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“WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH ANGER?”
Amen to that sentiment.
– bonzie anne
A fascinating link! Thank you, Donna!
“Holdsclaw ought to touch base with Williams, who in 2004 told a reporter that marijuana was ’10 times more effective’ than Paxil.”
Indeed, and smoking marijuana is not what drove me over the brink into an insanity acquittal for arson – the combination of Prozac and Trazodone did…
But you’d never know it from the way I was “treated” subsequently by the “experts” of New York State’s Office of Mental Health: I was a loser, and always had been a loser… ever since I starting smoking marijuana regularly in my senior year of college.
They wanted me to be a loser, and so… they strove to recreate me in their own image of conformity to “normality”: a shambling wreck of a human being… a zombie, nullified by the influence of Risperdal.
After all… how else could you assess a person who wrote over 100,000 lines of C-language code and became an entrepreneur, and who is not making a lot of money, but is working instead to “produce social change by developing communications software” – wow. THAT is a loser… “you could have had a ‘real job!'”
>>>>> USERS ARE LOSERS <<<<< …bonze blayk – pothead, author of COMET, and… MEGA-LOSING Network Systems Programmer! at Cornell
Once you come into contact with Mental Health Carepushers who loathe cannabis, and casually despise those who use it as a remedy for a “dis-ease,” they’ll do what they can to make certain you fulfill their image of you: a living wreck.
PS: They never could figure out exactly what I did for a living: they thought I was a “consultant,” or something. It’s all shrugworthy, when you know you’re looking across your desk at a loser, right?
PPS: I happen to think there’s worthwhile knowledge in a lot of psychiatric research, find the DSM-IV “interesting, if flawed,” and don’t believe that all establishment psychiatrists are evil… then again, I’m a non-conformist, right? 😉
But I do believe that most of BigPharma’s psych drugs are crap, that they subverted both medical science and the FDA in their reckless quest for mega-profits, and that the perps in BigPharma who conspired to force children to take dangerous psychotropic drugs belong behind prison bars. Just sayin’.
“I love someone with Disorder Disorder!”
(cf. Münchhausen Syndrome by Proxy)
– bonzie anne
I’ve got Pages on my Mac, but when I open the document, I get an error stating:
“Unable to open “The Great _Crazy_Coverup.pages” because the document is invalid. The index.xml file is missing.”
You should be able to use the “Save as PDF…” option in the “Print” dialog to save the document as a PDF, which is much more portable…
thanks! – bonzie anne
Ah, I just had to check out that article!
“Direct encounters with chthonic archetypes and deities via hypnosis, sacred shamanic trance, evocative ritual or mind-expanding drugs never were part of the advertised Jungian or Neo-Jungian process of inner exploration and healing.” – Michael Cornwall, Ph.D.
LOL: I identify with the “chthonic” indeed, but not as madness, not at all!… I’m just typical of a certain type of transsexual woman which has routinely been suppressed in the histories…
(transsexual persons have been around for a long, long time…)
My Prozac+Trazodone/mCPP driven adverse drug reaction of January 1997 built on prior experiences I had enjoyed while sane and straight (i.e., “Tantric sex”); and though the hallucinogenic terror was at times overwhelming, there was also self-enlightenment out of it?
I experienced the collapse of a projection… wow, it sucked, did it ever.
But as I told my gender therapist, “There are things about oneself you might rather not know… but still, you’re probably better off knowing them.”
B.A.R.BLAYK – prêtresse d’Hécate – https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150860111507954&set=a.10150860111497954.427164.707147953&type=3&theater
PS: The science involved in my ADR is hardly anecdotal; I despair at times at the “rationality” of doctors who apparently have no clues at all as to the properties of the drugs they prescribe?
And apparently few institutional clinicians have no any clues, or concerns at all, as to who their patients are… much less what a “network systems programmer” does In Real Life? (For example… “document the hell out of seemingly inexplicable phenomena” 😉
… “anosognosia”, √, lacks insight, √.
What kinds of screening are required before the extensive powers made available to psychiatrists are granted?
The Soviets, and others experienced in managing intelligence and secret police services, deploy cunning traps to “out” those who are not fully committed to their cause; meanwhile, legal requirements that clinicians testify truthfully are hardly enforced, with the consequence that their standards typically fail to exceed those practiced by Jayson Blair.
Leading to a different question: how many psychopaths have pursued psychiatry as a profession precisely because it is an area of medical practice with no real legal oversight and accountability?
bonze anne blayk
“In moving to a more personalized or stratified medicine, we first need to identify the very small number of patients who may be able to recover from first episode psychosis with intensive psychosocial interventions alone.” – JAMA Psychiatry editorial
Given the substantial number of patients whose experience of first-episode psychosis was driven by adverse drug reactions involving known side effects of medications, this minimization – a “very small number” of patients who will require “intensive psychosocial interventions” – is nothing but a dodge.
– bonze anne blayk
PS: Of course, acknowledging that would require accepting responsibility themselves when things go wrong… something they are loathe to do, while posing as “expert physicians”.
FIRST, DO NO HARM
Oh yes, AMEN.
The fervent believers in biological psychiatry as THE answer to the problems of mental illness need to sidestep the serious issues of how one learns to think in ways that are productive, or more likely to be correct, or more salubrious in terms of overall physical health and good social relationships, because questions of this nature are intrinsically thorny, hedged about with value judgments, and inherently subject to controversy.
By pretending that we’re dealing with a machine that’s either born out of whack, or got that way, and simply needs some tinkering to fix’er’up, they evade the tough problems – even while seeking to hog all the funding available in the mental health system.
… no matter how well the brain itself is functioning, even if one views it as just an extraordinarily complex machine, you’ve got the problem that bedevils us all:
“Garbage In, Garbage Out”
In a world overflowing with data, how can one cull out the junk? And that’s an issue even with an overly simplified model of what’s going on in human consciousness…
It’s sad. It’s blatantly obvious that none of the folks pushing this view have ever studied philosophy of science, much less contemplated the challenges of formulating a scientifically-sound epistemology; all they seem to care about is improving “physical treatments for mental illness”, which is the wrong problem.
Drugs may effect long-term changes in brain function both through toxic effects and adaptation by the brain to changes in brain chemistry. The brain is a plastic organ: populations of synaptic receptors adapt to changes in levels of neurotransmitters and psychoactive chemicals that mimic them.
It’s a rather common consequence of drug use, both legal and illegal. This is why maintaining remission from drug addiction is such a challenge, and it is conventionally held that a year of sobriety is required before an addict will return to “something like normal”.
I suffered from premature ejaculation for two years following six months on Prozac. (No, I never experienced ANY sexual dysfunction prior to going on Prozac at age 40… ever.-) My akathisia from Prozac resolved fairly rapidly THANK GOD.
My sympathies to you, Douglas, and thank you for hanging on…
“What made the situation even worse was that my experience was discounted by the psychiatric community. One psychiatrist after another insisted that taking 37.5 mg of Effexor could not have created this level of distress. They were wrong.”
The “psychiatric community” is witless to their own interests when they make these routine denials that psychiatric medications may induce unforeseen adverse reactions…
They will maintain with great stridency that these medications NEVER produce adverse drug reactions. NEVER, in practice, despite the “Precautions” provided? Akathisia, rage, suicidality, delusional syndromes, nah, “it’s all in your head!”
So… we might as well just dispense them in vending machines, right? Why not! Just such a proposal has been made!
Congratulations, you psychiatrists who have rooted your raison d’etre in biological psychiatry… by taking this attitude that psych meds are all “safe and effective until proven otherwise in clinical studies”, you have rendered yourselves entirely redundant.
– bonzie anne
“That’s what it means to be a survivor of psychiatry, of any victimization. For myself, I will never again compromise on what I know to be true.”
Amen!, and thank you, Matt, for this excellent piece.
Oops, that’s a link to a gizmodo article!
“… many comments in the blogosphere ranged from the dismissive to the abusive.… These canards and slurs have been addressed in many other contexts…” – Ronald Pies
No! This is… unimaginable! Unprecedented! An almost-unbelievable episode shattering our faith in the fair exchange of views over networked media in a calm manner veritably bathed in the spirit of equanimity and compassion!
… Dude, it’s the Internet. Posturing as Rip van Shrinkle is not going to win any credibility with anybody who’s spent more than 10 minutes involved with the blogwars, OK?
Sadly, I can’t leave a comment on the article because I am not a “qualified health professional”. Mostly, I would note that psychiatric would have a better reputation if its practioners would stick with the facts when they’re making diagnoses and offering testimony in court, and if they were met with stern measures – when they fail to do so – to guarantee that diagnostic criteria (imperfect as they may be) are at least applied HONESTLY.
I kind of hate to disagree with you on this, Laura, but I do not view psychiatry as a “cult”.
… in too many places, it functions as a State Religion. Note how religious delusions, and other “commonly held delusions”, are exempted from diagnosis as instances of “Delusional Disorder” in the DSM?
thanks very much for your post!
“Succeed or fail, his struggle [sic] must be led by psychiatric survivors if it is to be credible and must be supported by those of their professional allies who endorse their leadership.”
Wow, not in my plans, for sure: I hope to “lead” nothing, subvert “everything”, and be implausibly entertaining in the process; e.g.,
Otherwise, I’m largely in agreement with you, Jack.
To my mind, a core issue is the tolerance shown to false, sometimes indeed perjured, testimony presented by “expert witnesses” at trial. This is a systemic problem in American courts, not merely a challenge for those who would reform the mental health care system, but for anyone who cares about justice being rendered in all cases, both civil and criminal.
Such cases of falsely sworn testimony, where they amount to perjury, should be prosecuted relentlessly, with an eye to imprisoning the offenders, without respect to their privileged status as “leaders of the community”.
One important step that needs to be taken is to strip from police and other “professional authorities”, such as those in the mental health professions, the privilege of presenting “hearsay” testimony as “fact” in the courtroom. They abuse this privilege no end, offering garbled translations or outright inventions of statements they then attribute to defendants, misrepresenting the truth, and often resulting in unjustly depriving them of their liberty.
– bonzie anne
Maybe you left one out, Duane…
“You will never tell anyone about this!”
– bonzie anne
… I think one of the factors involved here is that the dystonias and akathisia produced by these drugs have become associated with patients’ (real or merely purported) “mental illness” to such an extent that people think “well, smacking yourself in the face is pretty normal for a crazy person…”
But… breasts on an adolescent boy? No, that simply CANNOT be the result of a “mental disorder”!
And men and boys are generally horrified by the phenomenon, so accordingly, they receive sympathy for this (relatively minor) suffering.
Of course, as a trans woman, I find it deeply ironic that if a boy grows some breasts, they “can be easily removed via surgery”, while with about a dozen diagnoses of Gender Identity Disorder, it will still be a major challenge for me to obtain the surgeries required for gender transition – even though my current therapist (a gender specialist) will support surgery for me?
… but it’s even more ironic that the akathisia and dyskinesias I suffered during the period I was on Risperdal were PURE HELL, and that the intense discomfort these induce were largely ignored by my treating clinicians… while gynecomastia, which may cause some physical and severe social discomfort, is regarded as an horrific condition?
After all, my only medication now is Spironolactone, and I am overjoyed that I’ve got one of its well-known “side-effects” … gynecomastia. 😉
– bonzie anne
I just thought you should know your external link for the article is incorrect, pointing to an article on sanctions imposed on executives held responsible for failing to note the addictive potential of Oxycontin in their marketing programs…
And this, BTW, is a fascinating article; thank you for sharing it.
– bonzie anne