Look For The Mental Illness Label!

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 psychiatryHe relates The Parable of the Tack: Someone is sitting on a tack, in painOne 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. 

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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 

There is Hope

49 Overdoses of heroin, causing five deaths in lower Bucks County, PA, just since January 1, 2016! The drug epidemic affects everyone, including homeowners and the homeless who are not drug addicts. Many of the druggies join the homeless population, making it harder for the homeless to find shelter by shear numbers and by contributing to stereotypes that result in hobophobia, the irrational fear of all homeless people. In some cases the druggies caused everyone at an encampment to get booted.

Today the drug problem in Bucks County is similar to the alcohol abuse problem when Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) was formed. Our nation realized that prohibition, banning booze for everyone, didn’t work. The gross amount of money waging this war, prohibition, wasted money, so much that it crippled the economy, contributing to the depression. As is the case today, many people became homeless just because of the economy.

Today the war on drugs rages, wasting taxpayer money. We wouldn’t have to wage this war if there wasn’t a market for drugs. As was the case when AA was formed, the problem is individual problems, the root of which is sin.

A forerunner of AA, Dr. Franklin Nathaniel Daniel Buchman, a minister, started a movement called “A First Century Christian Fellowship”, later called “The Oxford Group”.  It’s philosophy to treat alcoholism:

  • All people are sinners
  • All sinners can be changed
  • Confession is a prerequisite to change
  • The change can access God directly
  • Miracles are again possible
  • The change must change others

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Alcoholics_Anonymous

The Oxford Group advocated principles from the Sermon on The Mount,  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+5-7&version=NIV 

where Jesus taught people the right way to live. The group boiled down these principles:

  • Absolute-Honesty
  • Absolute-Purity
  • Absolute-Unselfishness
  • Absolute-Love

A business executive tried to resolve his alcohol addiction by going to psychiatrist Carl Jung but it didn’t work. Shortly after a year long treatment with Dr. Jung,  he returned to his drinking. When he went back for treatment, Dr. Jung told the man that his case was nearly hopeless and the only hope was for a spiritual conversion with a religious group.

There is a belief that alcoholics can overcome their addiction. Although AA and The Oxford Group agreed that drunks are powerless over their addiction, AA saw the problem as a disease that cannot be cured. The Oxford Group argued that it’s possible that addicts can have complete victory over their sin.

The methods the Oxford Group advocated can apply to any kind of addiction, or other problems rooted in human character flaws, a result of sin.

Homelessness, although not always the fault of the person who has become homeless, is a struggle. Christian counsel can help the homeless too. We all have problems; it’s just a matter of degree. Carl Jung wrote of an experience at an insane asylum he visited with what he called “an intelligent layman,” who remarked that the inmates had problems like the average person, only they were greatly magnified. Dr. Jung was right about that.

Today in southeastern Pennsylvania, where addictions and other problems run rampant, churches are stepping up to the plate to counsel addicts. At the church luncheon after the funeral for our dear sister Martha, who was a member of the homeless community in lower Bucks County PA, the pastor and a church member told me they were seriously considering starting a program for addicts. After I gave them my two cents, they decided to move forward with the program.

In lower Bucks County, two churches host the 12 Step Journey program, where scripture is heavily used in conjunction with the 12 steps model to help people deal with drug and alcohol addictions and other problems that plague them. People with different problems mesh well together and people have made great progress in having victory over their sin-caused problems.  http://www.12stepjourney.com/ 

Heroin addiction stands out, but there are other problems, and this is just the tip of the iceberg above the underlying cause. Several decades ago, writer E.B. White wrote that New York “is a cancer as yet undetected.” Well, the heroin problem is a manifestation of a social cancer, the underlying cause of which people don’t see, maybe because they don’t want to.

Where there is God, there is hope. Hope for the sinner. It’s not too late. God will lift you out of the pit, as he did King David.