Your newest Mental disorder? Special Snowflake Syndrome

AS described by The Other McCain. As you read his description, see if anyone you know comes to mind. I work with a lot of younger people who seem to be suffering from Snowflake status

A frightening report from the front lines of the Culture War:

Amy (not her real name) sat in my office and wiped her streaming tears on her sleeve, refusing the scratchy tissues I’d offered. “I’m thinking about just applying for a Ph.D. program after I graduate because I have no idea what I want to do.” Amy had mild depression growing up, and it worsened during freshman year of college when she moved from her parents’ house to her dorm. It became increasingly difficult to balance school, socializing, laundry, and a part-time job. She finally had to dump the part-time job, was still unable to do laundry, and often stayed up until 2 a.m. trying to complete homework because she didn’t know how to manage her time without her parents keeping track of her schedule.
I suggested finding a job after graduation, even if it’s only temporary. She cried harder at this idea. “So, becoming an adult is just really scary for you?” I asked. “Yes,” she sniffled. Amy is 30 years old.
Her case is becoming the norm for twenty- to thirtysomethings I see in my office as a psychotherapist. I’ve had at least 100 college and grad students like Amy crying on my couch because breaching adulthood is too overwhelming.

McCain offers his view, which I agree with. I know people that go to some form of therapy and never get better. I also know some that get addicted to being a victim, or having some disorder. Many of McCain’s words could be mine

Key phrase: “Amy had mild depression growing up.”

Re-written: “Amy was diagnosed with mild depression growing up.”

That is to say, Amy was introduced to therapeutic culture at an early age, because she grew up in an affluent society that can afford for its more privileged youth to get thousands of dollars worth of psychiatric treatment to deal with their feelings. Does anyone ever stop to wonder what became of such people before the rise of the psychotherapy industry in the 20th century?

What happens is that people become defined by their diagnoses, so that sometimes you meet someone at a reception who tells you, within the first five minutes of your introduction, that they suffer from depression, bipolar disorder, ADD or whatever.

To digress: Why don’t we ever meet any really interesting nuts? I mean, it might be interesting to meet someone at a cocktail party who says, “Yes, I’ve been diagnosed with sado-masochistic compulsions stemming from an unresolved Electra Complex.”

But old-fashioned Freudian categories are out of fashion, so you never meet anyone who describes themselves as being in the throes of an oral fixation or nymphomania or something like that. Neither, for that matter, does anyone ever describe themselves as a psychopath or a lunatic — “Hi, I’m Phil and I’m certifiably insane” — but instead these people usually confess to suffering from mood disorders which, to the contemporary way of thinking, means that they are sympathetic victims, rather than outright kooks.

Ever since Prozac started making headlines back in the 1990s, I’ve been dubious about the “brain chemistry” approach to treating mood disorders with SSRIs, because of a common-sense skepticism toward the claims of scientific “experts.” Is it really a smart idea to be loading people up on complex chemicals with all kinds of potential long-term effects? I mean, how many people who start on anti-depressants in their teens or 20s ever actually get well?

That is to say, shouldn’t the goal of psychiatric treatment be to get patients to the point where they don’t need treatment any more?

And yet I can’t remember anyone ever saying, “Yes, I was diagnosed with chronic depression, but I took these pills for six months and it went away, so now I don’t need the pills anymore and I’m as cheerful as a songbird all the time.” But I digress . . .

Encouraging kids to think of themselves as suffering from mental illness,e.g., Amy’s “mild depression,” is great for the pill merchants, but I’m not sure it’s really good for the kids. Helplessness is a learned condition, and if you start telling kids that they are helpless victims of their moods and feelings, well, maybe they’ll believe you

Sometimes life hurts, sometimes it kicks you in the ass. And sometimes those that seek “professional help” end up with an ongoing, never ending “cure” that is worse than the original issue.

 

Oh good grief! CNN anchor finds a way to blame Conservatives for mentally ill woman killed in DC

Absurdity personified!

On Friday afternoon, CNN’s Don Lemon blamed the government shutdown over ObamaCare for “not really helping” the mentally ill woman killed by police on Capitol Hill on Thursday who needed “health care.”

“[T]his woman is in obvious need of mental health, and that means health care. And so what they’re doing in Washington is not really helping her, is it?” he asked psychotherapist Wendy Walsh who then plugged ObamaCare. [Video below the break. Audio here.] 

Sure, this woman would have been given every treatment needed if only Ted Cruz would behave right? I suppose Lemmon never thinks that maybe Harry Reid and Democrats bear some culpability over the shut down?

 


 

 

Here come the Thought Police

Before everyone goes and falls in love with the “mental health” aspect of gun control, consider that it will be the State who is in charge of determining who is mentally healthy

Florida House and Senate budget leaders have awarded Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw $1 million for a new violence prevention unit aimed at preventing tragedies like those in Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo., from occurring on his turf.

Bradshaw plans to use the extra $1 million to launch “prevention intervention” units featuring specially trained deputies, mental health professionals and caseworkers. The teams will respond to citizen phone calls to a 24-hour hotline with a knock on the door and a referral to services, if needed. 

“We want people to call us if the guy down the street says he hates the government, hates the mayor and he’s gonna shoot him,” Bradshaw said. “What does it hurt to have somebody knock on a door and ask, ‘Hey, is everything OK?’ ”

In other words, American spying on other Americans, and alerting the State if someone strays from what they are supposed to say.

 

Mindy McReady dead of apparent suicide

Just awful

Troubled country music star Mindy McCready was found dead today of an apparent suicide … this according to various reports. She was 37.

A source close to McGready tells TMZ … McCready shot herself and her dog. Neighbors reported hearing the two gunshots.

We’re told McGready had been a mess since the father of her youngest child, record producer David Wilson, was found dead in his home on January 13 of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

McCready’s two children were removed from her home by a judge on February 6 and she was committed to a to a treatment facility for a mental-health and alcohol-abuse evaluation. She was released two days later.

Hate to hear this news. A life wasted

 

I really hate getting bad news

Just got some bad news about a former friend, one who at time was my closest friend. But, that was 20 years ago, still though, still I miss what we had, and wonder where the person I was once so close to went. News like this makes you think, well, news like this makes me ponder life anyway. Nope, no details, this is personal, and even though this friend and I are no longer speaking, the news still upset me, and made me wish things had gone differently. Maybe I still love this person, maybe I am just wondering how relationships go from close and caring to non-existent. Maybe I am wondering how some people long for friendship while others cast away true friends that love them.  So, time for reflection for me. And one of the best ways for me to reflect is to write on this blog. So, I guess I should write, see where it takes me

More child abuse from the Left

The Left wraps many things they do in the “It is for the Children” flag. But, the ugly truth is that many times the Left’s war on individualism and liberty is nothing but child abuse

PRIMARY school children are being terrified by lessons claiming climate change will bring “death, injury and destruction” to the world unless they take action.

On the eve of Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s carbon tax package announcement, psychologists and scientists said the lessons were alarmist, created unneeded anxiety among school children and endangered their mental health.

Climate change as a “Doomsday scenario” is being taught in classrooms across Australia.

Resource material produced by the Gillard government for primary school teachers and students states climate change will cause “devastating disasters”.

Australian National University’s Centre for the Public Awareness of Science director Dr Sue Stocklmayer said climate change had been portrayed as “Doomsday scenarios with no way out”.

Dr Stocklmayer said she was not a climate-change sceptic but worried that “too much time was spent presenting scary scenarios, especially to young people”.

“(Children) feel incredibly despondent and helpless in the face of all this negative information,” she said. “To put all of this before our children … is one of the most appalling things we can do to (them).

Child psychologist Kimberley O’Brien also said the language of climate change should be “toned down”.

“(Educators) should stick to the facts,” she said.

Source here

The truth is the Left is an ideology that believes that the end justifies the means. and if that means traumatizing kids or lying, or creating facts that do not exist, or intimidating people who they disagree with, then the Left is OK with it.