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To be ill adjusted to a deranged world is not a breakdown. Jeanette Winterson
A neurosis is a secret you don’t know you’re keeping. Kenneth Tynan, English theatre critic
82,856. Everything we think of as great has come to us from neurotics. It is they and they alone who found religions and create great works of art. The world will never realize how much it owes to them and what they have suffered in order to bestow their gifts on it. Marcel Proust
Children came with a wide variety of behaviours and disorders and symptoms: some were homicidal, quite a few were suicidal, some were non-speaking and mute, others were widely delusional, all had a most traumatic history behind them which explained their behaviour. Although it was sometimes difficult to ascertain their story. Horizon: Bruno Bettelheim: The Man Who Cared For Children, BBC 1987
This is Liam. Aged five he was disruptive, hyperactive, and unable to focus ... Now, five years later, Liam’s life has been transformed. His new-found ability to concentrate is largely due to a drug called Methylphenidate. Best known to most of us as a brand name: Ritalin ... These drugs were originally designed fifty years ago for the treatment of adults with depression. Horizon: Pill Poppers, BBC 2010
ADHD is believed to be caused by an imbalance of key chemical messengers in the areas of the brain that control attention and memory. Ritalin appears to make these messengers more effective, helping to restore attention. Like all drugs, Ritalin comes with a cost. ibid.
OCD: We use OCD to describe our friends. We know OCD celebrities. OCD appears in BBC drama series. We even use OCD to describe ourselves ... The truth is much much more serious. Horizon: OCD: A Monster in My Mind, BBC 2015
OCD is a disorder that affects between 1 and 2% of the population. ibid.
Our brains have the astonishing ability to interpret the world around us. Most of us are able to tell the difference between fact and fantasy, between real and imagined danger; we learn to recognise voices, understand meaning. But for some, the normal benign business of interpreting reality has broken down. Horizon: Why Did I Go Mad? BBC 2017
For years these disturbing psychotic experiences have been given a name: Schizophrenia. ibid.
Is there really such a thing as madness? ibid.
Psychosis is a term used to describe a range of different diagnoses including the most notorious of all: Schizophrenia. ibid.
People with psychosis seem to produce too much of a brain chemical called Dopamine. ibid.
‘There are more people living in the general population who hear voices who have never had contact with psychiatric services.’ ibid. Jackie
It’s primarily the brain’s response to traumatic events. ibid.
The modern-day psychopath is often characterised as the stuff of nightmares. Whether they love Chianti or crossbow, Hollywood has no shortage of these charismatic, violent and impulsive monsters … It is estimated that somewhere between 300 and 400,000 psychopaths live in Britain today. Horizon: What Makes a Psychopath? BBC 2017
‘Ryan Klug and I’ve killed someone … Yeah, I slit her throat and stabbed her in the heart.’ ibid.
What makes a psychopath? ibid.
Being a violent killer doesn’t simply make one a psychopath. ibid.
This checklist has 20 traits that psychiatrists look for. ibid.
Psychopaths have around 7% less grey matter in the limbic system of the brain than non-psychopaths as well as significant differences in brain activity. ibid.
Can psychopathy be cured? ibid.
This type of group therapy could actually make them even more violent … Group therapy became a kind of empathy finishing school … to wear the mask of sanity. ibid.
World leaders seem to score highly. ibid.
Mental health issues are the number one cause of people being unable to work … Things are really set to get a lot worse. Horizon: Ten Things You Need to Know About the Future, BBC 2017
Neurotics complain of their illness, but they make the most of it, and when it comes to taking it away from them they will defend it like a lioness her young. Sigmund Freud
Imagine a society that subjects people to conditions that make them terribly unhappy then gives them the drugs to take away their unhappiness. Science fiction. It is already happening to some extent in our own society. Instead of removing the conditions that make people depressed, modern society gives them antidepressant drugs. In effect antidepressants are a means of modifying an individual’s internal state in such a way as to enable him to tolerate social conditions that he would otherwise find intolerable. Theodore Kaczynski
Our society tends to regard as a sickness any mode of thought or behaviour that is inconvenient for the system and this is plausible because when an individual doesn’t fit into the system it causes pain to the individual as well as problems for the system. Thus the manipulation of an individual to adjust him to the system is seen as a cure for a sickness and therefore as good. Theodore Kaczynski
Experience has taught us that we have only one enduring weapon in our struggle against mental illness: the emotional discovery and emotional acceptance of the truth in the individual and unique history of our childhood. Alice Miller, The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self
Private Institutions Used In CIA Effort To Control Behavior 25-Year $25 Million Program. The New York Times 2nd August 1977
Drugs Tested By CIA On Mental Patients. ibid.
Due to the psychologically destructive nature of brainwashing research the CIA began to seek new, unwitting test subjects in psychiatric hospitals. From 1957-1964 patients at the Allan Memorial Institute in Montreal became mind control guinea pigs for M K Ultra scientist Ewen Cameron. PSTV.tv Mind Sciences
Bush also successfully rammed through the Orwellian-named New Freedom Initiative. This forces every child in America from age five to eighteen to be psychologically tested twice a year. Whether you’re home-schooled, private schooled or public schooled. The guidelines for mental illness were written by a consortium of drug companies. And in their own internal documentation they brag they will go from 15% of children on psychotropic drugs and Ritalin to over 50% ... This is the type of nightmare only Joseph Stalin could dream of. Alex Jones, Martial Law 9/11: The Rise of the Police State