“If I’m crazy, what good does that do you?”

“If I’m crazy, what good does that do you?”

I read that remark somewhere and I was struck by it. This, because people tell me I am crazy ALLLL the time.

I disagree of course. But when I read this, I thought it was a good (and deep) question.

I understand that 20% of boys are now diagnosed with ADD, which I think is an abbreviation for “lack of discipline”, in most of the cases.

These boys are medicated of course, which does some good for pharmaceutical companies and their investors.

See what I mean?

If I’m crazy, what good does that do you?

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“If I’m crazy, what good does that do you?” — 15 Comments

  1. That means I and anyone else gets to sit on our high horse and judge another person for what we claim to be their ‘problem’ or what needs ‘fixing’ cause we all can ‘fix’ someone or tell them what their ‘problems’ are but not ourselves. Great! It’s profiting off the so-called deficiency of another.

    It reminds me of amputating a friend recently [just after the Easter weekend, Libra full moon so go figure haha] who said ‘you’re just gonna push everyone away’ and this has been a few times I’ve heard that. And on reflection… I think to myself… so what? So what? What’s that got anything to do with her or anybody? It’s my life and I do what I damn near feel like. She busted my boundaries, principles and values so who gives a rats behind!

  2. As someone who has worked in the mental health field for a long time and is still facing the noncurable mentally ill every day, I don’t think mental illness should be taken lightly. Would you take it lightly if you were diagnosed with cancer? There are many different types of mental health problems and some are very serious for the patient. In general, a mental illness diagnosis like schizophrenia is very serious for the patient but a patient with schizophrenia is less likely to cause havoc in the lives of the people around him in the long run than a patient with the relatively common diagnosis of borderline personality disorder! Those with serious personality disorders can be truly challenging as they will certainly wreak havoc in the lives of people around them and will most likely never seek counseling and refuse all help until they end up at the psych unit (most likely brought in by the police!). We may all have a crazy side and that’s a good thing, but are we able to control/reign in/ reason with it and do we have a social conscience?
    In general, my advice on other’s craziness is: 1) be aware of people who have poor boundaries and enjoy being hurtful to others and 2) Noone can “fix” another until the person is willing to be helped. But please don’t underestimate the pain that a serious life changing mental illness diagnosis can cause.

  3. PS, I see what probably provoked your comment. I edited out the sentence and should not have put it there in the first place.

    I was thinking along the lines of Empress_Scorps’ comment.

  4. My boss likely would have been diagnosed ADD. He went into the bush instead.

    Example: a couple of weeks ago I was having him sign papers, at the same time his son was trying to speak with him. His son wanted him to ‘focus on one thing at the same time.’

    My boss’s response was ‘I don’t like focussing on one thing at the same time, it’s too boring.’

    So my job is to try and manage his life. I do my best. I can see he drives other people insane (no coincidence, he got a personal assistant the same time his wife left the family business to start a new career, lol). However, his mind is amazing. He is insanely curious and yes-has many many many different interests. He’s lucky he didn’t grow up in an era in which he would be diagnosed negatively and drugged into complacency as a kid.

    There are more ways to deal with an overactive mind than pharmaceuticals. I say this as a person who HAS taken anti-depressants at one point in my life, AND benefitted from them.

  5. Well if you’re crazy, then I get to stay in control in some way. It serves the person saying it so they don’t have to accommodate or encompass your reality, which might mean confronting change. Crazy is on the other side of the fence. There’s the boundary of what will be considered acceptable, and over it is ‘crazy’. This kind of dismissal or diminishment or labelling has served power structures very adequately for years. On an ordinary level we tend to do it too and it serves very well to keep a boundary; pop that in the 8th house or the 12th house, I don’t want to look at it.

  6. I’m distrustful towards the term “crazy” because I feel like it’s a lazy and judgmental term to describe behavior a person may not understand.
    Now there are people out there with mental issues to deal with, but I’m very skeptical of the term “crazy”.

  7. Hey Elsa, great post!!!

    I was diagnosed with ADD as a child..but once i found out that i needed to wear glasses due to poor eye sight..it changed a lot of my ‘inattentive’ & ‘hyperactive’ behavior. I find that this is the case for quite a lot of other children out there also. Being that the ‘source’ of their behavior is generally due to other undiagnosed health issues, & yes for some..it is just due to a lack of good parenting, but its very easy to determine with majority of children if ‘in-efficient parenting’ is the case (..but try telling that to a parent..! :-/ )

    ADD & ADHD, is not really a disorder as stigma would have it, & most can be treated without medication. I was, & now i help others out there with the same diagnosis or behavioral issues. Its evident & also proven now that ADD & ADHD can be cured without meds :-)

    Most people termed ‘crazy’ which i would agree is a rather lazy label..are highly creative people, very intuitive, & somewhat a genius in there own right. They generally have a very high IQ.

    But if we are talking ‘clinically insane’…well that a whole other ball game, & certainly requires some sort of ‘sedation’..so that the rest of us don’t go bonkers mad.

  8. @stella56, i also work in the mental health field, & i see exactly what your saying, but unfortunately , yes, ‘big pharma’ makes a mint out of the mentally ill, i would also agree with you Elsa.

    This is certainly a very hard subject to define, but from my experience, if you can help someone without having to put them on meds, then its a win-win situation for the patient & all concerned..but it all takes $$$!! expertise & time.. & sometimes meds are the cheapest & quickest option for the patient, plus it can be very hard to talk sense to a patient that has been submitted to a mental health ward, or even (in some difficult cases) if they are seeking help voluntarily, without the help of mild sedation, to calm the patients mind & erratic brain activity.

    My personal opinion is that ‘good help’ sometimes don’t come cheap, & the people that are trying to help, have lives of their own to live also, & food to put on the table at the end of the day. Yes they can earn ‘top dollar’ for the help they give..
    but i certainly would not want to be paying these people a minimum wage.. (”.)

  9. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) unfortunately our entire world has flown over the cuckoo’s nest – no discipline and everyone is on some type of drugs – coffee – soda – vitamins – meds. But, it is really about the soul-mind is coming of age – we have not learned yet how to deal with the lifting of the veil and mind-to-mind communication

  10. When you try to stigmatize someone as crazy you are automatically earning the right to psychologically maltreat that person. It’s like ‘I’m not the one to blame – it’s that crazy persons fault!’. This can be used in many undercover devious ways. When these words are used in an overt way, it is something you can deal with, but when for example you husband or some other member of you family goes around and starts saying things like: ‘She’s been acting really crazy lately, sometimes she really frightens me’, and this is a lie that is repeated sistematically, then this is someone who is trying to destroy you. This is the ultimate betrayal because it is coming from the inside and it bears more weight.

  11. marina, I agree.
    I wrote another post about just what you describe that will publish this week.

    Come to think of it, there a second post this week along those lines.

    I feel sorry for people who fall for that stuff. They have weak minds.

  12. Yanno, come to think of it, I make music just to assert that I’m NOT crazy. Because creativity comes from a place of perceptiveness and self-control, as much as we want to believe creativity is madness, it’s not actually.

    I have been called crazy enough times to put on a facade of ‘not-crazy’ just to go about my business without interruption.

  13. It is absolutely a way for someone to feel superior to another by dismissing them as “crazy”. I just had someone tell me a few weeks ago that they thought I had mental health issues. It was an attempt at belittling me…I just laughed. I think anyone who uses such a lame, transparent attempt at throwing me off base is a fucking amatuer and they better come at me with something better than that to gain the upper hand. I’m a Virgo afterall…What WERE they thinking? They must be “crazy”. HaHa

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