Mental Health Industry described by Christina Hoff Sommers and Dr. Sally Satel
A book came out in 2005 warning of this drive. “One Nation Under Therapy” by Christina Hoff Sommers and Dr. Sally Satel uncovered selfish motivations in the “Psychiatric Industry”.
The book is described by the American Enterprise Institute for Public Research in the following 2005 review.
“Americans have traditionally placed great value on self-reliance and fortitude. In recent decades, however, we have seen the rise of a therapeutic ethic that views Americans as emotionally underdeveloped, psychically frail, and requiring the ministrations of mental health professionals to cope with life's vicissitudes. Being "in touch with one's feelings" and freely expressing them have become paramount personal virtues. Today-with a book for every ailment, a counselor for every crisis, a lawsuit for every grievance, and a TV show for every conceivable problem-we are at risk of degrading our native ability to cope with life's challenges.”
“Drawing on established science and common sense, Christina Hoff Sommers and Dr. Sally Satel reveal how "therapism" and the burgeoning trauma industry have come to pervade our lives. Help is offered everywhere under the presumption that we need it: in children's classrooms, the workplace, churches, courtrooms, the media, the military. But with all the "help" comes a host of troubling consequences, including:”
“The myth of stressed-out, homework-burdened, hyper-competitive, and depressed or suicidal schoolchildren in need of therapy and medication”
“The loss of moral bearings in our approach to lying, crime, addiction, and other foibles and vices”
“The unasked-for "grief counselors" who descend on bereaved families, schools, and communities following a tragedy, offering dubious advice while billing plenty of money”
“The expansion of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from an affliction of war veterans to nearly everyone who has experienced a setback”
The institute goes on to describe the book, as “Intelligent, provocative, and wryly amusing, “One Nation under Therapy” demonstrates that "talking about" problems is no substitute for confronting them.”
Our mental health industry has the potential for being a powerful tool of nanny state government. Manipulating people to accepting government tyranny that is both obvious and dangerous! Emotional Health Screening and drugging children to make them docile fits in so well with the nanny state government liberal, progressive, socialists are trying to establish in America. A warped and self-interested psychiatric industry serves great purpose in their fictionalized Utopian environment.
They are prescribing not only should we be free of the burdens of work and responsibility, but we should be free of the dips and downs of living life. Not learning, strengthening and maturing from the trials and tribulations, but crying over them and ignoring the lessons made available, becoming more dependent and weaker, creating more fodder for their psychiatric industry to generate profit and power.