Monday, February 23, 2015

Are America's High Rates of Mental Illness Actually Based on Sham Science?

By the way it isn't just the Pharmaceutical Industry that creates "mental illness categories" as a money making scam it is the entire Psychiatric Industrial Complex. The PIC operates more as a religion than as a science, with politically driven decisions as to whether or not things like homosexuality are mental illnesses or not.  In the Brave New World Order people who rebel or refuse to conform to the rigid dictates of social conformity are mentally ill.  In the Brave New World Order gender role conformity determines whether one is a man or a woman and actual physical sex is treated as a historical artifact.

When it comes to the worship of the Psychiatric Industrial Complex I am a skeptic if not a full-fledged atheist.  You see I don't believe being a book worm or nerd or socially inept means you have Asperger's syndrome and are sort of autistic. I actually believe some people are evil and do monstrous things.  I don't believe they are mentally ill and deserve compassionate treatment which will redeem them.

From Alternet:  http://www.alternet.org/personal-health/are-americas-high-rates-mental-illness-actually-based-sham-science

The real purpose behind many of these statistics is to change our attitudes and political positions.

By Rob Wipond February 18, 2015

About one in five American adults (18.6%) has a mental illness in any given year, according to recent statistics from the National Institute of Mental Health. This statistic has been widely reported with alarm and concern. It's been used to back up demands for more mental health screening in schools, more legislation to forcibly treat the unwilling, more workplace psychiatric interventions, and more funding for the mental health system. And of course, personally, whenever we or someone we know is having an emotional or psychological problem, we now wonder, is it a mental illness requiring treatment? If one in five of us have one....

But what NIMH quietly made disappear from its website is the fact that this number actually represented a dramatic drop. “An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older — about one in four adults — suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year,” the NIMH website can still be found to say in Archive.org’s Wayback Machine. Way back, that is, in 2013.
A reduction in the prevalence of an illness by eight percent of America’s population—25 million fewer victims in one year—is extremely significant. So isn’t that the real story? And isn’t it also important that India recently reported that mental illnesses affect 6.5% of its population, a mere one-third the US rate?

And that would be the real story, if any of these statistics were even remotely scientifically accurate or valid. But they aren't. They're nothing more than manipulative political propaganda.  
      
Pharmaceutical companies fund the tests

First, that 18.6% is comprised of a smaller group who have “serious” mental illness and are functionally impaired (4.1%), and a much larger group who are “mildly to moderately” mentally ill and not functionally impaired by it­. Already, we have to wonder how significant a lot of these “mental illnesses” are, if they don’t at all impair someone's functioning.

NIMH also doesn’t say how long these illnesses last. We only know that, sometime in the year, 18.6% of us met criteria for a mental illness of some duration. But if some depressions or anxieties ­last only a week or month, then it’s possible that at any time as few as 1-2% of the population are mentally ill. That’s a much less eye-popping number that, critics like Australian psychiatrist Jon Jureidini argue, is more accurate.

Continue reading at:  http://www.alternet.org/personal-health/are-americas-high-rates-mental-illness-actually-based-sham-science

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