I just wrote a piece and I am considering it for submission to The Citizen. I am not sure if it would be appropriate for you blog Good Morning Key West but thought of you for first refusal. Let me know what you think and the piece is as follows. Bob
Evil as a Diagnosis?
The recent tragedy in Connecticut where young children were murdered while in school has everyone chattering about treatment for mental illness and gun control. Both of these topics need public discussion and revisions in our society; funding for treatment of mental illness has suffered in recent years and gun control laws are way overdue and have been held hostage by a lobby in the minority. Speculation on a mental health diagnosis for Mr. Lanza, by the talking heads on television babbling the usual rhetoric, has had very little substance. The operable term here is speculation. From what I have read, SO FAR, Mr. Lanza does not appear to be mentally ill. However, many people do have some form of mental illness and a small percentage may be violent. Notwithstanding, if we are going to speculate, I wonder why we overlook the obvious? There are evil people in this world who do evil things. I learned very early on in my career that there are people who have problems and there are people whose behaviors and deeds resemble an anus. These two types of people should not be confused or mistaken for each other. It is certainly possible that a person can be both, but one is not an excuse for the other i.e. a person with problems cannot justify or explain certain behaviors based on their problems. There are evil people in this world who do evil things. For instance, I have often seen colleagues make a diagnosis of depression as a shorthand description of the problem. More accurately, depression is a category of diagnoses that comes in a number of shapes and sizes. It is important to get the diagnosis correct, since the treatment regime is not necessarily the same for each diagnosis and too often medication is seen as a remedy. In my experience, medication most often treats the symptoms and not the problem. If we look a little deeper, sometimes depression is not a diagnosis, but is a symptom. Most commonly, in haste to diagnose, we may overlook another more accurate diagnosis such as borderline personality disorder, which commonly has depression as a symptom but is not the problem. In fact some would argue that the whole category of personality disorders are different than other problems we call mental illness since they are more accurately a disorder of a person’s character by nature i.e. if a person has a flaw in their character, does this constitute mental illness? If it does, then the vast majority of our politicians are high level sociopaths, the diagnosis being the antisocial personality, another of the personality disorders. Most generally, sociopaths, who are sometimes referred to as psychopaths, fill our prisons. The “condition” is characterized by lies, deceit, manipulation, and a disregard for the rights and freedoms of others. This type of person does not have sympathy for the pain others feel and quite usually enjoy it. Anything that does not enhance the accomplishment of their own goals is irrelevant and they always feel they are above the law. There is always a lack of remorse, and if permitted, they will behave the same way repeatedly. These people are often very charming, convincing, and persuasive. The absence of any guilt allows them to commit terrible deeds and lie about it. Does this sound familiar? Most politicians build a career on lies and deceit, while being charming, convincing, and persuasive. Their most important goal is reelection and they represent the moneyed interests that contributed to their campaign and not the interests of those who voted for them. It is noteworthy that the interests of the voters are in competition with those with the wealth, who wish to increase their wealth at the expense of those less fortunate. After all, the amount of wealth is finite and for some to gain wealth, some must lose it. How often do we see remorse or guilt from this process that politicians caught in wrong doing? How often do any of them admit they were wrong? Here’s the point. Treatment for mental illness and gun control are inexorably tied to the political process and the people we continue to elect to office. The goal of elected office should be to represent the best interests of the voters and motivated by altruism. Until this becomes the mainstream, we will continue to poorly treat the mentally ill and have evil people in this world who do evil things.
Bob Consroe, LCSW, has been licensed as a clinical social worker for 38 years and in three different states. He has practiced as a cognitive behavioral psychotherapist in a variety of settings, hospital administrator, and consultant. He is presently retired but keeps his license to practice active.
Sloan Bashinsky Hi, Bob – Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this dreadful subject. I need to sleep on your article, to see if the angels I make up want me to publish it. I wrote in three posts now that Adam Lanza was demonically possessed, and that is beyond psychiatry’s range. Have you read Scott Peck’s book, People of the Lie? Some of what you wrote reminds me of that book. Probably the primer on demonic possession is Hostage to the Devil, by Father Malachi Martin. The Monroe County Library System used to have a copy.
I scrawled this below earlier today, might be too long to fit into a Facebook comment:
This aimed dead at moi is on bigpinekey.com’s Coconut Telegraph today [12/19/2012]:
The person who occasionally posts about speaking with angels and being given good advice in dreams seems to me to be a ticking time bomb. I hope the FBI is on the case. I hope this person is not dangerous to anyone but perhaps himself. In any case, I hope he/she gets mental health advice.
The dreamer who is spoken to by angels, a wee bit different from speaking to angels, gets mental health advisories from them ongoing about himself and about other people, and sometimes about America, about religions, about other countries, and about the human species.
So far, the angels have not told the dreamer to harm any one, not even himself. So far, the angels have not told dreamer he is a leader, an avatar, a messiah, but once they did tell him, in his sleep, not in a dream, in plain English, “You are an ordained Melchizedek exorcist priest going back into a prison where you once lived to try to help other people still living there.” The very next night, the angels told him in his sleep, not in a dream, in plain English, “You cannot do this work correctly, if you are looking to get anything back for yourself from the people you are trying to help.”
During the dreamer’s peculiar life, he treated mental health workers for their mental and spiritual problems, including psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, psychological counselors, addiction counselors and Jungian analysts. During the dreamer’s life, he met lots of people under the care of psychiatry, and himself was treated by psychiatry. He learned psychiatry has no clue what is wrong with its patients or what can be done to fix them, although sometimes the pills and other restraints psychiatry uses mollify symptoms, while creating other symptoms and making the underlying problems even worse.
Absent physical brain injury or birth defects, mental illnesses are caused by injury to the internal feminine and masculine, and their intended symbiotic interaction, and by demonic possession. The boy who murdered the Sandy Hook School students, teachers and staff was demonically possessed. The boy’s mother was demonically possessed, providing her son, whom she knew was dangerous, with access to the two pistols and a rifle he took to the schools to kill the children, teachers and staff. They all now are in God’s hands, while the suvivors are in a living hell from which they likely will not emerge in this life, although as time passes the conscious suffering will subside, while the subconscious suffering will continue to rage, causing them many problems of spiritual, emotional, mental and medical variety, which may or may not be diagnosed and/or treated poorly.
The only threat I am to other people is their beliefs and egos. I have paid, am paying, dearly for harm I did to other people in this life and perhaps in prior lives. I have zero desire or impulse to harm anyone physically, or otherwise, because I do not want to incur any more karma of that kind. If everyone on this world was like me, there would be no physical violence; there would be no psychic abuse; there would be no child abuse; there would be no theft; there would be no lying; there would be no cheating on spouses; there would be no sex crimes; there would be no prostitution; there would be no drug addiction; there would be no war; there would be no religions; there would be no greed, nor any other of the so-called seven deadly sins; there would be no mental illness, as it is misunderstood today; there would be no demonic possession, as it is misunderstood today. Lucifer would be totally wigged out.
Meanwhile, yes, I can be dangerous to myself. I can behave in the ways I used to behave. I can ignore the training the angels put me through; I can ignore what the angels tell me to do and not to do. I can kill myself. I certainly have thought many times of killing myself, as would anyone I know who lived in my skin 5 minutes. If they did not die first, which mostly likely would happen because of the spirit load they were not gotten in shape by the angels to carry.
The angels Jesus, Michael and Melchizedek, and others they let have at me from time to time. The angels who never pat me on the back, never tell me I am doing a good job. The angels who constantly correct me and remind me of how far I still have to go. The angels religions have re-invented, to make those angels acceptable to members of those religions. The angels who are looking after the people who died at Sandy Hook School, including the shooter and his mother.
There indeed is a ticking time-bomb, and it is humanity. More closer to home on this world, it is America. More closer to home in America, it is each person in America. Deep down inside, under specific circumstances, every person in Amercia is that Sandy Hook shooter and his mother. Including Time Magazine’s Person of the Year Nobel Peace Prize President Barack Obama, who is doing to Afghan and Paki civilians what the Sandy Hook shooter did to civilians in that school.
Make no mistake, the Sandy Hook massacre was karma for President Obama’s drone massacres in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Make no mistake, Hurricane Sandy’s ravage of New York City and surrounding was karma for President G.W. Bush’s 9/11-reactive wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which any half-wit should have seen were a really bad idea.
The time-bomb ticking in America is of the delayed release variety. Hurricane Sandy and Sandy Hook School are just seconds in the minutes and hours that bomb will count down, if America doesn’t really change its ways.