I awoke this morning with one word in my mind…
We have a cure. A cure that is beyond reproach. I can hear you thinking NO because of the lawsuits and bad publicity, blah, blah, blah BUT how does a child get good at anything? Learning and doing. Education is the cure. The literature tells us that people who suffer from chronic illness have 3 things in common:
- Lack of information
- Lack of control
Now, I ask you who isn’t suffering from this nowadays? Maybe the capitalist paradigm that we live in is adding to this as profit comes before risk or loss but at what cost? We have a responsibility to our children to find a better way, otherwise, they will learn how to be mentally ill.
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”
What Toffler said about the ‘illiterate’ I am saying about the sufferers. They are failing to adapt to the speed of life and it is here that we can help them. Hans Selye published “A Syndrome Produced by Diverse Nocous Agents” (1936) which spawned over 1100,000 articles and books on the subject of “General Adaptation Syndrome” G.A.S.
Selye points out “The penalties for failure in this great process of adaptation are disease and unhappiness”. This failure impacts the body via a triad: adrenocortical stimulation, thymicolymphatic atrophy and intestinal ulcers. Selye states that if his work is true then “everything we had learned about the characteristic manifestations of disease, about the specific actions of drugs, would be in need of revision.”
Selye did not have “The Screen”, which can be used to accelerate learning and improve a persons ability to adapt to life, we have a cure.
Do we really need more mental health practitioners?
The answer is of course a resounding YES, however if we continue to train these professionals to use the same techniques that got us down this road in the first place, how on earth will we be able to work our way back?
The UK government is throwing money at the problem but I believe that more people of intellect and logic are trying to find a better way. In the UK our education system is losing teachers on a daily basis as they “Try” to teach children who are suffering from G.A.S. We have an army at our disposal, an army of educators that we could arm with this knowledge to help us all.
Mental health practitioners, psychologists, counsellors and therapists have been around for years and yet here we stand at a crisis point. Lucy Johnstone and Jo Watson wrote a compelling argument for why emotional distress is not a medical illness. Although I don’t personally agree with listening to the client’s stories as I believe this can only further embed your neurological connections to the problem, I do, however, agree
“The growing weight of scientific evidence (and lack of it) makes it no longer scientifically, professionally or ethically acceptable to offer, or impose, psychiatric diagnosis as undisputed fact.”
So handing cash to the ‘Mental Health Professionals’ and training more of them to deliver more of the same is insane!
The true definition of insanity
I’m sure that you have heard the quote from Albert Einstein who said
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”
And here we are doing just that. The legal folk who read my blogs will argue that ‘insanity’ is, in fact, a lawful term pertaining to a defendant’s ability to determine right from wrong when a crime is committed. I put it to you dear reader, that a crime has been committed and continues to be so until we are prepared to unlearn all that we know about “Mental Health” and relearn a better way.
Survival of the fittest
The ability to adapt to whatever life throws at you in the next moment guarantees your survival. What if you have had a negative experience in your past that you can’t even remember and it’s causing your fatigue, anxiety or pain.