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Illegal-Psychiatric Drug Hypocrisy and Why Michael Pollan Is Smarter Than I Am

AlterNet July 20th, 2014

Before Michael Pollan gained well-deserved respect and influence authoring five bestselling books about food, he got my attention in the late 1990s writing articles about American illegal-legal psychotropic drug hypocrisy. For those of us who appreciate what Pollan later accomplished for the local food and real food movements, it’s probably been a good idea that [...]

Psychiatry Keeps Anti-Authoritarians Off Democracy Battlefields

Z Magazine (June Issue) May 29th, 2014

Many young people labeled with psychiatric diagnoses are essentially anti-authoritarians who are pained and angered by coercion, unnecessary rules, and illegitimate authority. Anti-authoritarians question whether an authority is legitimate before taking that authority seriously. When they assess an authority to be illegitimate, they challenge and resist that authority—sometimes aggressively and sometimes passive-aggressively, sometimes wisely and [...]

Psychiatry’s Manufacture of Consent

CounterPunch May 14th, 2014

Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky’s book title Manufacturing Consent derives from presidential advisor and journalist Walter Lippmann’s phrase “the manufacture of consent”—a necessity for Lippmann, who believed that the general public is incompetent in discerning what’s truly best for them, and so their opinion must be molded by a benevolent elite who does know what’s [...]

Some Psychiatrists Distancing Themselves from Profession as Drug Company Dominance Makes Some Shrinks Very Rich, and Many Patients Over Drugged

AlterNet April 16th, 2014

What does it tell us about the state of psychiatry when some of the biggest names in the psychiatric establishment are distancing themselves from psychiatry’s diagnostic system and its treatments? In 2013, National Institute Mental Health (NIMH) director Thomas Insel, citing the lack of scientific validity of psychiatry’s official diagnostic manual, the DSM, stated that [...]

Meeting the Needs of the Power Structure

Occupied Times of London April 8th, 2014

In the history of authoritarian governance, there have always been ruling power structures that use professionals to meet its needs,  and today’s corporatocracies claim the profession of mental health as a powerful means to maintain the status quo.

Psychiatry Now Admits It’s Been Wrong in Big Ways — But Can It Change?

Truthout March 5th, 2014

When I interviewed investigative reporter Robert Whitaker in 2010 after the publication of his book Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America, he was not exactly a beloved figure within the psychiatry establishment. Whitaker had documented evidence that standard drug treatments were making many patients worse over [...]

DAILY KOS Interview: Case Studies in Activism #67: Battling Big Pharma and Rehumanizing Mental Health Treatment

Daily Kos March 4th, 2014

Why Do Some Americans Speak So Confidently When They Have No Clue What They’re Talking About?

AlterNet January 22nd, 2014

The Harvard Business School (HBS) information session on how to be a good class participant instructs, “Speak with conviction. Even if you believe something only fifty-five percent, say it as if you believe it a hundred percent,” reports Susan Cain in her best-selling book Quiet (2013). At HBS, Cain noticed, “If a student talks often and [...]

Greed and Hustle Have Become Virtues

New York Times January 17th, 2014

New York Times “Room for Debate Question”: “Why We Like to Watch Rich People: Why do American television and movie audiences like to watch the antics and questionable behavior of the 1 percent?” The lives of the outlandishly rich are so unreal and so bizarre for most of us that watching their self-indulgence, careless spending, [...]

10 Ways Mental Health Professionals Increase Misery in Suffering People

Mad in America December 15th, 2013

Decreasing suffering often means “comforting the afflicted, and afflicting the comfortable.” However, AlterNet’s recently republished Psychotherapy Networker article, “The 14 Habits of Highly Miserable People,” authored by psychotherapist Cloe Madanes, instead appears to have afflicted many of the afflicted. Perhaps Madanes was attempting to afflict those comfortable enough to afford her and her professional partner [...]