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Mental Health Day: The community of Mental Health Professionals need to introspect and reconsider the prevailing dogmas

On Mental Health Day, the greatest service that the community of Mental Health Professionals can provide to people suffering from mental health issues is honest introspection about the conduct of people from their own community and reevaluating the dominant dogmas of the fraternity.

The world celebrates Mental Health Day every year on the 10th of October. While mental health has been the focus of much attention in recent times, the time has come for us to address the elephant in the room: The Mental Health Professionals. While the overwhelming majority of people in the profession are well-meaning individuals who have the best interests of their patients at heart, something has gone terribly wrong with the profession. And it has been the case for some time now.

Recently, Charlie Evans, a person who was born female but identified as male for nearly 10 years before detransitioning, came out and said that there were ‘hundreds of transgenders’ who regretted undergoing the gender reassignment surgery. “I’m in communication with 19 and 20-year-olds who have had full gender reassignment surgery who wish they hadn’t, and their dysphoria hasn’t been relieved, they don’t feel better for it,” she said. “They don’t know what their options are now.”

Speaking of a transgender woman who had approached her following one of her talks, Evans said, “She said she felt shunned by the LGBT community for being a traitor. So I felt I had to do something.” Evans has now decided to launch a charity called The Detransition Advocacy Network.

Another woman called Ruby, who decided to stop being transgender after eight years of taking cross-sex hormones, told Sky News, “I didn’t feel like there was any support out there, other than like a few friends online.” “For everyone who has gender dysphoria, whether they are trans or not, I want there to be more options for us because I think there is a system of saying, ‘Okay here’s your hormones, here’s your surgery, off you go’. I don’t think that’s helpful for anyone,” she said.

The problem has reached epidemic levels in the West. In the United Kingdom alone, there has been a 4500% increase in girls seeking gender reassignment surgeries. Brown University tried to repress a study by one of its professors which concluded that “Rapid-onset gender dysphoria” among teens and young adults may be a social contagion. Things have reached a point where concerned individuals have opened a website ‘‘ which, as the name suggests, highlights the plight of people who underwent a sex change surgery but later came to regret their decision.

There has to be some form of accountability for the people who created this mess. Most importantly, the community of mental health professionals cannot be trusted to tackle the issue since they created it in the first place. Compare the intense and severe scrutiny that a new drug is subjected to and the callous attitude with which sex reassignment surgeries and transitioning were approved by the community of mental health professionals. It does tantamount to a crime against humanity.

Worse is the fact that the transgender lobby has gained immense power and the entirety of the corporate class supports the transgender agenda in order to increase their revenues. People’s mental health has become a tool at the hands of corporate interests to increase their profit margins. The only people who stand to gain from it is the pharmaceutical industry and the corporate class at large. It is perfectly conceivable that the surgeries might be good for a very specific set of individuals but for the people suffering from gender dysphoria at large, the entire culture that has developed around transgenderism is an utter catastrophe.

The commercialization of mental health to generate more profits is not limited to transgenderism alone and there can possibly be no better day to talk about this uncomfortable subject than Mental Health Day. Madeleine Kearns, reporting for The Spectator, elaborated on how very easy it was to be diagnosed with ADHD and get access to performance-enhancing drugs. She says in her report, “But the overdiagnosis and overmedication of ADHD — attention deficit hyperactivity disorder — is no joke. Rather, it is a ‘national disaster of dangerous proportions’. Those are the words of eminent American psychologist Dr Keith Conners, who speaks to us from the grave.”

Kearns continues, “…But in the 1990s, the combined effect of loosening the diagnostic criteria (so that exuberance, eccentricity and the ordinary struggles of day-to-day life were all potentially pathological) and allowing American drug companies to have another go at marketing amphetamines (which had been curtailed by regulation in the 1970s) created a perfect storm of supply and demand.”

She adds, “At the last count, there were approximately six million under-18s diagnosed with ADHD and 16 million ADHD prescriptions for adults under 40 in the US. And the student population has become a full-blown (albeit secondary) market for these drugs.”

In Norway, there is a massive scandal that’s going unreported and it is important to talk about this on Mental Health Day. The Norwegian Child Protection Agency, Barnevernet, is indulging in what can only be called state-sanctioned kidnapping of children. They are robbing parents of their children with the help of psychologists and psychiatrists on the flimsiest of reasons. Numerous psychologists and psychiatrists have spoken out against the Barnevernet but it remains a fact that mental health professions are enforcing this policy.

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One case of a Czech family led to a massive diplomatic row between the two countries which ended up in the Czech administration accusing the Norwegian regime of behaving like Nazis. The “lack of parenting skills” and not substance abuse is the most common reason given to shift a child away from its parents into emergency care. In one particular instance, the Barnevernet claimed that lack of eye contact, and other signs, from a four-month-old baby, revealed that she was suffering from severe psychological harm and ought to be taken away from her parents.

We are constantly lectured by the community of mental health professionals that a lack of awareness is the primary reason behind the worsening mental health situation across societies. While that is true, it is also a fact that the current crop of mental health professionals isn’t a solution to the mess. From the events that are unfolding in the West, we can safely argue that in many instances, the professionals are adding to the problem, not solving them.

There is an urgent need for the community of mental health professionals to reform itself. Although the situation in India is nowhere near as bad as in the West, it is a fact that the Indians tend to buy into the prevailing dogmas of their Western counterparts without giving any of it any significant thought. On Mental Health Day, the greatest service that the community of Mental Health Professionals can provide to people suffering from mental health issues is honest introspection about the conduct of people from their own community and reevaluating the dominant dogmas of the fraternity.

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K Bhattacharjee
K Bhattacharjee
Black Coffee Enthusiast. Post Graduate in Psychology. Bengali.

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