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Mental illness isn’t yet accepted like any other illness because there is this perception that anything in the mind can be fixed by a change of lifestyle or attitude, giving it an underrated status. But people don’t appreciate that you need a healthy mind to fix a broken mind. Never mind, I just got insulted and blocked again on Twitter for my usual crime of suggesting to someone with mental illness there is a way they could get better.
I’ve learned that you can be hated for helping too. Some people just don’t want to improve their lives because change produces fear. Even the idea of changing personality is scary to us domesticated humans who have lost our nomadic freedom and mindset – so very natural to us. We are hunter gatherers, not cattle. And this basic dichotomy causes you subconscious stress.
Right now, a serious resistance to behavioural change is becoming commonplace: lots of people are stuck in a rut of the psychology establishments own narrow-minded making. If universities only teach old-fashioned forms of psychology, all based on suspect CBT, which can be a failure, what else can we expect but more and more ill people riddled with angst. Soon, nearly 1 in 3 people will have a mental illness. Life is to be enjoyed, not completed or endured.
‘You don’t know what the f**k you’re talking about. I’ve been depressed for years and nothing will ever make me better!’ was one real-life angry tweet I received for discovering the kernel of someone’s psychological disorder.
It seems that finding the right answer to people’s mental health problems is not always the correct answer. Such resistance comes from my central theory and the plain empirical fact that mental illness is predominantly a social disease, mostly not a genetic one as we are taught. Once a sufferer of mental illness learns and accepts this single truth, you can slowly free yourself from the trap.
The genetic myth is true but controversial and currently not the popular narrative the majority of Western doctors, psychiatrists and obviously all pharmaceutical companies want to promote for financial reasons. Mental illness is very big business so the scientific truth gets manipulated and swept under the rug in favour of a ticket on the gravy train. Regardless, what’s important is there’s a contemporary epidemic in mental health about overdiagnosis which really needs solving.
Being labelled with a mental illness can be a big relief to finally feel you have an answer and potential solution to what has been going wrong with you. For many sufferers their diagnosis becomes a welcomed shield to protect them from an unforgiving and unfair world.
Not before long your defence builds into a castle of safety, #sicknotweak, until eventually a real dungeon danger arises in believing very little can be done to manage your illness. Passing the buck of responsibility over to genetics is common among mental health patients because most doctors take that effortless path too.
Bipolar diagnosis was once mocked for almost becoming fashionable. Then autism was the new craze of overdiagnosis. Now both BPD (borderline personality disorder) and PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) have taken the attention-seeking mantle, stealing the limelight. Suddenly, from absolutely nowhere in all the trials of human history, the whole Western world is full of mental illness.
This mental health explosion doesn’t make logical sense. It turns out most people diagnosed with autism had pseudo-autism instead, according to a very confused International Classification of Diseases, who don’t seem to understand the true nature of mental health problems.
Right now, a moderate sum of mental health patients are suffering from multiple attention-seeking symptoms of lacking family love. Sometimes the best cure for mental illness is an ignorance of your diagnosis. Mental illness is very real and virtually everyone who seeks help feels some level of psychological pain which needs expert care and management. However, in most cases an overwhelming amount of rational, logical and common-sense evidence and indicators all suggest that our negative society is producing most of this generalised anxiety, lack of love and unhappiness.
Profitable antidepressants, which are hard to get off, are just hiding the real issues. The lion share causes of mental illness are an organised freezing of the people’s wages, confused cultural and sexual identity, a disconnection with nature and a deliberate underground broken families agenda to create a ‘flexible’ and desperate workforce for global companies to exploit. We are heading for a very mentally disturbed society unless wealth is distributed more evenly.
You get from life what you put in. But you also get to keep what you don’t take from others. Life is the sky and seas and you are happiest among trees. Love nature and it will love you back.
Andrew Voller is an online therapist and author who has created an advanced psychology system known as EMA (earthborn meta-animation).
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