By Nathan Barton
Recently, a popular conservative political website interpreted a recent article published by the American Psychiatric Association to say that one in four – 25% – of Americans are mentally ill. Although not explicit, I can see why they would take the statement that a quarter of all primary care patients have mental illnesses (conditions) even though only a third of those are actually diagnosed. Since (theoretically and officially) virtually all of us are “primary care patients” (we see a doctor, PA, or nurse about something now or then, even if just a check-up or a flu shot), the one-in-four number rings true.
And consider: unlike real medical doctors, psychiatrists and psychologists do not have the entire human race as their potential source of patients. (That is, people who they are paid to serve.) It is only people who have mental (including emotional) problems that are their natural prey (excuse me, natural supporting population). And even then, they have to compete with religious guides: preachers and rabbis and imams and “pastors” and others. Much more serious competition than chiropractors and herbalists and holistic practitioners.
So can we take them at their word? Is mental illness so widespread in our Fifty States?
Read a recent article about the antics and proclamations of the Terminator, ex-governor Arnold of California, found at Politico Magazine. Yeah, maybe a lot of us, including Arnold, are mentally ill – or in derogatory slang, “nuts.” “Barking mad,” my grandfather would have said.
Look, we know that hoplophobes (those who fear weapons) are nuts – they have an irrational fear of firearms (and apparently swords, knives, box-cutters and bananas held in a particular way).
And those people call us who understand, use, and enjoy guns as “gun nuts.” They know we have a mental illness (or, as the APA says, more than one, as most people with mental illnesses do.) We are slavering at the mouth for the opportunity to whip out our pistol or rifle (especially an AR-15 or anything similar) and go mow down all the kids in schools, all the patrons in movie theatres, and all the congregations in church buildings.
Which to me just proves that indeed, the hoplophobes and the hoploclasts (those who hate weapons) are mentally ill.
We know that the politicos themselves have very serious mental and emotional illnesses: they think that they have the right (the power) to lord it over everyone else, and often each other. To tell us what to do, when and how to do it, and what NOT to do, day or night, in public or private. As Lady Susan calls them, they are “controllers” – and that is indeed a mental illness.
Some liberal celeb (or talk show host, or comedian, or some such) recently said that a politician was mentally ill because he talked to God and believed that God talked to him (specifically, Jesus). Well, that definition puts a lot more than one in four in the booby-hatch category, doesn’t it?
Some lovers of liberty even expand the mental illness of politicians (as control freaks, not worshippers of God) to include a lot more. Like those who vote for who will be massa or deputy massa or “sixth-layer-down” massa this year: that voters are bonkers (that’s another technical term, like nuts) because they do the same thing over and over again and expect different results! And, of course, because they facilitate, instigate, and support the elected and unelected government controllers.
Speaking of control freaks – often cops are. As well as being abusers. We know that alcoholics and drug addicts are officially mentally ill – so its not their fault. Suppose that the same applies to any other sort of addict. And we all know that many firefighters are actually pyromaniacs. Indeed, we can be certain only that (some) homosexuals are not mentally ill, because the APA itself declared that homosexuality is NOT a mental illness, years ago.
So maybe the APA is lowballing their estimate. Maybe the real number of mentally (and emotionally) ill people in the Fifty States is one in three, or one in two, or even three in four!
Or maybe we all are, and we shouldn’t be so worried about not getting psychic help. Whoops, I mean, psychiatric help.
Which brings us to the current, post-murder drive (and its “nationwide” school “don’t kill me, bro” protests on 14 March). There is a strong push to take away guns from the mentally ill. (The Obummer VA and other agencies already tried it with vets – mentally ill defined as anyone who ever might have had PTSD, depression, or anger issues.) But who defines “mentally ill” or “nuts” or “bonkers” or “booby-hatch bait?”
Be prepared. People are going to try and prove that YOU and ME are crazy: take a look in the mirror.