We’re All Mentally Ill, Now

Monday, January 3, 2011
Posted in category Medical Tyranny

At Princeton.edu, mental illness is defined as “any disease of the mind; the psychological state of someone who has emotional or behavioral problems serious enough to require psychiatric intervention.” Intervention, of course = potent, mind-altering pharmaceuticals, and potentially, high-cost clinical treatment paid for by health insurance companies.

A recent article, on CNBC of all places, notes that “nearly 1 in 5 Americans had mental illness in 2009.”

More than 45 million Americans, or 20 percent of U.S. adults, had some form of mental illness last year, and 11 million had a serious illness, U.S. government researchers reported on Thursday.

Young adults aged 18 to 25 had the highest level of mental illness at 30 percent, while those aged 50 and older had the lowest, with 13.7 percent, said the report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration or SAMHSA.

So, according to those individuals, organizations, and pill pushers who benefit from diagnosing mental illness across the population, the story is that most Americans who have these various behavioral problems, experience perpetual boredom (and are therefore “depressed”), and make bad choices are actually suffering from a disease: mental illness. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (a government organization and sponsor of diagnosing more mental illness),

“The consequences for individuals, families and communities can be devastating. If left untreated mental illnesses can result in disability, substance abuse, suicides, lost productivity, and family discord.”

Take a pill, see a shrink, and throw yourself to the psychiatric wolves. Then read Dr. Thomas Szasz on mental illness. Here’s his classic 1960 paper: “The Myth of Mental Illness.”

I can’t wait to see the mental illness numbers for 2010.

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11 Responses to We’re All Mentally Ill, Now

  1. Deb S. says:

    January 3rd, 2011 at 9:05 am

    I’ve been being treated for hypothyroidism for 20+ years. You know, the established protocol for someone who is euthyroid (per TSH) and still complaining of symptoms is to ask them if they’re nuts? Not exactly, but really close enough. If TSH is normal and patient insists symptoms have not improved, well by God, they’re mental. I’ve been stared at by doctors for 20+ years, as if I might bite or something. I wish I had. lol I spent six years on anti-depressants because thyroid replacement did not fix me and my doctors don’t know jack about gluten problems. It’s a miracle I can laugh about it now. xx

  2. Deb S. says:

    January 3rd, 2011 at 9:21 am

    If I read that right, Dr. Szasz thought of the term “mental disease” in the same manner I think of “alcoholism”. I never thought about it that way, but it seems logical. Lacking real definable physiological disease or injury, the problems would be in personal responsibility (lacking) and/or character (also lacking). Makes a lot of sense.

  3. Iluvatar says:

    January 3rd, 2011 at 11:20 am

    I think this is one of the most dangerous areas of exploitation around.

    I remember reading a series of papers about 15 years ago that discussed the psychologoical make-up of psychologists and counselors. Typically, these folks come from dysfunctional families where they are the child that makes peace in family strife.

    Their tendency to want to “help” someone arises from an unconscious self-assessment that they are somehow “not quite right”.

    So why on earth would you want to be “helped” by some bozo counselor who needs 10x more help than you do???????

    “Who” is helping “who” here????

    Hunker on down w/ “Healing the Child Within” and get on with your own growth towards adulthood.

    It is a LOT cheaper!

  4. CMN says:

    January 3rd, 2011 at 11:55 am

    I’ve only met a few, truly mentall ill people in my life, and I’ve had more occasion than most who don’t work in the field. 98% of those who are pills are the overweight “I’m depressed/fat/can’t control myself variety.” I was with a woman for several years who was trully ill. She had paranoid delusions, hearing voices, severe mood swings, and so on. There was quite a backstory to it. Anyway, the doctors could never get the treatment right. She was dysfunctional most of the time no matter how hard she tried to accomplish those goals she set for herself.

    If the therapists couldn’t help her with those powerful, mind-altering drugs, I can only imagine how much damage they do to regular people who veer only slightly from the “norm.”

    There are some great alternative treatments, such as EEG neurofeedback, which have nothing but beneficial effects, but there’s no money in it for Big Pharma so you only see it on the fringes.

  5. Jeannie Queenie says:

    January 3rd, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Deb, it is not ‘all in your head’. Most doctors give thyroid tests that do not give the complete picture. And did you know that ’59 Diseases are Linked to Thyroid Imbalance’. As a single woman, I used to eat voracious amounts of food…eating five burgers and a couple of shakes in my teens, still left me this willowly 5’6″ tiny frame of 110 pounds. This was definitely a case of an overactive thyroid. Flash forward to marriage and making babies, and that totally reversed to a very sluggish thyroid and weight gain…took thyroid meds for a couple years between baby #4 and 5. Am much older now and learned recently when I got some health info from a Dr Brownstein (Karen wrote of him a couple days ago, which was a couple weeks after I got a newsletter from him and discovered he is in Michigan, so my interest was peaked to learn more). I learned that most tsh tests are NG…and that many americans have abysmally high thyroid deficiencies. Feeling for months now that I could lay down and sleep for 10 hours, coupled with my formerly thick head of hair now thinning I have to get to the doctor and get checked out. You might ck out these urls and learn more here to find out why the typical thyroid test is very misleading. I quote from the url that follows this here…”Here’s why: First, the pituitary gland produces TSH to stimulate your thyroid gland to make the thyroid hormone T4. But your body doesn’t use T4 hormone. The T4 must be converted to the active form of thyroid called T3 — that’s the form your body uses.
    The flaw in the TSH test is that it’s twice removed from the actual form of thyroid your body uses. So using the TSH test is like fishing in one tiny corner of a big lake, and then concluding the lake has no fish because you didn’t catch any!
    And yet the TSH test is the only thyroid test the majority of doctors will order for you. A few doctors, to their credit, have begun ordering the T4 test. That’s one piece of the puzzle, but it’s still inadequate because your body doesn’t use T4.”

    I think the crap we’ve been fed for years about getting rid of salt in our diets has done a number on people resulting in more health problems. By reducing salt many folks don’t get the iodine they need. I bought sea salt for years but have learned it isn’t much better, so I researched what is the best salt around, and it is the Himilayan pink salt, so I’ve ordered some and will let you know if in fact it does do what they purport it will do. Here’s a good blog devoted to all things thyroid and iodine. You might find some nugget of truth Deb to aid you in learning more of what could be helpful. Url:

    One more thing I learned is that “Bromine, which is a toxic halide, blocks iodine utilization in your body, and iodine is essential for making thyroid hormone. Unfortunately, bromine is used in most baked goods, as well as in pastas and sodas. It’s used in pesticides and herbicides that are sprayed on crops. It’s used in household products such as carpeting, drapes, computers, automobiles, and furniture fabrics. And thus it’s near impossible to avoid” Is it any wonder that more and more people are sick when you consider the aforesaid info…we are now surrounded by all of this, and supposedly our new and not improved ‘healthcare program’ will make us all well…yeh, and my grandma rides a harley…oh did I mention she died 30 some years ago?
    Although I wouldn’t buy Himalayan salt from Doc Mercola’s site, (it’s way too expensive and I found a better source online), he has a good video revealing the efficacy of Himalayan salt. I bought my salt here at: http://www.SaltWorks.us/Gourmet-Salts

  6. Deb S. says:

    January 3rd, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Jeannie, I was like that. 5’8″ and 105-115 pounds (depending on the day of the month) … eating like I was starved to death and not gaining weight, until about 15 years ago(I was 35 when the weight started sticking to me). I always thought that phase of my life was hyperthyroidism too… but really, now I think it’s more likely that it was malnutrition/mal-absorption from gluten problems. I’m not so sure anymore that I have a thyroid problem at all, beyond nutrient mal-absorption. Especially after the cardiac signals I got (from thyroid overdose) after going gluten free. I used to follow Mary Shomon’s thyroid group, and I’ll tell you, nothing I did relating to thyroid health ever made me feel human. Including a year on Armour Thyroid.

    But two months off gluten, and I’m human. Maybe for the first time in my life. So, yeah. I wonder if the thyroid thingy wasn’t a misdiagnosis from the start.

  7. Iluvatar says:

    January 3rd, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Deb & JQ:

    Real quick (I think I got most of what was said about TSH), but if you had gluten issues that are now resolved (which is great), recall that glutens “tear” at the stomach (in an inflammatory way).

    An additional way to help the healing is by eating some vegetables raw. Sprouting (e.g., Queen Broccoli), podded, and seeded vegetables (cucumber, zucchini) are loaded to the gills w/ enzymes.

    But they have to be raw. Any food taken over 104 degrees “kills” all the enzyme content in the food.

    The enzymes improve the digestion system and improves the absorbtion all along the GI gut tract.

    Ditto for bacteria.

    I noticed a difference after switching over about a year ago to raw veggies. Now eat them 5 days a week for lunch (and Karen, my legumes are raw too!, snap peas and Garbonzo beans (chick peas)).

    To improve gut health I am also doing a 1 bottle run of Acidopholous as well. Can’t say I have noticed feeling any better but I was concerned since they say you lose your bacteria as you grow older (me).

    And since the militant FDA won’t let you eat raw cheese aged less than 60 days (which has the good bacteria in it), and yogurt is so bleh, and sour cream only goes into my 4 bean (again them damn bad legumes!) 3 layer Mex salad, I figured I’d better “hit the bottle”.

    Here is Mark’s take on the gluten thing:



  8. Jeannie Queenie says:

    January 3rd, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    Deb, a couple years ago I saw a female doctor on WGBH speak on how most women have problems with gluten and should stay off grains/white breads, etc. If I stay off those things I don’t get bloated, but if I indulge in garlic bread or other white stuff, the bloating returns.
    At any rate, vitamin B 12 deficiency is a very strong part of gluten intolerance. Gluten in a gluten intolerant’s body changes so many things. ‘B12 absorption takes place in the area of the terminal ileum of the small intestine, the last section before the large intestine. Damage from gluten intolerance can disrupt the absorption of B12 in this area. This leaves only passive absorption in the intestine which can absorb about 1% of the intake.’ It sounds Deb like you are around fifty now. As we age our ability to intake Vitamin b12 is reduced, hence, supplementation is necessary. Of course, it needs to be taken in concert with B complex. I take 500 mcg of B12 put out by NSI..over 8,000% of daily requirement. Knowing that as we age we absorb less and less of this, makes me hope some of that 8,000% is doing some good. You made no mention of B12, so I thought you might do some research on this and perhaps, get closer to a resolution of your problem. You might also get checked for anemia, often a clue to vit B insufficiency. Hope this helps your malabsorption issue. Use the vitamin b12 dots by dissolving under the tongue.
    I buy most my vit/minerals from Vitacost.com. Great site for all supplements.

    If you don’t already take a vitamin D supplement, by all means add this to your regime..most americans are so lacking in vitamin d, as are most kids today. You want at least 1,000 IUs of D3…I take 2-3 times that as more doctors are discovering the FDA amount is lacking at around 400 IU which is way too little for most. If we aren’t all mentally ill now, we sure as hell will be if they manage to outlaw vitamins and minerals as recently proposed. Read recently out of Natural News that, “The global effort to outlaw herbs, vitamins and supplements is well under way, and in just four months, hundreds of herbal products will be criminalized in the UK and across the EU”. Between firebombs in the streets of Greece, Ireland, and Portugal due to their financial strains, and the 100 sharia laws in the UK now part of their legal picture, they obviously want to make all Europeans sicker than dogs by denying them life affirming supplements. Guess it is time to wake up here before the scene is duplicated in the US….oh wait, what about that Food Safety Modernization Act of late!

  9. Dave Eriqat says:

    January 4th, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    As if the list of psychiatric “disorders” isn’t absurd enough (each one conveniently necessitating some expensive drug for life), they’ve actually invented a new one that tops the list of absurdities: “health eating disorder.”

    Dave – Erstwhile Urban Wanderer

  10. Iluvatar says:

    January 5th, 2011 at 2:01 am

    @ JQ:

    OMG, I am DYING! My doctor just prescrubed 2000ug of B12 `cause I was at the lower limit. Don’t know why – but I am taking the 2000ug B-12 sublingual now daily (get the pills for $8.99 @ Safeway).

    But! the triglyerides, LDL-C, and LDL-P were in the “optimal” range (except for LDL-C which was in the range just above optimal), and the insulin-resistance score was about non-existent.

    Actually, the doc said my Vit D score was “too good” (lol!, it can NEVER be too good – period!), and so he did not want to do anything w/ that – for now (wtf???).

    I take 3000 IUs daily (5 days/week) in the “off” season (Oct-May). Then, I turn blacker than most african-americans in the summer (which, now I hear, isn’t so good because the blacker you get the LESS Vit D is allowed into your skin (????) – well, go figure…)

    But I still love comparing tans w/ the african-american work colleagues in the summer. Especially, when I BEAT them! (lol)

    It is usually a good laugh…

  11. Deb S. says:

    January 5th, 2011 at 10:57 am

    @Dave – haha I saw something about that a while back. They are trying hard to class everyone as mentally disturbed, aren’t they? wheeee. I know, it’s not actually funny, funny… but it beats screaming.

    @Iluvatar – I’m only off gluten about three – four months so far. Been trying to aid gut healing with yogurt and ginger tea. I do have to remind myself sometimes that it took me years to get this wrecked and healing isn’t going to happen in a flash. :)

    @Jeannie – I take b-12 dots occasionally. Usually I just eat greens, I love them and can find a way to squeeze them in almost daily. I’ve been taking a good b-complex and carlson d-drops, so I’m comfortable that when everything heals finally I’ll be pretty well set. Now if I can just avoid accidentally glutening myself… I found out yesterday that my thyroid pills contain gluten. I thought I was coming down with a flu. I could just scream if I weren’t afraid that I couldn’t/wouldn’t stop.

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