Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Comments by Gene

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  • Mental illness does not mean violence towards others or one’s self – it is interesting to see how people are conditioned to this over-simplification and “shoot their own interests in the foot” because someone has convinced them of a danger that just isn’t borne out of the facts.

    The Biden legislation is bad legislation. It completely ignores risk factors and provides a police state solution motivated by profit and control. It completely ignores environmental factors (an accusation we usually apply to a particular field of medicine). Ignores links between violence and poverty, militarism and disregards routine police shootings.

    I don’t like guns, most of the people I know don’t have them, some do, some enjoy target practice. The debate has little to do with guns themselves and everything to do with power.

    Biden signed off on the transformation of the United States into a police state. Guns are one issue, mental health is another. The same iron fist approach has only become more convenient.

    But let’s be more honest about politics? No one with a so-called mental health problem (who doesn’t have a symptom these days) should have a thoughtless favorable view of any ruling authority – we see the destruction on a daily basis.

    nb – When you post on Mad In America – you have no confidentiality or expectation of privacy. Moreover you have little understanding of how your comments are used or who sees them.
    I’ll end here.

  • This is an article that we’d expect on Mad in America. It seems to say a lot but ultimately doesn’t say much of anything that critizes the status quo. Or militarism. One look at the comment section though and you wonder what the posters read.

    Curiously there’s not even a passing mention here about the number of military members who decided to kill themselves over the past decades even when psychiatric medications were dispensed more than ever. But “research” has discovered that being in the military or being in combat had little to do with their suicides. They were already likely or predisposed to do so. Accordingly, Dr. Chua wouldn’t dare bite a hand that feeds her by being (you know) critical of anything.

  • “the powers that be wouldn’t be trying so hard to disenfranchise so many.”

    Miranda this isn’t completely correct. While corporations do spend millions of dollars pushing through Voter ID laws and other voter suppression legislation, they spend billions of dollars funding election campaigns to get out the vote for the major parties so that they can claim the consent of the governed for the politicians. If they didn’t want people to vote, those proportions would be reversed and they’d be spending more suppressing the vote than getting out the vote.

    I’d suggest that voter suppression efforts might be aimed at trying to fool people into thinking that just because somebody is trying to take their vote away from them, their uncounted, unverifiable votes for oligarchs who won’t represent them, must be valuable.

    Cynicism might be connected to depression, hopelessness, tragedy, misery and a very unhappy life but it’s a question of the amount. It’s not all black and white as some authoritarians would probably prefer. On the contrary cynicism provides balance, health and well being. It is needed now more than ever because (I believe) voting is not going to change anything.

  • What if voting is futile? What if your vote doesn’t really count? At least not for anything that you believe in and want done? What if we actually don’t live in a Democracy at all? What if boycotting elections in even larger numbers than the millions who normally don’t vote anyway turns out to be more effective than actually voting? We need more discriminating citizens. If all you care about is your right to vote I’d say that’s crazy.

  • This piece certainly has some length but doesn’t really say much of anything. Most of us would be hard pressed to disagree with any of it but the straw man is the author’s twisted misrepresentation of criticisms of biological psychiatry – a fake argument.

    Mad in America purports to be critical of psychiatry but call me crazy essays like these that contradict themselves don’t really empower folks unless they believe being indoctrinated by professionals is the cure. Reading enough of this stuff will drug anyone into believing the status quo is irreversible because it’s simply overwhelming and complicated – especially for the broken minded. Maybe if we had the cell phone numbers of our congressmen we could make some changes.

  • I was looking for the words fraud or corruption to describe the trials but didn’t see them. That would imply criminal activity. Since Mad in America purports to be “for social justice” why no examination of the Government’s role in corporate funded brain experimentation? We have a tale of damaged patients and negative results “laundered” by medical professionals and corporations yet no one seems to be able to do anything about it but write an op-ed for social media.

  • Mad in America collects data from everyone who posts. Otherwise the cops could never be called in those situations you’ve mentioned. There are clearly similarities between all social media platforms and the same questions and concerns apply.

    Maybe Facebook isn’t so much of a problem as the cops are. Sometimes the police beat people up for exercizing their free speech rights. They have shot so-called psychiatric patients. Many people feel frightened and obedient in traffic stops.

    Americans are told to trust the cops, trust the troops, trust the Constitution, trust the President, Congress, your Governor, your doctor, trust Facebook and other authority figures primarily through the media.

  • Social media exists for data mining, propaganda and influence. Facebook isn’t doing anything remarkably different than any other platform including Mad in America.

    Ask yourself why it’s important for the author to identify a former shelter resident as an immigrant muslim woman beaten by her husband. This revelation has propaganda value whether it was intended or not.

    Where do our posts go on Mad in America? Maybe we should tell everyone about Mad in America and how the cops could visit them based on what they post because that’s certainly true.

  • Why is Larry Nasser a monster? He sounds like someone with a lot of problems. Meanwhile, the criminal justice system is a monster.

    We have judges in cases like these who are allowed to make jokes about destroying people and are praised for verbalizing brutal state revenge. As far as I understand it Nasser didn’t actually have intercourse with any girls. Not to make light of what happened at all or the pain of the victims. I have been a victim. There is no way I would want to see someone destroyed in the slavery hell of an American prison for the rest of their lives. Yet vengeance and war itself are American values when we are told they are appropriate.

    Sex crimes are the new media circus. This is a large distraction from far more serious issues in our country or the world. If the media doesn’t mention them, you’ll never know. Much more importantly, if social media never discusses threats to our rights, dignity and freedoms, you’ll have a much more difficult time understanding anything. Far more insidious is when social media does mention threats to your rights, but actually disables you from doing anything about protecting them. Elections, a fake Democracy and social media are not going to protect your rights.

    Social media is usually used to deliver propaganda (good and bad) and datamine all of its participants. You don’t have to pay to be psychologically profiled.

    Berezin has been around for a while, perhaps he remembers a country that at one time didn’t seem preoccupied with identity politics, vengeance, victims and victim retribution.

    There is very little discussion about the role Psychiatry and it’s Criminal Justice twin plays in our destructive hyper-Capitalist society. There are crimes commited that rival any by so-called sex predators, but you won’t understand them if you don’t get smart. Some of the immorality of our predatory economy is perfectly legal, it will never make the news. No one will be called a monster.

    Pedophilia has long been debated. I don’t see a debate here, I see bits of autoritarianism and politically correct dehumanization by the good doctor. Apparently the world is filled with monsters who should be destroyed or defended against.

  • Aleppo and Mosul? Good grief indeed. I suppose this is intended to evoke empathy – but most readers should recognize they are being encouraged not to think, but react to what they are reading. This is cheap. Rather than take those two pills, do spend time on understanding the bigger picture – not what the media has already told you about a far off place, that has little to do with your current problems. The same people who have destroyed so many lives over there, are at work over here. They own the media.

    This holiday season, please consider that social media is one hell of a drug itself. If it lazily introduces international politics, there’s a chance it’s toxic. The world can be changed, you have the power, but it will not be allowed if you don’t think for yourself and allow affirmation journalism to get the best of your mind.

    There’s a method to the continuing stream of journalism that poses as social justice online. Reasonable and hopeful sounding – but almost empty. Most online content suits the interests of the money that runs the outlet. Mad in America is a blog that might have been about questioning the status quo at one point, but never really was. Question everything you read, especially when the media criticizes itself, as the piece above does, which is worthless. Don’t let journalism spread disability, you have the power to change the world, no matter how hopeless they try to tell you it is.

    I’ll make a prediction, stick around MIM awhile – and you’ll be convinced social justice means everyone takes their meds. Think of the peace we could bring to Aleppo and Mosul if we drugged them, instead of bombing them.

  • Good to see critical thinking challenge affirmation journalism. I’ll be even more cynical, some activist “movements” are paradoxically designed to limit positive change. Identity issues are used to hide real inequality. Race, nationality or a mental health label – business as usual simply does not need these tools to inflict damage. Unfortunately, MIA seems to be following the disingenuous formula that’s seen all over the web – a manipulative focus on identity politics.

    What is legal in America – the real swindles – that force people out of jobs, out of homes, out of families, into desperation and worsening health – aren’t typically challenged or investigated with any discernment. These intolerable outcomes, which people have far less control over than is acknowledged – drive them to extremes, and sometimes the “law” is waiting for them, to supply yet another American industry.

    Business as usual does make people “crazy”. Discrimination and prejudice not required. Whether folks are black, white, latino, gay, convicts, suffer from any number of health troubles, you, me or anyone else anywhere – we have much in common.

    It may feel good to parade – but sustained happiness transcends shallow public relations. Stunts that are designed (narcotic like) to produce an emotional response don’t last. I’ll go further, it will feel depressing at first to see how empty some efforts actually are, but ultimately empowering and liberating, and before you know it, some happiness.

  • The Dutch case is a symptom, also, of great economic uncertainty. Consider that the Europe of some decades ago rivaled quality of life in the US. (The US many decades ago rivaled itself today.) Europe is not the socially secure group of nations as it once was. Neo-liberalism and austerity are going to take an even greater toll on humanity. Self interested elites are motivated to care little for their own citizens.

    In the interests of finance then, we see the important role of psychiatry – there is less time and means to help people, and their business is mostly time and money.

    Social systems (as Dr Breggin describes) are apt to Nazi-like processes in the fraudulent name of “identity issues” or a warped concepts of “freedom” or other nonsense. Look at our own elections for similar indications of this idiocy.

    Advocates of the process that took this young girl’s life have a firm grip on their intrinsic beliefs, undoubtedly with professional “zeal” at the end result. But let’s be honest, many of these countries, including the US, have a professional class that has no trouble bombing and destroying people around the world, this includes the Netherlands, busy in the “war on terror”.

  • Sandra, I appreciate your effort. However, if you casually draw an equivalence to booze at a cocktail party you sound much less convincing. I assume your readers are insightful enough to avoid being fooled when they read, but it’s ok to be pro-drug “with conditions.”

    Careerists are actually the ones who keep prisons and hospitals full. It is very difficult to have psychiatrists understand larger problems, when their salary depends on ignoring them.

    This is about power, we can safely stow empathy or self-aggrandizing commentary. All doctors want to be helpful as far as we know, even the psychiatrists who have less overtly killed people. There was no lunge with a knife, there was a prescription pad and a profession heavily vested in protecting itself.

  • I think Dr Steingard has a narrow view of what she describes as vigorous legal process. Anyone who has some experience in court rooms quickly realizes the party with most money generally prevails in the civil/tort side, and the state prevails in criminal justice, in a country that holds the most people in prison.

    Forced drugging similarly, is a rather vague concept. There are procedures in place to just drug people, essentially involuntarily, but voluntarily as far as the law is concerned. What the Dr has said, and this is where psychiatrists wield, in my opinion, way too much power in conjunction with courts, is that she has no problem drugging people that meet certain conditions. That’s still not precise enough, and anyone who is in vulnerable states is not going to have access to vigorous defense of their rights.

  • Common anticholinergic drugs were implicated to increase the risk for dementia a year ago. So we thought this included all the tricyclics, doxepin, elavil, imipramine, as well as old otc allergy drugs like Chlor-Trimeton and Benadryl. The study that hit the press in January of 2015 specifically said the risk was increased along with cumulative dose. Now, this study appears to say the opposite. Well, what to think?

  • I suspect that Gionfriddo is popular, or appears in newspapers like the Washington Post because he is business friendly. The ACA, which he supports, is a form of subsidization for big insurance companies. Blaming homelessness on mental illness is certainly preferable to blaming economic conditions, Banking and or real estate, for the situation we see in Baltimore.

    Finally, Gionfrddio has a choice of how he interacts, or doesn’t, with his son. Like any other parent, he certainly has the option to throw up his hands and declare “intractable illness” and begin activism for security, hospitalization, or coercive solutions.