We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I think this must be a gross over-diagnosing of people who are going through tough times in their lives.
Feeling depressed, fearful, and even having suicidal ideas, however, can be quite normal for people in jams. If you apply a DSM checklist to 100 random people, you could come up with at least one diagnosis for every one of them.
Sometimes I feel that modern Psychiatry and pharmacology imagines that anybody who doesn't feel perfect all the time must be assigned a diagnosis (and maybe given a pill or two). Here at Maggie's, we term that Psycho-utopianism - and we have the trademark on that term.
Life is tough. Being a person can be tough. Most people's problems stem from dealing with themselves. I cannot assign a diagnosis to many of the patients I see (but I make them up when need be, for their insurances). If you have trouble with your feelings or your behavior, there is some help out there. Few cures, but plenty of help despite what the article implies.
I did get a kick out of this part:
The survey also found that 23.8 percent of women had some form of mental illness, compared with 15.6 percent of men.
We all know why the gender inequality there: hormones, and having to deal with kids and men.
Life is depressing each waking moment. There are two alternatives. Continue forward each day with the help of whatever gets you by, or you can pull the trigger and blow your brains out. It is indeed a crap shoot.
Cilla Mitchell, Galveston Texas
Never ask a barber if you need a haircut. Psychiatrists will tell you more people need psychological treatment; civil engineers will tell you we need lots 'n lots of infrastructure-building, university presidents will tell you more people need to go to college.
Not to be . . mean about it, but I think the rise in classified cases of serious medical illness can simply be attributed to the fact that SSI will pay otherwise healthy adults "welfare-without-end" if they are diagnosed with one.
it's a gravy train, for patients and some less-than-scrupulous therapists.
1) kickbacks to doctors for sending people to shrinks
2) kickbacks for doctors and shrinks for prescribing medication
3) ever increasing hypochondria caused by large scale availability of self diagnosis websites (which often advertise for doctors and "self help" medication
Combined these create a population more likely to demand psychiatric care, thinking they're mentally ill when they aren't, combined with a medical profession all too eager to provide it whether there's medical reason to or not.
It's also no surprise that by some estimates 60%+ of all children are diagnosed with ADHD and put on powerful downers/tranquilisers.
Doing so makes the job of parents and teachers a lot easier. No more unruly kids wanting/needing attention and getting into trouble playing. Instead the kids go into a vegetative state, just sitting there in the classroom like good little drones and at home languishing in front of the television.
Which of course leads to the "youth obesity epidemic", which can then itself be "treated" by doctors and dieticians with more pills and expensive consultation, generating even more income for the "healthcare", "probiotics", and pharmaceutical industry.
When television was new they were big on public service messages. One that I saw many time stated that "one person out of five" had a mental disorder. That's 20%, but back then fewer people got professional "help."