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Old 10-09-2017, 01:43 PM   #81
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I’ve found a real book on the internet by one of the most respected psychiatrists in the anti-psychiatry movement. Peter Breggin – Electroshock it’s brain-disabling effects (1979) - 16.5 MB, 215 pages: http://www.ectresources.org/ECTscien...buse__Etc_.pdf
This book is mostly about electroshock treatment (Electro Convulsive Therapy - ECT).

In his book Breggin debunks the so-called “scientific evidence” that electroshocks have beneficial effects and its adverse effects are only temporary (these are myths). In reality electroshocks have only adverse effects on the physical and mental state of the victim.
The most frequent disabilities caused by ECT are memory loss (retrograde amnesia) and inability to learn (anterograde mental dysfunction). There is evidence of structural damage in the cortex of the left frontal lobe caused by electroshocks.

The short-term effects are even more drastic.
On awakening, the victim suffers from an acute brain syndrome: a severe headache, nausea, and physical exhaustion.
Typically the victim feels "out of touch" with reality and helpless and frightened. Victims suffer from extreme confusion, bewilderment, emotional labiality, and hallucinations (delirium).
If ECT is given intensively, neurologic collapse occurs. Some victims cannot take care of their daily needs anymore, have to be spoon fed for days, and become incontinent.

The experiments on lab animals confirm the destructive effects of electroshocks.
Animals showed vessel wall changes, gliosis, and irreversible damage to nerve cells. They showed signs of dead and dying cells throughout the brain.
Virtually all brain biochemistry is disrupted by ECT.
Some human victims became brain death from electroshocks, autopsies showed that the brain damage in these humans was comparable to the effects in lab animals.

For me the most interesting topic in this book is the explanation that ECT is used to torture victims of psychiatry into a nice and docile state.
Psychiatry has a history of terror and intimidation to make the victims easier to handle. Before the 1930s the victims were whipped, strapped into spinning chairs, dunked into cold water, poisoned with toxic agents, bled, confined in straitjackets, or kept in solitary confinement.

In the 1930s cleaner approaches were sought that wouldn’t be so evidently damaging.
In the 1930s, psychiatrists experimented with insulin coma and concluded that the brain-damage made the victims “better” patients. In this period surgical destruction of the highest centres of the brain became popular (lobotomy). Also in the 1930s convulsive therapies were developed.
In the 1950s, major tranquilizers were developed with even “better” results.
Another technique tried by the “humanitarian” psychiatrists was refrigerating the lower body temperatures with 10 to 20 degrees, producing deep coma. One victim died, but the therapy was highly recommended: they became pacified and calm.

Electroshock torture was recommended for patients who "cannot be controlled by such means as restraint and sedation”. After being tortured with ECT they became "better": more cooperative and manageable on the ward.
When the victim looses the ability to take care of their daily needs, he asks for help (and becomes more accessible).

Peter Breggin specifically describes the torture by Michigan psychiatrist H.C. Tien that used electroshock in the late 1970’s and early 80’s to give women a new personality in what he called “family counselling”.
ECT to erase memory and personality, thereby eradicating the woman’s identity; in order to reprogram it according to a “blueprint” worked out with the interested parties prior to the electroshock torture.

Breggin estimates that in 1977, 32,000 patients per year were tortured with ECT in the USA alone. In 1972, ECT was at its peak popularity, around double of 1977.
While originally electroshocks were used to torture patients of schizophrenia; from the end of the 1970s it’s officially only used for severe psychotic depressions.
Strangely ECT is mostly used on women (more than twice the percentage of men). Maybe this is because men like their women nice and docile and in help of need.
In 2017, the practise of ECT is steadily rising.

In 1974, an incident was described where a new ECT-machine had been used for 2 years before they discovered that it was non-functional. The medical personnel didn’t notice anything unusual.
These patients were the lucky ones.
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It was Morris Fishbein with his AMA who was responsible for squashing cancer cures and many inventions that were treating many diseases cheaply.
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Old 21-09-2017, 02:25 PM   #83
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In this post I will try to describe psychiatry from a legal perspective...

Gottstein is a lawyer connected to Psychrights.org, where I found interesting “scientific” papers on the damage of psychiatric drugs.
His article addresses the force of law (court orders) to compel people to submit to psychiatric treatments they do not want. Legal force is used to lock patients into psychiatric hospitals and force brain damaging drugs and Electroshock upon them.

The legal system is a Catch-22 for the patients where only the "professional" opinion of the psychiatrists is needed to take away the constitutional rights of psychiatric victims.
This disregard of “the law” is done in the name of "we know what is right for the person".

A psychiatric victim can only be forced to psychiatric “treatment” (or torture) if according to a court of law the person is both: 1) Mentally ill and 2) Dangerous.
In a court of law, the psychiatrist is an “independent” expert witness who makes a professional judgment. If the psychiatrist decides that the person is mentally ill, this is a fact.
If the person disagrees on having a mental illness, according to the psychiatrist, that just shows the person lacks "insight" and is in itself proof of the mental illness – Catch-22.
As for the criterion “dangerousness”, a psychiatrist isn’t qualified to determine this, especially not if the victim in question has not done anything “dangerous”. But according to the courts, psychiatrists have the (psychic?) ability to predict that because of the mental disorder the “patient” is dangerous, and present the refusal for voluntary treatment as evidence…

Psychiatrists, with the permission of the trial judges, regularly lie in court to obtain involuntary commitment and forced medication orders…
According to E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., an important proponent of forced psychiatric treatment:
It would probably be difficult to find any American Psychiatrist working with the mentally ill who has not, at a minimum, exaggerated the dangerousness of a mentally ill person's behavior to obtain a judicial order for commitment.
According to Dr. Torrey, lying to the courts (perjury) is a good thing...

Dr. Torrey also quotes psychiatrist Paul Appelbaum:
confronted with psychotic persons who might well benefit from treatment, and who would certainly suffer without it, mental health professionals and judges alike were reluctant to comply with the law (…) 'the dominance of the commonsense model,' the laws are sometimes simply disregarded.
Professor Michael L. Perlin has described that the legal protections for people diagnosed as mentally ill are illusory and the court proceedings are a sham:
Its toxin infects all participants in the judicial system, breeds cynicism and disrespect for the law, demeans participants, and reinforces shoddy lawyering, blasé judging, and, at times, perjurious and/or corrupt testifying.
Because psychiatrists are experts, and giving psychiatric victims psychiatric drugs is "accepted practice", from a legal point of view it is irrelevant that they do more harm than good – Catch-22: http://psychrights.org/force_of_law.htm

The O’Connor - Donaldson case in front of the US Supreme Court is named as important jurisprudence. It shows that in psychiatric trial the rule “guilty until proven innocent” applies.
Kenneth Donaldson was first institutionalised in 1943, at age 34. He was hospitalised and received “treatment”, before resuming life with his family.
In 1956, Donaldson travelled to Florida to visit his elderly parents. Donaldson told his father that one of his neighbours in Philadelphia might be poisoning his food. In a nice Orwellian twist, his father petitioned the court for a sanity hearing.

Donaldson was evaluated, sentenced to “paranoid schizophrenia” and locked up in the Florida State mental health system (Florida State Hospital and Chattahoochee) for 15 years, for "care, maintenance, and treatment". Donaldson refused the “treatment”.
The Supreme Court upheld the trial court's conclusion of February 1971, that psychiatrist O’Connor had violated Donaldson’s “right to liberty”: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O%27Connor_v._Donaldson

The Supreme Court ruled that a state cannot constitutionally confine a non-dangerous individual, who is capable of surviving in freedom by themselves or with the help of family or friends:
a State cannot constitutionally confine without more a nondangerous individual who is capable of surviving safely in freedom by himself or with the help of willing and responsible family members or friends.
At the trial, O'Connor stated that Donaldson would have been unable to make a "successful adjustment outside the institution", but could not recall what this conclusion was based on.
After Donaldson “escaped” after being locked up for 15 years, he didn’t experience major problems...
Donaldson, was awarded damages of $38,500, including $10,000 in punitive damages, for being illegally locked up for 15 years. That’s $2567 per year, $7 per day, or $0.29 per hour of being locked up...

Here’s the full text of the Supreme Court ruling: https://supreme.justia.com/cases/fed.../563/case.html

Here’s the related story (by the daughter) of the legal counsel for Kenneth Donaldson, Dr. Morton Birnbaum: http://jaapl.org/content/38/1/115

The first thing to realise is that there has never been any wonder treatment to solve mental problems. There isn’t anybody that’s always happy and confident, (nearly) everybody has some troubles.
Using (too much) drugs or alcohol is not good for your mental health. When you’re an addict, this can cause mental health problems. Unfortunately there is also no wonder treatment to solve a serious addiction...

There are a couple of things you can do, to minimise your chances of becoming the victim of psychiatry.
In psychiatric trials the rule “anything you say, can and will be used against you” applies, so better “censor” what you say to the psychiatric “health care” workers. Maybe even more important (than what you say) is how you look. Try to look as good and “normal” as you can. Do not go to a meeting with a health care worker stoned or drunk.
When psychiatric health “care” workers insist on making a house visit: clean your house first.

Do not explicitly refuse psychiatric treatment (or this “will be used against you”). There isn’t any treatment that works, so demand that the psychiatrist explains the proposed treatment...
Ask critical questions to the psychiatrist (you can even prepare questions before an appointment). Take a piece of paper and pen to take notes; you probably get a somewhat paranoid reaction - What are you doing?!? - of the psychiatrist when you do...

If you handle psychiatrists in this way, you can beat them at their own game.
If you learn to speak to a psychiatrist with confidence, while the psychiatrist is insecure, they can’t play you around so easily. In this way you can hopefully even improve your communication skills, which will benefit you in your life...
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