Unfalsifiability in psychiatry and licit drugging of white children

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This piece has been chosen for my collection Day of Wrath. It has been slightly modified and presently can only be read as a PDF within the book, ready for printing in your home for a comfortable reading.

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Note of 29 December 2012:

See also my short entry “MacDonald and psychiatry”

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  1. A very good article.

    • Thank you. Have you seen this?:

      Also, see this conference of Szasz speaking some of the quoted words in the above piece:

  2. So what are you saying here? That no matter how goofy a person might be consistently acting he does not have anything wrong with him?

    It doesn’t matter what anyone thinks the “cause” of seriously abnormal behavior is (Breggin’s neglect & abuse? Oh, please!). That no one can understand a mental disorder through purely physical means is irrelevant. Why does everything have to be proved through a microscope? If you can’t see “it” under a microscope it doesn’t exist and it’s not happening?

    No such thing as attention deficit disorder? I sat in on a boys’ club several times, where about 40 6-year old boys were acting normally – yes, there is such a thing as “normal” – doing crafts, with one boy running back and forth, back and forth for half an hour like a lunatic, unable to be made to sit for a minute. It was like this with him every time the boys club gathered.

    No, you don’t just dose them with Ritalin or any other chemical. Standard orthodox western medicine doesn’t have a g.d. clue, but that doesn’t mean that little white boys don’t sometimes have a mental-medical-whatever you want to call it problem and it’s not the parents’ or “society’s” fault.

    I suggest you look into old Chinese medicine for Shen Disturbances and their treatments. The present western system is lacking. Western doctors either poison your brain or think you can be talked out of your seriously maladaptive behavior.

    Tell me, what would YOU do with the little boy I mentioned above? Or someone who takes off all his clothes and rolls around in the street? Or who walks up and down the street, day after day, swearing in a loud voice? I have seen these things. Oh, I know, these guys were “neglected and abused”. Right.

    • So what are you saying here? That no matter how goofy a person might be consistently acting he does not have anything wrong with him?

      Exactly. The problem is not the kid but the parents who drove the kid mad.

      It doesn’t matter what anyone thinks the “cause” of seriously abnormal behavior is (Breggin’s neglect & abuse? Oh, please!).

      “Oh, please” is no refutation of the trauma model of mental disorders: a model that blames parents alone for the child’s acting out (see a chapter of my book here).

      That no one can understand a mental disorder through purely physical means is irrelevant. Why does everything have to be proved through a microscope? If you can’t see “it” under a microscope it doesn’t exist and it’s not happening?

      What is relevant is that the shrinks are saying that mental disorders have a physical origin: a claim that, as I have demonstrated, is a pseudoscientific hypothesis.

      No such thing as attention deficit disorder?

      I don’t claim that mental disorders don’t exist, but that, in direct contradiction to the outrageous lie in bio-psychiatry, they do have a psychogenic origin.

      …and it’s not the parents’ or “society’s” fault.

      Man, you really must read my book chapter I linked above.

      Tell me, what would YOU do with the little boy I mentioned above? Or someone who takes off all his clothes and rolls around in the street? Or who walks up and down the street, day after day, swearing in a loud voice? I have seen these things.

      If I had the power, I’d remove the boy or the teenager from the schizophrenogenic home, what psychiatrist Theodore Lidz recommended. Or still better, remove the abusive parent from home, as Alice Miller advised.

  3. Alice Miller is goofy and I can assure you that she is not a friend of yours or mine. Everything is the parents’ fault? They drove the kid mad? That may have been your experience but as a parent, let me assure you that we do what we know how to do; very few of us are malicious toward our children. If the parents are indeed at fault, be assured, Cesar, that they were impelled by forces they could not control to behave as they did, going back to the Dawn of Time.

    I read one of Miller’s books years ago when I had a young family. I understand that she had some major shifts of opinion on things. So, maybe, it’s in the cards for you to do the same.

    Suppose there’s brothers and sisters (of the mentally ill child) who are not disturbed. What do we do with them? Do they go along with Crazy Kid to the new home and strange new caregivers? These are important questions.

    Just WHO is going to mandate removal of children from a home? Guess what – there’s lots of more or less disturbed people out there who had a fine upbringing by well-meaning parents. If well-meaning isn’t good enough, who is that outside authority who is going to enter every home and rate it for suitable parenting?

    To think that removing a child from bad parents will cure anything is like saying that if you have lung cancer or emphysema, all you have to do is stop smoking. Not saying that seriously wicked parents should keep their children, only that removing those children will not necessarily have the nice effects you think will ensue.

    • Alice Miller is goofy and I can assure you that she is not a friend of yours or mine.

      A blanket statement with no arguments (or are you referring to something like my criticism of Miller here?).

      Everything is the parents’ fault? They drove the kid mad? That may have been your experience but as a parent, let me assure you that we do what we know how to do; very few of us are malicious toward our children.

      If you have a child with a disorder, I would have to speak with your kid, or still better have hidden cameras at your home to believe that you are innocent (ask my parents!: who believe they’re 100% innocent of the monstrous abuse they perpetrated on my poor sister).

      If the parents are indeed at fault, be assured, Cesar, that they were impelled by forces they could not control to behave as they did, going back to the Dawn of Time.

      Have you at least leafed thru my book The Return of Quetzalcoatl published in this blog?

      I read one of Miller’s books years ago when I had a young family. I understand that she had some major shifts of opinion on things. So, maybe, it’s in the cards for you to do the same.

      Miller did change her views. She dedicated her first books to Freud and after her awakening she ended up as a major critic of the Vienna quack.

      Suppose there’s brothers and sisters (of the mentally ill child) who are not disturbed. What do we do with them? Do they go along with Crazy Kid to the new home and strange new caregivers? These are important questions.

      I have responded to that legitimate observation in the second book of my Hojas Susurrantes.

      Shrinks do believe that the “invulnerable sibling” invalidates any attempt to blame any parent of the emotional fall of another child. But if there’s something I iterated in the first book of my Hojas is that the behavior of my parents was directed almost exclusively toward one person, not toward my brothers and sisters—just as Peter Helfgott’s behavior targeted his son David, not his other children (see the film Shine which won an Academy Award in 1996).

      Just WHO is going to mandate removal of children from a home?

      I am fully aware that we have zero legislation about what Lidz or Miller proposed. Society is blind about what parents do to their children.

      To think that removing a child from bad parents will cure anything is like saying that…

      I don’t believe that that would cure everything. But it’s certainly the first step to recovery. I started this Wikipedia article which mentions the Ross Institute for Psychological Trauma (a clinic I have visited by the way, not as a patient but as a researcher). They specialize in approaching trauma caused by parents.

  4. I read the article on Wikipedia and noticed that chart from Infanticidal to Helping. While I raised mine mostly by the Helping model, let me tell you – it’s one step forward & two steps back sometimes. You would not understand if you have not had children. Parents can’t just goodheartedly make a decision to rear their children this way and then carry it out perfectly. Life isn’t like that, not in this nut house called modern society.

    Also, this Helping style, with everything it includes – is this a cause or a result? I say, everything else has to be right in our society first before we can even dream of raising our children this way as a matter of course. Children are born with their own agenda and need rearing accordingly.

    Lots of theory and ideology. Practicality – less so. Anyone here with children who agree with me? Please keep in mind that the idea that parents’ actions totally determine the mental health, behavior, and character of their children is laughable liberal garbage. There’s a whole lot more going on. This world is not all about your or my pain.

    • You would not understand if you have not had children.

      It’s sophistry to say that because I don’t have children I will never understand, say, the emotional aftereffects of beatings on a poor four-year old girl.

      While I raised mine mostly by the Helping model

      Again, I’d have to interview your children. It makes no sense to listen only to the lawyer so to speak and never listening to the other witnesses (or the prosecutor).

      Please keep in mind that the idea that parents’ actions totally determine the mental health, behavior, and character of their children is laughable liberal garbage.

      No liberal that I know claims that. The proponents of the “trauma model of mental disorders” are an extreme minority within the mental health professions, and after Miller died a couple of years ago no notable author that I know is saying this with the ferocity that Miller wrote.

  5. “While I raised mine mostly by the Helping model”

    “Again, I’d have to interview your children. It makes no sense to listen only to the lawyer so to speak and never listening to the other witnesses (or the prosecutor).”

    Interview my kids? For heaven’s sake, children and parents are a unit. Parents and children do not need to think of themselves – or be regarded by others – as somehow being in separate boxes, like, say, employer and employee, or Prosecutor and Accused.

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    “It’s sophistry to say that because I don’t have children I will never understand, say, the emotional aftereffects of beatings on a poor four-year old girl.”

    But I wasn’t talking about beating up on little children. I was talking about the messy, unpredictable business of trying to be a decent parent, how you can never, ever have it figured out. Because when you think you have, something comes along and changes that. It’s about flying by the seat of one’s pants. We (parents), no matter what, struggle with ourselves daily to do what’s right. Maybe yours didn’t.

    It looks as if you identify solely with the abuse you endured, that the only thing in life is thinking and ruminating on that.

    • It looks as if you identify solely with the abuse you endured, that the only thing in life is thinking and ruminating on that.

      You still haven’t even leafed thru my book in this blog, have you?

      Interview my kids? For heaven’s sake…

      This was exactly the frame of mind that destroyed my family: Only parents have the right to speak. And teachers, counselors, relatives and therapists have only ears for the parents’ version (only after decades, after my sister and I grew and finally broke the taboo, a totally different picture of what happened at home started to emerge).

      If I cannot speak to your children, I’ll never swallow your claim that you behaved like a “helping mode” parent and, “mysteriously” one of your offspring got emotionally disturbed. I have heard that tale thousands of times.

      Bye right now.

  6. Oh, I finally found the chapter of your book you were referring to. I am familiar with most of the people you discuss and read some of their writing several years ago.

    I know this much: people who were badly abused when young have a tendency to go on to try and punish others through lying and misrepresenting and any other means they can come up with. They can’t get the real culprits so they spend their lives maneuvering themselves into a position where they find hapless substitutes.

    C’est la vie.

    • You are describing exactly what parents, who never get their asses even with their own parents, do to their innocent children.

  7. Yup! And round and round it goes!

  8. As a teenager, I came close to falling into the grips of the psychiatric system in my native country (somewhere in Western Europe: more details are useless, as all countries in Western Europe are the same now).

    I was utterly disgusted with the society I was living in (dumbed down educational system, feelings of general decadence, etc) which led me to lose a great deal of motivation at the end of junior high and thus cease to have good marks in certain subjects.

    My parents, who were obsessed with my “success”, sent me to see several psychiatrists and psychologists. Only one of them understood me and even agreed with my societal judgment, the others basically redirected my “problem” towards myself. It was not society which was wrong, it was me.

    I even had to pass a brain scan, which I accepted to prove there was nothing wrong with me. And indeed, my brain was not only normal and flawless, but from the own account of a nurse, “unusually big”.

    It is only my intuitive understanding of what was wrong with psychiatry (at only 15 years old, I knew nothing back then on a theoretical level) that enabled me to politely leave the psychiatric system as it was closing in on me. Had I accepted to take some drugs that were proposed to me, I would have badly ended (I discovered later the side-effects of these drugs).

    I learnt a lot of things during this experience, which were later confirmed by articles and books. If I were to choose three only:

    (1) Psychiatrists are servants of the State, a parallel system of punishment for deviant thoughts and behavior.

    (2) True mental illnesses are actually of genetic origin (such as schizophrenia), and the anomalies are observable through brain scanners. Anything that is not observable through brain scanners was simply deemed “illness” by people more powerful than you, and it is a form of societal enforcement. Today, it indeed seems that smart White children are those targeted by this societal enforcement.

    (3) The inventions of psychotropic medication and the contraceptive pill in the 1960s were deal-changing, and had profound political consequences.

    Finally, two links that can be of interest of Chechar, if he doesn’t already know them.

    The Tyranny of Pharmacracy by Thomas S. Szasz: here and here.

    • Rhod, you didn’t read this article. Did you? Schizophrenia has no genetic origin. That’s psychiatry main lie. What brain scanners detect is the damage done on the brain by neuroleptics. You must read Peter Breggin’s journal which debunks the brain scan claims.

  9. Reblogged this on nomasons and commented:

    So glad I was able to dig up this incredible post. Read for yourself, even if you do have that tragic, short-attention “spectrum.” Think “misdiagnosis” and “labelling.”

  10. Sigmund Freund founded psychiatry. He was a jew. “Nuff said.

  11. Chechar, why don’t you propose to Greg Johnson that he feature this article on Countercurrents?

    • I did but by that time I had started to criticize Johnson for his music tastes and, although originally he planned to publish it, he had second thoughts. In fact, the version you see above has already Johnson’s syntax corrections in it. I believe it still merits publication there or at TOO, but alas: MacDonald seems to believe in the usefulness of child psychiatry.

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