May 27, 2011                              

me+ME:  Russell  Tribunal on Psychiatry

 "Actions are held to be good or bad, not on their own merits but according to who does them, and there is almost no outrage - torture, the use of hostages, forced labour, mass deportations, imprisonments without trial, forgery, assassination, the bombing of civilians, which does not change its moral colour when it is committed by 'our' side."    

The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell, vol 3, p. 419, written in May 1945.)
1. Introduction: Psychiatric sadism/pseudoscience

It would seem as if some intellectually and morally ordinary well meaning people - might think that my fine satire-made-from-real-life-psychiatric-bullshit of May 25 might be.... well you know: 'a bit over the top':
Clearly, since I am both a psychologist and philosopher of science, besides  being - as the phrase is - highly gifted intellectually, therefore I must, in any 'democratic community' speak only for a quite small intelligent and educated minority, mostly and at best.

But that's how the world is, and how average folks are, alas, and I can't help it, nor can I help it that I am ill and - therefore and for other reasons - do not also excel in soccer, sports and singing, so that the masses would idolize me, and might even be inclined - if the wind is westerly - to listen and even try to think when I try to talk reason to them, satirically or plainly, as the case may be.

Anyway... FWIW in "Our Community Of ME-Patients" where the averagely gifted, or indeed the trolls pretending they are, generally both dominate the 'discussions' and select the topics, as if "Our Community" will be most benefited if the most normal and quite anonymous fondly bullshitting
average folks call the shots and determine the policies of "Our Community".

Unfortunately or fortunately

(1) I do have ME for the 33rd year, also with a repeated and written medical diagnosis by medical folks who knew me well that I do have ME/Fibromyalgia;
(2) it hardly helps me bureaucratically, for bureaucrats tend to wipe their asses  with opinions and prose of those who really are rationally qualified to judge, if these are not bureaucrats or superiors;
(3) Unlike most who write on patients' forums I really am qualified and indeed educated to judge the DSM-5 and the pretensions, lies and impostures of evident psychiatric sadists like Wessely, White and Sharpe; and
(4) I really meant what I said about Psychiatric Sadism Disorder - and I am quite serious and also quite frightened, indeed not for me, but for very many others, both with and without ME/CFS:

For me the whole DSM-5, from beginning  to end, from top to bottom, in language, in proposals, in ideas, and in methodology is one great intentional criminal planned and conscious abuse of science and scientific authority, and it is all
intentional fraudulence, deception and bogosity. For background for my judgements, see below and consult my
Moreover, the newly planned statistical methodology of vague terminology ("higher dimensional") is an intentionally created pseudo-scientific construction designed to go precisely against the whole original purposes of the DSM, which were (1) to design an empirically applicable terminology for classifying complaints, so as to enable (2) precise empirical testing and research, based on precise empirical distinctions.

Instead, the DSM-5 is one big
bogus bureaucratic pretentious  sick sea of fraudulent pseudoscientific terminology gone quite insane and made quite unreadable and ambiguous on purpose, while the newly proposed statistics is designed on purpose to make any objective testing of any and all psychiatric theories  and treatments totally impossible:

Certainly from the DSM-5 onwards, objective tests and research in psychiatry will have been made wholly impossible, all by malice aforethought, while the psychiatric frauds will try to abuse that opportunity to flood the world with their bullshit, and to declare anybody who protests thus or so as someone who is 'dysfunctional', 'neurotic' etc. - and will probably get the support of the bureaucrats and insurances, whose dirty work they are doing,  "in the name of 'evidence-based science'", just like the inquisitioners were acting "in the name of our God of love", and their own financial and sadistic interests in fact.

The APA is playing a very crooked and very dirty game on purpose, and with malice aforethought, and namely because of the money and power it will give the professional members of this band of fraudulent tricksters and - also by their very own words - sick megalomaniacs by the tenthousands (for - in case you miss the elementary semantical point: "38,000 leaders" is a Newspeak bullshit oxymoron:)

Quoted from the APA site of psychiatric fraudulence

  • Inside the Battle to Define Mental Illness
It is an intentional fraud on a major scale:

    All this was inspired by the principle--which is quite true within itself--that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying.
—Adolf Hitler , Mein Kampf, vol. I, ch. X

and the DSM-5 editors will not be deflected, also not by the rest of the APA, if only because it all is so very clearly in the personal interest of anyone with a psychiatric degree: Many more patients, and no chance to be ever falsified by any statistical experiment, and the freedom to impute all manner of failings to others under the guise of "psychiatric science".

The major scam, the Big Lie that is the APA's DSM-5 will hit many more persons than just those with ME/CFS, and may drive tenthousands to suicide by intentional APA-design, for the APA is neither an authentic professional scientific organization, nor  is it doing  real science with the DSM-5: It is producing the Malleus Maleficarum of the 21st century - and all in the name of 'evidence based medical science', but in fact a wet dream and dirty public scam of psychiatric sadists, frauds, tricksters and manipulators.

2. Patients' organizations and psychiatric pseudoscience

As to ME/CFS, and patients' forums such as Phoenix Rising, and supposed US charities like the CAA:

It would seem that both Cort and the CAA fail to oppose or indeed discuss the DSM-5, which is quite odd, given (a) the fact that most of those who do claim ME/CFS in the US, GB and Holland, at least, and who do try to survive on  something like dole, will in fact have an implied or explicit diagnosis of either psychomatizing or somatoforming, and given (b) the fact that "the opposition" of patients with MRE/CFS since decades consists of psychiatrists, mostly, for over two decades now, where even a major psychiatric fraud like Peter Denton White - the psychiatric warlock of the PACE-trials - was hung in his full personal  glory on the CAA-website as if this fraud is 'a scientist' with useful ideas, and as if he deserves the CAA's praise and honor with a personal mug shot and effective public advertisement of his supposed medical excellence.

I can not understand that on the basis of the premiss that these folks mean well with US patients with ME/CFS, and I can the less understand this as the frightening contents of the DSM-5 have been very ably outlined and documented by Suzy Chapman, for a very long time now, as well:
Presumably, Cort and K. Kim McCleary welcome the notion that in a brief while, and without their doing anything to register a protest, an objection, even a doubt, about the wisdom of the DSM-5, anybody in the US with either a diagnosis of ME/CFS or with a medically unexplained disease seriously risks being sectioned or driven to death in the name of 'evidence based' psychiatric pseudoscience.

In any case:

Patients organizations and charities must speak up, because they risk that patients will be driven to death as somatoformers, just as women in the Middle Ages were burned for being legally classified as witches, because - so the psychiatric sadists will gleefully affirm, and bureaucrats gladly enforce -
they ought to be forced to work because they are malingerers, except that it is phrased much more hypocritically and euphemistically - "Pardon us: We mean somatoformers - we mean no harm, and no offense, as long as you weirdos put in a good day of work each day" - and is being  packaged, again with sadistic malice aforethought, as if it were 'a real help' for people 'with real suffering', namely 'due to their dysfunctional beliefs about their own pains, that they really should learn to manage better, as per CBT and some very healthy forced labor'.

That is what is awaiting everyone with ME/CFS as of 2012, and if it happens to  you, if you are a US citizen, you can say a heartfelt prayer of thanks to Cort and Kim McCleary, for doing absolutely nothing:

In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up for.
  -- Niemoeller.

I quote this because it isn't as if the CAA, and the MEA, and other patients' organizations for people with ME/CFS couldn't and didn't know, for it also on the site made by Sophia Mirza's very brave mother Criona Wilson:
  • Sophia and me
and indeed Sophia Mirza was done to death by the same psychiatric sadism that the DSM-5 seeks to institutionalize for all ill non-millionaires.

The DSM-5 simply
is an intentional fraud on a major scale, and the DSM-5 editors certainly will not be deflected from their psychiatric purpose, also not by the rest of the APA - "38,000 Physician Leaders" - if only because the DSM-5 is so very clearly in the personal interest of anyone with a psychiatric degree: Many more patients for them, and no chance to be ever falsified by any statistical experiment, plus the freedom to impute all manner of failings to others under the guise of "psychiatric science".

It is all very dirty, all very fraudulent, all very dishonest, and all very, very  dangerous, the last because it will drive people to death - in the name of science, on the force of the DSM-5, by people who care for money before they care for others.

And that's more or less what one is facing, when facing the psychiatric brotherhood: A bunch of crooks and criminals, of a decidedly priestly mental and moral make-up - the modern inquisition, trying to pirate medical science, and mostly succeeding, through lies, fraudulence, and propaganda, and because the masses are dumb but don't want to admit that either.

You think I am mistaken? Well, at least I have the degrees in the relevant fields to be able to judge rationally, and I am in my 33rd year of continued discrimination because I just happen to fail to have a disease that the APA or Dutch degenerate bureacrats prefer to admit as a real disease, in spite of the WHO coding it as a serious neurological disease since as long as I suffer from it.

First, here is some relevant background I wrote:
Next, there is this that I recommend you look at somewhat closely, for it is not long, not difficult, and I mostly agree:

3. A summary of the Accusation of the Russell Tribunal on
    Human Rights in Psychiatry

Here is - to whet your appetites, if I may say so - The accusation in The International Russell Tribunal on Human Rights in Psychiatry - and I now quote from the Freedom of Thought website where I found it.

And please note that the accusers certainly are qualified in the matter:

The Accusation will be led by
Prof. Thomas Szasz, USA, and Prof. George Alexander, USA.

A summary of the Accusation of the Russell Tribunal
                         Human Rights in Psychiatry

in the Urania-Haus, An der Urania 17, 10787 Berlin - June/July, 2001


1. Mental illness is a legal-psychiatric fiction. If the term refers to brain diseases, then the patients' legal status and medical care ought to conform to the status and care of other patients with diseases of the central nervous system; and the specialists caring for them ought to be (be called) "neurologists."
2. Psychiatric practices rest on the twin pillars of civil commitment and the insanity defense. Neither intervention serves the best interests of the patient. Both interventions serve the interests of the patient's adversaries and/or of the family or society.
3. The fiction of mental illness inexorably generates its corollary, the fiction of psychiatric treatment. Combined with coercion (civil commitment), the concept of psychiatric treatment thus becomes a ready weapon, in the hands of the family or the state, for controlling, punishing, and destroying individuals unwanted by those in control of the psychiatric vocabulary, especially those in political authority. But for the fiction of treatment of illness, such conduct would be recognized as torture.
4. Article 18 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights guarantees the right to freedom of thought to everyone. This guarantee is not restricted to thoughts deemed by the state to be sane and not contingent on the person's having to prove he is not suffering from "mental illness." Psychiatry's basic principles and practices constitute a massive, ongoing violation of this Article of the UN Declaration of Human Rights.
5. The role of psychiatrists as medical judges and executioners in Nazi Germany, and their role as medical judges, jailers, and torturers in the Soviet Union, Communist China, and so-called democratic countries illustrate the inexorable consequences of currently accepted psychiatric principles and practices.


Psychiatry claims that there is a scientific basis for treating conduct, deemed abnormal by psychiatrists, as a medical illness; and to "diagnose" and "treat" persons so identified without their consent and against their express wishes. Accordingly, we charge psychiatry as a profession, and psychiatrists as persons and physicians, with the following outrages against humanity:

a) makes the psychiatric profession the final arbiter of normalcy, converting societal normative judgments into pseudo-medical ones that psychiatrists are uniquely qualified to impose;
b) creates the status condition called "mental illness" that can be ascribed for malevolent, negligent, or paternalistic reasons; moreover, since there are no physical markers to examine, the so-called "diagnosis" cannot be disproved by those accused; psychiatry thus creates a status of human subservience to those legitimized with identifying who is mentally ill;
c) dehumanizes and delegimizes individuals characterized as "mentally ill," by attributing to them non-responsibility for their illegal or immoral acts;
d) distorts the concept of individual responsibility, depriving some persons accused of crimes even of the protections of the criminal process, substituting for it an inquisitorial examination of their "mental health," aimed at defining them as mentally ill;
e) supports the psychiatric incarceration of those found mentally irresponsible for crime, a disposition often harsher and longer than punishment for the acts the defendants are accused of having committed;
f) encourages preventive detention by casting a wide net of future dangerousness in the guise of mental health diagnosis, under the pretext that it is an effective method for preventing some persons from doing harm;
g) stigmatizes those identified as mentally ill, providing opportunity to those who would discredit their political views, deny them employment, or mistreat them in other ways;
h) forcibly imposes interventions, euphemized as "treatments," on those identified as mentally ill, despite their refusal to be treated, and encourages drugging persons not incarcerated in so called "out patient" status, to re-inforce the psychiatric view that their (mis)behavior is an illness and to make them more docile;
i) supports, through the diagnosis of mental illness, the legal mechanism of imposed guardianship, thus expropriating the property of some persons so diagnosed. As a direct result of these premises, psychiatrists initiated the extermination of "undesirables" in Germany in the 1930s. Psychiatric principles and practices helped the Soviet Union, and now help the Chinese Communist government, hide, as medical treatment, a system of incarcerating, torturing, and discrediting dissidents. The same psychiatric principles and practices have encouraged, and continue to encourage the deprivation of human rights in the United States and many other countries.

For these atrocities, past and ongoing, we demand that psychiatrists acknowledge their collective and individual responsibility and take immediate steps to end the profession's support of and participation in them.

24/2/2001 Thomas Szasz and George Alexander

I will consider the verdict in the case later in NL, but I will here make one helpful semantical remark about "Mental illness is a legal-psychiatric fiction":

The logical point is not that people may not get "mad", in some plausible everyday sense, for Szasz and Alexander agree they do; the logical point is that in natural science there is no mind that can get ill, for precisely the same reason as there is no soul that can get either ill or corrupted (by the devil): In natural science there only is the brain, that is the organ of feeling and thinking, about which science knows little, and psychiatrists and theologians least of all - which never stopped them from lying, fabricating and imagining things.

Meanwhile, for today and about the DSM-5 you have been warned about the probable future, and you can find out more here:

P.S. Corrections, if any are necessary, have to be made later.

                              As to ME/CFS (that I prefer to call ME):

1.  Anthony Komarof Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS (pdf)
3.  Hillary Johnson The Why
4.  Consensus of M.D.s Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf)
5.   Eleanor Stein Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)
6.  William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
7.  Paul Lutus

Is Psychology a Science?

8.  Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)
 Maarten Maartensz
ME in Amsterdam - surviving in Amsterdam with ME (Dutch)
 Maarten Maartensz Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Short descriptions of the above:                

1. Ten reasons why ME/CFS is a real disease by a professor of medicine of Harvard.
2. Long essay by a professor emeritus of medical chemistry about maltreatment of ME.
3. Explanation of what's happening around ME by an investigative journalist.
4. Report to Canadian Government on ME, by many medical experts.
5. Advice to psychiatrist by a psychiatrist who understands ME is an organic disease
6. English mathematical genius on one's responsibilities in the matter of one's beliefs:
7. A space- and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
8. Malcolm Hooper puts things together status 2010.
9. I tell my story of surviving (so far) in Amsterdam with ME.
10. The directory on my site about ME.

See also: ME -Documentation and ME - Resources
The last has many files, all on my site to keep them accessible.

Maarten Maartensz (M.A. psy, B.A. phi)
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