Posts Tagged ‘mental health counseling’

Regarded by many as “the conscience of psychiatry” for his efforts to promote mental wellness and reform health care, Dr. Breggin is a staunch advocate against the over-diagnosis and overuse of psychiatric medications, the oppressive drugging of children, electroshock “therapy,” and fictitious biological theories promoting “chemical imbalances” in the brain. Dr. Breggin will present a full-day workshop on psychiatric drug withdrawal in children. For more information go to: www.adlerflorida.org.

Every day Geri and I have clients come in convinced by some one that they have a chemical imbalance, brain damage, genetic defect, or traumatized from the past. In short victims of their biology or heredity. We believe that the symptoms are real but the cause of their problem is misleading. Perhaps a better description for their symptoms is “unhappiness”. If they could change the opinion they have of their self and know what choices to make with an important relationship in their life, an improvement in their mental health would occur. In short, they feel happy.

This includes the variety of symptoms we see from anxiety, depression, anger, ADHD, to the more serious bi-polar.

William Glasser does a better job of describing what I am attempting to say when he writes:

“How can such a common, easily understood word such as unhappiness possible describe all the misery and mayhem that exists around us? My answer is: unhappiness is not simple. . . . it can appear in our lives in many different forms and lead to a myriad of feelings, thoughts, and behaviors that puzzle, frighten, and disturb us. Severe unhappiness can lead to bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and chronic, excruciating pain with no pathology to explain it, as in the condition called fibromyalgia.

A more accurate title for the DSM-IV would be The Big Red Book of Unhappiness. No matter how we experience it, almost every symptom can be traced back to its origin: relationships that lack love, respect, or both. By making choices that help us stay connected with each other, the unhappiness can be over come. Caring and respecting, never controlling, are the cornerstones of mental health.” (p. 57)

William Glasser, Warning Psychiatry May Be Hazardous to Your Mental Health