No Scientific Tests

Objective tests are expected to be the basis of any medical diagnosis.

Except a psychiatric one. Here, a sort of “by-guess and by-golly” standard is good enough to justify a potentially crippling intervention.

In a recent article in the top-tier medical journal JAMA Psychiatry, prominent researcher Kenneth Kendler writes that our current psychiatric diagnoses are just “working hypotheses, subject to change.”

Ask for a second opinion, a third, a fourth. Chances are very good that they will all be different.

But the solution is always to brutalize the patient’s brain based on no understanding at all of its delicate mechanism.

Is there an antidote to the psychiatric “solution”? Yes:

Creating Racism

Drapetomania was a psychiatric diagnosis proposed in 1851 by physician Samuel A. Cartwright, of the Louisiana Medical Association, to explain the tendency of black slaves to flee captivity. As such, drapetomania is an example of scientific racism. The term derives from the Greek δραπετης (drapetes, “a runaway [slave]”) + μανια (mania, “madness, frenzy”).

The diagnosis appeared in a paper published in the New Orleans Medical and Surgical Journal, where Dr. Cartwright argued that the tendency of slaves to run away from their captors was in fact a treatable medical disorder. He offered the following as “medical advice”:

If the white man attempts to oppose the Deity’s will, by trying to make the negro anything else than “the submissive knee-bender” (which the Almighty declared he should be) by trying to raise him to a level with himself… or by denying him the usual comforts and necessaries of life, the negro will run away; but if he keeps him in the position that we learn from the Scriptures he was intended to occupy, that is, the position of submission; and if his master or overseer be kind and gracious in his hearing towards him… the negro is spell-bound, and cannot run away.

— Diseases and Peculiarities of the Negro Race

Creating violence

Studies have shown that the majority of school shooters were on a psychiatric medication, or in withdrawal from a psychiatric medication, at the time of their bloody crime.

Psychiatric interventions involving drugs, shock, surgery, or restraints are violations of Human Rights 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 13, 18, 19, 27, and 30.