Just like addiction, the first step to any solution is first admitting there is a problem. By never acknowledging our own participation in a problem, we inherently skirt the accountability solving this problem requires.

Welcome to the MH Industry…

Every professional openly agrees mental health services are broken, but simultaneously refuses to admit they are part of these problems. They blame other people instead.

Here we find the blame game, where professionals point fingers at “bad therapists” without ever actually identifying who these bad actors are.

Suddenly we become ghost hunters chasing invisible forces intangibly.

Having an unchallenged system of excuse inherently baked into any profession sees issues perpetuate into perpetuity problematically.

Trying to address mental health professionals has been very much like facing addicts: it’s never their fault & always out of their control, they just don’t steal your TV.

This isn’t a dig, it’s my experience after hundreds of advocacy hours trying.

Low mental health insurance payouts is a prime example. Instead of owning this problem internally, therapist told me: “you fix it, talk to your legislators”.

So now it’s the public’s job to fix a therapists paychecks? Wow.

Imagine a car salesman telling customers to call China to decrease export costs, then refusing to sell cars until you do. Instead of just diversifying business models to accommodate these costs internally, they blame someone else and evade responsibility.

Unfortunately, this is the mentality I see industry-wide in mental health services; in a system void of accountability & free of repercussions while being driven by qualitative self-assessments, it’s never anyone’s fault.

And so the industry issues drift untouched.

The tragedy here is the only ones to suffer are patients & patient loved ones and the public these patients touch – people are dying while therapists tweet nonsense for likes.

I found my attempts to help MH professionals step outside themselves (insightfully) met with such denial & disdain, it ruined my ability to take the industry seriously. It’s that bad, even among tangible solutions implementable right now, they take their ball & go home like babies.

This after 2,000+ hours of mental health services under my belt spanning 20 years.

As I articulate valid points to mental health professionals, they block, mute, & evade me entirely, which means I am making progress – only legitimate (peaceful) threats to status quo would see such flailing evasion (absent of belligerence).

I’ve been respectful but passionate, concise but impatient, forgiving but persistent… & they don’t dispute anything. They turn their heads & walk away. My solutions tenfold more concrete then their half-baked evasions.

Mental health industry doesn’t want help; they want left alone & validated.

Why? Because they could listen & pop their vacuum-bubbles by implementing real change… or they could just not & keep trucking unbothered as they were, much like an addict would.

I’m sorry, but if I’m going to see personal accountability expected in my own treatments, I expect my therapists to do the same. Or at least try.

Absent of this, the whole conceptual foundation crumbles.

Alas, hypocritical advice is born.

Unfortunately, the solutions fall back onto patients: The only way we can see the industry change is by holding higher expectations for our providers. This requires hard work, education & awareness, then action (speaking up in sessions).

The feasibility of this patient-burden is not great. Which leaves only one advocation left imo: avoid therapy unless it’s a life threatening emergency.

It’s hard not to get angry among all this madness; the irony is palatable.

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