Psychiatry, Brain Damage, and Oppression

Psychiatry does not treat brain disease. No, a neurologist does that. Alright, so if we are dealing with disordered thought processes, rather than diseased brains, what does that tell us? Thinking wrong thoughts is a disorder? Be careful how you answer this one because the thought police could be listening in.

The definition of Oppression is: 1. the exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel, or unjust manner. 2. an act or instance of oppressing. 3. the state of being oppressed. 4. the feeling of being heavily burdened, mentally or physically, by troubles, adverse conditions, anxiety, etc.

From Oppression Wikipedia

4. internalized oppression = learned helplessness (& can arise where the subject oppresses him or herself.)

First there is the matter of taking away a persons freedom because that persons has annoyed somebody else. There is always some question as to whether the old adage “children should be seen not heard” always applies, and remember, we are not necessarily dealing with children here. We could be dealing with adults.

The problem with civil commitment proceedings is that these matters are seen as civil matters rather than criminal matters, and thus the burden of proof is less than it is in a criminal case. No one need prove ‘beyond a reasonable doubt’ anything. No, all you need is ‘substantial evidence’.

Hearsay evidence is much more acceptable in civil court than it is in criminal court, as are kangaroo jurors, especially when you don’t have 12 jurors. You have a hearing. The condemned is lead into a room with a court appointed kangaroo lawyer to face a kangaroo judge. The psychiatric staff at the psychiatric prison at which he or she is being held are considered the kangaroo experts.

As can be seen, there might be a few due process kinks in our legal system we haven’t straightened out yet.

The poisons used to treat psychiatric inmates, not only inhibit obnoxious behaviors, these poisons kill brain cells, and they can even, eventually, make a case for the neurologist mentioned previously. These poisons will eventually kill the inmate, although the length of time it takes for this to happen can vary. If the inmate has been railroaded into treatment (ie. involuntarily commited), the inmate will be assaulted, and given the poison introvenously (usually via a needle in a butt cheek), if the inmate won’t take his or her poison ‘voluntarily’.

Another form of treatment sometimes used is ‘electro-shock convulsive therapy’. This treatment involves sending currents of electricity through the brain. The brain is the organ of thought, and the executive command center of the human body. You cannot send electrical charges through the brain without some loss of brain cells. The most obvious indication of this loss of gray matter is memory loss. In shock treatment there is always memory loss. Some people submit to this precedure voluntarily, but there are others who have been, and are still being, forced against their will and wishes to lose brain tissue in this fashion.

This electricity is sent through the brain of the psychiatric prison inmate in electro-shock therapy in order to induce a seizure. The head trauma brought on by this electric shock induced seizure is thought to have a curative, or a corrective, effect on the psychiatric prison inmate.

People with epilepsy have seizures, too. Lots and lots of money is being spent every year to find a cure for epilepsy. Why? Seizure’s are very unpleasant experiences, and they kill brain cells. What are psychiatric inmates given before a treatment that epileptics aren’t given before a seizure? Anesthesia. Ironic, isn’t it? That medical pseudo-science should be trying to induce what medical science is trying to eliminate. Oh, but the psychiatric prison inmate is kept under sedation so maybe the experience isn’t so unpleasant.

I don’t believe the theory behind the treatments involved here presupposes people with mental disorders have larger brains than other people, and so I don’t think these treatments are implemented to expend surplus brain cells. On the other hand, if there are any potential Albert Einsteins or Leonardo DeVincis out there, you might want to give the matter a little thought.

I think we are beginning to see here how mental health treatment (ie. psychiatry) is a form of oppression.