Western Psychology vs Reality

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    Jan 26, 2015 4:29 AM GMT
    In the western approach to mental health, pathology and pharmacology turn some into living vegetables...and others endure lifelong institutionalization.
    Before all of those words existed, cultures/societies found what helped, avoided harm, and integrated these members into society, with purpose and skill.

    Old stories of a shaman/medicine man/old healer, who lived in the woods come to mind.
    Find time to read between the lines a little.
    Do you know any hypersensitive ppl, who would rather spend a day on forest trails, than go shopping in a crowded mall?

    The stigma around mental health issues indicates a lack of education, critical thinking and sensitiviy:
    The thing all meds damage, what a waste.

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    ... Ritual allows them to move out of the distress and accept that calling. Another ritual need relates to initiation. In indigenous cultures all over the world, young people are initiated into adulthood when they reach a certain age. The lack of such initiation in the West is part of the crisis that people are in here, says Dr. Somé. He urges communities to bring together “the creative juices of people who have had this kind of experience, in an attempt to come up with some kind of an alternative ritual that would at least begin to put a dent in this kind of crisis.” Another ritual that repeatedly speaks to the needs of those coming to him for help entails making a bonfire, and then putting into the bonfire “items that are symbolic of issues carried inside the individuals . . . It might be the issues of anger and frustration against an ancestor who has left a legacy of murder and enslavement or anything, things that the descendant has to live with,” he explains. “If these are approached as things that are blocking the human imagination, the person’s life purpose, and even the person’s view of life as something that can improve, then it makes sense to begin thinking in terms of how to turn that blockage into a roadway that can lead to something more creative and more fulfilling.”...
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    Jan 26, 2015 7:08 PM GMT
    In earlier times, mentally ill people were often chained up out of sight. The idea that in earlier times mental illnesses were better handled is not always true.
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    Jan 27, 2015 2:36 AM GMT
    yes in western or european cultures but in indigenous cultures the mentally ill would become shamans and would be some of the most useful and essential members of society. Only the white man has seemed to fuck this concept up...
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    Jan 29, 2015 7:36 PM GMT
    Modern psychology/psychiatry is good at treating crises and organic problems. It is useless when it comes to answering the big questions of life. Some sort of spiritual practice and belief system is much more useful for that.
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    Aug 02, 2016 3:43 AM GMT
    In defense of (Western) psychology, the principles are derived from a scientific method (especially in the field of Experimental Psychology).
    Secondly, the time has changed--there are less resources for more demand at low or no price. (I'm thinking of rehab facilities that I had worked at since college). Lots of fresh air and large open spaces can be had at premium facilities, though.