Saturday, July 20, 2019

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  • Excellent article Dr. Caplan! There is so much wisdom and hope for parents in this blog! The relativistic approach makes such good sense, especially “that everyone of every age has relative strengths and weaknesses”. How pathetic psychiatry has NO insight into it’s own glaring weaknesses!

    Thank you so much for your unwavering dedication to stop the pathologizing of normal human reactions to adversity or challenges. I recently purchased “They Say You’re Crazy” and am starting Chapter 8. A very interesting, detailed book from an insiders view showing what actually goes on behind the scenes in producing the big DSM of manufactured labels. The whole fiasco would be laughable if it wasn’t so deceitful and harmful.
    I’m guessing “DDPD” is one label they didn’t end up putting in the DSM?

  • Thanks Michael for Part 2 of this detailed report. Until this past year I had no clue these gross violations and inhumane forced treatments took place on a routine basis. The whole process seems to be running like some kind of shady and ruthless operation. You might expect to hear of this happening in a lawless third world country or a country run by dictatorship but certainly not in countries such as the US and Canada. Thank you MIA for shining a light on this and getting the information out there. My heart goes out to Andrew’s mother, family and friends.

  • Thanks for this compelling report Robert and Michael. I hope it finds its way into mainstream news. These “AOT” orders are slapped on people the same way psychiatry slaps labels on people – without knowing, caring or understanding what is really behind someone’s circumstances or distress. And these orders are being unjustly slapped on people that don’t even meet the criteria! All so typical of psychiatry and another example of the sheer stupidity of the “one size fits all” and ‘cookie-cutter’ approach of psychiatry.

  • Alex, back at you, you are a kind soul and a bright light! 🙂 I don’t want to miss your article, maybe you could post a note on this MIA blog when it is up on Mad in Italy?

  • Dr. Cornwall, I found MIA a year ago and read most of the recent blogs and try to catch up on older blogs. I just came across this GEM of yours! Wow, what a powerful and honest piece! It totally resonates with my experience. I saw a psychiatrist during cancer treatment (thin as a toothpick, a bald head, extremely weak and physically unwell from radiation, toxic chemo and the steroids that caused severe insomnia) but she was exceptionally cold hearted, not an ounce of understanding or compassion. Instead she published 4 damaging labels onto my widespread electronic records along with disparaging and false statements. In fact she actually labelled the known side effects of platinum based chemo (vertigo, tinnitus, etc) a “Somatization Disorder”. I gathered health documents and letters from doctors who have known me many years and spent $22K on legal fees obtaining further proof. I’ve tried to get her to correct these records/labels as they are severely impacting my health care but she clings to her precious ego and stupidity. I said to my husband “How could any doctor be this stupid?” My husband replied “It’s not possible for *anyone* to be this stupid. She did this with arrogance and intention”.
    As you and Steve McCrea concluded stupidity and arrogance seem to build off each other and makes for a very dangerous combination.
    Thanks for this excellent blog! I think it deserves a second posting for those that may have missed it!

  • Thanks, excellent blog Dr. Burstow! And thanks to Emily Cutler and Nick Walker for the initiation and input on the concept of “cognitive liberty”.

    What could possibly be more important than the integrity of one’s mind. I agree this human rights issue could be the basis to unite those who oppose psychiatry (whether to abolish or reform) to rally for a collective action. As you explained so well if people are given the right to have their own thoughts, and how they choose to think, psychiatry can no longer operate as it does. Count me in, I totally agree and support the concept that cognitive liberty should be a mandated human right. Also a good point that viewing the issues with psychiatry from this human rights angle can help bring the general public on board.

  • Much of what goes on in psychiatry is vile and a shocking abuse of power and trust. It makes you wonder how these people ever sleep at night.

    I thank God for the true professionals, journalists, and others who do have a conscience and the integrity and honesty to speak out. Shame on those in the system who know innocent people (facing difficult stressors or life circumstances) are seriously harmed by psychiatry but yet say nothing.

  • Interesting blog Bob, after you referred to yourself as a “wacko” you soon got discharged, wow. Others have commented the way to get released from forced hospitalization is to tell them what they want to hear. Seems like it could work.

    “For me the only people there who were truly out of touch with reality were staff members”.
    It seems quite a few mental health professionals are out of touch with reality. How scary is that.

    What happened to Katya and Emil? Are they okay? Is there a Part 2 coming?

  • Yes, Julie it is hate speech and propaganda.
    Just purchased Dr. Caplan’s book “They Say You’re Crazy”. Excellent book! And she includes a quote from Louise Armstrong author of “And They Call It Help: The Psychiatric Policing of America’s Children” who describes the DSM as “an entirely political document” and is the result of “intensive campaigning, lengthy negotiating, infighting and power plays”. How disgusting it is all about money, power and control – and not about helping anyone.

    Just read this good article on the whole façade and harm of the DSM labels:

    https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/time-mental-health-professionals-speak-truth-power-dr-terry-lynch-

  • Thank you Zenobia for this interview podcast with Dr. Lucy Johnstone and the transcript.

    To Dr. Lucy Johnstone and your team: I don’t have words to describe how outstanding and impressive I find your work and whole concept of the PTM Framework to be. As I watched the video of your presentation (Oct 2018) I was going to jot down a few important points but by 20 minutes into the video I was pausing to jot down everything you said because it’s all important points and truly pearls of wisdom!!
    i.e. “a formulation is NOT based on a diagnosis but on a personal story and what has gone on in someone’s life” and “Instead of diagnosing people listen to their stories”. “You are dealing with people with problems not patients with illnesses” and “what they are experiencing are not ‘symptoms’ but reactions to trauma” and it is “normal reactions (survival responses) to abnormal circumstances” and “it is about what happened to someone and their struggles – but also about their strengths”.
    Yes, yes, yes!!

    The PTM Framework makes so much good sense. I hope the medical paradigm of putting damaging labels on people who have endured trauma, emotional suffering, social injustices and problems in life will crumble very SOON!! It can’t come fast enough!
    Thank you for all your incredible work!!

  • Kate, I feel so bad for you, you help out the neighbor and then that happens. From my experience with a snooty young psychiatrist I learned whatever I said to try explain my situation ‘can and will be held against you’ or twisted into something entirely different to suit her speculations.
    I think it is safer not explain anything to these people. Hold your cards close to your chest, right!

  • You have had an incredible journey Annita! It really was against ALL odds. Thanks for sharing your inspiring story and using your voice to advocate and speak out on the harmful consequences of trauma, psychiatric labels and harmful treatment and the lasting impact of stigma.

    I think your story also gives hope to others who endured ECT or have taken anti-psychotic drugs.

  • I hope things settle down Kate and in the future you can somehow get your cat or a new kitty. The feeding suggestions LavenderSage mentioned sound like they could be helpful. Did the shelter clean up their act or did it get closed down?

    So sorry you had to endure such lousy therapists on top of everything else you have endured. These so called professional people have no people skills and no compassion. It’s impossible to comprehend how they ever get into these positions. People who have survived such horrible encounters within the mental health system are actually the people with the most resilience. Wishing you the best, hang in there Kate.

  • Hi Kate, You are so right! The mental health profession does ignore and/or deny trauma and would rather just blame the victim. Lots of commenters know this and lots of the professionals who write blogs on MIA also know and acknowledge this. I hope you are doing better and I hope you read Dr. Caplan’s recent blog as it is about concerns with articles (like this one) that give credibility to spurious DSM labels.
    https://www.madinamerica.com/2019/06/critique-diagnostic-terminology/

    I am almost finished reading The Body Keeps the Score and this sentence sort of spoke to me “Trauma constantly confronts us with our fragility and with man’s inhumanity to man but also with our extraordinary resilience”. Just remember how resilient you are. Take care.

  • Sera and Caroline, Your blog is thorough in presenting all the variables, arguments and the different sides of the coin so to speak. My take away was in keeping with your last sentence “It’s not about pills. It’s about power.” and about taking back your power from the oppression of psychiatry. I think most psych survivors know psych drugs are harmful but to criticize or blame them or anyone who is still taking psych drugs would be ‘blaming the victim’.

  • Yes I found your blog presented a very complete picture Tricia. It is fortunate that experiences of hearing voices is now being normalized as part of the human experience of dealing with challenges in life.
    I had meant to add that Annie getting involved to educate and help others using her own experiences and what she has learned is most commendable! Congrats to Annie! You must be very proud of her!

  • Madmom, I can’t imagine how terrifying it is to be parents who want only to support a daughter or son, but then find themselves facing such tyranny and oppression. Until I found MIA I had no idea this abuse happens on such a regular basis. It is encouraging that more and more people are stepping up to speak out and fight back.

  • Thank you Tricia and Annie, I found your blog heartening and very enlightening. Annie’s courage and strength in dealing with this at such a tender age is remarkable. So glad Annie has a mom who is understanding and so supportive to navigate this complex and challenging experience. I wish you both the best.

  • Dr. Lee Coleman and James thanks for another informative podcast. Also the great video “Psychiatry’s War of the Words”.
    Good to hear you plan to conduct a workshop at the NARPA Conference in September 2019. Thank you so much for your advocacy Lee! You rock!
    Yes language and words matter greatly in psychiatry as a psychiatrist easily passes a biased judgment and labels someone with a “disorder” based on their own feelings, thus changing the narrative and re-defining someone’s reality in a detrimental way. War of the Words indeed!

  • Excellent summary Steve, Thanks! Psychiatry imposes/forces a “diagnosis” aka label on someone based totally on how the ‘psychiatrist feels’ about someone and their distress or problems. The person has no say in the matter.

    If a person happens to ‘feel’ a “diagnosis” is of some help to them that’s an entirely different matter and to each their own. But that scenario is the exception – not the norm. It is ludicrous and twisted that one person can simply label another person with a “disorder” based on how they ‘FEEL’ about the person or their problems.

    I agree 100% with Dr. Caplan, “psychiatric diagnosis is the first cause of everything bad in the mental health system.” Including all the psych drugs and ECT treatments that damage people’s brains and bodies and ruin lives, as well cause the additional enormous burden and distress of never-ending stigma, discrimination, loss of autonomy, etc,

  • Just to add how very fortunate it is that the many who have been harmed by bogus psych labels have such an ethical and credible advocate and spokesperson as Dr. Caplan. Having served on the DSM-IV Task Force committees Dr. Caplan has the first-hand knowledge and proof as to how these labels are dreamt up and voted on as ‘flavor of the week’, going in and out of vogue with each new DSM, and without any consideration given to the very harmful consequences these bogus labels have on people’s lives. Thanks so much for speaking out and for your advocacy Dr. Caplan.

  • Thank you for this blog Dr. Caplan and for presenting these important issues. I agree with a lot of your points and also appreciate Robert Whitaker’s transparency in opening the subject to further debate.

    I never understood how a psychiatrist “helped” anyone with life problems when only providing drugs and brief follow up appts but thought surely to God psych “diagnoses” must be based on scientific facts/evidence and psychiatry must know what it’s doing with powerful drugs that mess with people’s brains – how could it not?? (is what I thought)

    Then after I found MIA and began reading the blogs it all made SO much sense and gave such validation to my own profoundly bad experience. I soon realized I was not alone in my horrible experience and was ever so shocked to read what has happened to many others. There were a few articles or research info I was not always sure where MIA stood, particularly related to psych “diagnoses”. But how to best present psych terminology overall can get complicated….where to draw the line and still have newcomers to MIA understand the information. I think it would help if the message regarding the scientific invalidity and fallacy of psych “diagnoses” was consistent and agree that psych “diagnoses” should be called labels. I do remain most grateful for the overall amazing MIA website, it was a lifeline back to common sense and reasoning for me.

  • Yes Richard please keep me posted when your CD comes out! I really enjoyed the second song as well. As it played it caught my husband’s attention and he thought it sounded great too. Your music and videos reminds us of a Neil Young performance we saw televised about a year ago. Lots of talent Richard! Good to hear you are releasing a CD.

  • Richard, Well done! I’m a fan of country music and I love your video! You wrote a very fitting and meaningful song. Wow! you sure have a great voice and play guitar and harmonica very well!! Any more songs/videos in the works?

  • Lauren, thank you for sharing your difficult story with psych drugs and ECT. How scary that simply going for a routine physical led to such a nightmare. Every story helps solidify just how treacherous the path of psychiatry and the so-called “treatments” are and can help spare others from falling into the same trap. I agree being out in nature is soothing and congrats on getting back to your art! Wishing you all the best in the future and with your taper off Wellbutrin.

  • A very interesting and informative blog Dr. Levine.
    “Paine revered science, and he would have been enraged by professionals who pretend to embrace science by using its jargon but in fact make pseudoscientific proclamations that purposely deceive suffering people.”
    Psychiatry is so corrupt they believe their own lies and continue to try justify them. They are relentless in beating down any truth teller. Maybe it is fitting they have such a lethal physician adorning their APA seal.

  • Yes that is so true Dan. If doctors at least challenged other doctors it would have a huge impact but it’s as you say they put their own interests first. I have seen two psychiatrists in my life time. The first was 20 years ago, he did care and was very helpful at that time. The second psychiatrist I saw was 10 years later while I was in cancer treatments. Her behavior and attitude was appalling. Too long to explain here but she was hostile, a bald faced liar and downright corrupt. She knows she did immense harm but has dug her spike heels in. She could not care less, it is all about maintaining her pride, ego and status. Having 2 completely opposite experiences I am conflicted on the matter of psychiatrist’s actually caring but I realize there probably are still a few out there.

  • Dan, I agree, especially with …”Never in my worst nightmare could I have imagined that medicine could be so corrupt.” Yes, that reality hit me like a ton of bricks.
    Everyone (patients, media, public) assumes because they are ‘doctors’ they will do what is best for us and we also assume that they actually care. You don’t find out it’s a façade until after you have personally tangled with them.
    Best wishes on your recovery. I found that some natural supplements can help with severe insomnia. Hang in there and keep going.

  • Hi James, thank you for sharing your personal story of slowly tapering off an anti-depressant drug. It boggles the mind how this disingenuous branch of medicine has gotten away with harming lives for so long. So many unsuspecting people were brainwashed and so many still are. The one thing we can do is tell our stories and keep putting them out there. There has to come a point when mainstream media can no longer ignore the horrible damage psychiatry has done to so many lives.

    I wish you all the best on your final stage of tapering off. You are 75% of the way there! And thanks for all your work at MIA, I really enjoy your great podcasts.

  • Alex, once again your comment nails it and totally resonates! As if the harm of psychiatry was not bad enough then you find out all the channels you reach out to for resolution or justice are in bed together and/or riding the same gravy train.

    “There’s really no end to the web of deceit, illusion, and stonewalling that goes on here”.
    Exactly!
    I really appreciate reading your comments Alex. Having such well worded and insightful validation sure helps to neutralize all the crazy-making of psychiatry.

  • I am so sorry you endured such a horrible ordeal. This is what is so appalling and egregious about all the propaganda encouraging people in distress to get “help” or receive “mental health care” – a total oxymoron. What happens instead is ‘mental health torture’.

    I know you want peace but if you have a lawyer who thinks you have a chance to litigate it may be worth considering to recoup financial losses. Best wishes to you.

  • Elizabeth, thank you for sharing you and your son’s horrendous experience with psychiatry. I almost held my breath as I read and was very relieved to get to the paragraph explaining your son recovered and is now doing well. Unfortunately, it is exactly as you say – before we know better we put our “blind trust” in people we believe are experts who can and will help us. Only to find out they are clueless, but even worse – deceptive and arrogant – and instead of helping they add trauma and harm. The final insult is going through all available channels to make complaints and finding out these channels are only interested in covering up and dismissing valid complaints and no one will be held accountable. The harm happening in psychiatry has been a dark secret too long. The one thing we can do is to keep speaking out and spreading our stories to others who still have blind trust in a deeply flawed system. All the best to you and son.

  • Good comment Rachel. Being labelled is like being accused of a crime you never committed. One difference is the criminal gets the chance to prove his innocence.

    I used to think psychiatrists must have gone into the profession because they had a genuine interest in helping people. In fairness some do, but I now realize many are self-serving, merciless and as you put it – “phony”.

  • Thank you for sharing your story Niels. I am sorry you endured such painful childhood trauma then had to deal with such absurdity in psychiatry. You related your story in the video interview with dignity and class and it is clear you are intelligent, level-headed and communicate very well. The destructive and disabling propaganda of your psychiatric experience shows the sheer stupidity of it all and who is ‘off the hook’. I am glad you listened to your own voice of reason, found a path to healing and moved on to a meaningful career. Best of wishes going forward.

  • Graciela, I’m so sorry to hear you’ve endured more difficult events and were also in a car accident. I hope you were not injured and are okay? I agree, it would be so helpful to have mentors and/or at least a local support group to meet up with others who have similar situations.
    Did you read this blog on MIA… https://www.madinamerica.com/2019/05/healing-subversive-act/
    I realize that to escape the rabbit hole of psychiatry one must become a freedom fighter for themselves and also fight back against the whole disabling concept of psychiatry. Sending healing vibes your way. 🙂

  • A good piece and well stated Megan. Much of what you have written had me saying ‘Yes, exactly’. So many points you made resonate with what I experienced during a brief encounter with a young psychiatrist.

    I agree… “Psychiatry has turned out to be the practice of using someone’s suffering against them for profit.” I would add psychiatry will also use someone’s suffering against them for “punishment” too. The psychiatrist I saw not only used the insomnia I was experiencing against me, she also used the debilitating effects chemo had on my physical health against me.

    The system is failing and harming people but psychiatry sits at the top of pyramid with their unbridled power. The harm and destruction starts with psychiatry and flows downhill.

    It is good sense and good therapy to put the blame where it belongs. My best therapy came when I found the MIA site and the realization I was not alone in my experience and in speaking out about the harm and trauma I experienced from seeing a psychiatrist. Thanks!

  • Excellent article.
    As Dr. Gabor Mate states “The real sources are individual trauma in an increasingly isolating and dislocated culture. But our society loves to reduce everything to the level of the individual, because then we don’t have to look at the social factors”.

  • Thanks Dr. Cornwall for speaking out on this. The device will be used on children aged 7 – 12, a time when a young brain is still developing. Sufficient sleep is crucial at this age, how will they get any decent sleep with this thing zapping their forehead. It is appalling the FDA gave approval to electrically traumatize children’s brains when they have no clue what the short or long term damaging effects might be.
    Hopefully parents stand up and protect their children and not cave to yet another barbaric and pseudoscience form of “treatment”.

  • Hi Melody, Thanks for this well stated and informative blog. I just read your prior blog as well and how after having had a very difficult experience with amitriptyline you decided to speak out and become an advocate. I am hoping the scary brain zaps have finally subsided.
    You have great quote at the end of this blog. I hope all professionals who are now aware of the harm of psychiatric drugs (and labels, etc) soon start speaking out too.

  • Thanks Alex for the validation and encouragement! The psychiatrist relentlessly kept punching in every round, trying to keep me down. She hopes I will give up my fight and stay down (or succumb to cancer). But as long as I’m alive I plan to keep punching back because her lies and gross deeds get reviewed by more and more people in the system and hopefully will awaken more to the façade and dishonesty in psychiatry.
    Re your mom and Neurontin – not a drug for an 86 yr. old!! It commonly causes dizziness etc, glad she is off of it now!

  • Alan, Thank you for sharing this painful story. I am so sorry to read of your son’s predicament. It is so difficult for a loved one, especially a parent, not to be able to protect or free a child from this ordeal.

    “My hope is that there are more people out there in the world (including psychiatrists and psychologists) who have open minds, and that this open-mindedness will eventually spread far and wide”.

    Yes this is my hope too. The average person has no clue what goes in psychiatry until they or a loved unwittingly gets tangled up with it (myself included) Every voice, every story helps the chorus grow louder. I am grateful there are some open-minded psychiatrists and psychologists out there (and some truly incredible ones that blog on this site) to help with the mission and spread the word of the deception and grave harm being done by psychiatry with their bogus labels, drugs, ECT and forced confinement.

    Rachel mentioned relocating outside of Canada, however re-locating to a different province inside of Canada might also work (as each province has its own health record system and are not integrated or national as of yet). You likely contacted the Mental Health Advocate in BC? I don’t know they would be of much help but might be worth a try if you haven’t. Truly hoping for the best for you and your son.

  • Thanks Alex, I agree with all you say and whenever possible I try avoid medical care and go the natural way. I also take supplements for prevention (i.e. Oil of Oregano saved me numerous times from bad colds, sore throat, etc) I am lucky I have a wonderful and kind General Practitioner but because of my records even she has trouble getting me medical treatments that natural couldn’t solve. I have a ton of proof of the lies and collusion that went on behind my back during cancer treatment so am still fighting the corruption, soon getting back in the ring for another round.

    Yes we must keep looking for the light! (and shine it on evil deeds) I still try to believe that the truth shall prevail.

  • As I understand it, the mission of this website is for “re-thinking psychiatry” – not psychotherapy. It is psychiatry with unbridled authority and power and who controls with their big book of absurd, unscientific labels and their drugs. While not every psychotherapist is helpful and a misinformed or unhelpful one could exacerbate someone’s problems, the real harm and damage comes from psychiatry.

  • An excellent piece Ron. It explains so well how as humans we are complex, we suffer and are diverse in our thinking and beliefs but how important it is to keep an open-mind to diversity – no labels or discrimination needed. The course offered to professionals and at no-charge to those with lived experience and/or family members is super and sure looks to be most helpful. Thank you for your service.

  • Alex, I always love the wisdom in your comments and do try to apply whatever I can to my situation. I agree it’s not good to keep the past alive. I really tried to put the past behind me to achieve healing after I saw a psychiatrist during cancer treatments and had to laugh at how perfectly you described dragging the past with us, like having “shit on our shoe”. My problem, and likely others too, is the “shit” is not only on my shoe but all over my electronic health records. Although I tried, and want to put the past behind me the record is permanently attached to me, like a target on my back and a heavy albatross around my neck. The past (aka electronic record) continues to cause great distress as it is continues to haunt me by severely impacting my health care in every way, including stigma, discrimination and being denied health care services for physical issues (even for a torn, bleeding retina). It is a daily worry that makes me live in past unfortunately for now.

  • Hi Ann, Thank you for sharing the difficult road you and mom travelled with psychiatry and the harmful drugs pushed on both of you. Your dad was so diligent and involved in trying to help your mom, going so far as to keep a spread sheet, wow that is true love!
    A psychiatrist I saw during cancer treatment published a report mocking me for various serious side effects the psych drugs had on me and described me as ‘non-compliant’, and as you put it well, that I was “willfully resisting” her drugs. Yes, I resisted the drugs because my body was totally rejecting them, but that didn’t matter to the psychiatrist at all.

    It is great to hear you have your life back and have been free of psych drugs and pain meds since 2000. Congratulations on that! I wish there could have been a happy ending to your mom’s story but telling her story along with yours is very impactful in helping others avoid the same treacherous path.

  • Many accolades Don for this powerfully stated piece and thank you for your enduring fight to abolish the degrading torture and harm of ECT. It is appalling the media is ignoring this horrendous crime and assault on the brains of unsuspecting women and even elderly women. In my ongoing battle against psychiatry the collusion between the government and psychiatry did become disgustingly apparent. I now realize corporate media is also complicit and as you stated, that is “A national and international crime and shame”.

    I support and send my best wishes to Connie Neil and the other hunger strikers. I really hope the media give their brave efforts some much needed coverage. Best regards to all.

  • Thanks for this blog Eric, it is a sad and very complex state of affairs.
    I agree with your statement “If there were ever a need for greater boundaries, it would be to help persons reject the pathological accommodation to the ways in which the system functions to exploit and dominate”.

    When problems of poverty, abuse, injustice, etc are viewed as problems of an individual instead of life circumstances beyond their control it greatly adds to feelings of despair. As Steve McCrea noted, Big Pharma is hugely exploiting people’s anxiety and despair in regards to these matters.

  • Thanks for this update Dr. Gotzsche and your ongoing work to see forced medicating of psychiatric patients become forbidden by law. It is good to know the Ombudsman in Norway had the courage and decency to stand up to the authorities. In my battles for justice the Ombudsman here has simply gone long with the other ‘authorities’ whose obvious goal is making sure psychiatrists will never be held accountable. Hard to comprehend that after most countries ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities they continue to drag their feet and have not enacted laws on the matter.

  • Yes Graciela I was asleep and brain-washed into believing the supremacy of psychiatry. I am now ashamed that I was relieved when my younger brother started getting “help” from a psychiatrist for depression following the breakup of his marriage. It wasn’t until he unexpectedly died under psychiatric “care” at the age of 40 and no reason for his death ever provided that I began questioning psychiatry. Then I had a very bad experience with a psychiatrist I unwittingly saw for “help with sleep meds” while in cancer treatment. I thought it was just my bad luck to have run into a narcissistic and VERY dishonest psychiatrist, that is until I found the MIA site in June of 2018. That was my awakening. And now I make it my mission to tell everyone I know and meet (including all mental health personnel) to check out the MIA site. There is strength in numbers, and every voice, every story will help wake up more people.

  • People traumatized by difficult life circumstances get severely harmed and re-traumatized by psychiatry but the average person has no idea what is ‘done in the darkness’ to vulnerable people who seek “help”. Every voice and every article published helps to spread the word.

    A very compelling interview, thanks Akansha, and thank you Dr. John Read for your work to expose the harm of the DSM and the mental health industry.

  • Graciela, Thank you for sharing your story. I am so happy you escaped the clutches of psychiatry and have your life back. It boggles the mind how people psychiatry routinely labels as disordered and hopeless are actually some of the most courageous and resilient people around.

    I noticed exactly what Alex did re your writing and beautiful responses to commenters and that “you are a bright shining light” and certainly have a beautiful spirit. I wish you all the best going forward.

  • Dr. Maisel, thank you for this excellent blog. It presents a well thought out way to approach helping someone deal with difficult life challenges. I believe pulling all corners of the picture together defines and legitimizes the various causes and context of distress and provides validation that distress is a normal – and expected – human reaction to difficult circumstances, and is NOT some “mental disorder”. In my experience sorting through cause and context and having it validated as the reason for distress helps empower someone who has been marginalized to stand up for themselves.

  • Hugh since finding MIA I have told every professional I have spoken to (family doctor, psychologists, the CMHA and an honest, open-minded psychiatrist) about the MIA website and gave them the link. I already have their support and validation on the matters I am dealing with and know they would find the information interesting and relevant. I looked at the website for the East Side Institute. It is most interesting and inspiring and I will pass this information on as well to any that are interested. (Fyi, the link does not work so had to do a google search)

  • SomeoneElse, I had not heard of Chris Hedges, so thanks for the quote. Wow, it is so true – yet we are supposed to walk around like happy robots who drank the Kool-Aid of the powerful, and remain totally oblivious to all the corruption and injustices that are engulfing us and destroying lives.

  • Thanks for this update Zenobia. In trying to comprehend my horrible experience with a psychiatrist during cancer treatment I bought Lucy Johnstone’s book “A Straight Talking Introduction to Psychiatric Diagnosis” last year. It was very informative and validating as to how there is NO consideration given to causation or context surrounding a person’s circumstances that could lead to stress, insomnia etc. I have great respect and admiration for Lucy Johnstone and her team for putting forth the PTMF and standing by their framework, which is a voice of reason, moral ethics and intelligence that is egregiously lacking in the DSM and psychiatry.

  • I had a different impression from this blog. Hugh and Ann were honest in acknowledging they were trained to be authoritarians and had followed that approach when trying to help people. I viewed this blog with positivity because Hugh and Ann realized and admitted this approach was not helpful and was disempowering to people. My take away is they want to discard the old approach and take a much different approach in order to empower people. I say kudos to acknowledging and wanting to make changes. Now if only all psychiatrists and therapists could be so honest.

  • Kate, I think I understand what you mean… if someone is suicidal and tells someone else, that person usually calls 911 or the police to take you to the hospital to get admitted to the psych ward. But if there is no more psychiatry where does a suicidal person go for urgent help and who can the other person call in such an emergency. If that is what you are thinking about I hope if/when psychiatry collapses there would be safe places set up, similar to the Safe Houses (for women trying to escape an abusive situation at home) that people could go to and stay awhile, and have caring, kind people talk with them, calm them down and give them some hope again to improve their situation in life. (like the Safe Houses do for battered women)

  • Dr. Hickey, thank you for a powerful and effective article. My husband read it with me and found it very enlightening (he’s a long time military member). It is articles like this that keep putting dents in the whole facade of psychiatry until it breaks apart and can no longer destroy lives.

    I was not familiar with the word “vituperation” but it is most fitting for what is directed towards members of the anti-psychiatry movement. It is also a good word for the lies and fabrications psychiatrists will write about people who make the mistake of seeking “help” for distressing life circumstances.

    Re: the bill the late Senator John McCain wanted to see passed, I wonder if his daughter Meghan McCain (who is on the View) would lend her voice or platform on the View to push for this.

  • Sandy, this is a very touching story and a great message to fellow writers and editors. You certainly have an open mind and a humble spirit. It is truly wonderful you got your Uncle Bob’s story told for him. I had a look on Amazon and one reviewer of your book sure stated it well:

    “It challenges us to ask ourselves: Who’s really crazy—the people diagnosed with schizophrenia, or the society that allows them to be imprisoned, tortured, chemically lobotomized, and left to beg for pocket change on the streets? What separates a prophet from a madman, a doctor from a patient?”

    Well done! I look forward to purchasing and reading your book.