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PostSubject: Normal = Happy   Sun 13 Dec 2009, 2:09 pm

Erich Fromm, In The Sane Society (1955):
“Today the function of psychiatry, psychology and psychoanalysis threatens to become the tool in the manipulation of man. The specialists in this field tell you what the ‘normal’ person is, and, correspondingly, what is wrong with you; they devise the methods to help you adjust, be happy, be normal.”

George Orwell:
“At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed that all right-thinking people will accept without question. . . . Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness. A genuinely unfashionable opinion is almost never given a fair hearing, either in the popular press or in the highbrow periodicals.”

Lots of good articles by him:
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PostSubject: Re: Normal = Happy   Sun 13 Dec 2009, 2:20 pm

Some more from Levine:
"The shame is that Howard, perhaps afraid of upsetting the mental health establishment, gave Russell Crowe's Nash a line which the real John Nash never said, a line which was untrue, a line which was unnecessary to move the story along, but a line which was completely necessary for the pharmaceutical industry and the institutions it financially supports -- including the American Psychiatric Association, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and the drug-advertisement addicted media.

The line? In Howard's A Beautiful Mind, John Nash, when informed that he was being considered for the 1994 Nobel Prize, mentions, "I take the newer medications." However, as the documentary A Brilliant Madness (broadcast on PBS's "American Experience" in 2002) reported, "Nash had stopped taking medication in 1970."

Howard's "newer medications" line served, in effect, as a product placement not for a single company but for an entire drug-dependent mental health industry that would show its appreciation. Former Boston Globe science journalist Robert Whitaker, author of Mad in America, reported in 2002, "The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill has praised the film's director, Ron Howard, for showing the 'vital role of medication' in Nash's recovery." However, notes Whitaker, Sylvia Nasar in her biography of Nash (also called A Beautiful Mind), reports something quite different about Nash's recovery. Specifically, Nasar writes:

Nash's refusal take the antipsychotic drugs after 1970, and indeed during most of the periods when he wasn't in the hospital in the 1960s, may have been fortuitous. Taken regularly, such drugs, in a high percentage of cases, produce horrible, persistent, symptom like tardive dyskinesia. . . and a mental fog, all of which would have made his gentle reentry into the world of mathematics a near impossibility.

Nash's recovery without psychiatric drugs is no anomaly. A third of so-called "chronic schizophrenic" patients released from Vermont State Hospital in the late 1950s completely recovered, reported psychologist Courtenay Harding in 1987; and she found that patients in the "best-outcomes" group shared one common factor: all had stopped taking antipsychotic drugs. So Howard actually could have made a more honest feel-good movie about the real life John Nash, but it would have been one that upset powerful institutions who are dependent on drug money."


I spent a week at a mental institution while in training to become a nurse. (Believe it or not, it's possible to care about these issues without personally having schizophrenia, etc or even personally knowing anyone who does....) The standard line was that most of the people had been in and out 20+ times. They would quit taking their medications and have to come back and they'd simply get them back on their meds, get their levels stabilized and back out into the world. This is how it was explained to all us young nurses. That is the story. Schizophrenia, etc almost never goes away. You just keep taking your meds to control it the rest of your life. This is yet another of the endless just crazy lies that stands victorious over a mountain of human suffering.
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