Saturday, December 3, 2022

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  • Tina, your incredible work and involvement with the CRPD and CHRUSP and tackling these issues is really amazing and very much needed. It boggles the mind that trying to protect vulnerable people’s rights and liberties is always such an uphill battle. Bravo for all you have done and continue to do!

    Re staying connected, since March 20 I am no longer receiving notifications of any new comments posted to MIA blogs I have subscribed to and wondering if anyone else is having this same issue?

  • “They understand that many experiences labeled as ‘disorders’ are understandable reactions to life experiences rather than evidence of dysfunctions within the people having them…”

    And thankfully there are a few good psychiatrists out there with compassion, insight and integrity!
    Thanks Dr. Steingard.

  • Anthony, so sorry to hear of your circumstances. This is another very dark element of psychiatry that is unknown by the general public – that psychiatrists can write and publish to your records whatever false narrative they choose. I was sent a psychiatrist during cancer treatments for “help” with chemo drug-induced insomnia. I was stunned when I later read the multiple false statements and labels she had published in my electronic records. Anything I had explained to her about my challenging situation with cancer treatments (including falling and sustaining a serious head injury) she twisted into something very different in order to use against me. People need to be aware of how easily a psychiatrist twists the truth, lies and defames someone’s character with impunity. Thank you for helping to expose this egregious element of psychiatry.

  • Registeredforthissite, unfortunately in Canada there is no option to opt out of electronic medical records. Worse is even with a ton of indisputable evidence (some obtained thru legal action) that proves statements and labels a psychiatrist published to EMR are outright lies and totally erroneous, you can never get your EMR records corrected. No one can make a psychiatrist correct an erroneous label or false statements they have published. It amounts to widespread character defamation with impunity.

  • “Those who practice evil love darkness.”

    Exactly, Rachel. Anyone who could inflict such demoralizing, punitive and damaging “help” on people who are suffering is not due to stupidity – it’s dark and evil. Would anyone with supposedly good intentions proceed to kick the **** out of someone when they are down. No, it’s evil.

  • Thanks for this piece Vesper (and Sera, Shayn and Khalil)

    ”Psychiatry has power and influence over every system and institution with which we interact—education, criminal justice, employment, housing, healthcare, and more.”

    And once psychiatry puts fraudulent labels on someone you are stuck carrying those labels for life. (very problematic if the labels get published on widespread electronic records which is always accessed by every health care worker when healthcare is required for any physical illnesses)
    Psychiatry certainly has “granted its practitioners an almost king-like power”.
    The totally subjective, biased ‘opinion’ of a psychiatrist is given far more validity than any other medical doctor, psychologist etc. A psychiatrist’s “opinion” can never be challenged by the person with the label or by a person’s family doctor or even another psychiatrist. A psychiatrist’s opinion is akin to the word of God.

    The general public has no idea what goes on. Psychiatry gets to feed the media harmful lies and it is deplorable the media spreads the harmful misinformation, serving corporate needs rather than protecting innocent people’s lives. Shame on the Boston Globe.

  • Thank you Dr. Noel for your voice of compassion and wisdom.

    “If you’re trapped by the past, you’re very likely to be trapped, literally, in the present.”

    Yes, very true, and the sordid thing is how some psychiatrists do everything in their power to keep people trapped in the past. It’s not possible for any ethical, well-meaning professional in the MH system not to see their practices are not working and in fact are doing far more harm than good.
    Hopefully one day people will be able to receive “help” that actually helps and comes from a place of compassion and understanding instead of power and control as it is now. Thanks Dr. Noel for another inspiring and excellent article.

  • Dr. Hall, acknowledging it’s harmful to label people with a “mental disease” is a good start, better than the majority of psychiatrists out there and I commend you for that. I was dealt a double whammy – first the fraud of a contrived cancer diagnosis and then the fraud of psych labels to force me to undergo what was unneeded cancer treatments. I was shocked to discover a person doesn’t even need to report or present ANY so-called “symptoms” to get labels; simply having issues with insomnia from the chemo and steroids is enough to get you 4 psych labels and prescribed multiple psych drugs. Even if you are a rational, responsible person who simply wishes to make their own well thought out decisions about cancer treatments, they easily lie and make up whatever psych “symptoms” they choose in order to slap DSM labels on you to strip you of your autonomy.

    “When patients make such pointed observations, they are often told their opinion is delusional.”

    Yes, and this is particularly disturbing because it’s often the psychiatrist who is delusional about the person’s reality and the causation of any problems or distress. I learned psychiatrists easily chart lies and that psychiatric labels are used as weapons against you if you dare try make your own decisions on cancer treatment (decisions fully supported by your GP) Given there is SO much dishonesty, control, arrogance and rigid, black and white thinking within psychiatry I don’t know they could make, or would even want to make, a paradigm shift as outlined here but I appreciate your thoughts and efforts in that regard.

  • Thank you Dr Breggin for this frank and honest assessment of the perils of seeing a psychiatrist.
    As you said so well in your excellent Radio/TV show February 19, people think they are going to see “a high priest of human knowledge” when in fact many psychiatrists are “just about the stupidest people on earth”. God yes! The sheer stupidity of a young female psychiatrist I saw for insomnia during cancer treatment was astounding.

    “Instead of wisdom and understanding they rely on cookie-cutter diagnoses and drugs”.

    Yes, “cookie-cutter” labels, and everyone gets a label and toxic drugs without any consideration as to causation or context for how a person is feeling. When most people see a psychiatrist they do so during a vulnerable time in their life with the belief and trust they will receive “help”. Instead they are severely betrayed. Psychiatry is so intent on maintaining its façade, power and control that they do not care they put trusting people on the road to ruin. Not only are they stupid but also deeply cruel in how they view and treat people who are suffering due to many understandable and legitimate reasons.

    Thank you for being a psychiatrist with integrity, understanding and compassion. God bless you for continually speaking out against the damage psychiatry is doing. You’re a beautiful soul, a gift to mankind.

  • Very well stated Sam!
    “No system that “helps”, is going to leave a person worse off than when they came in”.

    And I agree with Steve:
    “It’s probably the first and easiest place to attack psychiatry, without even getting into the DSM idiocy.”

    Exactly! Many do not find psychiatry helped them and even more end up severely harmed.
    Hmmm, something wrong with that picture!?

  • Maria, I am so sorry your sibling endured this dreadful nightmare. I can only imagine the anguish bearing witness to this and not being able to stop it.

    “Finding an attorney who will assist in a case involving psychiatry is near impossible”.
    Yes that’s the pathetic truth and an additional plight of those harmed by psychiatry is that no lawyer wants to get involved. By not doing so lawyers are complicit with the harm.

    “One is how easy it is to be slapped with a psychiatric diagnosis that can lead to grievous bodily harm”.

    Yes this resonates for me and many who make the mistake of seeking “help” or getting forced into the destructive “help”. Psychiatry managed to put themselves up on a pedestal, and to quote Dr. Breggin, many people (and court systems too) mistakenly think a psychiatrist is a “high priest of human knowledge”. After my experience with a psychiatrist for insomnia during cancer treatment I wondered “how could a psychiatrist be SO stupid”. My spouse said “It’s not possible for ANYONE to be that stupid, it was intentional”. I agreed. It’s more than obvious psychiatry is about power, control, ego and money – and patient be damned. It’s critical to keep speaking out to try stop this carnage. Thank you for adding your voice Maria and for continually advocating for your sibling.

  • Thank you Miranda for researching and reporting on this critically important issue. To stop the destructive effects that psychiatry is inflicting on people’s lives we really need investigative reporters with a conscience and who are willing – and encouraged – to look at the whole picture, the real picture – not the one spit out by system that is doing far more serious harm than good. So many people’s lives, including innocent children’s lives, are at stake. We cannot continue to have “Docile journalism” – that means ‘don’t rock psychiatry’s boat’ journalism and allows the danger and harm to continue.

    “As Rosalynn Carter put it in a 2016 Center webcast, the idea is to [refute] “myths and misconceptions” to “encourage people to seek support and treatment when they are in need.”

    I believe/hope Rosalynn Carter has the best of intentions but she has unfortunately been misled by the damaging propaganda of psychiatry. What Rosalynn doesn’t realize is that psychiatry is the epitome of “myths and misconceptions” – they literally wrote the DSM book on that!

    To read how focused the goal of Carter Center is to “make it more likely people in need will seek help” is very disturbing. I had my life ruined because I got “help” for insomnia during cancer treatment. I was naïve about psychiatry at that time and had no clue I was walking into a lion’s den. For the Center to put forth such erroneous information as “treatment is effective” is also very alarming. My brother’s “treatment” for depression after his marriage break-up was not effective – unless an intelligent, physically fit man dying at 40 is somehow considered effective.

    As the Carter Center will be updating this guide and said it is “an evolving document” what steps can be taken to ensure the truth and the voice of millions harmed can be heard and validated by the Center? Could we start a petition and present it to them?

  • Melissa this piece is both heart-warming and heart breaking. I commend you for your kind spirit in reaching out to Joey and others even though you struggle yourself. Being kind and supportive to each other is at the heart of promoting human welfare. The facade of psychiatry is that people in need of support or compassion realize it’s better to cover up their real feelings or what happened to them because psychiatry will only use it against them. This so-called “help” from psychiatric services could not be more deceitful and pathetic. When families are the reason behind a person’s trauma it’s even worse and I feel very badly for Joey having no safe place to go.

  • Survivingthesystem, so sorry to read of these horrible experiences you endured. The more stories I hear the more it seems many psychiatrists and these so-called ED specialists are sadistic. What kind of a human says anyone’s “suicidality is HALF ASSED”. I am glad you survived and escaped the abuse that is falsely promoted as “help”. Best wishes to you.

  • Joanna, yes I think Sam was talking about being shamed by psychiatrists and how that shame can follow you. I agree we should all reject whatever label(s) has been pinned on us – which I absolutely do – but when it’s in electronic medical records that are widely available to ALL health care workers it’s impossible. I’ve paid a huge price for a number of years now because of what a psychiatrist I saw “for help with sleep meds” while in cancer treatment put in my medical records. It was proven she had a predetermined agenda and I’ve have been battling years to get my records corrected, engaged lawyers, spent thousands obtaining indisputable legal evidence, and was provided with strong letters of evidence/support from doctors who know me well. But all to no avail because the psychiatrist is the only one who can correct her report and she has the right to refuse. In spite of all the evidence she repeatedly refused, claiming it was her “opinion” and “just because another psychiatrist has a different opinion does NOT make mine wrong”. In Canada doctors are provided with lawyers for free. Their lawyers fees are paid on the backs of taxpayers so they can fight endlessly, money is no problem for them.

  • Joanna, I hear and totally agree with what you are saying in terms of not worrying what peers may say or think about you. But it is a very different beast when a psychiatrist gets to put stigmatizing labels and write false and damaging statements about you in your medical records. In Canada anytime you need medical care they first pull up your records and your treatment is determined or even denied based on the psych labels and the indisputable “opinion” of a psychiatrist who knows very little about you or your life, but is somehow allowed to “opine” in stone who you are as a person. There really is no way to free yourself from that fear or rejection because it is bolted onto your records to follow you for life.

  • Sam, you know I love your comments, you need to publish a book, ‘Sam’s analysis of psychiatry’. I had to laugh at the fitting comparison of someone going to a plastic surgeon with an issue that bothers them only to have the surgeon deem them hopelessly “ugly” and then bolt it into their records just how hopelessly “ugly” they are. Yes this is what psychiatry does under the corrupt guise of “help”.

  • I am so glad psmama to hear that as validation is what we really need after enduring lies, abuse and gaslighting. I hear you as I too was frozen in shock for sometime after, not even able to begin to process what had all happened. (there is unfortunately much more to story) Yes it is very scary to realize how much vileness and corruption there is in the medical field in general and in addition to realize the ‘field’ of psychiatry that claims to “help” those who are suffering is a total scam and all about power, ego, control and coercion. This is why I am so grateful to MIA as the personal stories and very informative blogs by many professionals provide great validation to rebuke the gaslighting. MIA gives voice to the voiceless who were harmed and helps people realize they are not alone in enduring the nightmare of psychiatry. (kind of like someone blowing on your dying embers and bringing the fire back to life) Stay strong and thank you so much for your validation too!

  • It is gut wrenching to read of the horror story you endured Psmama. Years ago I used to think psychiatrists went into the field because they genuinely wanted to “help” people. But now they obviously see how much harm they are doing yet steadfastly cling to their labels and “treatments” so it is clear that not the case. In my situation I acquired a lot of legal evidence that proves my psychiatric nightmare was all about lies, collusion, spite, and punishment because I tried to make decisions that were logical and in my best interests after given a supposedly terminal ‘cancer’ diagnosis. An arrogant oncologist told me even I if took the standard 3 drug chemo cocktail I would not survive this supposedly raging cancer so he expected me to sign on to a clinical trial to add a 4th drug with ‘side’ effects of heart attack, stroke, intestinal tearing and vision loss. He would have been named as an ‘associate doctor’ on the trial and got paid very well for this. But when I read the info and declined the trial drug he blew up in anger and stormed out of the room. I never took the trial drug and it turned out the trial was halted early as there was too many fatal ‘side’ effects. Due to damaging effects of the standard cocktail I insisted on reducing the dosages and then quit it altogether. But unfortunately developing issues with insomnia was how they managed to lure me into the lion’s den of a cold-hearted psychiatrist to dog pile more lies and abuse on me.

  • Thank you for this important piece Dr. Caplan and Jo Watson. Yes, the label of “ED” should be tossed along with all the other DSM labels. Labelling someone with a ‘Eating Disorder” does what all other DSM labels do – places blame and finds fault with the person instead of their environment or adverse life events.

    “The Power Threat Meaning Framework can be used as a way of helping people to create more hopeful narratives or stories about their lives and the difficulties they have faced or are still facing, instead of seeing themselves as blameworthy, weak, deficient or ‘mentally ill’.”

    Yes, it is long overdue to stop the harm and cruelty of labelling people as broken, defective or somehow to blame because they endured or are still enduring difficult life circumstances beyond their control. Thank you for all your work and efforts in exposing the devastating impact of the invented DSM labels.

  • Thank you for this interesting piece Dr. Levine. These surely were strong and fearless women.
    “she gained wisdom that authoritarians relish violence to justify their authoritarianism”.

    Wisdom and strategy are always going to work best but I admire anyone willing to take a stand in any way for the oppressed. The sheer nonsense of how psychiatry operates is astounding but the one thing psychiatry seems to be capable of understanding is that oppressive, spirit crushing tactics will provoke people to be anti-authoritarian – even if they weren’t to begin with. The natural human response to psychological or physical torment and powerlessness is to fight back. And thus they get to provoke the very thing that they want to condemn, control and punish someone for.

  • If you say it’s true they don’t care about what trauma or abuse someone endured and they willingly ignore it or worse yet punish you for it, I think that goes way beyond being clueless. And if they are that clueless, cold hearted and ignorant they should not be in a profession that claims to “help”.

    I won’t say all psychiatrists are punitive, dishonest or coercive but there certainly is a large segment that is. This is clearly demonstrated by the multitude of personal horror stories, reports, blogs etc here on MIA and elsewhere.

  • Dr. Hickey you never cease to amaze with your wisdom and vigorously effective essays that expose the fiasco of psychiatry. As per what Dr. Kendler himself writes, psychiatry is ALL about “what WE most want as a FIELD” and to heck with what any person hoping to get “help” might need. Many psychiatrists have put themselves up on a pedestal as ‘superior’ (and as people who somehow never have any reaction to life’s adverse events, lol) but with their alleged ‘superior’ knowledge they resort to such simplistic means to “diagnose” people it resembles child’s play – like ‘spin the wheel’ to see what label it lands on. Because yes it’s all about “clinching the diagnosis”. If you have some type of “symptoms” they surely have an “illness” and label for you. Even if you don’t have any “symptoms” to fit with any label, well that’s no problem for them either as they will label you anyway as punishment for resisting their toxic drugs or being non-compliant or disagreeing in any way with their power and ‘superiority’.

    When faced with the proof of their falsities and the harm they inflict on so many they keep taking this “exculpatory stance” and keep trying to justify their corrupt and gross failings. Makes one wonder what malady compels people to lie, distort, deny, deflect, coerce, harm etc, and never have an ounce of guilt or remorse?? Maybe greed, or narcissism, or likely both.

    Thanks again Dr. Hickey for this excellent piece and all your work to put it together so precisely.

  • Thank you Justin for this informative interview/report. This is outstanding work on the part of Professor Peter Kinderman and Dr. Sarah Kamens. Forming the Task Force for Diagnostic Alternatives (TFDA) and putting out another open letter gives hope to those labelled by the absurd, discriminatory labels of the DSM and hopefully can prevent others from suffering the same fate in the future.

    Even before my experience with a psychiatrist in cancer treatment I wondered how psychiatry possibly helps anyone facing traumatic or difficult life circumstances when the extent of their “help” consisted of a 15 minute appt once a month and prescriptions for toxic drugs that didn’t help. Instead these drugs caused harm to the brain in a multitude of ways, reduced the person’s ability to think and created a horrifying dependence on the drugs.

    What makes the practice of psychiatry SO bizarre and revolting is that context does not matter – at all, every societal problem or oppressive injustice in the world is deemed to be a “disorder” within the person. Psychiatry is a corrupted, ruthless system that somehow managed to place themselves above all other medical or mental health professionals and in doing so has been allowed to harm far too many. This needs to be stopped and I wholeheartedly thank you for your much needed integrity and perseverance in tackling this critical issue. I am wondering if professionals in Canada can also sign the open letter?

  • psmama, thank you so much for your validation! When people tell me my situation with psychiatry during cancer treatment “can show the fraud of this industry” it drives me to do whatever I can to spread the word. There is much more to the sordid, twisted tale of lies/betrayal etc, but in a nutshell it was arranged to have psych labels put on me to strip me of my right to be informed and to give consent. After 4 labels were slapped on me without my knowledge (when my only “symptom” was insomnia and trying to decline an unnecessary surgery which my family Dr FULLY agreed and supported) I ended up forcibly surgically assaulted – for what was a contrived cancer diagnosis – due to these fabricated psych labels. Very similar to the fraud and corruption of people being forcibly injected and damaged with neuroleptics.

    I found the MIA site August 2018 and hadn’t seen your comments prior to that but just read them now. Omg, psmama I am horrified and so sorry to read of what you endured. Your story also shows how corrupt and brutal psychiatry is!! They don’t care about what trauma or abuse, or anything at all that happened to someone – instead they are hell bent on punishing someone for having endured trauma or difficult circumstances. They re-victimize and re-traumatize someone who is already suffering. It is SO crazy and corrupt! Psychiatry IS a sadistic beast and you stated it well in a prior comment “Most people are completely unaware of the underbelly of the beast”.

    You also state it well in this comment “Once my medical files stated I had a mental illness, I was never treated the same”. Yes, this is something every labelled person knows all too well. Thanks for speaking out. Your voice is very important. Be good to yourself and I send you my best wishes.

  • The self-serving obstacles and shenanigans carried out by the Cochrane Collaboration is beyond disgusting. The reviewers comments were not just counter-productive they were deceitful and arrogant as they repeatedly tried to have you add statements that were favorable to AD’s and downplayed the issues of withdrawal. It’s certainly clear they have NO interest whatsoever in helping suffering patients – and to add insult to injury they actually “blame the patient” for believing in a chemical imbalance! Thank you so much Dr. Gotzsche for your integrity and meaningful efforts and commitment to help people get off these toxic drugs and try reclaim their lives.

  • Laura, thank you for sharing what you have endured with psychiatry. It’s important these experiences are told as it continues to expose how dangerous and harmful psychiatry is. Forced treatment is inhumane and barbaric. I am so sorry you had to endure this and it is awful this happened to you simply because you had trouble to sleep. I can relate to that aspect as while in cancer treatment 3 chemo drugs, pain killers and steroids made it difficult to sleep and cancer docs sent me to a psychiatrist under the guise it was for “help with sleep meds”. I was quickly given 4 psych labels and prescribed Seroquel, clonazepam, Ativan and amitriptyline even though I was already in very rough shape from all the other toxic chemo drugs.

    You have done very well with forging ahead with your life and I admire your determination. I hope you can continue to do well and be free from psychiatry and their toxic drugs. Best of wishes to you.

  • A great piece Dr. Maisel.
    “A movement in the direction of liberation, mental health, and renewed purpose can occur even while psychiatry remains entrenched”.
    Yes, ultimately the harm of psychiatry must continue to be exposed but to survive psychiatry and to thrive we must move towards liberation in our thoughts, actions and with renewed purpose.
    Thank you, there are many words of wisdom in your blog to implement.

  • Thank you Robert for speaking out on this.
    Yes, what started out to be a respectable obituary in the NY Times for Dr. Bonnie Burstow certainly took a shocking and disgusting turn. It is cowardly, opportunistic and unethical to defame a colleague who is dead – especially with such vile and outrageous accusations. The NY Times should remove Edward Shorter’s defamatory accusations from Dr. Burstow’s obituary AND issue some type of apology and retraction.

    Cruelty, coercion and lots of corruption is at the core of psychiatry and Edward Shorter must know this:

    “Never try to destroy someone else’s reputation with lies when yours can be destroyed with the truth”.

  • Thanks Zenobia for this report.

    “This thought experiment helps trainees overcome the unwarranted reification of DSM constructs”.

    “Development of conceptual humility in psychiatric training might usefully be coupled with the training program requirement in the history of the discipline, which reveals its many conceptual turns, blind alleys, and outright failures.”

    This is at least a step in the right direction by Dr. Awais Aftab in acknowledging the “outright failures” and therefore harm caused by psychiatry using rigid, narrow minded thinking to quickly apply judgemental labels – with no context or causation.

    It’s all well and good to incorporate this, especially “Conceptual Humility” for new trainees but what of the old rigid thinkers or those already in practice. How does a leopard change it spots… When I was sent to see a young psychiatrist for “help” with insomnia during cancer treatment she had ZERO “Conceptual competence” and ZERO humility period. Her arrogance and utter lack of insight and delusional thinking was so over the top I don’t see how there is hope for these type of psychiatrists to ever be reformed. Humility is simply NOT in their DNA.

    The other matter is how any classification/labelling of “disorders/illnesses” can be legitimate or believable in the first place when different “disorders” receive the same “treatment” – OR the same “disorder” receives different “treatments”.

  • Thanks Dr. Caplan for this informative review of Jim Gottstein’s new book, The Zyprexa Papers. I’ve read some eye opening books this past year including They Say You’re Crazy and Anatomy of an Epidemic and ordered this book today. Truth and knowledge is desperately needed for all who have been so severely harmed by psychiatry as the ‘powers that be’ are so intent on blaming and dismissing victims of psychiatry. I recently heard of the Anti-Corruption Award 2020. Persons of incredible integrity who take on huge risks to speak out and act to protect victims of psychiatry such as Mr. Jim Gottstein, Mr. Robert Whitaker, yourself Dr. Caplan (walking away from the DSM task force and speaking out/writing about that fiasco) and other professional writers here on MIA are definitely worthy of such an award!

  • Yes, I agree it’s really too bad when someone with a large platform praises psych drugs. I take it you saw the Lady Gaga & Oprah interview. It was difficult to watch. I feel for her because she’s dealing with past trauma and chronic pain and likely not made aware of the harm that awaits her from the cocktail of toxic psych “medicines” she said she is taking. (tried to get a message to her via twitter and tell her to read Anatomy of an Epidemic)

  • First these two psychiatrists attack the Special Rapporteur’s reports, ignoring he is a psychiatrist and epidemiologist and qualified to conduct this enquiry. Then they attack your defence of the Special Rapporteur as: “biased … extremist … (holding) anti-psychiatry views … dangerous” and a pawn of psychiatry’s bogey-man, Scientology.”

    Well, as usual these self-serving psychiatrists show their true colors and motives. They know with every passing day more people are waking up to the invalidity of psych labels and the coercive, destructive harm inflicted by psychiatry. More people both inside and outside of psychiatry are speaking out and more people who were harmed are coming forward with their stories. So psychiatry keeps digging their heels in trying desperately to protect their power, privilege and egos.

    Thank you Dr. McLaren for this blog, for your voice and integrity, and for speaking out in defense of the Special Rapporteur.

  • Alex, your first comment (to me) on this blog certainly tied giving, receiving and “forgiveness” altogether. Yes “cast no one aside” is “a powerful truth” and no one should be shamed or silenced for their “truth” or their support for Robert and MIA. (or have a comment to defend their position reported) Too much negative energy has gone on here and that is a real shame as energy should be used for the good of everyone – which is what MIA is all about. Yes I am moving on. I wish you well and will not respond any further.

  • Hi Nancy, So glad that you have found the same help and validation I did on this site. There was so much on here, including the blogs, personal stories and other commenters that helped me to process my ordeal. I was struggling with the trauma and resulting nightmare of seeing a psychiatrist for help with insomnia. (sent to the psychiatrist by docs administering cancer treatments) I believed/trusted a psychiatrist was in the profession for the purpose of helping and supporting people in difficult circumstances and could not wrap my brain around what was done to me by a cold and very dishonest psychiatrist. I thought I was alone and my story would be too hard for anyone to believe – until the day in mid 2018 when I found the MIA site. It was SO validating and really a lifesaver to realize I was not alone and there was a battle raging against the damaging façade psychiatry is. I will always be immensely grateful to Robert Whitaker for his incredible work, integrity and perseverance in educating people, exposing the harm and saving lives.

  • Thank you Robert for your ongoing vigilance to investigate and report on drug studies that are clearly skewed, or as you put it well in Anatomy of an Epidemic “biased by design”. (an incredibly informative book) The JAMA article states this drug approval is “potentially exciting” – yes exciting for those who stand to make big profits from having a new drug with a patent as opposed to older generic drugs. Only those deemed to respond well were selected and – 70% of the people in the study were prescribed lorazepam – when adding another drug that combats agitation, anxiety and symptoms of debilitating EPS certainly skews the results. Everything about this study smells bigtime. Thank you for this excellent investigative report, and the MIA website and all you do to educate people and help save lives.

  • Sam, so many of your comments are spot on!
    “An uncanny ability to see pain, but not let it affect, nor do anything about it”.
    That certainly describes the psychiatrist I saw for insomnia while in cancer treatment! I sat there pale, emaciated, dizzy and bald from chemo and she sat with perfectly coiffed hair, dressed to the nines, matching shoes and purse and with a stone-cold face, totally uninterested and oblivious to my challenging situation. She had been in practice less than a year, her father and sister are lawyers and I would bet she had not suffered a day in her life so was totally clueless to any suffering of any kind.

  • Sarah, I appreciate the candor and authenticity in your writing. The harmful façade of psychiatry is still such a shocking realization for me because of my long held belief (brainwashing) that psychiatry was about “helping” people get through difficult life circumstances. I used to be a positive, hopeful person but learning the truth about psychiatry and of how many have been harmed and devastated by it, has been very demoralizing.

    “The problem of the modern world for me is not so much the stress of having a present threat to survival. It is a continual uncertainty about future survival given the conditions of life as I have come to know and experience them.”

    Yes I can relate as that is how I have felt since my encounter with a psychiatrist.
    Thanks again for this truth-speaking unvarnished essay. I look forward to your upcoming blogs.

  • A great piece as always Sera! I thought the woman who tried to take back everyone else’s apology was pretty bad until I read how the fellow was “unable to talk openly about suicide to the Suicide Prevention Coalition because it “triggered” them too much.”

    Wow, that takes the cake! How do you spell H.Y.P.O.C.R.I.S.Y. !

    It’s appalling “people purportedly so invested in “helping” professions would respond with withdrawal and denial when people are saying they were hurt” (as per the standard operating mode for psychiatry)
    And you put it well in that…. “The absence of ‘sorry’ is epidemic”.
    And never saying sorry lets someone carry on with their image/façade of perfection or always being right. Ugh!!

    As for “Love Means Never Having To Say You are Sorry”, my interpretation is if you follow the golden rule of “Do onto to others as you wish done onto you” you probably won’t need to apologize very often.

    Thanks and Happy New Year Sera!

  • Good points Sam…”Is psychiatry saying they NEVER suffer?” Yes I often wonder about that, are they somehow impervious to traumas and adversities??

    To quote Dr. Breggin’s wisdom and benevolence ““In therapy, I often share my personal experiences to make clear that we are all much alike in both misery and recovery.”

    But unfortunately most psychiatrists are NOT interested in understanding or helping but instead are intent on passing judgement on someone for feeling/acting the same way they would if they faced similar circumstances.

  • Thanks Dr. Breggin for your words of wisdom, kindness and genuine advocacy for those who must deal with adversities.

    “In therapy, I often share my personal experiences to make clear that we are all much alike in both misery and recovery.”

    Yes, so very true, and unfortunately that truth, insight and humility is severely lacking in psychiatry and is at the core of why psychiatry ends up being so harmful.

    Thanks for everything you do. Wishing you and Ginger good health and much happiness in 2020!

  • Rachel, it was a blog by Robert Whitaker. It involved a couple threads and got stressful having to defend my suggestion to donate to MIA. I would give links to the comments but it’s best not to stir that pot again.

  • I was very shocked and sad to hear of Dr. Bonnie Burstow’s sudden passing. What a huge loss for all who face oppression and all who are fighting the oppressive, harmful establishment of psychiatry. Thank you Don for this beautiful memorial essay and for detailing the enormous amount of tireless work Dr. Burstow accomplished even while coping with her multiple physical illnesses.

    What makes this crusade for justice so difficult is exactly as you stated Don, “Mainstream reporters and editors have been co-opted by the psychiatric establishment and its shock doctors”.
    Surely there must be reporters and editors out there with enough integrity and courage to step up and bring these dire matters into the mainstream and honour Dr. Burstow’s selfless work.

    Thank you Dr. Burstow for everything you have done. Bravo for fighting such a valiant battle on behalf of humanity. RIP Dr. Burstow, your legacy will live on.

  • Thank you Dr. Gotzsche and Sandra Toft for sharing this inspiring story of recovery from the clutches of toxic psych drugs. So glad Sandra persevered through withdrawal and is now living a meaningful life and is passionate about helping others survive psychiatry’s labels and toxic drugs.

    Thanks for all you do Dr. Gotzche in exposing the devastating harm being done to so many by psychiatry. Best wishes on setting up the Institute for Scientific Freedom – your integrity and voice is desperately needed in this world!

  • “Alex, This blog was about trying to do something helpful and positive, i.e. giving, but unfortunately Melissa was criticized by some for it and that struck a nerve with me. I wanted to support Melissa and let her know I relate to how it feels to try be positive/helpful but get criticized. I wanted to explain we can’t always know what is behind someone’s criticism and not to take it personal.

    Yes I believe in forgiveness but it is easier if a correction IS actually made.”



  • Hi Melissa, who would have thought a gesture of good will would end up so misconstrued. Isn’t there an old saying… “No good deed goes unpunished”. Seriously I am glad you are staying positive as your heart is in the right place and this world needs more kind people like you! Sometimes we are not always privy to ‘all’ the reasons/details of why someone holds a different viewpoint. I can relate as a while ago when I realized how helpful MIA is to so many I encouraged people to pass the link and donate whatever they can to keep the site going, but my encouragement to support MIA was criticized by another commenter and actually linked to “social abuse”.

    Let’s all strive to see the damaging reign of psychiatry toppled. Thanks for getting involved! There is strength in numbers and also the power of one. Best wishes to you.

  • Thank you for writing this blog Dr. Caplan to highlight the dire situation of struggling families and children who end up in foster care. I hope the amendments are approved and more financial help is made available to give these children a fighting chance at life. Thanks for the links to the series in the Kansas City Star.

  • Thank you Miranda for this compelling interview. Wow, this craziness is staggering! It was bad enough there are 5 main adverse events reported but the additional ones Dr. Cornwall noted are very scary, such as “rapid heartbeat”. I just finished reading Anatomy of an Epidemic and realize what a courageous man Dr. Breggin is to have bravely gone against mainstream psychiatry.

    A HUGE thanks to Dr. Breggin and Dr. Cornwall for continually investigating and speaking out to protect people and especially young children from these alarming practices so carelessly foisted upon children. Please keep up the excellent work and God bless you both!!

  • I agree Kindredspirit, I witnessed something similar play out in my mothers death. Rather than investigate what appeared to be an intestinal blockage (in an otherwise very healthy elderly woman) the doctors (along with a deviously inclined family member) decided – unbeknownst to me – it was “time for her to go”. She was a strong, resilient woman and had told me she didn’t want to die. But they stopped all nourishment and soon began to heavily sedate her. After 2 1/2 weeks it was obvious she was fighting to stay alive so one morning they pulled her hydration line apparently to speed things up. I had arrived to sit at her bedside again that night and could not get a straight answer why she no longer had a hydration line. As I sat next to her bed she began to make horrible gasping sounds at 10 pm. I called for a nurse and when she came she told me to tell my mom “it was okay to go”. Knowing how feisty she was and that she wanted to live made it very traumatic to watch her die a very painful death being so dehydrated her tongue hung out like a dog that died in the desert.

    MAID (medical assistance in dying) has a double standard. It seems to be more about what is best for the professionals (or devious family members) rather than for the patient.

  • Thank you Robert for sharing and honoring Zel’s tragic story with so much respect and compassion. Zel’s story is yet another tragic example of how degrading and dehumanizing psychiatry is for so many. As Zel said “I didn’t want to die but based on how I feel physically . . . I can’t live”. After my encounter with psychiatry I can totally relate to that, not wanting to die but needing the suffering and torment to end. In reality Zel didn’t end his life – psychiatry did.

    Thank you for all the exhausting and astounding work you have done and continue to do on behalf of the millions who have been harmed and damaged and have no voice. May Zel find the comfort and peace he deserves in the next phase of life. RIP Zel.

  • Thank you Dr. Read and your colleagues for speaking out as too many professionals stay quiet and go along with all the corruption out of self serving “interests”. A psychiatrist I was sent to when I developed insomnia from chemo (and who had been practicing < 1 year) thoroughly mocked me in electronic records for having "side effects" to her psych drugs (including Seroquel, mirtazapine, clonazepam duloxetine, temazepam, etc) Now that it is known just how harmful these psych drugs are her Bio states she now "has an interest in use of ketamine for treatment resistant depression (TRD)" and "has supervised resident research on use of intravenous and intranasal ketamine for TRD." And she now "sits on the University of Alberta Psychiatry Residency Program Committee and is actively involved in clinical teaching to residents and medical students."

    How scary is that!?

  • Thanks Sarah for another good article.
    As humans we all deal with two common denominators you noted:
    “The normal stressors that everyone has to deal with”.
    “The normal stress response that everyone is born with”.

    I remember thinking how ridiculous the popular song/slogan “Don’t worry, Be happy” was 30 years ago. Can there be anyone walking around these days without at least a moderate degree of stress/anxiety about the planet, natural disasters, wars, poverty, crime and overwhelming corruption – especially the insidious corruption carried out by so-called health care professionals.

  • “These lists in medical terminology are described as symptoms. In reality, all of the symptoms are also experienced by people who are not described as mentally ill and for whom the impact on their lives may be temporary or unproblematic.”

    “A lot of diagnoses are in fact moral judgements reflecting changes to societal values and preoccupations rather than scientific progress.“

    Yes this guide speaks to the totally harmful nonsense of psychiatry and their devious labels. How much longer can these unethical quacks get to spew their nonsense!?

  • Kudos Birgit! I greatly appreciate every professional who speaks out against the current harmful medical model of psychiatry and I thank you for all your work in setting up Mad in Norway.

    “We need a clear change in the law that acknowledges a humanistic approach to mental health problems, that is not based on diagnoses.”
    Yes, this is SO important because the root of all harm starts with a psych label.

    “No professional group should have power over others to define people’s struggles and what constitutes good help”.
    How crazy that a psychiatrist gets to define someone’s reality when the psychiatrist don’t know anything about them or what has happened to them, etc. – and worse DOESN’T even want to know.

    Thank you and best of wishes going forward with Mad in Norway.

  • This is an outstanding report Derek driving home how deadly the medical model of drugs and labels are to veterans and the general population. As always in psychiatry the real causes of a person’s difficulties or distress etc are ignored and instead drugs and labels are pushed as happened to you with the label of “ADHD” and later the effects of the drug “finasteride”.

    As you say, your story is not the exception, it is the rule and “The VA is a reflection of the “best practices” in the private sector.”

    Yes, we all unfortunately trusted doctors, the system and government and found out the hard way how misplaced that trust was. It is stomach-turning to hear the media and other sources encouraging people to seek “help” in the mental health system when it is that very “help” that breaks people and drives them further into despair.

    I commend you for your diligence, commitment and all your work and involvement in the ongoing fight to stop this harm and help save lives. Keep up the good work!

  • Yes I remain hopeful Dr. T. N. will be an ally.
    Btw, Anomie thanks for the link to the NY times article “The Largest Health Disparity” on how doctors dismiss physical health problems of those with psych labels and that this form of discrimination has actually been given the name of “diagnostic overshadowing”.

  • Thanks Dr. McLaren speaking out with such honesty and candor! The façade of psychiatry is desperately trying to conceal their rotten and crumbling core. Much gratitude for your work and your voice. Your submission is very thorough. This is some of what stood out for me:

    “My experience over nearly half a century is that reminding psychiatrists of their error provokes the most bitter hostility. They go to quite extreme lengths to prevent any criticism becoming public.”

    ……And this deletion is VERY telling (would have loved to read it!)

    “ (e) Corruption in psychiatry. “
    “Deleted on legal advice, specifically “risk of action for defamation”.

  • Dr T. N.,
    The problem is they are not “medications” they are toxic drugs. Any relief they might give is VERY short lived. The harm and physical addiction lasts a very long time and is often permanent. My brother died on psych drugs and other people I know find it impossible to get off these drugs even though the drugs quit helping them long ago. It is not ethical to sacrifice the majority for what appears to be a small minority who may actually want these toxic drugs.

    Further, putting stigmatizing psych labels on someone experiencing expected or understandable distress from some trauma or adverse life events is psychiatry’s ‘calling card’ and as Dr. Paula Caplan states – “Psychiatric Diagnosis is the First Cause of Everything Bad in the Mental Health System”.

    I don’t know how anyone could deny the evidence presented so clearly in Anatomy of an Epidemic and also Dr. Breggin and his vast knowledge (and very many other professionals) :

  • Fiachra, wow, I did not know that psych drugs can cause eye damage too!

    As if not disgusting enough that psychiatry puts spurious, unfounded labels on people but they also leave out any truth or facts and resort to writing lies. The shrink I saw during cancer treatment did not make one note about what I explained to her was going on with treatments and side effects etc.

  • Thanks Leah for a great report.
    That last copy/paste tweet says it all…. “Bad mental health policy is, regrettably, a bipartisan enterprise”.

    Reminds me of an illustration I recently saw of cattle being herded into two chutes, one marked for the “Left” and one for the “Right”. But then all the cattle from both chutes were herded into the same doorway marked “Slaughterhouse”.

  • Thanks Susan Rogers and Torpid for the links to Julie’s work. After listening to Julie on Dr. Breggin I went to her new website and clicked on her U tube videos. Wow, Julie had great enthusiasm and a real gift to make her presentation and information interesting and compelling. (In this video I love her humour about the man she visited in the United Kingdom).
    Very sad there will be no more charismatic Julie videos.

  • Oh, maybe I misinterpreted that…Traditional psychiatry diagnoses without asking or caring about problems or circumstances someone is facing and it seemed this Center wanted to avoid that….

    It was this information that made me think they did not “diagnose” :

    “He and Liudalen have thought about turning Hurdalsjøen into a public hospital, but doing so would require operating within a stricter set of guidelines than they do now as a private one. For instance, they would have to give patients a diagnosis in order to be in accord with that public system, yet that is NOT something they want to do.”

  • Thanks for this uplifting report Robert. Beautifully written and wow, what beautiful people these are to have set up a truly helpful center and another drug-free ward. Kudos to them, especially Ole Andreas Underland, as well as Tom Liudalen, Mohammed Usaf and the Fellesaksjonen leaders. I must send this report to a few mental health authorities in our country.

    It is incomprehensible the public system and traditional psychiatrists are so opposed to referring patients to this Center but it’s no surprise. It speaks to the underlying truth that psychiatry is not about a patient’s best interests, human rights or autonomy. I am so glad they oppose giving patients a diagnosis in order to work within the public system.
    These sentences stood out to me:

    “We wanted a more holistic, human way of meeting people, where you ask people what their problems are, instead of just diagnosing people.”
    “And another thing that causes such problems is the journals, what the staff writes about the patients and then the patients read all of the bad things written about them. We wanted the journals to be made together with the patients.”

    So no harmful labels, no forced drugging and no character assassinations for people already downtrodden and traumatized! How totally refreshing and helpful!! Thanks for all your time and effort going to Norway and producing this excellent report.

  • Dr. T.N., This appears to be your first blog on MIA and it’s encouraging to me when any “mental health” professional, especially a psychiatrist, is willing to acknowledge the iatrogenic harm of psych labels and “treatments”.

    You stated ““By having de-contextualised checklist diagnoses, the boundaries have loosened appreciably”.

    Yes, it’s absurd there is no scientific basis for any DSM disorder and too bizarre to believe that no causation, nor context is considered before sticking harmful, life-long labels on someone. (likely someone experiencing difficult life circumstances beyond their control and/or facing a temporary state of distress)

    Many people do not choose to cross the threshold to enter the casino, often it is involuntarily. If someone does voluntarily cross the threshold it is unfortunately due to misplaced trust and total unawareness of the harm that awaits them. I appreciate the issues you have validated in this blog however I agree with Anomie there are still a few problems with what is presented. I am hopeful your viewpoints will continue to evolve.

  • I am very sorry to hear of Julie’s death. She was a passionate activist and advocate who was never afraid to tell her story and speak out. Even coping with her own serious kidney issues from harmful psych drugs she was still recently advising other commenters on the damaging effects of lithium. It’s very unfortunate Julie did not get to finish her manuscript. She will surely be missed. RIP Julie.

  • Oldhead, looks like a great book. To quote further from the Amazon preview:

    “Andreas Moritz, proves the point that cancer is the physical symptom reflecting our body’s final attempt to eliminate specific life-destructive causes”. AND…..”Cancer is not an attempt on your life; to the contrary, cancer is trying to save it”.


    When anyone is given a cancer diagnosis they face enormous pressure and fear-mongering from cancer doctors. People are caught off guard by a cancer diagnosis and need time to reflect on what is best for them but are rushed into conventional treatments. When it appears someone’s life is on the line it is VERY hard to know what to do. We can give people information and support them but ultimately we must respect their choices.

  • That is really disturbing to hear Oldhead. In many cases it IS the toxic “treatments” that cause a person’s death. I know several people who completed all the “treatments”, were told everything was A-Ok only to have the cancer come roaring back stronger than ever within a year or so and spread quickly. It is well known this occurs for a number of reasons (i.e. the immune system has been damaged, “treatments” kill the cancer (sometimes) but not the cancer stem cells and this allows the stem cells to regroup and become stronger and smarter when they do come roaring back) but oncologists and cancer treatments are also BIG business for profit just like psychiatrists and psych drugs are.

    People need to know there are other ways to heal the body from cancer without destroying your body with damaging “treatments”. Marianne Williamson’s recent proposal for healthcare is spot on:

    “In my Whole Health Plan, anytime someone is diagnosed it’s mandated that the patient receive info on suggested diet/lifestyle/natural remedies as well as pharmaceutical/surgical. Plus insurance pays for either!”

  • Since finding MIA I always found Stephen’s postings to be very compelling and authentic. It was clear he was a man of integrity and compassion and certainly was a warrior working behind enemy lines. I am sad to hear this kind soul endured the ravages of cancer treatment and has passed away. RIP Stephen, your kind and compelling voice will be greatly missed.

  • Hi Chaya,
    It was a great interview with Jesse. Thanks for your good work and for sharing all your wisdom and understanding with others snared by the same trap of psych drugs. Jesse also provides very helpful information regarding self- care. I will have to check out the book he mentioned “The Mood Cure” and I think he mentioned Holy Basil for sleep. I also liked what he said about “not to look for oranges at the hardware store”. Very true!

    I agree with KindredSpirit though about not accepting labels or disorders. I always strived to remain positive through adversities and it wasn’t until I discovered harmful psych labels put on my records (during cancer treatment) that I sunk to a dark place for the very first time. It was unequivocally a delusional psychiatrist and her labelling that drove me there. As such I cannot understand how identifying with any psych label helps to recover from distress, trauma, burnout, sleep deprivation, poverty, etc. I also agree Chaya “how well you function in capitalism” does not determine if you have a disorder or not, and those appearing to have it all together or be “high functioning” are probably “barely hanging on”.

    I opened a twitter account a few years ago but was not (somewhat) active until recently. It can be a source of information and a good way for psych survivors to connect and keep spreading the message.

  • Tim thanks for a VERY enlightening article and for the wonderful work you do by truly listening and validating people and their experiences! I am sorry to hear you were harmed by psychiatry. Until I was sent to a psychiatrist while in cancer treatment (told it was for “help with sleep meds” because chemo and steroids caused insomnia) I didn’t know psychiatry is ALL about suppressing a person’s experiences and reality. (not every psychiatrist, but clearly the majority). In their minds nothing that happened to a person, or is happening to them, matters at all. The power shrinks wield is very scary. The shrink I saw in cancer treatment tried to get me put on the psych ward but I refused. Since she had no grounds whatsoever she could not force me but my refusal made her very angry and she retaliated and did a ton of harm by plastering labels and false, denigrating statements all over my electronic records for all other healthcare workers to read. These false records have brought great harm whenever I need medical services (other than what my family doctor can provide) and after providing overwhelming evidence from my long time doctors (and legal evidence) proving her statements and labels are absurd I discovered a psychiatrist answers to no one. Psychiatrists are simply allowed to publish blatant, utterly false character assassinations of innocent people with impunity. The harm they do is endless.

    Thank you for speaking out Tim and I wish you all the best in your job hunt as people like you are desperately needed in the system!

  • Yes Sam you’re right about electronic records in Canada. The system is ‘Netcare’ in the provinces but I saw on the news it’s now switching to an upgraded system called ‘Connect Care’. The Chief Medical Information Officer stated this “We are making sure the patient’s story remains intact and unbroken so everywhere they go all health care providers are on their story, which is 19,000 front line medical staff and includes, doctors, mental health and addictions, labs, pharmacists etc”.
    I believe the ultimate goal is to have patient records be not just province wide but country wide.

  • Thanks for sharing your story Francesca. It is very painful to realize how many people become trapped in the clutches of psychiatry and endlessly suffer from inhumane labels and treatment. In every personal story it’s evident anyone who sees a psychiatrist, especially if the psych drugs don’t magically transform their life, current hardships or situation, will likely get the same descriptions, aka accusations, written about them, such as “lacks insight”, “treatment resistant”, etc. In the world of psychiatry it is as though people are all clones or duplicates and the same descriptions apply to everyone! It is so stupid it would be hilarious if it wasn’t so blatantly damaging to so many innocent people. It is stomach turning to read how you must pacify these people and tell them what they want to hear and unfortunately this is the sickening truth. I am in Canada and had not known how crazy psychiatry was until I saw an arrogant psychiatrist for insomnia while in cancer treatment. She was very young (had just graduated and began practicing) but was already cold, calculated and deceptive. Unfortunately it is just as bad in Canada as it is in the US and many other countries. Thanks for adding your voice on MIA, and thank God for MIA!! We must all keep speaking out and fighting this corruption and destruction of innocent lives. Stay strong, keep speaking out. I am wishing you all the best Francesca.

  • Thanks Zenobia for presenting this information. I give the researchers credit for looking at all sources, including MIA. It appears there is far more groups that oppose the DSM than support it. Likely the only groups that support it are psychiatrists (and not even all psychiatrists do) and the people put into the horrible position aka “necessary evil” of having to accept a damaging psych label in order to get insurance coverage (which can then lead to forced and damaging treatment). All of this harm happens because these foolish pseudoscientific constructs known as ‘labels’ come to exist because they are ‘voted in’, in similar fashion to a flavor of the week, in this case the bitter flavour of the DSM.

  • Right Steve, Dr-Reid-Plz and every professional who pushes psych drugs MUST read Anatomy of an Epidemic!!

    As far as the “nuances of psychiatric care” it’s not remotely scientific in any way!! Rather this alleged “care” is very simple-minded, irresponsible and harmful!

    As a cancer patient sent to a psychiatrist for help with chemo and steroid induced insomnia the only “nuances of psychiatric care” I experienced are: lies, bullying, arrogance, deceit, blaming, judging, pushing pills, mocking you for side effects of psych pills and labelling damaging effects of toxic chemo as a “Somatization Disorder”.

  • Thank you Lindsay for sharing your story and OMG what an ordeal you have been through!!

    I commend you for your service and dedication in uniform, including over 400 hours of volunteer work. I was stunned to hear of the shoddy medical care you received and how you ended up having to endure 7 surgeries with still more to come. On top of that while you are in immense pain and trying to recover you were made to feel like you were malingering. That is really appalling! I really wish you all the best with the upcoming surgeries and can’t help but wonder if they will be removing the 9 ½ inch metal rod. In any case I hope the surgeries are a success and you will finally have some pain relief.

    Adding to the calamity is psychiatry – as you put it so well “Throws pills at everything rather than deal with what’s going on”. And of course psychiatrists never inform or advise the person of the horrible effects. Or as I learned, will chastise your for reporting effects or dismiss you as imagining them. Derek, I was very happy to hear you note there is a piece of legislation to move the requirement for consent from oral to signatory. I hope that passes and soon.

    And lastly I really commend you Lindsay for starting the Minority Veterans of America to help others in the minority community and to try reduce the tragic suicide epidemic. Wow, much praise and respect for your strength, resilience and compassion for others. Best of wishes and keep up the great work!

  • Sam I think it is great what you are doing and have done for your wife but I don’t understand your negative comment here at all. That is precisely what Robert and MIA is all about, making an immense effort to call for changes that will actually support and help people to “help” those in distress, altered states etc as currently there is no other place than psychiatry to turn to in an emergency or try get what would be considered real “help”.

    I wish people would be more appreciative of the immense work that Robert has been so dedicated to.

  • To Robert and all MIA staff,

    As Richard Lewis noted, MIA is a powerful force and has many accomplishments to celebrate! Congratulations and thank you to all the staff at MIA for your dedication to this profoundly vital mission!

    A huge thank-you and much gratitude to Robert Whitaker for starting and staying with this challenging humanitarian mission. This mission is extremely helpful and validating to those harmed by psychiatry and is helping to save children from falling prey to the same fate. It is also an acknowledgement of those who lost their lives tragically due to the harmful narratives and protocols of psychiatry. In my eyes Robert is truly the epitome of a hero and deserving of a humanitarian award!

    I regularly read the Psychiatric Times and Lancet Psychiatry and am heartened to see the tone and narrative is changing there and in other venues as well. MIA played a huge role and surely is the most impactful and “prominent broadcaster” of that collective effort.

    As Robert noted…“Thus, I think our mission at MIA is two-fold. One is to help usher out the false narrative, and the second is to help usher in a new one.”

    Yes, I think it is great to now expand the MIA mission past “re-thinking” psychiatry. Until I tangled with a psychiatrist while in cancer treatment I was unaware of how utterly pathetic and damaging the narrative and protocols of psychiatry was. Psychiatry definitely needs to go. We need an entirely different concept to actually “help” instead of punish humans when they face crises or get overwhelmed by the many challenging stressors we all face at one time or another in life.

    This huge MIA mission certainly needs funds to operate and I hope anyone who can make a donation of any amount will do so. I donate every second month and also plan to do as Richard noted by adding extra at year-end to help keep the MIA mission going. As well let’s all keep spreading the word and the link to the MIA website to keep growing this mission.

    As a side note, I am on chapter nine of Anatomy of an Epidemic and it is mind-blowing information. This book should be required reading for every doctor and “mental health” professional!

  • Thanks and yes Steve you put it well that “having such a plan will make it easier to get rid of psychiatry, as it will remove one excuse/justification for psychiatry’s existence”.

    Most people I know who have never tangled with psychiatry (or had a friend, family member etc who did) generally believe psychiatry “cares” about distressed people and their well being. I used to be one of them. When my younger brother ended up in a bad state of mind after his marriage ended it seemed less scary because there was somewhere for him to get “help”. But when he died at the age of 40 while being “cared for” by a psychiatrist we still clung to the belief the psychiatrist “cared” but had failed my brother. It was not until I tangled with a psychiatrist myself while in cancer treatment that I saw it was more about unbridled ego, power and control. As you say, there are some psychiatrists in the system, past and present, who have integrity and good intentions and I am so grateful they are now speaking out against the very oppressive and damaging authority psychiatry rules with.

  • Oldhead, Psychiatry is a destructive sham and should be abolished but I wonder if some who agree psychiatry has failed and has been harmful are afraid if they support “abolishing” psychiatry there will be no services ‘at all’ or any place to take someone who is suicidal or distressed. They mistakenly believe getting a person into psychiatric services is ‘better than nothing’. If there was a different place set up for people in distress to go that was non-judgemental, non-labelling, non-coercive, I’m thinking most, if not all people would want to see psychiatry abolished.

  • Great interview Leah and Celia. Thanks for all your ground breaking activist work Celia! Very eloquently stated that we all need to work together …”Because all of our existence, our human existence relies on all of us.”

    We need structures based on support, respect, hope and dignity rather than punishment. Hopefully the day is coming mainstream media will afford these human rights issues and movements more coverage.

    The CRPD should be ratified by all countries. Is there is a way to make a complaint if someone’s rights are violated in a country that has ratified the CRPD?

  • Dr. Steingard,
    Much gratitude and respect for all your ongoing endeavours. It takes courage and integrity to speak out and challenge the status quo of psychiatry. Your latest book looks to be very interesting and per Chapter 2 Introduction, also hopeful in that it “has become a new kind of norm” for more professionals to be critical of the DSM. It’s been shocking to learn how many lives have been damaged by egotistical, rigid psychiatrists who cling to their power and shamelessly force damaging labels and destructive treatments and drugs on people. Thanks again for all you do.

  • John,
    Thank you for sharing your story. Reading your heartfelt essay really stirs up a lot of emotions. I am so sorry you have endured such cruelty and was really hoping you had gotten out. Might that be a possibility in the not too distant future? Yes it is so dishonest and shameful the media does not publish a hint of these inhumanities.
    Stay strong John. Keep walking and writing. Every voice is so important.

  • Thanks Itay, very helpful and enlightening information as various classifications/theories are sometimes misunderstood.

    As per the article “Anarchists are simply people who believe human beings are capable of behaving in a reasonable fashion without having to be forced to. It is really a very simple notion. But it’s one that the rich and powerful have always found extremely dangerous”.

    Yes it is high time for anarchism in the mental health industry!
    I also read this description for Anarchism:
    “The current State is ineffective; the best way forward to a better life is by immediately dismantling the existing system.”

  • Judi,
    I am in Canada and yes the system is totally rigged here! No matter how much solid, irrefutable evidence you produce the College of Physicians ignores all evidence and dismisses complaints with illogical, ridiculous conclusions. At one point we were told there was enough evidence to go to a ‘Hearing Tribunal’ but shortly after for undisclosed reasons they reversed that and chose to dismiss the complaint again. Requesting a Review from the OIPC or Ombudsman is a joke as they simply go along with the ruling of the College. These gov’t funded organizations are as the saying goes “all in bed together”. I battled for a few years on my own and then hired a lawyer for help to get more evidence. He has since retired but I hope to see another lawyer to keep battling this corruption. The really corrupt thing is that doctors have access to free legal help from the CMPA which is government funded on taxpayer’s money and therefore has massively deep pockets to defend the doctors indefinitely. From the first letter of complaint I sent to the psychiatrist her reply back to me was stamped “Not for third party release”. She had immediately lawyered up with her tax payer funded lawyer.

    Have you seen these clips? They describe how bad things are in Canada.

  • Thank you Dr. Scull for reporting on this. As Diana noted above I’m glad there is a website to publish this info for a large audience. This corruption and greed is despicable.

    As you noted “Mental patients remain extremely vulnerable” – yet people deemed to be “mental patients” are continually used as guinea pigs. Nothing has changed from the days of lobotomy.

    And…. “In other words, in nearly two-thirds of cases, these physicians lied, and of course they did so with impunity. So it is that “evidence-based medicine” becomes “evidence-biased medicine”.

    The darkest and most disgusting reality I have come to realize from my own psychiatric encounter is – that physicians, especially psychiatrists, lie with impunity and inflict great harm with impunity.

  • Thank you Itay for a great piece! I appreciate the valuable work you are doing.

    These sentences speaks volumes – “in the interaction with the “consumer,” the mental health “professional” can either reinforce the foundation of hurt and sentence the “consumer” to continued silence or, alternatively, work toward the disentangling of these two elements”. And re Open Dialogue – “ideas and suggestions brought up by any participant (even those of a qualified psychiatrist) are open to discussion and examination so that others can give their opinion”.

    All countries should be implementing Stabilizing Houses and Open Dialogue now. It is high time indeed to bring some humanity to the very dark world of psychiatry.
    Keep up the great work!

  • Teresa, this is a excellent comment and sage advice.

    You put it well, “this world is changing so rapidly but psychiatry is stuck in a time warp”.
    Yes! Along with their gross arrogance they are stupidly stubborn in clinging to narrow-minded, rigid thinking. Too arrogant to ever consider being wrong!

    Yes going to psych interviews with at least two other support people is better than just one.
    And when I realized the young, privileged female psychiatrist I saw during cancer treatment had as much compassion and empathy as a stone how I wish I had “stood up and walked out”.

    In my case I was never told about the psych labels, instead she plastered the labels along with a pack of devious lies, all over my electronic health records without my knowledge while I was in cancer treatment. It is a violation of informed consent for a psychiatrist to put labels into someone’s records without ever discussing the labels with the person and without informing the person what the symptoms, rationale and reasoning was for the labels. But violations of all sorts of human rights are allowed to occur in psychiatry and that is truly criminal.

    Thinking of you and hoping you, your son and family will find peace and freedom from psychiatry.

  • Yes, Rachel I do agree with you!
    If ‘faulty genes’ were the reason psychiatrists wreak so much harm on innocent people it might not be as egregious. They definitely choose to act the way they do. After a snarky young female psychiatrist inflicted a great deal of harm on me during cancer treatment I said to my spouse “how could ANYONE be that stupid”. His reply was “No one is THAT stupid – it was intentional”. And he is right.

  • The VA seems to use the same tactics as psychiatry to dodge questions and whitewash evidence of the harm they are doing. As we prepare to honor veterans on November 11, 2019 this is a chilling and timely report that pays tribute to their courage and the high price so many paid to serve. I hope the VA sees this report and wakes up to the dire facts and statistics that are clearly presented in this report. Thank you Robert and Derek for putting together this outstanding and thoroughly researched report.

  • Thanks for providing a great summary of Bonnie Burstow’s new book. Prestigious academics and authors such as Bonnie Burstow and Robert Whitaker and the other professionals of great integrity who write on MIA to forge on with this epic battle is remarkable and so appreciated. It’s a direly needed mission of good will for the many who have been snared, harmed and had their lives ruined by psychiatry. Of course supporting the authors, donating etc is important to further this battle but what other initiatives can I or other readers of MIA also do to further this battle?
    (Per Bonnie’s comment the “emergence of an antipsychiatry lending library” sounds promising if the price is too prohibitive to purchase)

  • As always an interesting piece Noel,
    “Perhaps a study needs to be developed to search for the faulty gene variations that result in a complete lack of compassion. Or the gene that makes people worship money and success.”

    Yes, as it stands psychiatrists always think it is “others” with faulty genes. We need to find out what egregiously faulty gene is responsible for the controlling, maleficent, power-seeking behavior that drives so many psychiatrists!

  • Dr. Johnson, this blog really addresses what is most abhorrent and incomprehensible about psychiatry – the “Aetiological Vacuum”. You state it very well in ..“This approach couldn’t last microseconds in all other branches of medical practice, where ameliorating causative factors is the be-all and end-all of what doctors seek to do. Ask any non-DSM doctor.”

    That psychiatrists have no interest or concern and actually DON’T want to hear what the causative factors are of distress, depression etc goes well beyond sheer stupidity. It is highly negligent and maleficent.

    I highly commend you on your integrity as per your bio, “In 1967 he refused to give Electric Shock Therapy, which he regarded as akin to the ducking stool and about as effective — whereupon his further psychiatric career was blocked.”

    I hope you write another MIA blog soon and I also hope you once again submit papers for publication!

  • This is a sad story with a very tragic outcome for a little girl but I believe psychiatry and their damaging drugs are to blame. Thank goodness for these wonderful and courageous people that helped Marci. They all deserve accolades for their courage, compassion and humanity. I give very high praise to Cindy Perlin for all she has done for Marci as I believe many therapists would not want to get involved. It is easier to walk away from someone when the chips are the down. Much respect to Cindi Perlin.

  • Dorothy and Leah, Thank you for this podcast and for all your work and advocacy. Dorothy your story is gut wrenching. You have incredible strength and resilience to have endured these barbaric psych practices at such a young age and then actually witnessed your young roommate Susan die from these barbaric practices. I deeply admire your advocacy and for speaking out against psychiatry to help others. I had naively agreed to see a psychiatrist for chemo-induced insomnia and ended up paying a huge price for being naïve. Like many of the general public I had no idea of the damage psychiatry inflicts on innocent people and was shocked to discover psychiatry wields ultimate power and control. Psychiatry is a total sham – but the word of psychiatry somehow rules supreme over every other branch of ‘real’ medicine. I cannot wrap my brain around that. It wasn’t until I found the MIA site that I realized how extensive the damage of psychiatry was. Thank you for still speaking out after all these years and for all your endeavors to help others avoid similar fates. God bless you sweet lady!

  • Eric, is that the ‘norm’ to have wait 3 years between hearings? Forced drugging is cruel and one would think a hearing on such a perverse matter should occur at least once a year. I wonder if that is an area someone could advocate for you on, or MIA could get a petition going or something to at least get you a hearing much sooner than that.

  • Thanks for this blog Eric, and for making it clear there are no ‘side’ effects from these drugs. Rather than ‘side’ effects these drugs have ‘damaging’ and ‘deadly’ effects. I hope sooner than later you will be allowed to stop taking these drugs. When do you expect there to be another hearing on this matter?

  • Dr. Schlimme, I highly commend you for putting forth this Manifesto and Petition. It is encouraging to know there are still psychiatrists out there in the world who have integrity, compassion and a conscience. It takes integrity for a professional to acknowledge and speak out on the destructive disaster psychiatry is. It seems most psychiatrists are too power hungry, or insecure, to ever let go of the whole power and control thing and are mostly concerned about their status, ego, privilege, etc. Thank you for your humanity! I truly hope your endeavours in Germany are successful!

  • The Reviewer’s remark tying the matter to “the Church of Scientology” is a cheap shot. Totally without integrity or scruples, shows the persistent narcissistic control of psychiatry.

    “Or it has meant that only “agreeable” consumer views are invited.”

    Yes, the token lay person on any Complaint Committee is only to make it look good. The lay person wouldn’t be in that position long if they didn’t side with the Committees. Complaints Committees are kangaroo court, aka doctors investigating themselves.

    “Perhaps it is time to build more of our own tables: forums where people with lived experience set the agenda, and we invite others to join the agendas that we set.”
    Thanks for this report Dr. Maylea and Indigo.

  • Boans I had a look online at Seligman’s theory etc, and I see what you are referring to. Until one gets trapped in the web of psychiatry we are unaware of all the lying, twisting of facts and manipulation that goes on and how psychiatry often uses their power and control to serve their ‘own’ agendas. Yes, it is disgusting and criminal.
    Hmm, “global”, I heard that pathetic excuse too. Unbeknownst to me 4 pysch diagnoses were put on my electronic health records while I was in cancer treatment. Later on I began to be denied health care services because of these labels and requested answers as to what ‘DSM criteria’ I had met for the labels or what I said or did to warrant these labels. They were not able to find out what DSM criteria I had met or any reasoning for the labels so I was told it was “global”.

  • Thanks for this piece Professor Hahn. It boggles the mind how psychiatry does NOT take into account any context, trauma or victimizing circumstances of someone’s life, instead puts damaging labels and all blame on the victims.

    Further, DSM labels and how they were constructed is utter nonsense, as … “According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, two individuals can share a diagnosis of schizophrenia and yet have no symptoms in common.”
    It’s all SO ridiculous it’s is hard to believe psychiatry is actually a branch of legitimate medicine.

  • Thank you for sharing what you have been through Amanda and for speaking out and demanding answers as to the damage inflicted on you and millions of others by erroneous DSM labels and the poisonous drugs pushed onto trusting people.

    You wrote, “During this time, I shared my symptoms and physical concerns with providers, but the symptoms of various mental health diagnoses seemingly acted as blinders to the growing physical harms.”

    Yes, “Blinders” is a good word. The DSM labels provide an excuse to dismiss the various damaging effects of these drugs or attribute them to increasing “mental illness”. As voices of the harmed grows louder the perpetrators of this widespread damage and ruination of lives must be forced to take off their “blinders” and face the reality of how they are destroying lives. I had no idea how widespread this harm was until I found MIA and read the many stories from harmed survivors. I’ve just begun to read Anatomy of an Epidemic and was shocked to read (on page7) that “In 2007, the disability rate was 1 in every 76 Americans”. I’m wondering what the rate is today. Thanks for sharing and speaking out. Thanks for your service and I wish you all the best in regaining your strength and former health.

  • Dear Sarah,
    Thank you for this excellent piece. It is so insightful and powerful I had my spouse read it as well. He said it makes the most sense of anything he has read in terms of why people lose hope and become suicidal. Over the years I had my share of adversities but always found a way to be resilient and hopeful. It was not until after a dreadful encounter with a punitive psychiatrist (for “help” with chemo-induced insomnia) that I sunk into a place of darkness and despair I had never been before. The despair is due solely to the harm of the “iatrogenic connection” to this psychiatrist and her ill-will.

    This piece certainly did speak to me and I look forward to the rest of your series. Thanks again!

  • Dr. Tasch, You certainly are a beacon of light in the vast darkness of mental health services. Thank you for your integrity, compassion and intelligence to see the harm being done. Also kudos to the wonderful attorney, Elizabeth Rich. Now if only the two of you could be cloned!

    It is appalling how mental health professionals are “pushing their own agenda on a person in a vulnerable state”. Once again it proves the grave danger of seeking “help” from the “mental health” industry when you are in distress. Leslie must be a very strong person to have kept it together and put up with of all this deceit and insanity so as not to “rock the boat”.

  • Ruth, I am so sorry you and your daughter endured such an ordeal after being in contact with mental health services. Until you experience it on a personal level it is hard to believe how very damaging it actually can be. Thank you for sharing your story. You are a strong, courageous woman and your mission to help others avoid the same nightmare as your daughter is most commendable. Best wishes to you and your daughter.

  • Joe, thanks for sharing your story. I am so sorry to read of how things went so badly for you after being traumatized at such a young age by your parents and then by the absurdity and cruelty of the mental health system. Although it was likely scary for the neighbour it seems overly punitive that throwing a rock into a neighbour’s window was ultimately how you ended up with a life sentence.

    Everyone makes mistakes and we can all learn, grow and improve from them and I’m so glad you have Stephen Shenfield acting an advocate for clemency.

    I wish you all the best in the future.

  • Thank you for sharing your story Elizabeth. It is SO important this information gets out there and these stories get told! Your ordeal with insomnia resonated with what I endured when chemo/steroids triggered major insomnia and I began taking a hypnotic drug Imovane and later a psychiatrist threw in an assortment of additional psych drugs (and totally disbelieved the horrible effects of the drugs)

    As your story and others demonstrate all psychiatry has to offer is psych labels, damaging drugs and more damaging drugs. (and other barbaric treatments such as ECT) To never acknowledge any “other factors” is psychiatry’s calling card. It’s hard to believe and incredibly ignorant how psychiatry ignores and dismisses all root causes, context and circumstances of one’s life as if it bears no weight whatsoever in the situation.

    Your strength and persistence to do what feels right for you and not swallow anymore pysch drugs is paying off. I am very happy to hear you are doing better these days and send you best of wishes.

  • Thanks James and Dr. Kinderman for this interview. As per your book A Prescription for Psychiatry “traditional thinking about mental health care is profoundly flawed” and as you note in the interview if we carry on with things the way they are people are being labelled with “diseases that simply don’t exist” and “given drugs that do more harm than good.”

    Yes, drastic change is needed. Psychiatry has no science or evidence for entirely subjective and constructed labels that “simply don’t exist” – yet the word of psychiatry rules supreme over ALL other medical doctors, psychologists, etc? That is absurd! Psychiatry must be stripped of its unbridled power and control. That would be a good first step.

    James you make a great point – “understanding human experiences, behaviours and emotions is something we are required to do every day as individuals in society”. Yes – the average person must do that every day so why do so many psychiatrists not have the skills, compassion, common sense or good judgment to do just that?
    I echo your thanks James to Professor Kinderman and others for “being willing to put themselves out there to challenge the mainstream”. Much respect to those who are speaking out to save lives. Thanks again.

  • One would fervently hope “Theoretically, disclosure may offer a chance for emotional recovery”. It’s reprehensible that… “…in reality, it often elicits negative, unsupportive reactions.”

    I cannot think of a more revolting crime than children being traumatized and victimized by sexual abuse or any kind of abuse and for professional intervention to generate more trauma through invalidation, disbelief, victim-blaming or cover-up is another revolting crime in of itself.

  • Thank you for your military service Derek and for sharing your harrowing journey with psych drugs and withdrawal. I was aware these drugs did horrible things to the brain but didn’t know they wreaked so much havoc on the physical body as well, as described in your story and Dan Hurd as well in his story.

    It is great you have joined forces with Robert Whitaker and MIA on this noble mission to help stop the harm and save lives. Your inspiring story is very helpful to the veterans and to everyone else as well. Thanks and let’s all keep beating the drums for this mission!

  • Anomie, thanks for your comment and the link. Yes I cringe reading cancer patients “should be asked at every visit about anxiety or depression” and patients “should speak up” about these issues. Yep, let’s just keep spreading that virus!

    Mine is a twisted saga as I was bullied right from the get-go by an arrogant oncologist. He immediately fear-mongered and said I won’t be alive in 3 years if I only have standard chemo drugs as he wanted me in a clinical trial so he would be an ‘associate’ doctor and earn a big payday from BigPharma. This meant adding a 4th drug to my cocktail and signing off on “side effects” of heart attack, stroke, vision loss, intestinal rupturing etc. I read all the info and told him I felt it was best I decline. He blew up in anger, threw his pen across the desk and with eyes blazing stormed out of the room.

    I did start standard chemo and the 1st round flattened me. I was so dizzy and weak I fell, hit my head on the floor and laid unconscious bleeding from a gash to my head. My family doctor stitched up my head and sent me to the ER for a CT scan but the oncologist completely dismissed the incident. The carboplatin in my 1st round triggered vertigo & tinnitus so severe I only managed to walk around the house holding onto walls and furniture. I was due for a 2nd round in 3 weeks but my white cells were so flattened the 2nd round had to be delayed an extra 2 weeks. By then the vertigo had improved by 60%. I asked for dosages of the other drugs to be reduced by 25% and requested to drop carboplatin altogether as it’s known for cumulative and permanent damage to the inner ear. He refused. A 2nd round of carboplatin was forced on me and triggered severe vertigo again. I held my ground and refused a 3rd dose. I was scheduled for 6 rounds but I quit chemo altogether after 4 rounds. Lots of permanent damage and health issues from chemo I didn’t need and years later I’m still alive to talk about my terminal diagnosis. To be sent to a callous psychiatrist whose only goal was to degrade and label me was a double whammy. Lots more to the story but I better quit here. (Btw, the clinical trial was halted because of too many fatal “side effects” occurring.)

  • Anomie, much truth and wisdom in what you write. People who are jobless, homeless etc being psychiatrically labelled for their hardships is a heartless and corrupt cover-up of reality.

    You wrote: “Being disheveled, sleep deprived, and malnourished will make anyone appear in a way that psychiatry can place a label on.”

    Yes, I found that out when during cancer treatment I became very ill and sleep deprived and sent to a psychiatrist for “help with sleep meds”. Among the many effects chemo had was nausea and ravaging my throat membranes so bad I could barely swallow water. All my hair fell out and I became very thin – from the effects of chemo – but the psychiatrist used my appearance against me to support psych labels. It was winter and I bought a head covering for cancer patients (at the cancer hospital) but the psychiatrist wrote “patient appeared with a scarf wrapped around her head” trying to make it sound like it was bizarre behaviour. She also stated I was “very thin” and it was chalked up to “anorexia”. Until it happened to me I had no idea of the blatant lies, betrayals and distortions of reality psychiatry revels in. It’s time for a present-day version of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”.

  • Thanks Robert for this update on Marci Webber’s situation. It is incomprehensible how people are put not just on one psych drug – but a whole cocktail – when damaging effects of these drugs on the brain are not understood and get labelled as “mental illness”. There are so many disturbing issues clearly showing the extent of institutional lies and betrayals and it’s appalling other staff are coerced by narcissistic superiors to conform to the same rigid attitudes and betrayals. Particularly inhumane and disturbing is: “Her noncompliance led to years of mistreatment ad harassment, with staff at one point encouraging her to kill herself.”

    Marci showed good insight in not wanting to continue taking psych medications and also in not wanting to meet with Dr. Malis. But of course with a super-sized ego and penchant for control it’s no surprise he did not want anything positive to be written about Marci. The average person has no clue these dishonest, exploitive and unethical behaviours by “mental health professionals’ happen more often than not. Thanks for reporting on these events and I wish Marci all the best in the future.

  • Anomie, Wow, another excellent post!
    From my own experience with two psychiatrists one relished in her power to punish and “other” me while in cancer treatment but another psychiatrist I saw 10 years earlier at my own request (after my younger brother’s sudden unexplained death on psych drugs, and a workplace accident, etc) was dismayed by what took place. He called it a “horror story” and urged me to fight it. When I told him all this psychiatrist did that was so unethical and unjust he told me I was “preaching to the choir”. But I am well aware that due to the hierarchy he is not at liberty to speak out. The dismantling of psychiatry and its power to abuse can be accelerated when all dissident psychiatrists are driven to speak out. Thankfully there are a few who do speak out on this great website!

    You wrote “Psychiatry is like a virus, and it’s spread into the entire medical system.”

    YES! “Virus” is a very good description and it has spread into the entire medical system! Psychiatry was used to endlessly punish me because I tried to make my own medical decisions on a questionable cancer “diagnosis” (that was in fact totally OVER diagnosed) Thanks for your thoughtful posts.

  • Thanks for this comprehensive commentary James.

    “The reductive, materialist approach to ‘mental disorder’ is running on fumes.”
    Glad to read that! The DSM model of “mental disorders” is so reductive it’s almost ‘one size fits all’ and hopefully runs out of fumes very soon.

    I agree we should all make a concerted effort not to participate in the problems we are opposing. I do think psychiatry and others with guild interests who wield uncontrolled power are responsible for bringing about the most damage and harm to others.

  • Alex, as you noted you have grievances with MIA and you are entitled to your feelings, but it was disappointing and unwarranted to throw shade because I was being supportive of MIA. Let’s not forget MIA is a non-profit organization and has operating costs. There is a donate button at the top of every page – plus at the bottom of every page is a large banner that reads “Help MIA Survive – Click to Donate Now” so I don’t think my comment was at all inappropriate. Like so many on this site my goal and greatest hope is for this movement to keep growing and reach ever more people so the damage psychiatry is doing can finally be stopped. As I said psychiatrists do all sorts of projecting and proclaim there are ‘issues’ where there are none so let’s try refrain from doing that. Solidarity will make for much more progress.

  • Thanks so much Melody for speaking out about the demoralizing experiences you endured from a therapist and the Mental Health Counselor Program and how it shaped your decisions. I am sorry you had to go through these experiences but I really commend you for how quickly you saw through all the hypocrisy and the “dark side of psychiatry” and knew this is not something you could be a part of.

  • Mike, thank you for speaking truth to power and so clearly exposing the attitudes of discrimination and degradation of those working in the mental health field and also of some family members. It is like a gang mentality. “Cult-like” is also a good description. Much respect and gratitude for your integrity and for standing up for your principles and values and not allowing anyone to silence you.

  • Alex, yes as you would know from my personal emails I am VERY compassionate and even though I have my own huge struggles I’ve always supported and stood up for anyone less fortunate, facing hard times, the elderly, etc, etc. That is who I am.

    I made a simple and well- meaning comment in an effort to support MIA and you turned it into an issue of social abuse?! It’s bad enough psychiatrists twist words and try portray what is said in into something different, let’s not do that to each other. You speak of energy and light for healing but are quick throw shade over a simple comment made to be positive and help grow a website that IS trying to help people and prevent harm.

    As far as my comment that money is not falling from the sky – I’m just being realistic. Robert is running a site that takes a lot of time, energy – and money. For that I have deep gratitude and I would hope others do too. That sentence was NOT about donating money – it was about having gratitude for the time, energy and yes – money that IS unfortunately required to run the site. If you or anyone else has a way to build and run a site of this magnitude that doesn’t require money then I say PLEASE do it.

  • Oldhead, When I found MIA I read the mission is to “re-think psychiatry” and as I continued reading it became clear the mission was also to try stop or prevent the many forms of harm being done to so many by psychiatry. Would I want to see psychiatry abolished, absolutely!! But that is a HUGE goal that will take a very long time and may prove to be impossible. So in the meantime I support re-thinking psychiatry to try stop the ongoing harm and take away the unrestrained power psychiatry currently has. Anything is better than the status quo.

  • Alex, you misunderstood my comment. I would never ask anyone on “fixed disability incomes and/or living in poverty” to donate to anything. After a work place accident, then cancer diagnosis and encounter with a psychiatrist I have been on disability and have faced many financial difficulties when living on my own – so I know what it’s like. Of course not every reader is in a position to donate anything but there are thousands of readers and my comment was to say I hope readers pass a link to the website to spread the message and “donate whatever they can to keep the fight going”. Key words – “whatever they can” – if it’s nothing then it’s nothing. No big deal.

    You wrote “so solidarity here is a lot to expect”. I was referring to the defintion of “solidarity” as in “Unity of purpose, interest, or sympathy”. The mission of this website as I understood it was to “re-think psychiatry” and by doing so to try to stop the harm being done to so many by psychiatry. I was not linking “solidarity” in any way to donating money.

  • Rachel that is a great comment. I wish people would be more grateful for the work, dedication and advocacy of Robert and the MIA site. It is an amazing site with many incredible professional writers and tons of personal stories and it puts out so much new information on a daily basis I can hardly keep up. And there certainly is not money falling from the sky to operate a website of this magnitude. No one has to agree on every aspect but at least show some gratitude and solidarity for the overall mission.

  • 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.

  • 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. :

    “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:

  • 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.

    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”.
    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…
    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!

  • 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.

  • James and Lee, Thanks for this podcast, it is a very interesting conversation. I admire Lee’s candor in speaking out about the many harmful fallacies of psychiatry and that his distaste for their beliefs led him to refuse to join the APA as he “did not want to be a part of that family”. I hope many more find time to listen to this podcast. (I wonder if it was also in text format if it would make it more convenient for some) Lee made some good suggestions in the last 4-5 minutes that I know were stirring to me in wanting to think about what more I can do to get “thinking, caring, concerned people to stir up trouble”.

  • Kate, I also learned a lot reading comments of others. Difficult family dynamics along with scapegoating, etc is very destructive to anyone at any time but I was blown away to discover (after getting ahold of my health records) that while I was in cancer treatment my estranged eldest sister deviously made calls (first to a Crisis Line then to a psychiatrist) to make up damaging, blatant lies to get me sent to a psychiatrist and put in the psych ward. She did this because she was feuding over family issues and didn’t want to provide any help to me while I was very physically ill (from chemo). Her reason to get me labelled and put in the psych ward was to absolve her of any criticism for not providing help. She is so obsessed with her “image” she couldn’t tolerate anyone might view her as selfish or mean for not helping so instead threw me under the bus with a pack of damaging lies. Psych labels were given based solely on her lies, and the labels and lies published by the psychiatrist to my electronic health records are severely affecting my health care to this day. Once a psychiatrist passes judgement and labels you, no matter how thoroughly it’s proven false, it remains akin to the word of God.

  • Robert, It is vexing the New Yorker (or Aviv) left out important pieces of Laura’s story to lessen negativity towards psychiatry but I was glad (even a bit surprised) the article did acknowledge the pivotal moment for Laura to free herself from the drugs and pathologizing of psychiatry came when she found your book. Even if the New Yorker got in a subtle dig that very pivotal fact of Laura’s story still stood out for me. Even a mentioning of the book may drive people to read it and find out more. Even though it would have been better had they exposed more of the sordid details I still feel this piece overall was a significant step forward.

    Thanks again and much respect and appreciation for all the exceptional work you do and have done.

  • Yes Kate, I’ve told my family doc, and a number of other professionals that for anyone harmed or driven mad by psychiatry this website provides a ‘lifeline back to sanity’. I can relate to what you say about making complaints of blatant violations of ethics only to realize the injustice is totally systemic. The gov’t bureaucracies etc, are all cozy and connected and co-operate with each other to silence the victim. I’m on about round 12 now and I’m not done yet.

  • Hi Kate, I read this recent article, even though it has the usual psychiatric spin on things it does validate/acknowledge that a label of BPD means a psychiatrist (or any mental health worker) is going to “manage” a person rather than support them.

    I am so sorry you had the latest experience of them attempting to “manage” you again. Kudos to you for taking back your power and standing your ground!

  • Yes, very true re editing. Laura had no control over the editing and a person’s story can become somewhat distorted by leaving out certain elements. I only found the MIA site less than a year ago I hadn’t seen Laura’s blogs and didn’t know her story before reading this piece in the New Yorker, but my take away was Robert Whitaker’s work/book was the turning point in Laura getting her life back.

  • Thanks for this great blog Dr. Levine, and God bless Robert Whitaker! Robert’s incredible work, along with his MIA site was so pivotal in Laura’s story and her activism and he was owed MUCH more recognition then simply mentioning his book Anatomy of an Epidemic. I agree Rachel Aviv’s publication in the New Yorker should have exposed the additional suffering and harm that comes from being so oppressed and dehumanized by bogus ‘DSM’ labels and loss of autonomy, etc. Getting this riveting story published in mainstream media brings more awareness to those with no clue what goes on in psychiatry and who still advise people in difficult circumstances to “get help”, and hopefully it moves more middle grounders to take a stronger stance.

  • Hi Julie, I am only at chapter 4 of the book and so far it’s been good but thanks for the heads-up.

    Btw, searching the net I came across a link to your MIA blogs. You write very well! Love your humor and wit. Also got a kick out of remarks in the comment section, i.e. the dog poop/recycling thing and the therapist not fitting thru the door. Life is short and we need to laugh once in while. Keep writing!

  • Kate, I feel your pain as many others in our shoes do. We are led to believe you are going to get “help” dealing with difficult circumstances but instead we are ambushed. It is bad enough when a psychiatrist betrays you but even worse when a family member we reasonably assume will be an ally, joins in and throws you under the bus too. Someone mentioned on here the book “The Body Keeps the Score” and I have just started reading it. It seems to be helpful so far in understanding and processing trauma. Best to you.

  • Dr. Fred, thanks for your candor and transparency in this comment.

    This statement really resonated… “There was a concerted effort to malign me and make things up about my personal life and professional life that were simply untrue and also literally unremovable and un-respondable.”

    This is the same thing that happens to those who get the bogus DSM labels put into their medical records, along with other damaging and utterly false statements about who they are as a person, and then even with irrefutable hard evidence to the contrary these labels and lies can NEVER be removed or even amended.

  • Dr. Moss, Regarding Littleturtle’s question of GABA receptors, I recently watched a presentation by a doctor of Integrative medicine say anti-depressants don’t make serotonin, they only help you hang on the serotonin you have, but worse is AD’s quit working because of what is called “down regulation” whereby receptor sites in the brain start to shrivel and disappear and you can lose up to 40-60% of these receptor sites. People go on to develop tolerance to the AD’s and increase the dose, lose more receptor sites…and so on from taking AD’s. This seems a possible explanation for what LittleTurtle was told about having very few GABA receptors?

  • Hi Both Sides, The mission of MIA is SO important in bringing awareness and needs all of our collective voices and support. Your work and advocacy in the past is appreciated as you sound like a genuine person with a conscience. If every mental health worker and psychiatrist had those attributes things would not be as bad as they are. I hope you stay around and keep letting more professionals know about MIA.

  • KindredSpirit you make good points. People are brain washed by the media as well as the psychiatric and mental health industry. Also propaganda constantly fed to public to the effect “Mental illness is a illness just like every other illness”. Gag.

    I agree blame does not fall solely on the motivations of people seeking help for difficult life circumstances. There are many other motivations at work here and I am glad Dr. Moss touched on them at the end of his post, including a psychiatrist’s personal gratification, income etc.

  • Dr. Moss, thank you for your post. You make valid points that reflect what is so skewed and wrong about the psychiatric industry. Before my own experience with a young, very arrogant psychiatrist while in cancer treatment, I too was one of the ‘brain-washed’ who believed psychiatrists had access to knowledge that no other doctors did and that psychiatric diagnoses were based on scientific evidence and on this higher level of knowledge. When my younger brother became depressed over the break-up of his marriage and I was trying so hard to help him and support him, I actually felt some relief when he was sent to see a psychiatrist as I believed he was going to be taken care of and helped with his depression. I did not know he was simply going to be drugged up. I did not question that he was actually getting help until we found him dead in his house. I think the biggest issue is people not being aware of the harm that can come from diagnoses and the treatment itself. People must be made aware of what psychiatric drugs can do to their lives and I look forward to your future posts on that.

    Another point that needs to be made is what ‘type’ of diagnosis is given to someone who is suffering for a variety of valid reasons. It is more acceptable and less stigmatizing to have a label of Anxiety Disorder or a Depressive Disorder than say diagnoses of Bi-Polar, Schizophrenia or Borderline Personality Disorder. Although I never could understand how being depressed or anxious because your marriage ended or your spouse died, etc, is considered a “disorder” when it is actually a normal and expected reaction to human suffering.

    To quote something Dr. Kelly Brogan recently put out, “Remember, anxiety is a message. To honor this message, look deeper into what may be out of balance in your body, as well as your life.”
    It is much better to decipher the message and work on resolutions than to mask it with bogus labels and drugs.

  • Thanks for this article Dr. Moncrieff and the conclusion:
    “Doctors must understand and explain that drugs change the brain, and other parts of the body, in ways that we do not fully understand, that are almost always harmful to some degree, and that may be irreversible.”

  • Hi Janebeth,
    I also send hugs and healing vibes your way. I can relate to what you are saying as I had the misfortune of seeing a hostile, narcissistic young psychiatrist (while in cancer treatment) and she inflicted severe and ongoing harm on my life. I thought I was alone in my misery and that it was just my bad luck to have run into a really ‘rotten apple’. But I have to say since finding MIA and reading stories and comments of others who were harmed and are fighting back, and seeing the supportive blogs and work of professionals from the MH field who are also fighting these injustices, has been life affirming for me. What I learned is that psychiatric survivors are some of the strongest and most resilient people around as evidenced by their stories of survival. Please stay strong and know your voice can help bring change. God bless.

  • Thanks for sharing your story Jane. It’s certainly a story of courage and resilience and will inspire others that it is never too late to reclaim your life from harmful psychiatric drugs.

    Re: “It’s been suggested to me by a therapist that what I’m going through now is another kind of PTSD: the ongoing trauma of realizing what antidepressants did to me for 30 years”.

    I would agree with ‘PTS’ – but would drop ‘Disorder’ from that. After going through Hell and losing productive and precious years from your life it would be a normal, expected reaction (not a Disorder) to have post-traumatic stress when coming to terms with it.
    Wishing you all the best! Enjoy your hard-earned freedom from psych drugs!

  • Excellent summary Dr. Hunter, and thanks for continuing to address with such candor and integrity the ongoing insanity and dishonesty of psychiatry.

    “To continue to rigidly insist that their perception is truth in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary is itself delusion at its finest”.

    Omg! So true!

    I have ear-marked so very many of your profound points in your excellent book Trauma and Madness in Mental Health Services. Please keep writing!

  • Excellent article Dr. Maisel. It is ludicrous for any psychiatrist or therapist to think they can be of any help to someone if they give little to no credence and recognition to causation and context. From my experience psychologists do defer to psychiatry and DSM labels (for the most part) and seem afraid to disagree with psychiatry. I agree that the problem is due largely to: “The DSM is loudly silent on causation”.

  • Yes lets do that! I hope we see the day when people who are going through difficult circumstances don’t get labelled and drugged for it and forced treatment is stopped. Thanks for adding your voice as I am sure you have more relaxing things to do in your retirement 🙂

    I get what you said in your response to ISEPP and that it is important to rule out physical illnesses or things such as a brain tumor that could be causing unusual behaviors or distress for a person. During cancer treatment I became very physically ill with severe vertigo, tinnitus, nosebleeds and insomnia from the steroids and 3 toxic chemo drugs. I had some anxiety but the young psychiatrist I was sent to and told it was for “help with sleep meds” threw the DSM at me with 4 labels and prescribed AD’s, benzos and anti-psychotics that had horrible adverse effects.

    I subscribe to Dr. Kelly Brogan’s emails and thought this was an interesting article she provided. The part under ‘Respect for the Full Expanse of Issues’ coincides with what you said.

  • Dr. Coleman, aka Lee, thank you for this interview. I appreciate you speaking out against some of the harmful aspects of psychiatry and that you have done so for a long time. Change usually only happens in small steps and it is imperative to pool all resources to make progress. The voices of professionals who take a stance on ‘any’ harmful aspect is important to the overall battle against the harms and injustices of psychiatry and is very helpful in bringing more awareness.

  • Great article Dr. Brogan.

    “One of the primary shortcomings of psychiatry is its seeming inability to acknowledge that anything is wrong with the way we are living”.

    Yes, and this is the most absurd and bizarre thing I have come to learn about psychiatry, that NO relevant context of a person’s life circumstances is considered, not even the life changing event of child birth. Thank you for your work in spreading the benefits of a holistic and supportive approach.

  • Teresa, my heart goes out to you, your husband and son Tama. I feel so much sorrow and disbelief at these injustices and how government bureaucracies that exist to protect citizens are not doing anything. Reading your story was very difficult, I can only imagine how hard this is on you as parents. By forming a withdrawal support group I hope you draw strength and gain knowledge from other parents or families and find some way for your son to reclaim his life. As others have commented, playing along for the time being might be the best way to get them to release their grip. Best wishes and God bless.

  • 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)

  • 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:

    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.
    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:

    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.

  • Auntie Psychiatry,
    Excellent points, well taken! Trying to be hopeful that with powerful blogs like this the turning point will come but agree he is still about ‘saving face’ and blaming others. Oldhead put it very well… “a phony “whistleblower” with one foot still in the corruption”. If he actually wants to save lives he must use his powerful platform and speak real truth to power.

  • Dr. Philip Hickey, Thank you! This is an exceptional and crucial blog!!
    When I was unwittingly snared by a psychiatrist simply because I had insomnia from chemotherapy (and steroids you must take to try lessen internal damage from the chemo) I didn’t know (at that time) that psychiatrists disregard any and all (often blatant) ‘causes’ of a person’s distress or suffering, even toxic side effects of chemo. I didn’t present or report even 1 of the criteria allegedly needed for any diagnosis but unbeknownst to me was immediately given 4 major psychiatric diagnoses anyway. Then prescribed an anti- psychotic for sleep. When I had horrible side effects the first night from the anti-psychotic, including hallucinations I refused to take another pill. Then I was further denigrated as “non-compliant”. When I began to fight the damaging labels I bought Dr. Allen Frances book Saving Normal; An Insider’s Revolt plus read his “12 Best Tips on Psychiatric Diagnosis”. I felt it was a commendable step in right direction but since finding MIA and becoming aware of the horrendous harm so many have suffered I hope he reads this detailed and powerful blog and soon takes a stronger stance.

  • As always such incredible work Robert. It is horrible enough so many adults have been harmed by psychiatry and absolutely incomprehensible the harm is now being done to young children as well. It is great to see such remarkable initiatives by MIA to support parents and help save young children from the disasters and madness of psychiatry.

  • Surviving and Thriving, I agree 100% with you on this matter and you stated it well “I do not understand why someone who has no experience with chronic pain either as a treatment provider or individual who has dealt with disabling chronic pain (no, his minor back pain incident doesn’t qualify) is being given this kind of platform.”

    When I found the MIA site a few months ago I found it to be very informative and validating until I read psychiatrist Dr. Kelmenson’s recent blogs. He compares someone who needs pain medication to control debilitating pain to someone being gluttonous about fine food and posh restaurants – are you kidding?! The pain and suffering of many legitimate physical ailments or illnesses can be invisible or not verifiable, such as post-surgical neuralgia (or any kind of neuralgia) RSD, IBS, musculoskeletal pain from trauma or wear and tear, fibromyalgia, chronic dizziness or migraine headaches to name just a few. A recent investigative report on W5 was about people who developed such intense pain after undergoing laser eye surgery it drove them to thoughts of suicide. Yet when their eyes were examined in the usual manner by slit lamp nothing showed up so the person’s pain was deemed to be “in their head”. Only recently when a high powered in-vivo confocal microscope was used to examine their eyes did the truncated and damaged nerves show up.
    I find the two posts by Dr. K to be very disconcerting and a real disservice to people who are living with chronic pain. It is disappointing that MIA posts this type of blog.

  • Good suggestion Richard, I also would donate and sign to fight this injustice. Agree, a BIG thanks is also needed to Peter Gotzsche, and all the amazing writers and bloggers on this site. There is so much incredible information provided here, including blogs, podcasts, research news, and many insightful commenters. I found this link interesting and validating when you consider that the “labelling” in someone’s records after seeing a psychiatrist is much more stigmatizing.

  • Thank you Robert for this gripping report about Peter Gotzsche and the injustices this man endured for being forthright and honest. I so appreciate your website, books and all your incredible work in helping so many. It is very empowering to those who have been downtrodden and harmed by psychiatry. I was naïve about psychiatry until becoming very physically ill from chemotherapy and developing severe tolerance/rebound insomnia after taking Imovane many months. I was told by the surgeon she was sending me to “someone” for “help with sleep meds”. I was not told this “someone” was a psychiatrist. It had been a very rough cancer ride to that point but the real horror story began after I saw this novice psychiatrist a few times on the pretense it was for “help with sleep meds”. (I was unaware the sleep meds she immediately prescribed were antipsychotics) Further, this psychiatrist was very deceitful and secretly and deliberately twisted the narrative to suit her goals and her ‘black and white’ thinking. What took place is so utterly bizarre and dishonest it clearly shows psychiatry is unregulated and totally out of control. Thanks again.

  • Hello Harper, Thank you for the link to your website! The information is incredibly wise and insightful. It explains so well the trauma (and labels) I endured in cancer treatments as it involved a lot of “blame-shifting” so others need not feel guilty. On your website you write that the DSM “does not take into account the most explanatory elements of human psychology”. That is so true and what is so appalling about psychiatry, nothing that happened or is happening to a person, even major surgeries and chemo with such horrific side-effects you can barely eat, breathe or stand, and fell and suffered serious head trauma (unconscious on the floor with a swollen bleeding laceration that needed stitches) I hope you will post your excellent articles on MIA as well. I pray the day is coming when people will be saved from the utter absurdity of psychiatric dogma.

  • Excellent article, Enrico. I strongly agree with everything, especially “The transgressor’s guilt is the emotional catalyst for them to desire to make amends” and “Prospective, or anticipatory guilt, can be an indication of psychological maturity”.
    Shame or guilt serve as a moral compass. If someone intentionally harms someone through jealousy, greed, intolerance, control, or any inexcusable reason, guilt or shame is warranted. If you are capable of feeling guilt or shame that indicates you have a conscience; People who justify their inexcusable and harmful actions have no conscience. I don’t believe you can be remorseful without feeling guilt or shame.

  • It is bad enough that adults have and continue to be, so greatly harmed by psychiatric drugs and demeaning labels. It is imperative to protect children and their still developing brains from this damage. Thank you for providing this important information. I hope this series of video interviews will reach as many professionals and parents as possible.

  • Hi Michael, thank you for the info on the above mentioned excellent article. I recently read it (as well as a few others you have written). Your articles are extremely knowledgeable and validating. I hope to eventually read them all and look forward to more in the future. I am so grateful I found the MIA site. It certainly is a gold mine of incredible information with writers such as yourself. God bless you for your compassion and wisdom. You are a gem!

  • Thank you Carlene, this is a very inspiring and very helpful article. When someone feels they can no longer go on it is often because of ongoing traumatization, challenges, losses and set-backs. As you state “Wanting to die is, it turns out, not terribly unusual” and “Wanting to die is a pretty reasonable reaction to lots of terrible life circumstances”. This is so true yet some mental health professionals remain very closed-minded and tone-deaf. They are unable to, or refuse to, appreciate or understand the challenges and difficulties some people unfortunately must deal with in life. The professionals that are so quick to judge, criticize and pathologize others likely never had to experience the same or similar losses, challenges and suffering.

  • You certainly have been through a lot Catherine. I am glad to hear you are in such a good place now and enjoying life. I am still reeling from the injustices inflicted by a psychiatrist during a time I was enduring cancer treatments and was very physically ill. I have been fighting the system ever since to try reclaim my identity and my life. I am still trapped by the injustices but I keep hope alive that somehow the truth will eventually set me free. Thank you for sharing your compelling story of what you overcame.

  • Cali made very good points, chronic pain is often disabling and people become desperate for relief so they take a risk with a dangerous drug. Until a person has experienced it him or herself they should refrain from making unfair judgements.
    Steve hit the nail on the head that we shouldn’t paint all doctors with the same brush (including psychiatrists) as there are some good ones. Unfortunately those few can’t change a corrupt system. It is a real injustice to people with chronic pain to have it described as “invented” when pain is often related to objective conditions, i.e. arthritis, scoliosis, spinal stenosis, or other painful conditions including myofascial pain or fibromyalgia that often follow trauma or injury but unfortunately for patients there is less objective evidence to prove it. Chronic pain has no easy answers and certainly the use of opioids have harmed patients and caused many deaths. But as far as the truly “invented” diagnoses, and diagnoses with no objectivity or evidence to prove them, psychiatry sure wrote the ‘book’ on that. And it seems their psychiatric drugs have done just as much harm as the opioids.

  • The issue of chronic pain is an extremely complex one with a lot of unknown factors. I dealt with chronic pain for 18 years following a car accident and later a slip and fall on a wet floor at work. I was diagnosed at different Pain Clinics with Myofascial Pain Syndrome with multiple trigger points in my back and neck. When trigger points are activated by a minor task involving a twist or turn it sets off back spasms similar to having a Charlie horse in my back. When palpated the muscles are tight, knotted bands and there is often swelling. The pain from the spasms is excruciating and each episode can last anywhere from 2 days to 2 or 3 weeks. I tried many treatment modalities and many different pain medications, including a trial of the opioid Dilaudid. There was not any drug that helped much and the side effects were hard to tolerate. If the drug provided a little relief the side effects rendered me unable to think straight or to function and that was not acceptable to me. Instead I resorted to using infrared heat and as many holistic methods as possible. I appreciate Dr. Kelmenson acknowledges every situation is different. I agree opioids were likely prescribed too often and maybe too carelessly but I also appreciate my family doctor didn’t dismiss my chronic pain. I know her only goal was to try get me some relief. What does concern me however is to have chronic pain described in the blog as an “invented” diagnosis.

  • Bravo, what incredible work Irit and Don! I was a very responsible and independent woman in my mid- fifties when I was deeply harmed by a psychiatrist I agreed to see while in cancer treatment because chemo and steroids had caused major insomnia. I was told I was seeing the psychiatrist simply to get “help with sleep meds”. This young and junior female psychiatrist prescribed me anti-psychotics at my first visit. I didn’t know what it was, I thought it was just a sleeping pill. I took it the first night and had horrific side effects so refused to take any more. That made her very angry. Then this psychiatrist tried to get me admitted to the psychiatric ward. When I refused that made her even more angry. A year after I last saw her (a total of 6 visits over 6 weeks) I discovered she had written many damaging lies about me and labelled me with 4 severe psychiatric diagnoses that are totally absurd and completely unfounded. These labels were the reason I ended up being forced against my will and without my consent to have a cancer-free body part removed. I am now paying dearly for the brutal and unneeded surgery and for her fictitious report and fake labels that she posted to the province-wide electronic Netcare system. The electronic records are accessed every time I require health care services and has very negatively affected every encounter I have since had with the health care system. It has led to stigma and discrimination I never knew existed, as well as extremely delayed and substandard treatment of any medical emergencies (i.e. a torn retina) and for me to continually be denied consults with specialists, etc. I have evidence of the severe violations made pertaining to unprofessional and unethical conduct and lack of consent, and lots more solid evidence that the damaging labels are totally false. I have been fighting to have my records corrected for 7 years but the College of Physicians and Surgeons of AB has staunchly defended her unjust actions. I was naïve and had no knowledge of the oppression, stigma and harm of psychiatry before. I thought I was alone in my traumatizing experience until I found this website. I am shocked and alarmed by the stories of harm done to so many other innocent people. I could not understand how it is that people were forced to take drugs and ECT until I began reading the various blogs and posts. After I read a couple issues of the Phoenix Rising tonight (thank you for the link) I was even more appalled. I so look forward to purchasing your book. If you do resort to self publishing it seems Balboa Press is a company that promotes books on self-help and improving your life. However I do hope you can find a publisher so the book can reach as many people as possible. Thank you and Bless you and Don for your incredible dedication and integrity to fighting these horrendous injustices.

  • Robert,
    I did not know how incredibly harmful psychiatry can be until I was blindsided by a psychiatrist I saw for “help with sleep meds” while I was in cancer treatment and struggling with insomnia. What I endured was corrupt, dishonest and shockingly cruel, a nightmare that left me in a state of shock and despair because of the permanent harm that has been done to my life. It was only a few months ago that I discovered this website and was blown away when reading some of articles and blogs that describe so much of what I experienced. It has been extremely helpful to read such validating, important and informative stories and blogs to expose the truth and harm of psychiatry. I believe my story is more undeniable proof of the sheer madness/stupidity of psychiatry and that their ‘labels’ are ridiculous and totally unsubstantiated. Until I experienced it for myself I had no idea and everyone needs to be aware of the dangers of agreeing to see a psychiatrist for any reason. From the bottom of my heart I thank you for your work and for this website.

  • Thanks for the excellent article. Finding the Mad in America website and reading such validating information has been very helpful for me in trying to deal with ongoing punishing consequences from agreeing to see a psychiatrist simply for “help with sleep meds” while I was in the midst of cancer treatments.