Surprise, Another New Antipsychotic Drug

July 26th, 2021

Cerevel Therapeutics announced June 29, 2021 the “CVL-231 Phase 1b Clinical Trial Results” for patients diagnosed with schizophrenia. They say the trial participants had statistically significant scores on the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS) compared to placebo.

CVL-231 is a muscarinic M4-selective Positive Allosteric Modulator. While that’s quite a mouthful, it basically means that it is supposed to reduce dopamine neurotransmitter activity in the brain.

The purpose of this new antipsychotic drug is the same as other dopamine-related antipsychotic drugs, but the emphasis with this drug is on reducing the side effects such as headaches, nausea, gastrointestinal upsets, exacerbation of psychotic symptoms, and debilitating movement disorders (e.g. akathisia, dyskinesia.)

They still don’t have a real clue about why messing with dopamine has any relationship to psychotic behavior, and as we’ve said before messing with neurotransmitters is playing Russian Roulette with your brain.

The PANSS Scale is used for assessing the severity of psychotic symptoms. The patient is rated by the opinion of an interviewer during a 45-minute interview covering 30 items about the patient’s symptoms on a scale of 1 (absent) to 7 (extreme).

The psychiatrist’s problem with side effects is that patients often stop taking the drugs because of the painful side effects and they relapse. The drugs don’t actually cure anything, they just temporarily relieve the pressure that an underlying problem may be causing, by breaking into the routine rhythmic flows and activities of the nervous system. Once the drug has worn off the original problem remains, and the body is worse off from the nerve damage.

Any medical doctor who takes the time to conduct a thorough physical examination of a child or adult exhibiting signs of what a psychiatrist fraudulently calls “schizophrenia” can find undiagnosed, untreated physical conditions. The correct action on a seriously mentally disturbed person is a full, searching clinical examination by a competent non-psychiatric medical doctor to discover and treat the true cause of the problem.

CCHR’s cofounder the late Professor Thomas Szasz stated that “schizophrenia is defined so vaguely that, in actuality, it is a term often applied to almost any kind of behavior of which the speaker disapproves.”

Today, psychiatry clings tenaciously to antipsychotics as the treatment for “schizophrenia,” despite their proven risks and studies which show that when patients stop taking these drugs, they improve.

No one denies that people can have difficult problems in their lives, that at times they can be mentally unstable, subject to unreasonable depression, anxiety or panic. Mental health care is therefore both valid and necessary. However, the emphasis must be on workable mental healing methods that improve and strengthen individuals and thereby society by restoring people to personal strength, ability, competence, confidence, stability, responsibility and spiritual well–being. Psychiatric drugs and psychiatric treatments are not workable.

Any person falsely diagnosed as mentally disordered which results in treatment that harms them should file a complaint with the police and professional licensing bodies and have this investigated. They should seek legal advice about filing a civil suit against any offending psychiatrist and his or her hospital, associations and teaching institutions seeking compensation.

Side Effects

Something is Rotten in Canton

July 19th, 2021

Let’s Electroshock Children Who Misbehave

In March of 2020 the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) banned the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center in Canton, Massachusetts from using electric shock devices on their autistic and other mentally troubled children. In July of 2021 a federal appeals court removed the ban. The school is once again electro shocking about 60 students a day.

The school administers electric skin shocks in a form of “aversion therapy” for aggressive or self-injurious behavior. School staff trigger a shock to a child by using a remote control that zaps children with electric current when they misbehave. The school calls this a “medical device.” Since 1987 a state court must determine that such forced treatment is appropriate.

This electrical stimulation device delivers a powerful and painful electric shock to the wearer’s skin in an effort to punish. This school is the only facility in the country that uses coercive electric shock therapy to “treat” individuals who severely self-injure or are aggressive.

The FDA finally recognized in March 2020 (after 20 years) that these devices “present substantial psychological and physical risks and, in fact, can worsen underlying symptoms—while leading to heightened anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.”

Unfortunately, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia overturned the FDA ban on July 6, 2021, stating that the ban was a regulation of the practice of medicine, which is outside the FDA’s area of authority.

The History of Abuse

In April 2016, the FDA first proposed banning electrical stimulation devices for self-injurious or aggressive behavior.

In 2018, the media reported that the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center would be allowed to continue administering electric shocks to its special needs students after a judge ruled the procedure conformed to the “accepted standard of care,” in spite of the practice being condemned by disability rights groups and the ACLU.

On December 3, 2018, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of The Organization of American States published a Precautionary Measure calling for the school to immediately cease electroshocking special needs children as a disciplinary measure.

In March 2020 the FDA finally determined that the devices presented a substantial and unreasonable risk to self-injurious and aggressive patients, justifying banning the devices for that purpose.

The Appeals Court

The appeals court examined the question, “Does the FDA have legal authority to ban an otherwise legal device from a particular use?”

The court concluded that current law prohibits the FDA from regulating the practice of medicine, and therefore it vacated the FDA’s rule banning electrical stimulation devices for self-injurious and aggressive behavior. There was one dissenting opinion; the Chief Judge found in favor of the FDA. [Read the full court opinion here.]

Of course, the lie in the argument is that electro shocking children is “practicing medicine.” In fact it is torture, not medicine.

The Case Against Torture

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment has remarked that Electro Convulsive Treatment (ECT) amounts to torture. The World Health Organization (WHO) has also stated that there are no indications for the use of ECT on minors. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) calls for a ban on “forced treatment.”

Granted that ECT is more severe than electric skin shocks, just have someone force you to stick your finger into an electric wall socket and tell us that this is not torture.

Disguising social control as medical treatment is a deceit which conceals an abuse.” This is a de facto abuse of power, as it seeks to limit and control the individual instead of helping the individual to get better and improve their conditions in life.

In the United Nations July 24, 2018 Annual Report of the High Commissioner “Mental health and human rights,” it states, “States should ensure that all health care and services, including all mental health care and services, are based on the free and informed consent of the individual concerned, and that legal provisions and policies permitting the use of coercion and forced interventions, including involuntary hospitalization and institutionalization, the use of restraints, psychosurgery, forced medication, and other forced measures aimed at correcting or fixing an actual or perceived impairment, including those allowing for consent or authorization by a third party, are repealed. States should reframe and recognize these practices as constituting torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and as amounting to discrimination against users of mental health services, persons with mental health conditions and persons with psychosocial disabilities.”

The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, formally adopted on December 10, 1948 states, “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”

CCHR’s own Mental Health Declaration of Human Rights, written in 1969, states these rights, among others:
“The right to refuse any treatment the patient considers harmful.”
“No person shall be given psychiatric or psychological treatment against his or her will.”

Sign the petition to ban electroshock here.

Is That Going To Be A Problem?

July 12th, 2021

Problems are huge now. Everyone has one or more of them. Seems like everyone accuses someone else of them. They are therefore a ripe subject for our blog. There’s a lot to know about the subject.

Some things to know about Problems

A problem is as important as it is related to survival.
The human mind’s basic purpose is the posing and resolving of problems related to survival.
Problems begin with an unpredictability.
Problems are a necessary component of games.
One might say that the best problem is one that never solves.
The old maxim “If you want something done, give it to a busy person to do,” expresses the idea that a person suffers if they do not have enough problems. A person chafes and grows bored when there is a total lack of problems. Giving a busy person one more thing to do adds to their problems, and thus they suffer less.
On the other hand, enough unsolved problems add up to a huge confusion. The balance between too few problems and too many of them is critical, and varies from person to person and time to time.

Some definitions of the word

Problem:
— A question or puzzle raised for inquiry, consideration, or solution.
— A source of perplexity, distress, or vexation.
— Something or someone difficult to achieve, deal with, or control.
— A matter or situation regarded as unwelcome or harmful and needing to be dealt with and overcome.

[From Greek problema, “obstacle”, from proballein “to throw forward”, from pro- “forward” + ballein “to throw”.]

Even better definitions, ones which lead to methods of resolution, are:
— Two or more opposed purposes; also expressed as Purpose versus Counter-purpose.
— Intention versus Counter-intention.
— Postulate versus Counter-postulate.
— Something that persists because it contains a lie or altered facts, since if it were totally truth it wouldn’t be a problem.

Problems and Creativity

Creation is a primary ability of a person. Unfortunately when a person loses their ability to create, about the only thing they can create is a problem. So somebody comes along and says, “Let’s all be happy and healthy.” Next thing you know, all you can see are problems about being happier or healthier. When the problems get too great to do something about, what happens then? One creates lies, because the lowest order of creation is lying, and the problem will then persist because it contains a lie.

Problems and Psychiatry

Problems are no stranger to psychiatrists. In fact, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is full of problems. (While the DSM itself is a problem, here we mean that many different problems are described in the DSM as mental disorders.)

Let’s give some examples. These are problem-related mental disorders listed in the DSM-5 for which psychiatrists can prescribe harmful and addictive psychotropic drugs:

— Academic or educational problem
— Other problem related to employment
— Other problem related to psychosocial circumstances
— Parent-child relational problem
— Phase of life problem
— Problem related to current military deployment status
— Problem related to lifestyle
— Problem related to living alone
— Problem related to living in a residential institution
— Problems related to multiparity [i.e. five or more childbirths]
— Problems related to other legal circumstances
— Problems related to release from prison
— Problems related to unwanted pregnancy
— Religious or spiritual problem
— Sibling relational problem
— Unspecified housing or economic problem
— Unspecified problem related to social environment
— Unspecified problem related to unspecified psychosocial circumstances

The Problem of Psychiatry

Psychiatry itself is a problem of magnitude. While psychiatry claims to be the arbiter of good and bad mental health, it has demonstrated over many years that it cannot cure any mental problems.

In fact, psychiatry invents the very problems that it then fraudulently claims to handle. Mental “disorders” are voted into and out of existence based on factors that have nothing to do with medicine. Psychiatry admits that it has not proven the cause or source of a single “mental illness;” the DSM is simply a list of symptoms.

Recommendations

The DSM should be removed from use in all government agencies, departments and other bodies including criminal, educational and justice systems. None of the mental disorders in the DSM should be eligible for insurance coverage because they have no scientific, physical validation. Provide funding and insurance coverage only for proven, workable treatments that verifiably and dramatically improve or cure mental health problems.

Contact your local, state and federal officials and representatives to express your viewpoints about this.

World Health Organization New Guidelines Are Vital To End Coercive Psychiatric Practices & Abuse

July 5th, 2021

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a damning report [“Guidance on community mental health services“, 9 June 2021] that lashes out against coercive psychiatric practices, which it says “are pervasive and are increasingly used in services in countries around the world, despite the lack of evidence that they offer any benefits, and the significant evidence that they lead to physical and psychological harm and even death.”

It points to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) which in essence, calls for a ban on “forced hospitalization and forced treatment.”

Citizens Commission on Human Rights® International (CCHR Int) welcomes the report not just for recognizing psychiatric abuses and torture as being rife, but also as a vindication of CCHR’s efforts since 1969 and other groups that have fought for the recognition of patients’ rights violations that WHO now acknowledges. CCHR’s Mental Health Declaration of Human Rights, written in 1969, includes many of the rights that the WHO report now addresses.

For example, WHO points to a series of UN guidelines and Human Rights Council resolutions that have called on countries to tackle the “unlawful or arbitrary institutionalization, overmedication and treatment practices [seen in the field of mental health] that fail to respect… autonomy, will and preferences.” People who are subjected to coercive practices report feelings of dehumanization, disempowerment and being disrespected, WHO further states.

CRPD says patients must not be put at risk of “torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment” and recommends prohibiting “coercive practices such as forced admission and treatment, seclusion and restraint, as well as the administering of antipsychotic medication, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and psychosurgery without informed consent.”

Coercive Practices Create Harm

Psychiatry has failed to take responsibility for the fact that its own coercive practices have caused the stigmatization which drives medical students and patients away from it, while it tries to blame this on its critics. WHO says stigmatization exists among the general population, policy makers and others when they see those with mental disabilities as being “at risk of harming themselves or others, or that they need medical treatment to keep them safe”—a psychiatric mantra—which results in a general acceptance of coercive practices such as involuntary admission and treatment or seclusion and restraint.

Many U.S. states allow electroshock to be given to involuntary patients against their will, constituting torture, as UN agencies have clearly stated. The WHO report specifically highlights the problem that “coercive practices are used in some cases because they are mandated in the national [or state] laws of countries.”

In Missouri, “Involuntary electroconvulsive therapy may be administered under a court order.” [RSMo 630.130]

Further, coercion is “built into mental health systems, including in professional education and training, and is reinforced through national mental health and other legislation.”

Countries must also ensure that “informed consent” is in place and that “the right to refuse admission and treatment is also respected.” “People wishing to come off psychotropic drugs should also be actively supported to do so, and several recent resources have been developed to support people to achieve this,” WHO says.

CCHR will continue to monitor and document psychiatric abuses and with this WHO guideline against involuntary treatment, refer this to attorneys who may be able to seek charges of torture where forced treatment is administered. Until laws enact the necessary protections, more pressure is needed to bring abuses to account through the courts. Contact your local, state and federal officials and express your viewpoint about this.

[See the CCHR International Press Release here.]

Please Accept Our Regrets

June 28th, 2021

Regret means “to miss” or “mourn the loss of” or “be remorseful about”. Some etymologies trace it back to Old Norse grata “to weep”.

In truth, regret is trying to turn the Cycle of Action backwards. The definition of regret is to return something through time, to run time backwards.

The Cycle of Action in this case is the consideration that things progress from Start to Change to Stop, or from Create to Survive to Destroy.

In the psychiatric billing bible Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), it is expressed as some mental disorder “in remission.” Remission comes from the Latin remittere “to send back.”

Thus we get regret being redefined by psychiatry as a mental disorder.

While regret may indeed be an unwholesome emotion, it isn’t a mental illness; it’s a symptom of a messed up Cycle of Action.

Psychiatric Regret

Some psychiatrists are finally realizing that what they once diagnosed as biological mental illnesses are in fact fake. They are now acknowledging that no biological markers have ever been identified for the non-organic mental disorders in the DSM; and that the psychotropic drugs prescribed for these fake illnesses are harmful.

Yet regret is still a hot topic in psychology and psychiatry, wasting precious funds on scholarly articles and research programs rehashing all the ways one can experience regret and what to do about it. An Internet search on “psychiatric regret” produces hundreds, if not thousands, of references.

Please forgive us if we jump on this bandwagon; nor do we regret doing so.

Cause and Effect

Regret is also the subject of Cause and Effect. An individual naturally desires to cause things, and not become the effect of something bad. Regret can be seen in this light as remorse for having caused something bad, or having been the effect of something bad and wishing it to be reversed. Thus the way out of this painful emotion is the rehabilitation of one’s ability to be a cause or to be an effect without all the accumulated trauma of bad causes and bad effects.

Masking these real emotions with psychiatric drugs, or endless talk sessions, only prolongs the pain and cannot relieve it. Psychiatry and psychology are not an answer; they only confuse the issues.

Qelbree, The Newest ADHD Drug

June 21st, 2021

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new drug April 2, 2021 for treatment of the fraudulent “disease” Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children ages 6 to 17.

Like many other psychiatric drugs, this one also carries an FDA warning:”Qelbree may increase suicidal thoughts and actions in some children with ADHD, especially within the first few months of treatment or when the dose is changed.”

Qelbree (generic viloxazine hydrochloride) is a non-stimulant drug, although it is a Selective Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor (sNRI), which means that it is really an antidepressant and is similar in operation to other ADHD drugs such as Strattera. The bottom line is that this class of drugs messes with neurotransmitters in the brain, and taking them is playing Russian Roulette with your brain.

Qelbree is an inhibitor of several Cytochrome P450 enzymes, which may intensify the drug’s side effects especially in combination with certain other drugs.

And again, like other similar psychiatric drugs, “The mechanism of action of viloxazine in the treatment of ADHD is unclear.

There is no valid ADHD clinical test for children. There is no valid ADHD clinical test for adults. The ADHD diagnosis does not identify a genuine biological or psychological disorder. The diagnosis is simply a list of behaviors that may appear disruptive or inappropriate, and is essentially just an opinion.

No one denies that people can have difficult problems in their lives, that at times they can be mentally unstable, subject to unreasonable depression, anxiety or panic. Mental health care is therefore both valid and necessary.
However, the emphasis must be on workable mental healing methods that improve and strengthen individuals and thereby society by restoring people to personal strength, ability, competence, confidence, stability, responsibility and spiritual well-being. Psychiatric drugs and psychiatric treatments are not workable.

ADHD Newborn

Planned Parenthood = Planned Extermination

June 7th, 2021

“Eugenics is not a closed book of past history. It casts a long shadow over both science and society in the Western world and, in fact, also globally.”

[Psychiatry and the Legacies of Eugenics]

The May 17, 2021 National Review magazine contained this observation:

“In the New York Times, Planned Parenthood president Alexis McGill Johnson formally criticized the institution’s infamous founder, Margaret Sanger, for her association with white-supremacist groups and the eugenics movement. After about a century, and the last year of racial tension, the abortion provider is finally ready to admit what many of us have been saying for quite some time: Sanger was a leader in the U.S. eugenics and population-control movements, motivated especially by her animus toward the poor, the “unfit,” and the “feeble-minded.” Sanger’s repulsive sentiments should shine a harsh light on the present-day business model of her organization. Nearly 80 percent of its clinics are located within walking distance of neighborhoods occupied predominantly by black and Hispanic residents. While constituting only 13 percent of the female population, black women represent more than one-third of all abortions in the U.S. each year, and they are five times more likely than white women to obtain an abortion. In recent years in New York City, more black babies were aborted than were born alive. Some day, let’s hope, Planned Parenthood will be apologizing for more than just Sanger.”

Pushed by mental health practitioners, the eugenics idea of racial inferiority became ingrained in the U.S. and led to Sanger’s “cure” for racial inferiority — sterilization. Sanger planned to “exterminate the Negro population” by inducing several black ministers with “engaging personalities,” to preach that sterilization was a solution to poverty. She stated that reaching Blacks “through a religious appeal,” would be the “most successful educational approach.”
[Elasah Drogin, Margaret Sanger: Father of Modern Society, 1986]

The American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) recent apology (January 18, 2021) for its support of structural racism understates psychiatry’s racial human rights abuses and its long history of instigating racism by providing “rationales” that justified and perpetuated it.

Over the last 50 years, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) has exposed that sordid history and intensified its efforts by forming the Task Force Against Psychiatric Racism and Modern Day Eugenics.

It is noteworthy that in the late 1700s, psychiatry’s own “Father of American Psychiatry,” Dr. Benjamin Rush, a slave owner, created a medical justification for racism by claiming Blacks suffered from a disease called “negritude,” supposedly a form of leprosy, and recommended their segregation to prevent them from “infecting” others.  A logo with the image of Benjamin Rush is still used for APA ceremonial purposes and internal documents. The APA still gives a Benjamin Rush Award.

Psychiatrists in the American mental health movement later latched onto and promoted the false science of eugenics [from the Greek word eugenes, well-born, from eu- well + -genes born], which claims some humans are inferior to others and should not have children.

African Americans are disproportionately diagnosed with mental illness and disproportionately committed to psychiatric facilities. They are more likely to be labeled with conduct disorder and psychotic disorders, especially schizophrenia, and overly prescribed antipsychotic drugs.  Black men are more likely to be prescribed excessive doses of these psychiatric drugs. Black children are overly labeled with ADHD. 

The APA’s incomplete apology may be viewed as political pandering and an attempt to whitewash history to pave the way for the psychiatric-pharmaceutical industry to expand – very profitably – into the African American community.

Style Is As Style Does

May 31st, 2021

Style is the FORM of something.

The word “style” means:
— a distinctive manner of expression or behavior or conduct
— a distinctive quality, form, or type of something
[from Latin stilus, “spike, stem, stylus”]

FASHION is a prevailing style.

A LIFESTYLE is the typical way of life of an individual, group, or culture.

Style In Psychiatry

“Style” appears in the psychiatric billing bible Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) as “Problem related to lifestyle.” With no discussion other than its indication as a billable medical diagnosis, it leaves its interpretation and treatment solely to the opinion of the psychiatrist.

There are suggestions that this diagnosis may be related to problems with physical exercise, diet and eating habits, sexual behavior, gambling, and sleeping patterns; although these have evolved to their own entries in the DSM or ICD (the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases).

Other psychiatric discussions name such things as “parenting style” or “attachment style” when dealing with people’s relationships with others. And psychiatric debates have occurred over whether compulsive shopping for the latest styles should be considered a sign of mental illness.

Now we see that “lifestyle” is being re-defined by the psychiatric industry as a mental illness.

Psychiatric Redefinition of Terms

There is a long history of psychiatry redefining terms to create more advantage for their industry. In their anxiety to keep their failures explained while they lobby governments for more funds, psychiatry continually redefines key words relating to the mind and mental trauma. Psychiatry tries to describe instead of cure; witness the DSM, which is all description and no cures. As a matter of fact, Norman Sartorius, president of the World Psychiatric Association in 1994 said, “The time when psychiatrists considered that they could cure the mentally ill is gone. In the future the mentally ill have to learn to live with their illness.”

The first version of the DSM in 1952 listed 112 disorders. DSM-IV in 1994 listed 374 disorders. The current revision DSM-5 from 2013 has 955 line items.

With the DSM, anyone can be said to have some form of insanity just by saying a big word, leaving the psychiatrist as an “authority” who can only label and not cure. The government billions given to psychiatry bought no cures but only a lot of big words and how they are all incurable.

One should certainly prefer a cure rather than a label. A cure is “Patients recovering and being sent, sane, back into society as productive individuals.” A label leads to no cure, topped off with harmful and addictive psychotropic drugs, or barbaric and damaging “treatments” such as electroconvulsive therapy or psycho-surgery.

Recommendations

1. Mental health homes must be established to replace coercive psychiatric institutions. These must have medical diagnostic equipment, which non-psychiatric medical doctors can use to thoroughly examine and test for all underlying physical problems that may be manifesting as disturbed behavior. Government and private funds should be channeled into this rather than abusive psychiatric institutions and programs that have proven not to work.

2. Establish rights for patients and their insurance companies to receive refunds for psychiatric treatment which did not achieve the promised result or improvement, or which resulted in proven harm to the individual, thereby ensuring that responsibility lies with the individual practitioner and psychiatric facility rather than with the government or its agencies.

3. Government, criminal, educational, judicial and other social agencies should not rely on the DSM and no legislation should use this as a basis for determining the mental state, competency, educational standard or rights of any individual.

The Latest Style
The Latest Style

Are You A Wise Person Or A Wiseacre?

May 24th, 2021

Wisdom is knowing how to use your wits, and is derived from an Old English word that means “to know;” as opposed to the construct “wiseacre” which is one who pretends to knowledge or cleverness.

Humanity has a long history of the pursuit of wisdom, which is called philosophy. The word “philosophy” comes from the Greek word sophos meaning wise.

There is also a long psychiatric history of trying to cast madness as a form of wisdom or of inexplicable insight. We suspect this might have arisen in a futile attempt to explain madness, since psychiatry has never been able to properly define it, defaulting instead to making up countless words for its multitude of symptoms. (Which is called “diagnosis.“)

The Resources of Wisdom

In the physical Universe there are four resources: matter, energy, space, and time. In the spiritual Universe, resources are whatever you consider a resource. Money for example, often considered as a resource, is a consideration — actually it is an idea backed with confidence; it represents an exchange of something of value for something else of value.

The common idea that one should use resources wisely, while a useful idea, comes from the situation that one has either forgotten how to create these resources or that one has too many blocks and barriers toward creating these resources. Thus, the basics of wise usage are really one’s abilities to effectively operate in the physical and spiritual Universes.

Rehabilitating one’s native abilities where they are blocked is ultimately the key to being wise.

Sanity and Insanity

The crux of the matter seems to be having proper definitions for sanity and insanity, as one alludes to wisdom and the other to madness. In this way we can adequately distinguish between the two.

Psychiatry has basically admitted to not knowing exactly what sanity and insanity are.

“We do not know the causes [of any mental illness]. We don’t have the methods of ‘curing’ these illnesses yet.” [Dr. Rex Cowdry, psychiatrist and director of National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in 1995]

As with most English words, there are a number of definitions for each to fit various circumstances. We’ll go with these two useful definitions:

Sanity — The ability to recognize differences, similarities and identities.
Insanity — The overt or covert but always complex and continuous determination to harm or destroy.

To make these two definitions real to you and see how they might apply to other things you know, perform the following two things repeatedly for each word:
1. Imagine a situation where this particular definition makes sense or applies.
2. Imagine a situation where this particular definition does not make sense or does not apply.

Do this until you have some realization about each word.

Books have been written on these two subjects, so we’re not going to examine all the ramifications in this one blog.

How Does This Apply to Psychiatry?

The inevitable conclusion seems to be that Wisdom and Sanity are related, and Madness and Insanity are related; and psychiatry is the Wiseacre bastard of the two.

Common Sense May Not Be All That Common

May 10th, 2021

We found a number of useful definitions for the phrase “common sense.”

– Sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts.
– An ability to reach intelligent conclusions.
– A reliable ability to judge and decide with soundness, prudence, and intelligence.
– The ability to think and behave in a reasonable way and to make good decisions.
– Good sense and sound judgment in practical matters.
– Sound judgment not based on specialized knowledge.
– The basic level of practical knowledge and judgment that we all need to help us live in a reasonable and safe way.
– Agreement with those perceptions, associations and judgments possessed of the generality of mankind. With respect to this definition, some have said that common sense implies something everyone knows; if that is the case, then what appears to be common sense is often common nonsense, given the level of disagreements showing up on current social media.

In Latin, sensus communis means “common feelings of humanity.”

Sometimes the phrase is found hyphenated: “common-sense” — something which reflects common sense, as in “a common-sense approach.”

Discussion

We wondered if it is possible to teach common sense, or if it is an innate (although not always evident) characteristic of humanity.

If anyone can have an instance or episode of common sense, perhaps we should also examine how this ability can be compromised.

In the past, some religious scholars have posited the negative influence of Satan as the mechanism of compromise. Others have attributed common sense, or lack of it, to one’s maturity level.

One place where common sense fails is in superstition. We have discussed superstition previously; it might be helpful to review it here.

We see many scholarly articles whose premise is that psychology and psychiatry are “scientific” and thus not matters of common sense. We tried reading a paper about psychiatry and common sense; frankly, making any sense of it without falling asleep was a challenge. It propagates the idea that “common sense rests on judgments of the probable rather than what we can directly ascertain as true” — which we think, from the definitions above, is directly contrary to the idea that common sense depends on the perception and observation of reality. Perhaps, though, that is precisely where common sense leaves off and superstition begins.

The True Basis For Common Sense

So we come to what we think is the true basis for common sense, which is “obnosis” — the observation of the obvious, on which all good judgment is based.

Observation is not passive, it is very much an active process, involving the closest possible study of what one is observing. Thus we see that the most important thing which hinders or gets in the way of one’s common sense is anything which blocks or hinders close observation. Truth or falsity, while relevant, is not even close in importance to the actual observation of what is there in front of you.

And yes, you can indeed teach someone to observe. You can also rehabilitate this ability in someone whose common sense has been compromised by a too heavy dependence on belief as a replacement for certainty.

One other thing that aids in the exercise of common sense would be the ability to imagine the consequences of one’s actions. This provides a predictive quality so important to good judgment.

How Does Psychiatry Compromise Common Sense?

Having an unobstructed view of the world, as we have just observed, is of paramount importance. This viewpoint, as far as the physical perceptions provided by one’s body goes, depends upon the proper functioning of one’s nerves and the nervous system. Yet the primary “treatments” of psychiatry are drug-based, with neuroleptic (“nerve-seizing”) drugs a chief offender. And lately there is a heavy psychiatric emphasis on psychedelic drugs, known primarily for their interference with such perceptions.

Need we even mention the harm that psychiatric Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) does — a direct attack on the brain, the center of the body’s nerve system.

Can you imagine how these might compromise one’s common sense? There are harmful consequences for psychiatric treatment.

The Bottom Line

A Truly Common Sense Approach would be banning ECT, banning psychiatric drugs, in fact defunding and banning psychiatry.

Contact your local, state, and federal officials and representatives and let them know what you think about this.

In Memory of Common Sense & Courtesy
In Memory of Common Sense & Courtesy