Thursday, October 19, 2017

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  • UM, you wrote about how WIC 5250 needs “all” conditions to be met, but then only list #’s 1), & 3)….
    What’s up with that? And, seeing as how the hosp[ital is now closed, why not *NAME* it, or at least more fully describe it? Was it public, or private, profit, or non-profit, (as if there’s a *real* difference!) Do you see now, that the whole so-called “mental health” field is really only concerned with money, power, and control? For example, how much did YOU pay, out-of-pocket, for what I assume was a 14-day,
    2-hospital stay? Well, ok, *WHO* *DID* pay? How much research have you done into valproic acid?(sic). What is the root cause of your “multiple disabilities”? Now, I don’t expect you to fully answer ALL my questions, Nikki, but yes, I do expect *SOME* answer(s).
    To give you some idea where I’m coming from, here’s my mantra:
    “Psychiatry is a pseudoscience, a drug racket, and a means of social control. It’s 21st Century Phrenology, with potent neuro-toxins. The DSM-5 is nothing more than a catalog of billing codes. ALL of the bogus “diagnoses” in it were INVENTED, not “discovered”, to serve as excuses to $ELL DRUG$. So-called “mental illnesses” are exactly as “real” as presents from Santa Claus, but not more real….”….
    Welcome to the real world of adulthood, in 21st Century America, huh?….
    ~B./

  • Based on my personal experience with Valium, fifty 10-mg. would be about 100 days’ worth….. And I’d be real chill, until and unless the script ran out…. then I *might* become a homicidal maniac…. I’d heard the Vegas shooter was on psych drugs, but it’s been (somewhat) suppressed in the liberal, lame-stream media….
    Given that the guy is dead, I think the Public has a right to, and deserves to KNOW the WHOLE TRUTH here….
    I tend to believe that Dr. Peter Breggin isn’t in the “fake news” business…. Thnx, “oldhead”…. ~B./

  • So-called “mental illnesses” are exactly as “real” as presents from Santa Claus. They have a subjective “reality”, but no OBJECTIVE reality. Psychiatry is a pseudoscience, a drug racket, and a means of social control. It’s 21st Century Phrenology, with potent neuro-toxins. The DSM-5 is a catalog of billing codes, and little more…. All of the bogus “diseases” in it were INVENTED, – not discovered, – to serve as excuses to $ELL DRUG$….
    So-called “mental illnesses” are exactly as “real” as presents from Santa Claus, but not more real….

  • The reality is that serotonin has very little to do with depression. There are people with very low serotonin levels who are not “depressed”, and “depressed” people who have very high serotonin levels. That you think serotonin has anything to do with “depression” says more about the marketing efforts of PhRMA, than it does with reality. Much, perhaps most, of the bodies’ serotonin is produced in the gut, according to recent research.
    And, “depression” almost always arises in persons who have been verbally, emotionally, psychologically, or even physically or sexually abused. Even adults who say they had “loving parents” are often unaware of just how badly they were hurt as children, because it seemed “normal” at the time. People don’t always “choose” to “suffer”, but at some point, they do choose to *continue* to suffer. As was noted briefly in some comments above, I can strongly recommend reading some books by the Dalai Lama. He explains Buddhism in a way that makes a lot of sense. It won’t make you a Buddhist, of course, but Buddhism has a LOT to say about suffering, the causes of suffering, and the alleviation of suffering.
    And, it always helps to have as many good friends as one can get. I have MANY FRIENDS here at MiA, even if I’ve never met any of them in person. It’s a start!…. I hope this helps. ~B./

  • “CAUSTIC”? “Erin” calls the TRUTH “caustic”? Sorry, Erin, I’m simple stating some simple truths that most folks don’t want to accept the reality of, because they deviate from the psych/PhRMA narrative. Yes, of course there are some kind, caring, compassionate, dedicated psychiatrists. I never said there aren’t. But their existence as a minority in a sick and twisted drug racket of a profession doesn’t disprove my claims. Psychiatry is a pseudoscience, a drug racket, and a means of social control. The DSM is a catalog of billing codes. The psych drugs are far less safe and effective than the psychs&PhRMA claim. Note that I fdon’t use the euphemism “meds”, or “medications”. The fact that psychiatry is a giant head-game is evidenced by Stevie’s comment that when somebody is “appearing better”, that it’s a “clue” that someone has decided to commit suicide”! And, as for yourself, Erin, I don’t know you at all, so I really can’t say much about your situation. I’m sorry you’ve had hard times, and I hope things improve for you. If you’ve had good results from psychiatry and psych drugs, I’m glad. It does happen sometimes. But what I’m saying, is that more often than not, especially in the long-term, psychiatry and psych drugs does more harm than good. And yes, the *HONEST* research, – what little there is of it, – supports my claim. I repeat, I think it’s more likely that Matt committed suicide *because*of* psychiatry, rather than *in*spite*of it…. That’s what I’m saying. Psychiatry certainly has done ME far more harm than good, and that’s true for most of us here. I’m glad you’re an exception which proves the rule….
    ~Bradford

  • In the link that you posted, read the story titled “Grynszpan boy weeps….”…. carefully. It states that he was “examined by alienists”….
    They weren’t checking his immigration status. “Alienist” is the older term for “psychiatrist”. There’s an excellent novel titled “The Alienist”, which gives a good feel for the flavor of life in the late 1800’s-early 1900’s. We have NOT made as much “progress”, human rights wise, as we’d like to think….

  • Sarah, That’s one of the bestest written pieces I’ve seen here! Not the usual clinical/official style, but from the gut and from the heart, and all the more truthful because of it…. I’ve lived it myself, and seen it myself….
    But there’s ONE LITTLE thing that I want to add, and I think you’ll agree: Above, you list *3* possible crisis responses: fight/flight/freeze. I think that’s basically correct, but I would add “run and hide”. That makes an even 4, and there’s good reasons for that. The human body has 4 fluid systems: lymph/blood/bile/digestive.
    4 nervous sytems: sympathetic/parasympathetic/voluntary/(I forget the name of the 4th one, -you get what I mean….)
    We often hear about the “fight or flight response”, and that’s valid as far as it goes. But adding “freeze”, and “run and hide”, seems to me to offer the most accurate and complete picture. To many, “freeze” can LOOK LIKE “fight”, and “run and hide” can LOOK LIKE “flee”.
    I hope you think about what I’m trying to show here, and I hope you agree with me. There’s a lot more explanation I can give, but I want to leave it at that for now.
    4 Responses, physical/mental/emotional/spiritual/psychological:
    1.Fight
    2.Flight
    3.Freeze
    4.Run and hide

  • Maybe if pigs could fly, we’d have flying pigs. Psychiatry is a pseudoscience, a drug racket, and a means of social control. It’s 21st century Phrenology, with potent neuro-toxins. Matt didn’t die *in spite of*the LIES of psychiatry, no, if anything, he died BECAUSE OF the LIES of psychiatry. The DSM-5 is a catalog of billing codes. ALL of the bogus “diagnoses” in it were INVENTED, not “discovered”, to serve as excuses to $ELL DRUG$, and to label and stigmatize persons. Psychiatry was a driving force in Hitler’s Germany, and Stalin’s Russia. It’s a walking human rights violation. What you’re asking is for us to be “more optimistic” about a PSEUDOSCIENCE DRUG RACKET and means of SOCIAL CONTROL, Dr. Moffic….
    (c)2017, Tom Clancy, Jr., *NON-fiction

  • How do we get more researchers to consider the TRUTH? That so-called “schizophrenia” is INVENTED, 100% subjective? It’s exactly as “real” as a present from Santa Claus, but NOT more real….????….
    Real people have real problems. So why do the psychs insist on inventing imaginary diseases? So-called “schizophrenia” ONLY exists in the minds of those who believe in it. It’s *subjective* reality, NOT objective reality….

  • Maybe it’s because the lame-stream media either completely ignores “ECT”/Electro-Cution Torture, or else sugar-coats & whitewashes it…..
    It’s just one more *LIE* of the pseudoscience drug racket and means of social control known as psychiatry. Look how “successful” psychiatry is!
    But, as far as I know, the FDA still lists ECT as “unproven” and “experimental” technology. (Please God, don’t tell me the FDA gave ECT full approval in the last year, and we all missed that!?….)
    Sometimes, ECT **SEEMS** to work in the short-term, but only because the victim is unable to respond with normal reactions to being tortured with electricity. The only TRUE “anosognosia” is that induced by ECT.
    ECT = Electrocution Torture…..

  • Joanna: I think language matters, and words matter. 2 words I think are very relevant here are “subjective”, and “objective”. I’d say that so-called “mental illnesses” may have a *subjective* reality, but they have NO OBJECTIVE reality. It’s true that some people do believe in the “reality” of so-called “mental illnesses”, and that belief gives them subjective reality only. (It’s an objective reality that they hold that belief, but that’s a higher order of example.) Some people do believe in Santa Claus. So I say that so-called “mental illnesses” are exactly as *REAL* as presents from Santa Claus, but not more real. They may have subjective reality, but not objective reality. That’s what makes psychiatry a pseudoscience, and not a true medical science. EVERYTHING psychiatry does is subjective, including assessing the effects of drugs. (Yes, blood levels of a given drug can be measured objectively, but that’s all…. whatever “effect(s)”/”side effects” they have are all subjective.) Comments? RSVP? Thanks, excellent article, BTW….
    (c)2017, Tom Clancy, Jr., *NON-fiction

  • Julie, – THANKS for the link!….just listened to your blog. I mostly knew Matt S. as “BPDTransformation”, and I enjoyed reading his comments, and some very limited exchange between he & I. What I DO remember, is that he seemed stuck, or “hung up”, of “not getting over/past/beyond” whatever his personal trauma/abuse/issue was. It kinda raised red flags for me, so I’m disappointed, but not too surprised to hear he suicided out. And it’s very sad. I have my own share of “abusive therapist” stories, but nothing really horrific. For me, it was the system as a whole which was abusive. And, MOST of my “therapy” and recovery occurred OUTSIDE “the system”. I worked with some VERY excellent licensed clinical psychologists who were NOT part of the local “community mental health center” system….. And, A.A. meetings, and especially WORKING the 12 Steps were lifesavers for me. And getting away from the pseudoscience drug racket of psychiatry, of course!
    But I’ve got a Q?, Julie? I’m not clear in something you wrote above. Are you saying that it was Adam Lanza’s therapist who fled overseas, then committed suicide? I’m kinda’ “agnostic” on the subject, but there are MANY unanswered questions about that incident…. Yes, the *possibility* that it was staged, or a “false flag” remains, as far as I’m concerned…. WOOF!, Puzzle!….

  • ….”….only a damaged, empty shell of a human being”…. “thoroughly destroyed” and “vaporized” your reputation!? WTF? Stop feeling so sorry for yourself! Just stop the PITY PARTY! 44 is NOT OLD! Why should you let a painful past deprive you of a happy future? You know, it’s never too late to have a happy childhood. I’m hearing some serious issues around toxic guilt, and toxic shame. Maybe your new boyfriend KNOWS what he’s getting into with you. He’s probably got his share of scars, too. New sweeties CAN bring up old hurts, traumas, pains, wounds, etc., Just be honest with yourself, honest with him, and try to have HOPEFUL, REALISTIC expectations. Expecting only bad results or pain/failure is just as unrealistic as expecting Prince Charming on a dashing Arabian steed. What’s wrong with a manly valet on a burro? Just don’t try too hard to go too far too fast. Sorry, I just felt like I needed to jump in with some words of encouragement! “He” sounds like he’s got a fair idea what he’s getting into with you, from experience with his other family members….. (BTW, I am NOT old enough to be your Father, but I’m plenty old enough to be your BIG BROTHER!…. If “he” dumps you, send me an email. I’m tired of being a singleton! LOL Something can be taken seriously, yet still have a large dose of humor, too! I hope you at least got a smile out of this comment….

  • Oh, come ON, Richard! Your “commie-socialist” skew is getting old! *GRIN*/LOL…. Yeah, psychiatry is used to sanction *some* folks, but to suggest that it’s a large-scale effort to *target* “those most likely to rise up against it”, strikes me as over-blown hype, and paranoid hyperbole. America is NOT Stalin’s Russia, or even England w/it’s grossly over-abused “sectioning” laws. I can’t agree with your “tto big to fail” assessment, either. I’d say, instead, that it’s “so big, it hasn’t finished failing YET”…. Stop raining on my hope parade, ok, will ya?….
    That sux about Matt Stevenson, huh?….
    ~B./

  • “mood swings”….Hmmmm. “Mood swings”?…. Is there a “mood slide”? Or a “mood teeter-totter”? A “mood merry-go-round”. If the psychs wanna play word games, and head games, you’d think they’d make ’em more **FUN**….

  • Today, tomorrow, and Weds., at the local airport, are several WW2 vintage airplanes. One of them is a P-51 Mustang fighter plane, specially converted to a 2-seat version. For a (hefty!) fee, anybody can get a ride in this fighter plane. Even if they’re NOT having a “grandiose delusion”!…. Rides in the B-17, and B-24, both 4-engine, propeller-driven bombers, are a little more $$$$….
    “Medicinehorse” is a Colorado-based group that both rescues horses, and provides horse-riding experiences for various types of disabled and non-disabled persons. We have a similar group, “Miracles In Motion”, locally….

  • NO!, say it ain’t so! I clearly remember “BPD Transformation! He and I swapped a few comments, and I always valued what he had to say. Somehow, it seems appropriate that today, Mon. Sept. 25, is being recognized as “National Suicide Awareness Day”. And, I’m not asking for all the details, but I DO want to know *how* he killed himself. Personally, I believe in facing the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. We’re only as sick as the secrets we keep, but when we know the truth, the truth can set us free….
    I’m gonna miss you Matt Stevenson. And I’ll always remember my comment pal “BPD Transformation”…..
    (c)2017, Tom Clancy, Jr., *NON-fiction

  • Thank-you, Dr. Cornwall. This should be required reading for anybody in the whole, sordid, “mental health field”. Psychiatry is a pseudoscience, a drug racket, and a means of social control. It’s 21st Century Phrenology with potent neuro-toxins. The DSM is a catalog of billing codes. ALL of the bogus “diagnoses” in it were INVENTED to serve as excuses to $ELL DRUG$. There are currently 100’s of such CURSES in the DSM-5. So-called “mental illnesses” are exactly as “real” as presents from Santa Claus, but not more real. There is nothing objective, scientific, or medical about psychiatry. It is purely subjective. I really like your characterization of bogus psych “diagnoses” as curses. I’m not sure that “madness” is much of an improvement over “mental illness”, but you’re on the right track, so KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!….
    (….”personal losses, unmet needs, isolation, traumas, and social toxicities” just doesn’t roll off the tongue as quickly and smoothly as “mental illness”, and besides, “m.i.” has such stigma and social blame. We humans seem to be *SUCH* a blaming and stigmatizing species!….

  • Thanks, Dr. K. Like I always say, “Psychiatry is a pseudoscience, a drug racket, and a means of social control. It’s 21st Century Phrenology, with potent neuro-toxins. The DSM is in fact a catalog of billing codes, nothing more. All of the bogus “diseases” in it were INVENTED, – not “discovered”, as excuses to sell dangerous drugs. While I do agree with your assessment of the pernicious and pervasive nature of psychiatry, let’s not forget the many ways it’s also LOSING ground & credibility. A wild animal is most dangerous as it’s dying, and I think that describes psychiatry well. A dangerous wild animal *DYING*….. I still enjoy hearing Dr. Peter Breggin on the local radio station, when he’s a guest on the “Coast-to-Coast AM” show….. Also, 1980….????….wtf? I think it started way before then! Remember “alienists”….????….

  • Not to argue against you, Richard, *BUT*…. In one sense psychiatry is still “growing”, but in another sense it’s days are numbered. I *MUST* believe that to be true, to keep hope alive. Psychiatry is trying to get all “genetic”, as in “genetic psychiatry”, etc., because that’s where the money is going, and to (try to) continue the charade and façade of “scientific”. For years, there’s been a push to allow General Practitioner Docs, Physician Ass’ts, and even psychologists prescribe drugs. This is both an expansion of psychiatry, and at the same time a watering down, or dilution of it. Psychs are losing their exclusivity. And, as increasing numbers of folks bail out on psychiatry, and come to places like MiA, psychiatry gets an increasingly bad rap. So, it isn’t that psychiatry *isn’t* growing, but that it is *ALSO* losing ground & credibility. It’s *BOTH*, really. When a worker from the local (20 miles away, in the next State!) psych hospital has to plead in public for more psychs, you have to ask *WHY* there is any shortage at all! We here at MiA would like to see the *event* of psychiatry’s demise, but it will continue to be an on-going PROCESS. I’d like to think that we ALL here at MiA are helping move that process in the right direction. Also, I think psychiatry needs “the system”, far more than vice versa…. Would the pharmaceutical industry go *poof*, just because psychiatry did? Hah!…. See what I mean?….
    (The ONLY quote in the Time magazine obituary for Dr. Thomnas Szasz was E. Fuller Torrey, so your point is well taken. *BUT*!…. re-read my comment here…..

  • Richard, – I hope you’ve seen enough of my comments here to know that I generally agree with you. So I’m not arguing against you here. But I think you’re (at least partially) wrong when you say “Psychiatry is stronger than ever….”….
    Here in SW New Hampshire, the local hospital, – Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock-Keene, closed their 16-bed “Mental Health Unit” in early 2016, because they couldn’t find ANY psychiatrists to staff it. They FIRED one of their psychs right before, – for cause. The local residential drug treatment facility relies on a psych in their 80’s, to sign off on their admissions for insurance billing. At a recent local “community forum”. supposedly dealing with inappropriate public drug and alcohol use, an employee with the nearby Brattleboro Retreat spoke up and claimed we “need more psychiatrists”. (He wouldn’t speak to me after the meeting.) Here in N.H. Statewide, the parent company of the local hospital got the contract to supply psych services to the “State Mental Hospital”, then promptly saw “job actions”/strikes/dissent, and the loss of several psychs & psych nurses, and a struggle to fully staff their contractual obligations.
    Given all this, I’d say psychiatry is reeling, and on the ropes here in SW N.H……
    How do we KILL this DYING MONSTER….????….

  • The LAST thing psychiatry needs is bogus “salvation”…. The FIRST thing it needs is ERADICATION.
    You, Dr. B., and Dr. K., who commented above, and Dr. Peter Breggin, plus a FEW others, are the exceptions which prove the rule. Psychiatry is a pseudoscience, a drug racket, and a means of social control. It’s 21st Century Phrenology, with potent neuro-toxins. The DSM-5 is a catalog of billing codes, and nothing more. ALL of the bogus, so-called “diagnoses” in it were INVENTED, not “discovered”, as excuses to $ELL DRUG$, and perpetuate mechanisms of social control. So-called “mental illnesses” are exactly as “real” as presents from Santa Claus, but not more real…. It’s NOT “salvation”, but rather *ERADICATION* which psychiatry needs….
    Let it soon molder on the scrap-heap of history, alongside phrenology….
    (c)2017, Tom Clancy, Jr., *NON-fiction

  • The PROBLEM with the very TITLE of this blog, is that psychiatry really isn’t worth a FIRST thought, much less a 2nd one!….
    “We’re psychiatry, we $ell drug$ for money, to help maintain the power & control of the Global Ruling Elites and Global Banksters over the peoples of the Planet. What the hell is there to **think** *about*….????”….
    (c)2017, Tom Clancy, Jr., *NON-fiction
    (The DSM is nothing more than a catalog of billing codes. ALL of the bogus, so-called “mental illnesses” in it were INVENTED, to serve as excuses to sell drugs. That’s why there’s so MANY of them, – more “diseases”, more drug$ $old….. Dr. Van Os is one of the few, the exceptions which prove the rule….

  • DR. BREGGIN!….i read your “Toxic Psychiatry” well over 25 years ago, now, and just heard you this week on Coast-to-Coast AM with George Noori! God bless you, sir!
    Anyway, I have not been following this story in any detail. It’s obviously so ridiculously over-hyped, and constitutes prosecutorial over-reach and misconduct. I’m writing from New Hampshire, and we call Mass. the “People’s Republic”, or “Taxachusetts”, and people from there are of course “Massholes”, but seriously….
    I’m so glad to see your blog about this case. I had already deduced that Michelle Carter was being persecuted, screwed, and “judicially raped”. It’s worse than I knew. Thank-you for all your work. You sure helped save me and my life from the pseudoscience drug racket and means of social control known as psychiatry. You’re one of the few exceptions which proves the rule. It’s *CONSCIENCE* is the ONLY healthy, functioning part of the diseased carcass known as psychiatry. (21st century Phrenology, w/potent neuro-toxins!)
    I do hereby swear and affirm, under pains and penalties of perjury, that Dr. Breggin TELLS the TRUTH!….

  • ….according to Elizabeth Stuyt, she should have become a violent, psychotic cannabis addict!….. (Honestly and realistically, he was risking arrest, yes, and maybe criminal prosecution, but his risk of actual incarceration was VERY low, except in a few backwards areas…. I’ve had several local cops tell me that they are NOT looking for weed users, only the “hard stuff”….) Yeah, I know, but still….

  • Bless your heart, “madmom”! Yes, the human body does have an endocannabinoid system. CBD oil does not contain THC, the main “psychoactive” ingredient in cannabis. CBD itself also have many complicated chemicals wrapped up in their. Different strains of cannabis have different profiles of CBD, and different effects. The “cutting edge” of cannabis science is advancing so quickly, that it’s hard even for experts to keep up. A good dispensary, and good people who you can talk with, ask questions, and get good information from, is crucial. They ARE out there! Please keep us posted, and we will pray for you and your family and loved ones.
    ~B./

  • I really like those Icelandic names that end with “…dottir”. Like from “Smila’s Sense of Snow”…. Yes, Svava, there are many here whose story is like yours, and I’m one more, too! We need to remember that psychiatry is a pseudoscience, a drug racket, and a means of social control. It’s 21st Century Phrenology, with potent neuro-toxins. It’s about money, yes, but also about power and (social) control. Psychs are “ADDICTED” to prescribing drugs, and in their dishonesty, they call them “meds”, or “medications”. This use of euphemisms is a sure sign of psychiatry’s inherent dishonesty. So-called “mental illnesses” are exactly as real as presents from Santa Claus, – but not more real. The DSM is nothing more than a catal;og of billing codes. It was invented, just as “mental illnesses” were invented, to sell drugs, and to maintain the power and prestige of both psychs themselves, and the (mostly white, male)power structure…. I’m so glad you found MiA! WELCOME!
    (c)2017, Tom Clancy, Jr., *NON-fiction

  • Psychiatry is a pseudo-science, a drug racket, and a means of social control. It’s 21st Century Phrenology with potent neuro-toxins. Psychiatry has done, and continues to do, far more harm than good. Psychiatrists can NOT “stabilize psychosis”, as you suggest. So-called “psychosis” is an almost always transitory, transient state of mind. Psychiatry continues to be part of the PROBLEM, not the solution….

  • How do you explain psychosis in people who never used cannabis? Considering the MANY factors that can cause this so-called “psychosis”, HOW do you even know you’re talking about the same thing, in different people. There is NO blood, lab, chemical, or objective physical test for this illusory “psychosis”. “Psychosis” is just you calling some people crazy sometimes. If cannabis caused “psychosis” to the extent that you claim it does, then we should in fact have a lot more crazy people than we do…. And, Olympia Hospital discharges “most patients in a couple of hours”….That sounds like a pretty low-level “crisis” to me…. And 1-2 per day is not much, given the population size, and rise in numbers of new users, and lack of organized cannabis use education….

  • Dr. Berezin, you’d do better to agree much less with this propaganda article….. “Big Marijauna”, “Big PhRMA”, (please get the acronym correct!), and “Big Media” are ALL in the SAME tool set used by TPTB….. And please, it’s racist to perpetuate the fake term “marijuana”. Call it cannabis. Or hemp. And please read Johan Hari’s “Chasing the Scream”. We are really talking about RE-legalizing cannabis, which was a valued treatment in the U.S. Pharmacopea until the early 1900’s…..

  • Chuck, I tghink you can’t see the whole big, beautiful forest for looking too long and hard at a few diseased trees. (Pun intended.) To whatever miniscule extent cannabis may be a so-called “gateway drug”, it is FAR MORE a GATE-KEEPER “drug”. Most cannabis users do NOT go on to use other, stronger/harder drugs. So, *IF* cannabis is a “gateway drug”, then what’s the “gateway drug” to cannabis? Alcohol? Tobacco? OTC’s? PhRMA? Kool-Aid? Pop-Tarts? Doritos?….
    I find your entire argument pedantic, outdated, and intellectually deficient. As Goebbels showed us, you can’t make the untrue true simply by repeating it often enough, but you CAN get the gullible to believe and repeat it….. Happy, well-adjusted people don’t EVER become addicts or abusers of ANY drug or substance….
    We will make little, if any progress by continuing to play the Blame Game against inanimate substances….
    (c)2017, Tom Clancy, Jr., *NON-fiction

  • You’re correct, Cognomen….Politicians use certain groups, – such as so-called “mental patients”, – as scapegoats to distract us from the real issues. Why? Money and power. That’s all it is. Money and power as means of social control, and continued domination by the so-called “elites”. Welcome to reality….

  • ….yada, yada, yada, blah, blah, blah, gobbledyggok-gobbledygook…. profoundly meaningless verbosity….
    First I read the comments to this article review, then I read the review itself. Hey, no offense intended to erstwhile medical reporter Shannon Peters, but the original “Royal Society” article is still part of the PROBLEM, not the solution. Condescending arrogance is never empathetic.
    I suggest the REAL, TRUE problem, – and SOLUTION, – is much, much simpler.
    Currently, we have a process-centered process, and a system-centered system. All profit-driven, of course.
    (Calling *ANY* hospital “non-profit” is a cruel joke….)….
    What we *NEED*, is a person-centered process, and a services-centered system….
    Well….????….

  • I saw this comment back in January, and thought about responding then, but I didn’t. So I’ll do it now. “Chakras” comes from an old Sanskrit word, and it basically means “energy center”. Something like that. Chakras are an early, scientific-for-the-time-and-culture way of both describing and understanding human anatomy. In short, Chakras are real. For example, the heart Chakra corresponds to the vagus nerve. The “3rd eye” Chakra denotes the pineal gland. Sure, there’s some nonsense and pseudoscience in Ayurvedic medicine, but hey, look at *psychiatry*! And if you don’t think Prana is real, how long can you hold your breath, before you either breathe, or die? You don’t have to “believe” in Chakras, but that doesn’t make them not real. And c’mon, you KNOW I was being facetious in my comment above, don’t you? The pseudoscience of psychiatry infected India long ago….

  • ….”Psychiatry that is based on lifestyle changes”, as you put it, >wallenfan”, is a non-existent delusional fantasy….
    Psychiatry is a pseudoscience, a drug racket, and a means of social control.
    It’s 21st Century Phrenology with potent neuro-toxins. Even the State of Michigan still lists “Phrenology” as a taxable occupation, so, ok, yeah, I concede your point that psychiatry will not just disappear. Hell, we still have neo-Nazis and Satan worshippers, too!

  • Peer review does not filter out flawed studies effectively. If you apply enough funding to biased research, then you can impose widely accepted but false theories on science because you can get hundreds of bad studies published with enough money. “Bad studies” of which you’ve given us 8 examples. Even pubmed prints PhRMA PROPAGANDA.
    Psychiatry is a pseudoscience, a drug racket, and a means of social control. It’s 21st Century Phrenology with potent neuro-toxins. The DSM is a catalog of billing codes. All of the bogus “mental illnesses” in it were invented, not discovered. So-called “ADHD” is exactly as real as a present from Santa Claus. It’s primary cause is unrealistic expectations for school children, and America’s drug culture.
    (BTW, I hope you recognize the original source author of the first 2 sentences in this comment….)….~B./

  • Seth: The medical community continues to push “medication assisted treatment” as goal #1 for the medical industry to “treat” heroin/opiate “addiction”. What’s that “medication”, exactly? Methadone. (Or some almost exact equivalent….) Methadone, an OPIATE. They’re even running ads on TV for a new DRUG to treat so-called “OIC”, – “opioid induced constipation”. (Why name the DRUG, and give it more free publicity than it deserves?)

  • The best way to get to the Fountain of Youth is to ride your new bicycle.
    I’m serious, Philip. Go to a good bicycle shop, and buy a new bicycle. You know you can afford it. Then ride it every day. (Weather permitting, – no need to go hardcore too quickly….)…. Bicycling is the closest thing to a mechanical Fountain of Youth humans have yet invented. Don’t waste your time and money at Wal-Mart, or a “sporting goods store”. There’s gotta be a good bicycle shop near where you live. They would LOVE to get you started, and I’d love to see you get started. You can always get off and walk it, if traffic or steep hills are too much, but there’s nothing like coasting down a hill on a bicycle, to feel like a kid again! Good excuse to get out in Nature/the Country/Trails, also….

  • Thank-you, Philip. I’ve seen “develop (biomarkers)” used in many other pro-psychiatry contexts. I think the use of “develop” here WAS intentional. $$ Think about it, to “develop” biomarkers requires genetics labs, and medical labs, and LOTS OF $$$$$…. I don’t think they care, as long as they push the narrative, and keep the $$$$ money flowing in. BTW, it occurred to me to ask, regarding DSM “diagnoses”, if they were “DISCOVERED”, or *INVENTED*? If you think about it, how could they have been “discovered”? So-called “mental illnesses” could ONLY have been INVENTED. Same with the elusive “biomarkers”. The very word was INVENTED, not “discovered”…. So-called “biomarkers” either exist, or else they don’t. *IF* they exist, then they were either discovered, or invented. (Now, I’m not denying that there are many people in distress, of either emotional, psychological, “mental”, etc., but that does NOT mean that so-called “mental illnesses”, as in the DSM, were NOT INVENTED.)
    I don’t like FRAUD, um, I mean “Freud”, either, so I don’t like “Freudian slip”. **THINK** about what you’re saying when you use the term “Freudian slip”. What’s a “non-Freudian slip”? I hope you take my critique here to heart, Dr. Hickey. You continue to inspire and teach me, so let me return the favor! Let me here and now invoke the divine inspiration of the MOST pre-eminent Critical Psychiatrist, Mr. Robert Whitaker! *grin*….

  • As a surviving former victim of the lies of the pseudoscience drug racket and means of social control known as “psychiatry”, I have to back Mr. Robert Whitaker’s “critical psychiatry” stance 100%. Bob, didn’t you start out as a journalist? So, being “CP”-“critical Psychiatry”, seems to me a much better position, for all the reasons you’ve outlined so clearly above. Plus, it avoids the “scientology”/CCHR slur that the apologists of psychiatry love so much to use against any critics. Besides, for years now, the psychs themselves have been re-positioning themselves as “genetic neuropsychiatrists”, &etc.,… This style of neologistic “label creep” is what they do with their bogus DSM labels. (The DSM is a catalog of billing codes). Soon, the psychs will have us flying cars, driving airplanes, sailing submarines, and diving down to the sea in ships. Linguistically, we live in a world where skating on thin ice can land you in hot water. *THINK* about what I’ve said here VERY carefully…. Psychiatry is nothing more than 21st Century Phrenology with potent neurotoxins. I’d much rather see Mr. Whitaker STAY as CRITICAL of psychiatry as possible. Besides, I think the label “antipsychiatry” gives psychiatry far more legitimacy than it deserves. You wouldn’t be “anti-Santa Claus”, would you? (So-called “mental illnesses” are exactly as “real” as presents from Santa Claus, but that’s another comment.) KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK, Mr. Robert
    “Critical Psychiatry” Whitaker! ~B./

  • This Q? jumped out at me from the abstract, and I hope either Dr. Hickey, or Robert W., or *somebody*, will have a good response…. The abstract talks about, in the last 3 lines, “require….the development of biomarkers that will enable a precision medicine approach to individualized treatment”….
    Similar language also appears in the “Conclusion”…. First, exactly *WHAT*, – in strict medical terms, *ARE* these elusive “biomarkers”? If “biomarkers” need to be “developed”, does that mean “invented”?….
    Seems to me, either “biomarkers” DO exist, or else they DO NOT….Which is it? Can’t be both! And, given that they do or do not exist, how can they be “developed”? Will we see something like this, in future: “Current biomarker development lacks the precision to make a more definitive diagnosis”, or some such nonsense? Has anybody ever explained exactly how these alleged “biomarkers” are “developed”?….
    Can they be grown in a test tube or petri dish? Can “biomarkers” be genetically engineered”? Are “biomarkers” GMO’s? I sure hope somebody can help me with these questions!….

  • Steve: I just finished a book about the history of Scientology, the first one I’ve actually read! I read NOTHING about HW Bush calling off the IRS. The IRS finally settled the “non-profit/501(c)3” status of Church of Scientology after a NASTY campaign against the IRS, by Scientology’s well-paid lawyers, and plenty of Church-sponsored “dirty tricks.” And, while Hubbard DID “attack back”, he also attacked first. The whole story is so convoluted. And there is MUCH misinformation, disinformation, lies, rumors, etc., from ALL sides of the story. Apparently, much of L.Rons’ “official” biography was invented by himself. For example, the Scientology Church claims the Navy covered up Hubbard’s “secret” WW2 actions by a more prosaic record. Highly doubtful, to say the least. But now, as well-written as the book was, I need to read at least 2 or 3 more, just to get the WHOLE story, from ALL sides! At least the CCHR is reliably anti-psychiatry!….

  • ….”the origin”???? As if so-called “mental disorders” have *no*other* origin? As if so-called “mental disorders” are in fact valid diagnostic categories? As is if “sexual abuse (trauma)” *always*, and necessarily creates so-called “mental disorders”?
    Isn’t it also true that among the first groups of women Freud worked with, one group ALL reported childhood sexual abuse / molestation / rape, and Freud DIS-believed them, and used them to form his bogus “”oedipal” & “electra” “complex”” nonsense? To the extent that “Freud spoke to the medical community”, may we also blame him for the gross over-medicalizing and over-drugging of human problems of living? That Freud was “correct” on one, or even two minor points, does not change my disgust with him. Why do *YOU* rise to defend him? I still maintain, that except as a historical footnote, we’d all be better off leaving Freud on the scrap heap of history….. And, in conclusion, *IF* “trauma is the origin of mental disorders”, then *WHAT* is the origin of trauma?…. We have so much trauma, largely because we refuse to acknowledge it, and prevent it before it happens…. So tell us about Freud’s “primal horde” theory….????….etc.,….-
    *rotflmfao*
    (c)2017, Tom Clancy, Jr., *NON-fiction

  • Freud = FRAUD. I’m surprised and disappointed that he was given even the few lines in the article, above.
    Freud has been 100% deconstructed by numerous writers, and PhD theses.
    If you think about it, you’ll realize that there are NO such things as “id”, “ego”, and “super-ego”. These are all imaginary CONCEPTS. They have no objective reality. They (MIGHT!) have **SOME** utility as ideas in a “History of Psychology” course, but that’s about all the value they have. Can we **PLEASE** leave Freud and the other **TRASH** on the scrap heap of history….????….
    Freud was a misogynistic, hashish smoking, cocaine-snorting FREAK. Have you read his book about cocaine?
    Can we **PLEASE** leave Freud on the scrap heap of history, where he belongs….????….

  • “oldhead”, on June 03, 7:33pm, wrote:….
    “So Bradford, you allow your opposition to define you rather than just asking why they are changing the subject to Scientology?”….
    (There’s no “Reply” box left to click, but I want to respond to “oldhead”, anyway….”….
    Reply:
    No, “oldhead”, I do NOT “allow my opposition”, simply because I have no “opposition”. I neither endorse nor oppose any persons or causes. If somebody chooses to see ME as their “opposition”, then that is on THEM – that’s THEIR responsibility, not mine. Even if I did say I was “anti-psychiatry”, (which I don’t….), does that mean that psychiatry is “anti-Bradford”? True, psychiatry did me far more harm than good, but it’s absurd to call it “anti-Bradford”. And, really, “oldhead”, let’s not be pedantic, OK? We BOTH KNOW exactly *why* Scientology has been set up as the largest single, organized “anti-psychiatry” force in modern America. Critics of the pseudoscience of psychiatry are labeled “Scientologists”, to discredit them. Scientology is portrayed in the media, and seen as, a fringe cult. CCHR does do some good work, but it’s also superficial, glossy, hyped, and over-dramatized. It’s TOO emotional. If you wanna see some sort of bogus “spectrum”, with Scientology on one end, and psychiatry on the other, then go ahead. Personally, I think that’s stupid, wrong, and shows a very limited worldview. The whole idea of “spectrums”, whether political, clinical, as in autism, etc., is just another means of oppression by the oppressors. Another way to keep the masses controlled and confused. So no, “oldhead”, I really don’t “allow your(my) opposition to define you(me)”, nor do I “ask why they are changing the subject to Scientology”. You got any more inane prattlings you want me to unpack, deconstruct, and demolish?…. I enjoy the intellectual exercise. The revolution will not be televised, but we ARE live-streaming it on the interwebs…. *grin*
    **ROTFLMFAO**, just LOL…. ~B./

  • I’m glad you pointed that out, Steve! Sometimes families can be very toxic, and very supportive, – BOTH at the same time. Usually, the so-called “mental patient” is also the family scapegoat, or “black sheep”. That’s what happened to me. By labelling me, the rest of my family only had to point the finger at me, and blame me for everything wrong in the family, rather than look at themselves. This kind of behavior is what we see in NAMI everyday. And, the whole mental-illness system itself is a sort of meta- family, and just as dysfunctional. And as much as behaviors need to change, as you say, isn’t it moreso ideas and attitudes that need to change? I think you’re saying we all need more acceptance! And acceptance doesn’t require bogus disease labels, and potent neuro-toxins!

  • Am I correct in guessing you mean Dr. Thomas Szasz?….
    In Szasz’s Time Magazine obituary, E. Fuller Torrey was quoted. That’s like a neo-nazi being quoted in a Jewish person’s obituary….

  • OK, I’ll bite. I’m “no one”, I’m interested…. Tell us more. The *TRUTH* that *I* *KNOW*, is that psychiatry is a pseudoscience, a drug racket, and a means of social control. It’s 21st Century Phrenology, with potent neuro-toxins. All of the bogus, so-called “diagnoses” in the DSM were INVENTED, not discovered. They are exactly as real as presents from Santa Claus, but not more real. So, please, “TheInformer”, mention the rest….

  • Yes, in the same way that I’m “against” pedophilia, murder, lying, cheating, stealing, rape, etc. But I don’t identify as “anti-murder”.
    I truly believe that Roman Catholicism is satanic. (Small “s” satanic….) But I’m not “anti-catholic”. Or “anti-Catholic”. I’m not “anti-Phrenology”, or even “anti-phrenology”, either. Psychiatry is a pseudoscience, a drug racket, and a means of social control. It’s 21st Century Phrenology, (or phrenology, if you prefer), with potent neuro-toxins. I’m also a surviving victim of psychiatry, learning to live with terminal iatrogenic neurolepsis. Sure beats the alternative! Thanks, Bonnie! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! ~B./ (Psychiatry and it’s apologists usually try to label “anti-psychiatrists” as being Scientologists. That’s by design…. So while I support your efforts to endow a Chair of Anti-Psychiatry, I myself choose to NOT self-identify as “anti-psychiatry”. I DO find this conversation valuable, tho! ~B./

  • Not sure why you posted that link, “markps2”? OK, it’s from the Amer. PSYCHOLOGICAL ass’n, and not the quack psychiatrists. And you have to really pay attention to find out that almost all of those who RECOVERED from the imaginary, invented, so-called “mental illness” of ‘schizophrenia” were OFF THEIR so-called “meds”. The DRUGS. the article serves to promote the guild interests of psychiatry and the PROFIT$ of the drug companies. The pseudoscience drug racket and means of social control known as “psychiatry” has been WRONG from Day 1.
    So-called “schizophrenia” is a catch-all and bogus “diagnosis”. Most folks diagnosed with so-called “schizophrenia” don’t have it, because there IS NO “IT” to have! Dr. Jim Van Os is correct. He’s leading an effort in Europe to do away with the bogus label of “schizophrenia” altogether. He wrote here at MiA a while back. Psychiatry exists as we know it today, for 2 main reasons: To $ELL DRUG$ for PhRMA, and to act as a means of social control. Abused and marginalized persons, persons whose family finds them inconvenient, or who scapegoats or black-sheeps them, are who get labelled “schizophrenic”. They get put on powerful neuro-toxins, which debilitates their brain, making them more dependent, and less likely to return to full and normal function. Psychiatry’s “diagnoses” indeed ARE self-fullfilling prophecies. And, in the article you’ve linked, psychology is trying to ride the coat-tails of psychiatry. Psychology is *ALMOST* as bad as psychiatry. Psychiatry has done, and continues to do, FAR MORE HARM than good. Psychology usually helps more than it hurts. The so-called “medical model” is all psychiatry’s evil spawn baby….

  • If I say that I’m “anti-psychiatry”, then I’m granting psychiatry the legitimacy of being the thing that I’m against. It’s a semantic nit-pick, really. My thoughts and words have evolved in the 20+ years since I’ve seen a psychiatrist. For better or worse, I remember. the WORST of my so-called “symptoms” didn’t appear until AFTER being on neuroleptics. And, since I’ve been off the drugs, the “symptoms” have (mostly) disappeared. Psychiatry did me FAR MORE HARM than good…. So to my ear, saying that I’m “anti-psychiatry” sounds like I’m legitimizing psychiatry as something to be “anti”. That’s the best I can explain it. Thanks for asking. ~B./

  • It’s kinda “funny”, but I’m here in NEW England, – New Hampshire, U.S.A., to be precise. I’ve been trying to follow the whole “Brexit” mess in the American press, and I don’t begin to have a serious opinion one way or the other. I just can’t find enough solid FACTS to decide whether I think Brexit is good or bad. But, I DO KNOW that Brexit was engineered by the “GREG B.’s”, as I call them. That’s “Global Ruling Elites and Global Banksters”. The Greg B.’s are NOT the friends of you and I. They ONLY CARE about money, power, and control. They want to make OUR money THEIR money, and OUR power THEIR power. They want MORE control over us. One of THEIR tools for extracting OUR money, and dis-empowering us, is the lies of the pseudoscience drug racket and means of social control known as psychiatry. They sell us dangerous, over-priced drugs, and that makes us easier to control, because the drugs debilitate us. So I think Brexit will be “6 of one, and 1/2 a dozen of the other.” In other words, a lot of little things will change, and that will create the *appearance* of great change, but in the bigger picture, nothing of substance will change. Also, the whole Brexit “controversy” serves to get us upset, and helps distract us from what’s really important. After Brexit, the same RICH and POWERFUL folks will still be in charge. Nothing of substance will change. That’s what I think, anyway. But what do I know? I’m just an escaped mental patient….

  • Please endorse my neologic construction, “iatrogenic neurolepsis”. I actually got a nurse to put that in my medical record. I think IATROGENIC NEUROLEPSIS works better than “Iatrogenic Neuroleptic Pharmaceutical Cerebral Cognitive Impairment Malfunction”. Regardless whather we use IN, or INPCCIM, we need to hold the prescribers accountable…. Psychiatry is a pseudoscience, a drug racket, and a means of social control.

  • There’s one sticking point that I don’t see mentioned here. There ARE persons whose disabilities are so severe, that they truly ARE unable to think, act, care, or decide for themselves. Often, they are also victims of poly-pharmacy, usually benzos for “behavior control”, and neuroleptics, or “major tranquilizers” for God-knows-what. Depakote is a common drug used, also. So these persons, who often require 24-hour care, and a payee, and “supported living”, are also subject to the same human rights abuses as we so-called “mental patients”. Subject to the same horrific “medication” abuses and so-called “side-effects”. Just as with us, too often serious and potentially life-threatening “side effects” are summarily dismissed as the “disease”/”mental illness”/etc….
    I have friends who work as DSP’s,- Direct Support Professionals, and I even know some of the “clients”. One guy suffered severe brain injury/trauma in a car crash. After the initial recovery, he has only limited use of his right hand, is virtually unable to speak, and requires a wheelchair and 24-hour care. We’re talking a MINIMUM of $100,000. – $1Million/year for the CARE of these folks. Another guy I know was debilitated by meningitis as a young boy. He can “feed” himself, if the food is placed in front of him. There’s very little he can do independently, and again, requires 24-hour care and monitoring. Neither the local City, County, or State Gov’ts are really doing the BEST for these unfortunate folks. Public “agencies”, and private, for-profit “agencies” also only do the bare minimum.
    I think we ALL need to remember that it’s not just we VICTIMS of the pseudoscience LIES of the drug racket and means of social control known as “psychiatry”. Oddly, society expects psychiatry to ALSO “treat” these severely physically disabled folks…. So psychiatry OVER-DRUGS them, and when they act out due to akathisia, or drug toxicity, etc., well,…. Sometimes, it’s no comfort to know that we are not alone in our suffering….
    ~B./

  • My problem with “antipsychiatry” is that it grants more legitimacy to psychiatry than it deserves. Psychiatry is a pseudoscience, a drug racket, and a means of social control. It’s nothing more than 21st Century Phrenology with neuro-toxins. The DSM is a catalog of billing codes, nothing more. All of the bogus, so-called “diagnoses” in it were INVENTED. So what do we “replace” psychiatry with? Easy. Psychology and psychopharmacology. Yes, sometimes, some people do seem to do better, for some short length of time, on some small dose/s of some drug/s. But long-term polypharmacy, the so-called “standard of treatment” of psychiatry, ALWAYS results in worse outcomes. Psychiatry is a pseudoscience, a drug racket, and a means of social control. The so-called “mental illnesses” in the DSM were ALL INVENTED. rsvp, Bonnie?

  • It was a few years ago now, 3 – 5 maybe. There were 2 articles in the same edition of the local newspaper about the so-called Mentally ill”, and the local CMHC/Community Mental Health Center. A reader would have to read BOTH articles, and do some math, to arrive at this TRUTH: Every so-called ‘mental patient” represents a MINIMUM of $100,000./year in billing for salaries, alone, to the local CMHC. This doesn’t include housing, drugs(“meds”), “program fees”, etc. Just billing for salaries. $100.000./year. And that so-called “mental patient” will themselves be living on LESS THAN $10,000./year!…. Yeah, do the math. The drugs they are forced to take, often cost *somebody* well in excess of $1,000./month, – $100.s/month more than the Social Security Disability they live on. Thanks to the pseudoscience lies of the drug racket known as psychiatry, we have exploited persons for $ PROFIT $…. No wonder TPTB don’t like the term “antipsychiatry”…. It threatens their income stream….

  • My understanding is that the APA formally dropped the use of Roman numerals in the DSM-5. So there’s no such thing as the “DSM-V”. Hey, correct me if I’m wrong. It’s a small but important detail. Also, in the linked video, we still see “MHE” using the deceptive and fraudulent euphemism “meds”/”medications”, when it’s far more correct, and less confusing to just say DRUGS. Drugs are drugs are drugs are drugs drugs, and “meds” are a fantasy. I’d like to see “MHE” address those 2 points. Also, I have to wonder what, if any, connection there might be, between MHE, and “Mental Health America”? The names are similar enough, and it would be confusing if there is no official connection between the 2. “Mental Health America” is a largely drug company funded propaganda group, which is as problematic, and anti-human rights as NAMI….

  • You’ll love THIS! – youtube put a “must-watch” Trintellix ad on the video.
    (Trintellix is pushed for those for whom their regular “anti-depressant” just ain’t workin’!. Trintellix is “Indicated” for so-called “MDD” – Major Depressive Disorder,- only…..
    Doesn’t GENERAL Depressive Disorder outrank MDD?
    And MDD in turn outranks both Lieutenant and Sergeant depressive Disorder….????….
    Ask you health-care provider if drug advice from a TV ad is right for you….

  • For many, many years, the most active local NAMI member was a father who sexually assaulted/molested/raped his young daughter. When she got old enough to report what he did to her, he took her to a psychiatrist, had her labelled, “diagnosed”, and put on heavy psych drugs. All so nobody would believe her. “Oh, she’s just “mentally ill…”…. Some of NAMI’s most tireless workers are covering up their own CRIMES, and further victimizing the VICTIMS. With the complicity of psychiatry…. NAMI is EVIL….

  • This is the best way I know to communicate to Sera Davidow. Sera, I’m requesting that the MiA site admins give you my email, so you can contact me directly. Last week, the local CMHC hosted a showing of “God knows where I am.” It’s the story of Linda Bishop, and it was hideous propaganda. The film makers were pigs. Yuck.
    But anyway, I saw the piece on you in “The Sun”, which I purchased at the local Co-op. It was excellent. After I read it, I was able to give it to Mr. Phil Wyzik, who is the Director of “MFS”, – Monadnock Family (…and mental health…) Services. He actually READ the “Sun” piece, and was impressed. He mentioned your use of “extreme states” as being particularly eye-opening for him. I think he would be VERY receptive, if you contacted him.
    Also, I spoke at a recent Keene City Council meeting, against the abuses of some of the local “agencies”, MFS chief among them. We’re at a unique point in time. We can knock the system back here, if we work together. RSVP? PLEASE!?… ~Bill./

  • As a “consumer”, “Michael_C”, your JOB is to CONSUME as much PRODUCT as the PRODUCER can PRODUCE. And what exactly is that “product”? Well. neuro-toxic DRUGS, and so-called “services”. Drugs are drugs are drugs are drugs are drugs….. At least you don’t use the deceptive euphemism “meds”. And, as for the DSM, which I’m sure you’re aware of, – ALL of the so-called “diagnoses” in it are bogus and INVENTED. They were NOT discovered. They serve as excuses to write prescriptions, and bill for “services”. The DSM is a catalog of billing codes. So-called “mental illnesses” are exactly as real as presents from Santa Claus, but not more real. Psychiatry is a pseudoscience, a drug racket, and a means of social control. It’s 21st Century Phrenology. Of course NAMI has been a “great resource” to you and your family. You are the TARGET audience. If you don’t mind being targetted, propagandized, and CONSUMED, then I suppose you have that right. But please don’t expect the rest of us here at MiA to follow you. I have 4 decades of lived experience, the last 2, drug and shrink-free. Long-term use of psych drugs ALWAYS results in worse outcomes. You’ve only got 7 years. Wait until 10, 15, 20, 30, 40+ years…. The drugs will increasingly disable you, and lead to a decades shortened life span. To quote Kurt Vonnegut, “So it goes….”….
    Respectfully,
    ~Bill./

  • Thanks, Richard! In Feb. 2016, the local hospital, “Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock-Keene” (CMC/DHK), fired Dr. Marcia Pabo, a psychiatrist, which resulted in them closing their 6-bed adolescent psych unit. A few months later, they fired 30+ staff, and closed the 12-bed adult psych unit. This was around the time they spent $1.5Million re-doing their ER to install several new “psych holding cells”. In 2016/2017, Dartmouth-Hitchcock got the contract to provide psychiatrists to the State mental hospital. They have so far failed to provide full psych staff levels as mandated by that contract, but the State is amazingly lenient. Psychiatry is on the ropes here in New Hampshire. The local private drug treatment detox has to rely on a single psychiatrist, who’s over 80, to sign off on their billing. The local CMHC does not seem to use the very word “psychiatry”….
    We ALL here at MiA need to KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! Psychiatry is a pseudoscience, a drug racket, and a means of social control. It’s 21st Century Phrenology, with neuro-toxins. The DSM is a catalog of billing codes. ALL of the bogus “diseases” in it were INVENTED, not “discovered”. Repetition is reinforcement. Repeat the TRUTH after me, “Psychiatry is a pseudoscience, a drug racket, a means of social control….”….
    So-called “mental illnesses” are exactly as real as presents from Santa Claus….

  • I’m sorry I missed the excellent article, above, and your even more excellent comment, “WoundedSoul74″….
    I’ve been an AA member almost as long as I’ve been labeled/drugged in the so-called “mental health system”. Today, my 2 decades+ of sobriety, and being “shrink-proof”, and off psych drugs, are a blessing. But as for AA, the HEART of the AA program is the 12 Steps of recovery. Working the 12 Steps without going to meetings is better than going to meetings without working the 12 Steps! I’ve gotten FAR MORE help and healing in AA, than through the so-called “mental health system”. Overall, the system did me FAR MORE HARM than good! Thanks!

  • I suppose there’s nothing I can do. I’m forced to continue to live in a world filled with this kind of tripe and nonsense. I’m sure the author really believes what she writes here. But I say that thoughts of suicide are a perfectly normal part of life for ALL persons, at least at *some* points in life. And, that we ALL have far more control over our thoughts and feelings than we have been lead to believe. The “mental illness industry”, and PhRMA, both, are heavily invested in keeping as many of us as possible helpless, dependent, on drugs, and believing that the dreaded *STIGMA* is anything but a figment of the imagination. It’s as “real” as presents from Santa Claus, but not more real…. Sadly, no, not all suicides are preventable, any more than death itself….

  • I’m replying to the comment from Steve McCrae, above: (1:17pm)
    Steve, I think “mepat” was confused by Monica’s comments, above, and that’s why he wrote what he wrote. I’m glad “mepat” posts here, even if I can’t agree with a lot of what he says. His voice still has value. “mepat” may well be among the minority of persons who actually do benefit from psych drugs, as he’s written in other comments. That’s what I’m seeing here. I *LIKE* a little “spice” in the discussion. It helps keep us all on our toes, and helps keep us honest.
    (Someday, like you, I hope to get an actual photo for my avatar, too!. But what do *I* know? I’m just an escaped former mental patient. Funny how after 20+ years of NO psychs or psych drugs, I’m more whole, healthy, and happy than EVER! But my iatrogenic neurolepsis is permanent….)….~B./

  • a couple years ago, I was meeting with my Doctor. He and I were fairly new to working together. I brought a 3-page printout of a good article discussing “Study 329”. The Doc had never heard of it before. Shortly after, the hospital where the Doc worked terminated my medical care via an anonymous (unsigned) email! Also, the same hospital closed their child, and then adult psych units, after they fired the psychiatrist. The parent company/hospital also has a contract to provide psychiatrists & psych nurses to the State mental hospital. So far, they have FAILED to provide the staff levels they contracted to provide! I hope Dr. Breggin lives to see the end of psychiatry. It’s 21st century Phrenology, with neurotoxins. Breggin’s “Toxic Psychiatry”, which I read in the early 1990’s, probably saved my life, as it helped me get out of the clutches of the local CMHC. Sadly, I still see its’ “drug zombies” shuffling down the street, on disability, helpless, dysfunctional, and grossly over-medicated. When I was on both Zoloft and Wellbutrin years ago, now, all the drugs really did was make me *think* *about* suicide a lot. But I was NOT “suicidal”. these psych drugs are FAR MORE DANGEROUS, far less effective, and far less necessary that the psychs are willing to admit. Dr. Breggin is an exception which proves the rule: Psychiatry is a pseudoscience, a drug racket, and a means of social control. It’s 21st century Phrenology with potent neuro-toxins.

  • *correction: “Ingrezza”….
    imagine, $60K+/year, to ‘treat” the EFFECTS of a DRUG that usually wasn’t necessary, – at least long-term, – in the first place. NOBODY on disability can pay for that! So *WHO* gets stuck with the bill for this “Ingrezza”?…. The Taxpayers?….
    PhRMA is even marketing a drug for “OIC” – Opioid-Induced Constipation!….
    I’m literally AFRAID, both where all this is going, and where it will end!….
    The system is literally MORE INSANE than the people in it!

  • We’re all arguing over something called “DUALITY”. I’d suggest you ALL do some basic reading in general Buddhist discussions of duality. It is NOT EITHER “the group/society”, *OR*”the individual”. It is BOTH society *AND* the individual. You can’t really understand the individual without at least *some* understanding of the society from which that individual comes. And you can’t have a full and complete understanding of any society or group, without at least *some* understanding of the individuals that society or group produces. Yes, sometimes we can discuss one or the other while ignoring the other or the one. But ultimately, it is ALWAYS BOTH. After all, you did NOT teach yourself to read these words all by yourself, did you? So, who ELSE is helping you read them now? It’s all well and good for the “EGO” of Descartes to claim that he is because he thinks, but he still thinks in the language his parents taught him to speak, which *they* learned from *their* parents, – Descartes grandparents, who in turn learned it from *their* parents, etc.,….

  • Dr. Kelly Brogan:
    Relax, I’m far more on your side, than not. And yeah, I kinda’ sorta’ get what you mean when you describe akathisia as a “disconnection from one’s soul”. *BUT*, given what we know about the mechanism of action of psych drugs – their physical effects on the CNS, and all 4 nervous systems, – I think you’re doing a grave dis-service to akathisia sufferers, and minimizing their suffering. I myself had akathisia from heavy neuroleptics, including thorazine, mellaril, haldol, stellazine, etc. Yeah, I was “disconnected from my soul”, but that was far from the worst of it. This is only a minor point, really, because the REST of your message, and the many ways to use diet, exercise, and mindfulness, etc., are call generally EXCELLENT. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK, Kelly! But please re-think your views on akathisia. Akathisia is living hell, and NOBODY’s soul would lead them into that hell, nor abandon them to that living hell….
    ~Bill./

  • In the article linked to above, so-called “social media: is described as “addicting”. But THINK about that a minute. Typically, it’s alcohol and drugs that are said to be “addicting”. It’s the CHEMICAL substance that one becomes “addicted” to. It’s the chemical that’s “addictive”. But with social media, there’s no chemical that is ingested. So that means that the definition of “addiction” has now been enlarged. But what exactly *IS* “social media”? In simplest terms, it’s looking at digital words and pictures on digital devices. What *exactly* does one become “addicted” to? I don’t think either media, or “health officials” ever really **THINK** about what exactly they’re saying. After all, aren’t we ALL “addicted” to FOOD and WATER? If you deny being addicted to food and water, just try living WITHOUT food and water, then say you’re NOT addicted….

  • @kindredspirit: Obviously, I can’t really speak for the whole MiA staff, but I think they’re TRYING to be “neutral”.
    The overwhelming evidence says psychiatry is a pseudoscience, a drug racket, and a means of social control. It’s 21st century Phrenology, with neuro-toxins. As a survivor of forced drugging, Mia lets me tell my story here, write my TRUTH, give my TESTIMONY. And, after all, it’s not you and me who needs to be convinced. OUR TRUTH needs to be told to other doctors, to psychiatry itself, and to the larger society which has been so brainwashed by PhRMA, and greed. So yeah, I get what you mean about “whose side” we’re on, but really, we need to stop “taking sides”, and making “sides”. That only leads to conflict, which is unhealthy. I’d like to see psychiatry replaced with healthy psychology, and psychopharamacology. If we have to have drugs, I’d like to see them used HONESTLY, with FULLY INFORMED CONSENT. Right now, psychiatry and the system use FORCE, COERCION, and UN-informed consent. Getting us emotionally upset, and “appalled”, is one of the ways they control us. I’m trying to educate and LIBERATE us. I and we need all the kindred spirits we can get. I’m glad you’re one of them, and I hope this helps you feel a little less “palled”!….~B./

  • Every time it’s appropriate, as often and as fast as one-finger typing allows, I write:
    ….please visit >beyondmeds.commadinamerica.com<….
    Hope this helps!
    Years ago, getting myself extracted from the mental illness system, I came up with a quote that I also use as often as I can:
    "Bad help is worse than no help at all"
    Psychiatry and psych drugs are almost always BAD HELP.
    Dr. Kelly Brogan, and Dr. Peter Breggin, are 2 of the few exceptions which prove that rule!
    And of course YOU, TOO, Monica!
    ~Bill Bradford

  • @John Hoggett:
    Please see my reply to Fiachra, above. Get yourself a copy of the “Big Book”, titled “Alcoholics Anonymous”, and start with Chapter 5, titled “How It Works”. I suggest you also look for “Al-Anon” literature and meetings.
    AA is for alcoholics themselves, and Al-Anon is for everybody else. Both programs use exactly the same 12 Steps, with only minor word changes to account for the drinking/drinker, and the “sober” folks…. Whether or not your step mum is, or is not alcoholic, or does or doesn’t get into AA, the 12 Steps and program can still be of great help to you. Like they say in AA meetings, “It only works if you work it, so work it, – you’re worth it!”….

  • Hey, Fiachra! Long time no see!….
    My first AA meeting was 1980, at 21yrs. old, after 10 years of increasingly heavy drinking. (I was put on psych drugs at 15, in 10th grade, but I’ll leave that part out here, to focus on AA & alcoholism.) I’ve been 100% sober since 1991. Gone to 1000’s of AA meetings, and worked the 12 Steps (and 12 Traditions) HARD, and several cycles working through the steps. Had a sponsor years ago who actually met with “Bill W”(Wilson), one of AA’s 2 founders. I’m not bragging here, just giving my brief “credentials”….
    AA is NOT for people who *need* it, but for people who WANT it. (Or at least *want* to *want* it!) The whole point of AA meetings is to help work the steps in a social setting. You’d get better results at sobriety and recovery working the 12 Steps with no meetings, than going to meetings without working the 12 Steps. Both “Big Book”, and “Step” meetings are sorta “group workshops” for doing the Steps in groups.
    When AA first started publicizing the “disease concept” for alcoholism, in the 1930’s, it was because before, alcoholism was seen as a “character flaw”, or that alcoholics were just “bad people”. Too much toxic guilt and shame in that view!
    If a person is really not sure whether or not they are alcoholic, they probably aren’t. ANYBODY can get in trouble drinking too much for too long, whether they’re alcoholic or not!
    I’ve known people that had “a drinking problem”, went to AA for a while, then could drink again safely. Maybe they really weren’t alcoholics, after all. Who knows? Who cares? If you get a copy of the “Big Book” – titled “Alcoholics Anonymous”, and start with Chapter 5, “How It Works”, which tells how the 12 Steps work, and how to work them, you’ll be glad you did. The 12 Steps *can* help anybody who works them, but that still doesn’t mean alcoholism is actually a literal “disease”. AA says alcoholism is *LIKE* a disease, – the “disease concept”, – but AA does NOT say “alcoholism *is* a disease”. Do you see the subtle but important distinction?
    Hope this helps! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
    (Personally, I think once you get the first 3 Steps down, the most important Step is the 12th Step. AA is a SPIRITUAL program, but it is NOT “religious”….)….