The more I think about how concerned community members brought along a representative from Penndel Mental Health Center when they made their early expedition to a tent city in lower Bucks County, PA, the more I’m concerned about the tactics of mental health “experts” in our society.
Anyone can claim to be an expert. In the wake of alleged race problems and subsequent race hustling, “experts” from MSN NBC were found to be way off base in their analysis of the situation after a thorough court investigation. As conservative commentator Anne Coulter wrote, to qualify as an expert on MSN NBC, one has to have been dropped on one’s head many times as a child.
Bringing a mental health expert to reach out to people at a homeless settlement is an example how the mental health community has been rushing to judgment to label people as mentally ill, or at least suspect they are. http://www.sott.net/article/257456-More-homeless-camps-discovered-in-Bucks-County-Pennsylvania Penndel Mental Health Center has been intermittently subtly soliciting business from the homeless community.
Pastor and counselor Jay Adams cites a case where it was discovered that people sent for evaluation for mental illness were falsely diagnosed. In an experiment, six people, who were as sane as you or I, were labeled schizophrenic and one was classified as manic depressive. The experimenter found that no one was turned away as a malingerer or faker. After the person who conducted the experiment announced to the institution that he would check the intake records again, many people were turned away from the institution as malingerers. http://www.nouthetic.org/the-physician-the-pastor-psychotherapy-and-counseling
As is the case with the rest of the mental health industry, medication tends to be a quick fix for problems at Penndel Mental Health.
The problem with modern psychiatry and psychology is they treat as “mental problems”, as though it is a medical problem, using medication. There are physical problems and spiritual (moral) problems. The psyche community came up with a third category, a non-organic, non-moral category. To quote Jay Adams:
“But it (the psychiatric community) knows nothing about a ‘mental illness’ category, in which a non-organic bug of some sort creates a non-organic problem which has to be treated non-organically under a medical aegis, though there is nothing medical about it. What is peculiarly medical about someone telling how to live with grandmother? “
Dr. Adams further indicts the mental health community. “There is a mess out there in psychiatry. Zilboorg, in his two volume history of psychiatry, concluded: ‘The field is in disarray, just as it was at the beginning.’ I agree with him that the field is in disarray, but I disagree that it is just as bad as it was at the beginning.”
People should have a choice to get help for their problems. The free market works! Penndel Mental Health has been chasing after the homeless, like a lawyer chasing an ambulance and has somewhat of a monopoly. This is not the free market but economic protectionism.
Dr. Adams writes of “gatekeepers”, which can be pastors or doctors who pass on someone who comes to them for help to someone else. Many of them have been passing the responsibility on to the mental health world.
I went along with the gatekeepers at the Salvation Army who referred me to Penndel Mental Health. I was a mess at the time. As I related in an earlier blog, I was prescribed medicine at Penndel Mental Health and went to therapy there. At the same time I pursued Biblical solutions, through prayer, scripture reading, fellowship, a Bible based 12 step program, and Godly behavior. I found that the Biblical route worked best. I stopped the medicine and I’m about to end the therapy.
We need to create a free market to help the homeless with their problems. The nascent non profit, Gimmee Shelter for the Homeless aims to give the homeless the wherewithal to build their own homes. The volunteers from The Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN), the hosts at churches, and other people offer the homeless Biblical help for their “mental” problems.
Let the homeless discover what works best for them in a free market of ideas.
We at Gimmee Shelter for the Homeless have an idea to help the homeless. Check out the article posted in Times Publishing about us: http://www.timespub.com/2015/04/30/working-for-a-place-to-stay/.