First I have to respond to your concentration camp reference. As I can tell, your not to fond of Guantanamo Bay. Since that is the case, lets let those innocent Islamists move next door to you and see how long it is until you cry foul. Next, I’ve become as disenfranchised with psychiatry as I’ve read you are! They have gone “nuts” lol here in the USA, as I am assuming you know! On one hand, I agree completely that the over medicating of so called psych. patients has been a common and bad thing for longer than I’ve been alive! Especially at VA hospitals! I’ve been reading quite a bit about the changes similar to this for awhile now, this is just the most open example I’ve seen. Here is the problem I see happening! On one hand psychiatry seems to be moving more in this direction. On the other, at least here in the US, especially at VA hospitals, all patients now have one on their medical “team” deciding what you can and can’t do, even in pain management! WTF are they doing in pain management? Now, Pain patients can barely get help because of the “dangers” of addiction and the suicide toll is rising, while addicts get Methadone and other medications that are opiate based medications to stop their cravings, which, keeps them in recovery till they die instead of allowing them to recover! Drugs for addicts and yoga for pain patients. OH and the best pain management BS they are doing at the VA, Equine Therapy! Like I’m going to ride a horse with my bad back! The more people I converse with about this, the dumber it all is! Have a friend who had intestinal surgery and had no pain medications prescribed by the doctor for post surgery and nothing when she came out of surgery! But on the addiction FB pages, the addiction groups want more damn near worthless treatment and suboxone etc. It makes no sense! Most I talk to just figure that the sooner they die, the happier the Gov. will be! Talk about forced treatment! As the VA has been taking pain medications away cold turkey from pain patients, they offer them addiction treatment! I quit seeing psychiatrists and psychologists and just see my MD! He’s in private practice and I escaped the VA system as I have been almost killed three times there! Put in the psych unit when my liver was shutting down. Told I was lying for three weeks until I dumped my piss that looked like coca cola on their desk! They forced the 81 year old doctor to retire after that! Actually increased a pain med I was on to more than your even supposed to take and tried to blame me when I told them the problem! Oh and the one that disgusts me the most was that I had a brain disease! LOL. I told them, You just stopped my medications cold turkey and I didn’t need to go to treatment and had a couple hangovers in college worse than coming off of the pills. I asked them, since I never abused my medications or didn’t even really have withdrawals, how am I an addict? It was the way they did it, not that they did necessarily! It’s so bad in the US that they actually think they can diagnose addiction. Use some college drinking that was 25 years ago and (predict) my future behavior from that, no due process, and make a medical decision from the CDC in Atlanta! I know this isn’t really about medical care, it’s about power and control, but I will never see a psychiatrist again in the USA. Ever. I’ll die first! I think what would help psychiatry is that they have to go to psychiatric treatment, without the treatment knowing they are psychiatric students and learn what not to do! Psychiatry would be better off going back to the couch and not to tell the American public they know what they are doing when it comes to “diseases” that nobody can really prove they have! Addiction treatment, in my opinion should go back to the anonymity principle so it quits creating it’s own bias for what, awareness? It’s selfish of thewm because, people suffer in aoin now so they won’t steal grandma’s Vicodin! The pricks in the Gov. here, are making addiction the center piece of medical care and our lives are revolving around it instead of actual medical conditions! Oh just thought I would clarify, I was a CD counselor in the 80’s. Like 30 years ago! I quit as I saw more harm than good happening! They have no plan for when the patient gets out except modern medicine sending them to a 12 step program to find a miracle from God! I did enjoy the article and like Roberts Take on psychiatry!