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The mental health paradigm rejects both theology and philosophy. As such, it rejects grace and nature, faith and reason.
Generally speaking, people approve of the mainstream mental health system because it "justifies" their own disordered lifestyles.
As philosophy (the study of ultimate causes) brings man to the realization of the existence of God, it naturally humbles, for it necessitates that man is inferior and lacks total control. Of course, this realization does not lead to the Calvinistic or deterministic view that man has no control. Rather, the recognition of one's infinite inferiority to the Almighty ought to dispose the soul to an attitude similar to that of the Psalmist: "Make me to know Thy ways, O Lord; teach me Thy paths. Lead me in Thy truth, and teach me" (Psalm 25: 4–5).
Acknowledging God and therefore having some degree of a moral compass are two things for which the mental health system has no concern. Instead, modern psychology simply adjusts its goalposts according to the current culture — no matter how degenerate it is.
World-renowned exorcist Fr. Chad Ripperger makes this same point about modern psychology in his book Introduction to the Science of Mental Health: "It has failed to arrive at what mental health actually is, and this makes it impossible really to know if the average man is doing what is right. Just because everyone in a society is engaging in certain types of behavior does not make those behaviors psychologically good."
To pile on to this point, the American Psychiatric Association downgraded homosexuality from a "psychiatric disorder" to a "sexual-orientation disturbance" in 1973. The APA's reasoning? "We feel we have to keep step with [the] times."
It is this same association that publishes the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, also known as the "bible for the mental health industry." It is this manual that serves as the basis for state-licensed "professionals" everywhere.
On top of normalizing homosexuality, the DSM — now in its fifth edition, as of 2013 — encourages children to castrate themselves as a way to cope with their so-called gender dysphoria. This is the manual providing not only all diagnoses, but all treatments for all so-called mental illnesses. Keep in mind, the DSM once identified mere cross-dressing as "pathologic behavior."
Again, this is the philosophy of modern psychology — that children should be able to mutilate themselves (irreversibly, mind you) because their parents are sociopaths that have forced innocents to believe they are a different sex.
This is the same system that diagnoses and treats things like anxiety and depression — so it makes sense to, at the very least, be skeptical about everything the industry pushes.
It's beyond cavil that the mental health system affirms and promotes sin, but what goes over most people's heads is the Christian compromise within this system.
There are many good-willed therapists within the system trying to do honest work and alleviate people's problems. Better said, within the mental health disciplines (psychology, psychiatry and counseling), there are people who subscribe to a Christian worldview and even use it to bring about well-being for their patients. But, when working within a godless and soulless system, there is always a compromise.
For example, the website CatholicTherapists.com is touted as one of the best places to find real treatment because its therapists do acknowledge the reality of the soul, sin, final judgment, etc.
But in order to be a therapist on this website, one is required to have a state license, and that state license means, according to nearly every state, the candidate "must have the accreditation of the American Psychological Association."
How much knowledge do these therapists have if their background in psychology is almost entirely secular? One might posit that their "education" is actually worse for them than not studying anything at all, for these classes that speak nothing of the soul equate to rank brainwashing for the unformed student.
Granted, CatholicTherapists.com does require its members to be "practicing Catholic[s] in good standing [who] believe all the truths of the Roman Catholic faith."
If these therapists really do hold to that statement of truth they signed, then they are likely zealous about helping people in need. But unless they have a firm grounding in Thomistic and Catholic anthropology (to which their state-sponsored psychology education is opposed), they are incapable of providing their patients with true Catholic psychotherapy.
Dr. G.C. Dilsaver, founder of the Institute of Psychomoralitics, warns about this very problem in his book Psychomoralitics: The Soul-Deep Alternative to the Failed Mental Health Professions: "[This] has grave consequences clinically; for the efficacy of any applied psychology depends specifically on both a proper understanding of the psychomoral nature of the human person and the reality he is called to encounter."
It should be added that Dilsaver was dubbed "the father of Christian psychology" by the Catholic University of America Press in 2007.
His psychomoral approach to psychology is the answer to the failed mental health system.
This approach recognizes the soul (psyche) and volitional human action (morals). Modern psychology ignores both, and this is why diagnosing and treating perceived mental illness within this flawed system is off base — to say the least.
This is also why this failed so-called science of mental health passes out medication like candy, as its main form of "treatment" — and these psychotropics are in lockstep with the system's feel-good affirmation for any and all behavior. The only behavior most psychologists deem "wrong" is behavior that makes one feel bad or behavior that might inhibit functionality. But, again, functionality defined by a godless system is certainly different than the Christian definition.
Dr. Dilsaver elaborates, "When a mere feeling good is the goal, then people become superficial at best, and anesthetized at worse, for it is easiest to feel good on a superficial or physical level. However, this, along with functionality, is the superficial goal of the mental health system's treatments."
Likewise, Josef Pieper, a German-Catholic philosopher, also addressed the dangers of mere functionality in his 1989 book Living the Truth:
It insults the dignity of man's spirit to lead a life so much confined and imprisoned within narrow considerations of immediate usefulness that his own small environment utterly ceases to be a window on the larger "world." To be thus totally absorbed in a mere fragment of reality, to "function" rather than live, is not human.
Psychomoralitics is the remedy to worthless modern-day psychology and psychiatry. Instead of passing out pills, or making somebody merely feel good or function well, psychomoralitics leads the soul to fully accept and embrace reality. This is the only way well-being and interior freedom can be achieved.
In the psychomoralitic system, things like anxiety and depression are given real definitions with working treatments. For example, anxiety is essentially a fear of one's own existence, and depression arises from this fear — more so, depression is a self-pity, a sort of running away from anything that threatens one's pride.
Psychomoralitics always keeps the soul in mind, and so even the worst things that can happen to a person (sexual abuse, injuries, unjustly being fired, etc.) can "work for good", as St. Paul tells the Romans.
Watch the eighth episode of Church Militant's brand new series Mental Health: Catholic Perspective to learn more.
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