http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientology_and_psychiatry
http://www.nami.org/

In the articles above, note that the NAMI link is provided for your informational purposes, there are discussions of the “truths” of psychiatry. A museum, dedicated to “revealing” the “truth”, is run and propped up by the Church of Scientology’s pet movement, CCHR (Citizens Commission on Human Rights). In this museum, it points out a vicious lie that Nazis were actually products of psychiatrists, that torture and electric shock therapy has been given to people against their will, and that many have died at the hands of psychiatry. L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of the Church of Scientology discusses psychiatry in many discourses to followers in the 50’s and 60’s. In his book, Dianetics, he explains that many illnesses are psychosomatic and manufactured by engrams caused at various times in one’s life. He claims mental illnesses such as schizophrenia can be “cured” in so many sessions of “auditing”, the church’s method for removing and dispelling these engrams. Tom Cruise says in a video to Matt Laurer that he knows the “real history” of psychiatry and contends that actress and model Brooke Shields could have taken “vitamins and supplements” that would have cured her “baby blues”. He also goes on to state that a drug to treat ADHD has become a “street drug” and that psychiatric medication is not the answer. In another video, the “Thud Experiment” shows that a certain number of people entered a psychiatric facility all claiming to hear the word “thud” in their head and that the institutions “misdiagnosed” them. It also claims that a psychiatric facility found “40 imposters” that were never sent by the experiment overseers.

What is the truth about psychiatry?

In the early years of the science, there were institutions that treated people with psychosis in deplorable ways. Many of the younger treatments of mental illness have been abandoned like the barbaric lobotomies and electric shock therapy. There are cases where electric shock therapy is still used, but according to psychiatrists I have spoken to, this is not a common treatment as it was in the 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s. Most mental illnesses are treated by anti-psychotic medicines, anti-depressants, mood stabilizers and other medication that deals directly with chemical imbalance. The treatment usually coincides with psychological counseling either with a licensed therapist, psychologist, or psychological doctor. “Talking therapy” cited by psychiatrists is also a good way to develop coping strategies, work through symptoms of a mental illness, and effectively treat people who would not seek help normally. Can serious psychosis such as paranoid schizophrenia, schizophrenia, psychotics, and dissociative mental illness really be dealt with using “auditing”? Are vitamins and supplements and adequate treatment for these illnesses? Well, no. They can’t. More psychiatric science has proven early theories that such diseases are biological and can only be treated with proper medication regiments prescribed by a psychiatrist.

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Elli_Perkins) A good example that Dianetics’ treatment of schizophrenia fails is the death of Elli Perkins. Her son began hearing voices in his mind in 2001. Since Scientology does not support psychiatry, they believe psychiatrist are “evil”, she sent her son to the Sea Org in an attempt to help him. He continued with “auditing”, which failed, thus resulting in his classification as a Level III PTS (Potential Trouble Source). He was banned from any further Scientology courses because he exhausted the church’s treatment plans. I find this a gross mishandling of his case. Why? The man obviously needed medical science’s intervention on his case. He was committed to a psychiatric facility and she convinced them to release him to her custody. She began to feed him vitamins and minerals. She took him to a doctor of osteopathy who claimed he had toxins in his system which needed to be purged and that he had digestive problems. A vitamin regiment was prescribed. He did not improve. Instead he became suspicious that she was poisoning him. She tried several methods of treatment recommended by Scientology. Jeremy, her son, stabbed her 77 times when his illness became out of control due to lack of psychiatric treatment.

Schizophrenia is described in Scientology as: 1. a mental disorder characterized by indifference, withdrawal, hallucinations, and delusions of persecution and omnipotence, often with unimpaired intelligence. 2. in alethanetic terms (alethanlogy is the study or science of truth, a system of natural laws which allow a person to discover for one’s self those personal truths that bring about a life of peace, abundance, success and balance; the science and the study of the nature of truth and error, and of the highest laws for their discrimination; and doctrine of truth, that part of logic which deals with the subject of truth) terms, a departure from rational thought with no basis of reason in which the person goes into assumed personality from engrams(An engram, according to Dianetics, is a mental image picture recorded in the reactive subconscious mind of an experience containing pain, unconsciousness, and a real or imagined threat to survival.) so completely that one sharply and distinctly changes personality features when one jumps between one to another. This is wholly inaccurate. When one switches between different personalities, one has Dissociative identity Disorder, also called DiD. It used to be known as multiple personality disorder, but it is in fact defined as a dissociative disorder. The person has more than one identity or “personality” that is called an “alter” and often cannot remember what happens when an “alter” takes over. Schizophrenia interferes with one’s ability to think clearly, manage emotions, make decisions or relate with others, and impairs the ability to function productively. It is very rare that a Schizophrenic person becomes violent, though often media refers to Schizophrenia as a violent person who has multiple personality disorder or is inconsistent, often variably random and nonsensical. This is a misconception that will probably never be rectified without educating one’s self to the real psychiatric truth. Each case of Schizophrenia is unique and some are associated with paranoia, delusions, auditory and visual hallucinations; sometimes treatment is refused because of all the symptoms, or most of them, complicate the decision making process. (http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=schizophrenia9)

However, the Church of Scientology’s mental health watchdog group CCHR puts “The Truth of Psychiatry” on their website (http://www.cchr.org/download-material/fact-sheets.html) adds sensational elements to their articles, being sure to connect bizarre facts to a delusional conclusion. An example: CBS “48 Hours” did a special detailing that Schizophrenia is a real, physiological mental illness that requires psychiatric medicine to treat. CCHR makes the bold claim that CBS only forwarded the claim that such medicines work based solely on the fact that they make money from the sponsor and the drugs. Another example: “A recent State Auditor review of expenditures from Texas Community Mental Health and Retardation (MHMR) Centers found that at two of the states’ 39 local MHMR Centers had used $60,000 in tax dollars (€47,100) for pizza parties, employee incentives, staffs’ food and entertainment and company picnics. Other findings included: There
were 581,213 dates where services were billed for periods exceeding 24 hours in a single day; in one client record, the person was said to have received over 1,454 hours of
service in a day. Treatment was also billed for 68 people whose social security cards showed they were dead.” Seeking out the report via Google search (http://www.google.com/search?q=Keith+Elkins+Investigates%2C+%E2%80%9CTracking+Tax+Dollars%2C%E2%80%9D+Texas%2C+Channel+42+News%2C+20+Sept.+2006.&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a) only reveals the publication issued by the CCHR. A search on YouTube reveals no such report (http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Keith+Elkins+Investigates%2C+%E2%80%9CTracking+Tax+Dollars%2C%E2%80%9D+Texas%2C+Channel+42+News%2C+20+Sept.+2006.&aq=f) by anyone named Keith Elkins. One more example: “Dekalb, Illinois – February 14, 2008: 27-year-old Steven Kazmierczak shot and killed five people and wounded 16 others before killing himself in a Northern Illinois University auditorium. According to his girlfriend, he had recently been taking Prozac, Xanax and Ambien. Toxicology results showed that he still had trace amount of Xanax in his system.” All supporting articles for this particular story are connected to Church of Scientology sources. While not fully explaining the reports they line their website with, they do inaccurately manipulate information to make it look like what they need it to look like.

The Church of Scientology is not new to this type of thing, making something look more acceptable to them for their nefarious purposes. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Lisa_McPherson) The death of Lisa McPherson and the subsequent cover-up (http://www.tampabay.com/news/article1012234.ece) and manipulation of officials (http://markrathbun.wordpress.com/2011/08/03/david-miscavige-the-cheater/) is telling about the way the Church of Scientology handles its business. Why would opposition of psychiatry be treated any differently? Well, really, it wouldn’t. One can easily conclude that the offensive opened up by the Church of Scientology, mother to CCHR, is on direct par with conspiracy theorists who look for the Illuminati behind governments and poke out newly raised fears of “socialism” taking over the United States. All of it is meant to be a manipulative source for minds prepared to lock step and file behind an abusive (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOv0LtzXlx4 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vgorwz_s2k&feature=related) leader of dying organization he assisted to meet it’s untimely death at the hands of a true Suppressive Person (http://markrathbun.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/david-miscavige-the-coward/#comments look for my post about Miscavige and subsequent explanations for a SP, please).

Not unlike most religions, the Church of Scientology is not immune to manipulation using fear, tenets, and societal pressure. Let’s not ignore that while the Church of Scientology disclaims core tenets (such as Xenu), societal pressure (disconnection) and fear (justifying use of the “Fair Game” policies enacted to make opposition mute), they blur the line between a corporation and not-for-profit tax exempt status. Their leader misappropriates funds for private investigators used to harass and intimidate people unwilling to “shut up” about the negative metamorphosis of the church under his rule. Of course, by writing this blog entry, I open myself up to the use of “Fair Game” on me. The corporation jumps at shadows at manufactures enemies in a delusional way. Yet, beneath this oppression, many have left the Church of Scientology and started the Independent Scientologist movement which creates all kinds of problems for the Church. There are the brave people that speak out against the Church like Marty Rathbun and Mike Rinder who strike boldly out on their own and are able to find happiness as Independents. The whole of the Freezone also does. As more and more leave, the obvious becomes truth while the oblivious stay in. This is a truth that can be applied to any religion, regardless of what denomination, sect, creed, and tenets.

I invite you to review the sites I cited and find out for yourself. The attack of psychiatry is just that, an attack. It has become essential for extremists in any faith to attack to preserve their control. A growing trend that is not only distasteful but steeped in crazy conspiracy theories that simply don’t hold up to logic, clear reasoning, and rationality.

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