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Extracts from the on-line Exposés by the Citizens Commission on Human rights
The psychiatric profession purports to be the sole arbiter on the subject of mental health and "diseases" of the mind. The facts, however, demonstrate otherwise:
1. PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS"' ARE NOT MEDICAL DISEASES.
2. PSYCHIATRISTS DEAL EXCLUSIVELY WITH MENTAL "DISORDERS",
NOT PROVEN DISEASES.
Harvard Medical School's Joseph Glenmullen, M.D., says that in psychiatry, "all of its diagnoses are merely syndromes [or disorders], clusters of symptoms presumed to be related, not disease." As Dr. Thomas Szasz, professor of psychiatry emeritus, observes, "There is no blood or other biological test to ascertain the presence or absence of a mental illness, as there is for most bodily diseases."
3. PSYCHIATRY HAS NEVER ESTABLISHED THE CAUSE OF ANY MENTAL DISORDERS.
4. THE THEORY THAT MENTAL DISORDERS DERIVE FROM A CHEMICAL IMBALANCE
IN THE BRAIN IS UNPROVEN OPINION, NOT FACT.
5. THE BRAIN IS NOT THE REAL CAUSE OF LIFE'S PROBLEMS.
"Electroshock should not be available as a choice, just as Thalidomide
is not available to pregnant women. After 50 years of practising this
hoax, psychiatrists are not likely to suddenly agree that it is harmful.
As soon as they do, they know there would be a rush of criminal and civil
suits from which they would never recover. Governments should outlaw it."
"The bottom line is that psychiatrists know nothing about the mind,
treat the individual as no more than an organ in the head (the brain)
and have about as much interest in spirituality, standard medicine and
curing as an executioner would have in saving lives."
"The brain, for a while, is so injured that the patient is too confused
to know or remember what was troubling him.. when the brain begins to
recover... the problems usually return since electricity has done nothing
to resolve them."
"To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the
minds of men their individualism, loyalty to family traditions, national
patriotism and religious dogmas."
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