Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Lithium for EVERYONE!

I was listening to Wisconsin Public Radio this morning, as I do every morning, and the subject was whether the media should have opinions or not. A caller called up and was commenting about why the media doesn't make a bigger deal out of the Patriot Act and the president's new act that would make every citizen subject to a mental health screening. Upon hearing this, I chalked it up to an internet hoax or a rumor, but I didn't discredit her. I decided to do a little research on this subject on ye olde internet, and was terrified to find an abundance of information available.

As it turns out, she was correct.

President Bush, in another one of his brilliantly titled schemes, has founded the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. At the surface, this would appear to be another program aimed at making sure people with disabilities receive fair treatment. If you look into it further, you will see that most of the research and funding has been provided by the world's largest drug companies that we all know and love, such as GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, and many others. Upon digging deeper, you will see that the ultimate goal of this "commission" is to have every man, woman, and child screened for mental illness. It's not difficult to see that with the lax new standards we have in the US for "mental illness", this will mean big bucks for the already mega-rich drug companies. The government, with little refutation from the school sytems, has already found a way to corner the children's market: diagnose children with ADHD! Kids are hyper. That's a given. But doesn't it seem strange that SO many more children are being diagnosed with a hyperactivity disorder than ever before? Isn't it a little odd that parents can be punished for refusing to give their kids unnecessary drugs? Since that market is covered, I guess the adult population is next on the list.

I have seen therapists and I have been diagnosed with multiple mental illnesses. I live with that, and I find ways to make sure it doesn't interfere with my daily life. I used to wish that I had been prescribed drugs, but I don't anymore. I am eternally grateful that I wasn't put on those drugs, because at least now I'm able to see the harm that they cause. They make you suicidal, less importantly they make you gain weight, and some destroy your liver. You know what? I can live with a little depression: at least I'll be ALIVE! These drugs are not safe, and they have not been tested thoroughly enough by parties that have no reason for bias.

If this sort of atrocity is able to be implemented, it's going to be straight out of Cold War science fiction novels. We ARE going to be a bunch of zombies led by the government elite...we will be fed bogus news to keep us "informed", and mysteriously go "missing" if we know too much. It's going to happen, if we don't stay on top of things. It's ALREADY happening right in front of us, every day of our lives. For God's sake, please don't let it!

Isn't it just like our government to go after something so vague as mental illness? You'd think that if they really cared about people, they would try to find the root of the problem. You can prescribe all the drugs in the world, but it isn't going to solve anything. If the government cared, they would realize that issues like the environment and the chemicals that pollute it are very much to blame for the problem. Of course they're not the whole problem, but certainly they play an important role. The collapse of the nuclear family offers a huge contribution to adolescent depression, but who would want to work on that? Let's worry about gays instead. THEY'RE the problem! Give me a break. Teen pregnancy? ABSTINENCE. That's the ticket! Birth control is for whores and heathens. We all just need to wait until we're married; that will solve EVERYTHING! There are so many societal factors contributing to the onset of "mental illness" that it is not even funny. People, collectively speaking, need to work on the issues that make their standard of living less than perfect. If it's something that the government needs to work on, then we need to make it known to them that we won't just sit back while they try to drug us into oblivion. Somewhere along the line, we forgot that the goverment is supposed to be of the poeple and for the people. It seems now that it's of a few very rich people, for a few very rich people, and against the rest of the people.

How the hell did we let this happen?

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