Today I read new statistics on suicide in the Netherlands. These figures rise. And all kinds of institutions tumble over each other on setting statements on why this is. People tend to point the finger for example at recent cost reductions on the mental care system.
I think most studies miss the fundamental reason, my hypothesis: The mental health care pathology makes people often more sick and ‘life jammed’ than they were before entering that ‘system’.
I wrote a book on this, based on my own experiences of getting ‘jammed’ in life in 2007/2008. I refuse to use the word ‘depression’. I was labeled ‘depressed’, and experienced no sense behind it. Putting this diagnosis on me was actually my final ‘sting of the knife’ which put me over the edge. To try to commit suicide. (In addition I got some other ‘life sentence’ feeling diagnosis, leaving no hope for me to pick up my role in society, and pay for our mortgage. Giving a big fear on needing to sell the house for a far more lower price than we bought it, due to the financial crisis following on Lehman Brothers bankruptcy in 2008 – this is one of the reasons why I want to help to solve the mortgage and debt issues in the world) In my personal research later, on how the mental care system does its analysis on people I found out that there was actually no analysis method for depression. So on what basis are people labeled ‘depressed’? (In the book ‘Diagnose Levensklem’ there is a more in depth elaboration on this subject)
I did not speak on the subject of suicide often in the recent years as I tend before. But I feel it is my call to do so. Many people do not like the subject. It remains heavily loaded. But I survived. Many do not. And, an interesting fact: All those organisations and institutions never contacted me after. To learn on why I recovered. This is a sign on the wall itself… My hypothesis: Investigating those ‘strange recoveries’ (I know quite some stories) will disclosure a counter productive pathology. And the end of the nowadays mental care system as we know it.
And billions of dollars are entangled with this, big pharma prescribing pills, psychiatrists loosing their jobs, etc. So, from that direction it requires people who dear to risk their jobs, and set their ego’s aside to create that new mental care system.
The book ‘Diagnose Levensklem’ (Dutch for ‘Diagnosis Lifejammed’) I don’t expect to be translated soon to English. So it feels senseful to publish this synopsis in English. And as many people seem to stop reading thick books, it might be senseful for Dutch readers as well. To grasp the essence in a view words.
Below I made a diagram of the about 7 diagnosis I got in less than a year time. I seemed to have to survive the ‘mental care system’ in addition of the life jamming situation I found my self in. About I won’t talk in this article, except mentioning that when I hear about somebody in the same situation I think: I can understand that you lost hope in life, and cannot find a solution your self.
We made the mental care system far to complex. Cause of peoples problems and solutions are far more simple than therapists state. But… we do often not have the tools to implement a solution, because that might require ‘little recovery villages’ for the more extreme situations. For example. And these do not exist yet. Or making a real transition in life. Leave the job and setting people were in. But where can they go?
Analysis of my case – Lifeline and diagnosis
The diagram above describes the ‘crazy’ thing of labeling me with about seven different diagnosis in nearly one year time. All making no sense in the end. And I heard quite some similar stories…
I hope many students in this field will start to do case studies and investigations on why the mental care system went -hypothesis- so ‘corrupt’. (I want to note that the mental health system does not stand alone in this, many society sub systems seem to have entered the end of a life cycle: banking, energy, food production, politics, law systems, etc. You are invited to read the book 2012, The Chaos Point, by Ervin Laszlo, describing these patterns elaborated profoundly).
I did some research myself. And what I read about how the nowadays mental care system developed said enough. Made it logical. For example: I read about Freud and how ‘his models’ where copied throughout the world: I read a book by Kate Millet, Sexual Politics, she describes how there is even a connection with powerful forces aiming to repress women in the USA: Freuds teachings gave a tool to declare women who ‘stood up’ as being ‘sick’, and ‘put hem away’, in such giving his models wings into the world.
Well, that system in essence seems now to be used in the mental care system (DSM V) globally.
This, of course is a very ‘short cut’ analysis, and it feels not my call to write a book on it. And Freud also brought a lot of good things. And as stated before: Maybe a his works got abused in a corrupt way to fulfill corrupt other powers… And many other people where or are involved in the creation of nowadays mental health care pathology. I hope many people start to feel the call to do so. We can learn from history.
Some essences from my viewpoint on the construction of a new ‘mental’ health care system
- Bring often found causes back to some essences. I came to three main ‘root causes’ of so it seems practically all ‘disorders’: A. Trauma in the past (incest, bullying, emotional empty parenting, etc.). B. Practical issues in the ‘now’ (debt, locked in life, relations, living isolated, over-stretched, parenting-load, etc.). C. Society. Read the book Veronica decides to die, by Paulo Coelho, and you know what I am pointing at. In this book a young girl who seem to ‘have it all’ decides to commit suicide. She cannot stand the ‘evil’ things in society anymore. (Is there any psychiatrist which has given somebody this logical diagnosis?) I think many -especially you people- suffer deep withing from seeing so much bad things in the world: Nature dying, many adults not being nice with each other, lying society leaders, etc. And, for me very important: Many grow up in a semi isolated state. Living alone together sort of. That is why I strive to contribute to more communal parenting and living time in general. Mark my words: I don’t mention that I strive for communities(!). In the book ‘NovAMORe’ I wrote more on this subject (subtitle: Newfamly, novAMORe and Emotude, a Living Love Manifest). You can download it on my books page.
- Analyse the ‘system’ in which somebody is. The person is mostly not sick, it is a social context diagram which is mostly ‘ sick’. The book A normal Personality, by Stephen Reiss, can help in understanding these dynamics.
- Design a recovery path, combine ideally 50% peer group or peer experiences in this. People who partly encountered the same, but recovered, or are further in recovery. I read in a Dutch book that actually during World War I a psychiatrist found out that organizing peer support ‘communal living’, facilitated by him / his staff worked far better than individual sessions. These findings were ‘neglected’ by the mental health care powers of that time [Link to the section, in Dutch]. A reason I, with fellow social entrepreneurs started to organize camps ourselves (but feels to require far more occurrences and special focus, and organized by city governments).
And often somebodies situation is a combination of the aspects above. (Extreme) religion often also takes a part, for me a reason to contribute to bringing the essence of global religions to the surface. Which is for me ‘living love’. And many other parts of religious systems conflict with living love. I hope people themselves start to reflect on this as well, and start discussion groups with there peers.
Some final words
I started this article with the rising number of suicides in the Netherlands. And that the ‘mental care system’ probably will say that it is a result by cost cutting. I hope political parties will read this article. And find an argument that actual cost cutting in the nowadays mental care system makes -how painful a well for clients, there is no alternative yet- makes sense.
At the same hand cities will hopefully start to continue and enlarge for example the above sketches examples of peer support camps. Which can be organized with -I estimate- about 5% costs of what a ‘treatment’ costs nowadays. And will prove to be positive for the people involved, compared with many negative experiences in nowadays care system.
My hypothesis is we can create an alternative which brings down the suicide number with more than 30%, and maybe even 90%. We can use the 21th century to experiment with alternative instruments and scale up those who work.
And… nobody is to blame. People working in the nowadays care system did not do so to make people ill. And actually, more and more people in that system become ill themselves. So, it might be good for all involved that the whole system gets re-invented.
It might sound strange, I don’t aim for a world without psychiatrists. I read a book on Jung. I liked the way he seemed to have worked: Being a clients equal. Conscious on that a new encounter would also change him (not doing so explains partly for me the high rate of psychiatrists getting sick themselves). Open for emotion and contact (but remaining professional or better: Aware of his role and the possible effect of this role on his clients). See the essence of a ‘spirit’ in nature, and its potential on giving signals on direction for people involved. The same for dreams. Being open for a kind of spirituality. Actually ‘psyche’ means ‘soul / spirit’ (Greek language, psyche-iatry). So, if psychiatry picks up this path again, there is a great future ahead for this profession I feel.
My lasts words are aimed for society. Which more and more for me feels like an anti-society: People living in isolation next to each other in appartement (apartments, is that another word for ‘separation houses’?). People working to earn $$$ (sign of the beast for me in biblic terms). Getting sick. Children being in the tension of it all. Getting sick often. So, if we want to help our mental care system, we should start digging in our society building blocks. And start experimenting with for example social cohesive living zones (in which people choose to live with each other). And get rid of a debt based currency making things constantly more expensive and soul-less (Ziny Currency is about that).
This is the most important part: Cure society. Or maybe more reachable: Rebuild society;-)
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