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Old June 22nd, 2007, 07:55 AM   #1
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A CLINICAL ANALYSIS OF ANTI-GOVERNMENT PHOBIA

Ivor E. Tower, M.D.
Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
Volume 11, series 3, pages 4-5

Abstract

This study conclusively demonstrates that unfounded fear of
government is a recognizable mental illness, closely related to
paranoid schizophrenia. Anti-Government Phobia (AGP) differs from
most mental illnesses, however, in that it is highly infectious and
has an acute onset. Symptoms include extreme suspiciousness,
conspiracy-mongering, delusional thought patterns, staunch "us
against them" mentality, withdrawal from reality, and often religious
fanaticism. Having the patient committed to a qualified mental health
institution is the best option for family and loved ones. For this
reason, all psychiatrists and family physicians should be provided
with educational materials which will help them recognize the various
symptoms and warning signs accompanying onset. Since comparatively
little is known about Anti-Government Phobia at the present time, a
government-funded health commission should be set up to oversee, and
help focus, future research.

Incidence and Etiology

Anti-Government Phobia has a worldwide distribution, but has a
particularly high incidence in the United States. Infection rates are
estimated by mental health officials to be about 5% of the general
population, and this rate is growing at an alarming rate. Rates are
highest, but not limited to, those who are disaffected in some
fashion, especially those who have a strong personal grudge against
the federal government for one reason or another.

Although certain variants of the illness have been around for many
years, it is only in the last decade or so that the more virulent and
infectious strains have appeared. This is most likely due to the
rapid buildup of government, at all levels, during the 1980's.
Closely paralling this trend was an explosion in the number of cases
in which individuals were diagnosed as having unfounded fears
concerning such.

Clinical Manifestations and Diagnosis Anti-Government Phobia is
marked by extreme suspiciousness toward government. Onset is acute.
Symptoms start almost immediately after a run-in with some agency or
institution of the government, or when the patient is introduced to
anti-government propaganda, in one form or another, by a self-
styled "patriot." Common ways in which this harmful, anti-government
propaganda is spread include: books, pamphlets, magazines,
newspapers, audiotapes, videotapes, short-wave and conventional radio
programs, computer bulletin boards, and various Internet sites.

Upon exposure to "patriotic" propaganda, the patient mysteriously
begins to imagine hidden links between unrelated current events,
weaving these gross distortions of reality into a complex delusional
web; a labyrinth of conspiracy theories with all imagined clues
leading straight to the federal government. With further exposure,
the patient becomes increasingly paranoid, and slowly withdrawals
from reality. However, mental deterioration is usually so gradual
that the patient is often unaware of it.

This mysterious malady progresses until the patient invariably
assumes a staunch "us against them" mentality. For instance, in the
patient's warped mind-set, each new piece of gun-control legislation
is oddly rationalized to be merely one additional step in an ultimate
plot by the federal government to confiscate guns altogether. In some
unusually severe cases, the patient assumes a survivalist mentality,
stockpiling guns, ammunition, de-hydrated food, and
other "essentials," in preparation for "D-Day" or "Armageddon."

At this stage, the patient also inexplicity experiences increased
delusional thinking. For instance, he may start fallaciously
believing that the Federal Reserve is not in fact part of the federal
government, but is instead controlled by wealthy Zionists. Other far-
flung delusions may involve the United Nations, "black helicopters,"
concentration camps, or the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).
Delusions involving "takeovers" by foreign military troops, or jack-
booted government storm troopers dressed in all black, are also
commonly diagnosed.

Anti-Government Phobia is often associated with religious fanaticism.
An excellent example of this is the infamous Branch Davidian case, in
which most cult members preferred a fiery suicide over peaceful
surrender to the forces of what they considered to be "Mystery
Babylon." There have been other prominant cases in which "patriots"
have became involved with terrorist activity, fallaciously believing
that they were somehow doing the "will of God." More
commonly, "patriots" have been involved in aggressive outbursts in
courtrooms, and other public places such as town-hall meetings.

Overall, the worldview eventually adopted by "patriots" interprets
modern-day news events as pieces of a giant jig-saw puzzle. Oddly,
they believe that it is their solemn duty to put these unrelated
pieces together in order to discover the underlying "picture." The
warped interpretive framework used by many "patriots" in their
missionary-like endeavor of saving the lost "sheep" (derogatory term
comparing non-patriots to lost sheep) is a hyper-literal
interpretation of Biblical prophecies, particularly those contained
in the book of Revelation.

Spread of the Illness

In the eyes of the so-called "patriots," the relentless drive to
indoctrinate others with extremist political beliefs is seen as a
righteous and compulsory act to save their "self-destructing" nation.
Wildly fantasizing that America can somehow turn back the clock to
better times, which in reality never existed, many "patriots" feel
obligated to quote constantly from the Declaration of Independence,
United States Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the writings of the
Founding Fathers. In an ironic twist of fate, when "patriots" expose
others to their divisive anti-government propaganda, through their
misguided efforts to restore "individual liberty," they are actually
infecting them with an extremely contagious mental illness.

A strong analogy can be drawn between "patriotic" indoctrination and
patterns of religious conversion. In both cases, ultra-idealistic
individuals believe that it is their solemn duty to gain proselytes
for their particular faith. This is usually done on a person-to-
person basis with a friend or acquaintance. To keep new converts from
going astray or "backsliding," they are eagerly provided with a
steady stream of propaganda. In each case, the devotee imagines that
there is an evil, sinister force which must be opposed at all costs.
In the case of various religions, the faithful are supposedly
rewarded in the afterlife for sparring with the "devil." In the case
of the "patriot," the so-called "New World Order" is viewed as the
demonic bogeyman, with the reward for opposing it supposedly being an
increased amount of "personal freedom." In both "patriotic" and
religious circles, there is an entire counter-culture, centering
around various anthems and holy books, constantly being promoted by
prophets, preachers, and paranoid propagandists of all creeds,
colors, and strains.

Prevention

Needless to say, prevention is the first line of defense against any
type of illness or disease. Unfortunately, many mental illnesses are
genetic in nature and thus can not be prevented. Fortunately, Anti-
Government Phobia is non-genetic and thus wholly preventable. From an
individual standpoint, the most effective prevention policy is
obviously not to allow oneself to become indoctrinated by a self-
styled "patriot," preferably by staying as far as possible away from
any potentially divisive propaganda. As an added precaution, one
should rely exclusively on well-known and reputable sources for news
and other information.

Family members and loved ones can help out in this effort. However,
it should be noted that prevention programs work best only when the
entire community is involved. We all need to practice constant
vigilance in order to spot diviseness and hate in our communities. In
this regard, networking is the ultimate key to success. A successful
community-based empowerment program would include the following
elements: citizen-citizen networks, police-citizen networks, parent-
teacher networks, pastor-parisoner networks, doctor-patient networks,
state-local law enforcement authority networks, and federal-state law
enforcement authority networks.


Treatment and Prognosis

Although the prognosis is generally good if the illness is treated
soon after symptoms first appear, studies have shown that a
disturbingly low percentage of patients allow themselves to be
treated. Thus, having the patient committed to a qualified mental
health institution is the best option for family and loved ones. For
this reason, all psychiatrists and family physicians should be
provided with educational materials which will help them recognize
the various symptoms and warning signs accompanying onset. Once the
illness is properly diagnosed, they should next notify the patient's
immediate family members and discuss the various treatment options
with them. This effort should be reinforced with extensive public ad
campaigns promoting a 1-800 help line. Since comparatively little is
known about Anti-Government Phobia at the present time, a government-
funded health commission should be set up to oversee, and help focus,
future research.

It can not be over-emphasized that prevention is the key to stopping
the spread of Anti-Government Phobia. Once a person is infected, the
illness is generally incurable. The only proven treatment is an
extended, and often risky, "de-programming" session conducted by
qualified professionals, such as the Cult Awareness Network (CAN).
Left untreated, chronic symptoms invariably persist throughout the
entire lifetime of the patient. Sadly, even the patients themselves
realize this horrifying fact and surprisingly, seem apathetic to it.
Oddly, they often confuse their symptoms with being "awake." For
instance, they have been known to garble gibberish such as "once your
awake, you can't go back to sleep." Further research is presently
being conducted on the reasons why they rationalize their mental
illness in this highly unusual manner.

Acknowledgements

The writer wishes to thank the following individuals and
organizations for contributing their expertise to this report: Morris
Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Rick Ross of the Cult
Awareness Network (CAN), the United States Justice Department (USJD),
the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF). This study was funded by a grant from
the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
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..just another attempt to hide the truth and turn everyone againest the people who can see whats wrong in government.
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The writer wishes to thank the following individuals and
organizations for contributing their expertise to this report: Morris
Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Rick Ross of the Cult
Awareness Network (CAN), the United States Justice Department (USJD),
the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF). This study was funded by a grant from
the National Institutes of Health (NIH).


Every one of those "contributors" has something to gain by making your mistrust a mental illness. "Disagree with us? You gotta be crazy!"
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