Absurdity and evil often knock elbows. Thank you, Eric Coates, for writing about what you have endured so far. Your way of conveying your experiences and the actions and edifices of others is unique, refreshing, angering-causing, and sadness-causing. Most writings, no matter how heartfelt and truthful, could have been written by any number of authors. Not yours. Psychiatrists and their ilk are the perpetrators, but ultimately, we have laws in the US that allow it and guide them on what they can get away with. Law makers have to change before doctors will. FDA too. They’re behind every drug that’s ever harmed anyone. Every device, too. Which reminds me of three psychiatrists’ desperate bid to have the entire world submit to a definition of torture that doesn’t include the things they do for a living. Draw up a chair (or just read the letters I’ll try to briefly summarize, which are at this link, starting on page 141: http://antitorture.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/PDF_Torture_in_Healthcare_Publication.pdf ). When Jeffrey Lieberman was president of APA, he and two other highly placed psychiatrists wrote to the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, a lawyer who’d been tortured while imprisoned in Argentina for the crime of providing legal assistance to activists (Juan Mendez). They’d read a sort of white paper he’d produced (with contributions from former “patients” who self-identify as psychiatric survivors, among others, which you can read here: https://www.ohchr.org/documents/hrbodies/hrcouncil/regularsession/session22/a.hrc.22.53_english.pdf ) and In the span of ten pages, they told him all about psychiatric practices and how they justify them and included the official positions of the APA on various controversies. They asked him if he could possibly omit from the list of practices that his paper classified as torture or inhumane certain practices that they regard as therapy. They tripped over themselves to communicate with courtesy and to demonstrate their magnanimous natures and love for humanity. That effort came across like Wayne and Garth or Beavis and Butthead, coached by Eddie Haskell, wrote it. Mr. Mendez wrote back to say that first of all, the paper they were responding to wasn’t a report on actual or pending UN policy. It was just a meant to represent his views, which are informed by his experience, the experiences of others, and his general knowledge, for the purpose of stimulating discussion. He too was very polite, praising them for the aspects of their 10-page letter (which included 5 pages of point-by-point critique (including helpful suggestions)) that suggested they might be capable of acting on urges that are non-control-freak/sadistic in nature, in some situations. I’m sure they were feeling like he was a bro, a guy they could work with, until they got to his punchline. He wrote: “It seems to me that, in general at least, your associations [APA and WPA] are comfortable with the existing normative framework; if so, yes there is a disagreement between us.” Psychiatry’s official organ published some commentary that was, predictably, indicative more of truculence than tractability. Brilliantly, they titled it “UN Report Says Common Psychiatric Practices Amount to ‘Torture’” which is like something out of the Onion, and which will forever show up in Google searches as an informative statement, scare-quotes not withstanding. I guess they didn’t have many options. “Here’s Proof Whole World is Against Us,” while true, sounds even worse. Here’s that: https://psychnews.psychiatryonline.org/doi/full/10.1176/appi.pn.2014.5a11 Please forgive any typos or other mistakes. I spent more time than I meant to on this and now I must get on with the day.