February 14, 2014
The strategy is as old as the hills.
Show people an extreme example of something, and thereby convince them to accept a compromise.
“Look, these are people who committed unspeakable crimes because they were suffering from mental disorders, and we must do something about it…in fact, at least half of all Americans have some sort of mental disorder…”
It’s a nudge, a coax, a veiled threat, an invocation of fear.
“Gee, maybe I have a mental disorder and I don’t even know it.”
It softens up the population.
“If you have a mental disorder, you should get diagnosed and treated. Otherwise, later on, you could go off the rails and commit a horrible act. It’s inconsiderate and dastardly to stay outside the psychiatric system.”
With 300 official labels of such disorders, a shrink (dealer) will be more than happy to stick a label on you, and prescribe you a toxic drug to start you out.
“Let’s try Ritalin… and oh, you’re feeling sad now because the drug made you crash?…no, that’s clinical depression…here, take Zoloft…oh, and now you’re going up and down?…that’s bipolar…here, do a little Valproate…”
You’re on your way.
But at least you’re not a James Holmes. Whew. Avoided that one.
“Well, sure, nothing harmful about more research, go to it, boys, and bring home the bacon.”
Even the idea of using this data trove to control the mind doesn’t sound bad.
“Of course we need to control it. Look what happened at Sandy Hook when we didn’t.”
The extreme advertisement at work.
Never mind that there is no laboratory test for any of the 300 official mental disorders.
Just a minor glitch.
Never mind that all the prescribed psychiatric drugs are toxic and some actually cause violent behavior (suicide, homicide).
You’re going to see more statements about “left untreated” coming down the pipeline. As in: “We can now manage mental illness quite well. But early-stage onset, if left untreated, accumulates and grows into something far more dangerous. So we need people to recognize signs and symptoms in themselves and others (snitch culture based on nothing).”
And in case you hadn’t noticed, early onset can mean babies. That’s right. Diagnosis in younger and younger children is the trend.
You thought your two-year old was staring out the window because he was, well, staring out the window?
Not necessarily. He might be clinically depressed, in which case he’s a candidate for drugs that can make scrambled eggs out of his neurotransmitters. But it’s all in the service of science, and ensuring he doesn’t grow up to be a mass murderer.
“Yes, we have little Jimmy on Paxil. We as parents feel it’s the responsible thing to do. He’s…different these days, but our psychiatrist says he’s making progress.”
You bet little Jimmy is different, and you’re going to find out what that means later on.
But don’t worry, be happy. The shrink will assure you the bizarre drug-induced behavior is actually the spontaneous emergence of another mental disorder.
And the State will stand firmly behind that shrink. Welcome to the medical industrial complex.