Psychotic Experiences Are Not Strongly Associated With Schizophrenia

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Although psychotic experiences (PEs) and schizophrenia are thought to share similar etiological risk factors, PEs also co-exist with depression and, according to research from the U.K., are a weak predictor of genetic and environmental risk for schizophrenia.  The data, published in Psychological Medicine, indicate that “disentangling aetiological pathways to PEs from those impacting upon co-morbid psychopathology might provide important insights into the aetiology of psychotic disorders.”

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Kermit Cole
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. What is especially vile and pernicious about biopsychiatry stigmatizing people as psychotic and delusional is that the DSM bogus paradigm does not recognize any severe social and/or environmental stressors like domestic violence, school/work/community bullying and mobbing and other severe forms of abuse.

    Per Dr. Carole Warshaw and other domestic violence experts, the victims’ abuse PTSD symptoms are fraudulently stigmatized as delusions, psychosis, bipolar, ADHD and other destructive stigmas that play right into the abusers’ hands since most have been gas lighting their victims while claiming they are crazy to anyone who will listen as part of their smear campaign agenda. The great movie, Gaslight, with Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer is a great example of this type of severe verbal/emotional abuse and gas lighting for evil, nefarious goals.

    Here is one article whereby Dr. Warshaw and her associates expose how biopsychiatry causes huge harm to child and adult victims of abuse, bullying and mobbing of every kind:

    http://psychnews.psychiatryonline.org/newsarticle.aspx?articleid=107579

    This is why whenever biopsychiatry speaks of delusions or psychotic behavior as being genetic or the result of one’s faulty brain or other bogus reasons, one must bear in mind that their goal is to demonize, scapegoat and discredit the victims of those in power like themselves, so any vicious lying and abusive treatment is considered fair game to terrorize the victims into silence.

    Thus, whenever I read of biopsychiatry’s claims of people being delusional or psychotic, I feel nothing but contempt because these insult labels are just more ways to abuse and use already abused, trauma victims so that biopsychiatry can not only fill its cowardly betraying role of social control of women and children as the current misogynist witch hunts, but also make a great profit by falsely accusing them of being “mentally ill” due to their vile cover up of abuse to retraumatize the victims and justify bipolar stigmas to drug them into oblivion as life time patients. Bipolar is routinely applied to all victims of abuse in the home, work, community, schools and world at large per Dr. Heinz Leyman, bully/mobbing expert and many others! So, it is merely a coverup and predatory agenda to aid and abet the malignant narcissists and psychopaths in power so they can abuse any target with impunity while making billions for Big Pharma and corrupt government hacks.

    • I totally agree, Donna, psychiatry further attacks and bullies those who have already been bullied, rather than helping them. I noticed this when I was doing a group therapy thing.

      Psychiatry “is merely a cover up and predatory agenda to aid and abet the malignant narcissists and psychopaths in power so they can abuse any target with impunity while making billions for Big Pharma and corrupt government hacks.”

      Like, for example, iatrogenically turning over a million little children into bipolar / schizophrenics, completely with drugs for profit. Or as in my case, psychiatry aided and abetted some unethical and incompetent doctors in covering up a “bad fix” on a broken bone of mine. And the medical evidence of alleged sodomy, and child abuse of my children by a pastor and / or his best friend. I was misdiagnosed, defamed, and force medicated based upon a list of lies from the pastor and his friends, according to my medical records.

      Then the synod offices hopped in, on this cover up because the head bishop and his lawyer didn’t want to “pay” my family. I had asked for help, not payment at the time. And I’d asked for help because I had thought the ELCA was a Christian religion, and my family had given and helped to make the religion’s pension fund a lot of money. But apparently, the ELCA defrauded us into believing they were a Christian religion, then went into the business of covering up child abuse instead. I hope it’s mainly just a problem with my ex-church and the Chicago ELCA synod offices, but it’s apparently a well known problem within that religion, in general:

      http://www.virtueonline.org/portal/modules/news/article.php?storyid=500#.UvORAHm9LTo

      A couple excerpts from this link:

      “Zipper troubles

      What is evident is that some synod bishops construe an absence of formal allegations – never mind how well-known the problem may be – to mean it does not exist and therefore does not merit intervention by a church authority. The crisis of the Roman Catholic scandal, we point out, isn’t just that some pastors acted badly, but that so many bishops failed in their responsibilities to enforce policies in existence.

      The similar factor here – which admittedly is an oversimplification – is the ‘old church’ culture that would not directly confront rumored heterosexual misconduct, in the hope it could be dealt with ‘pastorally’ among ‘old boys’ in a ‘friendly’ and ‘paternal’ way. That often amounted to nothing more than allowing the pastor to receive another call. The egregious problem of pastors with multiple incidents of ‘zipper trouble’ is one the ELCA has been forced to face. Meanwhile, though, since the ELCA does not know what to teach about homosexuality, the ‘paternal,’ ‘pastoral’ approach, disgraced as a way of dealing with heterosexual predator offenses, seems to be alive and well when the context is homosexuality. In short, the once ‘tolerated’ list of ‘acceptable’ kinds of sexual misconduct has been replaced by another one.”

      “It must be said the plaintiff’s attorney makes little distinction between gay men attracted to teenage boys and gay men content with more age-appropriate partners. Yet the suggestion here is that in cases involving homosexual men and women, ELCA discipline amounts to a wink and a nod whatever risks exist, even when the risk is posed to adolescents and children.”

      “This is what Trinity Seminary officials are accused of doing – winking, nodding, going along, failing to enforce church policy.”

      And that’s what my family is dealing with right now, too, a “winking, nodding, going along, failing to enforce church policy” problem in regards to alleged sodomy of a four year old child, ironically by a Pastor Don Wink and / or his best friend.

      “Based on much of what we have, the ELCA has not been well served by its general counsel, Phil Harris. It is of course handy to have an attack dog attorney around when things like this arise, but maybe the leash should have been shorter.”

      I got a letter from the ELCA lawyer Phil Harris, and his “leash should have been shorter.” The on-going cover up my family is dealing with proves to me the ELCA is no longer a Christian religion that believes in treating others as they would like to be treated. Phil has turned the ELCA into nothing but a bunch of hypocritical, child abuse and mommy attempted murder covering-up, money worshipers.

      And, “given the ELCA’s public support of full disclosure in these matters,” I’m sure they’d want me expressing my concerns publicly.

      Psychiatry “is merely a cover up and predatory agenda to aid and abet the malignant narcissists and psychopaths in power so they can abuse any target with impunity while making billions for Big Pharma and corrupt government hacks.”

      Like iatrogenically turning over a million little children into bipolar / schizophrenics, completely with drugs for profit. And proactively preventing legitimate malpractice settlements for “easily recognized iatrogenesis” by incompetent doctors. And proper compensation from religions when “bad joke” pastors want to cover up pastoral sins and alleged child sodomy. And psychiatrists even function to cover up the “controversial iagtrogenesis,” such as attempted murders by criminal doctors like the former ELCA Lutheran hospital doctor, V R Kuchipudi:

      http://m.fbi.gov/#http://www.fbi.gov/chicago/press-releases/2013/chicago-sacred-heart-hospital-owner-executive-and-four-doctors-arrested-in-alleged-medicare-referral-kickback-conspiracy

      http://www.justice.gov/usao/iln/pr/chicago/2013/pr0416_01.html

      One has to wonder how many patients were killed as a result of Kuchipudi’s “for profit” unneeded “treatment” of patients between when I reported his maltreatment as inappropriate in 2006, and his arrest in 2013.

      “Bipolar is routinely applied to all victims of abuse in the home, work, community, schools and world at large per Dr. Heinz Leyman, bully/mobbing expert.”

      What’s really disconcerting is that the alleged child molesters I dealt with know the psychiatric practitioners will cover up their crimes against children, or their concerned mothers, with psychiatric stigmatization and egregious miss-medication. My ex-pastor’s neighborhood high school had the highest suicide rate in the nation, by the time my child was in high school. Psychiatry’s bullying, defaming, drugging, and covering up crimes for the unethical doesn’t improve society. But it may destroy this country, if it isn’t curbed.

      Absolute power corrupts absolutely, and the psychiatric industry’s current DSM stigmatization based crimes against humanity, are no better than their Nazi stigmatization based crimes against humanity. What are we doing this again? We’re supposed to learn from history. Wake up, psychiatry! You’re doing it wrong.