"Mental Illness" is one of humanity's most harmful lies. "Psychiatry" (a Victorian Ancient Greek word meaning "Mind Healing") is the pseudo-science and crime that propagates this lie. All people of conscience should continue to work for the total abolition of "Psychiatry" as an official medical discipline; and to end its inherent lies and very serious world-wide human rights abuses.
There have been millions of victims of this crime. We must hope that one day there will be no more victims.
"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 that are supposedly sceptical of psychiatry and that oppose psychiatric coercion and psychiatric slavery.
Neither drugs nor the lack of drugs cause behaviours. Saying that they do can effectively serve to endorse psychiatry.
"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."
I am a FILOSOFER. (I am not really a sofa). I dropped out of Cambridge University though I got an "S" grade in the entrance examination. I eventually received a Bachelors degree elsewhere. I received A.H.R.B. funding to pursue postgraduate study, but did not do so. Please enjoy my blogs. To parafrase Orwell, I am trying to make political blogging into an art.
My intellectual heroes are Kenan Malik, Thomas Szasz and Noam Chomsky.
I have made some mistakes in my life - and I would like to apologize from the depths of my cushions for any problems I may have caused and may be causing for anyone anywhere.