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Diagnosing for Dollars

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‘So he changed his behaviour before them and pretended to be insane in their hands and made marks on the doors of the gate and let his spittle run down his beard.’ ~ I Samuel 21:13


 As my granddaddy used to say, ‘The sun even shines on a dog’s [rear end] every now and again.’  With that in mind, is it possible that Tom Cruise, for all of his strangeness, weird beliefs, and wild antics (not to mention bad movies)–is it just possible–that he could be making sense for once through his campaign against Psychiatry?



A young Marine asks, ‘What have we gained?  What have we accomplished?



Written by ninepoundhammer

November 12, 2007 at 12:41 pm

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  1. Well, I do agree that psychiatric drugs are over prescribed. However, I have known individuals/students on and off their meds and they and their loved ones could tell you that the meds make them more the person they were before they developed their disease. And as for no cure, well…no one has cured my asthma yet, they just help me manage it as one would manage a mental disorder.

    B.S. in Psychology and M.Ed. in Educational Psychology (but don’t hold that against me) 😉


    November 12, 2007 at 2:27 pm

  2. Christi:
    I didn’t mean to imply that I necessarily agree with or endorse the video. However, I must admit that I have long been a skeptic due to some family members’ experiences in this area.
    Also, I certainly won’t deny that some folks have mental illnesses. I feel pity for them and I certainly think we should do all we can to help them.
    But I do believe that a significant amount of the ‘diseases’ and ‘disorders’ are illegitimate–and even made up out of whole cloth. In fact, just this morning, we saw a bit on tv describing ‘Intermittent Explosive Disorder.’ When I was growing up, it was called ‘losing your temper.’ As the phsychiatrists said in the documentary, there is no scientific test available to ascertain the ‘diseases’ nor any method for determining when someone is ‘cured.’
    The video was really just a ‘Food for Thought’ post; I wasn’t trying to pretend I am an expert–and I’m not–so I hope I didn’t offend anybody. I’d have to be crazy to do that. 🙂


    November 12, 2007 at 5:10 pm

  3. Oh no, you didn’t offend at all! I found it interesting also. Especially when they showed one of the diagnosis in the DSM having to do with a Mathematical disorder, that made me chuckle. It is good food for thought and I also know some people that shouldn’t have been diagnosed with something. I can’t help but wonder though, the “Doctors” they talked to, what were they doctors of?! Hmmmm. 🙂


    November 12, 2007 at 10:06 pm

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