Bibliography

  • "The Myth of Mental Illness", Thomas Szasz, 1961.
  • "The Manufacture of Madness: A Comparative Study of the Inquisition and the Mental Health Movement", Thomas Szasz, 1970.
  • "Schizophrenia: The Sacred Symbol of Psychiatry", Thomas Szasz, 1976.
  • "Anti-Freud - Karl Kraus' Criticisms of Psychiatry", Thomas Szasz, 1976.
  • "The Myth of Psychotherapy", Thomas Szasz, 1978.
  • "Insanity - the Idea and its Consequences", Thomas Szasz, 1987.
  • "The Meaning of Mind: Language, Morality and Neuroscince", Thomas Szasz, 1996.
  • "Fatal Freedom: The Ethics and Politics of Suicide", Thomas Szasz, 1999.
  • "The Medicalisation of Everyday Life", Essays by Thomas Szasz, 2007.
  • "Coercion as Cure: A Critical History of Psychiatry", Thomas Szasz, 2007.
  • "Psychiatry: the Science of Lies", Thomas Szasz, 2008.
  • "Cracked: Why Psychiatry is Doing More Harm Than Good", James Davies, 2013.

Psychiatry IS a human rights abuse.

"Psychiatry does not commit human rights abuse. It is a human rights abuse." – Thomas Szasz

Worth remembering - drugs never cause behaviours, nor does lack of drugs

               "The view that mental illness causes murder and suicide, and the view that drugs used to treat mental illness cause such behaviours, are both false. One excuses the actor from responsibility by blaming his behaviour on psychiatric diseases, the other excuses him from responsibility by blaming his behaviour on psychiatric treatments. Both contentions are claims serving the claimants' medical, legal and economic interests. And both claims bolster psychiatric slavery, based equally on the insanity defense and on civil commitment. Promoting psychiatric excuses, like promoting psychiatric coercions, does not weaken psychiatric slavery, it strengthens it.
              I maintain that mental illness is part of a person's identity or self, not a disease apart from him. If a mental patient is dangerous - if he assaults and kills another person, or mutilates or kills himself - it is not because of a mental disease he allegedly has, nor because of a drug he takes or does not take, but because of who he is and what he decides."

Thomas Szasz, 2002.

It is worth remembering this truth as we wade through torrents of web reports that x,y,z drug "caused" x,y,z behaviour, from organisations and individuals who are supposedly sceptical of psychiatry and oppose psychiatric coercion and psychiatric slavery.

Neither drugs nor the lack of drugs cause behaviours.

Great Quote


Great quote:

"Psychiatry is intellectually and morally bankrupt.
They have no valid response to their critics, but instead resort to spin and tawdry marketing tactics to shore up their crumbling sand castle.
But just as the tide cleans the foreshore, so the light of logic and truth, and the outspoken protests of its survivors, will one day wash the world of the blight known as psychiatry."

Dr. Phil Hickey

His website is "Behaviourism and Mental Health" : http://behaviorismandmentalhealth.com/

A metaphorical illness

A metaphorical illness is a metaphor not an illness.

Amazing Anti-Psychiatry Designs!

Amazing UK Anti-Psychiatry site


www.auntiepsychiatry.com

World Szasz Day

October 10th should be World Szasz Day. Such is his importance as a thinker.

October 10th - World Mental Health Day
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Mental_Health_Day


"Mental Illness" is a CATEGORY ERROR

The English philosopher Gilbert Ryle (1900-1976) introduced the concept of the CATEGORY ERROR.

[Category Error:

He was what is known as an ordinary language philosopher, and an example of twentieth century philosophy's emphasis on language.

A "category error" as according to Ryle is a semantic or ontological error in which things belonging to a particular category are presented as if they belong to a different category.

I believe that the whole concept of "mental illness" is quite simply just such a CATEGORY ERROR, as described by Ryle.

An illness simply cannot be included in - or combined with - the category "mental". It does not and cannot belong in this category. An illness can only be included in the category "physical". It's inclusion in the category "mental" can only  be metaphorical and not actual or literal. It is as simple as that. An illness cannot be mental - it can only be physical.

From this category error oceans of suffering, folly and deceit have been engendered.

Given that humans are rational and capable of behaving reasonably - it is to be hoped that this error can be rectified and its terrible results corrected.




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