Thursday, September 19, 2019

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  • Dr. Bruce Levine – WOW! you knocked it out of the park with this masterpiece! SO much truth, SO much sound knowledge and common sense, and SO much that totally resonates with my experience. I was going to repeat a few of the points that really stood out but soon realized I would be repeating nearly everything! 🙂

    This is a piece I will definitely get my spouse to sit down and read and will be emailing the link to organizations or professionals I have email addresses for. For those I don’t have an email address this is so worthy of printing off copies and sending by snail mail. Everyone needs to read this piece!

    Also thanks for the many informative and interesting links, I will definitely have to look at Lauren’s videos. Very well done Dr. Levine!! Thank you! and let’s all keep up the good fight for truth, compassion and humanity!

  • Thanks Derek and Dan for this informative podcast. Thanks Dan for taking on this impressive and challenging mission! Kudos to you for bringing much needed awareness to why people end up thinking about suicide and for being instrumental in saving lives. So important for veterans and everyone to know as you put it so well, that taking these drugs can make you become “zombified” and “numbed to a point you don’t care about anything”. That is not something anyone would want and then they have to face the aches, pains and overall nightmare of withdrawal. Best wishes to you and keep up the good work!

  • Leah, Thank you for all the work to present this very important and compelling piece. It is heartbreaking to hear your mom suffered such horrible effects of the psych drugs and lost her life at such a young age. That is an adorable picture of you and your mom. You both look so happy to be together and I am so sorry for your loss.

    Those in power talk about the cost of non-adherence, but what about the cost or toll on someone if the drugs are having intolerable effects on both mind and body, organ damage or failure and they cause an early death. That is a very high price to pay for “adherence”. Instead of calling it non-adherence or non-compliance it should be called exercising one’s right to autonomy. It sounds calculated and highly unlikely “patients” actually wanted the digital pills, maybe accepting the digital pills was the only option they had to avoid forced injections.

  • Robert,
    There is no other website or any other source that is so dedicated to exposing the many harms being done by psychiatry and fighting so hard to bring about change to prevent these harms from continuing. I am deeply grateful for this entire incredible website and for all your tireless work and advocacy.

    In fighting my own battle with a psychiatrist over lasting harm she caused me I came to realize that psychiatrists are untouchable. They are literally ‘top dog’ and answer to no one – not even the College that supposedly governs them. A year ago I was ready to give up on my battle for justice. Then I found your website and was blown away when I realized my story is not an isolated case and any one that sees a psychiatrist for any reason is likely to be harmed instead of “helped”. Finding your site re-energized me to keep fighting and although I have health issues I am trying to be an activist in any way I can.

    As you noted, change comes “one mind at a time” and unless, or until people have first-hand experience or hear about the horror stories and the harm, their mind set doesn’t change. I have been forwarding every person I interact with a link to the MIA website (including all mental health professionals in any capacity, as well as my family doctor, heads of mental health organizations, advocacy groups etc). Thank goodness for the mental health professionals on MIA who have a strong moral compass and possess ethics, intelligence and integrity. Hopefully there will be many more who have the courage and integrity to join the fight. I hope every reader of this site tries to pass the information or a link to this site at every opportunity they get and donate whatever they can to keep the fight going.

    Please keep up the incredible work and thanks again!

  • Thanks Dr. McLaren for your work! A great piece, very well stated and summarized.

    Per Pies… “Ultimately, the BPSM will allow us to provide “holistic, comprehensive psychiatric care.”
    That’s enough to make a person gag as psychiatry would not know “holistic care” from a hole in the ground.

    Pies states in his piece in Psychiatric Times: “Rebuttals of these claims are almost always dismissed as “Psychiatry defending its guild interests” (as if the purveyors of anti-psychiatry animus have no self-serving motives).”

    The “self-serving motives” of anti-psychiatry I believe are ‘self-preservation’ and preserving the lives and well being of their loved ones and others who are being severely harmed by psychiatry.

  • Congratulations Efrat on becoming the first recipient of the Dr. Bonnie Burstow Scholarship in Antipsychiatry and thank you for this excellent blog. Also, God bless Dr. Burstow for all her work and generosity in the fight to protect people from human rights violations and harm of psychiatry.

    I am so sorry to hear of the tragic outcome psychiatry had for your brother. I also had a brother who was very physically healthy but saw a psychiatrist for depression, was put on psych drugs and ended up dying in his sleep. But I was brainwashed like many are to never question psychiatry and to believe they somehow are privy to knowledge that no other professional has.

    Then later on while in cancer treatment I developed insomnia from the chemo and steroids and was sent to a psychiatrist under the guise it was for “help with sleep meds”. That is when I learned for myself just how absurd, dishonest and extremely harmful psychiatry and their bogus labels and drugs truly are.

    Keep up the great work, this is good news and so promising for the future. Thank you again!

  • Dr. Rubin thanks for writing this excellent piece. There is so much wisdom and good advice in what you have written here and on your own blog, i.e. : http://www.frominsultstorespect.com/2019/06/28/alternatives-to-psychiatric-diagnoses/

    “Like James, I view framing these challenging experiences as a type of disease as flawed. It is much more helpful to view them as useful tools that, if handled well, can potentially provide us with some enlightenment.”

    Well stated. So many are being harmed from having damaging labels of the “DSM mental disorders” put onto them to carry for the rest of their life when they in fact have NO “mental disorder” but rather were having to deal with challenging experiences in life.

  • Thank you for presenting this information so clearly Dr. Joseph. Science is important but so is integrity.

    As with psychiatry there are many false assumptions and confirmation bias. A couple sentences that stand out:

    “What he (Plomin) failed to explain is how psychiatric disorders can be studied, predicted, and “substantially genetically influenced” if they do not exist.”

    “The historian of biology Nathaniel Comfort wrote in his October 5th, 2018 Genotopia blog entry:
    “Plomin is spreading a simplistic and insidious doctrine that says ‘environmental intervention is futile.’”

  • Thanks Dr. Francisco, this is a most inspiring blog! It is very refreshing to know there are still some psychiatrists that actually care about the patient and their well-being. You deserve many accolades for your integrity and bravery in stepping outside the box of ‘standard of care’ psychiatric drugging to protect patients from the harm of dangerous drugs and give patients a voice in what they want.

  • Esmeralda, thanks for speaking out. As Alex stated this is a powerful comment! Thanks for posting this truth-telling comment and I also hope you write more!

    As you say not enough in the system are willing to stand up and say something about the harm being done and the ones dictating or perpetrating the harm are “self-righteous” and/or deluding themselves to protect themselves and their interests.

  • Thanks for this great blog Ekaterina.

    Yes, psych labels are hastily assigned to a person based on the “word” or ‘feelings’ of a single psychiatrist. The so-called ‘opinion’ of a biased psychiatrist is simply a psychiatrist’s ‘feelings’ formed with little context and without knowing the person well – but presented as indisputable fact that can never be changed. That bizarre issue alone is the catalyst for all the harm that follows.

    So glad you survived the suffering psychiatry inflicts on so many and through your own wisdom and intuition found peace and enjoyment in life.

  • In the article it quotes Peter Kramer, a psychiatrist, as saying…. “he doesn’t believe most doctors would ignore patients just because their symptoms aren’t in the official literature of a medication and that official warnings aren’t all doctors look at.”

    Dr. Kramer is mistaken. The exact opposite is far more likely. Chemotherapy caused many toxic (and lasting) effects for me and all the effects, including effects that were “known”, were falsely dismissed by the oncologist as “not in keeping with the drug profile”. When I later developed insomnia from the chemo drugs and was sent to a psychiatrist she had me take various psych drugs, including Ativan, SSRI’s, Elavil and a neuroleptic which produced horrible effects and then mocked me to my face as well and in my electronic records for every effect I experienced.

  • David, thank you for 20 years of service as a combat medic and for your story of recovery from the devastation of psychiatric drugs. As your story demonstrates psychiatry deals with someone’s traumatic experiences by labelling and drugging them, often leading to more havoc and anguish that eventually propels the person to contemplate ending their life or to actually end it. It is staggering that this is the “help” psychiatry provides.

    I’m very glad you survived 20 years of service and had the perseverance and fortitude to find your way out of the entrapment of dangerous psychiatric drugs. Kudos to you for all of this and for operating Remedy Alpine to help others. This is another MIA blog CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Chris Cuomo should read.

  • Miranda, a great piece to address this issue! You have presented it very well and supplied a great deal of back up evidence and information. I had rather liked Anderson Cooper before but it was a real turn off to see him so combative and forceful on a subject he has not even educated himself on. As Dr. Cornwall suggested, please get this article to Anderson Cooper, Chris Cuomo and the others who are still living in the dark ages!

  • Thanks for this forthright blog Megan. I agree with much of what you state. Anger can be a useful and protective emotion and a tool to motivate you to stand up for yourself if you have been harmed. I don’t believe anyone should have to suppress or deny their anger as long as it is not expressed in a destructive or dangerous manner.

  • Thanks Sera for this courageous and very compelling blog. The devil is always in the details.

    I try hold onto the old adage “the truth shall set us free” but truth and reality gets so buried by all the corruption and lies in psychiatry. What I learned in my encounter with psychiatry while in cancer treatment is that even if you get a chance to tell a psychiatrist some details of what’s going on, or has happened, it just goes in one ear and out the other – without a single notation made about what you shared with the psychiatrist.

    The appalling thing about psychiatry is – they don’t want to know any details, reasons or explanations for someone’s difficulties or struggles. The idea one could actually get “help” from psychiatry is a dishonest sham.

  • Such a powerful podcast, thanks James and Derek! Thank you for your military service Derek and for sharing your compelling story. It is very powerful to share a such a harrowing personal experience in order to bring attention to the dreadful harm being inflicted on society by psychiatry and their damaging labels and drugs, and as James noted a personal story “cannot be denied”. You have accomplished so much in the past and it is wonderful that you are now aboard to help MIA with the Veterans Initiative.
    I have to highly commend Robert Whitaker for what he has done with MIA.
    The definition of a humanitarian is:
    “One who is devoted to the promotion of human welfare and the advancement of social reforms.”
    Robert Whitaker is courageously all of that and more.

  • Thank you Robert for a much-needed humane and very reasoned response to the latest tragedies. I think it is dishonest and irresponsible for E. Fuller Torrey and any other so-called “expert” to ignore the disturbing fact their psych drugs are playing a role. Psychiatry does not consider or even care to know what is behind the angst of young men, or any person experiencing distress before they slap on a label or two and immediately put them on psych drugs. They follow this dangerous protocol knowing there is a percentage of people that DO experience mania, or suicidal and homicidal reactions from these drugs. This is dangerous to the person put on the drugs and to the general public. I believe the mental health professionals bear some responsibility for these tragedies. The media also needs to step up and start reporting on some of these issues as well.

    I agree it is hate speech to target a group of people who are already oppressed and marginalized due to societal failures and injustices. It is victim blaming. Psychiatric labels themselves are hate propaganda given out so the real issues and injustices can be ignored and dismissed.

  • Very good point Stephen, It is thoroughly disgusting psychiatry takes something that was temporary or episodic and turns it into something permanent that causes the person to finally become suicidal when they weren’t in the first place.
    Maybe the media should start reporting these deaths as “suicide by psychiatry”.

  • A well-stated and telling narrative Patrick. How unethical and irresponsible of the media to never question the psychiatric “care” the deceased person was receiving that clearly did NOT help but instead make a push for more of the same. The fallacies and biased reporting by the media is certainly contributing to more people dying.

  • Thanks for this very helpful blog Dr. Brogan. There is a lot of good suggestions on how to tap into our power and core sense of who we are.

    The only suggestion that doesn’t work for me is “this moment in time shall indeed pass”. I used to believe in the phrase ‘this too shall pass’ but have found out it certainly does not apply to harm and damage inflicted by psychiatry.

  • Jess, thanks for speaking such profound truths and revelations on these disturbing issues.
    It’s absurd a person dealing with any life crisis gets blamed for the anxiety that is due to the crisis and said anxiety gets chalked up to the person having a psych “disorder”.

    It’s more absurd and appalling that a person is subjected to gas-lighting when they are so beaten down that suicide seems the only escape from abuse and oppression. I had naively believed psychiatry was about creating a better world and helping people find peace and happiness. Learning and experiencing the ugly truths of psychiatry has shaken me to my core.

  • Thanks for this interview Justin and Dr. Bracken. It is encouraging and appreciated to see a whole lot of truths and common sense presented here as psychiatry is not only “conceptually impoverished” – but also very common sense impoverished.

    Yes, it is ludicrous different psychiatrists can give the same patient very different labels yet each psychiatrist’s opinion/labelling are still deemed correct. That alone is farcical.

    “As professionals, we have to substantially move away from the idea that we’ve got some privileged source of knowledge and science about mental illness”.
    Yes, this is the most misleading of all psychiatric propaganda and unfortunately this is what I used to believe and is what the average person or general public still believes.

    “We won’t get to that place of genuine dialogue until we fully understand the harm that we’ve done and how we’ve damaged people and come to terms with that somehow.”

    YES!! Very true!

  • JAMA is engaging in the same systemic biases, corruption and abuse of power in psychiatry. They pretend to care about the patient’s well-being but it’s obviously a ruse. As with psychiatry they make up lame excuses for their decisions and refuse to provide further clarification or explanation. The attitude of JAMA is political and self-serving, more about power, ego and money than saving lives. Shame on JAMA!
    Thank you for your integrity and efforts in speaking out to save lives Dr. Groot.

  • A very informative essay Dr. Burstow. Thanks to you and other professionals who write for MIA I learned SO much this past year and am zealous in telling others to check out the site.

    You make the eugenics connection to psychiatry very clear. I could understand lobotomy and ECT having a eugenic connection but your essay made me realize that psychiatric drugs certainly do as well. Seeing this connection will help the average person comprehend as you put it “the horror that is psychiatry”. It is very appalling how they are targeting children even more now.

    The psychiatric agenda is everyone gets a label and everyone gets a pill (or cocktail). Psychiatry wants everyone but themselves corrected or fixed… that is pathological. Wonder if any practicing psychiatrists take their own damaging psych drugs. Likely not, as arrogance and the guild interests have them believe everyone else is deeply flawed but they are somehow “perfect” specimens. Thanks again for all your work and advocacy.

  • Yes very good point Rachel!

    “The researchers suggest a lack of empathy toward others “might be an advantageous side effect with a protective function.”

    How is lacking empathy “advantageous” or “protective” to anyone, considering violent crimes and mass shootings are often carried out by people who are taking anti-depressant drugs.

  • Rob, these are excellent points.

    “.. mainstream medicine is actually becoming increasingly like bad psychiatry and not vice versa”.

    I agree. “Selling sickness” includes all you mentioned and I would include cancer treatments as well. They know chemotherapy is nearly ineffective and does more harm than anything. You are more likely to die from the chemo than from cancer but they push these super expensive toxic drugs on people anyway.

  • Wow, Dr. Hickey what an outstanding and detailed presentation to rebut the ongoing corruption and lies of psychiatry! So very many well defined and well-stated examples that prove the facts and rebut the lies! The corruption in this field is astounding. They lie about their lies.

    Thank you SO much for your ongoing work and dedication in speaking truth to power and standing up for those who are victimized by psychiatry. God bless you!

  • 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.