Mad and Psychotic

July 21, 2011

“Ninety-eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hard-working, honest Americans.
It’s the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity.
But then, we elected them.”
Lily Tomlin

(Illustration found here).

Disappointment leads to disillusionment and then onto despair, finally overflowing into the deep well of anger.
In viewing the happenings all around US peoples, there is a shitload of stuff to make anybody follow the three Ds and then into the famous/infamous “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore.”
The US is on the verge of the big scream.

As the debt ceiling deadline looms, a lot of the discontent has come from actually seeing on TV the people elected to represent the ordinary guy in the street coming off as assholes, self-centered political shitheads, and even worse, hypocritical finger-pointing goodie-two-shoes.
Most US peoples are sick of it, and the big scream is just now frosting on the lips mainly because the mid-terms last November was the first of those ‘can’t someone else do it instead of the dip-wads already there‘ elections, and obviously now that attempt was a massive fail.
From the Washington Post:

Nearly two-thirds of registered voters in a new Washington Post/ABC News poll say they plan to “look around” to vote for someone other than their current Member of Congress in 2012, a symbol of the considerable unrest in the electorate and a warning sign to incumbents of both parties heading into next November.

Even more concerning for House members is that independents, a swing voting bloc who went for Democrats by 18 points in 2006 and Republicans by 19 points in 2010, are very much in a looking-around mood; 67 percent said they are in search of someone other than their current incumbent to vote for in 2012.
And, 80 percent of all Americans said they were either dissatisfied or angry about the way Washington works, the highest that number has been in Post/ABC polling since the early 1990s.

What is interesting in the Post/ABC numbers, however, is how the desire to find another option for Congress in 2012 is shared by people of every ideological leaning.
Sixty-six percent of moderates said they will “look around” but so did 63 percent of conservatives and 56 percent of liberals.
And, while independents were the most likely to say they wanted to look around in 2012, 66 percent of Republicans and 57 percent of Democrats said the same.
That data is particularly interesting given the results of the last three House elections in which large numbers of seats changed hands each time — the first time in modern political history that we have seen three consecutive national wave elections.

And no surprise: Republicans in Congress are in bad shape as only 28 percent gave a approval rating while 77 percent of participants blame GOPers for the slow crawl of the debt-ceiling debate.
A new  CBS poll was even lower — only 21 percent of participants gave Republicans an okay.
Republicans are not only assholes, but dumb-ass assholes.

An insight from truthdig: There is no need to look too far to find the source of our discontent—our “dysfunction,” if you must. It is in the Congress, which the American people mistakenly turned over to fakers and fools last November. Every poll shows that most voters regret that error now, and wish that Congress would tax the wealthy and preserve social insurance. Now those voters had better make their remorse heard, and loudly, if they hope to avert catastrophe.
Can they?

The problem might be that US peoples are way over-medicated.
And to the giant US pharmaceutical industry goes the blame, which has led a new report that one in 66 Americans is diagnosed as psychotic.
This from Aljazeera English:

Once upon a time, antipsychotics were reserved for a relatively small number of patients with hard-core psychiatric diagnoses — primarily schizophrenia and bipolar disorder — to treat such symptoms as delusions, hallucinations, or formal thought disorder.
Today, it seems, everyone is taking antipsychotics.
Parents are told that their unruly kids are in fact bipolar, and in need of anti-psychotics, while old people with dementia are dosed, in large numbers, with drugs once reserved largely for schizophrenics. Americans with symptoms ranging from chronic depression to anxiety to insomnia are now being prescribed anti-psychotics at rates that seem to indicate a national mass psychosis.
It is anything but a coincidence that the explosion in antipsychotic use coincides with the pharmaceutical industry’s development of a new class of medications known as “atypical antipsychotics.” Beginning with Zyprexa, Risperdal, and Seroquel in the 1990s, followed by Abilify in the early 2000s, these drugs were touted as being more effective than older antipsychotics like Haldol and Thorazine. More importantly, they lacked the most noxious side effects of the older drugs — in particular, the tremors and other motor control problems.
The atypical anti-psychotics were the bright new stars in the pharmaceutical industry’s roster of psychotropic drugs — costly, patented medications that made people feel and behave better without any shaking or drooling.
Sales grew steadily, until by 2009 Seroquel and Abilify numbered fifth and sixth in annual drug sales, and prescriptions written for the top three atypical antipsychotics totaled more than 20 million. Suddenly, antipsychotics weren’t just for psychotics any more.

And a lot of these drugs are shit.
Supposedly, the US in a raging epidemic of mental illness, but it’s all in the pill.

In the space of three short years, then, drugs had become available to treat what at that time were regarded as the three major categories of mental illness—psychosis, anxiety, and depression — and the face of psychiatry was totally transformed.
These drugs, however, had not initially been developed to treat mental illness.
They had been derived from drugs meant to treat infections, and were found only serendipitously to alter the mental state.
At first, no one had any idea how they worked.
They simply blunted disturbing mental symptoms.
But over the next decade, researchers found that these drugs, and the newer psychoactive drugs that quickly followed, affected the levels of certain chemicals in the brain.

So the US voter is not only mad, but mentally deranged through the way-over dosage of drugs.
Mad and crazed — Hello future.

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