We've all experienced a moment of fear, doubt, or sadness that prompted someone to ask, "What's wrong with you?" But have you ever been asked, "What's right with you?" I have always believed that people are infinitely resilient and resourceful. Cultures throughout history have risen to occasions of threat from war and disease and beaten incredible odds through sheer willpower and God’s grace. But resilience is not the picture we see in America or many other places across the world today.
We face a constant bombardment of misinformation telling us we’re sick and getting sicker. It’s on the news pages and TV every day. It’s the subject of the talk shows and even many of the commercials. We keep hearing that more and more Americans have mental disorders of all sorts, up to a third of us, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association.
But why? Do we really have more stress and trauma in modern life? With all our innovation, we should have less! Yet even the number of types of mental problems has grown exponentially, from 66 in the first edition of the DSM in 1952 to over 300 now. Psychiatrist Jerome Frank once said, “Psychotherapy may be the only treatment that creates the illness it treats!”
The number of mental health professionals has increased by a whopping 275% in the last twenty years. It would seem that the volume of mental illness would have to rapidly increase just to feed the ever expanding mental health treatment machine. How convenient for all of those highly indebted graduates that it has done just that.
The moral of this story is a pretty common one in America today… Don’t believe what the experts tell you. For far less than the cost of paying down yet another med school loan, I can open your mind to patterns of incredibly predictable human behavior that do, in fact, explain why everyone does everything. They even explain why so many people have become mentally ill since learning that mental illness was an option.
Now don’t misunderstand my cynicism- I know there are genuine cases of mental illness that require psychiatric care. Things go wrong in the human brain sometimes. But beyond that, there are many, many cases where people decide that being sick is easier than being responsible. That’s a shame, because whatever incredible gift those people had to share with the world (and, everyone has an incredible gift!), we’ll never benefit from it. The world will forever lack the contribution of so many millions of people who have decided to let go of hope, and live in defeat.
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