The therapeutic state

Really, why add to the crush of issues with this one when nothing whatever can be done about any of it? Still, I have only just cottoned onto it so thought I might share. This, however, is even less likely to be seen for what it is than my work on modern economic theory, but such is life.

I suppose I ought to have seen this sooner since it has been the elephant in the room since the Covid panic began. If anything is going to terrify us into a totalitarian state, it is the threat of disease, which is more than just the threat of death but includes all the psychological overhang that exists everywhere. This was all discussed by Thomas Szasz even as long ago as when I was at university. This is only a tiny bit of who he is:

Szasz was best known as a social critic of the moral and scientific foundations of psychiatry, as what he saw as the social control aims of medicine in modern society, as well as scientism. His books The Myth of Mental Illness (1961) and The Manufacture of Madness (1970) set out some of the arguments most associated with him.

I have been associating lately with people involved in dealing with the psychological damage that has apparently been visited on people who have been confined to home because of the Covid or who have been terrorised by the media reports. Really, I said to them, is this actually such an issue? Well, you have no idea the size of the industry associated with dealing with our mental health. Having come onto this monster in our midst, there was then this headline in The Oz just yesterday: Productivity Commission’s final report says toddlers should be screened for emotional distress.

Australia’s mental health system is failing the “missing middle” who don’t require hospital care and has a “narrow view of people seeking treatment and support”.

The Productivity Commission’s final report into the country’s mental health system, two years in the making, recommends toddlers should be screened for early signs of emotional distress and better support offered to schoolchildren dealing with psychological issues as part of a push for earlier intervention.

The commission says the system is “not comprehensive and fails to provide treatment and support that people who need it legitimately expect”. “The clinical care system has gaps, including, but not limited to, the so-called ‘missing middle’,” the report reads.

And then this came today with some material from Medibank:

Committed to supporting your mental health

Finding reliable mental health information and support can be challenging. That’s why Medibank has partnered with specialists in mental health to provide information you can trust, to support you and your family. We also offer eligible members access to mental health services at no extra costΔ~, and no waiting period to claim on psychology and counselling services§.  

Resources and information

The symptoms and signs of mental health issues are varied and can come on suddenly or gradually over time. It’s often difficult to differentiate between expected behaviour and behaviours that can indicate a mental health condition. If you or someone you care about are struggling, you can find information on common mental health issues here, including what to do if you notice symptoms or signs.

And when you start looking for these kinds of things they are everywhere. We are beyond mere socialism. If you would like to investigate further, you might have a look at this, also by Szasz, except from 2001, and specifically titled: The Therapeutic State. A long article, worth your time, with this the final para:

Formerly, people rushed to embrace totalitarian states. Now they rush to embrace the therapeutic state. By the time they discover that the therapeutic state is about tyranny, not therapy, it will be too late.

The entire article is so prescient it’s spooky. Perhaps it’s not too late, although perhaps it is.

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25 Responses to The therapeutic state

  1. Louis Litt

    Ah yes – mental illness – big in embarrassing and frightening the bejesus out of people behind the iron curtain. Oh the stories, the fear, we had one who flew over the cuckoos nest.
    Notice it’s men’s mental illness. Notice in the. Past elections Labor pushed for children as young as 3 to go to school. What sick shit would they be pummelled with.
    These people are perverted.

  2. Gerry

    The continuum of health of course runs from excellent to devastated ……it used to be a longish line …..now it’s a short line comprising “excellent” “okay” “feeling pretty sheety” and “devastated” ….and if you aren’t “excellent” then there’s a DSM label for you and btw, don’t tell anyone you’re feeling “excellent” because there’s a label for that too

  3. mem

    The Health industry created the crisis, exaggerated it, terrified the people and now is coming up with all sorts of ways to deal with the damage it created. It’s just another way of digging a big hole and employing people to fill it in.

  4. Ozman

    For many the propaganda has been convincing. But not all, fortunately. The current global fraud that is cover for attempting to create a vaccine as therapy for consoling the fearful and saving the world from COVID-19, while introducing totalitarianism by stealth, is being exposed, even though those lifting the lid on it are being suppressed. Covid19: evidence of global fraud.

  5. foucault:
    madness and civilisation: the two are siamese
    the demonisation of the fool (madness as medical illness) is a spiritual inversion (the joker/fool is the highest card – the ‘trump’)
    the megalopolis produces maniacs (black spring, henry miller)
    in short this result – the total mental takeover by the matrix – is what the mega-city must do to survive. it is defunct as a viable way of life now. it is last straw stuff, in the same way that the dems and all other control freaks are cheating for their lives.
    the (real) map of the USA is red all over and blue in the mega-cities only.
    the mega-cities ARE mental illness.

  6. Nob

    you have no idea the size of the industry associated with dealing with our mental health

    Oh yes I do!

    Plus I warned you all last year that Mental Health has become a Thing which is not the thing you thought the words meant.

    It’s a whole gigantic employment field for rent-seekers wishing to attach themselves to any issue or industry. Arts grads with one STEM subject that makes them experts on The Science.

    Most of whom are the very last people you would want anywhere near you or your loved ones if you were having genuine “small m h” mental health issues.

  7. maree

    We are fortunate in dealing with mental health issues via the spouse’s war service (I will never quote his number, unlike that pestic ratbag). We have reasonably adjusted offspring, one of whom is FIFO Perth /Pilbara, and cannot visit us in the east without quarantine, even though he is a certified essential worker who is supposed to be exempt from all that due to his skills.

    Another of ours works in a defence-related capacity and has to.get dispensation each time she does work interstate.

    This is rubbish, crap, insanity, for a cold and a Soros gambit, God rot him.

  8. Bruce of Newcastle

    This is classic Leftism.

    The Left promises utopia now, with all your wants and needs given to you free. They will protect you from being fired from your job. They will give you welfare. They will give you free childcare. They will save the world from burning up. They will save you from Covid-19. And now they will make you happy.

    Pretty much what Chavez promised his supporters in the favelas, especially the women. Lies upon lies. All they got was starvation and no medical care or anything else, while Chavez’s daughter became the richest billionaire in Venezuela, and the elites partied in Caracas.

    But when socialism is done correctly here in Australia, for the very first time anywhere, everyone will be happy!

  9. Herodotus

    The virus is climate change 2.0, or to put it more simply, Control 2.0.
    Together they will bind us all, and in the darkness keep us.

  10. Gerry

    Watch out the newcomer …SCT – Sluggish Cognitive Tempo …a variant of ADHD. There’s already a drug company on the case …..
    http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0814/daydreaming_under_attack.php3

  11. duncanm

    95% of the population needs to suck it up, princess.

  12. Karabar

    A trap was set two years ago.
    The trap was sprung two weeks ago.
    Who stole the cheese? Soros.
    Who are his assitants? CNN, MSNBC, NY Times etc.etc.etc.
    https://youtu.be/p2MkvWh7poY

  13. min

    There has been a huge increase in those diagnosed with mental health issues during this century . When I first started as a psychologist in private practice , doctors had not been trained enough to diagnose depression ,anxiety problems and the fix back then was to prescribe Valium . Not long before , Betty Friedan was describing how easy it was to get the wife committed because the way psychiatrists assessed some problematic behaviour in the days of a Bex a cup of tea and good lie down or the sherry bottle . No PTSD back then and before I had trained in that disorder , saw WW 11 vets whom now I know were suffering from this and had been being treated by psychiatrists for anxiety and if any therapy was given they had only been trained in a Freudian based one. In fact I trained in the very new Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and met a psychiatrist there who was looking for another therapy to help his patients and was ostracised by his colleagues for doing this . Nowadays psychiatrists are trained in this method but psychiatrist friend told me they are so busy with the management of medication that not many use therapy to help their patients who in the main are the ones suffering from schizophrenia , bipolar disorders , BPD , etc and need medication to help them before they are capable of therapy. .
    You would be surprised how many people suffer from social anxiety or performance anxiety and as psychiatry was covered by Medicare and Psychology not, friend helped many a young doctor get through the orals and music students ‘ exams .
    So let us take a look at Anxiety , which by the way Freud saw as a major problem in his day. Firstly it has a genetic component unfortunately therefore with the wrong parents you could have inherited the gene to make you more prone to reacting to stresses and this year FEAR has been used to help control a new disease . No wonder many are falling apart.
    Some of my clients were big burly guys who had arrived at hospital with what appeared to be a heart attack
    but ended up with me learning how to deal with panic attacks. How many out there now with lost jobs ,lost businesses , homes on the line and all the other disasters occurring and not feeling even a little bit anxious? .
    I am now retired but think I should be back helping the young ones who have been indoctrinated with fear of life and I am concerned these are the ones who will be in charge someday unless like they believe, a big daddy totalitarian government will save them .

  14. thefrollickingmole

    The Left promises utopia now, with all your wants and needs given to you free. They will protect you from being fired from your job. They will give you welfare. They will give you free childcare. They will save the world from burning up. They will save you from Covid-19. And now they will make you happy.

    Found footage, sheeple, confronted with daddy government promising to “look after” them in exchange for their freedom, 2020, colourised.

  15. In Qld. there is supposedly help for those with mental issues, but go there e.g. via the base hospital, there are limited spaces (due to Covid10), a 2-3 month waiting period to be seen; same with the volunteer agencies, their excuse, funding cuts, etc. So, service is advertised; however, in reality no customer service available when needed. Sorry about that.

  16. Lee

    The Health industry created the crisis, exaggerated it, terrified the people and now is coming up with all sorts of ways to deal with the damage it created.

    Don’t forget the disgraceful role the MSM and politicians everywhere played in it.

  17. Roger

    So, service is advertised; however, in reality no customer service available when needed. Sorry about that.

    But a lot of people have a job, there is that.

    Pardon my cynicism.

  18. Nob

    Min:

    social anxiety or performance anxiety

    You mean shyness and stage fright?

    Very few people don’t get those.

  19. min

    Shyness is a personality trait , one can be shy but not necessarily socially anxious .

  20. Bushkid

    I am now retired but think I should be back helping the young ones who have been indoctrinated with fear of life and I am concerned these are the ones who will be in charge someday unless like they believe, a big daddy totalitarian government will save them .

    “indoctrinated with fear of life” – min, that is exactly what has happened!

  21. roman

    Strength develops in response to resistance. You gotta suffer a bit to get tough.
    With nothing to resist, no strength. No strength makes for weakness and sensitivity. Prolonged sensitivity makes one a floppy brained leftard. It’s science.

    So go start a fight or something – and make the world a better place.

  22. Shane

    I have been working in the field of health for a couple of decades now
    & IMO I have increasingly held the opinion that having top medical cover was very dangerous as it was a lot harder to escape a medical specialist when there was no waiting period for reflection, aka ‘the bums rush’
    Blog/Disease
    Posted Nov 20, 2020 by Martin Armstrong

    I am here from the Government to Protect You

    COMMENT: Hi Martin
    Now that coronavirus deaths have apparently topped 1 million people globally, which is over 0.01% of the world’s population, I’ve been wondering whether there are any other comparable threats to my life that the government is not protecting me from.
    I am troubled to see that a similar number of deaths occur across the globe from mosquito bites each year.

    In addition to this, according to the World Health Organisation 2.8 million people die every year from obesity-related illnesses.

    In light of this, do you think that the wearing of mosquito resistant hazmat suits should be mandatory wearing all times during the summer months for anybody living south of the Arctic Circle and north of the Antarctic region? In addition to keeping mosquitos out, the head apparatus could be fitted with a very small feeding hole limiting calorie intake so that nothing is pernicious as a cheeseburger could get through.

    As far as I’m concerned if it saves lives, it’s a no brainer.

    As always I am most grateful for your thoughts.

    DC

    REPLY: Don’t forget cars. Nearly 1.25 million people are killed in car accidents each year and nearly 2 million are disabled. Then all cars should be outlawed even if they are electric. People use to die also riding horses, so can’t use them either. Hm. A major crisis because we obviously cannot achieve 100% safety. Then we eventually die and that impact 100%. So we should outlaw strokes and heat attacks as well.

    This is all a scam to use this virus to change the world to Communism 3.0.

  23. Squirrel

    “Australia’s mental health system is failing the “missing middle”…..”

    Alliterative slogans (like “double donut”) tend to set off my bulldust detector.

    Perhaps we need an inquiry into the stresses on middle Australia arising from the financial pressures of supporting an ever-growing, and ever more expensive to run (with year after year of public sector incomes growing faster than private sector incomes), public sector.

    I have been reflecting on this as I take in the outpourings of praise from big government fans at the news that the NSW government is planning to replace extortionate rates of stamp duty on home sales with an annual property tax on the principal place of residence. No one is questioning why a tax which used to be a relatively token cost in buying a home needs to have grown so much in nominal and real terms.

  24. David Brewer

    All you have to do to dodge this particular strain of mental illness is avoid the mass media. No TV – no panic about Covid-19. Costs a lot less than doubling the mental health industry. In fact, why not cut the ABC and actually save money while reducing mental illness?

  25. Simon S

    Well yeah, except the medicalisation of mood from the 80s on was driven by Big Pharma, duch as Eli Lilly, thst reverse-engineered specific conditions for the rather ordinary molecules it had patented – and prozac was born (and ‘mild depression’, ‘social phobia’ ADHD etc.
    Szasz spent his last decade fighting Lilly and other corps, and championed a ban on prescription advertising in the US. Unsuccessfully, which is why the US is a gibbering therapeutic basket case now.

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