Mental illness is the new normal

Mental illness is the new normal

by Jon Rappoport

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.

In this case, parade before the public—along with assured pronouncements from “mental health experts”—images of James Holmes, Aaron Alexis, Adam Lanza, etc.—and say:

“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.

And if DARPA or the National Institutes of Health says they’re breaking ground on a new brain-mapping project (only 750 trillion neurons to catalog and explain), you’re on their side.

“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.

Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.

15 comments on “Mental illness is the new normal

  1. Julian Lev says:

    Years ago, while doing a disability assessment, I had a mother tell me that the claimant, her 3 year old son, had Bipolar Disorder. When I asked skeptically about his symptoms, she said what had been so often repeated, sometimes with conviction, sometimes with fervor, sometimes with a hollow indifference, “He has mood swings.” And of course a physician had to make the diagnosis. Back then, under DSM-IV, I could say with some confidence that a 3 year old was too young to be given such a diagnosis. With DSM5, however, that is no longer true. The problem is that the manual mirrors what clinicians are doing, called by the research developing DSM inter-rater reliability. I would venture to say, as I said back then, it is not impossible to convince me of the diagnosis, but there are many hurdles to jump in terms of symptom report and history before I would make such a diagnosis. I didn’t make the diagnosis back then, but how many treating physicians would take the time to systematically interview to obtain clinical support for diagnosing Bipolar, especially in a young child. Today, more physicians are taking the leap by making the diagnosis in the young. And, although there is some remote possibility that the diagnosis is correct, why take the time, why make the effort, and why lose the opportunity to get paid for treating? I cannot say for sure, but I believe that is why DSM5 has opened the Pandora’s box of Bipolar diagnosis for the young– because that is what physicians are doing and this contributes to an expansion of a diagnostic category that can yield further income with pharmaceutical treatments. Reviewing a child’s history in depth, looking at psychosocial stressors, might only provide further support for a Bipolar diagnosis, but at least we all could feel more confident that the treatment is correct, rather than simply prescribe based on a limited interview and the vague assertion that the child “has mood swings.”

    • David Marino says:

      The drug-based “treatment” you refer to is NEVER correct. Learn from Jon: “Is there a normal state of mind? The answer is no. There is the ability to deal with the reality of the world, which is a very important skill. But state of mind is another matter entirely. You could have a million people who can deal with the world, and they’re all operating in different states of mind. There is no ‘normal’. ‘Normal’ is a modern myth that has no benefits—except to the people who invented it and control it. If you can control ‘normal’ and disseminate it broadly, slip it into consciousness, you have power. It’s like one of those steamrollers. You flatten people.”
      -Jon Rappoport

    • Michael says:

      “Reviewing a child’s history in depth, looking at psychosocial stressors, might only provide further support for a Bipolar diagnosis, but at least we all could feel more confident that the treatment is correct, rather than simply prescribe based on a limited interview and the vague assertion that the child “has mood swings.” – Julian Lev

      Firstly, how can anyone who considers themselves intelligent, even ponder the diagnosis that a child would have Bipolarism. You should be ashamed of yourself.
      We are dealing with a flower that has yet to bloom.

      The child’s brain has not formed yet. You are dealing with an immature brain…it is not fully grown. Why not give a child a growth hormone, simply because they don’t fit within the constraints of ‘normal’ growth and height? Possibly we need to give children Nootropics simply because they are below the ‘Normal’ intelligence quotient for their age category.

      Once we finish with the above we can move on to more important afflictions like fixing ugly. GMO’d injections to change us to have a more ‘Achtung baby’ look.

      As we change from being a baby to a child, teenage, adult, and finally aged adult. We go through many periods of metamorphosis as new physical and mental changes take action within our bodies. Some that seem like complete madness, like the movement from terrible two’s, obnoxious fours, childhood to puberty, teenage angst, midlife crisis. But these are not illnesses, and some people can have difficulty going through these changes. But they do not need a medication.

      Small children by nature can believe in imaginary people and things which are constructed as a means for the child to cope with a complex and for most part absurd and contradictory reality that we all are a part off. This does not suggest sickness but is a sign of health.
      Why does psychology suggest medication first, totally dismissing, diet, physical and spiritual exercise and lastly the family and social dynamic as being the problem.

      Some of those psychosocial stressors you mention are about the very trendiness of childhood culture, and the enormous stress that most child are placed under in order to succeed; and the myriad of abnormal social norms that a child must obstacle to become a so called ‘NORMAL’ adult.

      We need to do away with this word normal, it is the #1 label used within society….
      nor•mal :[nawr-muhl] Show IPA
      1. conforming to the standard or the common type; usual; not abnormal; regular; natural.
      2. serving to establish a standard.
      3.Psychology : approximately average in any psychological trait, as intelligence, personality, or emotional adjustment.

      And lastly…

      “…but at least we all could feel more confident that the treatment is correct,…” -Julian Lev

      What!… God forbid that a conscience kicks in, and in that moment of clarity you come to your senses and realize how ridiculous this practice is of even considering a child for diagnosis of Bipolar disorder.
      Physician heal thyself first, I would say that you are the one with the mental illness.


      “Maybe each human being lives in a unique world, a private world different from those inhabited and experienced by all other humans. . . If reality differs from person to person, can we speak of reality singular, or shouldn’t we really be talking about plural realities? And if there are plural realities, are some more true (more real) than others? What about the world of a schizophrenic? Maybe it’s as real as our world. Maybe we cannot say that we are in touch with reality and he is not, but should instead say, His reality is so different from ours that he can’t explain his to us, and we can’t explain ours to him. The problem, then, is that if subjective worlds are experienced too differently, there occurs a breakdown in communication … and there is the real illness.” – Phillip K Dick

      • OzzieThinker says:

        Michael, we may well say things in different ways, but I am sure you SEE it. That is such a rare commodity you are a blessing to those that despise you.


      • David Marino says:

        Psychiatry – The expanding concoction of so-called mental disorders are arbitrary attempts at categorizing human thought, desire, and behavior as diseases…Consciousness is not public business. Its dimensions and capabilities are there for every person to explore on his own terms. This is called freedom. Psychiatry has sought to redefine consciousness solely in terms of brain function. This materialist obsession is also an attempt to gain control of the mind…If psychiatrists are experts on the human mind, mice can navigate the Arctic in canoes…Make an inventory of your own deeply held convictions, followed by a self-assessment, to see how well or badly you’re living up to those convictions? The truth is, every so-called mental or emotional condition is a signal. It alerts a person that he is heading the ship away from its destination. He’s experiencing a crisis that has everything to do with the question: WHAT IS MY COURSE IN LIFE? Finding an answer to that question makes all the difference…Here are ACTUAL rock-bottom conditions: freedom, independence, deep and profound desire, the power and energy to fulfill those desires, a sense of what is right and wrong, the wish to see others succeed brilliantly, community, expressing self, creative power, action in the world. These are the elements of a philosophy, not psychology. These are elements of life abundant. These are loci of decision for every conscious person…Liberating the creative force in a person is the key. Not through some external and removed and remote process. The process involves everything you’ve got…From our deepest wellsprings, we: INVENT, IMAGINE, CREATE, IMPROVISE, and BUILD. WORK TO MAKE WHAT WE IMAGINE INTO FACT IN THE WORLD.
        -Jon Rappoport

  2. OzzieThinker says:

    My latest post is possibly, in some ways, my most bizarre to date, Jon. Though it does not touch on “abuse of mental health”, it takes what you are saying from a wider angle.

    Let’s hope I can add value to your fine work.

  3. Lee says:

    There must be lights burning brighter somewhere
    Got to be birds flying higher in a sky more blue
    If I can dream of a better land
    Where all my brothers walk hand in hand
    Tell me why, oh why, oh why can’t my dream come true
    Oh why

    There must be peace and understanding sometime
    Strong winds of promise that will blow away
    All the doubt and fear
    If I can dream of a warmer sun
    Where hope keeps shining on everyone
    Tell me why, oh why, oh why won’t that sun appear

    Were lost in a cloud
    With too much rain
    Were trapped in a world
    That’s troubled with pain
    But as long as a man
    Has the strength to dream
    He can redeem his soul and fly

    Deep in my heart there’s a tremblin question
    Still I am sure that the answer, answers gonna come somehow
    Out there in the dark, there’s a beckoning candle, oh yeah
    And while I can think, while I can talk
    While I can stand, while I can walk
    While I can dream, please let my dream
    Come true, ohhhhh, right now
    Let it come true right now
    Oh yeah


  4. So how to we change the system?

    • Avi says:

      If enough of us stop supporting it, it will fall by itself. Boycott & talk. And we got to teach children because this is a long term fight.

  5. Reblogged this on Tales from awakened Mind and commented:
    Like imprison the lion into a tiny cage and blame him to be mental ill for searchin his nature. An operation manual for humans is also impossible, beside they are pressed into programmed patterns. The course to an Equilibrium (2002) society is a mess and many people start to see it. Thanks Jon

  6. Avi says:

    “They” are ready to have Us believe we’re all potential crazy:

    Where will “They” stop if We don’t fight back ?!!!

    Great text & comments (David, Michael) !

  7. dimitri says:

    Same tactic used all along by the GLBT promoters. Repeat, repeat, repeat until you cave in to your doubts and start considering that maybe you’re “wrong” on this, and maybe it would be better to conform so that “we can all just get along”.

  8. This morning on local news they burped out a twenty second meme of a teenage saliva test, predicting mental illness in middle age, as if they were reporting the snowfall accumulations.

  9. g says:

    I am from London where I trained in medicine and then went onto work in psychiatry. I left this career in disgust years ago, because I could see what was going on.
    One example: in my training in child and adolescent mental health services I was asked to observe a 6 year old boy in the classroom, as part of an ADHD assessment. There was nothing I could see which indicated anything unusual. So I reported back to my supervisor that my assessment did not indicate ADHD. I went through the checklist of behaviours that I had completed, in order to back up what I was saying. My supervisor went onto give him a diagnosis of ADHD because she said she was basing it on his parents observations. She also said that my report did in fact indicate that the boy had ADHD, but that the problem was that I could not see it!! She indicated this was due to my lack of experience. I was unable to get her to explain what exactly she could ‘see’ in my own report which I could not, as I was curious.
    At the end of this section of my training my supervisor had to write a report on me, which I needed to get onto the next part of my training. She failed me and advised the lead clinical trainer that I needed further training. I went along with this and said, ok find me another post (otherwise I would be stuck). No posts were available.
    I am not saying that I should have passed that part of my training. It is just to make the point here how I felt that my own observations were ignored completely.

  10. g says:

    Two years later, with more training under my belt I began working as a middle grade doctor in an adolescent forensic unit.
    This was an inpatient unit where the teenagers lived for several months. I saw them everyday and got to know them. There was a 14 year old boy with no diagnosis-this was pending assessment by our team. Prior to admission some mental health professionals thought that he might have ADHD.
    In my view there was absolutely no evidence of ADHD. I did not just see him once as above, but over weeks. Being more confident, I told my supervisor (different to above) that there was no behaviour indicative of the ADHD profile. In fact I told the team of multiprofessionals on the unit, at a weekly business meeting where such matters are discussed.
    The matter was not discussed at all in detail. My supervisor thought he had ADHD and that was that. It was based on a very biased report written months ago, and not I feel, based on current clinical observations. What was worse was that none of the other professionals on the team- the psychologist, ward manager, nurse in charge etc said anything to challenge this. We had weeks of clinical assessments, interviews and general observations of this boy which clearly showed that he did not have ADHD. Yet after that meeting he was prescribed Ritalin.
    Weeks later there was no change in him at all. Everyone could see this. So I then said at the business meeting that since there has been no change in him, should we not just stop the Ritalin, given the risk of side effects. Again this was ignored. He had the diagnosis now which meant that he needed the meds to match it.
    This was all insane. The boy had been admitted to the unit for an assessment, the assessment did not indicate ADHD yet he was given this diagnosis and by the time he was discharged he had been on Ritalin for 6 months.
    It is not just doctors who are culpable but the team of very silent professionals surrounding them. I was the only person who spoke up, but it did not make a difference.

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