Friday, December 9, 2022

Comments by waydownunder

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  • Frank, you are quite right.

    Psychiatric power is rooted in politics,
    in the LAWS based on skewed evidence from
    Big Pharma of the medicinal effects of drug
    “treatments” which have later been shown to have
    little or no value.

    There is absolutely no evidence that
    “mental disorders” are CAUSED by “chemical
    imbalances” in the brain. There are no
    biomarkers for DSM “diagnoses”.

    The serotonin hypothesis of depression was
    refuted years ago.
    The dopamine hypothesis of psychosis is more nuanced,
    since there appears to be a correlation between
    psychosis and high dopamine.

    It is a basic fact that correlation is not causation.
    High dopamine may well affect salience and cognition
    but there is NO evidence to show that the primary
    cause of psychosis is a permanently dysfunctional
    dopamine system.

    Instead, the most recent models of the
    dopamine hypothesis of psychosis show the picture
    is one of dopamine expression being the
    Final Common Pathway of a cascade of neurochemical
    events triggered by a wide range of social,
    environmental and psychological stressors:
    childhood trauma, poverty,loss, grief, shock,
    stress, drug abuse, torture, warfare etc.

    In other words, the most sensible explanation
    is that TRAUMA causes psychosis, triggering
    unusual activity and the release of dopamine.
    This is NOT a “permanent imbalance”.

    The primary cause of mental distress is not
    found in biological and genetic determinism,
    but in the specific social and environmental
    conditions of human life.

    The so-called “antipsychotic” drugs which affect
    dopamine receptors in neural synapses in the brain
    and many other neural receptors as well,
    are simply chemical straitjackets and cure nothing,
    despite minor changes in psychological scoresheets
    attributed to a sedating action.

    Long-term drug treatments have metabolic effects
    which are at the least debilitating,
    and at the worst lethal.

    There is no scientific justification for the
    forced and coerced involuntary drug treatment
    which is currently sanctioned and mandated by law
    for any person detained by the system.

    Institutional psychiatry has shown no sign of
    reforming itself despite the weight of evidence.

    Legislators must step up to the mark.
    The laws have to be changed.
    Forced drugging is a harmful violation
    of medical ethics and basic human rights.

    Where are the scientifically enlightened
    politicians brave enough to tackle this?

  • Oldhead
    I agree that it was a great turning point
    for the peace movement when the Vietnam
    veterans came out against the war.

    I’ve heard that was when the tide of
    American public opinion finally
    decided that the war should stop.

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    And they threw their purple hearts
    back against the face of military
    authority, in a blaze of publicity,
    on the crest of a great mass movement
    of protest of global dimensions.

    And Jimmy Hendrix nailed it when
    he played The Star Spangled Banner.

    And a young girl placed a flower
    in the rifle of a soldier guarding
    the Pentagon.

    And a child ran down the road,
    naked, burning from napalm.

  • The attack on what Peter Gotsche has
    described as Deadly Psychiatry and
    Organized Crime is multi-faceted.

    The arguments of activist survivors
    have been greatly assisted by those
    critical psychiatrists and
    psychologists who have publicly
    stated what is wrong with the
    disease model and current practice,
    backed up by rigorous science.
    They are valuable educators.

    The quasi-religious dogmas of
    “mainstream” psychiatry are being
    steadily eroded and cannot stand
    the light of scrutiny. Reform of
    attitudes toward ‘diagnoses’ and
    drug ‘treatment’ can open the door
    to further advances toward
    abolishing the horrors of forced
    incarceration and forced drugging.

    This is a reason why survivors
    should encourage criticism from
    within psychiatry rather than
    advocating withdrawal of these
    honest men and women from their
    sadly-corrupted profession.

  • That seems to be a description of the attitude of the American Psychiatric Association.

    But it bears no resemblance whatsoever to the analysis advanced by Joanna Moncrieff, who has done as much as anybody to show that the drugs are not cures and the side-effects are terrible.

    The problems of experiencing “madness” have been described at great length on this website over several years. Are you denying that these problems exist? And since they do exist, and since it is evident that the disease model of “mental illness” has been broken, and that institutional psychiatry causes massive harm and suffering, wouldn’t you want to support the idea that we, as a society, should look for ways to heal these problems without medicalising them?

    Isn’t that the core of what this website is about?

  • Dear Slaying_the_Dragon_of_Psychiatry ,

    You said in a previous post:

    ” I did not imply that Szasz did not recognize
    that people have “problems in living,” or that
    they do not exhibit behaviors that “bother or
    disturb people.” ”

    Joanna has said:

    ” I want to think about how we, as a society,
    might approach these problems without
    medicalising them.”

    Seems reasonable to me.

  • Combinations of childhood trauma,poverty,discrimination,loss,stress,drugs,
    and shock produce biochemical cascades leading to psychosis.

    The psychiatric myth is that the root cause of psychosis is a life-long
    incurable dopamine dysfunction which requires life-long drug treatment.

    The truth is that people can and do recover from psychosis without drugs.

    The lived experience of psychosis suggests that for a time some brain functions are inhibited while others are activated, leading to delusions,
    hyperactivity and loss of judgement. It seems possible that this is an
    evolutionary adaptive reaction to enable change within destructive
    environments by searching for alternative solutions.

    Our brains are wired to test hypotheses against reality, to try out
    various “delusions” and discard them in favour of reality.
    The psychiatric paradigm is broken. The disease model has crumbled.

  • I wish I could go to your film festival, but its a long way from Melbourne, Australia.

    Perhaps later we could arrange to get a package of films thru some appropriate local organization probably yet to be formed.

    The intelligent debate on this website is truly inspiring and I recommend it to my close friends.

    Congratulations to all of you.


    See ya in heaven

  • I would like to donate but was unable to do so from Australia. The blue button system doesn’t accept my card number, and the orange Paypal page only allows input of American states even when my country is specified. Groan. Anyway, keep up your brilliantly encouraging and motivating compassion.

  • I looked closely at Andreasen’s paper.
    The authors found a “relationship” between
    loss of brain volume and duration of relapses.

    What I found quite startling was the continual
    insistence that this should almost certainly
    be interpreted as meaning that relapses cause
    brain shrinkage.

    Even the most amateur of scientists knows that
    correlation does not imply causation.

    Why didn’t the authors further explore the
    equally valid hypothesis that brain shrinkage
    worsens the severity of symptoms and duration
    of relapses ?