I have a friend who was an ecletic (more than one field/branch)psychologist for over 20 years, and I asked him if he believed with everything that is
going on in this country, did he believe the case could be made that this country is suffering from PTSD. I was astounded at how fast he answered
"yes, but good luck getting someone not on the dole or connected with the system to admit that as a viable diagnosis." I myself took psychology for a
couple of years before I realized how inundated the field is with behaviorists, and in order to get any kind of degree, I would have to "play ball"
irregardless of how I felt about the subject matter, and hence quit the field. ( i don't believe "healers" should have to dance due to political
What made me come to this startling hypothesis is the obvious lack of catharsis from the America people, concerning several recent news stories that
have yet to be resolved, AND their apparent lack of ever finding resolution. These stories are: Benghazi, IRS targeting political oppositions,
unconstitutional NSA intel gathering, and a fourth that currently escapes my mind, my apologies. But for discussions' sake, let's say the obvious
impotence of the left/right paradigm. (IOW Repubs/Libs two sides same coin. zero accountability. Erosion of society's mores/columns.)
Some of you may immediately question this kind of thread with the adage "This has always happened, nothing new here." I have to disagree with this one
question; Has it always happened to THIS degree, regularity & intensity? Any of these stories, by themselves, imho, should be "generational defining
moments; JFK assassination, etc. Instead they are merely "just news stories", and that's the point! And not only that, but they're still unresolved.
(and may never see any kind of resolution/conclusion.
PTSD, or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, is a psychiatric disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of a life-threatening
events such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or physical or sexual assault in adult or childhood. Most
survivors of trauma return to normal given a little time. However, some people will have stress reactions that do not go away on their own, or may
even get worse over time. These individuals may develop PTSD. People who suffer from PTSD often relive the experience through nightmares and
flashbacks, have difficulty sleeping, and feel detached or estranged, and these symptoms can be severe enough and last long enough to significantly
impair the person’s daily life.
This the definition, found here
for PTSD. While trying to find an article from the intelhub on
"perpetual war", the only thing I found was an infowars article relating to it, yet the original article is no longer showing up. So here is the gist
of what was declared through Congress.
New Authorization of Worldwide War Without End? Congress may soon vote on a new declaration of
worldwide war without end, and without clear enemies. A “sleeper provision” deep inside defense bills pending before Congress could become the
single biggest hand-over of unchecked war authority from Congress to the executive branch in modern American history. President Obama has not
sought new war authority. In fact, his administration has made clear that it believes it already has all of the authority that it needs to fight
terrorism. But Congress is considering monumental new legislation that would grant the president – and all presidents after him – sweeping
new power to make war almost anywhere and everywhere. Unlike previous grants of authority for the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, the proposed legislation
would allow a president to use military force wherever terrorism suspects are present in the world, regardless of whether there has been any harm to
U.S. citizens, or any attack on the United States, or any imminent threat of an attack. The legislation is broad enough to permit a president to use
military force within the United States and against American citizens. The legislation contains no expiration date, and no criteria to determine when
a president’s authority to use military force would end. Of all of the powers that the Constitution assigns to Congress, no power is more
fundamental or important than the power “to declare War.” That is why, in 2002, when Congress was considering whether to authorize war in Iraq, it
held fifteen hearings, and passed legislation that cited specific harms, set limits, and defined a clear objective. Now, Congress is poised to give
unchecked authority to the executive branch to use military force worldwide, with profoundly negative consequences for our fundamental democratic
system of checks and balances. Once Congress expands the president’s war power, it will be nearly impossible to rein it back in. The ACLU strongly
opposes a wholesale turnover of war power from Congress to the president – and all of his successors.
Now comes the scary thought that made me post this thread. We know that after Sandy Hook, there was a movement to make getting guns harder for those
that are mentally unfit, incompetent, etc, which, on the surface sounds fantastic.
But what if EVERYONE in this country is mentally unfit?
icans' Use of Antidepressants On the Rise: Study
Anxiety Drug Use Soars in Past Decade
And what if everything that has happened in the past six months isn't merely "boiling frog syndrome", but a more nefarious, drawn out process to back
door the end of the 2nd amendment? Think it crazy?
Take Xanax, Lose Your Guns?
As a society, we love our medications, our happy lil "quick fixes" We love it so much we call those that disagree with vaccinations "unfit parents".
(Even if they're forced, like the HPV in TX)
So lets not combine these two questions, hence muddying up the waters. The questions, being separate, are thus:
Does America suffer from a form of PTSD?
And if so, is it intentional?
FWIW, I'm looking at this from a social viewpoint standard, not a tin-foil hat standard. Thank you for your consideration.
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