How psychiatry is used as a tool of oppression & suppression.
In Nazi Germany, the leading role in the development and use of gas chambers was played by psychiatrists, and their first victims were mental patients. An untold number of Gay people were exterminated in these chambers.
It is important for the people outside the SCI (Support Coalition International) Community to understand that they have a "personal" interest in the struggles of the SCI Community. This excerpted piece gives some historical perspective of how psychiatry is used as a tool of oppression & suppression, and the way things are going, it will NOT be long before these "police state tactics" are used on activists outside of the SCI Community & the population @ large !! We ALL need to care about the the Human Rights struggle of the SCI Community. For those receiving this that are unfamiliar with SCI, I have provided info on SCI below.
Steve (Corvallis, OR)
The entrenched militarism of the U.S. Government throughout it's history has had a profound influence on American values. It has affected the way Americans think about nature, other people, their own bodies, and sex roles. One notable effect has been on the American concept of sanity, reflected in the American psychiatric movement. The father of American psychiatry was Benjamin Rush, who lived from 1746 to 1813. Benjamin Rush was the Physician General of the Continental Army. He was a stern disciplinarian who believed in using violence against mental patients. He condemned both masturbation and sodomy. He believed that being Black was a disease. He locked up his own rebellious son in a mental hospital for 27 years. Today he is highly regarded by many American psychiatrists.
The American Psychiatric Association currently publishes an official list of mental disorders, which, as most readers know, recently! listed homosexuality (the A.P.A. was forced into an about-face on the issue due to action by Gay activists). This list, which is comparable to the Vatican's index (except that it applies to behavior instead of books), is of military origin. It was first developed by Brigadier General William C. Menninger, who was head of the psychiatric division of the Surgeon General's office in the U.S. Government during World War II. Before the A.P.A. adopted the list, it was put into use by all the branches of the armed forces. Its purpose was to weed out men who are not fit for military slaughtering. Today, at least one-half of all American psychiatrists are employed by institutions. The institutional nature of the A.P.A. itself goes back to its beginning. Its original name was the Association of Medical Superintendents of American Institutions. The first proposition publicly approved by this group was a justification for the use of violence in "treating" th! e insane. Most mental institutions in America are governed on a military model (with lines of command, central control, the threat of forcible confinement, etc.). In 1964, more people were in mental institutions than prisons.
In the U.S.S.R., psychiatry has a similar militaristic coloring and is also used to suppress dissent. In Nazi Germany, the leading role in the development and use of gas chambers was played by psychiatrists, and their first victims were mental patients. An untold number of Gay people were exterminated in these chambers.
David Oaks, Executive Director
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MENTAL PATIENTS TO PROTEST BEING SILENCED AT MENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH CONFERENCE
"They shut us up-- they've shut us out, " says George Ebert, of the Mental Patients Liberation Alliance, referring to the psychiatric-pharmaceutical monopoly of mental health services. Members and friends of The Alliance will gather for a press conference with a Protest of Silence at the 15th Annual Research Conference sponsored by the New York State Office of Mental Health at the Desmond Hotel in Albany on Tuesday, December 3rd at 6:00 at pm.
"For years we've been silenced through incarceration, drugs, shock treatment, experimentation and behavior modification. Psychiatrist rountinely use unwilling and unknowing human beings as research subjects," states Ebert, who calls himself a former psychiatric system detainee. "Psychiatrists have tried to force us to believe we have bad brains and bad genes. The mental illness industry ignores the people who are the survivors and the victims of their methods. However, we are capable of speaking for ourselves and defining our own issues and our own needs, none of which are addressed at this event."
In a dramatic illustration of their lack of voice, protesters will cover their mouths with surgical tape to represent the numerous ways the New York State Office of Mental Health and its corporate partners suppress their cry for self-determination.
"Exposure of the current adult and nursing home scandals in our state demonstrates that people burdened with psychiatric labels are seen as nothing more than commodities. At this conference, this trade show, public money is providing luxury accommodations so mental health workers can be wined and dined by corporate interests," says Ebert.
A noted activist for human rights in mental health, and a grandfather, Ebert points to an increase in forced drugging and shock treatment, the recent failure of state lawmakers to legislate any accountability in the use of shock treatment, the biological focus of psychiatric research, the medicalization of behavior, and the general erosion of civil rights as indicators of the need for action, and the need for people to speak up now.
Ebert invites all individuals who know the stifling force of organized psychiatry to join with the "crazy people" at the Protest of Silence, and to act out and speak out in any non-violent way they choose. "We also call upon the media and all good people to join in our celebration of the human spirit, and to help the voice of people to be heard above psychiatric opinion. Beware the therapeutic state."
For more information call The Alliance at 315-947-5888
The Mental Patients Liberation Alliance
24 Hour Toll Free Peer Support Line: 1-800-654-7227
STOP FORCED "MENTAL HEALTH" TREATMENT
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