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TomAto/tomato, Schizo/mad person?



Schizo/mad person?

I can understand why people get upset when the language used to describe a person suffering with a mental illness, becomes compartmentalised. Using an ‘inappropriate’ description to describe an already vulnerable person, can cause distress, albeit maybe unintentional.

To the person who has/is suffering, or whose family member has experienced a ‘mental’ illness, an inappropriate    descriptive word can be extremely hurtful, and even worse, can seem condescending. But does it really, in the grand scheme of things, matter at all?

I have always found it strange that people get so emotional over trivial, throwaway comments, intended to help, not to hinder. Many people, thankfully, will never have to worry about saying the wrong thing or offending the poor ‘psycho’ or even the ‘schizo’ next door. The obsession with saying the right thing however, never offending and using the right ‘politically correct’ words, can get a tad boring, and in my opinion, further restricts the ‘mental illness sufferer’ from moving forward. Professor Richard Bentall of the University of Manchester, among others, called for the term ‘schizophrenia’ to be abolished. Prof Bentall stated “I think the concept [schizophrenia] is scientifically meaningless, clinically unhelpful and ultimately has been damaging to patients.”[i]

Whether the word itself offends, the treatment results should be highly offensive to society. Prof Healy opined that the risk of suicide in the first year of treatment for schizophrenia is extraordinarily high. He said that the risks of suicide [in schizophrenia] were 100 times greater than those of the general population.

“For schizophrenia generally you are 10 times more likely to be dead at the end of the first year of treatment than you were 100 years ago – there may be no other disorder in medicine where you could say this.”

Is this not an enormous tragedy? A paper authored by Prof Healy et alMortality in schizophrenia and related psychoses: data from two cohorts’ was published recently in the British Medical Journal.[ii]

It doesn’t bother me in the slightest when people commit the serious ‘faux pas’, referring to a suicide victim as a person who has ‘committed’ suicide. The act of suicide is of course no longer a crime in Ireland since its abolishment under The Criminal Law (Suicide) Act, 1993.[iii] I don’t even mind if a person says that Shane ‘committed’ suicide, even though the jury rejected that particular verdict.

The point I am trying to make, is that whatever the psychiatric label, whatever the wording used, people who are suffering ‘mentally’ need help. The methods currently being used are not working, if anything, they are making things worse. Our respective governments are ignoring the ‘problem’, doctors and  psychiatry (including Irish psychiatry) are just doing what they know best; pushing dangerous pills.[iv] Despite the increased prescriptions, the suicide numbers are rocketing; what does that tell you?[v] The College of Psychiatry’s webpage wouldn’t fill a person with confidence. On antidepressants, the website states:

The manner in which antidepressants help to restore normal mood isn’t known for definite, but it is probably related to their effect on regulating the activity of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. These are chemical messengers that help brain cells communicate and pass signals to each other. The chemicals most involved in depression are serotonin and noradrenaline and antidepressant medications influence their activity. There are other theories to explain the effectiveness of antidepressants in depression, such as their effect on the inflammatory and immune system and on their potential to promote nerve cell growth or (‘neurogenesis’) in certain brain areas. It may be through a combination of these effects that they are helpful in depression…”[vi]

Ah yes, the chemical imbalance theory, and one of the worst pieces of ‘pharma industry propaganda’ ever. Actually, for the pharma industry, the best piece of propaganda; seems to be working well for them at least. The terrible reality, that psychiatry is pushing this idiocy, just makes it much, much worse.

In a recent tweet, Professor Healy stated that ‘MENTAL HEALTH DRUGS CAUSE MORE SUICIDES THAN THEY PREVENT’. This would suggest, that by pushing the ‘medical model’, the body entrusted with the expertise to help the most vulnerable in our society are actually causing more deaths than they are preventing. So, pardon my inexperienced musings and call me ‘mental’ if you like, call me schizo, call me whatever you wish, just don’t ignore the accumulating bodies.




2 thoughts on “TomAto/tomato, Schizo/mad person?”

  1. Are the links operational? (clicking you receive a prompt to google-docs).
    Yeah Leonie: what’s in a word? Perhaps, some understanding? an older meaning, turned anew? An attempt to reach out to other languages, in solidarity of practice?

    On wiki there’s no page for the term ‘mental’ (unless it refers to one’s chin in anatomy). But, there is a link to ‘mental disorders’. It reads: ‘People who act in a way characteristic of mental disorders; this is often used pejoratively’.
    The English language gets even more strange once one stops using it! When did ‘mental’ become a commonly used word there to describe matters detailed in health-related legislation, the naming of institutions etc. &c.? Does anyone know?
    There is an act on the Irish statute books called the “Marriage of Lunatics Act 1811” (51 G.3) and another termed Lunacy Regulations (Ireland) Act 1871 (34 & 35 Vict.). So, it seems the term ‘mental’ still wasn’t used for big-house, tall-wall, church-run institutes (or in the pejorative among people living in English diction of the time.

    In German, such matters are termed (in the institutions, laws etc.) as ‘spiritual’, relating to the soul, or the ‘spirit’. Just as in the word common to both languages: psychiatry/psychiatrie. That words stems from ψυχὴ (soul/spirit) and ‘iatros’ (put together, they define what stream of medical specialisation/profession it is).
    A BIG difference in both these languages is that in German there is absolutely no difference made and no further distinction mentioned. It’s all considered ‘psychiatrie’: relating to sentient human-beings’ feelings of self: psyche/soul/spitit &c. Did you ever ask your parent, Leonie, where was the position of your ‘spirit’… given that your heart was located on the left side of your chest? I always thought myself that the ‘spirit’ organ ‘must’ have been located on the right: opposite the heart naturally. Adults would get perplexed when I pushed them for their answer to that query. I was always told that my ‘spirit’ was everywhere in the body. Every part together ‘in its totality’. Whereas ‘mental’, as a newer term than psych-iatry (medical treatment to soul/spirit=ψυχὴ, or ‘psych’) seems to suggest a specific treatment to the location of the human ‘head’ only.

    But why all this bu_sh1t about other non-English languages? Well, it seems to me to be very significant that in the English usage the ‘extra’ term (not present in German) the word ‘mental’ seems to purport to relate specifically issues related to ‘the mind’ (mens, mentalis).
    Whereas, in both English and in German, psychiatry/psychiatrie as words refer to matters of the soul (or the ‘spirit’). Why then, given that psychiatry relates to the treatment of the spirit/soul etc. are the persons involved in the practice of positions in medical treatment in Ireland only dealing with matters ‘mental’, of the one specific area of the body corporeal?
    They are ‘psychiatrists’.. and ‘psychiatry’ deals with all those component parts of the human that make up the psych (ψυχὴ) : those being the spirit (or the soul)?

    Why is the term psychiatry being applied by people in Ireland calling themselves psychiatrists to refer to matters exclusively relating to the human-head? In place of addressing the whole picture involved in the meaning of that term? Maybe I am getting it all wrong, but it seems that the trade-union activists representing that cohort of medical professionals in Ireland take a disproportionate interest in the specific area of the human being, and human beings’ general well-being, and being ‘well’ all-round? That is the intention of the term, in German. Why does the translation into Irish mean a total turnaround of the application and intention of that word and its original meaning intended by Dr. Reil in 1808 (back then, a doctor writing about physiologie)?


  2. Dr. Hoffer consistently said otherwise. His central point has been this: Illness, including mental illness, is not caused by drug deficiency. But much illness, especially mental illness, may be seen to be caused by a vitamin dependency. This makes sense, and has stood up to clinical trial again and again. If you do not believe this, Niacin: The Real Story will provide you with the references to prove it. And remember that it was Dr. Hoffer who started off those clinical studies in the first place. In 1952.

    But the truth will out eventually. Here is an example of how niacin can really help: One patient, a bona fide, properly-diagnosed, utterly-incurable, State-hospitalized schizophrenic patient, would not see niacin work in the hospital, of course. No, the patient was a fellow whose parents were desperate enough try anything, even nutrition. Perhaps this was because their son was so unmanageably violent that he was kicked out of the asylum and sent to live with them. On a good day, his Mom and Dad somehow got him to take 3,000 milligrams of niacin and 10,000 mg of vitamin C. Formally a hyperactive insomniac, he responded by sleeping for 18 hours the first night and becoming surprisingly normal within days. It was an astounding improvement.

    One love one heart we r all 1


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