Comforting Ourselves With Drugs
by Carlton Pruitt
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"Comforting Ourselves With Drugs"
by Douglas French
The drug-wielding grief industry rushed to Connecticut to help kids "deal with" the tragedy at Sandy Hook elementary school.
It might be coming to your school too. The professionals will help you and your kids with some self-esteem training assisted by some little pills. But consider:
What if grief is not a "disorder" but a completely normal human response to tragedy?
What if mind-numbing psychiatric drugs make matters worse by threatening creative mental responses?
What if Adam Lanza himself was a user of psychiatric drugs?
What if psychiatry is no substitute for friends, family, and community?
What if the grief industry represents another threat to the well being of people who are trying to come to terms with disaster?
One in 10 Americans are already taking medication for psychiatric disorders. The psychiatric industry is booming. But Americans are more self absorbed and less resilient than ever. And many instances of violence themselves have been linked to psychiatric drugs.
How did this happen? Whose fault is this?
Christina Hoff Sommers and Sally Satel, M.D., put the blame on a dramatic shift from old-fashioned counseling to psychiatric medicating.
In their provocative book One Nation Under Therapy: How the Helping Culture Is Eroding Self-Reliance, they point out that Freudian psychoanalysis priced itself out of middle class access. People instead turned to 15-minute sessions and trips to the pharmacy for Prozac, Paxil, and who-knows-what-all. That turned drug-dispensing psychiatry into a growth business.
The book raises fundamental questions about "emotional correctness." Individuals deal with loss and tragedy differently, but the psychiatric industry, like the government, seeks to force itself into people's lives when any opportunity presents itself.
In every crisis, the grief industry springs action to throw a warm blanket around those who are mentally suffering, whether it's those who've taken a beating in their 401(k)s or the people who suffer after public school shootings.
"The commodification of grief also proceeds apace," the author writes. "There are 'healing puppets,' chat rooms, bereavement books, workshops, and certification programs. It is through such programs that the grief industry perpetuates itself."
The authors show that not everyone grieves the same way. It is not "professional" counselors that provide the best support for grievers, but family, friends, and colleagues. So it will be following today's Connecticut school shootings.
After 9-11, 9,000 counselors raced into lower Manhattan, advocating, "intervention for any person even remotely connected to the tragedy." One magazine called it the "National Guard of Therapists." But it didn't work out that way, as Hoff Sommers and Satel point out. There was no widespread psychiatric armageddon.
However, the tragedy was used as a catalyst for bigger and better things: The psychiatric industry turned its attention to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The industry used this to explain why 18 veterans commit suicide each day, and why more soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan killed themselves than were killed by enemy fire.
But what if PTSD is not a psychiatric condition but a completely normal response to ghastly missions to kill people and risk being killed? What if this is what one would expect from America's imperial policing of the world?
Instead of facing the reality, PTSD became a political issue. The diagnosis wasn't just for veterans. Football players, battered wives, and abused children could suffer from PTSD. The authors go as far as to contend that veterans "coveted the PTSD diagnosis. It bolstered their image as wounded warriors, helped them make sense of failures, and allowed them to attach meaning to pervasive feelings of demoralization, apathy, or irritability."
The authors don't mince words. The PTSD diagnosis has created perverse incentives. "It is an open secret that some veterans seeking 'total and permanent' disability payment for PTSD are not as sick as they claim to be."
Everyone, not just people dealing with trauma, is a potential client. We are told that a person requires high self-esteem to achieve maximum creative and moral development. This is because Abraham Maslow and Carl Rogers (the "Father of Self-Esteem") influenced an entire generation into believing that success in life begins with self-esteem.
But what if this whole model is wrong? The authors show that the truth is the opposite: it's success that breeds self esteem. To flip the cause and effect is to create an illusion that is only sustained by drugs.
I have a bit more sympathy for Maslow than Hoff Summers and Dr. Satel have. But even they admit he was a "thoroughly decent man and a cultivated, imaginative, and serious thinker." The problem is that Maslow devotees have applied his theories in ways he regretted.
This book says what no one else seems to be willing to say: plenty of depressed Americans have done great things. There would be no "The Tell-Tale Heart" or "The Raven" if Edgar Allan Poe had been on Prozac. The list of famous, accomplished, depressed people is too long to even mention. Numbing drugs would likely kill their creativity. And they are killing ours.
The authors say that Americans need to "cowboy up." Therapism can't replace ethics, religion, and the support of family, friends, and community. Psychic pain is not a pathology that must be cured.
If your doctor is quick to want to medicate your or a loved one, and you're not sure -- or especially if the local school district wants to medicate your sons and daughters for merely acting like a kids -- you will benefit from this book.
You are not crazy, and you're not alone.
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Carlton Pruitt ministers the gospel to the Los Angeles area. Formerly a Hollywood actor (SAG member)and junk removal expert he now spends most of his time studying the scriptures, writing articles, hymns and poems and doing street preaching.
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