"The field of mental health is highly subjective, capricious, and dominated by whims, mythologies, and public relations. In many ways it is a pop culture with endless fads but with no real substance."--Dr. Walter Fisher, Assistant Superintendent, Elgin State Hospital Power, Greed, and Stupidity in the Mental Health Racket
"If we are to infiltrate the professional and social activities of other people I think we must imitate the Totalitarians and organize some kind of fifth column activity. If better ideas on mental health are to progress and spread we, as the salesmen, must lose our identity ... Let us all, therefore, very secretly be 'fifth columnists'."--John Rawlings Rees, psychiatrist "Strategic Planning for Mental Health", Mental Health, v.1 no.4, p. 103-6
"[it is] a high class kind of subversion, very high class. We're not second story burglars. We go right in the front door."--Mike Gorman, psychiatric publicist, remarking on National Institute of Mental Health fundraising tactics in Drew, "The Health Syndicate", The Atlantic Monthly, December 1967, P. 76
""What do you do when you don't know what to do? No wonder there are more suicides among psychiatrists than in any other profession." Psychiatrist R. D. Laing
Wisdom, Madness, and Folly, p. 126
"Over the years it [the National Committee for Mental Hygiene] has championed for the promotion of 'mental health' despite the fact that nobody knows what it is or how to do it."
E. Fuller Torrey, psychiatrist
Nowhere to Go, New York: Harper and Row, 1988
Recent research has shown, that the vast majority of people who are violent do not suffer from mental illnesses. --American Psychiatric Association website.
The mental health system is a sinking ship.... Trying to fix a system
this misdirected and corrupt is only arranging deck chairs on the
Titanic. The system is going to hoist itself on its own petard. Its own
greed, exploitation and lack of human love will be its undoing
ultimately. It is hard to wait for that day. But that day is coming. Do
not fear. That day is coming. Sue Poole
"...every person who comes into this office who has had an experience with another therapist has some kind of horror story to tell, about some major failing on the therapist's part, including, quite often, sexual abuse, verbal abuse, things that cross the boundary of mere bad technique and come pretty damn close to the criminal."
Thomas Maeder, clinical psychologist "Wounded Healers",
Atlantic Monthly, January, 1989, p. 38
"The mental health establishment has snowed the American people: it
launches the most unimaginable brutal psychological and physical assault on human beings in distress, calls this 'medical treatment', and then blames the outcome on 'mental illness'. Seth Farber, PhD
outcome on 'mental illness'. Seth Farber, PhD