10-Point Model For A Mental Health System That Works


The mental health system in America is an embarrassing failure.

The mental health system in America is an embarrassing failure. Here is an  outline of principles upon which a new one might be based. Did I miss anything?  Add your ideas and constructive criticism in the comments, please.

1. Regulated by the people, not government


Who determined that  government was an effective regulator of mental health? It was a triad of sorts,  a collusion of pharmaceutical giants, the American Psychiatric Association and  the FDA.
The entire process is documented in the history of psychiatry by  well-known psychiatric reformer Peter Breggin, MD and other concerned activist  organizations.
The point here is, government "regulation" has wreaked  havoc on the nation's mental health, sponsoring the mass drugging of American  citizens (including children), psych-ward torture chambers in which innocent  people's brains have been shocked into oblivion, erasing decades of memory on  some occasions.
Of course, incarceration in a mental hospital leaves some  hapless victims open to kidnapping and Mafioso style medical experiments. No one  can advocate for these lost souls and the government has been known to take  advantage of that.
People - real, caring people - need to regulate mental health in America; people who want to make a career out of helping others and can use their resources and connections to find a way to do so. This would most likely take place on a small scale, through local organizations. Read more under point #10.

2. Decisions by people, not accountants


Do you think your agency mental health counselor  is calling the shots in how he or she determines to treat you? Wrong. The vast  majority of mental health professional sheeple in America determine both the  quantity and type of treatment you are allowed to receive in conjunction with  your insurance company.
How many sessions do you get? What kind of  therapy can be used? Should you have a medication evaluation? (Yes, of course).  The bean counters are the decision-makers. Your therapist is the bean counter's  bitch. I lived in this nightmare scenario as a young mental health counselor, until I figured out what was going on.
A skilled counselor or  other compassionate people helper should decide the type and length of treatment  you get - ALONG WITH YOU.

3. Therapy by skilled, caring people,  not licensed professional sheeple


Mental health counselors, psychiatrists  and social workers these days are largely products of the sheep herding system.  After getting an education, they are indoctrinated during an internship and  required to pass state sponsored exams to make sure they fall in  line.
The college education and state exams have NOTHING to do with real,  therapeutic skill. You can get an M.A. or Ph.D. - passing with flying colors -  and still have ZERO skill to help people.
People with skills - regardless  of where those skills came from - should be allowed to intervene on behalf of  other people who are suffering mentally or emotionally. We all know this  intuitively. The current system has shunned all sense of reality.

4. Biochemistry by nutritionists and fitness trainers, not  psychiatrists


Biochemistry should be regulated by diet and activity, not  pharmaceuticals. Nutritionists and fitness experts should oversee the physical  aspects of mental health. Get rid of the junk food and couch potato lifestyle.  This works wonders on its own.
Get on supplements that regulate brain  chemistry naturally. Get back in touch with nature. Exercise. Check your vitamin  D level! A skilled functional nutritionist works healing miracles. Psychiatry  doesn't. Psychiatry doesn't heal anything at all. Isn't this a  clue?

5. People, not pathology


You should hear counselors and psychiatrists  talking shop in the staff room over lunch.
"Yeah, I got a major  depressive disorder coming in after lunch. Poor guy is hopeless."
"You  should have seen the borderline I dealt with last week. I was actually scared of  him."
"Yeah, but the social phobics are the worst - so friggin' paranoid.  I told one to carry his sedative with him and put it under his tongue when he  needs it, but he's afraid people will see him doing it. Nuts."
While  there are certainly exceptions, some counselors do not see people as people, but  as diagnoses. They look for pathology, see pathology and treat pathology. If  your counselor does not see you as a person with potential, who will?

6. Freedom, not restriction


When someone is having a meltdown, it is  often because they feel restricted, trapped, with no way out. The conventional  solution is often to restrain them, lock them down and drug them up.
I  have personally seen people jumped by psych techs, restrained and drugged, when  they could have been easily talked down if given some space and access to a  person who had real communication skills. The idea is to safely increase inner  freedom and choice, not stifle it.

7. Truth treatment, not drug treatment


Nothing heals like the truth.  Drugs do not heal at all. A mental health model based on taking responsibility  for the truth in one's life may be all we need to live full, healthy lives. The  enemy is denial.
The problem is, no one is in greater denial than those  running mental health in America today. Drug therapy rules the day. Bean  counters determine eligibility for treatment. State regulators determine what  training practitioners need. And the professional sheeple follow  along.
How can we even begin to help each other gain insight when the  entire system is a mass of ignorance and repression?

8. Funded by people, not insurance


Beware of counselors who accept  insurance as reimbursement. This is not always the case, but many of them are  pathetically lacking in skill. Counselors with a lot of skill rarely accept  insurance reimbursement. For one, insurance companies pay peanuts. For those  peanuts, you have to put up with a mountain of paperwork and subject your  practice to their control. Not worth it!
Counselors should get paid like  any other professional in the free market. People will pay you if you are worth  it! If you can't deliver results, you won't have a practice, AND YOU  SHOULDN'T.
Insurance companies don't screen providers for skill. They  screen them for credentials, state sponsored sheeple credentials. Get your  paperwork done. Make medication referrals. Don't invite any lawsuits. All  this has nothing to do with helping people. In fact, it takes a good counselor's  energy away from helping people.
As a consequence, insurance providers  are often those who cannot build a practice on their own merit and therefore  must take referrals from the insurance company if they want to practice at all.  These are usually the ones to avoid. This reality doesn't occur to most clients,  who will usually just do what the customer service agent at the insurance  company tells them to do.
If you have a hard time paying for good  therapy, ask for a sliding scale. Many good practitioners offer this.

9. Choice, not control


The system doesn't seem to understand that even  those suffering from mental health issues (as we all do) are capable of making  choices for themselves. Who says people need to be coerced into drugs, confined  and threatened into submission if they don't follow the rules as laid out by  their psychiatrist?
People are remarkably resilient and capable of making  choices in their own best interest, when given healthy options.

10. Respite houses, not hospitals


A mental health respite house would be  a wonderful alternative to a hospital psych ward. I have some great ideas for  how they might work. They would be private homes in normal neighborhoods, funded  by private citizens, and offer a refuge from life, skilled counseling,  functional nutrition, yoga, meditation and a variety of alternative therapies.  They would be free or low cost. No drugs and diagnoses, just people helping  people.
I actually have the means to create a respite house right now. I  have skills to work with just about any mental or emotional issue. I count as  friends some of the finest psychotherapists, alternative nutritionists, doctors  and health freedom advocates in the world.
Why don't I march out and do  this? I refer you back to point #1. Government regulations are unbelievable,  costing hundreds of thousands of dollars and years of red tape just open a group  home or addiction treatment facility. Once you have it open, then you are  subject to their regulators snooping into all of your operations, ready to fine  you, imprison you or shut you down if you are out of line.
I am not the  only one who is capable of starting a great safe house, of course. There could  be one in every community, if a functional system were in place.

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