Language gets twisted in the hands of authorities to serve their own purposes. History is written by the so called winners. One thing becomes another when it conveniently serves the purposes of a power to so twist speech. Perhaps in no other field than in the practice of psychiatry is this distortion of meaning more pronounced.
Our constitution recognizes the value of freedom of choice. Mental health law and psychiatric hospitals take that freedom of choice away from people. This is done because the person who is having his or her freedom of choice taken away from him or her doesn’t behave in a customary and approved fashion. Notice, that on the one hand, while we praise freedom, on the other hand, we put people away for expressing that freedom.
When you kidnap a person this practice is known as abduction. When the state kidnaps a person this practice is known as civil commitment. The difference between these two types of activities is that the first abduction is planned and carried out by an individual or individuals while the second sort of abduction is planned and carried out by the state. Kidnapping, a crime when committed by individuals is perfectly legal when committed by the state.
There are protections against this sort of kidnapping, such as filing a writ of habeas corpus, but when legal representation is denied or ineffective, as it usually is for people entangled in the mental health/illness system, these protections for all practical purposes don’t apply. Criminals in theory are innocent until proven guilty by a court of law. In civil proceedings this rule doesn’t apply, and therefore, one’s constitutional right to due process flies out the window. A single institutionalization on a presumption of “sickness” can taint an entire life.
A mental hospital is in effect a psychiatric prison. People are not free to come and go as they please. Even the “voluntary” patients aren’t permitted to come and go. They are “voluntary” merely because they didn’t strenuously object to their imprisonment. People who do strenuously object, go in involuntarily, that is to say, they are abducted into the psychiatric prison system. Also, calling them patients is something of a misnomer as they are actually prisoners.
If one goes into such a prison involuntary, one will be given potentially toxic drugs with a number of extremely irritating effects, but should one resist and defend oneself, a number of attendants, actually thuggish goons, will throw one on the floor, pull down one’s trousers, and give one an injection in the rear end with a hypodermic needle. Under ordinary circumstances such behavior is termed assault, and punishable in a court of law. In a psychiatric prison it is merely standard accepted practice.
People in such prisons sometimes find themselves bound. The authorities in these prisons refer to such binding as “restraints”. These prisons also contain isolation rooms where people are held in solitary confinement. The purpose of these quiet rooms, as they are sometimes called, is to get people to behave in predictable, and to the thought police, acceptable ways. When their behavior doesn’t please the mind control officers, the mind control officers must exact punishment.
Harmful misery inducing chemicals, oppressive boredom, ridiculous routines, bindings, solitary confinement, assault, etc., such maltreatments are actually tortures employed by the psychiatric prison system. The object of these tortures is to brainwash the prisoner. The prisoner is expected to confess his or her “sickness”. Only when the prisoner has confessed, and is exhibiting prescribed behavior patterns, will the mind control authorities consider his or her release into the community.
Obviously torture and imprisonment have little to do with the legitimate practice of medicine. The illusion that they do have something to do with medicine is an illusion fostered by the psychiatric prison system and its stool pigeons. “Caring” in an institutional environment is often not caring in reality. Maltreatment masquerading as “help” is uncalled for in any circumstances. Only when the psychiatric system stops trying to “help” people who don’t want to be “helped” will this system cease to be in actuality what it is, an abduction, prison, torture, and brainwashing system.