Are People Being Thrown Into Psychiatric Wards for Their Political
by George Washington
Health Diagnoses Are Sometimes Politically-Motivated
and psychiatrists are good people, who are only trying to help their
But the Nazi
supported psychologists … many of whom, in turn, espoused
extermination of the people they considered to be “racially
and cognitively compromised”.
famously aided Stalin in applying
fake insanity diagnoses to political dissenters. The official
explanation was that no sane person would declaim the Soviet government
created the American program of torture which was specially-crafted
to produce false confessions
to justify U.S. military policy. And see this.
American psychologists are eager to label
anyone “taking a cynical stance toward politics, mistrusting
authority, endorsing democratic practices, … and displaying an inquisitive,
imaginative outlook” as worthy of a trip to the insane
asylum. (Those traits may also get one labeled
as a potential terrorist.)
forensic psychiatrist James Knoll – psychiatry professor at
SUNY-Syracuse and director of a forensic fellowship program –
in the Psychiatric Times:
science becomes co-opted by a political agenda, an unhealthy alliance
may be created. It is science that will always be the host organism,
to be taken over by political viruses…. [P]sychiatry may come
to resemble a new organism entirely — one that serves the
ends of the criminal justice system.
with good intentions can erroneously label people delusional simply
because they themselves make bad assumptions.
There is even
a label for this – the “Martha
Mitchell Effect” – defined as:
by which a psychiatrist, psychologist, or other mental health
clinician mistakes the patient’s perception of real events as
delusional and misdiagnoses accordingly.
of a paper on this phenomenon (Bell, V., Halligan, P.W., Ellis,
H.D. (2003) Beliefs About Delusions. The Psychologist,
6 (8), 418-422) conclude:
improbable reports are erroneously assumed to be symptoms of mental
illness [due to a] failure or inability to verify whether the
events have actually taken place, no matter how improbable intuitively
they might appear to the busy clinician.
In other words,
psychologists who haven’t taken the time to examine for themselves
the claims of their patients will tend to label as delusional anything
which they “intuitively” feel is improbable. As such, psychologists
and psychiatrists are just as prone to acting out their irrational
prejudices as anyone else … unless they take the time to investigate
and educate themselves.
Indefinitely Detaining Citizens In Psychiatric Wards Without Due
Process of Law
As such, detention
in psych wards on mere “suspicion” of posing a danger
– without due process of law – is troubling.
marine Brandon Raub was just carted
off and locked
in a psychiatric ward for his allegedly “anti-government”
acting under a state law that allows emergency, temporary psychiatric
commitments upon the recommendation of a mental health professional
– took Raub to the John Randolph Medical Center in Hopewell. He
was not charged with any crime.
Dupuis, the county police chief, said Raub was taken into custody
upon the recommendation of mental health crisis intervention workers.
He said the action was taken under the state’s emergency
custody statute, which allows a magistrate to order the civil
detention and psychiatric evaluation of a person who is considered
York Police officer Adrian Schoolcraft was involuntarily
hospitalizated in a psychiatric ward after he recorded videotapes
of his fellow police officers engaging in corruption.
Swinney of New Zealand was also held
in a psychiatric ward and called “delusional” for criticizing
the government. Susan Lindauer was held
under the Patriot Act for a year at Carswell Air Force Base –
where psychiatric drugs were pushed on her – after she
alleged government corruption.
the rest of the article
Washington blogs at Washington's
© 2012 Washington's