From Peer Support to Psychedelics: Psychiatry’s Co-Optation & De-Radicalization

Mad in America March 25th, 2023

How can psychiatry co-opt the psychedelic underground subculture, discard its radical anti-authoritarian message of rejecting a dehumanizing society, retake psychiatry’s lost power and authority, and make both drug companies and the ruling elite happy? To strip psychedelic use down to its chemicals is to de-radicalize its communal and anti-authoritarian roots.

From Nazi Blitzkriegs to ADHD Treatment: What Stimulant Drugs Can and Cannot Do

CounterPunch February 9th, 2023

When humans are forced to be cogs in a machine—be it a war machine, a workplace machine, or a school machine—we need to become more machinelike, which can be expedited by some psychostimulant drugs. Commonly used legal psychostimulants are caffeine, nicotine, methylphenidate (including Ritalin) amphetamine (including Adderall), and methamphetamine, all of which may help us better attend to boring and unpleasant tasks. With caffeine and nicotine, we are likely to retain our emotional awareness; however, with methylphenidate, amphetamine, and methamphetamine, our angst or anguish can be eliminated—making these three drugs better suited to create efficient cogs in war, workplace, and school machines.

Leading Psychiatrists Unwittingly Acknowledge Psychiatry is a Religion, Not a Science

Mad in America January 12th, 2023

Since the seventeenth century, Enlightenment thinkers have distinguished science from religion, and by at least one critical distinction, leading psychiatrists have unwittingly acknowledged that major constructs in contemporary psychiatry are religious ideas, not scientific ones.

The New York Times Uncritically Repeats Discredited Antidepressant Claims

CounterPunch December 21st, 2022

Furthermore, if all one knew about the serotonin imbalance theory of depression was from that November 9, 2022 New York Times article, one would believe that psychiatry has long known it was untrue but is not responsible for the fact that much of the general public has been unaware that it was disproven decades ago.

Psychiatry’s Nightmarish 2022 & Its Hysterical Defense Against Criticism

Mad in America October 8th, 2022

So in 2022, research reviews published in prestigious journals have made it clear that there is no neurobiological evidence—no chemical imbalance, no brain structure evidence—for any psychiatric condition.

Taxpayers Deserve Compensation from Naming-Rights Deals

Cincinnati Enquirer September 13th, 2022

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What Liberal Admonishers of Left Psychiatry Critics Get Wrong

CounterPunch September 9th, 2022

The primary reason why there are today so many Left-identified ex-psychiatric patients and practitioners such as myself—along with research scientists and investigative journalists—who are critical of the institution of psychiatry is that psychiatry has done an increasingly lousy job in helping people.

The Best Books for Freethinkers About Psychiatry

Shepherd August 28th, 2022

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Behind Rolling Stone’s Hatchet Job on a Psychiatrist Critical of Neoliberal Capitalism

CounterPunch August 11th, 2022

Welcome to the Twilight Zone of the political landscape of psychiatry, where faux-left liberals are clueless that they have unwittingly become right-wingers, where shameless right-wingers exploit anything in an attempt to hold on to their AR-15s, and where anti-authoritarian left critical thinkers know that if they are not careful—or even if they are—they will find […]