Category Archives: Psychiatry

Dr. Thomas Szasz Born 100 Years Ago Today

As I wrote in my post on the state of psychiatry these days, I myself had been in therapy and group therapy during the 1980s as well as having taken psychology courses in college. So, psychology in general has been of interest to me, but the psychological and psychiatric professions as well.

Sadly, there are too many people in those professions who are themselves very screwed up, or ignorant, or brainwashed to follow the latest trendy fad or acceptable narrative. In these later years I think there is too much political correctness and intolerance toward those who do not buy a lot of the garbage in society today. I feel for today’s patients and psychotherapy clients who might be “needy” emotionally but whose personality goes against the grain of the practitioners who are snootily “woke.”

Anyway, one of my favorite psychiatrists was Dr. Thomas Szasz, who was skeptical of the idea of “mental illness” or of calling people with mental or mood disorders, “diseased.” He said they did not have a disease. There would need to be objective, scientific diagnostic tests such as X-rays and blood work to be done to find signs of actual “disease.”

Anyway, today is Dr. Szasz’s 100th birthday. (He died in 2012.) Author James Bovard has a good post with comments on Dr. Szasz, with some enlightening Szasz quotes, and he reprints an article he wrote in 1986 on ‘pure madness from psychiatrists.”

Dr. Breggin on How to Stop Taking Psychiatric Drugs

As a follow-up to my post yesterday on depression and the psychiatric drugs, I just wanted to reiterate that if anyone is taking psychiatric drugs and wants to stop, there could be further problems associated with withdrawal.

So, it is best to stop taking the drug gradually, certainly not suddenly. I did include a mention of that in my post yesterday. Dr. Peter Breggin’s book, Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal: A Guide for Prescribers, Therapists, Patients and Their Families, should be of help to those who want to get off the drugs safely. Here is his article about that.

Psychiatric Drugs Are Screwing People Up

Another young couple’s relationship has ended in a suicide, and the surviving one has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for urging her boyfriend to kill himself. The two were Boston College students, and the boyfriend, Alexander Urtula, committed suicide just hours before he was to attend graduation ceremonies at his college.

Allegedly, police found tens of thousands of texts on his phone in which the girlfriend, Inyoung You, was urging him to kill himself. She was even there at the top of the parking garage with him when he jumped off to his death, allegedly. The boyfriend had a history of mental illness, depression, etc. and she allegedly exploited that for her own power trip.

In my opinion, urging someone to do something, no matter how strongly one does so, is not a crime, and she should not be charged. Many people are influenced by many things toward their deciding to do something. But in the end, the individual is responsible for his own decisions and actions and his acting something out by his own free will.

Apparently, the couple’s parents were aware of their abusive relationship, but the parents did nothing. Should those parents also be charged with aiding and abetting a suicide for their not taking preventive action? If you’re going to charge a girlfriend for involuntary manslaughter for being mean and urging her boyfriend to commit suicide, then to be consistent you should charge those close to them who were aware of that abuse but did nothing. So in my opinion, that kind of charge is absurd.

But that is not the point of this post. I would really like to know if the young Alexander Urtula had been taking those prescription anti-depressant drugs or anti-anxiety drugs.

Those drugs, such as Xanax, Zoloft, Luvox, Prozac, valium, etc., have been shown to exacerbate depression and cause suicidal thoughts and behaviors. It is well documented now.

Dr. Peter Breggin has written and spoken extensively on that subject. See his antidepressant drug resource and information page for information.

Dr. Breggin describes exactly how antidepressants can cause further depression or suicidal thoughts and behaviors. For instance: “Antidepressants are neurotoxic, that is, they harm the brain and disrupt its functions. As a result, they cause innumerable kinds of abnormal thinking and behaviors, including mania, suicide and violence. In the process, they cause detectable damage to the brain of the child or adult, and also to the fetus of pregnant mothers who take the drug (See Scientific Section 9).”

This particular case of the two college students is very similar to the Michelle Carter case. In that case, Michelle Carter was a high school student who in 2014 had urged her boyfriend Conrad Roy to commit suicide. Their relationship was a dysfunctional one, apparently. Well, he did commit suicide, Michelle was charged with involuntary manslaughter and then convicted of that, based on her words and nothing else.

The two teens had only been together physically very minimally for a year, but most of their contact had been through texting. Tens of thousands of texts, just like in the current case of the Boston College youths.

Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, and the Massachusetts state Supreme Court upheld the conviction. Apparently, the Justices do not believe in freedom of speech or that individuals are responsible for their own actions. She is appealing the conviction now to the U.S. Supreme Court. But, given the ignorant clowns we have there now, I am not holding my breath.

So the new case of the two Boston College students, Inyoung You and Alexander Urtula, in which Ms. You urged Mr. Urtula to commit suicide, and he did, is a similar case. But I am wondering if those two, like Michelle Carter and Conrad Roy, had been taking those psychiatric drugs, particularly Urtula. And if so, was it the effects of the drugs that had made his depression worse and caused him to have suicidal thoughts?

Dr. Breggin has written quite a bit about the Michelle Carter case, and he was an expert witness at her trial regarding her having been taking antidepressants.

In this article, Dr. Breggin notes that both Carter and her boyfriend Conrad Roy had been taking antidepressants for years. In this other article he shows how her taking Prozac at such a young age ultimately worsened Michelle’s eating disorder and depression. Dr. Breggin notes that children should not be given antidepressants at all.

In fact, I think that antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs are so over-prescribed that many doctors are giving them to patients who are not suffering from chronic, clinical depression but who are just feeling unhappy or depressed at certain times, and it’s the drugs themselves that actually cause a more severe case of depression and even suicidal thoughts! The primary doctors as well as the crazy psychiatrists! Honestly, I think the psychiatrists are addicted to giving out those terrible drugs.

Now, as Jon Rappoport noted in his newly revived blog regarding the harm that psychiatric drugs cause, for those who are taking a psychiatric drug and want to stop, don’t do it suddenly. It must be done gradually and under a knowledgeable practitioner’s supervision. Dr. Breggin has addressed the problems involving psychiatric drug withdrawal.

And I very much recommend that particular post by Jon Rappoport, who describes the history of and relationship between psychiatric drugs and violence, particularly the school shootings in the past two decades.

Many school shootings involved shooters who had been taking antidepressants or anti-anxiety drugs. This article by Sam Jacobs lists some of the many examples of school shootings and workplace violence in which the violent ones were taking psychiatric drugs.

Dr. Breggin has an excellent article asserting that more psychiatry means more shootings. Quite an assertion. But he gives a lot of details to back that up.

And I still believe that the individual is responsible for his own actions, drugs or not. We can’t blame the drug if its user kills someone. BUT, the drugs are contributors to screwing people up, in my opinion.

Dr. Breggin writes: “Not only do psychiatric drugs add to the risk of violence, but psychiatric treatment lulls the various authorities and the family into believing that the patient is now “under control” and “less of a risk.” Even the patient may think the drugs are helping, and continue to take them right up to the moment of violence.”

Again, as Dr. Breggin has shown, those psychiatric drugs can worsen someone’s depression and cause suicidal thoughts and behaviors, as well as violence. And we know that Michelle Carter and her deceased boyfriend were taking psychiatric drugs, so I want to know if this latest couple, Inyoung You and Alexander Urtula, had been taking any psychiatric drugs. Will investigators allow that information to be made public, if it is the case?

And finally, given the epidemic of police suicides in New York City, had any of those officers been taking antidepressants or other psychiatric drugs? That article states that some of them are being “treated” for PTSD. We know what that means.

Furthermore, we know that there is a high number of military veteran suicides and active duty military suicides. The military “doctors” giving the soldiers and vets psychiatric drugs has also been well documented. I’m sure the pharmaceutical companies are benefiting from all this as well.

Child Sex Abuse Rampant in America, Especially in Foster Care, Apparently

The Jeffrey Epstein sex-trafficking and abuse scandal is once again reminding us of the sick pervs in society who exploit and abuse children and teens to serve the sickos’ narcissistic depravity.

And it’s not just teenage girls that Epstein and many others have been exploiting and abusing. Not just teenagers but younger kids. On a regular basis we are hearing about Catholic priests’ sexual abuse of children, and mainly boys. The lawsuits are still going on all over the country. And in the Boy Scouts, too!

I can’t believe the number of people who apparently can’t control themselves, either their sexual urges or their desire to treat a much weaker, more vulnerable and defenseless person in such invasive and abusive ways.

Is this child sexual abuse happening only in America? Nope. In Saudi Arabia and other countries grown men are allowed to have teenage girls or younger than teenagers, in sexual ways, and use as sex slaves. In fact, in Saudi Arabia, Iran and India, the officials arrest and jail the victim of rape if she dares to speak up and publicly accuse her assailant.

And apparently, child sex trafficking has been rampant in the foster care industry, as detailed in this article by Brian Shilhavy of Health Impact News. Shilhavy provides this quote from Geoff Rogers, co-founder of the United States Institute Against Human Trafficking: “The United States is the No. 1 consumer of sex worldwide. … So there are tremendous numbers of kids, a multitude of kids that are being sold as sex slaves today in America. These are American kids, American-born, 50 percent to 60 percent of them coming out of the foster care industry.”

And the article links to several recent local news stories in which foster kids all over the country are being used as sex slaves, raped and abused.

Meanwhile, Health Impact News also has an article today on how local courts and CPS are taking children away from their parents and placing them into abusive or neglectful foster homes. The parents are accused of “medical abuse” because the parents actually know better than the “doctors” about what’s best for their child who has a specific issue that the parents are more familiar with.

In the example given, the mother is the one who is the victim of abuse by the courts and CPS and by an evil bureaucrat judge. The foster care people are the ones who are neglectful of the child’s specific digestive and absorption issues because they refuse to take the condition seriously and continue to give him a diet of foods in which his nutrients are not being absorbed, resulting in weight loss and other issues. So, the criminal abusers are the courts, CPS and foster care people, not the mother, especially in this case.

And that kind of situation is happening all the time, all across America. I think that CPS or otherwise similar government agencies in other countries such as England are even worse than in the U.S., especially when it comes to the enforcement of political correctness.

The true history of government is mainly one of abuse and criminality and not “protection.” So we should not be surprised that government “child protective services” and government-controlled foster care bureaucracies are causing so many children to be victims of sexual abuse and exploitation.

Doctors Giving Antipsychotic Drugs to Pre-Schoolers

An article on Natural Blaze tells us that prescriptions of antipsychotic drugs for young people are being given more to pre-schoolers than other ages! I can’t believe that actual medical doctors are giving those kinds of powerful drugs to little kids. The kids are in their earliest stages of growth and development, especially their precious brains.

I think that any “doctors” who are giving those kinds of drugs to kids should be charged with child abuse, or “medical child abuse.” They are disrupting the kids’ growth to such an extent that it will negatively affect their lives probably for the remainder of their lives, in my opinion.

Dr. Peter Breggin has a page on our society’s giving psychiatric drugs to children, and gives a lot of scientific detail in this .pdf article.

Why So Many Police Suicides?

It appears that there has been an increase in suicides among police in the U.S. There have been four in New York City in just the last month.

One of the issues is that while there are a lot of stressful moments that cops have to deal with, there is a stigma involved in seeking help, according to 90% of the officers surveyed in an I-Team investigation.

But what is it that’s causing the officers to feel so desperate that they have to end their lives?

One thing is for sure, there are many more laws on the books that the officers are being made to enforce, that shouldn’t be on the books.

There are all the drug laws. Why did our society become one in which the government acts as our nanny-caretaker, and telling us what we are allowed to consume into our own bodies? There are so many laws now, addressing what kinds of drugs are in this “schedule” or category, all the laws that say how much of one drug can get you thrown in jail for two years and how much of some other drug can get you thrown into jail for 30 years. It’s literally a crazy scheme, I think.

The government says that possession of something is a crime, even if you didn’t steal it. (And I’m not a drug person, by the way, I am a health food and health drink person.) So possessing a drug, in this or that amount, is a crime, selling it to someone is a crime, buying it is a crime.

But these aren’t crimes, because there is no victim.

And where did the government get the authority to prohibit the people from using or possessing drugs? Where in the U.S. Constitution does it say anything about drugs or does it authorize the federal government to get involved in drugs?

And also, didn’t they try to prohibit alcohol? And they failed miserably at that as well. Why hasn’t our society learned from that?

So there’s this whole war on drugs that’s a failed, unwinnable war, and making police officers get involved in it, local police and federal law enforcement including the FBI and other agencies.

And the real criminals, in my opinion, are those with badges and guns who are breaking into people’s homes, shooting their dogs (and shooting and killing the people as well), terrorizing and assaulting people who are otherwise behaving peacefully, to enforce this authoritarian nanny-state war on drugs.

And then there are all the other kinds of laws that police feel obligated to enforce, such as all the bureaucratic code laws. For example, this guy Eric Garner being choked to death — that’s in the news again — by police acting like goons because Garner was selling individual, untaxed cigarettes.

First, if we had an actual free market, if Garner had a pack of cigarettes then he has a right to sell each individual cigarette if he wants to. There shouldn’t be any regulation of that. And regarding the taxes, well, the government demands that people pay some sort of tribute to the bureaucrats in charge just because of selling or buying something. Are the bureaucrats justified in demanding such a payment? Nope, in my opinion.

So, police are being given so much responsibility and so many laws on the books now to have to enforce. I think they are being trained to act over-zealously for no good reason. And that causes them stress.

And there are many officers now who are military veterans and who have PTSD. They witnessed (or caused in some cases) atrocities during war such as in Iraq, and that affects them. Some of them have already been given psychiatric drugs, from military doctors, which already screws them up before they have reentered civilian life and joined a police force. (See Dr. Peter Breggin: Antidepressants cause suicide and violence in soldiers.)

Another possible reason for police suicides that could be associated with having to enforce unjust laws and possibly having to forcibly detain, arrest and assault (or kill) an otherwise peaceful person, could be a guilty conscience. Such issues have arisen in the military and at war. The U.S. military has been experiencing record numbers of active duty suicides, and, Jacob Hornberger, of the Future of Freedom Foundation, thinks that such problems with soldiers could be a guilty conscience.

Police are often compared to military, especially these days with the ghastly militarization of local police forces.

And then there are the steroids that supposedly some cops use, according to Professor John Hoberman of the University of Texas, Austin, who has studied steroid use. This has been a problem for police departments in Miami and New York, and other cities who are now imposing mandatory drug testing on police.

Steroids have terrible medical side effects as well, including on the liver and the heart, and “can cause mania, delusions, and violent aggression or ‘roid rage'” according to WebMD.

So besides all those issues, I think that police have too much pressure upon them to have to enforce the many, many laws that are on the books, that shouldn’t be on the books, because they are unjust laws and don’t involve actual criminal activity in which there is a victim. As Wendy McElroy wrote, it would be a good idea to decriminalize the average innocent, peaceful person.

And this should at least help to de-stress the police.

Why So Much Anxiety and Depression in Young People?

Now, I don’t want to give the impression that I’m totally against vaccines or that I think that every problem is caused by vaccines. Of course there are other causes of illnesses.

For instance, this article by the Children’s Health Defense Team over-emphasizes the vaccines as likely causes of the apparent epidemic of mental health problems on college campuses, such as depression and anxiety. It seems that college students or college-aged young people have a much higher incidence of depression and anxiety than 30 or 50 years ago.

I can see why “cumulative vaccine load” could be a contributor, given the adjuvants such as aluminum in the vaccines, and the fact that kids are receiving many more vaccines than we did when I was in school. I am now in my mid-50s.

In another article from April, Arjun Walia of Collective Evolution quotes from a 2015 study: “Evidence that aluminum-coated particles phagocytozed in the injected muscle and its draining lymph notes can disseminate within phagocytes throughout the body and slowly accumulate in the brain further suggests that alum safety should be evaluated in the long term.”

And Walia further writes: “Aluminum is an experimentally demonstrated neurotoxin and the most commonly used vaccine adjuvant. Here’s a great clip of doctor Christopher Shaw from the University of British Columbia explaining how injected aluminum does not exit the body. He, alongside Sneha K.S. Sheth andYongling Li, published a study in 2017 looking at animal models. They found that almost ‘100 percent of the intramuscularly injected aluminum (as in vaccine adjuvants) is absorbed into the systemic circulation and travels to different sites in the body such as the brain, joints and spleen where it accumulates and is retained for years post-vaccination’.”

But the Children’s Health Defense Team article linked above shouldn’t just point to vaccines where college students’ depression and anxiety are concerned. There are other causes and contributors to young people’s depression and anxiety.

According to Medicalxpress.com, a pro-inflammatory diet of fast foods, processed meat and cakes can contribute to depression. And I’ll bet other cognitive and mood issues such as anxiety as well.

Medicalxpress.com cites a study by Manchester Metropolitan’s Bioscience Research Centre that found that a “diet containing foods which are known to promote inflammation – such as those high in cholesterol, saturated fats and carbohydrates – makes you around 40% more likely to develop depression.”

Processed foods and snacks and fast foods tend to contain a lot of artificial chemicals which, in my opinion, can be compared to the synthetic chemicals we find in prescription pharmaceutical drugs. And those chemicals wreak havoc with the brain’s neurotransmitters, which can then affect mood, cognitive abilities and behaviors.

A 2007 study showed an increase in ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children given drinks containing food dyes, according to WebMD. A 2010 study confirmed those findings. “Of children with suspected sensitivities, 65% to 89% reacted when challenged with at least 100 mg of AFC (artificial food colors),” according to this page.

And I’m sure you can find many web pages now devoted to discussing the effects of all the different kinds of preservatives we find in the processed foods.

As I mentioned in my post on the possible contributors to my ulcerative colitis, I ate junk food and cakes and pastries while I was growing up, such as Sara Lee cakes, Yodels, Ring-Dings, Ho-Ho’s, Devil Dogs, chocolate chip cookies, etc. Those weren’t the only contributors to my ulcerative colitis. But besides the colitis, I also had big anxiety-related issues, which it wouldn’t surprise me if those bad foods contributed to that as well.

So regarding the cakes and pastries I ate while growing up, take Yodels, for example. Besides the dreaded “high fructose corn syrup” which is only 3rd on the list of ingredients, Yodels contains TBHQ which was shown to increase tumors in rats (I’m glad I’m not a rat.) and also linked to ADHD, according to this Healthline article. Yodels also contains sodium aluminum phosphate, which could be a problem, but apparently not verified by studies.

My conclusion is, the past several generations of people, at least since the 1970s, have been consuming a processed-foods diet, with a lot of synthetic chemical preservatives and elements such as aluminum, as well as vaccines and prescription drugs.

And there are other factors as well which contribute to young people’s depression and anxiety. Many of the young now are sheltered and coddled throughout their growing up years, and suddenly after high school the pressures of achievement and self-providing are much more than previous generations. Unfortunately many of toady’s parents are not raising the young people to become independent adults and the young people just aren’t prepared emotionally and practically when they actually get into the real world after high school or college. No wonder many of them have so much anxiety and depression.

No, I Don’t Trust Government Doctors

There is a very enlightening article by Dr. Marilyn Singleton, MD of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).

The AAPS is the decent alternative to the loathsome American Medical Association (AMA).

In the new article Dr. Singleton asks if we can trust the government with our medical care. No, of course we can’t trust the government with our medical care. Jeepers, creepers.

We can’t trust the government with FISA surveillance, we can’t trust the government empowered to snoop through our emails and texts, we can’t trust the government with our retirement matters, and we can’t trust the government to be in control of education and student loans, so why should we trust government bureaucrats with our most personal, private medical matters?

Dr. Singleton points out some facts of history in America, including how the U.S. government experimented on people without their knowledge or consent, or based on questionable information on consent forms.

For examples, Dr. Singleton cites several states who made forced sterilizations legal, and such sterilizations were often used to try to weed out possible offspring of the “feebleminded.” Government health commissars and psychiatric institution “doctors” and medical practitioners went after psychiatric patients, black people and Latinos, Native Americans, welfare recipients, and persons with an IQ lower than 70. (Phew. Donald Trump is lucky they didn’t get him, that’s for sure!)

And she quotes Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes thus: “It is better for all the world if, instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind…. Three generations of imbeciles are enough”

Yikes, look in the mirror, Ollie.

And Dr. Singleton also mentioned the Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis of black Americans that went on for 40 years, in which the sickos of the U.S. government deliberately let their black victims continue to suffer from syphilis without treating them.

Now, I felt that Dr. Singleton’s mention of the 1989 measles vaccine experiment fits right in with our current measles hysteria going on especially in New York. The 1989 experiment on black and Hispanic babies first consisted of the dishonesty in the CDC’s lying with misinformation on the vaccine consent forms, saying that it was “shown to be effective” when in actuality it was “experimental and unlicensed,” according to Dr. Singleton.

The experimental vaccine was stopped in 1991 when it was revealed that it caused deaths in babies in Africa and Haiti. The CDC finally apologized in 1996. Now, this is during the 1990s, mind you, not exactly the “Dark Ages” of the 1920s or ’30s. So, it wouldn’t surprise me if government sociopaths continue to experiment on people without their knowledge or consent to this day.

And regarding the measles hysteria, the truth is that measles is not that serious a disease. It is actually a mild disease. If you are in reasonably good health, especially well-nourished, then your immune system probably will be strong and even if someone contracts the disease that individual might be sick and out from school or work for a week, like from a cold. So, the hysteria is unwarranted, in my non-hysterical opinion.

The problem is that some people are not well nourished. Many people in our modern society are consuming junk food and processed foods with synthetic chemicals that interfere with the digestion and absorption of the nutrients from the healthy foods they are eating. And then there are the prescription drugs, alcohol and other drugs that weaken people’s immune systems. (As I wrote in my post on my medical ordeal with bad doctors and their cherished prescription drugs, many “doctors” are obsessed with those pharmaceuticals and seem totally oblivious to the importance of nutrition.)

So, talk about informed consent. So far on this blog I have linked to some very good measles related articles, pointing out that a lot of already-vaccinated people are getting the measles, and there are people getting the measles from the measles vaccines!

But we don’t hear these facts from the news media outlets, many of which are funded by pharmaceutical companies’ commercials.

Yet, we have ignorant fascists like the mayor of New York City who want to force people to be assaulted with vaccines that might possibly actually compromise their immune systems or give them neurological problems, and government bureaucrats and “doctors” who want to quarantine healthy individuals who don’t even have the measles but who just don’t want to be assaulted with a damn vaccine!!

So, as Dr. Marilyn Singleton points out, there are very good reasons to not trust government with our medical care. And by the way, given that government bureaucracies are sharing information about people with other government bureaucracies, even though I have no criminal record and have never harmed anyone, I certainly wouldn’t want my personal, private medical information and everything I might tell a doctor be shared with HHS that could share it with DHS, FBI, TSA, DEA, all agencies which need to go the same way as the old Soviet Union, in my opinion.

Psychiatric Drugs Contributing to Parkinson’s?

There was a study that suggests that people who suffer from bipolar disorder have a higher risk of Parkinson’s disease. My very first thought was that, well, many people who are diagnosed with bipolar are given psychiatric drugs, and I have no doubt that those drugs, those synthetic chemicals, are contributing to people developing neurological problems, including Parkinson’s. (The drugs are a major, #1 priority with today’s damned psychiatrists, so it seems!)

Some snips from the study, according to Medpage Today:

The trend was significant even in adults younger than age 65, and the frequency of psychiatric admissions for manic/mixed and depressive episodes correlated with Parkinson’s risk.

What Parkinson’s and bipolar disorder share is unclear, but “could include genetic alterations, inflammatory processes, or problems with the transmission of messages between brain cells,” he suggested.

That were caused by the damn psychiatric drugs? Ya think?

“If we could identify the underlying cause of this relationship, that could potentially help us develop treatments that could benefit both conditions.”

How about just getting rid of Big Pharma poison? But no, we have to “develop more treatments” so that the pharmaceutical companies especially the execs can fatten their bank accounts!

Toward the end, the article notes:

And despite controlling for antipsychotic drugs, the risk that some Parkinson’s disease identified in this study was actually drug-induced parkinsonism remains a possibility, they added.

However, according to Dr. Peter Breggin, my favorite psychiatrist (if I have to have a “favorite psychiatrist”),

Antipsychotic drugs, including both older and newer ones, cause shrinkage (atrophy) of the brain in many human brain scan studies and in animal autopsy studies…Many studies of SSRIs show severe brain abnormalities, such as shrinkage (atrophy) with brain cell death in humans and the growth of new abnormal brain cells in animal and laboratory studies.. Benzos deteriorate memory and other mental capacities. Human studies demonstrate that they frequently lead to atrophy and dementia after longer-term exposure. After withdrawal, individuals exposed to these drugs also experience multiple persisting problems including memory and cognitive dysfunction, emotional instability, anxiety, insomnia, and muscular and neurological discomforts…

So, this Parkinson’s-bipolar study is just another “study,” in my opinion, that rationalizes more drugs for more people to make people worse off than the first drugs made them previously.

The State of Psychiatry These Days

There was a lengthy post by a psychiatrist, Scott Alexander, about this year’s meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

The post on the APA meeting included photos of the meeting premises and all the ads for psychiatric drugs by the damn pharmaceutical companies! I wanted to barf when I saw those photos. The ads are spread out on the escalators and staircases, benches as well as posters. Ads especially for anti-psychotic drugs. Egads, are there that many psychotic people around who really need that stuff?

Supposedly, 40 million Americans are taking psychiatric drugs. Oh, is that why Nancy Pelosi and Donald Trump are acting that way? Is it the drug itself or the side effects?

No, I’m just kidding. But is this why the college students are so frightened by everything? The “snowflakes”? There are anti-psychotics, anti-anxiety drugs, anti-depressants, as well as all the drugs for ADHD and so forth, Adderall and Ritalin.

Dr. Peter Breggin has spoken and written extensively about those issues, and about the dangers of psychiatric drugs, such as anti-depressants and anti-ADHD drugs.

The psychiatrist who wrote the post on the APA meeting, writes,

There’s a popular narrative that drug companies have stolen the soul of psychiatry. That they’ve reduced everything to chemical imbalances. The people who talk about this usually go on to argue that the true causes of mental illness are capitalism and racism. Have doctors forgotten that the real solution isn’t a pill, but structural change that challenges the systems of exploitation and domination that create suffering in the first place?

“The true causes of mental illness are capitalism and racism”? Capitalism causes mental illness? (Well, I wonder how much this doctor charges his patients?! Is that the capitalism he refers to?)

Now, during the 1980s I was in therapy, during and after college. And I also took several psychology courses in college. That was always something of interest to me. And I was in group therapy for several years as well. Don’t know if any of that therapy or group therapy helped, as far as anxiety and insecurity, etc. But I know from my own upbringing and from what I heard about from those fellow group therapy members, that our early family relationships and interactions had a big influence on things. But today’s psychiatrists and psychologists don’t seem to want to look at those aspects of the origins of anxiety or depression. It’s easier to give someone a drug, like a band-aid. Or repeat these more recent mantras of “racism” and “domination,” and … “capitalism”?

On the origins of anxiety, depression, or dysfunctional behaviors and interactions (I don’t like the phrase “mental illness,” because that’s more of a label or a stigma), I have found the works of Alice Miller, Heinz Kohut, D.W. Winnicott, Margaret Mahler, and Carl Whitaker enlightening and helpful.

Besides the over-dependence on the psychiatric drugs now by psychiatrists (many of whom are being paid by the pharmaceutical companies to promote that crap, by the way), I can see just how off-the-deep-end the whole industry has gone, as it too has been overly-infiltrated by the social justice warrior stuff.

In the post about the APA meeting, the writer describes how “woke” everyone is, and lists the various presentations about racism, gender bias, “Women’s Health In The US: Disruption And Exclusion In The Time Of Trump,” and “Addressing Microaggressions Toward Sexual And Gender Minorities: Caring For LGBTQ+ Patients And Providers,” among other “woke” things.

Now, please don’t get me started on all this stuff. A lot of this SJW stuff in recent years has been very dishonest and hypocritical. There are many calls for censorship now, and silencing of people who hadn’t intended any offense. Freedom of speech is a very important thing in a civilized society, in my opinion. And the SJW and “#MeToo” movements have encouraged the eroding of due process and presumption of innocence. So there’s an anti-civil liberties trend there.

I’m sure a lot of indoctrinated, “woke” people won’t agree with this, but there’s no such thing as “microaggression.” There are only aggression and non-aggression. Aggression is a physical phenomenon. If some people are so sensitive and thin-skinned with certain words or phrases then they obviously have some unresolved issues that probably go back to one’s childhood.

But these days, it seems that many people including psychiatrists and psychologists don’t want to look at those things. Perhaps they have unresolved issues from their own early childhoods?

Besides the police state and the national security-related erosion of civil liberties, psychiatry is another field in which coercion (i.e. aggression via threats or intimidation) is acceptable, regardless of how immoral it is.

I don’t know if the APA meeting included any talks on the use of Involuntary commitment and coercion, especially with child medical kidnapping. The Justina Pelletier Boston Children’s Hospital case, in which psychiatrists took control over an actual medical case of mitochondrial disease and claimed it was all psychosomatic and had the child involuntarily committed to a mental institution, was one of the most egregious cases I have read about. I certainly am glad the Pelletier family are in the process of suing the hospital. I also had my own negative experiences during the 1980s with psychotherapists (but nothing as extreme as involuntary commitments, though). So, I’m not big on psychiatry and the whole “mental health” industry.

And finally, the APA meeting actually included a CIA booth! Oh, come ON, are you serious? Are the CIA in need of psychiatric help? Are they there to recruit some hapless James Bond-wannabe MDs who might report on their patients expressing views the government disapproves of? I’m sure they already do this.