OnlyDavit wrote: I don't find this as funny as some might.
I assure you that my posts on this thread are by no means an attempt to mock anyone with problems, either here or generally. I know there is reason to take the issue seriously. At the same time....
The shrink 'Bible' - the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, published by the American Psychiatric Association - has grown and grown over the past 60 years. More and more conditions have been added to it. It won't surprise me one bit if by the 7th edition, even belching and flatulence are in it...as mental disorders...if they aren't already.
I'm deeply suspicious of the psychiatric community. It's obvious to anyone who lives in a large city that there are people with mental problems. But that includes some shrinks
. (I will defend that point below.) Some are baboons with label guns. Seems to me the favorite hobby of a psychiatrist is labeling. I'm also deeply suspicious of the pharmaceutical industry. And the collusion between the two groups. Some company comes up with a drug...then a disorder or illness is invented to fit it. That's about how bad it is today.
I have nothing against counsellors...and I'm sure you have helped people. But there is a general trend today toward defining as abnormal what may well be normal. We all have our quirks. Who doesn't? Who's to say what's normal and what isn't? A champion long-distance runner isn't normal, statistically. Likewise really bright people aren't. Anyone could be labelled 'abnormal' if they were studied intently enough.
Someone with a problem that's interfering with their life...okay, there's a problem. And bravo if you've helped people with problems. But there is a big dark (and indeed sinister) area in the field of psychiatry (which is different than psychology or counseling, I realize)...that I don't see how any psychiatrist could be proud of their rather horrid history, or excesses. And certainly it has its well-informed and expert critics.
We've all seen One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest...and what was done to a man simply because he was a live-wire. They destroyed him. Sad end to that film. To my mind...some of it still stinks of the treatment depicted in that film...some of it even reeks of Inquisitional attitudes - to this day. Certainly not in all, or a majority. But some.
Two examples, from personal experience. A psychiatrist who was really dumb; he couldn't have psychoanalyzed a hamster properly. I told him that to his face. Other staff quietly agreed with me. I guess Dr Demento developed some resentment, because I ended up being physically tortured
, very illegally. Agony for a few days. (Yes that goes on.) Another put me in tremendous peril; a terrifying situation that could easily have cost me my life
. Also very illegal. I did nothing to deserve any of that.
I didn't find any of that funny. So...axe to grind: yes. Chip on my shoulder: yes. But not against those who do their sincere best to help others. You and they deserve my respect.
Maybe you can see now why I prefer to bring humor to the subject. I've seen Hell. It's other people. (Jean Paul Sartre). Cheers.