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Mental Health Talk Needs a Reality Check

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If Kay Redfield Jameson (upcoming OSU Cascades Program) and the Military/Industrial/Medical/Governmental Complex are suggesting we should think "normally" and quiet the "unquiet" mind, no thanks. Such assumptions would be a direct affront to critical, independent and natural thinking. May citizens reject political definitions of mental health? Quieting the "unquiet" mind (as Big Pill Industry and increasingly, government seems to want to do) ignores the dynamic, conscious, individual, evolutionary, exceptional, creative, visual, sensory and daily biorhythm of the structured mind.

Psychological health isn't community, government, or police defined. It is a trust-based transaction between the client and his therapist, benefiting clarity and emotional experience, knowing identification and uncovering the unconscious mind. Beyond those, mental health is about memory, family and personal relationships and knowing the self.

Why isn't OSU-Cascades presenting the alternative viewpoint to Big Pill and Big Psychiatry industries?

John Lashelle, Bend

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