The Poor Aren’t “Crazy”
It’s a farce to cling to the narrative that most homeless are addicts or “mentally ill” (implied to be psychosis or incompetence), as very few homeless are diagnosed as delusional or developmentally disabled (and the statistics for undiagnosed individuals do not suggest the majority are overwhelming dysfunctional due to unprovoked internal mechanisms and genetic pathologies).
Although those experiencing psychosis or development restrictions shouldn’t be marginalized, the stigmatic concepts of misapplied and misunderstood “mental illness” are often exaggerated in order to victim-blame and dismiss the entirety and/or majority of the homeless and impoverished populations.
Impoverished people are often treated like pets or cattle, as opposed to capable thinking, feeling sentient beings deserving of respect, justice and equal opportunity.
Most (per APA ,CDC, WHO, WPA) are diagnosed with anxiety and depression, and studies routinely conclude that the most significant factors influencing this are a lack of sustainable occupations and housing for those with low status and low income (along with histories of ignored human rights abuses).
If people were granted access to training that would give them credentials and access to clean, affordable living, there would be a serious reduction in homeless (and by extension drug abuse and disturbances of the peace).
The top issues related to homeless mental health are the following:
1. Depression and anxiety related to unresolved cases of domestic abuse or systematic psychological abuse and slander.
2. Depression and anxiety related to cases of scholastic neglect or unjust academic obstruction (limiting employment options).
3. Depression and anxiety related to cases of occupational obstruction (lack of available options; undependable systems/companies).
4. Depression and anxiety related to cases of overdiagnosis by community organizations that obtain wealth based on diagnosis.
5. Social and economic constrictions and restrictions imposed by agencies handling Social Services.
6. Addiction rooted in both depression/anxiety, and substance dependencies supplanted by healthcare agencies that gain material wealth from cycles of dependency for addiction and drug sales.
7. Psychological abuse by service providers that flex or treat consumers with condescension, bulverism and hegemonic double standards.
Here are some suggestions for tackling these issues:
1. Therapy services must focus on what is best for the client in regards to their full status of (tested) capability, and what is best for them in regards to economic options, academic options and results-based care.
2. Issues with abuse and neglect must take an open round-table approach focusing on objective investigative-and-results based outcomes, placing the rights of the consumer above reputation-control systems of groups, authorities, controlling families, academic institutions, companies, workers and systems.
3. Occupational services should focus on eliminating or improving options that otherwise lead to dead-end dependencies or low-income (crisis creating) cycles.
4. Agencies should eliminate all “subpar” declarative-status data that isn’t based on objective testing in order to free people from undeserved obstruction, suspicion and stigma. All declarative statements about supposed “communications” should require signatures by consumers, and consumers should be discouraged from signing any documentation that isn’t completely accurate, in order to eliminate misuse and incorrect care. All data of supposed declarative “symptoms” should require specific information about the circumstances, dates and times, triggering, environment, and duration of events related to symptomatic declarations, in order to separate the pathological from the physiological.
5. Social Service providers shouldn’t attempt to restrict, force, reinforce or control the Social or Economic aspects of consumers lives unless objective testing has proven a lack of functional capability in relation to those concepts, restricted to evidence in relation to repeated violations of the law or the consumers own Human Rights.
6. Addiction counseling should be addressed with evidence-based practices, and consumers should not be trained to become solely dependent upon drugs in order to function. Drugs should also be restricted to extreme cases on non-choice based dysfunction and should never be utilized to control or manipulate the non-criminal behaviors of lawfully compliant but civically disobedient and protesting consumers.
7. There should be a zero tolerance policy for any disrespectful behaviors by those with any power in the system. Investigative techniques based on objective fact finding on all sides should be placed above short-handed bias.