The term “mental illness” is a misnomer. It has become part of the way we talk about people with problems. Some experts, however, don’t think this is an accurate term. They don’t think that people with mental problems should be labeled as being ill. For them, “illness”, such as the flu, is caused by a virus. They ask what is the source that causes mental illness.
Some “experts” think that addictions are a disease. In a sense, they are right. Some people may have genes that cause them to crave more of something, such as alcohol. But problems result from giving in to urges such as these, when people become a slave to it and let it rule their lives. Ultimately, addictions are a choice.
“Mental illness” is a slogan perpetrated by secular psychologists. “Organic malfunctions affecting the brain that are caused by brain damage, tumors, gene inheritance, glandular or chemical disorders validly may be termed mental illnesses. But at the same time a vast number of other human problems have been classified as mental illnesses for which there is no evidence that they have been engendered by disease or illness at all,” wrote Biblical Counseling Movement founder Jay E Adams.
In his book, Competent to Counsel, Dr. Adams criticizes contemporary psychiatry. He relates The Parable of the Tack: Someone is sitting on a tack, in pain. One secular counselor, who subscribes to a method where the counselor just repeats what the patient says, tells the patient “I notice you are sitting on a tack”. This is like a scene in Mel Brooks’ Robin Hood Men in Tights, when Robin and Ah Chew (son of A Sneeze) get into a fight with King John’s men. Robin asks Ah Chew to watch his back. Ah Chew says, as the bad guys hit Robin in the back, “you just got hit in the back.”
A Freudian counselor in the Tack parable mentions that the tack is near the patient’s private parts…
The Christian counselor says “Get off of that tack! We’ll talk about finding ways of avoiding tacks in the future.”
A few years ago, I saw a Facebook post that read:
“When I was younger, we didn’t have behavioral disorders.
They called it ‘being a brat’.
It was as simple as that.”
When visiting an insane asylum with Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist Carl Jung, a guy whom Dr. Jung called an “intelligent layman” remarked that the people he observed in the asylum were just like everyday people, but their problems were greatly magnified. Indeed, this is the case, and some of us with a greater degree of problems who have trouble handling everyday life, and may even engage in antisocial behavior just need a little extra help. As a formerly homeless guy told me, “we all have baggage.” It’s just a matter of kind and degree.
When people go off the deep end, or we just suspect that they have “problems”, they get referred to mental health centers. To help people, it’s important to know and understand them. It’s important to develop relationships with people in order to help them.
A few years back, I told a “professional” about someone I had teamed up with who had cancer and was homeless. He asked if she was set up for a mental health program. This was based on scant information about this person.
The mental health industry in Bucks County, Pa has been exploiting the lie that homelessness equals mental problems. They send mental health hustlers out to homeless camps and where the homeless are known to hang out, and offer them housing if they would climb aboard the disoriented express. One of the hustlers asked me when I was about to lose my house that he would help me with housing if I would be willing to go on disability and carry the label that I was so mentally messed up that I could no longer work.
Bi Polar, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Substance Abuse Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and other disorders are labels arbitrarily put on people by modern psychology. Maybe these psychobabble believers could combine them all and just put an “out of order” sign on people.
These labels trap people into assigned behavior that they are sentenced to for life. They are a caste system, where once you are in a particular place in life you are stuck there. There is no room for change. By the modern psyche standard, if you sprain your leg, then you are stuck with a sprained leg the rest of your life. May as well tell someone who sprains a leg that he has sprained leg disorder. Likewise, giving homeless people the “mentally ill” label could trap them in homelessness.
People with behavioral problems are not ill; they may have unresolved conflicts and just can’t deal with life. By calling these problems an illness, people won’t be able to resolve them with legal dope (medicine) or psychobabble.
Learn more about how mental health hustlers use the false label that homelessness equals major mental problems to fund the mental health industry: https://www.amazon.com/There-Are-Homeless-Buck-County/dp/172865209X/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=there%20are%20homeless%20in%20bucks%20county&qid=1555953133&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull&fbclid=IwAR3aZjxAIaNsBgqDuQOg1FdTQ3fqtanieKU4ZV_6POWqn5w8Gz80_C9Jn5Q