"It is not a sign of a healthy mind to be
well-adjusted to a sick society."
"Criminal psychiatry and
psychology risk becoming the ultimate
alibi behind which the prevailing system will hide in order to remain
They could not possibly suggest a serious alternative to
the prison system for
the simple reason that they owe their origins to it." - Michel Foucault
"Mental health professionals in the West, and in
the US in particular, create official categories of mental diseases and promote
them in a diagnostic manual that has become the worldwide standard. American
researchers and institutions run most of the premier scholarly journals and
host top conferences in the fields of psychology and
drug companies dole out large sums for research and spend billions marketing
medications for mental illnesses." - Ethan WattersLabeling mental illness as biochemically
based creates greater tension than labeling mental illness as a disorder of the
spirit - such as demon
thinking or spiritual
Individuals with "schizophrenia" in Third World
countires fare better over time than those living in
Over the centuries every
culture has developed unique ways to deal with someone who is behaving in a
culturally non-normative way.
"Muslim and Swahili spirits are not
exorcised in the Christian sense of casting out. Rather they are
coaxed with food and goods, feted with
song and dance. They are placated, settled, reduced in malfeasance." - Juli
Certain emotional reactions from family members correlate with
higher relapse rates for people who have been diagnosised as
such as criticism, hostility, overprotectiveness or constant intrusiveness may
"Spirit-possession beliefs had unexpected benefits.
Critically, the story allowed the person with
schizophrenia a cleaner bill of
health when the illness went into remission. An ill individual enjoying a time
of relative mental health could, at least temporarily, retake his or her
responsibilities in the kinship group. Since the illness was seen as the work
of outside forces, it was understood as an affliction for the sufferer but not
as an identity." - Ethan Watters
In a study conducted in Turkey those
who labeled schizophrenic
behavior as akil
hastaligi (illness of the brain or
reasoning abilities) were more inclined to assert that schizophrenics were
aggressive and should not live freely in the community than those who saw the
disorder as ruhsal hastagi (a disorder of the spiritual or
inner self). Another study, which
looked at populations in Germany,
Russia and Mongolia, found
that "irrespective of place . . . endorsing biological factors as the cause of
schizophrenia was associated
with a greater desire for social distance."
can not be pathological. It can simply comport with, or not comport with,
our expectations of how people should
brains that produce
weird or obnoxious
behaviors are not diseased. They are
brains that produce atypical
behaviors.The erosion of
is the most pernicious effect of
expansive role of psychiatry has come to play in American life. It has successfully
replaced huge chunks of individual accountability with diagnoses, clinical
histories and what turn out to be
explanations for deviant
behavior." - Irwin Savodnik
Anthropologists and cross-cultural
psychiatrists have amassed an impressive body of evidence suggesting that
mental illnesses have never been the same the world over.
Southeast Asian cultures, men have been known to experience what is called
amok, an episode of murderous rage followed by amnesia; men in the
region also suffer from koro, which is characterized by the debilitating
certainty that their genitals are retracting into their bodies.
the fertile crescent of the Middle East there is zar, a condition
related to spirit-possession beliefs that brings forth dissociative episodes of
laughing, shouting and singing.
"Behind the promotion of Western
ideas of mental health and healing lie a variety of
cultural assumptions . Westerners
share, for instance, evolving beliefs about what type of life event is likely
to make one psychologically
traumatized, and we agree that venting emotions by talking is more healthy
than stoic silence. Our
biomedical advances are hard to separate from
our particular cultural beliefs."
- Ethan Watters
Human troubles - from
anxiety, interpersonal squabbles
to misbehavior of many kinds -
is to be viewed not as an inevitable part of
the human comedy, but as
psychopathology to be
treated with powerful
neurotoxins as an expugnable illnesses.
"Mainstream Western psychology has limited
the definition of mental
health to the interpersonal context of an urban-industrial society.
All that lies beyond the citified
psyche has seemed of no human relevance - too frightening to think about."
- Theodore Roszak
The vast broadening of the
definition of mental disorders has skeptics who are suspicious of the
motivations of the American
Psychiatric Association and the
illness is feared and has such a stigma because it represents a reversal of
what Westernized people have come
to value as the essence of
human nature. Our culture highly values an illusion of self-control and
control of circumstance, we become abject when contemplating mentation that
seems more changeable, less restrained and less controllable, more open to
outside influence, than we imagine our own to be." - Juli McGruder
metastasizing Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders of
the American Psychiatric Association appears to be caught up in a
quest for individual perfection through
the application of powerful
mental-health discourse introduces core components of Western culture,
including a theory of human
nature, a definition of personhood,
a sense of time and memory and
a source of moral
authority. None of this is universal.
One set of ideas about pain and
suffering is being presented as definitive.
There is no one definitive
psychology." - Derek Summerfield
believe powerful neurotoxins are necessary to create a civil and just social
culture of perfectly conforming
individuals capable of serving existent social institutions.
say we are being kind, but our actions suggest otherwise. Viewing those with
mental disorders as diseased sets them apart and may lead to our perceiving
them as physically distinct. Biochemical
aberrations make them
almost a different species." - Sheila Mehta
The implicit ideal - the
properly medicated healthy, normal and truly happy camper - will harbor no
serious worries or animosities, no
sadness over losses or failures, no
disappointments with family, no doubts about themselves or
conflicts with others, and, certainly not
the expression of strange ideas or
behaviors defined in media as
"For more than a generation the West has
aggressively spread mental illness around the world in the name of science
changing not only the treatments but also the expression of mental
illness in other cultures. In the end, what cross-cultural
anthropologists have to tell us is that all mental illness, including
depression, PTSD and even schizophrenia, can be every bit as
influenced by cultural beliefs and expectations today as hysterical-leg
paralysis or the vapors or zar or any other mental illness
ever experienced in the history of human
madness." - Ethan Watters
researchers recently estimated
that half of the American population has had or will have a mental disorder at
some time in their life.
Estimates of mental disorders continue to
increase mainly because the
American Psychiatric Association keeps
adding new disorders and more behaviors to the
and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
The American Psychiatric
has been inventing mental illnesses since 1952.
(Empire problem ... just ask uncle
"A survey published in the early 1970s found that
whereas a majority (59 percent) of people who had visited a professional
psychotherapist for emotional distress
reported having been "helped" or "helped a lot" by the consultation, much
larger majorities of people who had consulted a clergyman (78 percent) or a
physician without specialized psychological training (76 percent) or - get this
- a lawyer (77 percent) reported the same thing." - Scott Stossel1952
Psychiatric Association diagnostic manual appears and it contained 107
diagnoses and 132 pages.
The second edition has 180 diagnoses and 119 pages.
Psychiatric Association produces a 494-page tome with 226
New disorders and categories added include:
attention deficit disorder,
disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder,
stress disorder, social anxiety disorder, borderline personality disorder,
disorder, gender identity disorder, tobacco dependence disorder, eating
disorders, conduct disorder,
disorder, oppositional defiant
disorder, identity disorder, acute stress disorder, sleep disorders,
nightmare disorder, rumination disorder, inhibited sexual desire disorders,
premature ejaculation disorder, male erectile disorder and female sexual
corporation has to have a "treatable medical condition" to begin clinical
trials to determine the proper chemical compound for the "treatable medical
female sexual arousal disorder:
develops the medical diagnostic concept of 'female sexual arousal disorder' on
the basis of studies of the genitalia of female New Zealand
Irwin Goldstein develops animal models of 'vaginal engorgement
insufficiency and clitoral erectile insufficiency' that, when applied to
women, identify those
women with 'female sexual arousal
DSM-IV is 886 pages and
365 conditions - including 227 disorders,
38 types of psychosis,
18 types of delirium and 10 types of
dysfunctions - which represents a 340% increase in the number of diseases over
May 18, 2013
"In psychiatry no one knows the causes
so classification can be driven by all sorts of factors." -
"Effective psychotherapy seemed to require little
Little is known about the causes of most mental
a willing patient and an intelligent and understanding counselor
who met and spoke regularly and in confidence." - Jonathan Engel
can look like a symptom.
Behaviors listed in the
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental
restlessness, irritability, sleeping too much, sleeping
too little, eating too much, eating too
little, difficulty concentrating, fear of social situations,
feeling morose, indecisiveness,
inappropriately sexually seductive or
excessive admiration, having
a sense of entitlement,
empathy, fear of being
criticized in public,
personally inept, fear of rejection or
expressing disagreement, being excessively devoted to
work and productivity,
and being preoccupied with details,
rules and lists.
signs of 'disorder' in children:
break rules, can't sit still or wait in lines, have trouble with
math, don't pay attention to
details, don't listen, don't like to do
homework or lose their school
assignments or pencils, speak out too often or just simply ask too many
(i am guilty of asking way too many questions
the signs of potential pathology are everywhere!
There are no biological tests, biological markers
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
lists twelve personality disorders, grouped into three clusters.
known causes for most mental disorders listed in the DSM !
The DSM also contains a
category for behavioral patterns that do not match these twelve disorders, but
nevertheless exhibit characteristics of a personality disorder.
category is labeled personality disorder not otherwise specified.
It is a requirement of DSM that a diagnosis of any
specific personality disorder also satisfies a set of general personality
Humans are "infovores."
The human eye fixates three
times a second, drawn to novelty.
Without new information to
assimilate, humans experience boredom.
Cognitive neuroscience explains
that endogenous opioid
peptide neurotransmitters are being
The effect of opioids is pleasurable, the same neural
receptors are involved
high from opiate drugs, such as
In the past opioids were
believed to exist primarily in the spinal cord and lower brain centers where
they reduce the sensation of pain.
gradient of opioid receptors has been discovered in a region of the cerebral
cortex, humans' enormous outer brain layer that is largely responsible for
In the areas of the
cortex that initially receive visual or auditory information, opioids are
But in "association areas," where the sensory information
triggers memory and
taps into previous stored
knowledge, there is a high density of opioid receptors.
So the more a new piece of information tickles that
part of your brain where you interpret the scene or conversation, the bigger
the opioid hit.
Staring at a blank
wall will produce few mental associations.
Gazing at something that leads to a
novel interpretation spurs higher levels of associative activity in
We are thrilled when
new insights tap into
what we have previously learned.
Once we learn this truth we seek
ways to feed our opioid desires.
The first time we experience
a new perspective - a scene, a movie,
a literary passage, a new experience - there's a high level of activity in
which a few neurons are strongly activated as connections to memories and
Then we "return to reality," the connections to
memories and knowledge have already been made, the strongly activated neurons
produce less opioids reducing overall activity and opioid pleasure now that we
have absorbed the information.
This agrees with the theory of the
Thermostat and what any introspective person already knows - old
information and repeated experiences do not give us that opioid hit that we so
It also helps explain
altered realities of heavy opium users like Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Thomas
De Quincey, William Blair, HP Lovecraft, Edgar Alan Poe, ...
of space, and in the end, the sense of time, were both powerfully effected.
Buildings, landscapes, &c. were exhibited in proportions so vast as the
bodily eye is not fitted to conceive. Space swelled, and was amplified to an
extent of unutterable infinity. This, however, did not disturb me so much as
the vast expansion of time; I sometimes seemed to have lived for 70 or 100
years in one night; nay, sometimes had feelings representative of a millennium
passed in that time, or, however, of a duration far beyond the limits of any
human experience." - Thomas De Quincey
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