Dear CCHR, MindFreedom and Jim Gottstein,
You may want to investigate how EEGs are being abused to label people with mental illness at McCleans Hospital at Harvard, which is considered the nations top psychiatric hospital by the government. The testers do not control for any variables such as sleep, diet, fresh air or lack of fresh air, etc. Clearly, someone run into their dark little room after a six hour car ride and some junk food on the road is going to have a chaotic EEG which can be used to allege an association with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, as opposed to the same person getting a good nights sleep, a long walk in the fresh air in the morning, a healthy breakfast of cereal, fruit, yogurt, wheat bread and orange juice and 20 minutes of Transcendental Meditation! And, still these tests are not necessarily being read properly anyway and they are not reviewed with the patients. Furthermore, they are non-specific to begin with.
Also, you may want to re-open investigations of the unusually corrupt and brutal psychiatric system in Texas wherein people targeted for psychiatric brutality really are lured to the state to be hit from behind with syringes of knock out drops at the airport and kidnapped to mental hospitals. They are roughed up and drugged up further in the hospitals to make them as sick as possible before being dragged down to swift, fixed kangaroo civil court proceedings where they meet with a state appointed lawyer for about 20 seconds before their “day in court”. The psychiatrists and other Texas doctors testify for a moment with no sworn in testimony and no evidence before the judges who generally, if not always, hand down rulings against the defendants even in the absence of any criminal charges or convictions. The lawyers appointed to the defendants speak for a moment in what appears to simply be a ceremonial exercise. They do not explain the right to sue the psychiatrists and state to the defendants and they do not appeal any of these cases. All Texas lawyers than also refuse to help the defendants in these sham cases, with the state of Texas than insisting it has the right to follow the lives of the targets of these cases anywhere until they are dead, with associated stigmatization and blacklists.
The FBI and US Attorney Generals office than uses these cases to smear the reputations of people when they leave Texas resulting in total academic, career and financial ruination anyplace they go in the country or overseas. The feds and police see these cases as being as legitimate as a 6 week murder trial with sworn in testimony and a jury.
Finally, you may want to investigate the clearing fact that New York State, Pennsylvania, California, Hawaii, Arizona, Florida and other states have a policy of trying to keep the targets of this type of psychiatric tyranny from earning 1 penny a year for their work regardless of how well educated, credentialed, sane and law abiding they may be.
Dr Harold Mandel