Thursday, April 10, 2014

Creativity and non-conformity now listed as a mental illness by psychiatrists


 This newly defined  mental illness has a very interesting moniker - "oppositional defiant disorder" or ODD.

No, this is not a joke.  

Everyone must conform, except those who decide what it is you are to conform to.


"You Are Not Of The Body. You Will Be Absorbed."




What happens to a society when thinking outside of the box or being righteously enraged about your government going in the wrong direction becomes an excuse to be sedated and re-educated? It seems we don't have to go too far back in history to find out.

The Soviet Union used new mental illness for political repression.

People who didn't accept the beliefs of the Communist Party developed a new type of schizophrenia.

They suffered from the delusion of believing communism was wrong. They were isolated, forcefully medicated, and put through repressive "therapy" to bring them back to sanity.

Now thanks to thought policing by the American Psychiatric Association the latest addition of the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) is setting up the dominoes for arbitrary diagnosis of any dissenting individuals.

Listed as new mental illnesses are above-average creativity and cynicism. The manual goes on to identify a mental illness called "oppositional defiant disorder" or ODD.

Defined as an "ongoing pattern of disobedient, hostile and defiant behavior," symptoms include questioning authority, negativity, defiance, argumentativeness, and being easily annoyed.

A Washington Post article observed that, if Mozart were born today, he would be diagnosed with ADD and "medicated into barren normality." What used to be known as personality traits are now diseases, and of course there are treatments available.

When the last edition of the DSM-IV was published, identifying the symptoms of various illness in children, there was a jump in the medication for children. Some states even have laws that allow protectives agencies to forcibly medicate, and even make it a punishable crime to withhold a prescribed medication.

Beware people with a strong sense of individuality! Though the authors of the manual claim no ulterior motives, labeling freethinking and nonconformity as a mental illness has a lot of potential for abuse. As a weapon in the arsenal for a repressive state, it seems societal reality is morphing into a playbook for autocrats borrowed from a Phillip K. Dick novel.

2 comments:

  1. Guilty! What's worse, so is my wife; but, if I turn her in for treatment, they would hold me, too. Guess we'll just have to creatively remain off their radar, and develop a plan to obstruct, defy, and defeat the Men In Bla---uh, I mean the men in WHITE COATS, when they come for us.

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    1. Doubtful that you would be locked up as an ODD sufferer. Since those unaffected by ODD cannot think well for themselves, they won't go after you unless commanded to do so - similar to a lap dog or a performing pet.

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