Thursday, June 28, 2007

Big Pharma makes big bucks

DMS-IV Psychiatrists manual of bogus mental disorders

pro psychiatry - Canadian Mental Health Association

Schools forcing kids on toxic psychiatric meds

Oppressive Community Treatments Orders (CTO)


Brockville Psychiatric Hospital

Above is a picture of Brockville Psychiatric Hospital in Brockville, Ontario.

I was a patient a the Royal Ottawa Hospital (ROH). I was on the Whitney 4 ward. I tried to hang myself in my room and it was decided by my psychiatrist to send me to Brockville Psychiatric Hospital (BPH) .

In March of 1973 I was transferred from the ROH to BPH by an ambulance. It took one hour as the BPH is 60 miles away. I sat in the back of the ambulance, anxious not knowing what was in store for me. I was feeling very suicidal and depressed. I had been abused at home for l7 years by mother. She beat me, choked me, strangled me, threw me down stairs, called me all sorts of names and she abused my brother Chris and she abused our animals. My mom was sadistic
and I still am recovering from the abuse. I am 52 years old and I have been in therapy since I was 17 years old. Her brother my uncle Lyman molested me when I was 4 years old. My father beat my mother and he abused my brother and I emotionally and as well did physically abuse sometimes. I came from a very unstable and violent home where I did not feel safe at all.
My brother and I protected each other. My brother would pull my mother as she would be on top of me strangling me. He would try to call the police and my mother would pull the phone out of the wall and threaten to kill us if we told anyone. We were very afraid of our mother for good reason and did not tell anyone. We told a school counsellor at Chamaplain High who did little for my brother and I. Child abuse was a taboo subject and hidden in the closet in the early 1970s. No one talked about and very few people did anything about it. Today it is very much different and people do report child abuse cases and most times something is done about it.

Well the ambulance ride did not ease my mind at all but made me more anxious. I never went to Brockville, Ontario before and never knew anyone who had been a patient at the hospital.
The ambulance arrived at the hospital and a big red brick building. The hospital had big spacious grounds with large trees and many buildings, just off the main highway and near the water.

I got out of the ambulance and was escorted to the entrance of the building by the ambulance attendant.

Dr. Bonnie Burstow

Dr. Bonnie Burstow

Don Weitz

Don Weitz

Fighting the APA, CPA etc

Fighting the American Psychiatric Association and the Canadian Psychiatric Association

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Dr. Seth Farber

Above is a picture of Dr. Seth Farber and author and founder of the Network Against Coercive Psychiatry in the USA.

Dr. Seth Farber, is a psychologist (he received his doctorate in 1984), a social activist (both in the human rights and anti-war movements) and founder of the Network Against Coercive Psychiatry. He has had four books published previously, including a book critiquing Zionism, and numerous essays and articles. A critic of the mental health system, he has been a guest on many television and radio shows. His first book Madness, Heresy and the Rumor of Angels:The Revolt Against the Mental Health System(Open Court, Chicago, 1993) contained a foreword by Thomas Szasz. The publication of his book Lunching with Lunatics: Adventures of a Maverick Psychologist has been temporarily postponed due to circumstances beyond his control. Dr Farber is also an editor of the pioneering review The Journal of Mind and Behavior, and is currently working on a book on "mad liberation" and the new spirituality. Farber founded the Network Against Coercive Psychiatry in 1988.

Dr. Farber's Website

Network Against Coercive Psychiatry

Dr. Seth Farber's quote:

"The mental health establishment has snowed the American people: it launches the most unimaginable brutal psychological and physical assault on human beings in distress, calls this 'medical treatment', and then blames the outcome on 'mental illness'.

One Who Flew Over Cuckoos Nest - Ken Kesey, author

a picture of Ken Kesey, author of "One Who Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"

Ken Kesey's son has a website about his dad, Ken Kesey

Ken Kesey's quote:

Electro Shock Therapy - a device that might be said to do the work of the sleeping pill, the electric chair, and the torture rack. It's a clever little procedure, simple. quick, nearly painless it happens so fast, but no one wants another one. Ever.
-Ken Kesey, (1962)

Dr. Paula Joan Caplan, psychologist and author

Above is a picture of Dr. Paula Joan Caplan, an American psychologist and author

Above is an image of Dr. Paula J. Caplan's book

On the back cover of this book it states:

The inside story of the process by which the mental-health elite judge us all

"By debunking and demystifying the process through which the American Psychiatric Association determines who is and who is not "normal". They Say You're Crazy gives
the rest of us a fighting chance to avoid becoming victims of the mental-health establishment." -
-The Cleveland Plain Dealer

How are decisions made about who is normal? As a former consultant to those who construct
the "bible of the mental-health professions," the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of
Mental Disorders), Paula Caplan offers an insider's look at the process by which decisions
about abnormality are made. Cutting through the professional psycho-babble, Caplan clearly
assesses the astonishing extent to which scientific methods and evidence are disregarded
as the handbook is developed. A must read for consumers and practitioners of mental health
services. They Say You're Crazy exposes and challenges the mental-health establishment
which through its creation of potentially damaging interpretations and labels, has the power
to alter our lives in devastating ways.

Paula Joan Caplan's Website:

Wendy Funk, ECT survivor and author

Above is a picture of Wendy Funk's book entitled "What DiffErenCe Does IT Make (The Journey of A Soul Survivor)

Reviews of Wendy Funk's book:

Barbara C. Cody B.Sc., R.N. Electroshock Survivor, Activist, Writer, Speaker
"What Difference Does It Make?" is a courageous young woman's experience of psychiatric hospitalization and tragic life altering, memory robbing effects of Electroshock "therapy". A true story of survival. Recommended reading for ECT survivors, their families, activists, and anyone considering ECT as a treatment option for themselves or a loved one. If you want to know what ECT really does, read this book."

Bonnie Burstow, Psychotherapist, anti-psychiatry activisit, co-editor of Shrink Resistant: The Struggle Against Psychiatry in Canada.
"Wendy reveals as only a survivor can the travesty, the dehumanization, the affront to self, and the theft of self perpetrated by the psychiatric system. A gripping and terrifying account that serves as a warning to anyone who thinks that they are beyond reach."

On the back cover of her book it states:

Wendy Funk grew up with the notion that if she worked hard and lived a clean life, her goals
could be attained. Much to her horror - this was not to be the case. Wendy is here to tell the story that so desperately needs to be told. That one too many people around the globe have
experienced first hand. It's the story of having all freedoms and rights once taken for granted - suddenly stripped away; of learning to live without the memories of a lifetime; of knowing
the ultimate in betrayals. It's the story of how survival after psychiatry is possible.
Wendy and I correspond with each other. She is such a nice and courageous person. She sent me her book and I was very appreciative and I read Wendy's book.

It is a fantastic book that says it the way it is, how psychiatry oppresses people and harms them. Wendy is a good writer and puts her raw emotions into her writing and you feel her painful journey every step of the way in her book and how she struggled and remains free of psychiatry today. I have a lot of admiration and respect for Wendy. I highly recommend this book to everyone. Available at - type in Wendy's title of her book.

Wendy Funk in a newspaper article

Shock Treatment!
A Survivor Battles to Stop Controversial Therapy

By JOY HICKSON Lethbridge Herald

Seven years ago, Wendy Funk-Robitaille was a different person.

At 32, she was living in Medicine Hat, happily married with two children, had a job as a social worker, was working on her master's degree and planning to go to law school.

But after being diagnosed and treated, including electric shock, for depression, Funk-Robitaille was left a shell of her former self, unable to read, drive or even remember how to find her bathroom.

She had lost almost a lifetime of memories, including knowing her husband and sons.

In the years since, she has been able to recover to a degree, thanks largely to the support of her husband, Dan Robitaille.

But she has discovered she is not the only one who feels scarred by psychiatric treatment and he's started a support group called Crusaders Against Psychiatry.

"I would like to see ECT (electroconvulsive therapy or shock treatment) banned and some kind of tighter control on psychiatrists," she says. "I want other people to realize this could happen to you."

Members of her group, CAP, believe psychiatry "is a brainwashing technique which damages the brain and destroys memory," she says.

"I think mental health care is a scam. Professionals are in it to make money."

Robitaille's treatment began after a visit to a doctor whom she'd never seen before to treat a sore throat.

She had been under considerable stress because she had recently been raped at work. That, a heavy workload and the pain of a sore throat caused her to burst into tears in the doctor's office. The doctor determined she might be suffering from depression and prescribed Prozac.

Side effects of the antidepressant drug, affecting her sleep and eating patterns, made her feel worse and Funk-Robitaille's treatment snowballed to include more medication and eventually ECT.

After 43 shock treatments in a 14 month period and dozens of pills, she knew she needed a change.

"I decided this was not the way to live," Funk-Robitaille says. "I flushed the pills down the toilet."

Then she went to a psychiatrist in Calgary who determined she no longer needed treatment, but said her amnesia was probably permanent.

Now living in Lethbridge, Funk-Robitaille has re-learned most life skills and had another baby three years ago.

But life is still a struggle, she says

Many memories have been lost and some of her abilities, such as with math, are impaired.

"I can't remember my older sons' (ages 15 and 17) births or our wedding," she says. "I have a record in my picture albums and diaries, but it' not the same."

She thought her experience was an isolated incident until she saw a television talk show about the same thing happening to other people.

"I couldn't believe it," she says thought I was the only one. Then I knew there had to be other people this area who'd had bad experience and want to survive."

She has gone on local talk show herself, and is planning to publish, book on her experience.

"(Psychiatric treatment) took away my career, my past is gone and my future is shaky," she says.

"I just want to raise my family a give them the best life possible. And I want to tell others to be careful of people who they think can help the cope with life. Find alternatives to taking chemicals."

And she wants people who have had damaging treatment to know "there is hope for survival after psychiatry." For more information about CAP people may call Funk Robitaille at 381-6582
Wendy Funk can be reached by email: or by telephone at
the 2nd Opinion Society in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada 1-867-667-2037

Famous people who suffered from depression

Famous People Who Have Suffered from Depression

These famous authors, scientists, leaders, artists, and celebrities all have been reported as having suffered from depression.

Alvin Ailey, dancer and choreographer
Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, astronaut
Louie Anderson, comedian, actor
Ann-Margaret, actress
Diane Arbus, photographer
Lionel Aldridge, football player
Alexander the Great, king
Hans Christian Anderson, author
Tai Babilonia, figureskater
Oksana Baiul, figureskater
Honore de Balzac, writer
Samuel Barber, classical composer
Roseanne Barr, actress
Drew Barrymore, actress
James M. Barrie, writer
Rona Barrett, columnist
Charles Baudelaire, poet
Shelley Beattie, athlete and artist
Ned Beatty, actor
Samuel Becket, writer
Ludwig von Beethoven, composer
Menachem Begin, Prime Minister of Israel
Brendan Behan, poet
Irving Berlin, composer
Hector Berlioz, composer
John Berryman, poet
William Blake, poet
Charles Bluhdorn, executive, Gulf Western
Napoleon Bonaparte, emperor
Kjell Magne Bondevik, Prime Minister of Norway
Robert Boorstin, writer, special assistant to Pres. Clinton, State Department
Clara Bow, actor
Tommy Boyce, musician, composer
Cheyenne Brando, actor
Marlon Brando, actor
Richard Brautigan, writer
Van Wyck Brooks, writer
John Brown, abolitionist
Ruth Brown, singer
Anton Bruckner, composer
Art Buchwald, political humorist
John Bunyan, writer
Robert Burns, poet
Robert Burton, writer
Tim Burton, artist, movie director
Willie Burton, basketball player
Barbara Bush, former First Lady
Lord Byron, poet
Helen Caldicott, activist, writer
Donald Cammell, movie director, screenwriter
Robert Campeau, Canadian businessman
Albert Camus, writer
Truman Capote, writer
Drew Carey, actor and comedian
Jim Carrey, actor and comedian
Dick Cavett, broadcaster
C.E. Chaffin, writer, poet
Ray Charles, R&B performer
Thomas Chatterton, poet
Paddy Chayefsky, writer, movie director
Lawton Chiles, former governor of Florida
Frederic Chopin, composer
Winston Churchill, British prime minister
Sandra Cisneros, writer
Eric Clapton, blues-rock musician
Dick Clark, entertainer (American Bandstand)
John Cleese, actor
Rosemary Clooney, singer
Kurt Cobain, rock star
Tyrus Cobb, athlete
Leonard Cohen, poet and singer
Natalie Cole, singer
Garnet Coleman, Texas legislator
Samuel Coleridge, poet
Judy Collins, musician, writer
Shawn Colvin, musician
Jeff Conaway, actor
Joseph Conrad, author
Pat Conroy, writer
Calvin Coolidge, U.S. president
Francis Ford Coppola, director
Billy Corgan, musician
Patricia Cornwell, writer
Noel Coward, composer
William Cowper, poet
Hart Crane, writer
Oliver Cromwell, dictator
Kathy Cronkite, writer
Dennis Crosby, actor
Sheryl Crow, singer and rock musician
Richard Dadd, artist
John Daly, athlete (golf)
Rodney Dangerfield, comedian
Charles Darwin, explorer and scientist
David, Israeli King
Ray Davies, musician
Thomas De Quincey, poet
Lenny Dee, musician
Sandra Dee, actor
Ellen DeGeneres, comedienne, actor
John Denver, singer and actor
Muffin Spencer Devlin, pro golfer
Diana, Princess of Wales
Paolo DiCanio, athlete (soccer)
Charles Dickens, writer
Emily Dickenson, poet
Isak Dinesen, author
Scott Donie, Olympic athlete (diving)
Terence Donovan, photographer
Michael Dorris, writer
Theodore Dostoevski, writer
Eric Douglas, actor
Tony Dow, actor, producer, director
Richard Dreyfuss, actor
Jack Dreyfus, manager, Dreyfus Fund
Kitty Dukakis, former First Lady, Mass.
Patty Duke, actress
Thomas Eagleton, lawyer, U.S. Senator
Thomas Eakins, artist
Thomas Edison, inventor
Edward Elgar, composer
T.S. Eliot, poet
Queen Elizabeth I of England
Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer
Robert Evans, film producer
James Farmer, civil rights leader
Philo T. Farnsworth, inventor of television
William Faulkner, writer
Jules Feiffer, cartoonist and satirist
Tim Finn, musician, composer
Carrie Fisher, actress and writer
F. Scott Fitzgerald, writer
Larry Flynt, magazine publisher
Betty Ford, former First Lady
Harrison Ford, actor
James Forrestal, cabinet member
Steven Foster, writer
Michel Foucault, writer, philosopher
George Fox, Quaker
Connie Francis, entertainer
Andre Franquin, 1924-1997, cartoonist
Albert French, writer
Sigmund Freud, psychiatrist
Brenda Fricker, actress
Peter Gabriel, rock star
John Kenneth Galbraith, economist
Judy Garland, singer, actor
James Garner, actor
Paul Gascoigne, athlete (soccer)
Paul Gauguin, artist
Harold Geneen, executive, ITT Industries
King George III of England
Stan Getz, musician
Kaye Gibbons, writer
Kendall Gill, athlete (basketball)
Kit Gingrich, Newt's mother
Johann Goethe, writer
Oliver Goldsmith, poet
Dwight Gooden, baseball player
George Gordon, poet
Tipper Gore, wife of U.S. Vice-President
Arshille Gorky, artist
Francisco de Goya, painter
Phil Graham, owner, Washington Post
Graham Green, writer
Shecky Greene, comedian
Philip Guston, artist
Alexander Hamilton, politician
Linda Hamilton, actress
Georg Frederich Handel, composer
Pete Harnisch, baseball player
Mariette Hartley, actress
Juliana Hatfield, musician
Hampton Hawes, musician
Stephen Hawking, physicist
Nathaniel Hawthorne, writer
Lillian Hellman, writer
Ernest Hemingway, writer
Margaux Hemingway, actor
Audrey Hepburn, actress
King Herod, Biblical figure
Kristin Hersh, musician
Hermann Hesse, writer
Abby Hoffman, writer and activist
Sir Anthony Hopkins, actor
Gerard M. Hopkins, poet
Edward Hopper, artist
Howard Hughes, industrialist
Victor Hugo, author
Helen Hutchison, broadcaster
Heinrich Ibsen, playwright
Jack Irons, musician
Eugene Izzi, writer
Andrew Jackson, U.S. President
Janet Jackson, singer
Henry James, writer
William James, writer
Kay Redfield Jamison, psychologist, writer
Randall Jarrell, poet
Thomas Jefferson, U.S. President
Jim Jenson, CBS News
Jeremiah, Biblical figure
Joan of Arc, French leader
Job, Biblical figure
Billy Joel, musician, composer
Elton John, musician, composer
Daniel Johns, musician
Samuel Johnson, poet
Daniel Johnston, musician
Ashley Judd, actor
Franz Kafka, writer
Karen Kain, prima ballerina
Danny Kaye, entertainer
John Keats, writer
Margot Kidder, actress
Larry King, talkshow host
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, artist
Gelsey Kirkland, dancer
Heinrich von Kleist, poet
Percy Knauth, journalist
Joey Kramer, musician
William Kurelek, artist
Pat LaFontaine, hockey player
Charles Lamb, poet
Jessica Lange, actor
Peter Nolan Lawrence, English writer
Edward Lear, artist
Frances Lear, publisher
Robert E. Lee, U.S. general
Vivian Leigh, actress
John Lennon, musician
Rika Lesser, writer, translator
Primo Levi, chemist, writer
Bill Lichtenstein, producer (TV & radio)
Allie Light, director
Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President
Vachel Lindsey, writer
Karl Paul Link, chemist
Ross Lockridge, Jr., writer
Joshua Logan, producer
Jack London, writer
Rick London, cartoonist
Greg Louganis, U.S. diver and Olympic gold medallist
Courtney Love, musician
James Russell Lowell, poet
Robert Lowell, poet
Malcolm Lowry, writer
J. Anthony Lukas, writer
Salvador Luria, bacterial geneticist
Martin Luther, Protestant leader
Gustav Mahler, composer
Duke of Marlborough, soldier
Elizabeth Manley, Canadian figureskater
Camryn Mannheim, actor
Martha Manning, psychologist, writer
Imelda Marcos, Philippine dictator's wife
Jay Marvin, radio personality, writer
Vladimir Mayakovsky, poet
Gary McDonald, Australian actor
Kevin McDonald, comedian, actor
Robert McFarlane, former United States National Security Adviser
Rod McKuen, writer, poet, producer
Sarah McLachlan, singer, Lilith Fair creator
Kristy McNichol, actress
Peter McWilliams, writer
Herman Melville, writer
Burgess Meredith, actor
Robert Merrill, musician, lyricist
Paul Merton, British comedian
Michelangelo, Italian artist
Dimitri Mihalas, scientist
Kate Millett, writer, artist
Spike Milligan, comic actor, writer
Carmen Miranda, actor
Claude Monet, artist
Thelonious Monk, musician
Marilyn Monroe, actor
Alanis Morissette, Canadian singer
S.P. Morrissey, musician
John Mulheren, financier (U.S.)
Edvard Munch, artist
Robert Munsch, writer
Les Murray, Australian poet
Conrad Meyer, writer
Michelangelo, artist
John Stuart Mill, writer
Edna St. Vincent Millay, poet
Kate Millet, writer and feminist
Spike Milligan, humourist
John Milton, poet
Charles Mingus, compser
Carmen Miranda, singer
Marilyn Monroe, actress
Mavor Moore, producer
J.P. Morgan, industrialist
Modest Mussogorgsky, composer
Benito Mussolini, Italian dictator
Ilie Natase, tennis player, politician
Ralph Nader, U.S. consumer rights advocate
Nebuchadnezzar, Biblical figure
Sir Isaac Newton, physicist
Florence Nightingale, British nurse
Vaslav Nijinksy, ballet dancer
Richard Nixon, U.S. president
Deborah Norville, television journalist
Sinead O'Connor, musician
Georgia O'Keeffe, painter
Eugene O'Neill, playwright
John Ogden, pianist
Laurence Olivier, actor
Margo Orum, writer
Ozzie Osborne, rock star
Donny Osmond, musician
Marie Osmond, musician
Wilfred Owen, poet, soldier
Nicola Pagett, actor
Susan Panico, business executive
Charles Parker, compoer
Dorothy Parker, writer, poet, wit
Dolly Parton, singer
Boris Pasternak, writer
John Pastorius, composer
George Patton, soldier
Pierre Peladeau, publisher
Charley Pell, former coach, Univ. of Florida
Teddy Pendergrass, musician
Walker Percy, writer
Murray Pezim, Canadian businessman
Jimmie Piersall, baseball player
William Pitt, Prime Minister
Sylvia Plath, poet
Edgar Allen Poe, writer
Jackson Pollock, artist
Cole Porter, composer
Ezra Pound, poet
Alma Powell, wife of Gen. Colin Powell
Susan Powter, motivational speaker
Charlie Pride, country singer
Sergey Rachmaninoff, composer
Bonnie Raitt, singer
Mac Rebennack (Dr. John), musician
Lou Reed, singer
Jeannie C. Riley, singer
Rainer Maria Rilke, poet
Joan Rivers, comedian
Lynn Rivers, U.S. Congresswoman
Alys Robi, Canadian vocalist
Norman Rockwell, artist
Theodore Roethke, poet
George Romney, artist
Theodore Roosevelt, U.S. President
Axl Rose, rock star
Roseanne, actor, writer, comedienne
Amelia Rosselli, 1930-1996, poet
Dante Rossetti, poet and painter
Gioacchimo Rossini, composer
Martin Rossiter, musician
Philip Roth, writer
Mark Rothko, artist
Gabrielle Roy, author
John Ruskin, writer
Winona Ryder, actor
Yves Saint Laurent, fashion designer
May Sarton, poet, novelist
Francesco Scavullo, artist, photographer
Lori Schiller, writer, educator
Charles Schulz, cartoonist (Peanuts)
Robert Schumann, German composer
Delmore Schwartz, poet
Ronnie Scott, musician
Alexander Scriabin, composer
Jean Seberg, actress
Monica Seles, athlete (tennis)
Anne Sexton, poet
Linda Sexton, writer
Mary Shelley, author
Percy Bysshe Shelley, poet
William Tecumseh Sherman, general
Frances Sherwood, writer
Dmitri Shostakovich, musician
Scott Simmie, writer, journalist
Paul Simon, composer, musician
Lauren Slater, writer
Christopher Smart, poet
Jose Solano, actor
Phil Specter, promoter and producer
Alonzo Spellman, athlete (football)
Muffin Spencer-Devlin, pro golfer
Vivian Stanshall, musician, writer, artist
Rod Steiger, actor
George Stephanopoulos, political advisor
Robert Louis Stevenson, writer
Sting, singer and musician
Teresa Stratas, opera singer
Darryl Strawberry, baseball player
William Styron, writer
Emmanuel Swedenbourg, religious leader
James Taylor, singer and musician
Kate Taylor, musician
Lili Taylor, actor
Livingston Taylor, musician
P.I. Tchaikovsky, composer
Alfred, Lord Tennyson, poet
Tracy Thompson, writer, reporter
Dylan Thomas, poet
Edward Thomas, poet
Leo Tolstoy, writer
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, artist
Spencer Tracy, actor
Ted Turner, founder, CNN Network
Mark Twain, author
Hunter Tylo, actress
Mike Tyson, prizefighter
Jean-Claude Van Damme, actor
Vincent Van Gogh, artist
Vivian Vance, actor
Victoria, British Queen
Mark Vonnegut, doctor, writer
Kurt Vonnegut, writer
Sol Wachtler, judge
Tom Waits, musician
Mike Wallace, broadcaster
Michael Warren, executive, Canada Post
George Washington, U.S. President
Damon Wayans, comedian, actor, writer, director, producer
Walt Whitman, poet
Dar Williams, musician
Robin Williams, actor
Tennessee Williams, playwright
Brian Wilson, rockstar (Beach Boys)
William Carlos Williams, physician, writer
Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous
Jonathan Winters, comedian
Hugo Wolf, composer
Thomas Wolfe, writer
Mary Wollstoncraft, writer
Ed Wood, movie director
Natalie Wood, actor
Virginia Woolf, writer
Luther Wright, basketball player
Elizabeth Wurtzel, writer
Tammy Wynette, singer
Bert Yancey, pro golfer
Boris Yeltsin, former President, Russia
Faron Young, musician
Robert Young, actor
William Zeckendorf, industrialist
Emile Zola, writer
Stefan Zweig, poet

Reporting a doctor who abused you

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario

How to make a complaint

How to make a complaint about sexual abuse

Canadian Regulatory Bodies/The College of Physicians and Surgeons for all provinces in Canada etc.

The College of Psychologists in Ontario

Contact the College


General Email:
Investigations and Hearings:
Professional Practice Questions:

Telephone: (416) 961-8817
Toll Free: (800) 489-8388 (Ontario Only)
Fax: (416) 961-2635

Address: The College of Psychologists of Ontario
110 Eglinton Avenue West
Suite 500
Toronto, Ontario M4R 1A3


Lobby governments to ban ECT/Political Action

Take Politicial Action Today to Lobby your Governments to ban electroshock:


1. Email or mail a letter to your representative/senator/MP/MPP today:

Hello everyone, I wanted to tell you how important it is to let your legislators know you want electroshock banned, to end now. You may think your one email or one letter does not count BUT it does count. The government is aware of public opinion and your opinion counts.

Please take a few moments of your time to let the legislators know how you feel about electroshock. It will take legislation changes to the mental health laws to ban electroshock. Here is a sample letter below. Thank you for caring to make a difference in the world today!


Dear Sir/Madam
I am writing/emailing you today because I want electroconvulsive therapy also known as electroshock or ECT to be banned from the mental health legislation.

There have been numerous studies and reports done that prove that electroshock
therapy causes brain damage. See the website of Dr. Peter R. Breggin, an American psychiatrist in the USA who has for many years written about the hazards of electroshock. His URL is:
(Add your own comments about why you want ect banned)
Make sure you have your contact info on the email and the letter.

2. Organize a peaceful protest against the use of electroshock at your nearest psychiatric hospital.

Call your local City Hall administration for a permit to have permission to have the protest. The permit is free. Apply for this permit a few weeks ahead of your event. This is good to have in case the police show up, keep a copy of the permit on you and ready your permit carefully. You cannot enter the facility you are protesting at or go onto the grounds. You can go on the sidewalk for the protest.

Get some supporters and friends and family together to show up for the protest. Post your press release of the event at libraries, online, at stores, at churches etc. a few weeks before the event and in your neighbourhood and where the event is taking place.

Make a press release and send it to the local media a week ahead. The media usually show up promptly as soon as the protest starts, so please be on time.

Here is a sample Press Release for the Media. Send it out to all the tv stations, radio stations and newspapers. Have some copies of your press release with you at the protest, the event to handout to the media.



June 19, 2006


TIME: 10 a.m. to 12 noon

PLACE: ABC Hospital, 3333 Juniper Street, City, State

Contacts: Sue Z. Home (555-555-555) cell phone (777-777-7777)

The group called End ECT is holding a peaceful protest on June 26, 2007 to protest the use of electroshock at this hospital. Mr. L. was a patient there and he says he has suffered from permanent memory loss.

Mr. L. wants ECT to be stopped at this hospital. (put the main points of your protest here,
and keep it concise - 3 or four paragraphs.
Keep the 5 W's in your press release, Who, What, When, Where, Why and what you want to achieve by having this protest, your goal.)

Electroshock harms people.
(see the website for more info on ECT)

(Keep the press release to one page only) Some local stationary stores have cheap prices for
photocopying, maybe someone you know has a photocopier and can make you some free copies
Ask around and you will find people willing to help you out.
Some local stationary stores have cheap prices for photocopying, maybe someone you know has a photocopier and can make you some free copies. Ask around and you will find people willing to help you out.

You can use props for the protest which the media like, make protest signs on bristol board
too. Remember, most of all to have fun. Sings songs, make up slogans and chants for your protest, get someone with a guitar or a singer. Be creative.

Get the names of the media who you speak too at the event as you may want to contact them. Keep a list of the people who participated in the peaceful protest as you may want them to come back to another protest. Have water supplied if you can especially on a hot day. Take pics of your protest or video.

You may want to put up a website or a blog. Lots are free on the web like

Keep a copy of your press clippings. Good Luck to you all who are organizing. It is fun and it is constructive.

3. Call your local radio shows and tv stations and try to get them to interview you.

4. Write to the editors of newspapers and magazines and write about wanting the governments to end electroshock or tell them about your experiences with ECT or of a friend of family member.

5. Organize your own group of psychiatric survivors if there is not one in your area. You can
sometimes use a church hall for free. Ask other groups you know of how they got their
meeting place.

6. Write your own book about your experiences. If you don't have the money to publish your book, you can always type it online at places like for free for everyone to have access to. Publishing a book can be expensive or self publish if you can or get someone to hlep you.

7. Speak out at library or event about your experiences with psychiatry.

8. Write poetry or a play.

9. Organize an event in your city. Some local newspapers have a section in the newspaper where you can post your event for free. Send in your event announcement a few weeks ahead.

10. Write a song

11. Have a MAD Pride Day on July 14th Bastille Day

If you think of any more ideas for social action, please let me know and I will post them here.
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The Ontario Mental Health Act


How to contact your Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP)

How to contact your Federal Member of Parliament (MP) It is free to send a letter to your MP in Ottawa. No postage stamp needed


How to contact your representative's office/United States House of Representatives

How to contact your US Senator


Monday, June 25, 2007

Steven's movies exposing ECT and DSM-IV

My husband Steven Earl Wittenberg made 2 movies about ECT and 1 movie about the DSM-IV Steven and I feel The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is a SHAM. We also feel electroshock is torture and a crime against humanity and that electroshock should be banned universally.

Here are the 3 movies. These are good little movies, don't miss them! Steven is very creative - Sue, his wife

Here are the movie titles and their URLs:


The URL is:


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These are the websites that were posted in these movies:

You can contact Steven or Sue by email: or by telephone at 613-721-1833 in Ottawa.

No Proof Mental Illness Exists

See this video titled "Psychiatry - No Science No Cures

The people in this video discusses the fraud of diagnosing people with psychiatric diagnoses.

No proof mental illness rooted in biology


What is "the mental health movement?" Its proponents claim that millions of Americans are afflicted with a mental illness, which is a disease "just like any other" and that the mentally ill suffer from a chemical imbalance in the brain that is corrected by psychiatric drugs.

Mental illness is said to be the cause of many of our society's social ills, such as suicide, murder, divorce, child abuse, sex offenses, depression and various addictions. If only mental illness could be cured, mental health supporters say, all of these ills could be prevented.

Because the mentally ill often are unaware of their disease, treatment must be forced on the mentally ill. All 50 states have laws that allow involuntary treatment if professionals deem they are a danger to self and others.

Psychiatrists, we are told, can now accurately diagnose mental illness and have safe and effective treatments. Psychiatry is considered a valid medical specialty, like cardiology, and the claims of the movement are based on scientific research.

The largest lay group is the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI). The media routinely refer to NAMI as advocates for the mentally ill, although its membership consists almost entirely of family members and not the mentally ill themselves. NAMI ascribes to the "biological basis of mental illness," and endorses forced treatment of the mentally ill.

The movement's major source of funding is the highly profitable pharmaceutical industry, which funds the drug research; which funds psychiatric journals, and even the American Psychiatric Association itself; which funds advertising to doctors and the public; and even funds lay groups such as NAMI (at least $11 million) and Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (at least $1 million).

Yet many professionals claim that the mental health movement is not a legitimate medical or scientific endeavor, let alone a civil rights movement, but a political ideology of intolerance and inhumanity.
Numerous psychiatrists and psychologists have examined the psychiatric research literature and found it to range from smoke and mirrors to quackery.

Psychiatrists have yet to conclusively prove that a single mental illness has a biological or physical cause, or a genetic origin. Psychiatry has yet to develop a single physical test that can determine that an individual actually has a particular mental illness. Indeed, The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders uses behavior, not physical symptoms, to diagnose mental illness, and it lacks both scientific reliability and validity.

On Aug. 16, eight members of MindFreedom (, an umbrella organization of mental patients who call themselves "psychiatric survivors," began a Fast for Freedom "to press for human rights and choice in psychiatry" and to "demand that the mental health industry produce even one study proving the common industry claim that 'mental illness is biologically-based.' "

Dr. James Scully of the American Psychiatric Association responded to the hunger strikers by claiming the evidence was so vast one need only look at "Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General" (1999) or a recent psychiatry textbook.

An expert panel for the strikers, made up of members (like myself) of the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology (, quickly responded by pointing out that neither of these works contains any such conclusive proof. Actually, the surgeon general's report on mental health states that "the precise causes (etiology) of mental disorders are not known" and "there is no definitive lesion, laboratory test, or abnormality in brain tissue that can identify (a mental) illness." The Textbook of Clinical Psychiatry (1999) states: " ... Validation of the diagnostic categories as specific entities has not been established." In its reply to the fasters, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill did not cite any scientific evidence at all.

In 1784, a similar debate raged in Paris about the scientific validity of the latest psychiatric nostrum (hypnotism) and its inventor, Dr. Franz Anton Mesmer, who claimed to have discovered a physical mechanism he called animal magnetism. The Academy of Sciences formed a panel, including American scientist Benjamin Franklin and French chemist Antoine Lavoisier, to assess the movement sweeping the city, and concluded that Mesmer's "cures" had no scientific basis. They were due entirely to the power of suggestion, now called the placebo effect. The Royal Society of Medicine issued a report with similar findings on Aug. 16, 1784.

Let us hope the Fast for Freedom has a positive outcome for all involved. If not, let us insist that the American Medical Association (or similar body) form a panel of objective, non-psychiatric scientists, without any ties to drug companies, to examine whether psychiatry should continue as a medical specialty or if it should join the historical ranks of alchemy, astrology and phrenology as a pseudoscience.

Dr. Keith Hoeller is editor of the "Review of Existential Psychology & Psychiatry" in Seattle.

For the latest news release plus lots of updates, published media articles, commentary, fact sheets, latest actions on electroshock, you can take to support the fast, and how to become a member of MindFreedom, check:

For daily Fast photos, a lively public message board with hunger striker discussion, and more see this page:

Photos of a delegation of hunger strikers meeting with the President of the American Psychiatric Association:

Some of the latest published media articles on the fast:

For a sample of the debate going on about the "biological basis of mental illness" see:

Antipsychiatry Movies and Plays

movies and plays

25 ReasonsWhy Psychiatry Must Be Abolished

Above is a picture of Don Weitz of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Don is an antipsychiatry activist and author.


by Don Weitz

1. Because psychiatrists frequently cause harm, permanent disabilities, death - death of the body-mind-spirit.

2. Because psychiatrists frequently violate the Hippocratic Oath which orders all physicians "First Do No Harm."

3. Because psychiatrists patronize and disempower people, especially their patients.

4. Because psychiatry is not a medical science.

5. Because psychiatry is quackery, a pseudo-science which lacks independent diagnostic tests, testable hypotheses, and cures for "schizophrenia" and all other types of alleged "mental illness" or "mental disorder".

6. Because psychiatrists can not accurately and reliably predict dangerousness, violence, or any other type of human behaviour, yet make such claims as "expert witnesses", and with the media promote the "dangerous mental patient" myth/stereotype.

7. Because psychiatrists have caused a worldwide epidemic of brain damage by promoting and prescribing brain-disabling treatments such as the neuroleptics, antidepressants, electroconvulsive brainwashing (electroshock), and psychosurgery (lobotomy).

8. Because psychiatrists manufacture hundreds of "mental disorders" classified in its bible called "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" (a modern witch-hunting manual); such "mental disorders" and "symptoms" are in fact negative, class-and-culturally-biased moral judgments for dissident ways of coping with personal problems and alternative ways of perceiving, interpreting or being in the world.

9. Because psychiatrists, blinded by their medical model bias, fraudulently pathologize and label people's serious life or existential crises as "symptoms" of "mental illness" or "mental disorder" such as "schizophrenia","bipolar affective disorder", and "personality disorder".

10. Because psychiatrists compound this fraud by falsely claiming, without scientific proof, that these "mental disorders" are caused by a "biochemical imbalance" in the brain, genetic factors or "genetic predispositions", despite the fact that there are no genetic factors in "mental illness".

11. Because psychiatrists frequently misinform their patients, families and the public by claiming that brain-disabling procedures such as the neurotoxins (e.g.,"antipsychotic medication" and "antidepressasnts"), electroconvulsive brainwashing (electroconvulsive therapy/"ECT"), psychosurgery (lobotomy) and other behaviour modification-mind control procedures are "safe, effective and lifesaving". The exact opposite is tragically true.

12. Because psychiatrists routinely deceive or lie to patients, prisoners, their families, and the public.

13. Because psychiatrists routinely and willfully violate the medical-ethical principle of "informed consent" by misinforming or not informing their patients about the numerous toxic, disabling and frequently permanent effects of the neuroleptics such as memory loss, tardive dyskinesia, tardive psychosis, parkinsonism, dementia (all signs of brain damage), and death.

14. Because psychiatrists routinely threaten, intimidate or coerce many patients - particularly women, children, the elderly, and prisoners - into consenting to health-threatening/brain-damaging "treatment" such as the antidepressants, neuroleptics, electroconvulsive brainwashing, and hi-risk experiments.

15. Because psychiatrists frequently fail to fully inform psychiatric inmates and prisoners about existing safe and humane, non-medical alternatives in the community such as survivor-controlled crisis centres, drop-ins, self-help or advocacy groups, diet, massage, wholistic medicine, affordable supportive housing, and jobs.

16. Because psychiatrists are sexist in frequently stereotyping women in crisis as "hysterical" or "over-emotional", blaming women whenever they voice real complaints and assertively express their feelings and emotions, prescribing massive doses of tranquilizers and antidrepressants to disproportionately large numbers of women, and in sexually assaulting women in their offices and institutions.

17. Because psychiatrists, particularly white male psychiatrists, are homophobic - the American Psychiatric Association (APA) once labelled homosexuality as a "mental illness" or "mental disorder" - and have used forced electroshock on lesbians, trying to coerce them into adopting a heterosexual life style.

18. Because psychiatrists are ageist in prescribing tranquilizers, antidepressants ("medication") and electroconvulsive brainwashing for disproportionately large numbers of elderly people - a form of elder abuse.

19. Because psychiatrists are racist in disproportionately incarcerating and drugging people of African descent, aboringal people, other people of colour and labelling them "psychotic" or "schizophrenic".

20. Because psychiatrists routinely violate people's civil rights, human rights and constitutional rights such as imprisoning innocent people without court trial or public hearing ("involuntary commitment"), and subjecting them to cruel and unusual punishments or tortures such as forced drugging, electroconvulsive brainwashing, psychosurgery, solitary confinement, "chemical restraints", and 4-point or 5-point restraints.

21. Because psychiatrists masterminded the mass murder of hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people including disabled children, the elderly and psychiatric patients during The Holocaust in Nazi Germany, and "selected" hundreds of thousands of concentration camp prisoners for death ("T-4 euthanasia" program) - historical facts still missing in psychiatric textbooks and histories.

22. Because psychiatrists have willingly participated in and administered mind-control experiments in the United States and Canada since the early 1950s - its chief targets have been poor patients, women, dissidents and prisoners.

23. Because psychiatry, particularly institutional-biological psychiatry, is based on the 3 Fs: Fear, Fraud,and Force.

24. Because psychiatry is a form of social control or punishment - not treatment.

25. Because psychiatry, particularly institutional-biological psychiatry, is fascist - a direct threat to democracy, human rights and life.

A note from the author:This statement is a slightly revised version of the original written in Spring 1998. Feel free to add and publish your own reasons. I am a psychiatric survivor and antipsychiatry activist who has been involved in the psychiatric survivor liberation movment for 24 years.

I am also co-editor of "Shrink Resistant: The Struggle Against Psychiatry in Canada" (1988), host-producer of the antipsychiatry program "Shrinkrap" on CKLN radio (88.1 FM) in Toronto, member of People Against Coercive Treatment (P.A.C.T.), and member of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP).]

To contact Don Weitz: email: or by telephone: 416-545-0796

Antipsychiatry Radio Shows

Above is a picture of David Oaks, head of the Mindfreedom International. He is a psychiatric survivor. His website is at the URL: A great place to join and get involved if you want you want to know or to help fight peacefully the many psychiatric abuses and human rights violations happening in psychiatry and in mental health services. David Oaks can be reached by email at: He is a real nice person and an a great leader and leader and activist. He is one of my heroes.

Internet Radio -

Welcome to MindFreedom hosted by David W. Oaks a psychiatric survivor. LIVE FREE Internet radio. For over a year, MindFreedom has had a weekly Internet radio show that is broadcast free and live to a computer new you. Here's how to listen and call-in live every Wednesday at 4 pm EST or listen to archives later.
MindFreedom News Hour Internet Radio

Listen and call-in live every Wednesday at 4 pm EST at:

Hear MindFreedom's free weekly public Internet radio show every Wednesday at 4 pm EST about a nonviolent revolution in the mental health system, hosted by psychiatric rights activist David Oaks, director of MindFreedom.

Archives are now available again. To hear recent shows go here:

The MindFreedom News Hour is part of a diverse array of new shows on Progressive Radio Network with leadership from radio personality and health advocate Gary Null.

On each MindFreedom News Hour you'll hear hear news, resources, and an interview. Shows have covered the history of the psychiatric survivor movement, how psychiatric survivors and concerned mental health professionals are working together on human rights campaigns, and more.

Regular features include networking announcements about successful activism and alternatives.

Above is a picture of Don Weitz, a psychiatric survivor and former psychologist, an antipsychiatry and anti-ECT activist and author. Don is co-founder of the group called "Coalition Against Pscychiatric Assault (CAPA) which is located in Toronto. CAPA websites: Don is a real nice person, a great activist and leader. He is one of my heroes and one of my mentors. Don can be reached by email at:

SHRINK RAP - CKLN - 88.1 FM - Toronto

Don Weitz hosts the radio show "SHRINK RAP" in Toronto, Ontario Canada. The show is aired on radio station ( 88.1 FM) CKLN on the last Friday of the month between 6:15 p.m. and 6:35 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) This is a fantastic radio show! CKLN Website:
This is not an antipsychiatry show, but I was on this show recently

SOUND MIND - CKCU in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. I was a guest on the show on April 25th of this year and I was interviewed by Heather Bruce. I spoke about
electroshock and psychiatry. I asked Heather if she could send me a cassette copy of the tape of the show I was on in April. Heather agreed to do a copy for me.

Three months later and I am still waiting for a copy of the cassette of the show. Spoke to Heather and sent emails to her. She said the CKCU office is under major repairs and she will send me a tape, she has not forgotten me she said....after 3 months.... You would think the Sound Mind show would have the courtesy of sending me a copy of the show in a reasonable amount of time...

My advice to you is - if you are going to be on a radio show, tape the show yourself or you may end up in the same situation and I did.

Antipsychiatry Reading Room

Antipsychiatry reading room

Drug awareness/bad side effects Websites

Health Canada CANADA - CANADA




Sunday, June 24, 2007

Anti-Psychiatry Websites

These websites below expose the harm done by psychiatry which includes psychiatric drugs and and electroshock also known as ECT, shock and electroconvulsive therapy.

If you know of any other antipsychiatry that you think I should post here, please let me know and please email me at:

Dr. Breggin, an American psychiatrist and author exposes the harm done by ECT and psychiatric drugs. He has written several books which include "Toxic Psychiatry", "Talking Back to Psychiatry" He was an expert witness at lawsuits for victims of psychiatry, lawsuits on his site. He is an expert on psychiatric drugs and electroshock. See the many articles on psychiatric drugs and electroshock on this huge website which is a wealth of information.

Juli Lawrence, who is an electroshock survivor has a huge website all about ECT which includes
ECT lawsuits and

The websites of the "The Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault (CAPA) ", Toronto, Ontario - this dynamic group headed by Dr. Bonnie Burstow and Don Weitz recently
organized a Mother's Day Event on May 13, 2007 to protest the use of electroshock on
Women, called "Stop Shocking Our Mother's and Grandmothers. This was an international event with Montreal, Quebec and Cork, Ireland Participating. Videos and pictures on this website of this ECT protest. CAPA is organizing to host a play about Hemingway in July 2007
in Toronto. There are many articles opposing psychiatry on this website. I am a member of large of CAPA.

Dr. John Breeding, a psychologist from Texas and his Coalition for the Abolition of
Electroshock in Texas (CAEST) . Videos about ECT/ECT protests/Shock Quotationary - Dr. Breeding's other website where he exposes the harm done by psychiatric drugs which are given to children.


Dr. John Friedberg, a neurologist speaks out about how ECT causes brain damage.

FDA alert on ECT/Slovenia - ECT free zone/

exposing the harm done by psychiatry

MindFreedom International is an independent nonprofit that unites 100 grassroots groups and thousands of members to peacefully take action for human rights in the mental health system.

Sue's Poem about ECT

A picture of me a year before I had electroshock. I had just turned 17 years old and I was dressed up as I was going to my Grade 12 graduation.

I attended at the Sir Wilfrid Laurier High School on Carson Road in Vanier in 1972. I was an in-patient at the Royal Ottawa Hospital on the Whitney 4 ward at the time of this picture. I was let off the ward by the hospital staff to go to my graduation.

I wrote a poem this year 2007 about my experience with electroshock. My poem is entitled "ECT Hurt Me" I was given ECT against my will at the age of l7 years old, I was not an adult yet in 1973. I got the ECTs forced on me at the Brockville Psychiatric Hospital in Ontario, Canada.

Here is my poem:

ECT Hurt Me

by Sue Clark-Wittenberg, 2007

The day I got my first ECT
I recall the room was white
the nurses wore white
the doctor wore white
and I was white as a sheet with fright

I lay on my back on the bed
with wires put on both sides of my head
a rubber band put on my forehead
and a rubber mallet stuck in between my teeth

I was scared to death, terrified
I wanted to jump up and run
but I could not
I saw the ECT machine
right to my left
and knew that horrible machine
was going to be turned on
any minute
and it would hurt my brain
and it did

I woke up after the ECT
dizzy, confused and did
not know who I was
where I was

I was put in a wheelchair
I missed my breakfast
and had to to wait for lunch

a peer on my ward
told me many years later
that when the staff grabbed me
to take me to the ECT room
I screamed, kicked and bit the
staff and hollered
"Somebody, anybody, please
help me"
But nobody did

ECT hurt my brain
No one told me
truth about what ECT
would do to me
because nobody cared

So that is why I want ECT
the atrocity that it is
to be banned, to end
to stop now
so no one else has to
go through the torture
like I did which is called ECT

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Dr. Thomas Szasz

Above is a picture of Thomas Szasz, American psychiatrist and author of many books one of which is entitled "The Myth of Mental Illness"

Dr. Thomas Szasz has a website at the URL:
and Dr. Szasz also has a blog at the URL:


Who is Thomas Szasz? by Jeffrey A. Schaler, Ph.D.

He is Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus at the State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse, New York, Adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute, Washington, D.C., author and lecturer. His classic The Myth of Mental Illness (1961) made him a figure of international fame and controversy. Many of his works--such as Law, Liberty, and Psychiatry, The Ethics of Psychoanalysis, Ceremonial Chemistry, and Our Right to Drugs--are regarded as among the most influential in the 20th century by leaders in medicine, law, and the social sciences.

Born in Budapest in 1920, Thomas Szasz came to this country in 1938 from his native Hungary and within a few months was admitted to the University of Cincinnati. After graduating with honors in Physics in 1941, he entered the College of Medicine of the University of Cincinnati and won his M.D. degree in 1944. Later, Szasz took his psychoanalytic training at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and for the next five years was a member of its staff--taking twenty-four months out for active duty with the U.S. Navy. A FELLOW of the American Psychiatric Association and a LIFE member of the American Psychoanalytic Association, Dr. Szasz has published frequently in leading medical, psychiatric, and psychoanalytic journals.

Reviewing Law, Liberty, and Psychiatry in the American Bar Association Journal, former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Arthur J. Goldberg wrote: "Dr. Szasz makes a real contribution by alerting us to the abuses--existing and potential--of human rights inherent in enlightened mental health programs and procedures. He points out, with telling examples, shortcomings in commitment procedures, inadequacies in the protections afforded patients in mental institutions and the dangers of over-reliance on psychiatric expert opinion by judges and juries." Charles D. Aring, M.D., Professor of Neurology, University of Cincinnati, praised the book in these words: "One of the most important statements since the publications of Freud. Law, Liberty and Psychiatry is likely to rank among the classics of psychiatry." In an introduction to his writings and thought, Professors Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg wrote (1983) "Throughout his distinguished career . . . Thomas S. Szasz has steadfastly defended the values of humanism and personal autonomy against all who would constrain human freedom with shackles formed out of conceptual confusion, error, and willful deception."

John Leo, social science editor for U.S. News & World Report, wrote in 1993 that "No one attacks loose-thinking and folly with half the precision and zest of Thomas Szasz." Paul Roazen, author of Encountering Freud, wrote in 1993 that "Thomas Szasz remains unique among contemporary observers of the social, ethical, and political implications of psychiatry: every argument he makes, and each word he chooses, are deserving of our closest attention."

Dr. Thomas Szasz's quotes:

"No further evidence is needed to show that ''mental illness'' is not the name of a biological condition whose nature awaits to be elucidated, but is the name of a concept whose purpose is to obscure the obvious".

"Involuntary mental hospitalization is like slavery. Refining the standards for commitment is like prettifying the slave plantations. The problem is not how to improve commitment, but how to abolish it."

"Institutional psychiatry is a continuation of the Inquisition. All that has really changed is the vocabulary and the social style. The vocabulary conforms to the intellectual expectations of our age: it is a pseudo-medical jargon that parodies the concepts of science. The social style conforms to the political expectations of our age: it is a pseudo-liberal social movement that parodies the ideals of freedom and rationality."

"The problem with psychiatric diagnoses is..that they are swung as semantic blackjacks: cracking the subject's dignity and respectability destroys him just as effectively as cracking his skull. The difference is that the man who wields a blackjack is recognized by everyone as a thug, but one who wields a psychiatric diagnosis is not."

-Thomas Szasz, M.D.

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- Thomas Szasz, American Psychiatrist, author of the book "The Myth of Mental Illness"

Children getting electroshocked

A whistleblower told me recently that a boy who was in the Hospital for Sick Kids in Toronto was sent to the Sunnybrook Hospital for electroshock. This is horrendous!

Are they any more whistleblowers out there that know of any children being sent to get electroshock in Canada, the USA or any other country, please let me know.

Your confidentiality is assured. I never reveal my sources. Please email me with the info to:

Abuse of Electroshock Found in Turkish Mental Hospitals

The New York Times

September 29, 2005


PARIS, Sept. 28- Turkey's psychiatric hospitals are riddled with horrific abuses, including the use of raw electroshock as a form of punishment, according to a human rights report issued in Istanbul on Wednesday, just days before Turkey begins formal talks to join the European Union.

The report, by Mental Disability Rights International, a Washington-based group, came after several visits in the past year by the group's investigators to psychiatric hospitals and other facilities for people with developmental or mental disabilities.

While the report details many types of abuses, it said the most disturbing involved the use of electroconvulsive therapy without anesthesia to treat a wide range of illnesses in adults and children. The World Health Organization has called for a ban on "unmodified" or "direct" use of the treatment and states that children should never be subjected to it in any form.

The therapy, in which an electrical current is passed through the brain, was developed in the 1930's and continues to be used in mainstream psychiatry to treat a limited number of ailments. But it is normally administered with anesthesia and muscle relaxants.

Without them it can be painful, terrifying and dangerous. Patients can break jaws or crack vertebrae during the induced seizures. The report quotes a 28-year-old patient at Bakirkoy Psychiatric Hospital in Istanbul as saying, "I felt like dying."

The Health Ministry, which is responsible for psychiatric hospitals, said it had not yet read the report and declined to comment, other than to say that the director of the electroconvulsive therapy center at Bakirkoy denied administering unmodified electroshocks there.

But on one day in April when the rights group's staff visited the center, 24 people received such treatments, the report said. Technicians at the center told the group that only patients who had broken bones, presumably from previous treatments, were given anesthesia.

The human rights group estimated that unmodified shock treatment was used on nearly a third of patients undergoing psychiatric crises at the government-run hospitals, including children as young as 9. The treatment is also administered for many illnesses, like postpartum depression, that are not generally considered by the international psychiatric community to warrant electroshock.

The investigators also found that the treatment was used as punishment. The report describes patients being dragged to electroshock therapy in straitjackets and forcibly held down during the procedure.

"If we use anesthesia the E.C.T. won't be as effective, because they won't feel punished," the report quotes the director of the electroconvulsive therapy center as saying.

Referring to that statement, Eric Rosenthal, the founder of the rights group, said in a telephone interview from Istanbul, "That was one of most horrifying statements I've ever heard in 12 years of doing this work."

Turkey has been criticized for using unmodified electroshock before. In 1997 the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture called on Turkey to stop the practice, and the Health Ministry promised to do so.

Now, the new report is likely to complicate Turkey's talks with the European Union, because of the organization's strict human rights requirements for membership.

"There's no question that what's described in the report counts as torture under the European convention and shouldn't exist in Turkey or anywhere in Europe," said Richard Howitt, a British member of the European Parliament who sits on the joint European Union-Turkish parliamentary committee.

He said he would bring up the report as part of the membership negotiations, because to join, a nation must be judged to follow democratic principles, respect human rights and be on its way to meeting certain economic and institutional standards.

The report, which includes testimony from former patients and videos taken inside some institutions, reported other abuses as well.

Much of the documented abuse took place in orphanages and rehabilitation centers for children with developmental or intellectual disabilities. Investigators saw emaciated and neglected children, many of whom had behavioral problems that were likely to have been the result of mistreatment rather than pre-existing illness, Mr. Rosenthal said.

"We saw children who were essentially abandoned, starving, tied down to their beds," he said, adding that investigators had not been allowed to see the worst wards.

Photographs and videos taken at the Saray Rehabilitation Center, the largest of Turkey's government-run rehabilitation centers, show skeletal children, some with plastic water bottles taped over their hands to prevent them from biting their fingers. Other children with only minor disabilities are mixed in with the rest.

Although the center keeps no mortality records, a footnote in the report notes that the large number of admissions without a corresponding number of discharges suggests that many children die at the center.

"We believe there's a very high death rate in these facilities," Mr. Rosenthal said.

Officials at Turkey's Directorate for Social Services and Child Protection could not be reached for comment.

The report said that there were no enforceable laws in Turkey to protect mentally ill people from arbitrary detention or forced treatment and that there were virtually no community services that might keep them out of institutions. As a result, according to the report, thousands are institutionalized for life.

Mr. Rosenthal founded Mental Disability Rights International in 1993. It now has a staff of nine people, including one in Turkey.