Friday, March 22, 2019

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  • Thanks for this article Dr. Maisel. I took “investigator” to mean getting to the bottom of the story and finding out what happened to someone instead of what is wrong with them. In that context it makes great sense to me. I think it is about finding a good, honest psychologist and the RIGHT one for you. There are good ones but others are tied to the DSM and function more like psychiatry and can do a lot of harm instead.

  • Thanks Alex, as always your words are very insightful! I do get a lot out of reading your comments. I am still on a learning curve here and trying to find the right terminology. And yes to “government bureaucrat”, that is what many are. They are not healers and in my experience, and yours and many others, they are the exact opposite.

  • I understand everyone’s point of view on the term “mental health” (as I am very opposed to the term mental illness) but what should “it” be referred to when a person is experiencing natural human reactions to difficult life circumstances and are distressed, depressed, or even become suicidal and are not in a good frame of mind?
    Also what to call psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers etc, if they are not “mental health” professionals? Can anyone clarify what they should be called?

  • JanCarol, I was not trying to tell anyone what they should or shouldn’t take, only what had been very helpful for both myself and my husband with memory, cognitive function etc. I only provided the link to the product because I was asked for it.

  • Good comment Steve S. I’ve always heard neuroplasticity of the brain gives it the ability to modify existing neural networks and to create new ones. Having gone under anesthetic a few times in recent years I worried about the long term impact on my brain but I found things returned to normal after a bit of time by making sure I increased my brain activity and by taking a good brain supplement daily that includes L-Glutamine, Lecithin, Ginkgo Biloba, DMG, Huperzine A, B12 and Folic acid. Also adding good fats to the diet, avocado, etc. I think any impact on the brain from neuroleptic drugs could also be healed in time. I agree with the atrophy theory and the saying ‘use it or lose it’ that applies to the brain and the muscles.

  • Jo Ann, thank you for your blogs. This information is beyond disturbing. Parents need to know the propaganda and initiatives are serving Big Pharma and not their children. They need to know the drugs are harming their children and destroying their futures. I hope many parents and teachers read this. Your integrity and genuine concern for the well-being of the children is most commendable!

  • In case anyone might be interested…. a couple links on combating anxiety, depression and dementia WITHOUT Drugs.
    One is an e-book and the other a link to sign up for an upcoming free series of videos starting March 11, 2019 using dietary, nutrition and specific natural non-toxic protocols. (The term “disorder” for anxiety or depression has been used in places but if one gets past that there may be helpful information)

    https://depressionanxietyseries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/DADS-Solutions-for-Anxiety-Depression-E-book.pdf

    https://depressionanxietyseries.com/depressionebook?oprid=10243&ref=71645

  • Hi Starr, thanks for telling your compelling story with such candor and sincerity. We learn so much from each other by sharing our personal experiences. Speaking your truth provides support and validation to others. Congrats on finding and living your truth! All the best to you.

  • Yes Someone Else, “It’s not the people in search of psychiatrists or your neurotoxic drugs, it’s the “mental health professionals” actively looking for potential prey, even in our schools”.

    I hope Dr. Kelmenson reads that blog. I also heard another ‘goal’ is to have every person who receives a cancer diagnosis then be sent for a psychiatric assessment. People are being preyed on left and right and it is terrifying this is happening to school children. I wish this information could get carried on mainstream media.

  • Yes, Oldhead, in my case my immune system had done its job well and the tiny tumor had been encapsulated and halted for almost a year after I found it. It did not spread to lymph nodes or anywhere else and had not grown or changed at all in almost a year. But then wham, I’m told I need chemo, radiation, the whole nine yards – and it was all for nothing. There was never any threat to my life as my immune system had worked. But now my immune system has been destroyed by the very toxic and totally unnecessary treatments. This happened to others and I hope to get my story out as a warning to others not to be bullied and intimidated by the pressure tactics and fear-mongering.

  • Thanks for a good article on authoritarian doctors Dr. Levine. Some doctors let their power and hierarchy go to their head and they become very narcissistic. I’m very lucky I have an honest, caring family doctor who continues to give me tremendous support to battle damaging psych labels given by authoritarian doctors during cancer treatment. An oncologist proclaimed I had a dire cancer prognosis and expected me to be part of a clinical trial, adding a 4th drug to a toxic chemo cocktail. My participation would make him an ‘associate doctor’ on the trial and I believe be a large monetary benefit to him. The waiver I was required to sign for the trial drug stated side effects I had to agree to were: heart attack, stroke, vision loss, intestinal rupture, etc. In my own mind I questioned his dire prognosis/threat of death. Relying on my intuition, common sense (plus valid, logical reasons that included relevant pathology) I politely declined the trial. The doctor went berserk, threw his pen across the desk, and with eyes blazing in anger got up and stormed out of the room. After a few minutes a nurse came in and said “He can get his knickers in a knot”. No kidding.

    I didn’t do the trial drug but became deathly ill while taking the 3 other chemo drugs. His abuse continued and through a patient advocate I tried to get switched to a different oncologist but he put all the blame on me for his abuse and my request was denied. He was such a narcissistic bully he later phoned me at home to threaten me he better not hear another word that I have complained about him. That was just the beginning of the abuse. There is much more and it got much worse. I began having insomnia and was then duped into seeing a psychiatrist on the pretext of “getting help with sleep meds”. The young female psychiatrist was also arrogant and very cold-blooded, and totally in collusion with my cancer doctors. As revenge because I tried to make my own decisions about my body and health (and do what was right for me) she put unfounded damaging labels, lies and absurd accusations and speculations on my permanent electronic records that continue to very negatively affect my health care to this day. (I made a good decsion to quit chemo early and then I later found out the clinical trial was terminated due to the fatal side effects – so much for their ‘doctor-smart, patient-dumb’ attitude)

  • Great comment Alex, …..”important truth wanting to reveal itself around what actually is authentic and true vs. what is projection and stigma”.
    Exactly! Written like a scholar!
    “Projection and stigma” – that is what Dr. K’s message came off sounding like and had me wondering why Dr. K would post such a blog on MIA that only serves to make people feel more stigmatized.

    I’m glad to see Dr. K is open to discussion and listening to those who have been harmed while they were trying to be responsible and make improvements in their life – but got blindsided instead.

  • Thanks for this link DS, as I did not know the origins regarding the invention of Autism. As I read this review on Edith Sheffer’s book I really felt like crying for the children who were discarded as “waste”.
    It falls right in line with the rest of psychiatry’s other invented and harmful diagnoses that paint people as damaged and hopeless.

    But I certainly feel the pain of parents like MellowMack and ask the same questions as Rachel777….What to say to these parents and how can this be explained?

  • Ed,
    Reading this comment (and your previous comments) your background and experience certainly speaks to your ability to provide very insightful detailed descriptions on helping people suffering from anxiety and depression in a humane way. I too would be interested to read more of your experiences.

  • Ann and Hugh, this is a respectful and helpful dialogue and should be mandatory for those seeking help for problems and distress. People need to be thoroughly informed about psych drugs, sleeping pills etc, and allowed to make decisions for themselves – unlike what happens in psychiatry.
    “Like so many people, they relate to their emotions as if they were unpredictable forces of nature that have no relationship to the actual conditions of their lives”.

    This is precisely what psychiatry does.

    “That gave us an opportunity to look at his understanding of himself as “broken” and damaged, rather than as someone who, like all of us, is capable of unlimited development”.

    Again psychiatry does this to people who are dealing with difficult life experiences – paint them as broken and damaged – then give them harmful drugs they can never get off of.

  • Thanks Anders for an interesting and inspiring article. As humans each of us are unique but being different brings diversity and creates more meaningful experiences in life. I’m so glad to hear things are going better and daily challenges are easier to handle. Wishing you all the best!

  • Thanks for this blog Dr. Coleman and your support to expose the harm being done by mental health professionals. Until I found this site I had no knowledge of the widespread oppression and harm done by psychiatry and actually thought my traumatizing experience was an anomaly. Some who were harmed want to see the day psychiatry is abolished and I certainly understand why but given that most psychiatrists deny and adamantly refuse to even consider that what they are doing is deceitful, as well as horribly harmful and destructive, I am grateful for any support or validation from a professional in the field.

  • Alex, re: “Most mh clincians I’ve met.. are extremely insecure and fear-based, so they need the support of an intimidating and bullying system or they, themselves, feel powerless.”

    Exactly!! It is their own fears and issues with self-image, insecurities and a desperate need to feel superior, powerful and important. This explains why they can never allow themselves to admit to making a mistake or a misdiagnosis, no matter how much the evidence proves them wrong.

  • Alex and Kld3019, thanks for your insightful comments. This website and the blogs are very informative and helpful but I also learnt so much from Alex and other commenters including yourself KLd (and Steve McCrea, Rachel777, KindredSpirit, Oldhead etc). It has been healing and empowering for me too to read the comments of others.

  • I applaud all the work you do as a patient advocate Kim. I am so sorry to read about the loss of your beloved husband at Woodymatters. That this tragic outcome was the end result of him experiencing insomnia boggles the mind. Your dedication to his memory and efforts to protect others from harm is very commendable.

  • I have so much respect and admiration for you and all the work you have done Dr. Gotzsche. Thank you for your integrity and courage to stand up and speak truth to power to protect people from such reprehensible corruption. Wishing you much success on your new endeavor the Institute for Scientific Freedom. The world needs more like you.

  • Steve, I always appreciate your balanced and insightful comments. Your comment on family dynamics resonated, thanks for sharing. As the youngest of four girls (a boy was younger than me) I experienced some of what you describe from my two oldest sisters but it didn’t get nasty until we were well into adulthood (forties). I chalked up their mean behaviors as “normal sibling rivalries” and usually let it go. Years later I learned just how nasty my eldest sister can get and that I should not have deemed her mean behavior as “normal” and overlooked it. I also realize now and agree with Alex and Fiachra, that unfortunately family dysfunction is more common than I thought.

  • Yes Steve, wish I was more quick witted and assertive at that time as would’ve loved to say something like that! As you say though, every thing you say will be held against you and even if you are polite and positive, etc, they just twist your words into something negative and entirely different in order to have something to hold against you.

  • Very well stated Richard. Yes lots of detailed, good information in this article and I agree with your critique of the last paragraph and that trying to survive in a world that is “sick”, and morally and spiritually bankrupt, is the biggest reason for distress these days.

    I know two people who have been taking AD’s for a few years now. One of them accidentally forgot a pill one day and by the next day became extremely ill and at first didn’t realize what was causing her to be so sick. That was her first indication she was hooked. Both have tried to get off the pills but they can’t tolerate the horrific withdrawal so are still stuck taking them.

  • Yes, that’s exactly what I experienced, the psychiatrist was the one who was “obsessed” with suicide. I was tricked to see her for “help with sleep meds” and as I sat there bald, emaciated and fatigued from cancer treatments she suddenly asks me if I am “suicidal”. Me, puzzled: “What? No of course not” Her with a skeptical look: “Are you sure?” Me in an effort to convince her: “Yes I’m sure, I don’t have a Will and would NEVER want to die without a Will”.
    So she documents: “Suicidal++, only thing stopping her is she doesn’t have a Will”.

    Why would I even bother doing chemo if was going to kill myself?
    It would be hilarious if it wasn’t so dishonest and calculated of her to twist words, manipulate and write lies.

  • Yes, The_cat…I agree and what a horrible reality that is… “All I can say is it really sucks when someone is saying suicidal things and you personally know what “help” really is”.

    What the masses don’t realize is if people are distressed and they get “help”, well then they are really going to have a much BIGGER reason to be distressed after getting any so-called “help”.

  • Sera, what a nightmare the ludicrous training course turned out to be. Once again it shows how insincere and calculated mental health care can be. Thank you for sharing and I agree with KindredSpirit you have done an amazing “public service” and “given voice to those who have been harmed”. Also as Madmom says we all need to start speaking out and getting our stories out there. I had no clue how dangerous it was to set foot in a psychiatrist’s office and unfortunately many, many people still don’t. It is a shame that it is so difficult to get the media to report these stories. Any chance of going on a talk show maybe?

  • Thank you Dr. Brogan for being a psychiatrist with a holistic and honest approach to mental wellness and for validating these psychiatric drugs are harmful and addictive.
    I don’t think it is a problem as to how these harmful psychiatric drugs are identified (as being anti-depressant, anti-psychotic, etc) but rather to appreciate and endorse the big picture Dr. Brogan is presenting and how one can be healthy and heal anxiety and depression without these drugs. Hurrah to that!

  • A very interesting article Krista. A few things really resonate for me such as – “I had made my initial, damning appointment looking for relief from some financial stress and the resultant insomnia”.

    Likewise, my ‘initial damning appt’ was for ‘relief from the resultant insomnia’ of toxic chemo drugs, the steroids and hypnotic sleeping pill Imovane that quickly caused dependence and rebound insomnia worse than I first had. Unfortunately I did not know the “enemy” aka the psychiatrist, nor did I realize I was walking into the proverbial ‘lions den’ and would be attacked.

    “Psychiatry is absolute with their declaratives—everyone is flawed or fatally flawed, viewed as a profitable target or not”. Yes, everyone is subjected to denigration and some type of ‘label’.

    “And why not, if the world allows you to self-define your import and credibility; writing your own rules, resume, and achievements?”

    So true. This is what I learned as I fought to get justice:
    1) The psychiatrist believed (and continues to believe) she is God and is all-knowing.
    2) Psychiatrists reign supreme over every other health professional and don’t have to answer to anyone, not even the society or the college that *supposedly* regulates them.
    I believe that is why so many are harmed…. psychiatrists know they don’t have to answer to anything or anyone and will never be held accountable.

    I too am very much looking forward to Part Two and your “how-to guide”!

  • Alex, thanks for the link, I watched your Utube film. It is interesting and very striking in many ways as to the adversity we humans must sometimes endure while living our lives. You used the word “heart wounds” towards the end I believe and that is very fitting. Every story has meaning and is helpful to others on the path to healing. Thanks for sharing.

  • Thanks for sharing your story Caleb.
    It is more proof of the strength of the human spirit to overcome. It is wonderful you found an exceptional psychiatrist because what I have learned is the good ones are few and very far between. I had consulted with a psychiatrist approx. twenty years ago. He understood and validated the where and why of my stressors that had all occurred at the same time (excessively long work days, incl weekends, then a workplace accident and the sudden death of my younger brother while he was getting psychiatric treatment from a different psychiatrist for depression because his marriage ended) Although the psychiatrist I saw gave me prescriptions for AD’s he did not make me feel compelled to take them. When I quit them soon due to side effects he was totally fine with that and still willing to support me to overcome the adversities. I have nothing but praise and kind words for him. But when I was sent to see another psychiatrist for insomnia during cancer treatment it was a totally different experience. She was all about attacking, victim-blaming, shaming, character assassination, non-compliance, rapid-speech, etc, and every positive thing being turned into a negative (and she did so by twisting all my words). If she was the only psychiatrist I had ever seen I would find it very hard to believe there are actually any good ones.

    I am happy you have found a level of peace and healing and I wish you all the best.

  • Thank you Dr. Kuelker! I agree with LadyQ. This is a very validating article for everyone who has suffered traumatic events or abuse while they were simply trying to live life. It is profound and crucial information that every mental health professional in the world should be acknowledging ASAP. To have psychiatry keep ignoring this research and information while people’s lives continue to be destroyed and people are dying is really criminal. Is this research and information not getting any mainstream media coverage, because it certainly should?

    You have a helpful and informative website. It is great to know you do online counselling and I’m glad you are located in B.C. as even the short flight would be worthwhile to have a discussion. Thanks again.

  • When I finally got ahold of chart records and a report the psychiatrist published to electronic records I was stunned and so was my family doctor. I had told a surgeon about the severe insomnia I was having during cancer treatment (due to the meds) so the surgeon sent me to a psychiatrist for “help with sleep meds”. Some of the meds had made me so weak and dizzy I fell at home, hit my head on the floor and laid unconscious and bleeding from a gash to my head. After I see the psychiatrist a couple of times, bald and emaciated from chemo, and almost comatose as I’m only able to sleep 2-3 hrs a night, the psychiatrist totally ignores I am in cancer treatment and states “The patient is maintaining the sick role to get attention” and also states the dizziness and vertigo (that were chemo side effects) are instead a “Somatization Disorder”. So insightful (not)!

  • Thanks for sharing your difficult story.

    “When I saw in my records what mental health workers did with what I told them and what they ignored, I was horrified — and probably traumatized.”

    It is sickening that psychiatrists or mental health workers easily twist a person’s words to represent something entirely different and they ignore/dismiss the most important facts or reasons behind a person’s difficulties or distress. They completely control the narrative and make it be what they want it to be. I am so glad you had the resilience to survive and overcome the gas-lighting and madness.

  • My gosh I can relate to a lot of what you say. After cancer treatment I was trying to move forward and was very baffled by what I was experiencing from other health care providers as I had no idea what they were reading on my electronic health records. (and was stunned when I finally got copies) I agree with you on seeking health care from alternative sources and I do that for everything they can help with. Unfortunately though things like a torn retina or broken bone there is no choice but to go to the ER. You are right that other health advocates or agencies you expect to help are mostly useless and don’t really want to get involved.

  • I agree Alex. However if a psychiatrist totally ignores a person’s reality and present circumstances and instead writes false statements to redefine a person’s reality and puts such things on person’s electronic health records you can never walk away or escape the redefined reality because any time you need health care services for physical health issues those records are always assessed and you are treated accordingly.

  • Articles from persons of stature who speak out and demand action hopefully help move the needle of change forward in some way. There are many people who are not familiar with psychiatry and still think highly of it and believe they are doing the right thing when they encourage others to “get help”. They have not yet been exposed to the reality that seeking “help” can bring much harm instead. Although the article is lacking in ways it seems any exposure of human rights violations and how psychiatry is the powerful vs. the powerless is better than none.

  • Jessica, thank you for your integrity and compassion for others in providing this information. These are horrible human rights violations. I hope all the stories like this get spread far and wide.

    …..”Make sure you get something to document, especially if it means asking leading questions that irritate them into sounding crazier. Dismiss their concerns as symptoms which are meant to be eliminated”.
    This statement is chilling and shows that psychiatric labels are pre-arranged and planned.

  • Sam, this is a most beautiful and heart-warming comment/story. How inspiring to understand and appreciate the impact of past wounds your wife endured and be so determined to have your wife fully realize that she is a wonderful and deserving person. Hats off to you! Probably every woman in the world would want to clone you!

  • Abrianna’s essay has not helped the mission to re-think psychiatry, rather it has led to people who have endured harmful and spurious labels and destructive psychiatric treatments to feel more stress, stigma and discrimination. Commenters on here are referring to others who disagree with the message as “snowflakes”, really?

    Perhaps Abrianna should read the Memoriam post on MIA, in particular Kermit Coles’s tribute:

    https://www.madinamerica.com/2017/09/in-memoriam-matt-stevenson/

    This may help her understand any person can be suffering for a great variety of reasons but no one deserves to be denigrated for their suffering.

  • I usually go with “If you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything” but I have to agree with Oldhead and KindredSpirit’s comments. It seems a big reason someone might end up having problems with “giving and receiving love” is the result and collateral damage of having endured harmful psychiatric labelling and treatments. Aren’t anti-depressants known for dampening down all a person’s emotions, both the good ones (love) and bad. It is gut wrenching to read the stories of those who have been so harmed by psychiatry and it is clear many are indeed “victims” of psychiatry. It is great if they can find strength, courage and loving support to find their way back to a place of peace and love but am not comfortable with putting the onus on the victim to be the fixer.

  • Thank you Zenobia for this compelling report, MIA is off to a great start in 2019 with this information!

    Psychiatry has certainly been exposed as a crude and simplistic way of making moral/social judgments and labelling people – with no regard given to environment, trauma or even physical/medical conditions. Psychiatry is using their damaging labels as ‘weapons of mass destruction’ against people who are already suffering or in distress.

    I agree with Richard D. Lewis that “The work of these researchers (and this blog) should be spread far and wide as an important weapon against all forms of psychiatric oppression”. MIA, their associated professionals and researchers, and those with lived experience are crucial weapons in the fight against the injustices and absurdity of psychiatric labels and harmful treatments.

  • Thank you MIA for this profoundly needed mission to re-think psychiatry. The work and incredible information presented every day to investigate, educate and support is invaluable to very human being who must navigate this world. I wish MIA continued success and ever expanding readership and support in 2019.

  • Dr. Gotzsche, everything that has taken place is sickening beyond words, so atrocious it’s difficult to read the details of all the corruption (in various links) especially given these matters involve the safety and integrity of healthcare.

    As you said, “Administrators prefer to save face rather than admit they were wrong”. So true, they never want to admit they made a mistake as ego and saving face is always more important to them.

    Thank God there are still honest people who are prepared to stand up to corruption in order to help others. The world is very lucky there are still people like you, Dr. Breggin, Robert Whitaker and other professionals who stand up and do the right thing.

    I am happy to read you are planning to establish the “Institute for Scientific Freedom” along with Dr. Breggin and Robert Whitaker. I will donate to the crowdfunding and I wish you much success with this new endeavor and with the ongoing corrupt battle.

  • Dear Anja, Your story of the difficulties you have faced in obtaining appropriate “help” is compelling and meaningful. I don’t have faith in psychiatry as their only treatment is to label and drug, but I think there are still some good psychologists around. From my experience psychologists are more willing to look at what happened to you then what is wrong with you. But you have to find the right psychologist, it really has to be a good fit. You have probably seen this booklet recently made available on MIA and hopefully may find something in it that helps bring some sense of calm.
    https://www.madinamerica.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/BOOKLET-FINAL-PATHWAYS-TO-WELL-BEING-12-8-18.pdf
    Take care, I really wish you well.

  • Hello Lauren,
    This is very helpful information. Thank you and bless you for the incredible work you do to help others who have been labelled and oppressed. After reading this recent blog I looked back at your previous posts and see I have much more good reading ahead! I just read this blog from July 2016, it was especially touching:
    https://www.madinamerica.com/2016/07/principled-and-loving-support-the-greatest-gift-we-can-give/

    After I began reading the blogs/articles on MIA what stood out to me is how psychiatry is really about ‘passing judgement’ on other human beings who happen to be suffering or in distress, by giving them a spurious DSM “label” (vs a scientific, legitimate diagnosis). This “label” is the catalyst that brings so much harm to people who really needed someone to hear their plight, to care and offer kindness and support, rather than be given a damaging “label”.

  • Thanks for a good article on anxiety. It is therapeutic to read posts from professionals that validate how psychiatry is not aligned with the realities of being human and experiencing normal emotions and responses to abnormal and distressing experiences.

  • Contracting Lyme is becoming more common. I am so sorry yours was not caught sooner. I hope the antibiotics you started recently can have some positive effects. Doctors need to be more aware and always have it on their radar as even Avril Lavigne was told she was “crazy” for while before she was finally diagnosed with Lyme.

  • Thank you for this excellent article. It’s exactly what I experienced when steroids (taken with chemo) caused me to have insomnia. My only “symptoms” were insomnia and some anxiety (due to the horrible side effects of chemo) that nearly every person in cancer treatment experiences. Yet a psychiatrist ruled that being a cancer patient in the midst of grueling treatments was irrelevant and not a ‘situation’ or reason for insomnia or anxiety. Instead the insomnia was ruled a brain disorder and flawed character. It was stunning to realize psychiatry is exactly as you say, history, context and complexity of a person’s situation or environment are completely ignored.
    From what I read/ learned the last few months it is appalling that psychiatric patients are treated far worse than hardened criminals. As more professionals speak out, and psychiatric survivors report the harm they suffered and word keeps spreading to more people who were previously unaware of what goes on, hopefully governments and others in power will no longer ignore the injustices of the authoritarian regime psychiatry has become.
    I look forward to your future blogs in which you explore what you have termed “The Situational Approach”.

  • Thank you George for sharing this heart breaking story of your beloved daughter Martha. The death of a child is the worst nightmare a parent can face and the tragic story of her untimely passing will be of help to parents and other people in similar circumstances. I visited the website you dedicated to Martha and all she has written. It is a wonderful legacy and tribute to her writings and her memory. Martha certainly was a cute, adorable baby and a lovely young lady. I am so sorry you lost her at such a young age.

  • Very well stated. As with psychiatric labels there is also lots of stigma around chronic pain. Unless a doctor, or anyone, has lived with debilitating chronic pain they should not judge someone else’s pain.
    As I try wrap my brain around the insanity that is ‘psychiatry’ the most appalling revelation is that nothing a person is going through matters. Whatever life crisis you are dealing with – it simply does not matter to a psychiatrist. That has been the most shocking thing to learn.

  • Well stated that “The problem is with many “professionals” who like control and power and do not have the ability or just too lazy to truly empathize and connect.”

    “Professionals” with no ability to feel empathy or compassion, their ego and pride are of most importance and they hang onto power and control as if their life depended on it, do they have “narcissistic personality disorder?”

    Very grateful for the professionals and bloggers on MIA that do want to heal people.

  • Yes out, “Real medicine, for all its faults relies on objective data”.
    Psychiatrists make life altering diagnoses and order dangerous drugs/treatments for alleged diagnoses that have no objective data and are not factual, real or verifiable. Anyone can be a psychiatrist – the only requirement is that you can read so as to read the “DSM” and go “eeny meeny miny moe” and simply pick one (or more) of many made-up diagnoses of which most have overlapping alleged symptoms. It’s like a game, a total crapshoot – but one that is playing with people’s lives.

  • Thank you Noel for another informative and validating blog. I have your recent book and it’s excellent.
    I hope every book, blog, and story keeps moving the needle forward to expose the harm, cruelty and injustices going on in mental health care and bring justice and change. We can have somewhat differing interpretations or meanings for various terms but what is most important is the mission and the message. When I first came across MIA I was not sure if “mad” meant ‘angry’ or ‘mental/emotional suffering’, or a combination, but I quickly realized what the message and the mission was.

  • This is so corrupt and terrifying because so many of us believed we could implicitly trust doctors. We thought they actually cared and would honor their oath to “Do no harm”. There are still some around but they can’t save us from the rest.
    I recently purchased “Chris Beat Cancer” written by Chris Wark. He writes of many egregious deceptions in conventional cancer treatments, including very misleading statistics on toxic chemo drugs and how doctors fear monger and coerce patients to comply and take toxic drugs that are ineffective and instead hasten or cause a person’s death. I experienced everything he writes of. As Chris states, “earning a medical degree does not make you a moral or ethical person”. It is devastating to discover that reality after we are harmed. Agree with Rachel777, these doctors have severe issues with lack of empathy/compassion, dishonesty, manipulation and delusions that they then project onto the patient.
    Sending healing vibes and prayers there may be a path somewhere to healing that doesn’t include medical doctors.

  • Very informative talk on whistleblowers and a most fitting quote from Desmond Tutu.
    It is pernicious when people in positions of trust stay neutral to protect their own interests, turning a blind eye to lies, corruption, censorship and harm inflicted on others It takes great strength of character, morals and courage to stand up for your convictions and do what is right and honest. Thank you for being a crusader for justice and truth. The world desperately needs more like you Peter! Wishing you much success in your battle.

  • Eric, It is disgusting psychiatrists resort to lies and fabrication to prop up their so-called opinions and their hold on someone’s life. It is difficult to find any lawyer to take a case dealing with psychiatry because the odds are so stacked against justice in these matters, but as I read your blog I thought the same as Oldhead, as in, your lawyer intervened in the validity of your statement about working in publishing in NY so I wondered why your lawyer didn’t ask for an explanation and proof of the alleged “candle incident”? They need to be held accountable for making such an assertion, could you have your lawyer demand the details/proof of the incident they alleged?

  • Bonnie, is there a link to the legal court statement on what the judge recently said in the US lawsuit that I could give future legislative candidates to read and ask their position on?
    I commented on your article on Rabble. I hope everyone on MIA who has ever been harmed by psychiatric labels, drugs or ECT posts a comment to help make noise to get this barbaric cruelty banned.

  • Thank you Bonnie for your advocacy for people harmed by ECT. It is hard to believe ECT is still happening. The average person is not aware of the harm done by psychiatry until they or someone close to them ends up harmed. Thanks to the MIA site I became more informed and now give the link to others, including a psychologist I saw (after a bizarre and traumatic encounter with a psychiatrist during cancer treatment), my family doctor and also the CMHA. I will write my MP in Ottawa to ask for his support to end this social injustice and email CAPA to see what else I could do. I plan to purchase ‘The Other Mrs. Smith’ (as well as ‘Psychiatry Disrupted’) to gain further insight.