It’s really hard to paint a canvas of my facial expression in words…and since I’m on the free plan on WordPress, I can’t even upload a Fred Flintstone clip for ‘effect’…the one where he turns beet red and steam blows out of his ears…the only reason why I don’t need to solicit help to lift my jaw from the floor is because I have TMJ so I know better than to try that stunt.
In a previous post, I was engaged in a discussion with Author Paula Carrasquillo who authored an article for the Washington Times Community, and also has published a book. If you haven’t done so already, check her page out (click on her name hyperlinked above). She represented us well. In that discussion, I mentioned how even to this day PTSD is misunderstood. I was speaking with the understanding or assumption (and we know about assumptions and what happens when you make them) that there was a general understanding of PTSD. I also suspect most in my generation ‘connect’ it to the Viet Nam War, although logically it existed before that. Nonetheless, from as best as I can recollect, the term PTSD seems to have made its way into the mainstream, even if not treated adequately post Viet Nam. Many came home with very serious mental health conditions. To this day veterans still complain about the lack of effective treatment programs, spouses are complaining about abuse, and sadly there do not seem to be enough professionals who can handle the volume…it’s only recently that the industry has been open to considering that domestic violence victims can also be at risk for PTSD.
After I made that statement, I would have continued to erroneously believe that we’d make ‘strides’ and advance further even IF at a snails pace. I’d NEVER think it possible we could go backwards. The changes to the DSM as they stand are a complete and utter farce in my opinion. They are reminiscent of a ‘RUBRIC‘ system the NYC Public Schools use to make dismal failures look AS IF they’re meeting the standard, leaving plenty of room to get lost in the shuffle. When I saw the changes to the DSM and the rating scale it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out one of two things or maybe both will happen:
1. MORE people will fit the label of a particular diagnosis given the vague and general criteria parameters; or,
2. MORE on the Axis II Cluster B Spectrum will escape the radar. Plenty of them already do, so this is not a favorable change; but, if you’re reading this blog, then you already know why that happens.
NOTE: I am not a mental health professional…
It’s a win-win for the Mental Health industry for sure, the changes are not meant to serve anyone but them, it’s yet another ‘inventory’ control method for strengthening their position as a solid and legitimate ‘medical’ entity. There was a time when they were considered laughing stocks by some and freaks by others. One day they got together and decided they needed legitimacy and of course ‘funding’ so they convened and began a series of ‘revisions’ to what we refer to as the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” (DSM). Today we cite that ‘work’ chapter and verse for everything we think we know about mental health. (follow me here)…
Now…everyone knows about Freud, and most of us know he liked white powder and I am not referencing talc although I’ve learned it can be just AS toxic…this of course is in keeping with that other guy Bill of A.A. fame from ‘Da Rooms’ who was also a narcissist. Bill and his boys eventually spun it round enough to create the “powerlessness over the disease” model and on the sidelines they cooked up codependency so they would have a place to smear their shame for the abuse they were inflicting over their spouses. It worked like a charm because it made addiction a ‘legitimate’ illness and got the wives to be good lil ladies and suck up that blame and shame and spin their wheels trying to undo that character defect known as the enabling disease. It kept them busy and occupied, so much so that they rarely could keep tabs on their husbands screwing around, drinking and drugging…such diligent devoted wives they were. Today I’m not so sure how well a conversation would go between a “powerless” crack addict explaining his/her powerlessness over his/her obsessional compulsion to raise a crack pipe to their mouth while conversing with a terminal cancer patient but I’m sure somewhere it’s been done…(follow me here)…
Let’s spin back to Freud for a minute…
Freud had a nephew by the name of Edward Bernays…Ed Bernays is the cat chiefly responsible for the manipulation in the media today…his principals as outlined in his work Propaganda is the ‘Bible’ in the media world, it is what those of us who have studied Mass Media Communications and those in the industry use to manipulate the minds of the masses. Anything that is aired is transmitted or broadcast with an agenda in mind. Don’t be fooled. Ed being a ‘good nephew, did a lot to promote his uncle’s work…even though most of us might agree you can’t always rely on musings of ‘philosophers’ while on a coke trip. Now, Freud had a protege by the name of Jung…Jung wrote a book Libur Novus (New Book) but it’s referred to as Red Book. Within that book is said to be incredible ‘illuminations’ – basically Jung was on a psychotic trip. Are you still with me? Do you see a pattern and is any of this ‘disturbing‘ to you? <—-in my best Alex Jones Voice (giggle)
Now, I happen to like Jung, and I can’t find anything that conclusively states he had any issues or better said, addiction to drugs. He makes one reference comparing his ‘journey or ‘trip’ or his “confrontation with the unconscious,” to a mescaline experiment. It’s not clear if he ever did experiment with mescaline. Although it’s been said that some drugs can cause psychosis even after cessation of usage…and he spent time with Freud…
Nonetheless, other than perhaps the world is round and gravity exists which guarantees we won’t fall off the edge even if we really want to sometimes, I cannot fathom much if anything else on this plane is fact. We might wish to believe something is fact, we may desperately cling to something that helps take the edge off of reality, but the truth is, very little if anything at all is a solid proof, except maybe chemistry, but even then there would be some philosophical argument somewhere about how we know truth is really truth and so rather than go mad, sometimes we have to settle to prevent ourselves from going too deep, lest we end up on a psychotic trip like Jung did…although I must say the journey I experienced following the NPD abuse fiasco was very much like Jung’s the difference is I had my trip in my bedroom and I don’t draw very well, nor do I have any mastery of Latin..
What is the distinction between any of Jung’s musings or my own?…His fame?…That is where I believe many of us fall into the trap…I believe each of us have our own wisdom and clarity we simply have to tap into it…it doesn’t come from the outside…we fear that ‘trip’ – so we look for places to wander which help us avoid it.
I’ve just cited two or if you want to count Bill three examples of indiivduals who have had a great impact on how mental health is adressed today. Of course there are many others; however, they all build upon theories – nothing is new, improved or changed…simply given new ‘spin’…you know, like what Bernays did. Is it legitimate? That is for the individual to decide.
Now, the thing that really pisses me off, is this whole Axis II Cluster B disorder and the harm it causes. To be honest, I don’t feel comfortable touting that EVERY victim of this form of abuse will be damaged for life, and that EVERY victim will have PTSD although I do believe odds are sadly in our favor; however there are varying degrees of PTSD, and then there is C-PTSD, and a newer classification known as Acute Stress Disorder or ASD. I do believe in self fulfilling prophecies and the power of suggestion although the notion of anything remotely related to “New Age” philosophies also cause me to gag. I believe in some respects if we repeat something enough eventually we can brainwash ourselves. The problem for victims however in my view comes back around to the lack of competency those in the mental health profession increasingly demonstrate. Its a BUSINESS, it’s no longer a legitimate science.
What qualifies my statement? Take a look around…everyone is looking to escape and more and more normal human behavior is being pathologized. I read somewhere normal human grief over the death of a loved one was about to make it’s way into the DSM as some type of disorder. These ‘experts’ are out of control!
An article in Alternet entitled: “5 Ways Privatization is Poisioning America” featured a chilling quote by a Roche health care executive: “The free-market capitalism that drives our economy is a doctrine of individuals pursuing profit. Nothing else matters…we are not in the business to save lives, but to make money.”
Where does that leave us?…Sadly, in terms of hope for improvement in the near future, I’m not very optimistic. While the DSM is being revised, like all medical industries there is government oversight. Now we have people in power in various capacities who have the ability to make some very important decisions…not only for the sake of our country’s welfare, but also for the continued upholding of human rights and dignity, one of those things obviously being FREEDOM from ABUSE. One such person…Senator Diane Feinstein from California…here is what she had to say about PTSD:
“PTSD, which I think is a new phenomenon as a product of the Iraq War“…(sound effect: CRICKETS)
Senator Feinstein more than likely has GULF WAR SYNDROME confused with PTSD; however, as a patient with CFS and Fibromyalgia, trust me…there is a lot of PTSD surrounding the treatment by doctors for those diseases as well.
BUT WAIT!! The plot thickens, we have a two for one here! The comment was tied to a discussion about gun control and basically in layman’s terms, whether or not crazy people should have access to them…and guess what…PTSD in her estimation is one of those conditions where it might not be the best thing to hand approval over to own a handgun. Quite conveniently, within the same buzz feed time schedule, we also learned about a woman, a Carolyn Piska who walked up to her boss and shot him…according to the article ” (her) behavior changed drastically after her dog was killed during a break-in at her home in July. After that incident, her nephew shared she was terrified to return home and slept at the homes of friends and in her vehicle. Piksa had recently been on disability and was being treated for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
With an eye towards spin and manipulation, I can see where this is going and I think now that I’ve set up the ‘trail’ most can follow; however, I have shared that this NPD thing can be a pretty tricky thing to handle. There are many layers and many angles. I have just demonstrated an incident where a ‘victim’ suffering from PTSD just committed a heinous act. A ‘victim‘ murdered someone. I have shared how sometimes in the flux of recovery, victims can also become abusers. It is not with intention, it comes WITH the trauma, and it is a process sorting things out. I have shared that for me, the journey was psychological, educational, spiritual and creative. Those four things were the core of my recovery and I read and I wrote till my fingers were cramped, sometimes all day and all night, and I purged.
It is not enough to lean on a support forum and vent day in and day out, nor is a 45 minute a week session going to get you through. The prospects of recovery are better if you have someone competent; however, the risk of being harmed is equally great if you are in the hands of a therapist that does not ‘get it’. Look at the history of the mental health profession and tell me how far you think they’ve come. The work has to be done on self and of the victim’s own volition. Citing chapter and verse what ‘Betty’ or “Jane” or anyone else said on their blog is NOT ENOUGH…each victim should of their own volition learn as much as they can to the extent that they UNDERSTAND it, then GET OFF of the studying of it, unless they plan to embark in some type of counseling where a more in depth knowledge is required. Instead of reading about THEM, begin to seek ways to learn more about YOU.
I stated in my discussion yesterday that in my opinion more research should be done on the other disorders within the Axis II Cluster B spectrum. Doing so only makes sense. How can a therapist effectively treat a victim with such a sketchy understanding? Moreover, given the slop shod manner in which the mental health industry has conducted itself thus far, I’m not so sure if it is ethical to write the “Disordered Ones” off just yet. Science is always evolving. Nonetheless, UNTIL they step up their game, my advice will be the same…stay away from pathologicals…but if you’re having a hard time disengaging from it and the anger is lingering…FROM A DISTANCE try to find some place for compassion. They did not ask to be afflicted either. That is not to support or defend them, but to once again demonstrate how that ‘mirror’ thing works…for a time we become them and being them is not shed until we can say we have completely released them from our psyche.
With NPD, while I will reiterate I don’t believe anything is ‘FACT’ I will say that the hypothesis is that NPD develops one or two ways…a false ego as a defense mechanism developed in the early years from abuse, or an opposite but equally abusive situation, over indulgence…either way at one point, these monsters were born ‘normal’ and it seems enviroment destroyed them. While they cannot attach, show love, lack remorse and empathy. While I encourage a newbie to let it rip…those further along should not still be in the same place. If you are, it’s definitely a sign that more steps need to be taken in terms of finding a competent mental health professional. The sooner the better as with PTSD, the sooner the intervention, the greater prospects it can be managed and a victim can learn tools for coping. If you need help or a pointer on finding a therapist, in the tabs section of this blog under “RESOURCES” there is information on how to go about finding one. Not all are created equal, it is a ‘process.
See Also: Mad in America, We Need Drugs
NOTE: Supporting my statements above on the history of the mental health field and their being viewed as laughing stocks the following was excerpted from “History of Psychiatry”
“Since psychiatry was a dead field in which no one really believed in, something had to be done to try to revive this failing specialty. Doctors and researchers began talking about mental illness in more biological terms. They also began to think more in terms of heredity and genetics in playing a role in the development of mental illness. This meant the asylum played less a role in the research of mental illness than did the University laboratories. Studies began on the central nervous system and the brain itself. Students took their knives in hand and began to cut slices of brains at post mortem in a frenzy of activity. One physician states: “patients with so-called mental illnesses are really individuals with illnesses of the nerves and brain.” Thus, mental illness became more and more “medicalized” in order to show that it stemmed from lesions on the brain and nervous system rather than the indulgence in “unclean living” or excessive passions and stress or the hocus pocus of the demons and their possessions…” [Read More]
This article by no means is a ‘slam’ to the many addicts who struggle with addiction – again yet another area that should be open to true exploration, so that there are a diversified number of options for those struggling. I have never personally had a problem with addiction; however, I have come to know many who have struggled and take it ‘one day at a time‘ I have to believe their words when they share that is their struggle.
Additionally, many are self-medicating pain and/or trauma and oftentimes, have so many issues to deal with, without competent help, it is a case where peer support is not enough; but it is all THEY have…even if some of the messages are in some contexts manipulative, brainwashing and self defeating…nonetheless, since this is a blog about abuse, and pathological behavior, and pathology is everywhere, and many ‘addicts’ have also been victims of pathologicals in and out of the rooms, and given ‘codependency’ a term straight out of those rooms is something attached to ‘victims’ of abuse in some misinformed circles, and while I can’t prove there is NO such thing as a codependent, (anything is possible)…while some may feel the need to temper their writing for equally legitimate reasons, where I feel I am led is to help ‘provoke’ thought about some of the many ways our society as a whole has been manipulated and hence I suspect WHY we continue to see a rise in disorder.
I don’t believe there are mysteries, I believe evolving is a never-ending process, and just as I share, I also learn from others; however, the advantage I have over some peer supporters may be my study of media, and it is very much a field of manipulation, and it is powerful, and it molds minds, as do other ‘sales’ techniques which are so prevalent in general day-to-day interactions, yet they go undetected. Once I made the commitment to ‘Narc Raid’ one of the most important things I believed I could contribute to the forum is the exposure of certain ‘illusions’ which may exist. I can’t lay claim to being an authority, but I am a firm believer discussion is always the FIRST STEP…there are no right or wrong answers…