With the onset of a wildly profitable pharmaceutical industry, and with ever growing Mental Illness concerns, you can place your bets on the fact that the long term objective of modern medicine is to treat everyone for some kind of mental disorder with drugs that often times have side effects worse than what is being treated.
Under the umbrella of the DSM (a standard reference guide for diagnosis used by psychiatry and psychology industry professionals), there are hundreds of disorders which now effect a large proportion of society, according to the mental health industry.
Soon, and not without the media’s help in propagandizing mental illness as being common, there will appear to be no anxiety or disorder that isn’t treatable. And thus, you can be assured that, over the next ten to twenty years, more and more people will be treated with drugs with side effects that destroy brain function.
As long as the profit motive drives the drug industry, holistic approaches such as nutrition, lifestyle changes and even spirituality, will be downplayed or ignored as a viable treatment of mental disorders. As long as modern science views the brain as nothing more than physical stimuli that can be manipulated by mind and mood altering drugs, more and more people will succumb to taking regular prescriptions that numb us into further brain deterioration of our mental faculties.
Worse still, every time someone “goes postal” and we find they are either under- or over-medicated with mind and mood altering drugs, we will be quick to falsely identify such tragic events as further proof of rampant mental illness and the need to be receive even more treatment, downplaying the notion that such drugs may have triggered these violent outbursts we see play out in the media.
We forget that much mental anxiety is a result of an emotional crisis, not necessarily a physiological phenomena.
We need to ask if a spiritual approach to problem solving can be equally effective in dealing with depression or anxiety. There are a plethora of studies that show faith, prayer and worship help alleviate stress, reduce anxiety and even improve physical health.
In our over-medicated culture, we reach too quickly for the bottle of drugs, and to our detriment. There is simply too much we do not know about the long term effects of psychotropic drugs.
I personally have seen several family members succumb to mood-altering drugs over the long term, individuals who eventually, and sadly, lost their mental faculties altogether.
We really are throwing darts when it comes treating mental illness – and it‘s vital for the medical industry to be transparent about this fact.
Broad-stroke medicinal treatment (often times addicting and equally destructive in causing other antecedents related to anxiety or depression), poses a grave danger to our society. If we are not careful, we may inadvertently create a future population of irreparably brain-damaged people – and large numbers of them.
Coming from a family where mental illness is existent, I have naturally been curious about this subject. I have also closely followed the industry growth of the Mental Health industry.
We trusted the pharmaceutical industry during the opioid crises, and we watched them create a national crisis through the over–prescription of opioids – how the drug industry carelessly ignored (or perhaps took advantage of) the human propensity for addiction.
What makes us think this same industry will be trustworthy as they attempt to solve the mental illness crisis?
Already we hear the alarms. As recent as May 2018, The UK’s NIMH reported 1 in 4 Adults are diagnosed or suffer from one form of mental illness or another, treatable, of course, by expensive and powerful drugs with unknown long-term side effects.
Take notice in the increase of mental health treatments being advertised on television and online. Hundreds of billions of dollars a year are being used to promote mental health treatment through sometimes deceptive and misleading advertising intended to prey on emotion and fear. Everything from bi-polar, anxiety, depression, dementia, Alzheimers, restless-leg syndrome, sleeping disorders (brought on my stress) are now common in our popular vernacular. Therapists are becoming drug dealers. We are all one diagnosis away from being a victim of mental illness.
One possible suggestion would be to call on religious leaders or spiritual advisers to assist as counselors for people suffering from depression. What if, instead of setting up suicide hotline for people to call and talk to medical practitioners who are more likely to suggest medical treatment, we, instead, utilize a priest, a rabbi or a minister, to provide spiritual counseling as pproach. Spiritual therapy, perhaps? A viable approach to alleviating and possibly treating depression.
Are there spiritual cures to many emotional illness? Studies show faith is a powerful antidote to depression.
The Bible, the Urantia Book, and many other faiths point to the wonderful antidotal qualities of spiritual application in solving earth’s moral and emotional problems. Confession, it seems, is therapeutic.
Mind and personality are not just synapsis and neurons; we have will and will is our personality-decisions in action. We evaluate, we judge, we discern. These are attributes of an active mind, and as such, can be invigorated by spiritual motivations.
Perhaps it would behoove all of us to view the human mind as both a physical AND super-physical (spiritual) endowment, a healthy step towards a better understanding of mental and emotional illness.