This post follows on Being Black, I can’t breathe and I can’t breathe II and will be followed by Drawing Breath (I and maybe II). Patsy Stephenson has managed to wriggle her way in again, see comments on I can’t breathe II. Whether she managed to stage this photo or not, as a red-head Patsy has had to live with a terrible stigma – although perhaps not as bad for a woman.
I can’t breathe II features women and antidepressants. Why the mass consumption of numbing agents? With benzos, it was men handing them out. With SSRIs its other women handing them out. (While more likely to get headline abuse from their fathers, daughters are more likely to be trapped in an ongoing struggle with their mothers).
Women and ADHD is another game in town. This used to be a disorder of young boys until Lilly started to market Adult ADHD. Adult ADHD is not the same condition as hyperactivity in young boys. People with childhood ADHD do not become Adult ADHD. See NZ ADHD.
Over 80% of childhood cases are boys, easily recognisable by their bee in a jam-jar activity level. But over 60% of cases in adults are women. Adult ADHD is not a disease – there is no disease in medicine that changes sex ratio like this, never mind so dramatically.
There is no disease in medicine where it was possible to run a simple back of an envelope experiment in 2010 in North Wales, a part of the world that had no Adult ADHD then, where doctors responded saying they didn’t believe there was such a thing, but at the same time indicating they expected that in five years from then they would be diagnosing this condition and prescribing for it. And they are. See Adult ADHD.
There are other ways to frame things like ADHD. It can be seen as extraversion, something to cherish, an indicator of creativity. Why would women not want to be creative? Success in life is about finding the right relationship and work niches to make the gifts we have work for us and others rather than Stepfordizing ourselves.
It seems many of us view being damaged as the way to go. Especially women. Granted there is the possibility of weight loss on stimulants and society puts tremendous pressure on women to be svelte.
Whether extraverted or introverted, women are supposed to be able to multi-task. Having a stimulant induced increase in focus, an increase in stereotyped looping, sounds like giving up on a birth-right. Unless being a woman has lost its appeal.
One of the most striking phenomena of recent times is Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria.
Transgender states have been around for a long time. Men, mostly older men, have figured that being a woman, or something like a woman, was very appealing. And for some men, the switch seems to work well.
There are profound poorly understood issues here.
What is novel and unprecedented is a surge in the last decade of teenage girls who want to be… It’s not even want to be boys. It seems more just don’t want to be girls. Teenage girls are now transitioning in ever increasing numbers, unchecked by anyone – their parents, the culture, medicine, anyone.
They are also detransitioning in ever increasing numbers, leaving both themselves and the transgender community pretty confused.
The most confusing of all is the young women seeking medically assisted dying in Belgium and the Netherlands supposedly for Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD) and soon in Canada and elsewhere. TRD is not a real illness – See MAiD in Canada and M.A.D. Treatment Resistant Depression. TRD is primarily caused by the psychotropic treatments these young women have been previously given.
Antidepressants are now the second most commonly taken drugs by adolescent women, who migrate into their early twenties on them – with heading toward 25% of women in their twenties on them.
The clinical trials of antidepressant drugs for ‘depressed’ adolescents are the greatest concentration of negative trials for anything ever in human history. Essentially 30 out of 30 trials done are negative, including the two trials that got Prozac (fluoxetine) licensed. Prozac has more negative trials in this age group than any other drug. See Adolescent Antidepressant Trials.
In the Treatment of Adolescent Depression Study (TADS), a supposedly independent study of fluoxetine compared to placebo, there were 34 suicidal events on Prozac compared to 3 on placebo in the trial. All written out of the script – saved in an obscure hiding place by Goran Hogberg. It appears that the data for this trial, sold as an independent, supposed National Institute of Health trial (conducted on Lilly forms and paper) has now been destroyed. A euphemistic way of saying….
Young women given antidepressants for the last twenty years in ever increasing amounts stood very little chance of being helped. Not being helped these days is not a recipe for your drug being stopped at some point. Instead, mood stabilisers and stimulants get added into the mix. The upshot of this is Treatment Resistant Depression and Medically Assisted Death.
Young White women go along with this while Black and Muslim women have so far been more cautious but are now coming under pressure, from members of their own communities sent to medical school, to drop their stone-age attitudes. Black and Muslim women are now doing it to Black and Muslim women.
We have moved into a world of Medical Consumerism. MAiD, medical assistance in dying, is an ultimate expression of this.
Gender dysphoria seems like another. Medical advances appear to make it possible for the health industries to do anything to us and our bodies. Change sex? Sure, step this way. Become invulnerable like Achilles? No problem
There has always been some degree of medical consumerism, albeit against a background of things that were more readily distinguishable from current fashions. The Treatment Resistant Depression that now leads to MAiD, which according to industry is close to epidemic, is not a fashion. It is caused by meds and before MAiD used to lead to ECT and still does. Some services turned requests for ECT for these patients down on the basis they were unlikely to respond but this becomes more difficult if both doctor and patient are signed up to the idea. And its women mainly. If we are willing to fry the brains of people unlikely to benefit from ECT, if they insist on it, are we going to say no to MAiD? Maybe a few times, until we get used to it.
This scenario portrays women as helpless – consumed by Vampires. Is this all there is to it?
Young women have also been ignored visionaries from Cassandra in Troy, to the young women in Fatima who put sexual abuse on the radar for the Catholic Church and didn’t back down where Freud did, and the young women who seem to have prophesied the Rwandan massacres.
Greta Thunberg now looks more like a leader for our times than pretty well anyone in political office at the moment.
While some young women lead, others are left choking on the air they breathe, or perhaps today its their pills, inhaled on the cultural air they breathe. What would have to happen for them all – Black, Muslim, Asian, and White – to breathe more freely?