Announcing The World’s First Anti-Psychiatry Scholarship

According to a recent article in NOW Toronto magazine, the world’s first anti-psychiatry scholarship has been officially established at The University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute of Education. The Bonnie Burstow Scholarship in Anti-psychiatry is aimed at students of education who believe psychiatric drugs and treatments are more harmful than helpful.scholarship

The scholarship is named for Bonnie Burstow, a trauma specialist and critic of psychiatry, who will matchdonations to the scholarship fund with up to $50,000 out of her own pocket. An associate professor in the Ontario Institute of Education’s Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education, Burstow is of the belief that there is no proven biological basis for mental illness, and that psychiatric methods and the institutions that support them violate human rights.

Burstow is the author of Psychiatry and the Business of Madness, a fundamental critique of psychiatry that examines the foundations of psychiatry, refutes its basic tenets, and traces the workings of the industry through medical research and in-depth interviews. The book calls for a dismantling of the field the way it is currently practiced.

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Non-Conformists Now Labelled as Having a “Mental Disorder”

by Bruce Boyers

In news that will come as a shock to many of us who grew up in the 1960s and 70s—it turns out that, according to the current version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM, we were all suffering from a mental disorder called “oppositional defiant disorder.” This “disorder” is shocking-news-todaydefined in the DSM as an “ongoing pattern of disobedient, hostile and defiant behavior.”

The article reporting the news points out that, given the vague nature of this definition, nearly any pattern of behavior seen as strange by anyone else could be categorized as a symptom of ODD. ODD sufferers could easily include geniuses whose behavior or ways of thinking were viewed as eccentric, such as Thomas Edison or Alexander Graham Bell. It could also include giants of our time who challenged social norms and brought about positive change, such as Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.

The definition of ODD could even include children who challenge or oppose others of their own age—even though such behavior is extremely common in children and has never even been remotely proven to be a symptom of some kind of disorder.

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Psychiatrist Sued for Crossing Professional Boundaries…to Collect Rare Art

by Bruce Boyers

The Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights has for years been documenting cases of psychiatry crossing professional boundaries to obtain sex. But in a bizarre case now being heard in San Francisco Superior Court, the estate of recently-deceased psychiatrist Jerome D. Oremland is being sued for inducing a patient to hand over valuable works of art. According to the suit, during the time of therapy, Oremland convinced his patient John Pierce to give him at least a dozen rare works of art by masters such as Italian Renaissance artist Raphael and French modernist Henri Matisse.

JusticeThe suit was filed in 2015 shortly before Oremland’s death. In addition to allegations of obtaining works of art through the practitioner-patient relationship, the suit also claims that Oremland used his patient to conduct private investigations—sometimes on other patients—and even as a handyman to clean his swimming pool.

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