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I feel for you KateL people were not supportive of me either when I had akathisia and many many other psych drug induced problems. You are not alone here.
And if people want to get on your back about visiting the site I’d simply stop telling them you visit here. Really you’re an adult it’s none of their business to be deciding for you what you do.
I had akathisia for years, I so wish I could go back and take smarties instead!!! And I agree, when starting an SSRI people can get akathisia then too (not termed tardive akathisia mind you).
I completely agree with Dr. Shipko that there is no adequate way to warn someone about what akathisia is like, as such I think the time has come to demand the drugs be grandfathered off the market.
Keep them around ONLY for those who need them to taper; can’t get off them; or to reinstate. Anyone who never had them before should be banned from getting them.
Thanks sam. I think that one is a fluoroquinolone (sp?) if so I’ve heard they can do serious long term damage. I believe there’s a whole group of people organized against their use much like we have withdrawal forums for various drug classes, I remember seeing a doc a while back about ABs where people had been harmed.
Good point too re the negative effects too it always bothers me when they call them “side ” effects.
What kind of antibiotic did you take? Was there some kind of trigger for this recent bout? I had akathisia too and am likely going to need an AB as well, and I’m terrified of the akathisia coming back. I hope yours clears up really soon!
Well just don’t go testing that around any psychiatrists…
They also have nice big houses that could be put on the market…and the housing market is booming where I live…
Think of all the people they made homeless and all the good it could do if they had to sell their homes and hand back the money they basically stole from us all.
But I didn’t like the way they “cleaned the streets” before…Not into their psychiatric dragnets…
Thinking on this some more if we had a truly just society my hope would be that we wouldn’t have torturers to start with. I know, it’s naive…one can dream I guess.
Probably the majority of people now labeled “bipolar” are thus labeled because they suffered dire effects from SSRI use. As such asking to redeem “bipolar’ now means trying to redeem being poisoned.
And doing that to someone who was poisoned, trying to get them to like identifying as “bipolar” is not a kindness to them. It is misleading and potentially very dangerous, since they may not look more deeply into just WHY they got the label. At an extreme end, suffering serotonin toxicity can be fatal. Mixing two or more SSRIs together can be fatal, particularly in high doses. It is critical that the victims of adverse reactions from SSRIs learn the true nature of what has happened to them or they may never get off the drugs so they can start to heal the neurological damages.
And of course trying to get anyone to like the label bipolar is not a kindness either seeing as though that can lead to horrendous human rights abuses.
“People will go willingly into the gas chambers if only they believe them to be showers”. Forget who said it.
I meant when someone manages to get them in court or a complaint sent to the UN.
The only way that psychiatry can be “redeemed” is by being turned over to the UN and courts so they can go to jail and people can collect their reparation money. (Mind you that’s not what typically happens right now when someone manages to do that, but in a just society, torturers would go to jail. )
“Have you ever heard of insect politics? Neither have I. Insects…don’t have politics. They’re very…brutal. No compassion, no compromise. We can’t trust the insect.”–Brundlefly on Big Pharma
Thank you sam!
Great comment sam.
“Which begs the question, What is wrong with psychiatry and what happened to the practitioners in their early years to become part of an abusive cog in an abusive power driven wheel. ”
Really good point here too, maybe if they used just a fraction of the money used to research “mental illness” we might have a solution to the problem that is psychiatry by now.
The only consumer in the room is psychiatry. Just like the “user” in the room is also psychiatry.
Grace Jones on “consumers”:
I wish they had thrown me back in!
“Taking her newborn to wall street…”
Sounds like a plot from an eighties movie lol
I agree the laidback lifestyle is critical..I think so too is connection to the natural world.
It helps significantly if it’s a bull market too ba ha ha
Another day, another theory of the cause of “mental illness”. sigh
““if the drugs are so safe, exactly why would you need a prescription to get them?”
Classic example of making crimes medicine is this prescription I have here.”
Yes well there definitely are more than one reason for those scripts…
When I was first hurt by SSRIs I wondered if perhaps they were invented for some other reason, perhaps by the military to create” the perfect soldier” thinking that the drugs cause people to not feel anything (well unless you have a severe reaction like I did then you will feel overwhelmingly negative emotions like unadulterated terror.)
I was pretty surprised when I failed to find any evidence to back up my idea. But of course..that’s classified info.
“And then 2 years later there was another attempt when they tried to refer me back to people they knew had already tried to kill me. ”
I’m sorry they have terrorized you like this boans. That has to be one of the worst aspects of the system the ability to continue to persecute people.
“Repeated failed attempts to prove something scientifically is the definition of DISPROVING that very thing. If these psychaitric “professionals” were truly scientific, they’d realize their experiment was successful – they have successfully proven that none of these “diagnoses” have a physiological cause or even correlation. Convincingly proven. ”
Great point Steve!
As far as I have learned with regards the law today, believing that you are helping someone isn’t seen as a way to excuse criminal activity. Now in practice I would think it’s a case by case basis situation, just a guess but…I’m told it’s supposed to be the case that criminals can’t actually use “but I meant well” as a defense.
With regards psychiatry particularly, the fact is in my country at least most of the harm they do is listed in their medical books. This is partly why when I was first injured by pills way back when and got online I got so fed up with the propsychiatry people who would try to gas light survivors and insist psychiatry never did anything wrong to anyone. As I’d bothered to reference the actual books the professionals use and in doing that figured out that most of the harm from pills IS documented. At the time the only harm I couldn’t find was protracted withdrawal syndromes (though Dr. Ashton detailed benzo withdrawal fairly well, however I didn’t find her work in these books.) Yet the vast majority of propsychiatry people basically evidenced they couldn’t even so much as google “side” effects of pills, or even figure out basic stuff like, if the drugs are so safe, exactly why would you need a prescription to get them?
With forced treatment too, it looks violent so it’s very hard to say that no one realized how awful it was. When you have to get the cops involved that really stops looking like health care!
And ECT they’ve known for a long time causes brain damage even if people are playing that they don’t know that. It should be obvious anyway–seizures are normally a medical emergency, not a positive medical treatment.
But the most basic problem here is that the doctors particularly can’t not know that the diagnoses don’t correlate to actual diseases. This is one of the most basic points about psychiatry–they all know how those “mental illness” diagnoses get made up they all would know about the voting process done to coin them. So how can they act like they don’t know they are committing fraud? It’s not like they say to people look we are not sure these are diseases–it would be one thing if they did that, at least that is arguably the truth.
But to pretend like they are when they’ve had decades to ascertain this “fact” and can’t substantiate it with evidence? And then to chase after a percentage of the population using the labels as scarlet letters in some kind of modern day witch hunt? Then too they outright admit there’s “stigma” attached to having the labels so there again is an open admission of the harm they do. They even have the research suggesting that if people believe “mental illness” really is an incurable brain disease issue they are LESS likely to have sympathy for the sufferer.
I agree Richard. Psychiatry has backed every major form of oppression you can name. Psychiatry started the holocaust. They helped slavery along with the use of the diagnosis of “drapetomania”. There was an indigenous genocide in the thirties in the US they are responsible for. They were one of the top institutions responsible for persecuting gay people. They have killed so many people and otherwise ruined many who somehow managed to survive. The negative effects they have had on the world cannot be minimized!
“Psychiatrists and others might embrace social psychiatry, which was a major movement in mental medicine after WWII and showed how poverty, inequality and social isolation impaired mental health.”
And in that time period no one was discussing how the effects of war caused mental distress nor how psychiatry participated in starting the holocaust? It’s just some poverty here a little inequality there that causes distress? While the long shadow of the genocide and war lies over everyone?
Where pray tell was accountability for psychiatry’s role in starting the holocaust????
I agree with oldhead. Radical psychiatry is an oxymoron. This piece honestly seems terribly convenient too. Suddenly psychiatry has gone from mainstream to being radical at a time it seems pretty expedient…
Is this in the same vein as “we’re all in this together”? As in “don’t march on OUR houses, we’re one with YOU, we were radical the whole time we just had our fingers crossed when we said we were mainstream ” lol
I am totally failing to see how a group aligned with pharma could ever be construed as radical. You really cannot get any less radical than aligning with corporations. In fact many doctors work for pharma which means essentially there is no meaningful differentiation between psychiatry and pharma. If they are on their payroll they ARE pharma.
The word radical comes from the latin word radix meaning root. I am not sure how exactly psychiatry proposes it’s going to get at the root causes of society’s issues when psychiatry itself IS one of the root causes. And when they seem grossly incapable of even noticing the problems people really are suffering from…So if they were to address root causes they’d have to take a long hard look in the mirror and then actually change at which point they wouldn’t be practicing psychiatry anymore so…seems to me that there never will be radical psychiatry.
Well unless we go back to the origin of the word radical..There is a radix which seems relevant to psychiatry….
Radix pedis diaboli.
The Devil’s Foot root.
A botanical invention of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featured in the story “The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot”.
A highly toxic substance known to drive the people who partake of it “mad”, leading to some of them being detained against their will.
Much like psychiatric drugs…perhaps the story inspired their creation?
One of the many issues psychiatry needs to be accountable for is rupturing family relationships.
I’m in Canada.
And yet another one for medical ethicists someone I know recently told me that he is going blind and will need a certain eye treatment to prevent that happening and due to cuts by government he was told that the eye doctors were told to tell people to pick one eye to save.
I think it has to be the most disturbing abuse in health care i have ever heard of in my life.
Incredibly creepy story!
The real consumer here is psychiatry, it eats people alive.
“These monetary incentives lead patient groups to censor critiques of high drug prices.”
Maybe I’m misunderstanding something here but if the goal here is just to critique high drug prices, the groups already were fundamentally flawed. Critiquing the high cost of arsenic pretty well misses the point. Not a surprise then that they can be bought out by pharma.
“It was so cold here the other morning I saw her with her hands in her own pockets.”
Any medical ethicist who does not vehemently oppose and speak out against psychiatry should be fired. Calling doctors, nurses, social workers etc “heros” who are complicit in having people tortured, in having them arbitrarily detained, in lying to them about the nature of their problems, in offering them incredibly dangerous treatments they don’t actually need, is so beyond unethical it’s embarrassing it even has to be spelled out.
Psychiatry killed my hero, a famous actor and singer. A friend of mine knew him personally. He was forcibly treated on and off over a ten year period, for grief and overwork. When I learned how he died and what had been done to him I almost collapsed. They took this achingly beautiful, sensitive, compassionate, generous, talented man and made him so sick from pills he couldn’t stand up without help; they gave him akathisia; they lied to him about the nature of his problems which eventually led to a hack journalist outing him for having been locked up, smearing his good name permanently and into perpetuity; they gave him drugs that caused him to gain so much weight in water retention at one point they drained fifty pounds FIFTY POUNDS of water off his body in one day in order to continue filming a show he starred in. And when at one point he demanded his release after being detained against his will he was told, like everyone else in such situations, that the mere fact he wanted to be released was a sign that he was “mentally ill” and reason enough to keep holding him in hospital.
And to this day you can find fans of his saying things like “at least he was seen by psychiatrists or he might have died sooner”. Even when they kill people still the myth remains that doctors are benevolent.
Psychiatry’s a science now? Who knew.
“Unlike corporate platforms like Facebook and Twitter, however, data collected on users is kept to a minimum, and it is never sold to other organizations.”
Honestly, I feel I’d have to be pretty naive to believe that….
After all what are people going to do about it if it turns out not to be true? Class actions where everyone gets a dollar I hear are popular lol.
Really this whole venture of basically spying on people as they try to survive a horrendous health issue in order to do seemingly meaningless research about them…do we need this? It sounds to me like more “user culture” as in “I have a right to take from you without your express consent”, and “you exist to be used”.
(And don’t tell me people properly consent to this stuff please. Keenly aware of how those privacy agreements work where you click on a third party link that has some relevance to your privacy and then have to read fifteen more pages and then another third party link with fifteen pages on their site, ad nauseum, until your entire life becomes reading dry legalese so that you can at some point figure out that privacy doesn’t exist.)
Also troubling point, because the bar was set super low on what privacy rights you did have on sites like Facebook now some companies could claim to have some kind of “privacy virtue” thing going on whereby all they have to do is be slightly better than Facebook and you know “we care about your privacy”.
And the drug company I.G. Farben made the gas for concentration camps.
After the war it was broken down into smaller companies and one of the companies it later became was Bayer.
Pretty sure radical psychiatry is an oxymoron.
“Psychiatry has spent the last 100 years asking what’s wrong with people, but might it be more informative to ask what’s happened to them?”
Psychiatry. That’s what happened to them.
“DEFUND “MENTAL HEALTH”!!!
Might as well introduce the concept here. If people are seriously discussing “defunding”/eliminating the police we need to be consistent and, since the psychiatric system is an institution of law enforcement/social control, demand that psychiatry be defunded as part of this.”
Great idea oldhead!
DEFUND MENTAL HEALTH AND GIVE US OUR REPARATION MONEY!
“Is “better help” better than the “worser help”?”
“New and improved worser help..now sixty percent better than it was before” lol
When people get fired from BetterHelp do they say, “Well, sorry we have to let you go..we need better help” ba ha ha
And yeah who would have thought…An app that will lead to your info being given to third parties…Never heard of that happening before…
(But maybe they just farm the data out to WorserHelp? )
I followed some of the links in this article and came out to some disturbing findings.
One of them led to a group in Palestine that purports to help torture survivors. One of the services they provide? Psychiatric services.
Bit of a contradiction?
“So you didn’t like the waterboarding you got…Might I recommend you try akathisia instead?”
Then I looked up IDHA. Anyone else follow that link? Here’s a quote about whom comprises their group:
mental health workers, clinicians, psychiatrists, current and prior users of mental health services, advocates, artists, and survivors of trauma and adversity, who are interested in exploring the link between personal and societal transformation.”
They talk about narrative justice. And there are professionals in the group? Seriously?
And “users of mental health services”. NO. The proper term here would be victims of crime. You can’t be a “user” of fraud. Well unless you have an agenda you wish to further via fraud…
The site is also littered with references to “mental health”. Do we have to go over again what’s wrong with this concept???
And seriously IDHA writes an open letter to PBS claiming to support “narrative justice” for those in the system…then individual survivors have to ask permission to sign the letter.
Great sense of irony there IDHA!
Aside from the reality that “mental health” is not making sense as a literal thing, like oldhead says, ie your mind can’t be ill or well anymore than it can be blue, green or rainbow colored save in a metaphorical sense since it is an abstraction, the idea of a right to “mental health” as in always feeling “well” doesn’t make sense to me. It’s like saying one has a right to be happy all of the time..and how is that even possible. I mean fine, great if you can manage it, but..well..anyone who thinks we can be happy all of the time clearly has not met my ex lol.
Besides which, while we have a number of modern day systemic social problems that we should try to address, we have always had certain problems that no one can totally eradicate. We can’t get rid of grief, injuries, natural disasters etc…So how does it make sense that we have a right to be happy all of the time given these. Never mind that one’s mental state is constantly in flux. There is no end state called happiness that never leaves, there’s no utopia that has any solidity to it, it’s a mirage in the distance no one can ever reach. And psychiatry uses that mirage as an excuse to meddle in people’s lives.
Only mad I am is this flavor of mad:
“All I know is, first you have to get mad. You have to say I’m a human being goddamn it. My life has value!!”
“I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!”
But boans South Park says Scientologists are bad. Who are you to disagree then? lol
Seriously I’m convinced most people’s hatred of Scientologists can be traced to South Park and that time Tom Cruise jumped on Oprah’s couch. When people would tell me they were opposed to Scientology I’d ask them what they knew of it and…they usually haven’t got much to say.
Someone’s doing their thinking for them…
And as far as psychiatry is concerned, my feeling is that if they want to call us all Scientologists, then psychiatrists have to be accountable for that. Scientologists don’t control what psychiatrists say.
Very powerful clip boans thank you for that.
Yes I’m very angry, or “mad” in the true sense of the word over what’s been going on here. Not that this is about psychiatry but I’m feeling this kind of anger (very fitting for these times):
I’m not sure it was even a situation where there were questions asked to be honest. Too complicated to go into here, but they may never have asked just assumed.
Sera, thank you for your article and work overall, I really like your writing. And it’s nice that you engage with the readers too.
Thanks O.O…I saw your post about your t-shirt about surviving a ward too I almost spit my drink on my laptop reading it lol sounds like you are a fair prankster…My kind of person (wish I’d thought of that shirt idea!)
But what am I saying…No laughing O.O. and no talking about laughing either… 🙂
“So long as one of us is jailed we are none of us free”. Forget who said it. Great comment kindred.
Well feel free to take credit for it oldhead I always do like what you have to say lol.
Seriously though your posts are awesome always look forward to reading them.
I was just thinking about how they shouldn’t be paid unless they do a good job…
Then it reminded me of a scene from the show Third Rock from the Sun…
What should go on is you put money on the table, tell them this is their pay BUT if they do things you don’t like you will take it away…
Doc: “So I think you might have “bipolar”. ”
“Patient”: “Well that’s too bad doc…looks like we are going to have to dock your pay two hundred dollars, bear with me while I count these out….and you know what, your office could do with a makeover, think I’ll retract a few more dollars, just because I can…might want to call that resort you had in mind, good time to cancel. Maybe you can get back some of your deposit if you hurry.” ba ha ha
“It’s the truth Mary..in the future all tipping will be done this way…”
Thank you to everyone involved in this protest it is heartening to read that there are people getting out there to support those who are locked up.
Not saying that I know for sure that alternative health care pros can help a stroke, I don’t know if they can and I sure would not want you to get worse too.
What kind of a world is this where they torture you and then leave you with no help? It’s just unbearable, is there no justice anywhere???
boans I just read that you felt you have had a stroke. Very concerned for you…I understand why you wouldn’t want to see a doctor (I am the same way.)
I know (ethical) doctors would be best for you to see for a stroke but, given the risk here…are there alternative people who work outside the tax funded system where you are who might be able to help? Our health care systems (which are different based on what province you are in) cover most health care services but there are some kinds of practitioners like acupuncturists who are not covered…and records don’t get sent to them.
I realize this is probably not helpful information as i would guess were it an option you would have already thought of it by now. Just feel sick at heart reading of your suffering so, I feel so helpless reading that, if there is anything I can do please ask.
I know Steve. Just in a bad mood here….Someone I know was made to disappear into the system lately and they used a false accusation of a suicide attempt to get them there. From the details I eventually got it doesn’t even remotely sound like they were suicidal.
P.S. The snakes I’ve met were quite nice actually. Very shy creatures…far less afraid of them than psychiatrists lol.
oldhead you are breaking principle one of dealing with psychiatrists–never talk to them about religion, politics or philosophy. Or physics. Or the news. Or literature, art, alchemy, tarot card reading, ornithology, mycology, anthropology, film, opera, basket weaving, hairdressing, tax preparation, Egyptology, astrology, big band music, mechanics, science fiction and fantasy, reggae, mythology, divination, ritual, football, hockey, baseball, stamp collecting, skateboarding, gaming, calligraphy, history, computer programming, horticulture, feminist theory, ufology, flint knapping, crocheting, photography, animation, tea leaf reading, knitting, quilting, guitar playing, shamanism, classical music, tennis, scuba diving, wake boarding, kite flying, historical re-enactment, herbal medicine, reiki, bottle cap collecting, phrenology, poker, sewing, gardening, calculus, art restoration, equestrian, cross country skiing, archery, travel…. It’s an automatic admission.
“– Factoid: Poltergeist activity is oftentimes attributed to prolonged exposure to low level household carbon monoxide (CO) (Grant, 2015). CO exposure can induce hallucinations, inclusive of a physiological sense of doom (heart palpitations, anxiety and flushing). In lieu of recruiting a ghostbuster, exorcist or psychiatrist, just check your CO detector. But back to the story.”
Dare I ask for the studies to back that one up? I’d love to know how one goes about getting a research grant to study poltergeists lol
Think I liked Coast to Coast AM’s interpretations better…at least they won’t send you to a doctor who won’t say that you have CO poisoning…
RIP Art Bell killed by pharma
I have been in a similar situation recently. Are you in the US?
Why ask them when you can simply presume they are? As just happened to someone I know….
Anyone here remember those old books for kids “Choose Your Own Adventure”?
Well psychiatry is like one of those only no matter what you answer to “Are you suicidal?” the outcome is the same…
“I mean I realise that the State doesn’t want to torture people, but there are times when ……. so they need the loophole of the Mental Health Act. that means they can sign the Convention against the use of Torture (et al) AND can torture people if they can lawfully make them into “patients” before torturing them.”
boans did they add reservations to Convention Against Torture or CRPD? (Since it deals with torture of people based on actual or perceived disability)?
In Canada I know they had used a loophole to not follow CRPD, they basically put a reservation saying that they didn’t agree with supported decision making instead were for substitute decision making when CRPD is for supported. Not sure if they changed it yet…but that essentially allowed them to violate the entire CRPD in one go since the doctor can be the one who stands in to make decisions for you…Basically it violates the entire spirit of CRPD as far as I understand it.
” Two weeks after they thought I was killed she is telling me her husband wasn’t even at the hospital when they tried to kill me, though I think she jumped the gun because I hadn’t told her when I was talking about. Must have been the shock of speaking to the dead lol. I would have thought she might have said I was insane for making such a claim, but she was ready with an alibi?”
That is more than a little alarming…
You are an intriguing creature boans…I like the way you um don’t think lol
There’s been a major error here that’s the wrong photo…it was supposed to be a picture of pills with little terrified faces on them a la Edvard Munch’s painting The Scream…
Hey that was me oldhead not O.O but thank you.
When you wish we could just talk about social distancing again lol
There are four lights…or is that five?
So tired of grand unifying theories about the “cause of mental illness”.
I’ve had spiritual experiences that while forged by bad circumstances I will not be told are traumas. I will not be told the most beautiful and profound experiences of my life are traumas or brain diseases. The brain disease model of “mental illness” is a sham but the idea it can be simply replaced by “everything’s a trauma’ is not okay either. People have been persecuted by psychiatry for having health issues, for dreaming, for being happy, for political reasons, for holding unusual beliefs, being “weird”, for being shy, or as was the case for one guy I knew for simply daring to talk back to them. Or they can persecute someone “just because I can” ie for no reason at all, or to keep money coming in. Everyone’s “problem” is not trauma.
Maybe we ought to call mental health services “trauma generating services”.
“Contacting police should be treated as a very last resort, and true trauma-informed care is built on collaboration and trust. ”
How is this for collaboration?
Where I live hospitals hide behind privacy laws and will refuse to let people know if someone is being held there or not. So the reality is unless you saw the person being checked in after being assessed in emergency or you are next of kin on the file you may have no idea where they went. (And even if you are next of kin you may not find out.) And they can release the person and you may be led to believe they are still in there.
And if you try to find out where they are you will wind up in a kafkaesque nightmare dealing with a faceless soulless bureaucracy that answers to no one.
The word I’m thinking of here is conspiring. “Collaboration’ has far too positive a connotation for what is going on where I live. If you look at the torture centers where I live you will also notice that whereas when people see most other kinds of doctors there is a front desk with a secretary where you can ask questions, when it’s the psych ward, there is no one to talk to. Tell me that’s an accident? It’s done deliberately, it’s an impenetrable wall behind which they can hide what they are doing.
Also does anyone besides me think that part of the great problem with psychiatry (and therapy for that matter) is the entire idea of farming someone out to a stranger when they are at their most emotionally vulnerable? If the person does have others they can talk to who can help them what is with this entire concept of “but the right thing to do is make or encourage them to see a stranger”? I mean obviously some choose to go, and some have no one to talk to so if they go of their own volition then that’s up to them but really if you won’t just go tell some random guy on the street what your problems are, why are we continually asked to pretend like it’s an endlessly good idea to do that with professionals?
And also healthy relationships involve reciprocity and accountability. There is no accountability for psychiatrists or psychologists usually. They can do as they see fit and nothing you do will make them be responsible for their actions.
Psychiatry is never having to say you’re sorry.
“Pills may be helpful to modulate extreme distress (suicidality, active psychosis), but they can never heal the underlying psychological injury that caused the intense emotions in the first place. When people stop the pills, the underlying psychological injury causes a relapse. One only has to consider that the relapse rate after taking pills for depression is two to three times higher than with psychotherapy.11 Similar results are found for treating anxiety.”
Maybe it’s the fact I haven’t slept well in days due to learning through the news a friend died and then had ten other stressors dropped on me all at once and so missed your mention of withdrawal syndromes in this piece , but, no, stopping pills does not necessarily cause a “relapse” . Electrical shock sensations, flu like symptoms, akathisia are not part of “depression” (much as they added in “agitation” to the “depression” diagnostic criteria which was done deliberately years ago to cover over the reality that earlier classes of ADs also caused akathisia, so rather than admit that, they instead retool “depression” to include “agitation”. ) They are part of a withdrawal syndrome which can last for years. They are indicators of nervous system damage.
“Pills may be helpful to modulate extreme distress (suicidality, active psychosis), but they can never heal the underlying psychological injury that caused the intense emotions in the first place.”
And, pardon me if this sounds brusque as it’s not my intention but, it’s frustrating we have to keep repeating this–most psychiatric drugs cause akathisia and akathisia is heavily linked to suicidal thoughts and actions. Ask a woman I know, her husband was a well known person who wound up in the system and he took his own life because of it (or rather, pharma took his life). And yes the inquest ruled the drug to blame too. And as it appears most countries except Ireland do not make sure that coroners look for the role of psych drugs in a suicide (beyond noting if someone overdosed) then, the reality is we don’t actually have the numbers in front of us to say what’s causing suicides.
My strong suspicion is a hefty percentage of the world’s suicides since psych drugs came into being were really caused by the pills causing akathisia or other severe effects while they were on regular doses or suffering a withdrawal syndrome (or many of them at once).
“The second advert is “we are all in this together”, along with that “mental help” we can avail ourselves of.
Those therapists we can pay for, when already strapped for cash and yet only see them on skype.”
We are all in this together, said the spider to the fly.
Feeling the pain of your post here today boans. Wishing I had a solution.
Yeah lots of golf courses here, they used to be skating rinks..
Lovely thing climate change, we had a whole winter not long ago with no snow at all. Never been heard of before here. I remember when it happened I was on a bus in January and I suddenly had a “the sky is falling moment” where I wanted to get up and scream “What’s wrong with all of you people don’t you see what’s going on here?” ( Probably better for my keep-your-social-and-all-other-forms-of-distance-from psychiatry policy that I don’t do stuff like that. )
I guess though people can literally hide their heads in the sand about it now.
Guess it’s not too different from where you are then too.
“Even my own Muslim brothers…… they think that not eating a jellybean during daylight hours during Ramadan will get them into heaven, but turning their backs on their brothers being tortured by the State and murdered for complaining won’t even come into the equation. I wonder if they have even read the same Book as me at times”
While I’m not in the same situation, I have been through something a bit like this too. Used to have a spiritual teacher and I’d be telling him forced psychiatry is torture, and he didn’t really take it the way i had hoped he might. Of course he’d been a therapist too so I guess that’s probably why. All of his spiritual talk and namastes, etc and what part of it is actually actionable?
I had a bit of a problem with authoritarianism too. Or is that my Oppositional Defiance Disorder showing?
You know I half wish someone had labeled me with that rather than what I got, at least it has a connotation of “you are not a coward” lol. Also not sure if they often use drugs for that? If not, where can I do a label swap….
I hear you about pick a prison boans. I would have gladly gone back to school for fifty years rather than put up with the time I spent in hospital.
My high school was in a redneck area, I think the same thing as a bogan? Though it was one of the better schools so it wasn’t too bad for rednecks, it was more the jocks who were a problem. The city though is a really rough one, known for crime. As bad as my high school was for female students I think the guys had it worse. Sometimes a guy would call out another guy and demand they meet him after school for a fight, and basically if someone did that to you you had no real option to refuse. They’d always end up next door in the church parking lot, fighting. Finally one teacher put a stop to it, started to regularly call the cops.
And it’s horrible that you were not treated well for having an English accent. In Canada many people love UK accents, so much so a guy I was acquainted with faked one for years on end in order to meet women lol. (Used to really bother his friends, having to help prop up that charade…) Personally I’d have given anything to have something other than the Canadian accent I drew…and if I had an English accent I’d spend all my time talking to myself. Then again I’d be even happier to live in England even though I know what a risky gamble that is given their psych system seems even worse than ours.
“And watching that cancer spread throughout my community makes me want to leave, all the ‘organs’ now riddled. ”
Yeah boans you need to get out of there, with the Euthanasia Act it’s far too scary…
Come to Canada, where we like to dress in forties clothing so that when the gestapo comes after us in the night we’ll fit right in with the reenactment…and did I mention we have maple syrup here?
Thought about calling the local psych holding tank when they snatched someone I know and playing Vera Lynn’s “We’ll Meet Again”…got to make sure everything is accurate
Or maybe I’ll call one of my old psychiatrists about my reparations and sing the “antipsych version” of the Jessica Rabbit version of Why Don’t You do Right ( tune here:
You had plenty money 1982
You let Peter Breggin make a fool of you
Why don’t you do right
Like you never did do…
Get outta here
And get me my money too
You sittin’ down wonderin’ what antipsychiatry’s about
If you ain’t got my money UN’ll put you out…
But though I can do the piano and the look, my singing voice isn’t great and well, I don’t want to scare the poor creature…maybe I’ll just write it on doctor review sites then instead lol
The usual entertainments…”They’ll be blue birds over the white cliffs of Dover, tomorrow just you wait and see, they’ll be love and laughter, and peace ever after, tomorrow when the world is free…” lol I know that’s what I played…
lol so true what high school did you go to…at first I thought you were going to say they were crying over finally being freed..
But if they liked their experiences maybe the hypnotist got to them?
“When I graduated high school, I felt like the allied troops had freed us from the POW camp!”
lol I can definitely relate to this sentiment too.
After high school I was so elated to be out I took all my class notes on a camping trip and burned them in a giant bonfire to celebrate.
You’re not so bad yourself oldhead…saw your new line of t-shirts coming out may need to get in on that ha ha
Not sure why you’re complaining boans ba ha ha
When you are taken away by police, it pretty well stops looking like health care…
I think I look better with a Campbell’s Soup label frankly..
At least Andy Warhol might have made something of me then, lol, always wanted to sit for a portrait!
I was the same way Steve, I hated school. I was badly bullied by almost my entire class for several years and then by some of the students into high school as well. When summer started I was thrilled, and when fall came I was almost always nearly in tears.
Yes there are definitely some highlights going on now…
Where I live they have canceled the fireworks for an upcoming holiday. Now I’m not necessarily totally opposed to fireworks, but having had serious sound sensitivities before thanks to psych drugs and knowing there are others who don’t like them too, plus they bother wildlife and pets, I thought it was about time we had a break.
Never mind that the ones in my area are extremely boring…Fine if it’s one of the bigger displays those ones can be interesting but seriously, wow, red ball of light, green ball of light, ooh look Jim, another green ball…All people are doing is watching their money explode.
We are planning a nice night of watching paint dry instead, should be sweet…Have a few local spiders coming over, but no worries we’ll keep our distance…They are recluse spiders, they know the drill.
The bigger more awesome development is they canceled an extremely creepy development they wanted to put in one of the cities in Canada, where it would be basically turning part of the city into a huge panopticon, wall to wall surveillance. I was so happy I did victory laps around my home…said to a family member better start the car we’re going honking and bring your phone we can film the reaction lol
“We don’t know for sure how crazy or dystopian they are planning to get or what the agenda around this “virus” thing may be; one thing for sure is that that soon there will be too many workers and not enough work to go around, so to the ruling class a number of workers will soon become…”useless eaters.” Probably just a coincidence.”
Well I don’t know if this means anything but they keep running this where I live:
Pretty sure those squiggly lines are meant to represent the effects of mass psychiatric drugging…but hey maybe I’m just a conspiracy theorist.
“Label jars, not people!”
I wish someone had given me a label like they put on jars, rather than the ones I received.
At least those ones can usually be removed.
Great article. I’ve read some of your other work and always love your writing.
“People, including myself, have been very frustrated by the “busy is the new fine” culture we have, but there’s a reason the labor movement fought for free time”
This part brought to mind the old saying: ” Workers of the world–relax!”
Anyone besides me fed up with hearing that “if you haven’t learned a new skill in the time we have in lock down you are undisciplined”?
Um, I have fifteen skills thanks, what’s wrong with refining those.
And why can’t I refine my sleeping skills? I mean if I have the time what’s so wrong with that? The thing about productivity is, most of it actually is damaging to our planet. Forcing people to make plastic widgets that will wind up in the oceans just so they can survive is not an overall good thing.
Okay thank you Steve much appreciated–I didn’t think it went through!
Hey boans I sent my email to Steve but not sure it went through, please let me know if I need to resend it.
@boans thank you for your very touching offer of help. It brought me to tears. To be honest it would be lovely just to speak with you. It’s been such a hard lonely road for so long…And I value your obvious intelligence and humor. You’re not an insignificant insect, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise…though I take your point that up against the powers that be it’s pretty daunting a struggle we are in here. Maybe we can communicate privately if you’d be interested, pass our emails through Steve perhaps, as I don’t want to put down my full story on the board. Steve willing of course. See if we can be of mutual aid to each other, though I’m not sure what I’m good for at this point.
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I recently heard an alternative to “we are all in this together” that I think is far more apt…
“We are all in the same storm but we are not all in the same boat”.
@boans I am glad if you feel a little less alone. I have felt alone for more than a decade thanks to what they did to me and others I care about. A man I love was just ruined by psychiatry to the point he could barely remember anything about me the damage to his memory was so severe, and I have had to live for over a decade not even knowing if he’s still alive or not, or back in the system again (very long story as to why.)
And now we just had word here the other day they are holding someone else I’m close to, who literally was taken off the streets and made to disappear. Can barely find out what happened. I’m just so fed up with this it’s just one nightmare after another.
lol Fish and Chip shop, I have an ex like that too, you can throw him in too free of charge…
“Waiter, where is the pepper? There only seems to be salt in this joint”…lol
Seriously though boans for all you have been through it’s pretty amazing you have the sense of humor you do. Really impressed here. Let us pray you get some justice (and everyone else too.)
Also with regards this statement:
“I guess making admissions that they tortured and kidnapped me would mean that the only difference between torture and kidnap, and referral and treatment would be status. ”
That’s what I keep telling people. If average people with no medical, or in the case of the psych specific stuff, pseudo-medical training did what psychiatrists do usually they’d wind up in jail for life. Instead when doctors do it not only does that not happen even a fair number of their own victims, some of them who even realize they are victims, tell us we must try to help them keep their jobs. You know, re-decorate the office a little, make sure they don’t hurt anyone going forward.
While I’m fine with the idea of trying to make sure they don’t hurt anyone going forward the reality as I see it is that criminals belong in jail. And if we had proper justice they’d be charged with fraud, torture, arbitrary detention etc etc, they’d have to abide by international law, and we’d be given just reparations including sizeable amounts of money such that just paying us alone would put them out of business.
I had akathisia for a long time for that alone I feel I’m owed millions. As is every other person who had it, and other issues, people like yourself, all of the forced treatment crowd, and so on. Of course the likelihood we see that money, especially now with the giant tax drain thanks to this virus, is about nil…It at least won’t be coming from the governments that’s for sure.
Running out of room to respond here…
“It gets me thinking about the ‘cash splash’ by our Government as a result of the twin pandemics (COVID and Fear of COVID). I assume that “we’re all in this together” will extend to “we’re all going to pay back this money the government is splashing around”. I get the feeling that exemptions will be applied, and the now low cost of fuel will increase to never before seen highs.
Invest in Petroleum and Pharma. I know where the $750 from my government is going, capitalist that I am lol.”
Lots of money being thrown around where I am too and I wonder at how many really are thinking about how much they will like paying back the corporations bailed out with our tax money…We had a huge wad given to the oil industry here, to “clean up orphaned wells”. Some seemed happy but then I noticed they seemed to think the policy was an attempt to “clean up Orson Welles” lol
“Its an old model, Socialise risk and cost, Privatise wealth and profit. ”
boans this reminds me of something I read a long time ago, forget where:
“The existence of limited liability laws are an overt admission that were corporations held to account financially for all of the damage they do, they’d rapidly wind up out of business”.
boans I really can’t blame you especially about not wanting to see a doctor given what you have shared here. Still stuns me how low they can go….if ethics were a limbo stick they had to vault over to be considered moral they’d be below the floor lol
And that’s a good point about them assuming anyone going in there is insane. Every person I know in my area knows not to go to the local hospital for any reason, it’s that bad. Well unless you like overpriced t-shirts from the gift shop lol.
p.s. EMERGENCY breast implants? What the? Sounds like your health care system is a wee bit, or should that be a lot more progressive than the Canadian system. lol
I can totally relate to this. I don’t know how many times I’ve been passed off as a hypochondriac or ‘mentally ill” when I had physical health issues. I now never ever ever ever say anything about feeling down, never use the “mental illness” terminology, I try not to be too happy, but even being happy at all that means even if not “manic’ you also just flat out can’t be suffering a physical health issue as if you were you’d never smile ever. But oh did I mention if you go in looking down they may find that really you are exaggerating and a hypochondriac because the sick still should have a sense of humor because nothing bothers the doctor more than being around morose suffering people so you also have to have a smile on your face so that they don’t think you believe you are worse off than that guy they saw five years ago who had fifteen fatal illnesses all at once cause if you do that then clearly you are just insensitive and prone to drama so well…So well just stay home already.
I have had to solve some of my health issues by researching on google then two years later they will finally get around to letting me see a specialist and he’ll tell me what I already know. I’m at the point now where I will only go if I need to have a broken bone set, or if I have a problem too complicated to sort out on my own.
Well written article, thank you for sharing here. I like that you get to the point, and particularly appreciate your writing in this paragraph:
“A for-profit psychiatric facility cannot structurally be invested in changing the conditions that led to patients ending up on their doorstep. They wouldn’t make money if these things change. In a crisis like this pandemic, their drive to make money by any means necessary appears in its true form: as a fatal and flippant self-serving impulse, content on letting others suffer and die in the name of profit.”
While I knew all along they were in it for the money it is still shocking to see the depths of the greed laid bare.
Thing is we actually are no longer like the “normals”. Until they wind up drugged to the gills or having had electricity run their brains (and I really hope they don’t), the idea they are like us is not true actually. Having a brain that isn’t damaged by drugs or shock or other invasive procedures is not the same thing as having a psych system induced brain injury. And they aren’t carrying a permanent stamp of “crazy” in their medical records either. Albeit some poor people are about to have that happen and will find out in future how beneficial psychiatry really is.