Scattered PillsPretend you were enjoying a lovely skiing holiday and swished when you should have swooshed, resulting in a broken left foot. Logically, you’d visit a medical doctor and ask him to set the bone. As long as he did his job, you could expect your foot to heal completely. That would be a normal expectation – the doctor would heal your foot permanently.

However, for some reason when it comes to mental illness, psychiatrists, the people who are touted as experts, won’t even come close to healing their patients. The fact is they all shy away from a certain four-letter word – cure.

Psychologist John M. Grohol, Psy.D., founder and CEO of Psych Central, explains that psychologists will rarely utter the word cure. He says, “One of the challenges faced by people who have a mental illness – such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or ADHD or the like – is that not too many people will talk to you about “curing” the condition.”

Why is that?

It would be wise to ask yourself that question. Then ask the experts in the field of mental health, “Why can’t you cure mental illness?”

Grohol has an answer and it’s a logical one. “Treating mental illness rarely results in a ‘cure,’ per se.” He goes on to say that mental illness will spring back up time and time again, despite drugs and psychiatric therapy, which don’t in fact do anything to stop the problem.

The fact is that psychiatrists don’t try to cure people of mental illness. They use drugs in an attempt to dull the pain, increasing dosage when it inevitably doesn’t work. Then they shrug when their patients commit suicide because of the intensity of the newly found pain caused by the treatment. Inevitably the powerful, mind-altering drugs prescribed compound the problem and create new ones.

Now, let’s pretend that after you’d broken your left foot on the snowy slopes of Killington, Vermont your doctor proceeded to smash your right foot with a sledgehammer until the bones were shards as a supposed treatment for the initial break. While, this treatment might distract you from the pain in the other foot, I think you can agree that this doctor made the situation worse.

Whatever you do, don’t complain further of any discomfort to this doctor. He’s liable to smash your right hand, then your left in an attempt to treat your broken foot. It’s clearly the only solution, the only treatment he knows. The fact is, he doesn’t know how to set a bone.

If you’re thinking this is all insane, you are absolutely right. It is.

Unfortunately, if you visit a psychiatrist in an attempt to fix your depression or anxiety, know going in that he doesn’t have a cure. Odds are, he’ll probably prescribe the latest drug. Then when that drug doesn’t actually help you, he’d up the dosage and add another drug.

Remember, psychiatrists admit they aren’t attempting to cure anything. They are simply distracting you from the pain. Now, it might seem to work for a while, but eventually you’ll find yourself taking five different pills each day and will feel worse over time.

Whatever you do, don’t make the mistake of continuing to complain. You might wind up in a mental hospital where they’ll give you electric shock therapy. If that happens, you’ll wish they’d just taken a sledgehammer to your limbs. It would be far less painful and destructive.