Artistic Depictions of Madness Through History


The Paris Review has published a historical article by MIA Blogger Andrew Scull, which includes early artistic depictions of madness. Scientific American has also published an excerpt from his book, Madness in Civilization.

Madness and Meaning (The Paris Review, April 22, 2015)

Mad Science: The Treatment of Mental Illness Fails to Progress [Excerpt] (Scientific American, April 22, 2015)


  1. It’s good the mainstream is starting to point out the complete scientific mockery that is the psychiatric DSM stigmatization / iatrogenic illness creation system. But due to the ease of defaming people with fictional illnesses, and the extreme profitability of forced and coerced tranquilization of innocent people, it sure does seem it will be a long time before any actual change occurs. It’s been two years since these remarks were made, and it appears to be business as usual still:

    Regarding the DSM5, “Steven E. Hyman, the former director of NIMH condemned the whole enterprise. It was, he pronounced, ‘totally wrong in a way [its authors] couldn’t have imagined. So in fact what they produced was an absolute scientific nightmare. Many people who get one diagnosis get five diagnoses, but they don’t have five diseases – they have one underlying condition.’”

    That happened to me, I had the common symptoms of antidepressant discontinuation syndrome (drug given for smoking cessation, not depression) misdiagnosed as “depression caused by self,” “paranoid schizophrenic,” and “bipolar,” all within two weeks. Later, after a “Foul up” with Rispeodal and a forced drug “snowing,” “schizoaffective” and “adjustment disorder” were added to the psychiatric stigmatizations. In reality, the “underlying condition,” apart from the original DSM-IV-TR misdiagnoses, was the desire on the part of greed inspired doctors, to profit off of covering up medical evidence of a “bad fix” on a broken bone and the sexual abuse of my child. “The dirty little secret of the two original educated professions,” an ethical pastor confessed to me.

    “Thomas R. Insel (b. 1951), the current director of the National Institute of Mental Health issued a similar verdict. The manual, he pro- claimed, suffered from a scientific ‘lack of validity…. As long as the research community takes the D.S.M to be a bible, we’ll never make progress. People think everything has to match D.S.M. criteria, but you know what? Biology never read that book.’ NIMH, he said, would be ‘reorienting its research away from D.S.M. categories [because] patients with mental illness deserve better’.”

    “Biology never read that book,” that’s a great line. And I found there to be no common sense whatsoever within the DSM worshipping psychiatric community. If you can imagine, my “snowing” psychiatrist actually claimed she could prove common sense was “millions of voices.” How ridiculous.

    “A few months earlier, in a private conversation that he must have realized would become public, Insel had voiced an even more heretical thought. His psychiatric colleagues, he said dismissively, ‘actually believe [that the diseases they diagnose using the DSM] are real. But there’s no reality. These are just constructs. There is no reality to schizophrenia or depression…we might have to stop using terms like depression and schizophrenia, because they are getting in our way, confusing things.”

    I do think this would be a wise course of action, given how totally delusional the average psychiatrists are. Especially regarding the potential adverse effects of the psychiatric “wonder drugs.” I couldn’t find one psychiatrist who was willing to admit the “gold standard” treatment for schizophrenia actually causes the symptoms of schizophrenia. But the neuroleptics can and do:

    “neuroleptics … may result in … the anticholinergic intoxication syndrome … Central symptoms may include memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, hallucinations, psychosis, delirium, hyperactivity, twitching or jerking movements, stereotypy, and seizures.”

    All the psychiatric “professionals” I dealt with were absolutely positive the central symptoms of neuroleptic induced anticholinergic intoxication syndrome were “bipolar” or “schizophrenia.” I have a theory similar misdiagnoses may actually be the most common cause of “schizophrenia.”

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