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October 05, 2009

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Thank you for this post. Like you, I feel very strongly that we are long overdue for an honest discussion and reevaluation of the diagnostic / treatment philosophy that characterizes anyone with a psychological issue as a biochemical machine with a predefined defect that is hard-wired and permanent, a mechanism whose functions can only be "corrected" via long-term (often lifetime) pharmaceutical intervention. I am reminded of the D.H. Lawrence poem "Healing":

"I am not a mechanism, an assembly of various sections
And it is not because the mechanism is working wrongly that I am ill
I am ill because of wounds to the soul, to the deep emotional self
And the wounds to the soul take a long, long time, only time can help
And patience, and a certain difficult repentance,
Long, difficult repentance, realization of life’s mistake, and the freeing oneself
From the endless repetition of the mistake
Which mankind at large has chosen to sanctify."

Like you, I hope we're coming to a point at which we can finally begin to move toward a more comprehensive, enlightened view of the human psychological experience, in all its depth, complexity, mystery, and richness. But I also expect, as you do, that the behemoth financial forces that are currently defining and running the game for their own benefit will do whatever they deem necessary to protect their interests, now and into the future.

And those of us who can see a better way will keep working on its behalf as best we can.

Hi Rick,

This is a perfect example of why you are such an eloquent poet. I hope people visit your site by clicking on your name above. The wealth of wisdom that awaits them there defies description. Thank you, again, for your kind words and your support.


Ok. To this I can only say thank you thank you. I was a perpetual thorn in my psych teachers side on this subject five years ago. We've had lot's of nutters like myself professing these things for years but it means nothing unless real research is done to sort out the truth. The medication of kids in foster care is soooo disturbing. Have you watched the youtube videos? Wildest Colts was involved with that production, google wildest colts.

"Nutters"? In my humble opinion, people labeled as "nutters" are often just ahead of their time. The medication of children everywhere disturbs me greatly. And many times it is with medications which, when prescribed for adults, concerns me. And we're giving them to kids. Thank you for bring up Dr. John Breeding (author of The Wildest Colts make the Best Horses) He is here in Austin where I live. I do not agree with everything he says, but I love his book and heartily agree with his very strong stand against medicating children. Thank you for reminding me of it. His videos on YouTube are wonderful. I hope more people listen to him.

I particularly found "the normal test" to be hilariously insightful. He does strike as having perhaps done a large amount of "mind expansion" possibly in the 60's? : ) Brilliant passionate guy, of course not right about everything, as we zealous folk get a little too excited with our super awesome ideas...

I'm glad he's fighting the good fight though. I don't know if he will be able to influence "the state of things" but I certainly hope so, or even if it has nothing to do with him, I hope that more people will honestly seek the truth even if it doesn't match the view of mental wellness they've been taught.

As a twin sister of someone who spent 22 years in a state mental institution, this reminds me of how people used to blame the mother for causing schizophrenia.

I am not saying that depression, even major depression cannot be situational. My depression is just that. I spent 30 years dealing with the grief and loss of my twin to the disease and the past year dealing with the grief and loss of my twin to lung cancer.

I am taking an anti depressant AND going to psychotherapy. The anti depressant has been a tremendous help - in the short term - while I believe the therapy will help in the long term.

As far as my twin goes, there was never a day that went by when he did not say something delusional. Not one day in 33 years since his first major psychotic episode when we were 16. While there were outside elements that I believe made his illness worse (doing PCP and acid), our family has a history - going back generations - of major depression and psychosis (we used to hear about my crazy uncle who was sent away). I can't believe that all of this was caused simply due to situations that happened in our lives. I believe that there is some predisposition to some form of mental illness in our brains.

Below is a link to an interesting article about an MIT study which I find a more likely cause of mental illness...

http://agonist.org/20090120/study_may_cast_light_on_mental_illnesses

Hi Flan,

I'm sorry to hear of your sorrows. I think it is especially hard to lose a twin or to watch a twin suffer. Sometimes, the twin who is not impaired or who survives struggles with survivor's guilt, wondering why they were spared. This makes the loss even more hard to bear.

The article you posted is interesting. Thank you for the information. I will have to read more about it. Our understanding of the brain and its functions continues to grow and I think we only have a cursory understanding of its very complex functions. The question I always wonder about is, was the brain different at birth and cause the schizophrenia or did the schizophrenia change the brain? I suspect it is a bit of both: nature and nurture.

Thank you for the feedback and I wish you all the best.

Kellen

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