What Mental Illness Is Not
One of the earliest career choice tests to which I was exposed as a young person trying to figure out an employable direction in life was: “Do you prefer working with people or things?”
My response was “people.”
So it was eventually, following a brief flirtation with “things,” that I settled for a career in what has since become known as the human resources field.
Entry into this field as a professional demanded at least some study in psychology. Little did I know what I was in for. But it did not take long to find out. The whole field of human behaviorists was infected by an anti-God, evolutionary rationale.
Ungodly and evolutionary to the core, the pseudo-science of psychology—following a century and more of foisting its trickery off on to a gullible public seeking basic answers to the most fundamental of human questions—stands largely revealed as a fraud. The latest evidence of this is the recent publicity given to the unreliability of the psychologist’s bible, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (dsm). As the Economist recently headlined, it “remains a flawed attempt to categorize mental illness” (May 18).
This classic diagnostic textbook, first published in 1952, is now in its fifth edition. The problem is that, though having become the global standard for the description of mental illness and, as the Economist claims, being regarded by professional psychologists as “holy writ,” the book remains a tremendously flawed attempt to describe, categorize and diagnose treatment for a whole pile of “illnesses” created by the human behaviorist professions.
The same source comments, “In the eyes of many critics it is a vehicle for misdiagnosis, overdiagnosis, the medicalization of normal behavior and the prescription of a large number of unnecessary drugs.”
Perhaps this would not be much of a problem if the book was placed in the category reserved for charlatan authors. The problem is, as the Economist points out, “Insurers use it to decide whether or not to cover ailments. And diagnoses based on it determine whether people get special services at school; whether they qualify for disability benefits; whether they are stigmatized in their careers; even whether they are able to adopt children. Doctors, patients, drug companies and insurers have all thus been waiting for the latest edition of what has become known as the psychiatric bible” (ibid).
But what faith can you place in this tome when the psychiatrist who led the team that produced its fifth edition, Allen Frances, declares in his own blog, “The publication of dsm-5 is a sad moment for psychiatry and a risky one for patients. My recommendation for clinicians is simple. Don’t use dsm-5—there is nothing official about it, nothing especially helpful in it ….”
This is the same individual who declared that “The human brain is the most impossibly complex thing in the universe. It does not yield its secrets easily.”
Nevertheless we continue to slice people’s craniums open to determine, for instance, how the operation of the left side of the brain varies from that of the right, and to experiment with brain surgery in hugely risky operations in which man was never designed to be engaged.
The sum total of all the evolutionary psychological shenanigans that we have engaged in since pseudo-scientists created a richly rewarding profession for themselves, out of gross ignorance of the incredible human potential which God created man to fulfill, is that we are more ignorant than ever about the way that the human brain—and more importantly the human mind—operates.
Dr. Frances himself admits that the psychologist’s bible—commonly known as dsm-5—has “not stopped the rise in the number of allegedly recognizable and nameable mental conditions, many of which annex into psychiatry things that the man in the street would think normal, if not always desirable, behavior.”
One of the saddest situations of all has to do with the diagnosis of child behavior. Following Dr. Spock’s admission that his works on child rearing had been quite wrong, and had produced an undesirable result in the baby boomer generation, we now have a situation where common child behavior has been broken up into a whole list of categorized “illnesses.”
Of course adhd has been an identifiable childhood “illness” for decades. When I was a child, the school teacher quite correctly identified such behavior as resulting from poor parenting. Children who had been taught to sit down on command, sit still and listen to their parent at home, enacted the same habit at school. Ill-disciplined children remained ill-disciplined at home and school, with the result that they suffered from an entire lack of focus on the teacher. They thus failed to receive the knowledge he or she was imparting, yielding a poor degree of learning, which inevitably resulted in poor grades.
But, as the Economist notes, “Children may now, for example, be diagnosed with ‘disruptive mood dysregulation disorder’—what used to be known as temper tantrums.” We used to have a way of dealing with this that really did work. It is revealed in Proverbs 13:24.
Needless to say, well over 10 percent of America’s child population are diagnosed as having the “illnesses” adhd or dmdd and are prescribed drugs to counter them.
Misdiagnosis, overdiagnosis and overtreatment remain a quite potent part of the professional behaviorist’s bag of tools.
Almost 40 years ago, when I began studying psychology as a student, I could not help but note that the main names attached to the establishment and growth of this field of study were Germanic.
From Wilhelm Wundt, most often identified as the father of psychology, to Hermann von Helmholtz, Gustav Fechner and Ernst Weber, the early authors of various psychology textbooks had a uniquely Teutonic tone to their names and the culture from which they hailed. They largely hailed from the school of German rationalists. The same school that had sought to discount biblical revelation in favor of the false theory on which they attempted to found their own pseudo-science—the theory of evolution.
Then along came Sigmund Freud—right at the time when an industrialized modern world was kicking over the traces of traditional norms of behavior, the epoch known as the “gay ’90s”—with his perverse theories on dreams.
Freud’s contemporary the other side of the pond was the American philosopher and psychologist William James. He had powerful influence on a generation of Harvard graduates. The influence of both Freud and James was most significant in intellectual circles from the 1890s through to the mid-20th century.
From the 1950s on, America became the hotbed of psychological theory and experimentation. This quickly reached an apex with the first edition of dsm. Now, 60 years down the track from its first release, we find that ignorance still breeds greater ignorance, with the book’s own chief editor declaring that it is basically useless.
Meanwhile a lot of psychiatrists, psychologists, sociologists and pharmacists have been made rich by religiously following its dictums.
What a sad world we live in.
We have at our disposal the plain and simple truth about man, why man is, what his destiny is, and how to achieve success in life, contained in one book of about 1,400 pages, called the Word of God. In fact, it is our Maker’s textbook on human behavior. Yet our so-called “experts” on human behavior would rather rely on an admittedly false text, prescribing false “cures” (don’t read the drug companies’ disclaimers whatever you do, they will scare you out of your wits), which often just engender secondary illnesses, some of which can become life-threatening.
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