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The Fort Hood Shooter: A Different Psychiatric Perspective
By Peter R. Breggin, MD
ďLive Like an American!Ē Radio Report No. 37 on the Savage Nation November 17, 2009
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Before I begin to look at his identity as a psychiatrist, I want to confirm that that Major Nidal Hasan was driven by religious ideology. For years he openly claimed that the War on Terror is a war on Moslems. He announced on the Internet and to his fellow soldiers that a Moslem suicide bomber should be praised for killing a hundred soldiers. One wonders how and why the army failed to relieve him from active duty. One ridiculous explanation is that they had a lot invested himóhis complete medical and psychiatric training. Much more likely, the army was hamstrung by the leftist political correctness thatís been imposed upon it.
Letís also see through yet another leftist smoke screenóthat Hasan was more a crazy person than a terrorist. During the American revolution Samuel Adams pointed out that heíd never seen a man commit treason without first losing his moral footing in his personal life. Instead of being a victim of prejudice and harassment, Hasan was instead a provocateur whom the army tried to ignore. Hasan is not only a terrorist, heís a traitoróa man who turned on his nation; on the army that nurtured, educated and paid him; and on his comrades in arms. By turning on his country, he ultimately turned on his own family who live, work and have citizenship in the United States.
Some people have asked me if Iím surprised that Hasan is a psychiatrist. Not surprised at all. According to the media, poor Dr. Hasan was driven to the breaking point by the stress of counseling returning soldiers and having to listen to their horrific stories. Totally false. Modern psychiatrists are not trained to listen to or to counsel their patients.
Iíve given seminars to the staff at both hospitals where Hasan was trained, Walter Reed in DC and the national military medical center in Bethesda, Maryland. These psychiatrists had no interest in empathic therapy; they were only interested in biological theories and drugs.
Modern psychiatry is not about counseling and empowering people. Itís about controlling and suppressing them, and thatís a dismal affair for patients and doctors alike. The armed forces have been taken in by the false claims of modern psychiatry.
By contrast, itís not depressing to do psychotherapy or counseling. As therapists, itís inspiring when people entrust their feelings and their life stories to us. Therapists donít burn out when they show concern and empathy for their patients and when they help them to find the strength and direction to reclaim their lives.
But being an ordinary psychiatrist is deadly depressing. Psychiatrists routinely commit spiritual murder. Itís no wonder my colleagues have such high suicide and drug addiction rates.
Before Hasan became a murderer, he was a toxic agent. Whether he did so directly or indirectly through his attitudes, he was stifling the morale of his patients by empathizing with their enemies rather than with them. The army needs to investigate the evil impact that this man must have had on the hundreds of soldiers he discouraged and drugged. He may have made his own personal contribution to the rising suicide rate among soldiers.
The most recent data show that the soldiers are being snowed under not only with antidepressants and tranquilizers, but also increasingly with antipsychotic drugs like Risperdal, Zyprexa, Geodon and Seroquel. To cover up their own therapeutic impotence, psychiatrists chemically suppress our troops and push them back onto the front lines. Thatís the kind of poisonous psychiatry that Hasan was practicing in combination with his poisonous ideology.
Thereís also a substantial possibility that Hasan was self-medicating with psychiatric drugs, especially with antidepressants like Zoloft, Paxil, Prozac, and Celexa, as well as with tranquilizes like Xanax and Klonopin. Modern psychiatrists simply donít know anything different. If he was self-medicating, the drugs were probably causing increasing disinhibition, at least in these wild pronouncements he was making, until his final Allahu Akbar before he began shooting. In my book Medication Madness: The Role of Psychiatric Drugs in Cases of Violence, Suicide and Crime, I describe dozens of cases with similarities to this one. Psychiatric drugs can further agitate someone like Hasan who was already ideologically and psychologically primed to explode in violence. One astonishing feature of Hasanís case is the failure of his psychiatric colleagues to respond to his violent pronouncements and obvious mental instability. I talked about this with Dr. Bart Billings, the founder and director of the premier International Combat Stress Conference, where I spoke last year. Dr. Billings, a retired colonel, confirms that army psychiatrists are nothing more than pill pushers who have no idea how to evaluate anyoneís mental condition, including one of their own. I might add, thatís just typical of psychiatrists in general. He also agrees that itís disastrous to prescribe agitating psychiatric drugs to active duty soldiers.
I want to conclude with a few thoughts. First, Major Hasan is a domestic terrorist and a traitor. Second, he is a madmanóbut that doesnít contradict his identity as a terrorist and a traitor. Third, thereís nothing incompatible about being a psychiatrist and being a violent person.
Modern psychiatry is suppressive profession whose values are alien to the liberty and responsibility advocated by our Founders and upheld by our armed services. Itís time for the army to reject the false promises and damaging effects of modern psychiatry, and to focus on psychological, educational and moral approaches that genuinely help soldiers to prepare for and to overcome the effects of stress. The army is making progress with new programs to strengthen psychological resilience, but any psychological approach will fail as long as psychiatrists continue to medicate these same soldiers.
For an inspiring presentation of our basic American values, I hope you will read my new book, ďWow, Iím an American! How to Live Like Our Heroic Founders.Ē You can find my book and download all my Savage Nation reports on my website, www.breggin.com. You can communicate with me at psychiatricdrugfacts.com or by phoning 607 272 5328.