Norway Murder Trial May Become a Discussion of Psychiatry

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Anders Breivik, who confessed to killing 77 people in Norway, was initially declared a “paranoid schizophrenic” by two psychiatrists. “He lives in his own delusional universe,” they said, “we have no doubt when it comes to our conclusions.” The report led to strong reactions, including from Breivik himself, and today two new court-ordered psychiatrists are “as sure as we can be” that Breivik is sane. “We’re talking about psychosis and we have found no signs of it,” they said, adding that the crime was too complicated to have been carried out by a psychotic person. The New York Times reports that “psychiatry may also face scrutiny” at the upcoming trial.

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Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]

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  1. It’s not news that if you go to different psychiatrists you will get separate and different diagnoses. It happans all the time here in America. My roommate went to six different psychiatrists and got six different diagnoses. Now, how much faith can you put in a system that gives you these kinds of results? I say none. And even though you might not be experiencing mental anguish, you run the risk of getting into the system through no fault of your own by being “different.” It is disgusting. I do not think that this man in Norway is insane at all and should not use that defense. He does not want it so why does the court want to push such things on people?

    • Stephen, Great comment. The reason why those who profit hugely from psychiatry are thrilled when mass murderers like this can be labelled “mentally ill” is because they can use it as fear mongering like the fraud “Dr.” Ralph Torrey and the bogus Stanley Foundation he directs to pass more evil laws for more very lucrative forced “treatment” of those stigmatized as “mentally ill” by and for those in power including all of mainstream psychiatry with its fraud medical model to gain totalitarian control in the guise of medicine and “help.” That’s why we have many laws with victims’ names like Kendra’s Law to force treatment in the rare cases of such crimes committed by those labelled mentally ill. Of course, psychiatry and BIG PHARMA cover up the fact that their lethal dangerous poison drugs are the cause for most if not all public, school and other bizarre shootings usually totally out of character for the person until they took psych drugs, especially SSRI antidepressants. It’s quite obvious who are the real danger: the psychopaths of psychiatry in bed with BIG PHARMA/BUSINESS.

      Also, as Dr. Loren Mosher and other reform psychiatrists have pointed out, the bogus, unscientific DSM is nothing but a political billing bible. It is obvious that political forces have pressured the latest mental death experts to label this apparently psychopathic murderer sane since it appears there was a great deal of outcry at the insane diagnosis of the first psychiatrists despite the rationalizations for the change by the second pair. So, this story just proves that such bogus labels totally lack any scientific, medical, legal, biological or logical evidence or justification as well as the fact that they are political and those with the most power at a given time decide who is suppposedly normal or crazy to maintain and expand that power with psychiatry doing their bidding regardless of the horrific costs to the millions of people they destroy to serve the needs of the power elite to maintain the status quo of their rape of the planet and enslavement of the majority in near poverty and gross injustice.