Are Independent Thinkers Mentally Ill?

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Do you question
authority? Fail to accept conventional wisdom? Lose your temper
when you hear a politician make a promise that you know he or she
can’t keep?

If so, you
may be mentally ill, according to the most recent revision of the
Diagnostic
and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
(DSM). In this
revision, psychiatrists hope to add dozens of new mental disorders.
Unfortunately, many of these so-called illnesses target people who
merely think or behave differently from the majority population.

A case in point
is “oppositional defiant disorder (ODD).” DSM defines
ODD as “an ongoing pattern of disobedient, hostile and defiant
behavior toward authority figures.” Symptoms include losing
one’s temper, annoying people and being “touchy.”
Other “disorders” include antisocial behavior, arrogance,
cynicism and narcissism. Sounds like many of my readers!

While diagnosis
of ODD “victims” focuses on children, there’s no
reason why ODD can’t exist in adults. Indeed, ODD can evolve
into “conduct disorder” (CD), which DSM defines as “wherein
the rights of others or social norms are violated.”

Uh-oh. So violating
“social norms” is now a mental illness as well.

Let’s
connect the dots, shall we? There’s a long and sordid history
of governments using psychiatry for political repression. In the
Soviet Union, thousands of political prisoners were detained in
mental hospitals. There they were isolated from friends and family,
and many cases, forcibly medicated. Nazi Germany went even further:
it murdered over 180,000 psychiatric patients.

Laws in most
states allow child protective services agencies to forcibly medicate
your children. Indeed, if you fail to administer drugs ordered by
a physician or have your children submit to vaccinations, you can
be imprisoned.

As The Washington
Post observed:

“If
seven-year-old Mozart tried composing his concertos today, he
might be diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder
and medicated into barren normality.”

The conversion
of personality differences into psychiatric disorders, and the forced
medication of children, is a dangerous trend. It is but a short
step to extend these laws to adults who have a pattern of “negativistic,
defiant, disobedient and hostile behavior toward authority figures.”

I’d prefer
a different approach: institutionalizing the psychiatrists that
came up with all these new disorders. Perhaps we could call their
condition “overmedication psychosis.” And those of us
with ODD, CD, or who simply don’t like the government telling
us how to live our lives could breathe a bit easier.

September
18, 2010

Mark Nestmann is a journalist with more than 20
years of investigative experience and is a charter member of The
Sovereign Society's Council of Experts. He has authored over a dozen
books and many additional reports on wealth preservation, privacy
and offshore investing. Mark serves as president of his own international
consulting firm, The Nestmann Group, Ltd. The Nestmann Group provides
international wealth preservation services for high-net worth individuals.
Mark is an Associate Member of the American Bar Association (member
of subcommittee on Foreign Activities of U.S. Taxpayers, Committee
on Taxation) and member of the Society of Professional Journalists.
In 2005, he was awarded a Masters of Laws (LL.M) degree in international
tax law at the Vienna (Austria) University of Economics and Business
Administration.

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