Therapy and Life–Articles

The following articles provide further information on psychiatry’s use in the service of social control, and in the drug-free, empathy-based alternatives to damaging psychiatric treatments.

Managed care receives blame for overmedications

[the following is reprinted from the Houston Chronicle] Therapists just use drugs to treat patients, some say By MARK SMITH Copyright© 1997 Houston Chronicle The emergence of managed mental health care is adding fuel to a long-simmering debate over the place of medication in psychiatric treatment. Some psychiatrists charge that health maintenance organizations and other […]

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Finnegan the Squirrel

Finnegan the Squirrel   The moral of this story is the best part!!! Debby Cantlon, who plans to release Finnegan, the young squirrel, back into the wild, bottle-fed the infant squirrel after it was brought to her house. When Cantlon took in the tiny creature and began caring for him, she found herself with an […]

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Report to JCAHO on physical restraints

Principles for the Elimination of Restraint An ICSPP Report Prepared by Peter R. Breggin, M.D., Director for The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations This report is offered in response to the Joint Commission’s request of February 18, 1999 for ICSPP’s recommendations on “restraint use and therapeutic holding.” This report focuses on two […]

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Contribution to the Social Rehabilitation of the Mentally Ill (1962)

The volunteer-patient relationships described in this paper occur between college students and mental patients on the back wards of a large state hospital. […] I think the so-called “dementia” and “hebephrenia” often described as the natural end points of schizophrenia are really products of social isolation on the back wards of state mental hospitals.

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