• 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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