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Deception and Reality In Psychiatry

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.

4 Responses

  1. It is a billion dollar industry also.
    I never elected psychiatry into power, but in power they are.
    Try to vote them out of office ha ha.

    • Good points. It is big business, and politicians keep them working. I wouldn’t argue with you there. The thing is the politicians supporting the mental illness system need to be educated, they aren’t experts, and their opinions are as subject to change as anyone elses. Also, they’re there to represent their constituency. Being a voter gives, not just shrinks and their cohorts, but anybody in their district clout with the politicos as well. You’re best bet is their wallets, they feel it when it hits them there. Thank the economy when a few more of these psychiatric prisons close down, there’s some of that happening, too. Nobody elected the psych doctors, but people elected the people who let them slip in there. If they can be voted in, they can be voted out. This, I imagine, may sometimes look like the task for a Sisyphus I imagine, but I have to stay optimistic about the matter.

  2. I agree with most of the things you are saying but I am not sure what to make of forensic psychiatry . What about those prisoners transferred from prison because they can not be cared for in prison. Some of them have committed horrific crimes and do not have remorse. I mean crimes like murder, arson, sexual assault, paedophilia e.t.c

    • Mental health courts often deal mainly with misdemeanors in most instances. These are people locked up for things that are pretty petty and piddling. It’s pretty easy for authorities to deal with these matters outside of the court system. When these people are sent to state hospitals they often end up spending more time in the hospital than they would have spent in jail. People who commit felonies generally are dealt with by the federal prison system. Sometimes people are sent to mental hospitals as forensic cases. It is not unheard of for criminals to feign madness if they think it means better treatment. There are, on state hospital campuses, buildings that house those deemed criminally insane. They are usually segregated from the rest of the population until such a time as it is deemed safe for them to mingle with others. Establishing special psychiatric hospitals to house pedophiles after they have completed their prison sentences is not right as far as I’m concerned. Either sentence them to more time in the first place, or catch them in the act of commiting a crime. I see pedophilia as a criminal matter, NOT a psychiatric matter, and it is something that should be treated as such. Some people are for dropping the Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity (NGRI) defense in favor of a Guilty By Reason of Insanity defense. I’m more ambivilent on the matter. I don’t think people should be held in psychiatric hospitals against their wishes who have not commited a crime. I worry about psychiatric hospitals becoming more and more forensic in nature over time. I don’t think criminalizing people labeled “mentally ill” is the way to go.

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