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Anti-Psychiatry and Tin-foil Hats

Posted Dec 14 2008 7:53pm

 Being that the posting has been slow lately, there are many things to talk about concerning ADD.  Of course, having ADD myself, a little bit of wandering around the internet has to take place before writing a post.  Kind of a “warm-up” if you will.

While reading the comments in one of my favorite blogs, Brain Blogger, the old Anti-Psychiatry Movement was on the loose, and clearly by a bunch of Scientologists.  So before getting back into the series investigating ADD-deniers, let’s take a look at the arguments of a couple of the deniers (and also defend Scientology), randomly picked off the first page.  This is important, because they’re spreading garbage propaganda that can adversly influence people who could use some genuine help.

The arguments are generally all the same, so I picked commenters Kevin Owen and Sylvain Galibert for this example.  What follows, is a “virtual-discussion” between myself and the two deniers.


A Morsel of Virtual Discussion:

Kevin: I can understand your concerns about us attacking psychiatry … Our fight with psychiatry is over who are the real experts on the mind.

Mike (that’s me): To start with, I’d say the individual is the “expert” on the mind.  What I mean by that, is that I’m the only one in my experience, as you are the only one in yours.  That said, if I’m comfortable taking the advice of a psychiatrist based on my personal evaluation, why fight me?  To paraphrase Thomas Jefferson: It does you no harm for me to see a psychiatrist and take medication. It neither picks your pocket or breaks your leg.

And isn’t it rightfully the individual (or family in a child’s case) who should make the decision on how they wish to be treated?  In my opinion, you’re fighting an individual’s inalienable right to free choice and association in your claims of Scientology being “the One Expert,” and that all others (psychiatry/psychology) must be abolished.

Sylvain: In the best of cases, just taking the points that no one contests, Psychiatry is a fraud: It claims to have cures for insanity and depression and after years and years and billions of dollars, they admit the problem is only getting worse.

Mike: Since ADD is the subject I’m most familiar with, let me start by pointing out that nobody in the medical field claims of a cure.  The only people that do, are the charlatans selling their “all-natural” magic elixers and programs.  In turn, your claim of “points that no one contests” is therefore based on a false assumption.

Kevin: In Dianetics and Scientology we have many therepies [psychotherapies ,not those used by the psychiatrist] that we use to handle mental truama which improves a persons state of mind.

Mike: The psychiatric profession can provide mountains of research and independent evidence regarding the effectiveness of their recommended treatments. They also fully disclose the things they don’t know.  You can ask the psychiatrist anything you want, read a plethora of books on the subject, and shop around until you find a preferred doctor and/or treatment.

I’m not aware of any independent, scientific evidence that supports the claims of Scientology, and believe me, I’ve searched for such evidence. Why is that?  If the Scientology treatments are as effective as you say, wouldn’t you want to provide the scientific studies that prove your assertion with the data on how these studies were conducted?  If your assertion was true, wouldn’t you also openly disclose, as the psychiatric profession does, the things you don’t know?

Sylvain: [Psychiatrists] constantly take grants/research funds … but they fail to deliver anything valuable in return.

Mike: Oh, no!  They accept grants and research funds!

This is what’s called a “straw-man” argument. A rhetorical technique in which a logical fallacy is put forth because the person considers it an easy argument to win.  This is a weak “straw-man” however, because the Church of Scientology sells it’s alledged treatments.  As Elizabeth Keenan explains in the New York Inquirer (emphasis added):

The Church of Scientology was not at all a church, not all were welcome.

Without the means to purchase the endless LRH endorsed products, the secrets to living a “happier” and “better” life were not available.

To answer the question posed by Dianetics, “What blocks me from using my minds full potential?” For starters, it’s a willingness to empty my bank account before knowing what I’m getting in return.

Sylvain: All we get is more drugs, and yet more drugs.

Mike: I’m happily on medication and by my own choosing. I focus better, work better, and even socialize better. Quite frankly, the medication allows me to be myself.  I’ve tried solution after solution and nothing worked, but when I started the medication, it was like the light-switch was finally turned on, and I could see!

I hear and read stories about people being “turned into zombies” and what not, and in my non-professional opinion, they’re most likely on the wrong medication or treating the wrong thing.  The reality for those of us with ADD, the “drugs” are a major help!

Sylvain: If you do care to look at [psychiatry], you will find it is a fraud because it is accepting huge amounts of money in return for absolutely nothing of value … But then again we are a bit kind of dumb as a society …

Mike: Being that you’re a part of society too, isn’t this then a case of the pot calling the kettle black?  The Church of Scientology accepts, no … demands “huge amounts of money” in return for a “secret-sauce” without proof of any scientific data.

 The point of this exercise was not to attack Scientology, but to simply look at its hollow claims.  My advice to anyone who wishes to seek the advice of a psychiatrist, or even Scientology is … QUESTION EVERYTHING!

Talk to more than one psychiatrist.  Make sure you’re open and honest with the psychiatrist, and don’t hesitate to ask ANY question that comes to mind!

Think about the recommendations and read some books and/or get on the internet and thoroughly research what you’ve been prescribed.  If more questions come to mind, call or email your psychiatrist and ASK MORE QUESTIONS!

This is your life and you are in charge!  While a psychiatrist may offer advice, ultimately YOU are the one who makes the decisions.  Doctors do their best and certainly desire to help, but they’re not your boss.  And a doctor is a lot easier to leave than Scientology.

I was a public Scientologist from 1995 until 2005, when I finally got beaten down enough to join the Sea Organization at FLAG. I was auditing on OT VII at the time. I realize now that it was the best thing I could have done, because waht I saw there caused me to leave …

My husband left with me. I was threatened by the “ESTO” and told that I was a “suppressive person” because I had spoken to my husband about leaving the SO. How did they know that? Bugged my room or something? But of course, it only makes sense to talk to your own husband …

It is somewhat therapeutic to write these stories, especially under my real name … It is never easy to admit to yourself that you have been bragged- bad- for a period of your life. With the $cientology indoctrination, it is even harder … I only lost 10 years of the prime of my life, and about $1.2 million …

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