by: George A. Yesthal
Over the past decade or so there has come into being in the realm of psychoanalysis, a condition the protagonists in that field have termed (ODD), Obedience Defiance or Oppositional Defiant Disorder. It is characterized by aggressive episodes, intensive questioning of authority, disobedience, finding fault, being easily annoyed or angered. It’s treated with counseling and psychotropic drugs. And this is only one of the perceived pantheon of emotional aberrations the AMA and mega pharmaceutical companies have convinced us, “need addressing” right away before they bring down our society. So much so that one in ten Americans are currently prescribed some form of psychotropic drug.
[ “The number of prescriptions dispensed in the United States for antidepressant, anti-anxiety, analeptic and antipsychotic medications grew significantly from 2002 to 2006, according to projections prepared by IMS Health, a health-care information company that tracks prescription sales nationwide.”]
Most of these emotions so feared by the medical community, are ones we all experience, but now we’re told it’s wrong to have them and that we need hours of therapy “addressing” them, “digesting them”, “evaluating them”, in other words obsessing on them and when that doesn’t work and only exacerbates the “patient’s” quirks, they are addressed with drugs.
Instead of finding outlets like hobbies, sports the arts and sciences, hunting, fishing, hiking and camping, now these special people who question and object to what they find wrong instead of laying down when their sense of aesthetics or elevated intellect show them what they perceive as a better way, are treated as argumentative and antisocial. Today, it seems, the question “why” is anathema.
They are vilified or quasi sympathized as sick and forced to believe there is ‘something wrong’ with them until there actually IS something wrong, and their unique way of seeing the world and its challenges find sinister release.
We have stopped recognizing these people’s uniqueness as admirable, malleable and adaptable qualities that made leaders and questers and pioneers. Now, largely due to our own collective inadequacies and subsequent social breakdown, we have turned what was once recognized as a pioneer spirit into a disease.
We have turned that spirit that set men out across the plains and mountains and oceans and space itself, from something special into something ODD.
Jefferson, Washington, Einstein, Tesla, Boone, Crocket, Lewis & Clark, Patton, MacArthur, Currie, Earhart, Joplin, Hendrix, Presley, Holly, Dean, Edison, Carlin, Christ and the list goes on and on. These figures are so iconic that we recognize each and every one by last names alone, and every one would be diagnosed, by today’s standards as, ODD. And I can guarantee that their message to us today would be…
“Shame on you.”