1. You go to a social worker, counselor, psychologist, psychiatrist or other mental health professional with your problem.
2. They evaluate you. Remember it is you they are evaluating.
3. When they finish the evaluation they make a judgment. Remember it is you they are judging, not your problem.
4. They write down this judgment in the form of a diagnosis. You have now been diagnosed. You could be bipolar, schizophrenic, have GAD (General Anxiety Disorder), MDD (Major Depressive Disorder), or a host of other disorders and illnesses. There is a book used by mental health professionals, it is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM for short that has hundreds of disorders to chose from. They have even made symptoms preceding women’s monthly cycle a mental disorder, so they won't have any trouble finding a diagnosis for you, everything is a disorder and they have one for you.
5. They now label you with a diagnosis. You are schizophrenic or GAD or whatever they stopped on when turning through the pages of the DSM.
6. More likely than not you are at this point either seeing a psychiatrist or referred to one.
7. You are then drugged by the psychiatrist.
You take a problem you are having trouble coping with and you are evaluated, judged, diagnosed, labeled and drugged. You are now identified with a disorder label. What could possibly be the problem with our mental health system? Why wouldn't people want to seek out this kind of mental health care for their most personal problems?
I first became aware of the insanity of our mental health care system years ago when my daughter was being picked on by a new, first year in teaching, teacher. We knew it was happening because the neighbor's children in the same room were reporting it to their parents and they in turn to us. It didn't take long after that for us to find the reason our daughter didn't want to go to school, she was being brought before the class and ridiculed, we now call it bullying.
I complained to the school and before you could say, "Pass the mental health disorder book" she was on track to be drugged! Drugging my daughter was their solution to the problem she had with her teacher bullying her. She had been through steps 1-6 faster than we could keep up with it, but when we got to 7 my wife and I put up a road block. We couldn't believe our ears, they wanted to drug our child because she didn't like being bullied by the teacher.
Still in shock from that meeting we drove our traumatized child straight to the private school and enrolled her. End of problem. At least for her, I have seen numbers as high as that an estimated 20 million school children are being drugged. We tell our children not to take drugs and then we drug them. No wonder we have a drug problem! These are powerful mind altering drugs that can permanently alter their mind and brain during these crucial formative years. If you were caught selling them on the street without a prescription you would be looking at some serious jail time, but we give them to our children! We know that much of this type of treatment even leads to an increased rate of suicide.
Here is how I work.
If you bring a problem to me, I take it just like that. You have a problem, you are not the problem, you have a problem. Think of it this way, you can have a failure, but you can't be a failure. You can have the flu, but you can't be the flu. You can have a problem, but I sure don't look at you as the problem. I look at you as a person. A person with a problem that needs a little help. At times we all need help.
I try to understand your problem and your world. I then do a combination of things to increase your access to and the effectiveness of your resources along with installing new resources or skills by methods of teaching and training. My goal is for you to solve your problem, not be drugged until you can't think about it.
I don't look for what is wrong with you and label you with it. I look for what is right and I strengthen it so you can overcome your problem.
Or you could just take drugs so you wouldn't care that you had a problem in the first place, if that is your choice I am just saying I don't do that.
Remember, if you are pretty happy when your sports team wins and you are down when they lose, you just might be labeled bipolar.
Or you could just be normal.
best and be blest,