Is there actually any evidence for this?

In the Herald this morning another trade union, oh OK professional group, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, makes a case for more funding.

There has been according to them a 19.5% increase in cases since 1997/1998.

Without spending forever searching, I can’t tell you how staffing has increased over those 23 years but there was, for example an 11.1% increase in the number of all professional groups working in mental health in just two years between 2013 and 2015.

Once more the journalism is passive, thin.

I’ve introduced this idea before:

What real journalists used to do in Scotland (Ian Bell) and a few at the Guardian (George Monbiot) still do, is ‘pull the curtain back‘ or ‘lift the rug.’ to question what is happening here.

For example, Stanley Kutcher, writing in the Independent in 2018, says:

If the media coverage is to be believed, we are drowning in a sea of mental illness that threatens to overwhelm post-secondary institutions. The call then is for more pills, more therapy, more of everything, including more panic. Perhaps it’s time for some sober critical analysis.

Referring to research by psychologists, he suggests that we are increasingly pathologising normal life and that, for example, negative emotions are often necessary for normal development – healthy.

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/healthy-living/negative-emotions-mental-illness-depression-health-crisis-pathologising-wellbeing-psychology-a8277251.html

Anyone with a borderline Marxist understanding will also recognise that this is capitalist psychiatry, driven perhaps subconsciously to grow constantly, widening the market and attracting ever greater budgets with, of course, commensurate rewards for top professionals.

As for solving the real extent of mental health problems, where is, in this so-called journalism, consideration of the possibility that just spending more is just a sticking plaster strategy, ignoring the deeper cause – inequality.

See this:

Mental Health | The Equality Trust

Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett in the Spirit Level, show how more unequal and of course more market-oriented societies, the is apparently a greater prevalence of mental illness.

Once more this Herald reporting is just so lightweight and superficial it might have been designed to suit the minds of those averse to change, especially constitutional change.

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4 thoughts on “Is there actually any evidence for this?

  1. Agreed. I feel that interest groups in most cases do not put forward evidence for their claims. Then our super duper media simply report what is stated, in some cases altering the context to make a political point.

    I feel there is only one way to stop this and that is either to make any application for more funds to be dependent on a professional study or that the state carries out regular studies of all sectors to see if funding should indeed go up or down,

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  2. In the Mel Brooks’ film “High Anxiety”, the Mel Brooks’ character is the President of the US Psychiatric organisation and in his presidential address to the conference, he begins by portentously and admiringly name checking, Freud, Jung, etc the giants of our profession, to whom we owe eternal thanks, FOR GIVIN’ US ALL SUCH A GOOD LIVIN’!!!

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  3. In 1972, psychologist David Rosenhan published the Rosenhan experiment, a study questioning the validity of psychiatric diagnoses. The study arranged for eight individuals with no history of psychopathology to attempt admission into psychiatric hospitals. The individuals included a graduate student, psychologists, an artist, a housewife, and two physicians, including one psychiatrist. All eight individuals were admitted with a diagnosis of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Psychiatrists then attempted to treat the individuals using psychiatric medication. All eight were discharged within 7 to 52 days. In a later part of the study, psychiatric staff were warned that pseudo-patients might be sent to their institutions, but none were actually sent. Nevertheless, a total of 83 patients out of 193 were believed by at least one staff member to be actors. The study concluded that individuals without mental disorders were indistinguishable from those suffering from mental disorders.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-psychiatry#Experiments_admitting_%22healthy%22_individuals_into_psychiatric_care

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  4. we need a public inquiry into the causal effects of overwhelming negativity in our MSM, on the mental health of the country.

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