Friday, September 20, 2019

Comments by Bonze Anne Rose Blayk

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  • 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.

    Sincerely,
    – bonzie anne

    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?

    … right?

    LOL

    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’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” 😉

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  • … “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?

    Sincerely,
    bonze anne blayk

    http://gravatar.com/bonzeblayk

  • “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.

    Sincerely,
    – 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

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  • 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.

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  • Anonymous:

    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.

    Sincerely,
    – bonzie anne

  • 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.

    sincerely,
    – bonzie anne

    http://gravatar.com/bonzeblayk

  • “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.

    Sincerely,
    – bonzie anne

  • Good show! Thank you, Maxima!

    Speaking for myself: I do not regret my Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity plea. I could not have honestly entered any plea other than “Not Guilty” – on the basis of a Necessity Defense – which would have been … insane, because the beliefs which motivated my offense were delusional?

    I was delusional, but my intentions were good. Sadly, most of the clinicians I had to deal with afterward did not understand that I was acquitted legitimately on a M’Naghten plea under New York State law; no, they just had to believe I was BAD.

    Well, like they say: “That says more about them than it does about me.”

    Thanks again!
    – bonzie anne

    PS: My delusional psychosis was caused by an Adverse Drug Reaction. Swell, eh? Gotta love the stonewalling; I’m hoping BigPharma and their shills wind up like Richard Nixon and his goons – a faint hope, but a hope nonetheless.

  • “… 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?

    *sigh*

    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.

    Sincerely,
    – bonzie anne

  • 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?

    That’s… “symptomatic”.

    thanks very much for your post!

    sincerely,
    – bonzie anne

  • “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.,

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BLhCWl0qq8&list=PLCyR34NSBExi1chSeuGH8pkiHm8uu0mH5&index=2

    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.

    thank you!
    – bonzie anne

  • Hi there, Bob!

    I’ve long been an admirer of your perceptive analyses and reflections in “Cultures of Healing”, and was very pleased to find you blogging here…

    I’d like to note that when you state “I remain puzzled that therapists, all of whom have some sort of graduate degree, think they can understand someone they’ve never met, based on the pained accounts of suffering clients”, this provokes a counter-reflection on my part…

    Why do therapists and clinicians who have never met those making claims of atrocious behavior on the part of their clients… ofttimes clients placed under their care on an involuntary basis… when they have never met them? Or assessed the validity of these claims with the circumspection and caution which might be considered appropriate, in cases regarding serious accusations of criminal behaviors?

    I think the part of my experience which has me feeling truly disillusioned is that I believed that the average clinician, being of above average intelligence and with long years of higher education, would be capable of rational reflection on my actual circumstances, life history, and real-world symptomatology when presented with evidence that conflicted with the fables and hyper-dramatic narratives that had been built up around me…

    Well, it appears it just doesn’t work that way. I tend to think that Nicholas Nassim Taleb makes very telling points when he emphasizes that we frame our experiences into narratives, narratives influenced in ways both subtle and dramatic by cognitive bias and our desire to build a “just-so story”, and that these narratives can overwhelm our ability to engage in rational behaviors unless we are continually on our guard against what I am tempted to call “seduction by signage”… at the risk of sounding more like a fan of postmodernist theory than a punning comedienne?

    As Korzybski wrote, “The map is not the territory”. Likewise, client histories – as presented either by the client, or by their lovers, friends, enemies, or clinicians – may bear little or no relationship to reality.

    thanks!
    Sincerely,
    bonze anne blayk

  • Absolutely, JeffreyC!

    … 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. 😉

    … thanks,
    – bonzie anne