In this post, I want to review the Civil Rights Committee’s investigation into mental health. It is this organization in the United States and other countries that consistently warns the general public, who are largely victims of the marriage between pharmaceutical companies and their paid distributors of deadly drugs, psychiatrists, about the dangers of psychiatry. This alliance was based on greed for money, profits and fame, all in the name of science, which one leading expert called “hokum”
Introduction: A brief history
The history of psychiatry is littered with deaths; tortures and mishaps that would make any sane person wonder why this black magic was allowed to continue to be practiced for so long. Of course, the anti-psychiatry movement has been around almost as long as the profession itself. How it all began? You have to go back to the days of the asylums that sprung up in the early 19th century especially in England and the USA. These places were nothing more than prisons for the insane, those souls who could not function within the social norms that dictated how a person should act and behave. The head of the asylums was a doctor, the first a psychiatrist. This man kept the mentally ill in cells, without heating, with little food, but rotten scraps, and to cure them of their insanity, the prisoners were tortured by flogging, burning, immersion in water, and many other inhuman acts called treatment. The decline of asylums began in England with the York Retreat, a Quaker-run mental institution that was run on very different lines than asylums, which were government institutions. In the York asylum, inmates were given jobs, helped to follow simple rules, and were rewarded for following them.
They received humane treatment that led them to God and common sense. Although the York retreat had some success, it was still based on the control of lunatics. Later, as the years passed and the 19th century ended, came the rise of huge psychiatric hospitals. Psychiatry had new weapons to defeat the mentally ill, this time with brain surgeries called lobotomies, hydrotherapy, fire hoses to douse patients with forced streams of water, wet blanket wrapping where patients were strapped to wet bed sheets incapacitated. hours to move, insulin injections to cause artificial brain seizures and of course electrical convulsive therapy – shocking patients with electrical shocks to numb the brain so that it doesn’t even remember why they were having problems. With the advent of the 21st century, the cost of these hospitals became such a burden to governments that they closed them down and replaced them with “community care”, which paradoxically did not care at all and most mental health patients became homeless and the new beggars in our society . street. It wasn’t until the early 20th century that Freud finally introduced his “talking cure,” a humane way to try to understand the plight of the mentally disturbed and a way to provide them with insight and possible treatment. Of course you had to have money for this treatment just like today.
Psychoanalysis is for those who can pay the price. As the century blossomed, so did Freud’s theory, which was to become many types of therapy from behaviorism, cognitive, transactional, and many other variations of his original idea. In fact, without Freud there would be no modern psychology as we know it. From about 1960, a new ear for psychiatry emerged. All those barbaric treatments that never worked were to be replaced, not by another type of institution, but by a chemical straitjacket that came from the pharmaceutical industry. Drugs now became the new form of treatment, he suddenly became the humble caretaker of the insane, and the psychiatrist could become a real doctor and prescribe psychotropic drugs to everyone. Thus began the era of drug push, where new mental disorders were manufactured in order to sell more drugs. At the beginning of the century, Krapelin invented a small book called the DSM (Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Diseases), in this book he listed mental symptoms that, when added together in one person, lead to the designation of his problem, such as depression, anxiety, mania, hysteria, homosexuality , immoral behavior and much more. As the years went by, the psychiatry profession kept adding to this book, inventing new labels to match the drug that would handle it.
Today we have version IV of the DSM with another nearly completed as number V. Over the years it has discovered all sorts of new ways to classify human emotions as mentally ill. Bipolar disorders, ADHD in children, PTSD for soldiers (WW1 shell shock) and many more. While these labels may be useful and have been recognized as a real problem for a few people, now of course according to psychiatry we are all mentally ill, if not at this point, then in our lifetime. Thus, they divide populations into existing drug clients and potential drug clients. Mental health today is not a profession, not even a scientific medical branch, but merely a marketing arm of the pharmaceutical industry that pays millions of dollars annually to keep the myth of mental illness alive and spread.
Here I would like to state some facts that speak for themselves.
• 100 million people worldwide use psychotropic drugs
• In addition to the crippling number of people daily, psychiatric drugs kill an estimated 3,000 people worldwide each month.
• 70% of all psychiatric drugs are prescribed by general practitioners.
• 374 mental disorders are listed; almost all without a single scientific test to prove that they actually exist biologically.
• There were 44 psychiatric drugs in 1966, but today there are more than 180.
• Five major drugs make more money than half the nations of the world.
• Drugs make over a third of a trillion dollars a year.
• 20 million children worldwide are prescribed psychiatric drugs (9 million in the US alone). Most under 5 for non-science problems.
• Every 75 seconds, someone is involuntarily committed to a psychiatric hospital in the US alone.
• Electric shock therapy is still used even though it causes memory loss and has little long-term benefit to patients. This is a direct violation of human rights.
All of the above have been investigated by the Civil Rights Commission and supported worldwide by some of today’s most prominent psychiatrists and psychologists.
The long list above is only the tip of the iceberg of the psychiatric abuse saga. It is a profession based on money and more money. Most drugs on the market are only tested for less than eight weeks in clinical trials before they are given FDA approval by a group of psychiatrists paid by the very pharmaceutical companies they are supposed to regulate. No drug on the market today has side effects, which are of course the real effects of taking dangerous drugs for often fictitious mental illnesses. You can’t solve a life problem by masking it with drugs and expecting to feel better. The problem is still there – so you have to take drugs all your life to never think about your real problems. Of course with the side effects of one drug you are prescribed many more all to counteract each other’s effects – so most people diagnosed with mental health problems end up on a cocktail of drugs for life. It’s amazing how much money people spend on chemical anesthesia when a tiny fraction of that cost could be spent on seeing a counselor, psychologist and therapist and actually solving their problems without having to take the drug in the first place.
Psychiatry incapacitates, kills and creates addicts. Really simple when they add up the cost to society. Do they still have a place in modern medicine? Well, yes, they could focus on helping severely disturbed people with understanding, kindness, even if they may have to assert some control over that individual for a short period of time. However, for the vast majority of patients on psychotropic drugs, they could be weaned tomorrow (or at least gradually weaned to minimize withdrawal effects) and start seeing a therapist. I would recommend a counselor with experience in cognitive behavioral therapy for depression and anxiety, transactional analysis for parenting, communication skills, stress at work, and many other everyday issues that require some practical knowledge. In the case of personality problems with anger, emotional turmoil, long-term unhappiness and dysfunction, then a psychoanalyst might be your choice. Most psychologists who treat patients in counseling are eclectic, meaning they borrow from many styles of theory and practice to use the most appropriate approach based on each client’s needs. The list is endless, but any therapy that helps you become stable, responsible for your own actions, and allows you to see possibilities is far better than a life of drugs and misery.
If you feel the need – go see a therapist today – find out how to get off your prescription drugs and start looking for meaning in life again.
Citizens Commission on Human Rights – 2009 – Psychiatric Violations of Human Rights
DVD Making a killing – Exposure of Drug Companies links to Psychiatry
DSM-IV Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – Version 4
R. Gross (1996) – Psychology – Theories of Mind and Behavior – refers to historical notes. Hodder and Stoughton Publications (Words 1622)
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