”. Get it.

If 1 in 4 Space Coast cadets require “help” or “treatment”, that is, convincing as to the “OK”ness of their “not OK”ness, well, there you have it. We need more effective persuaders.

If “not OK” were not “disease”, and, therefore, unavoidable, blah blah blah.

“We have a tendency as a society to place fault. If you have a broken leg, it’s not your fault,” said Lori Parsons, Family Counseling Center of Brevard chief executive officer.

So broken brains are not the fault of the people with the broken brains. Nor are those people around them responsible for having broken their brains. Broken brains are an accident of God, nature, or pseudo-science. As in broken legs, where the fault resides in the leg bone, the fault resides in the broken brain.

“(But) if you have something wrong with you that’s a mental health issue that you’re struggling with, somehow that’s your fault,” Parsons said.

No, it’s the brains fault. I think we covered that issue fully above. Can’t you read?

If there is no remedy for “mental health issues”, of course, that’s of no concern to the physician.  He does his best, optimistically speaking. Nonetheless, and skirting the technicalities involved, if you think you are “not OK”, and the doctor thinks there’s no fixing your “not OK” thinking, we can only redeem you by declaring “not OK” “OK”.

Why, you may ask, must we make “not OK” “OK”? Why, of course! In order that we can request additional money so that “not OK” may feel more “OK” about him or herself being “not OK”. Is everybody happy, or, at least, “OK” about being “not OK”?