LOOKING IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES


 




What was that old definition of insanity? . . . Repeating the same thing over and over while expecting different results? It would appear that the psychiatric delivery system of psychiatrists and psychologists, therapists, and counselors have been doing this for the last 115 years. They continue to seek the answers to aberrant behavior as being rooted in abnormal brain functioning and to have physical, pathological causes. For more than a hundred years, they have yet to prove or discover the findings to justify these claims. And society is going along with this agenda.  Yet they keep at it and continue blaming unwanted behavior on these premises.



Meanwhile, pharmaceutical companies have created drugs that are effective in stopping the behaviors that have been labeled as mental illness by making the brain inoperative. These drugs cannot and do not cure an illness that doesn’t exist. They can only shut down the brain’s normal functioning and those parts of the mind that make each of us empathetic and sympathetic to others, as well as those functions that make us human. “We haven’t found it yet but we know it’s in there” is their lifelong battle cry. 



Did it ever occur to any of these scientists that they have been looking in all the wrong places all these years? The answer is obviously, “no.”  The latest news report on Aaron Alexis, the Navy Ship Yard shooter, is that he had been treated for mental illness and had a history of anger issues. The mental health professionals focus only on “mental illness” and throw out the “anger issues” because everybody experiences anger in their life at one time or another.



Anger issues . . . he had a history of being angry. People aren’t angry just for the sake of being angry. They have to have a person or a situation that involves someone in which they choose to be angry. And since these mass shooters are wounding and killing complete strangers, their victims are not necessarily the people they are angry with but more likely, the system to which these people are connected. In other words, someone important to them, someone or something who or what they feel has power over them, is behaving in ways in which they disapprove. And when all they have done, or know how to do, to ease their frustration and unhappiness has failed, they strike out in anger or in ways they had yet to try to satisfy their need for happiness.



What is also interesting to note is that the majority of these mass shooters have been, or were, on psychotropic medications at the time. Also, the majority of them were under the age of 25.  And since these medications are not selective on which emotions they affect, they affect all of one’s emotions with the exception of feelings of hopelessness and frustration.  Without the ability to be creative to deal with their unhappiness via normal brain functioning because of the medications, they resort to any one or more of the only three choices they feel they have:



1. Existing in a world of nothingness.


2. Commit suicide


3. Ease their frustrations and acquiring a sense of power and control by using


   forceful methods.



One doesn’t have to be a mass shooter for this type of behavior to occur. There are literally hundreds of reported cases of those who committed suicide or murdered those closest to them in their life after starting the use of, or while on, psychotropic medications . . . behaviors that were totally out of character of the person before they started taking these medications.


These medications are not only dangerous; they destroy the person’s ability to function. Those who take them become human doings rather than human beings. And the damage is often permanent.




  • The problem first and foremost that is behind all of these shootings is “unsatisfying relationships with the important people in one’s life.”

  • The secondary problem is the medications being given to unhappy people that inhibit their ability to think in creative and effective ways to deal with their unhappiness.


While doctors and society keep looking for signs of mental illness, they fail to uncover a person’s real cause of their unhappiness . . . the person(s) in their lives whom they perceive are behaving in a manner of which they disapprove.



I can hear the naysayers as I write: “Yeah, but he heard voices and even shot the tires of someone’s car. He once shot a hole in the ceiling of his apartment. These are obvious signs of mental illness.”



These are the behaviors of someone who is unhappy. He hears voices because he is frustrated and doesn’t know what to do and struggling with his situation in life. He wants someone to tell him what to do so he creates them in his own mind. This is his creative way to deal with his frustration and unhappiness. He shot someone’s tires because they were obviously parking where he didn’t want them to park. He shot the ceiling because someone nearby was making noises he didn’t like or that interfered or added more to his own happiness.



People do not hear voices; see or hear things that are not there; shoot the tires of someone’s car; shoot a gun into the ceiling; or shoot and kill several people because they are happy and have meaningful relationships. They are very frustrated and their choice of behavior to deal with their unhappiness was their best attempt at the time to ease their unhappiness and frustration.


 
While the world’s current belief that all unwanted behavior is due to mental illness, why hasn’t mental health improved?  If you know what isn’t working, it can be fixed.  Today’s psychology isn’t working and hasn’t been working for the last several thousand years.   Psychology is stuck in “the world is flat” ways of thinking.   If the concepts I have stated to dispute current psychological thinking and methods are wrong, what have they to lose by  attempting to prove them wrong rather than merely claiming so?  We’ve seen how ineffective current thinking and concepts of mental health are.  Why not try something else rather than continue doing what isn’t working?  That’s insanity.


People are unhappy and unhappiness is the result of conflict with the important people in one’s life.  It’s their parent(s), their sibling(s), their relationship or marriage partner, their employer, their government leaders, or perhaps a teacher and that’s about it.  Unhappiness is the result of unsatisfying relationships.  When was the last time you may have been unhappy when it didn’t involve another person in your life?  Behaviors that are being called “mental illness” are no more than a person’s creative means to ease their unhappiness.  While guns are a problem, they are not THE problem.  The problem is unhappy people who have access to so many guns. 


Time after time when these events occur, the public cries out, “The system has failed!”  The system fails because no one is accurately defining Mental Health.  They are only defining what they believe to be Mental Illness.


So quit looking for something that doesn’t exist and start teaching the world about Mental Health and how to get happiness needs met and resolving conflict without infringing on the rights and needs of others to find happiness.   It’s too simple and naive, right?

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