Psychiatric Treatment vs. Cure

In 1963, the United States’ National Institute of Mental Health implemented community mental health programmes. By 1994, the program had spent £30.5 billion and was clearly a failure—with associated clinics becoming little more than legalised drug pushers for the homeless.

In 1963, the United States’ National Institute of Mental Health implemented community mental health programmes. By 1994, the program had spent £30.5 billion and was clearly a failure—with associated clinics becoming little more than legalised drug pushers for the homeless.

In 1963, the United States’ National Institute of Mental Health implemented community mental health programmes. By 1994, the program had spent £30.5 billion and was clearly a failure—with associated clinics becoming little more than legalised drug pushers for the homeless.

“We do not know the causes [of any mental illness]. We don’t have the methods of ‘curing’ these illnesses yet.” —Dr. Rex Cowdry, psychiatrist and director of National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), 1995

“The time when psychiatrists considered that they could cure the mentally ill is gone. In the future the mentally ill have to learn to live with their illness.” —Norman Satorius, president of the World Psychiatric Association in 1994

“What’s a cure?…it’s just that it’s a term that we don’t use in the medical [psychiatric] profession.” —Dr. Joseph Johnson, California psychiatrist during court deposition, 2003
Psychiatrists were surveyed about their “fantasies” about their practice. Their Number 1 fantasy was: 1: “…I will be able to ‘cure’ the patient.” The Number 2 fantasy was: “The patient wants to know what his or her problem is.” —Dr. Sander Berger, associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Michigan State University, Psychiatric Times, 1998

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Psychiatric Drugs are Big Business – $80 Billion Per Year

psychiatric-drugs-moneyThe primary reason people take psychiatric drugs is because they’ve been taught to believe they have a medical condition called a psychiatric disorder, which then justifies taking drugs to treat it. This is a brilliant marketing campaign, but it is not science. Any drug changes behavior or mood, whether cocaine, alcohol, marijuana or heroin. This does not mean someone who acts or feels differently on cocaine does so because they had a cocaine imbalance which the cocaine then corrected. It means that drugs change mood, emotion and behavior. But while the illicit use of drugs is universally frowned upon, and considered a bad way for people to deal with their problems, psychiatric drugs are made out to be “good” drugs, despite the fact many are more addictive than cocaine or heroin, and have side effects that rival such hardcore street drugs as LSD, heroin and crack cocaine.

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Electroshock Treatment & Brain Damage

“All ECT (electric shock) does is produce brain damage. …If you want brain damage, it’s your prerogative… there’s no more effective way than ECT. It’s more effective than a car wreck, or getting hit with a blunt instrument.1.
– Dr. John Friedberg, Neurologist

Well, what is the sense of ruining my head and erasing my memory, which is my capital, and putting me out of business? It was a brilliant cure but we lost the patient.”2. – Ernest Hemingway, Nobel Prize-winning author who killed himself after complaining that psychiatric electric shocks had ruined his career by destroying his memory.

ECT is one of a number of drastic psychiatric treatments, including insulin coma and psychosurgery, that relieve suffering temporarily. All of them “work” by destroying brain tissue. That is their common denominator.”
– Committee for Truth in Psychiatry

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Lobotomy & Brain Damage

Psychosurgery is a psychiatric practice which creates permanent and irreversible brain damage. It is a brain operation in which healthy brain tissue is intentionally mutilated or removed for the purpose of behavior control.

After a few ill-fated attempts at the turn of the century, Portuguese neurosurgeon Egas Moniz pioneered this psychiatric nightmare in 1935 by stabbing a long, thin blade into the brains of his victims through holes drilled in their skulls. In ironic testimony to the results of his work, Moniz was shot and paralyzed by one of his lobotomy victims in 1939 and, in 1955, was beaten to death by another.

One year after Moniz’s 1935 experiment, an American psychiatrist, Walter Freeman, was using a variation whose main “advantage” was the rapidity with which a mind could be destroyed. By plunging an ice pick through the thin layer of bone at the back of the eye socket instead of through holes drilled in the skull, Freeman could achieve the same effect as Moniz in minutes.

During his “career,” he performed an estimated 3,500 or more lobotomies, fully aware of the destruction he was causing.

Characterizing lobotomy as “mercy killing of the psyche”, Freeman wrote, “patients …must sacrifice some of the virtue, of the driving force, creative spirit or soul.” This is not surprising since modern psychiatric theories all but ignore and deny a creative spirit or soul, and more recently deny even the mind itself. Minimally, they completely ignore it in favor of manipulating behavior alone. What good could ever come from a field whose basic theories deny the very things which define man as separate from all other creatures – his mind, spirit and soul? His thoughts, feelings, emotions, hopes and dreams?

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Insulin-Coma Therapy (aka Insulin Shock Therapy)

The coma-therapy trend began in 1927. Viennese physician Manfred Sakel accidentally gave one of his diabetic patients an insulin overdose, and it sent her into a coma. But what could have been a major medical faux pas turned into a triumph. The woman, a drug addict, woke up and declared her morphine craving gone. Then Sakel (who really isn’t earning our trust here) made the same mistake with another patient, who also woke up claiming to be cured.

Before long, Sakel was intentionally testing the therapy with other patients and reporting a 90 percent recovery rate, particularly among schizophrenics. Strangely, however, Sakel’s treatment success remains a mystery. Presumably, a big dose of insulin causes blood sugar levels to plummet, which starves the brain of food and sends the patient into a coma. But why this unconscious state would help psychiatric patients is anyone’s guess.

Regardless, the popularity of insulin therapy  faded, mainly because it was dangerous. Slipping into a coma is no walk in the park, and between one and two percent of treated patients died as a result.

 

Psychiatric Solutions – Who Really Benefits?

As with most psychiatric “solutions”, the “treatment” is more often used to make life easier on the people around the patient than to actually help the patient themselves. This same usage also shows up in the drugging of children in an attempt to correct their wild or unwanted behavior. The drugs aren’t intended to help the child or to enable them to become happier, effective and more responsible. The drugs are given to alter their behavior so their parents, teachers and associates don’t have such a problem to deal with. It is very much an oppressive practice aimed at controlling behavior that others find undesirable. Psychiatric treatment never addresses the person themselves, their problems, and what could be done to help them handle the problems they actually have with their own mind and life. Psychiatry lost sight of the mind and the actual person many years ago.

Religion, counseling, support groups, and psychotherapies address the person themselves and work to find solutions to the person’s own difficulties with life. This is not to say these alternative fields are without flaws or difficulties, but psychiatry has nothing to do with addressing the actual person themselves (which is the correct approach). Instead, psychiatric solutions aim at modifying and controlling behavior with no attention placed on the person’s own inner world of thought, feelings, fears, hopes, dreams and goals. Simply, psychiatric solutions suppress the person’s natural thought processes, feelings, and will, and it is this effect which causes the apparent “cure”. All psychiatric drugs, shock treatments and lobotomy have a similar effect.

It might seem better that a patient quickly stops thoughts of suicide after mega-doses of an anti-depressive drug or ECT, but come on, let’s not kid ourselves. The person is always adversely affected by the drugs or shock, and the sad truth is that the these methods are a fast and easy way out, thereby enabling others (parents, friends, teachers, associates, hospital staff) to not have to deal with the REAL issues and problems which the person is having with themselves and life.

Certain people can be so confused, depressed, suicidal or psychotic that the mental dullness, spiritual numbness, memory loss and emotional stifling of ECT may seem better in comparison. But there is no cure of anything and never will be.

Only in psychiatry would or could a “Ph.D” state that ECT will return people to wellness! In fact, if you hit 20 depressives or suicidals in the head with a baseball bat, some of them would claim to be “cured” and “feel better” afterwards. Let’s try that next. But that says more about the pitiful state of the current human coindition about the efficacy of ECT! This is the level of “science” involved in psychiatry. Don’t let anyone fool you into thinking otherwise – it is nothing else.

At no time does the patient “solve” their problems – in a drug induced dulling of thought, will and emotion, the problems are submerged, hidden further from view, and often then even harder to uncover and address at a later time with an approach which attempts to address the true source of the difficulties (the person’s own mind).

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