Mental Health; does it have anything to do with a PSYCHE ?

I have been a counselor now for some short sliver of time approaching a year. I am a counselor, but I also say I am a therapist, I also qualify as a clinician, but as well a psychotherapist.

The name I use to reference what I do or what my clients might be involved with depends on what falls out of my mouth, really. I’m comfortable with most of the names.

I am a counselor in as much as literally I am counseling people, I am moving them through their conceptual space as it is encountered with problems or issues that they’re having trouble with. I’m not really an advisor, even though people like to think that counseling has something to do with advising people. I’d say that a very very small percentage of my activity is actually overtly advising people about what they should do, but there are moments.

Therapy

Wading in a little deeper, The Internet has that the definition of therapy as concerning that which is “intended to relieve or heal a disorder”.

I would say that at least half of my clients are coming to me as a counselor with a certain mind upon that there is something wrong with them, and many of them will specifically reference some sort of disorder, asking me about what disorder they have, or otherwise telling me what disorder they have and why they’re coming to treatment for it. 

It is as I get into the “treatment” part of therapy, I began to get a little bit concerned for the client because, anymore, people seem to automatically reference any particular condition that they feel is wrong as having something to do with a “mental disorder”, a “chemical imbalance”. I can’t help but wondering if the reason that they think this way is because, in a way, they’ve been sold a bill of goods.

For sure, I am offering them therapy in as much as they feel that there’s something wrong with them. The issue that I’m pointing out is, as a counselor, in trying to help them is that I don’t believe that anything is wrong with them: I believe that they feel there is something wrong with them. It is a fundamental discrepancy, which could be attributed to a kind of education as opposed to the layman, that gets me into the theoretical waters of what we’re dealing with for mental health. As a counselor, I come across the problem of the problem itself.

The Problem of the Problem

Most people would like to think that the mind is located in the brain and so if there’s a problem it must be somewhat similar to a physical problem. For example, if I break my leg, we “diagnose“ exactly what the problem is, for example a bone broken in a particular fashion, come up with a solution to the problem, that is, we have to set the bone back together in a certain way, maybe put some screws in there, maybe wrap it up for a little while, give them some anti-inflammatories, maybe some pain medication, and a good dose of time, and they’ll be good to go.

The mind is not this way. It does not operate this way, but more importantly, it doesn’t have a structure similar to the physical body. Oddly enough, no one can really figure out what the correlation is between a disorder, Nuro chemistry, and the psych meds that they’re taking. It’s just kind of a wild guess, as anyone who’s taking psych meds will admit. The process they go through is often excruciatingly difficult, because no one really knows whether the med that that Psychiatrist is giving you is actually going to work until like four weeks, six weeks, maybe even months later. And then after suffering for another few months realizing that the meds aren’t the one that are working, then having the Psychiatrist. needing to prescribe you some other sort of medication.

Yet, there are many counselors which have no problem with doing psychotherapy and administering to the psychological problems that people have, and really do not think very much into whether or not something is actually wrong with the person. Indeed many people believe that something is actually wrong with the person that is coming in for a mental health counseling. And indeed they do help people.

This is the point of contention everywhere. On one hand, there is a sector of society that believes there are such thing as mental illnesses, and we find them everywhere, and people that go to therapy must have some sort of mental disorder. Indeed, in America, if we are taking insurance we are obligated to give that person a diagnosis. Yet on the other hand when we delve into what the diagnoses or the disorder is actually indicating, we find a mess. Not a mess in the person, but a mess in what the hell we’re talking about.

The Psychological Mess

This is why psychology and psychologists do not really want to look too closely at the epistemology that they support. For the simple reason that once we wade into that quicksand, we find that the very ideas and supposed diagnoses and illnesses that they’re pointing out really have no substance: They’re merely indicating an arena of debate. They aren’t really talking about the person in front of me, they’re talking about a body of theory by which psychology supports itself as a scientific career, really.

For those who are suffering from mental issues, it may seem or sound a little disconcerting to hear about a clinician who is questioning what everyone seems to know so well as a convention. However, I feel that due to the situation that actually arises for mental health, it is better for most clients if they understand what they are actually dealing with, as opposed to believing in fantasies that are promoted by institutions.

Yeah: this is to say that it depends upon how much one believes in what they’re being told as to whether or not any particular approach to mental health will be effective, but this belief has nothing to do with what you’re deciding to believe or what you consciously believe. It has more to do with how you are oriented upon things.

The Psyche

There is a gray area in mental health, and it’s not the Brain; it is an ambiguity routinely solved by resorting to this thing called a psyche. I am not sure that this institutional resort is actually serving the people we are trying to help.

Everywhere, whether you are an actual clinician or practitioner of mental health, or whether you are just somebody living their life, everywhere people reference the psyche and the ego. And most of the time, no matter what they’re doing, most people reference these words and have no idea what they’re talking about. They like to think they’re talking about some thing like a rock, or a planet, or even a molecule. 

Similarly, people like to think that the psyche and the ego are things that actually have something to do with the brain. It’s really hear that we noticed the power of ideological promotion; it really is no different than someone who feels that they have a soul or a spirit that’s going to be saved by Jesus Christ and Christianity, or receive a universe for proper living say in Mormonism, or go to Nirvana if they’ve lived the proper life, maybe in Buddhism. In fact, I’d say that it is because we can point to these religions and identify them to those terms, that we neatly move the purported “science“ out of the realm of religion to say that it is accounting for something else that is not religious, something more foundational. But here, with these terms that move through the religions so easily, the psyche and the ego, what we are dealing with is more kind of like a ‘religion of religions’.

But that gets deep in today Philosophy. then I’m not gonna deal with here.

Here I’m more interested in the difference between psychology and mental health counseling.

In particular, I am not really sure that in helping someone therapeutically I am doing anything about their psyche. This really has to do with the history of the concept and how it developed over the past 300 years. We like to think – and indeed we do “enjoy“ thinking in this particular way – That there is this thing called a psyche that we are actually discovering how it works, and when we take psych meds or when we do various intoxicants even, we are doing something to our psyche and our ego.

But without getting too far down the rabbit hole, the real simple version of questioning hast to do with the fact that the psyche in psychology arises in a particular way to suggest that its structural components are broken. And it has particular structural components that are supposed to relate in a healthy way.

I’m not really sure that this is the case, by the simple fact that I don’t think this way and actually people that I’ve been counseling do often actually get better. I’ve applied no psychological concepts as to an analysis of the structure of the Psych in my sessions, at least for most of them, and in fact people actually get better. They get better with me using probably very little psychology at all, at least in the way that psychology understands itself.

This is to say that I am treating their mental health. And I’m using strategies and intervention that has to do with the help for how they’re engaging with life. I’m not really sure if the psyche has anything to do with this. I mean, it does in as much as there is this thing called a psyche that people like to talk about and I have various ideas about, but I’m not really sure there is an actual thing called a psyche that exists in the brain, nor that the brain manifest in such a way as though there’s a structure. Neither am I really sure that medicine is addressing this psychological structure, even though medicine can be effective to help people.

P.S.

One little side thing about psych meds: if you have a mental issue, psych meds are more than likely only gonna get you a stable place from which to work on your mental health. It is the opinion of an overwhelmingly large number of mental health counselors, as well as our clients, that know this to be true.

OK, I’m done with my dog walking…

And I never even got to the aspect of being a clinician!

Rp The Functioning Dictatorship

harmoniaphilosophica.com/2011/01/11/the-dictatorship-of-the-science-of-2jszrulazj6wq-15/

“When you are desperate, you will take any advice from someone who says they can help. When you begin to think, though, desperation often stays away, and help arrives in a different form.

However, most people do not want to think, and what they understand as thinking is more like living unconsciously. Thier ideas formed and opinions swayed as the tide of fashion and populism, and what is dictated to them as help often has some effect or appearance of helping. They are kept in a state of existential desperation for the purpose of simple solutions and momentary fixes that lean on dependency. This we call ‘reality’.

Hence, one of the main issues of our time is this contradiction of lived experience.

For, there is no getting people to think simply by telling them that they are ignorant; they routinely will simply tell you that you are wrong, and even resort to violence – whether personal or state-sanctioned – to have the right to their “ignorance”.

We have to approach it a different way then… ”

Cyd Nate.

The Culture of Cultures: An example of how the explanatory term of mental health begins to account for all human endeavor

Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man: 9781982141462: Trump Ph.D., Mary L.: Books
— Read on www.amazon.com/Too-Much-Never-Enough-Dangerous/dp/1982141468/ref=nodl_

—– Just an example; perhaps motivated by a little Justice as well. 😙

Nonetheless; this is an example of how the cult of individualism is being accounted for sufficiently to only allow for two responses. 

Accept it. The rationale behind mental health and its capacity of overwhelming explanatory power leaves even the most ardent skeptic to accept at least some of its truth, and work with it.

Deny it. Explanatory power of the trope of mental health can only be denied. This is to say, it’s explanatory power hits home. This effect on people, which is to say, due to parts of its power for making sense, brings about a response of rejection.

Similar to when someone notices something about us that we are trying to protect, and we feel embarrassment, so it is that the explanatory power of mental health reaches into our very nature, indeed, describes the cult of individualism to the extent that those who adhere to it as an ontological truth have nothing to do but to reject it and indeed fight against it. In the end, unfortunate and ironic, all they have left is recourse to violence.

This is a focal issue of Modernity: The issue of The Two Routes. 

This question is salient: How do I find my individual self without the multiplicity of beings to show me the way to where I am?

Love and Neurosis 💙

On this wonderfully fabricated day of promoting national fecundity, I am pondering all the problems that arise to individuals in relationship.

Neurosis.

Neurosis is a latinized word for nervousness. Originally, nervousness just meant excessive worry or sadness.

Though for pretty much all of history various organs of the body were held to be responsible for various ‘strangenesses’ that people would exhibit, It was the great proto-modern scientists of the 18-19th century that capitalized on the nerves as the reason for such oddities.

The actual oddity, though, is it is reasonably possible that there is no more or less reason to see a connection between ‘disordered’ behavior and the nerves than it is to see a link between odd behavior and any other organ. It is only the lens we are having now that we see through the trope of “nerves-brain”.

As well, when we look with a discerning mind, no more or less people are being ‘fixed’ due to an emphasis on the brain than they were when it was other organs, humors, or even “sin” that was the problem of behavioral oddity.

Capitalism and Empiricism

Capitalization – the emphasis of developing useful something from an apparent excess of nothing – thus moved our modern psychology to focus on the mass of nerves called the brain as the cause of human behavior oddity.

Yet, due to the lack or general inability for psychology and it’s ilk to really make a dent in the problems it defines, neurosis, as a name for a disease, has been broken up into multitudinous parts, yielding the “disorders” we find in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders -5 that we use now. As though coming up with more diseases will solve the problem instead of just one problem ‘neurosis’.

So, when someone tells you that you have General Anxiety Disorder or Major Depressive Disorder due to bad relationships, you can tell them that actually you simply are a little more worried and sad about things than most people. And maybe if they would stop being so neurotic you might actually be ok! 😁

As well, you can tell them it probably has very little to do with your brain or nerves — any more than it has to do with your lungs or your liver — or any other chemical mass.

And, as to the topic of chemistry:

if all we are looking for is to feel better, we may have to take another look at addiction, what that really means, and whether institutional addiction under the name of ‘medication’ is really an ethical standard we want to support.

No judgement; just open consideration of the facts.

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!

Perhaps if we understand mental issues as an issue of the heart, we might actually get somewhere!

🫀🧠🫁❤️

Go insane. 👽 it’s mentally healthy.

In a crazy world, it’s the ones that are actually responding rationally who are deemed problematic.

The concept of schizophrenia is coming to an end – here’s why

The concept of schizophrenia is coming to an end – here’s why
— Read on theconversation.com/amp/the-concept-of-schizophrenia-is-coming-to-an-end-heres-why-82775

—— One should begin to wonder is the very concept of a mental disorder should be abolished as well.


When you hear that the brian of people diagnosed with schizophrenia are different than normal brains, you should be sceptical. For your own sake.

The question is not about that brains might be different, but what normal means in relation to the term “schizophrenia”.

The issue is not of normalcy but of being human and the finality that such a “not normal” brain is being associated with, and for what purpose such finality is being pronounced.

Are you mentally ill? What, exactly, does that mean?

Well, the psychiatrists and psychologists don’t know either. What does that say about what is happening?

👽

https://medium.com/snapclarity/the-truths-about-schizophrenia-everyone-should-know-8d1cc094740d

#stopstupidbeing

Rp The New NICE Depression Guidelines in Development in the UK

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), a non-departmental public body of England’s Department of Health, provides evidence-…

The New NICE Depression Guidelines in Development in the UK

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wow. ok. cule. hmmm. interesting and: thx, nice commentary.

I wonder if anyone ever thinks of the possibility that the very system, the institutional response as a historical cosmological constant, the “group force” that is attempting to solve this thing called depression could be a major negative influence on being depressed, itself encouraging and reifying depression ?

How do you think that we could approach and help someone with depression if this was the case?

Yes; there has to be some sort of institutionalized response. That’s just the nature of living in society.

However…

So my question.

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Paper: Possibility of Change in Homosexual Orientation A study of research supportive of Change Allowing Therapies | Dr. Ann E Gillies

Possibility of Change in Homosexual Orientation A study of research supportive of Change Allowing Therapies
— Read on www.academia.edu/50333715/Possibility_of_Change_in_Homosexual_Orientation_A_study_of_research_supportive_of_Change_Allowing_Therapies

Of course, I do not believe nor advocate that any sex or gender practice or identity should be considered pathological. I believe exactly the opposite in principle.

However, we should be open minded enough to consider that some people may have personal challenges in their developed practices of identity. Someone could be homosexual and be uncomfortable because they feel they have to do heterosexual practices, just as much as someone may be heterosexual and feel that they’re attracted to their same sex. Similarly trans and gender fluid.

No one in general, as human beings, should impose standards of mental health or pathology upon people to “correct” how they are.

As I develop in an upcoming paper, the standard for intervention is needed help.

As counselors, we should accept that people may come to us with problems of identity, whatever they are, and be willing to look at it with an open mind and consider the possibilities involved for helping them.

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Btw:

In case anyone has not noticed.

I feel that psychology in general is often not very helpful for looking at things as they are, nor excepting what is actually occurring. So, I have a sort of natural antagonism to these decidedly modern, empirical, and scientific approaches to what it is to be human and it’s accorded health to its mentality.

This is not to say that I don’t approach those empirical sciences with a similar open mind to possibility, nor that I don’t find their efforts informative or useful. Just that one should know in reading my blog about counseling and helping people that I feel that psychology tends to reflexively impose a drastic violence of bias upon people it supposes to work to help, and I feel responsible to challenge its move of explanatory power and direction.

One can Read my upcoming paper about orientations upon mental health. 

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