Friday, June 24, 2011

The Epidemic of Mental Illness

A large survey of randomly selected adults, sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and conducted between 2001 and 2003, found that an astonishing 46 percent met criteria established by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) for having had at least one mental illness within four broad categories at some time in their lives. The categories were “anxiety disorders,” including, among other subcategories, phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); “mood disorders,” including major depression and bipolar disorders; “impulse-control disorders,” including various behavioral problems and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); and “substance use disorders,” including alcohol and drug abuse. Most met criteria for more than one diagnosis.
If you look for mental illnesses, you will find them in people. That doesn't mean that these people are mentally ill – if there is an epidemic, it is an epidemic of doctors who psychopathologize people.

The sad thing is, very few of these illnesses are genuine "psychiatric" or mental illnesses. Most are environmental, living beings are usually not "ill by themselves". Illness is most usually caused by nutrition, pathogens or society (and society being overrated as a cause of illness), very seldom are genes the root cause of illness.

And I can see how the CDC/NIH/Strauss psychopathologized ME/CFS patients...

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