Creativity Is Now Considered As A Mental Illness By Psychiatrists
Since the beginning of time and society, individuals and groups who have tried to think differently from others, or who have questioned the nature of what is really happening on Earth have been met with fierce opposition and general disregard. It is a well known fact that figures of authority have belittled and even ridiculed ideas that they simply did not agree with. In the not so distant past, innovative and creative ideas were opposed harshly by authority figures. One example of this is Galileo, a genius astronomer whose work and ideas were banned from the public. Galileo was also convicted and quickly labeled as crazy. Scientists such as Galileo were often killed or placed in mental faculties. However, the question remains: have things changed since Galileo’s time?Is the pharmaceutical industry another means of condemning and altering those who think outside the box?
**For those who believe this title is misleading, I believe that it is great to open our minds to the possibility that many psychiatric labels are used to push drugs that discourage free thinking.I also believe there are people who experience very real differences that we have yet to fully understand since the science behind many “mental illnesses” is very weak. We understand very little and still have much to learn.
“The nail that sticks up will be hammered down.” – Japanese Proverb
According to the latest addition of the Diagnostic and StatisticalManual of Mental Disorders,nonconformity and freethinking are now considered mental illness.The manual lists a mental illness labelled as “oppositional defiant disorder, or ODD. It’s defined as an “ongoing pattern of disobedient, hostile and defiant behavior.” (0) This disorder is also included in the category of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is used by psychiatrists to diagnose mental illnesses, and it seems that with each new issue a new, made up mental illness is added to the manual. This is not a new concept; in the Soviet Union, a systematic political abuse of individuals took place and was based on the interpretation of political dissent as a psychiatric disorder.Powerful political figures have used mental illnessfor political repression. People who did not conform and accept the beliefs ofauthority figures like government agencies faced unfair labeling with little to no scientific backing. (1)
“On the first glance, political abuse of psychiatry appears to represent a straightforward and uncomplicated story:the deployment of medicine as an instrument of repression. Psychiatric incarceration of mentally healthy people is uniformly understood to be a particularly pernicious form of repression, because it uses the powerful modalities of medicine as tools of punishment, and it compounds a deep affront to human rights with deception and fraud. Doctors who allow themselves to be used in this way betray the trust of society and breach their most basic ethical obligations as professionals.” (1)
The entire model for psychiatric disease is currently based on the theory that a brain-based, chemical imbalance causes mental illness. According to Dr. Mark Graff, Chair of Public Affairs of the American Psychiatric Association, this theory is “probably drug industry derived.” (source)
“There’s no biological imbalance. When people come to me and they say, I have a biological imbalance, I say, ‘show me your lab tests.’ There are no lab tests. So what’s the biochemical imbalance?” – Dr. Ron Leifer, New York psychiatrist (source)
“If a psychiatrist says you have a shortage of a chemical, ask for a blood test and watch the psychiatrist’s reaction. The number of people who believe that scientists have proven that depressed people have low serotonin is a glorious testament to the power of marketing.” – Jonathan Leo, associate professor of anatomy at Western University of Health Sciences. (source)
It is shocking how medicine is convinced that the origins of mental illnesses can be found in biology, despite the fact that over three decades of research have not been able to provide any proof. There are no tests available for assessing the chemical status of a living person’s brain. Many psychiatric ‘disorders’ do not even exist, but are instead created to keep society in check, make money, and control the masses while preventing them from thinking outside the box.
As an end note, if you are interested in this subject, check out Generation RX, a documentary by world renowned producer Kevin P. Miller. In the film, he examines the rise in psychiatric diagnoses among children and teens. The film includes a number of experts, doctors, and researchers who are internationally respected in the fields of medicine, ethics, journalism and academia. Miller emphasizes that a lack of ethics goes hand in hand with psychiatric drugs, yet have never been proven safe and effective for the very conditions they are suppose to treat. He also uncovers a pattern of collusion between drug manufacturers and the FDA, who hide evidence about the detrimental effects psychiatric drugs can have on a person.
**I don’t want this article to detract from the fact that many people do experience differences that are still not understood today. We still have much to learn about “mental illness.”