Every month about 14 million Americans receive a disability check from Medicaid. In a recent article by NPR, they describe the growing problems with so many people who are dependent on the disability system. Interestingly, back pain and other musculoskeletal problems along with mental health issues lead the way in the fastest growing disabilities since 1961.
It's no surprise that along with the increase of mental health issues, we have seen an increase in the number of medications being prescribed to people during this time as well. Our rate of mental health disabilities increased from 9.6% in 1961, to 19.2% in 2011, all other areas of disabilities either declined or remained about the same other than back pain. This also doesn't include statistics for people that are ill from mental health drugs like myself, that are totally unaware that the drugs are what is causing their problems. I know I wasn't aware of it until I came off the drug and saw the changes in my whole system. It has been eye opening as well as sobering at the same time.
In my case, I was put on disability for a skull fracture that resulted from a black out that I know now was caused by the benzo I was taking at the time. There is no way to tell how many other disability cases are a result of these medications if they were determined disabled do to an accident or illness where the connection to the drug might not be made. So, this could make the percentage of mental health related disabilities considerably higher than 19.2%, and that means a big problem for us moving forward if these mental health drugs continue to be prescribed at the rate that they currently are.
According to the NPR article, our disability and Social Security programs are due to run out of funding by 2033. Given how many people are already dependent on the system and barely making ends meet, this could mean serious problems for all of us. So, is the last person standing that is still able to work going to end up footing the bill for all of this? Will we end up with a huge population of homeless, elderly people if there is no more Social Security?
I guess my biggest fear is that if Big Pharma continues to run our healthcare system and flood the market with these type of psychiatric medications, we could end up with a whole other class of people on disability. I already know a number of people on disability because they are having a horrible time coming off of these medications, and there are others that need to be on it because they are in such bad shape from the withdrawal itself. I could never have imagined myself the time it would take to recover if had not been through it. This in itself is difficult to imagine, but as someone who has been down the road to hell coming off of these drugs, I can say without a doubt that these drugs mess with you on every conceivable level.
The most frightening part is the statistics for the number of children on these kinds of medications. We have actually no way of knowing what the long term affects could be of medicating our children with all of these drugs. This is the first generation to see this massive push for childhood mental health conditions. It is highly conceivable that we could end up with a serious health epidemic from children being chemically poisoned at such an early age. If they even live to be forty, I often wonder what kind of health problems they could be facing and if there could be any DNA modifications that would raise the number of birth defects in their children.
When I was a kid, these medications didn't exist, nor did you hear about ADHD. If we had, I would have been on at least ten different medications. I don't know, but we seemed to have survived childhood just fine without the drugs. I guess I'm mystified by what all of the sudden happened that we thought we actually needed all of this medicating for our kids.
Since we didn't have much T.V. or drug commercials, I believe that this is where the drugs slipped into our collective consciousness. We literally went from just a few T.V. stations in the fifties and sixties, to mass choices of cable stations and pay-per-view. T.V. that had overnight become the number one pass time in America. Even if you weren't a big T.V. watcher like myself, the first line of defense whenever you went to a doctor was to give you a pill. I guess that I'm baffled as it seems to have virtually happened overnight while we were sleeping. I just hope that our kids haven't been brainwashed so deeply that we can never wake them up from this mass drugging campaign. Our future pretty much depends on it.