Quacks

“In short, the whole business of creating psychiatric categories of ‘disease,’ formalizing them with consensus, and subsequently ascribing diagnostic codes to them, which in turn leads to their use for insurance billing, is nothing but an extended racket furnishing psychiatry a pseudo-scientific aura. The perpetrators are, of course, feeding at the public trough.” (Dr. Thomas Dorman, a member of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom and Canada)

I just got done with Pseudoscience: Psychiatry’s False Diagnoses. It is a 30-page report, meaning that anyone diagnosed with “ADD” (Attention Deficit Disorder”) or “ADHD” (add “Hyperactive”) will not have the necessary attention span to get through. That’s too bad, since these folks have been diagnosed (and likely drugged) for something that does not even exist.

Statistics show that 6.4 million of our kids have this “disorder,” and the psychiatrists do not stop there – they say if the kids have it, the parents probably do too.

Years ago, when my son was in grade school, the teacher told me that she wanted him to be evaluated for ADD. He was acting up in class. I do not know why I knew what I knew then, as I had done no reading or thinking about the subject, but I was not about to let the school district have their way with him. Instead, I went to the local children’s clinic and asked a real doctor to evaluate him. After a full day and a battery of tests, the sincere and kindly doctor reported back to me “the kid is bored.” The school district was not allowed to drug him, and further, his teacher was advised to give him more challenging work. No drugs were prescribed, and he developed normally. He’s a fine young man.

I sympathize with people who are charged with supervising young children. They are forcing kids to focus on boring material, sit still, turn off their brains. It is a hard job, getting kids to stop being kids.

A few of the symptoms of ADHD are as follows:

  • Fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat.
  • Leaves seat in classroom or in other situations in which remaining seated is expected.
  • Runs about or climbs excessively in situations in which it is inappropriate (in adolescents or adults, may be limited to subjective feelings of restlessness).
  • Has difficulty playing or engaging in leisure activities quietly.
  • Appears “on the go” or acts as if “driven by a motor.”
  • Talks excessively.
  • Blurts out the answers before the questions have been completed.
  • Has difficulty awaiting turn.
  • Interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g., butts into conversations or games).

Note, there is no actual test, no physical measurement.  Diagnosis is based solely on symptoms that all of us exhibit from time to time. The problem, if there even is a problem, could be medical or even dietary (too much Coca Cola™). Who even does a thorough workup on these matters? There are drugs to be sold! 

Where did ADHD come from? Who named the disease? According to the linked article above, it is the result of consensus, along with hundreds (yes, hundreds) of other syndromes and disorders in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). They vote it up or down. I probably suffer from a number of their disorders, as I generally don’t have much use for authority figures, and often think that psychiatrists, newscasters, economists, journalists, educators, nutritionists … are pompous bags of wind. Dr. MonahagnI need to be drugged. Obviously.

The photo to the left is of Ally Walker, an actress who played the part of Dr. Donna Sue Monaghan in the Netflix series Longmire. It is one of the few series that I have watched these past few years, mostly because of excellent casting. The show often struggles to come up with a plot to do justice to the actor, Aussie Robert Taylor, who plays Walt Longmire. He is superb.

Walt

Walt Longmire

Dr. Monaghan was, I think, scripted to become Walt’s love interest. She was awful, and they mercifully wrote her out of the show. She played a deeply intelligent and caring psychiatrist taking care of people on the Cheyenne reservation. Her job: Dispense drugs. In one of the episodes a truckload of psychoactive drugs was hijacked, and the reservation was headed for deep shit if Walt did not get those drugs back in circulation. People were suffering, and Dr. Donna Sue was their lifeline!  It was a crock, and poor Walt, a salt of the earth kind of guy, had to go along with it. In real life, a guy like Walt Longmire, a man’s man, would have set the truck on fire.

It is no accident that TV shows support the current corruptions of our struggling society. Psychiatry is a racket, psychiatrist are quacks, and the whole point of the profession now is to advance the sale of expensive and useless, probably harmful drugs. The idea is to funnel money to the criminals of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, PhRMA. That’s all. A drug costing practically zero to produce can be sold for $10 a pop in our current environment, and if people cannot afford it, overpriced health insurance and government will pick up the tab. Corruption feeds on itself.

I have suffered from depression, anxiety, sadness and grief in my life. I say that easily because I know everyone who reads those words will say “Yeah, me too.” We are humans, and those are things humans have to deal with. I have a definition of “depression”: It is a normal, just the brain’s way of telling us “Please make changes.” It is not a “chemical imbalance,” which they cannot measure anyway.

If drugged, there is a good chance we will not make needed changes. Pain produces the necessary impulse to do the things we need to do to improve our lives … quit a job, End a relationship, learn a new trade, develop our minds or bodies, move to a new city, make new friends, cut back on the drinking … depression is necessary and useful.

It gets worse … bored kids sitting in school need to be cut loose. School these days is mostly about absorbing the known, preparing for the big day when they take the ACT or SAT, two tests that measure our memorization skills. Granted, a good memory is part of being smart, but the tests are regurgitation exercises. Scoring well on them means that another good mind has been sidetracked into trivia.

The people who designed our education system know this. They do not want schools to produce people who know how to think properly, cut through bullshit, resist advertising, see through “news,” or resist that ever-present campus military recruiter.

They want automatons. If they have to drug the kids to produce the right brain vapor to make kids lose their anxiety and fidgeting while memorizing crap, so be it. They don’t care. A sign that a bright young mind is drugged: The kid stares into space. Maybe even drools. It is sad to see.

I would say that psychiatrists are racketeers, but I have too much respect for the people who run numbers or Fantasy Football or public lotteries to pair them with that profession. They are engaged honest, straightforward fraud. The profession of psychiatry is somewhere beneath grave robber, but perhaps above necrophiliac. I do give them that.

About Mark Tokarski

Just a man who likes to read, argue, and occasionally be surprised.
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16 Responses to Quacks

  1. steve kelly says:

    We used to build schools to educate kids. Now, we “educate” kids so we can build more and bigger schools. And local property owners, always looking out for kids’ best interest, of course, volunteer to pay higher property taxes, over and over again. Talk about brainwashed. It’s wharehousing, nothing more, so parents can both work and scurry about to consume the right stuff to hang with the right crowd. This goes far deeper than anything a “shrink” can fix. Sheesh!

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  2. fm says:

    All writers and readers of this webpage are obviously sick, to be diagnosed with ODD.
    Take you meds, and your pathological desire to defy our much-loved and god-like authorities will soon wane !

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  3. Maarten Rossaert says:

    Mark, this piece hits the bull’s-eye dead center.

    For some great insights into the quackery that is modern psychiatry, readers should look for books by Thomas Szasz, R.D. Laing, and Seth Farber. There is a Wikipedia page on “Anti-psychiatry,” but it hardly does justice to the strength of the objections by the dissidents from within the ranks of the secular priesthood that psychiatry has become.

    My kids will soon be out of grade school. I can hardly wait. I feel so sorry for them for the idiocies they have to endure. It does not surprise me that so many kids turn to pot, booze, or video-game addictions to numb the pain of their long days on the mindless hamster wheel of education in the 21st century.

    I have work connections to some summer youth camps. With every meal, the medical staff spends half an hour and more handing out doses of psych meds to the youngsters. It is just appalling. Mark, thanks be to whatever guiding spirit led you to reject this route for your son. Good Lord, the long-term side effects of those poisons are horrible. The pharmaceutical-psychiatric-industrial complex is creating a generation of cripples. With the evidence for this in plain sight, it is hard not to believe that this is intentional …

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    • Thanks … I have never thought about that episode with my son as anything more than instinctual, but I will take a “guiding hand” on my back too. And yes, it is appalling what they are doing to these bright young kids.

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  4. steve kelly says:

    I first noticed the effects of florescent lights at a raptor lecture. The bald eagle was going bananas. Humans lack the eagle’s eyesight, but take that same frequency into the brain. Hours, days, years. I think it adds up. The flicker of florescent lighing may itself be enough to gradually drive some people mad. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9557586

    Daylight for students! Or better yet, no brick, mortar and florescent at all. Go to online/home schooling for better results.

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    • fm says:

      There is more to that.
      Not only does the flickering influence the brain via it’s characteristic frequencies (think “EEG frequencies” and “entrancement”), but the spectral components of light do as well.
      The artificial light of fluorescent and LED lamps is extremely poor spectrally, compared to sun light and incandescent bulbs, and is blue-shifted, to keep you from relaxing and having good sleep.
      Assuming malicious intentions behind decisions of supranational entities like the EU, no wonder the banned the incandescent bulb.
      Not to forget the mercury in the fluorescent tubes…

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  5. Kevin Starr says:

    Thanks Mark. I can distinctly remember my first act of rebellion. I was in 6th grade so this would have been the late 60’s. They (the “educators”) decided to seat the students in a circle so that we could talk about our “feelings”. I immediately saw through this ruse and was having none of it. Curiously, the controllers decided to abandon this project. The attempted controls on “recess” (a period of time when the proceedings of a parliament, committee, court of law, or other official body are temporarily suspended) were equally squashed.

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    • John in Texas says:

      They tried this psychological group think, feely touchy thing on me in the Air Force. It was a week long class room scenario where we were supposed to mind fuck each other or something. Alarm bells went off in me first class. After class I told the senior NCO I was not comfortable and did not want to attend further. He said Fine, go back to you unit. He called my squadron commander. Long story short, I was reprimanded, reduced in rank and not elegible to re-enlist.

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  6. Frak says:

    Great post!

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  7. Inside Baseball says:

    It’s criminal the damage these quacks do. Heartbreaking when they have drugged someone you care about, or are suspicious that it’s the cause of their change in behavior and inability to communicate or connect like they used to.

    Medical doctors give them out like candy as well, for sleep disorders, grief, and all sorts of other things. I’ve seen people suicidal trying to get of benzos.

    Maybe some modern artist can take classic plays and portray a key character on anti-depressants. Juliet too zoned out to care about Romeo, or Marina from Pericles, Prince of Tyre too stupefied to defend her virtue against the pirates who captured her, completely changing the whole tenor of that great work. (I had to look that one up as I’m functionally semi-literate when it comes to classical works – I just remember how her character impressed me when I saw it years ago.)

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  8. Inside Baseball says:

    The Gettysburg address may be one of the most hypocritical works of statecraft ever penned, and Mary Todd was supposedly crazy. William Seward is also credited with the first use of the insanity defense for one of his law clients. So old honest Abe may be a forerunner for all this stuff… You might add “The Bostonians” to your movie list, as it shows some of the nuttiness of that time, what we now know of as “projects” designed to screw with all our heads.

    I remember listening to a NPR program about the mind years ago, and they were talking about housewives going off their Lithium or other mind meds and going out to bars and having one night stands for several days in a row, until their family members could find them and get them back on the dope. It reminded me of what an acquaintance had told me about how his lithium suppressed his sex drive. He ended up going from a fit, nice looking fellow to horribly overweight and dying in his early 40’s, a tragic case of a wasted life.

    A lady I was dating around that time told me of dreams she would have about situations during the day that she was apparently using a small dose of Ambien to keep from facing directly. I was called over once to stay with her when she tried coming off it, and thought she was going to bite me, she seemed so agitated. I told her I would be downstairs and avoided her as much as possible.

    The last bit of anecdotal rambling is what I remember reading about with the Madeleine McCann alleged kidnapping. Supposedly it is common for doctors to drug their children to keep them from being a bother during parties or other activities. So it’s no surprise the pass out these meds like Halloween candy at work…

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