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I’m Updating My Life
Migration in progress… let’s stay connected, please
The book that shall no longer be named around here
I’ve progressed to the point where my anxiety/depression is no longer an issue and my desire to use alcohol or whatever else is entirely gone. Slowly writing a short book for others to, possibly, find their way out as well.
My hope is this may encourage you ask relevant questions and do your own research as well.
That’s all I did to find full recovery.
I stopped believing people with certificates knew better, after receiving four totally different diagnoses from four totally different professionals. And I went ahead and did my own investigation into what my personal challenges might be.
Perspective is everything and we’ve been sorely misled with regards to mental health and addiction, as it turns out.
Putting relevant information, found during the investigation, into a short book to share around freely.
Chapter One is complete and waiting to be submitted to my Editor (I’ll be doing that after I’ve edited it myself a few more times because he’s tough)
Chapter Two is in progress and I’m having difficulty with it.
It’s painful for me to write and I’m hating it, to be honest.
I may just list the questions I personally asked, with links for people to follow to do their own research.
It’s a LOT of information to simplify and streamline and I’m doing this for project as service, for free, because I know many people who may need this can’t afford it.
It’s very difficult to be consistently productive when mental health challenges arise and money usually dissipates along with contacts and support.
I’m also coaching; freelancing; homeschooling; teaching my son video editing and social media as an extra mural; doing my own cleaning/home admin; single parenting; trying to rebuild my life after a very challenging couple of years (aren’t we all?) and trying to make sure I stay balanced and healthy as well.
I find myself a bit resentful about writing this book at times.
It’s not you. It’s me.
The content of this chapter, particularly, outrages me.
It’s the Chapter on the history of the DSM (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
This is the “bible of psychiatry and psychology” that clinicians and psychologists use to diagnose you.
Once you understand more about how disorders are voted into existence; hear more about mental health through history and how our understanding of this has been impacted by racism; corporate greed; lack of ethics in government; homophobia; sexism and every other ism you may think of…
you’ll understand why it’s not at all inspiring or enjoyable to write Chapter Two.
If you factor the unlikelihood of convincing anyone of anything they don’t want, or aren’t ready, to believe into the equation…
well… some days I sit here sifting through the worst characteristics of human nature wondering why I’m even trying to write this book.
So in case I abandon this entirely, and disappear, to make art and play video games with my son in my available time…
I suggest you start researching the History of the DSM yourselves. Please do this especially before you hand your children over to psychologists and psychiatrists who use the DSM to diagnose patients.
Your kids are not sick or mentally ill/disordered. This is one of the biggest cons in the history of the health industry.
But if I say that, you’ll just think I’m a conspiracy theorist.
It’s simpler (and less effort for me, quite frankly) for you to do your own research and investigation.
I mean… do this if you really want yourself, or your kids, to NOT be mentally ill/disordered.
Not many psychologists and psychiatrists even know the history of the DSM, themselves. They also just follow the content in this book, which is given to them by the institutions educating them, and believe those places of higher learning know what they’re doing.
All of the information you need to know more about the DSM is freely available online.
I would suggest you be vigilant about the words disorder and symptoms being thrown around in the content you read. If you’re seeing those, you may want to check the perspective and intentions of the website using them.
And yes — these words are used on the website of the American Psychiatric Association as par for the course. But there is a lot of interesting content on there as well.
Like this article about the psychiatrist Dr. John Fryer, who managed to get Homosexuality removed from the DSM as a mental disorder in 1973.
Yes. This actually happened. There’s more. It’s quite interesting!
Words are important
Just to clarify:
The DSM is a reference book, listing mental disorders that are voted into existence by around 200 (can this be correct?), probably white, male human beings who often have strong connections in the pharmaceutical industry.
The DSM is then given to, and used by, doctors and psychologists (no, psychologists are not medical doctors) to diagnose people with these, literally, invented and made up disorders.
These mental disorders are not medical conditions (there are no physical markers or indications, scientifically, of there being any kind of illness for these disorders/diseases.
Because they are not disorders or illnesses in the way we’ve been led to believe they are. As in medically. That need medication. And are incurable.
Mental health disorders are simple, logical reactions to past experiences and current external circumstances that need resolving.
The DSM was originally called:
“The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual” .
This is what the acronym D.S.M stands for. Obviously. And the acronym has stuck.
Over the years there has been a substantial increase in pharmaceutical medication being developed and made available for treatment of these “disorders”.
This is a multi billion dollar industry — you simply must see the numbers in this game to understand how lucrative this industry is.
Along with this, over the years, the original title of the DSM has changed…
from “The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual” to :
“The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders”.
Yes. Somebody took the liberty of adding “of mental disorders” to the original title of the book.
I’ll leave that here for you to consider and, hopefully, find out more about.
Chapter Three’s first draft complete. *tick
Due to working as a coach in the mental health and recovery arena, and professionals (and some individuals) still being uncomfortable to combine personal experience with therapies, I’m busy splitting channels and streamlining for professional reasons.
And for creative reasons as well.
I’ve been censoring myself creatively, for professional reasons, in turn.
This is a terrible way to make art or write. And doing these keeps my soul alive. But I’m quite sweary and a bit sexy too, at times.
I’m also outspoken about social injustice.
This makes some people nervous.
Not so good on a professional level.
Having the duality of being me all in one space is not working out.
So I’m splitting.
That’s a joke.
But a joke like this might not go down well with potential clients.
In contrast, I could claim nobody would “split” mentally, if they were just accepted as the entirety of who they are, and were able to accept and express this fully themselves.
Life is duality. Being is duality.
Especially if we’re trying to be authentic.
Human beings are not just one “thing”.
Jung was spot on again.
But we don’t seem ready to accept the great forerunners of psychology have already solved the problem of mental health.
And that there is a logical, rational explanation for why people may be struggling mentally.
We have to be clever; to complicate things to show how clever we are; and create more categories to make us seem cleverer than other people, so they will listen to us.
Jung was right about many things. Most of the original geniuses in the philosophical field of psychology (yes, it is a philosophy and not science… see what they did there?), were spot on!
Jung sure was right about the duality of the human experience, at least, wasn’t he?
In fact, Jung’s concept of the duality of life and Being… could be grown into a triality. In my life anyway.
I’m crazy about tech and am moving back into that arena again as well…
See what I did there as well?
That’s all most of this is… it’s personal opinion. And hypothesis.
Psychology is not science.
It is not medicine.
I bet my fellow creatives who prefer gritty, raw, emotional content, that feeds their souls as well, have passed out by now.
So you see my problem here…
ALL of the mental health and addiction content I create will be on … *the change has happened and this profile is now for art and activism only.
Let’s get to work trying to change the world then.
And creating… of course!