Whistleblowers and psychiatrists: the backfire

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“• Reveal: expose the injustice, challenge cover-up
• Redeem: validate the target, challenge devaluation
• Reframe: emphasise the injustice, counter reinterpretation
• Redirect: mobilise support, be wary of official channels
• Resist: stand up to intimidation and bribery”


…”It is important to recognize that the unique role of discrediting opinion and dehumanizing those with one whom disagrees is not limited to totalitarian regimes. The coercive use of psychiatry represents a violation of basic human rights in all cultures.” — Michael L. Langan


…”It is the job of the Thought Police to uncover and punish thoughtcrime and thought-criminals. They use psychology and omnipresent surveillance (such as telescreens) to search, find, monitor and arrest members of society who could potentially challenge authority and status quo, even only by thought, hence the name Thought Police.[1]They use terror and torture to achieve their ends.”…


Méndez, Juan E. “Report of the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” (2013). Human Rights Council, United Nations.

…”Fully respecting each person’s legal capacity is a first step in the prevention of torture and ill-treatment. As already established by the mandate, medical treatments of an intrusive and irreversible nature, when lacking a therapeutic purpose or when aimed at correcting or alleviating a disability, may constitute torture or ill-treatment when enforced or administered without the free and informed consent of the person concerned. Deprivation of liberty on grounds of mental illness is unjustified. Under the European Convention on Human Rights, mental disorder must be of a certain severity in order to justify detention. I believe that the severity of the mental illness cannot justify detention nor can it be justified by a motivation to protect the safety of the person or of others. Furthermore, deprivation of liberty that is based on the grounds of a disability and that inflicts severe pain or suffering falls under the scope of the Convention against Torture. In making such an assessment, factors such as fear and anxiety produced by indefinite detention, the infliction of forced medication or electroshock, the use of restraints and seclusion, the segregation from family and community, should be taken into account. “…

“Medicine is predicated on competence, good-faith, and integrity. Medical ethics necessitates beneficence, respect, and autonomy. The scaffold erected here is designed for coercion and control. Exposure, transparency, and accountability are urgent.” Michael Lawrence Langan



In memoriam – Dr Jean Lennane.

Chaos Theory and Pharmacology

What Happens to Whistleblowers, and Why?
Jean Lennane. Social Medicine. Volume 6, Number 4, May 2012.

Via: www.bmartin.cc

Whistleblowers and psychiatrists 

“Whistleblowers are often referred to a psychiatrist by the employer. The aim then is to make a finding sufficient to discredit the whistleblower, as having a personality disorder, a pre-existing psychiatric illness, or a neurotic reaction. All too often, the psychiatrist selected by the employer will cooperate in this, relying perhaps on uncorroborated information/allegations supplied by the employer without the whistleblower’s knowledge or consent. If, as not uncommonly happens, the psychiatrist reports that there is no pre-existing problem, and the person’s complaints of malpractice within the organisation should be taken at face value and properly investigated, the employer will usually insist on referral to another psychiatrist; and if that one’s report is no more helpful, to another … until the desired report is achieved. One…

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  3 comments for “Whistleblowers and psychiatrists: the backfire

  1. April 17, 2015 at 2:22 am

    Thank you, Michael. We ex-patients, or as we often call each other, survivors, have been aware or at least suspect of these things. I feel for you. I know I have seen so many healthcare professionals who are terrified to speak out even when it’s actually criminal not to. I have seen these things myself first hand. I was stuck in BMC psych ER more than once, and in many other prison places where innocent people are punished with bogus diagnoses. Meanwhile, psychiatry gains far too much power. Please feel free to contact me because I would really love to hear your story. I am a writer. I admire what you are doing. julie@juliegreene.net. I am convinced you are not only telling the truth, but that your voice is a very important one that needs to be heard.

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