Posted by jeremy on February 13, 2011 12:32 am.



The label of mental illness is a powerful public relations ploy - to be used against a targeted person by authorities who feel threatened by him, or his words. Claims of mental illness have, conveniently, justified punitive measures against political dissidents in the Soviet Union and China.1,2,3

In open societies like the United States and Canada, many psychiatrists have performed government-sanctioned, nonconsensual experiments on human subjects in living memory, without a single experimenter ever being put on trial4 – while the experiments continued uninterrupted for decades. Part of the reason the experiments could proceed for so long without being uncovered is that the experimental subjects were portrayed as ‘patients’ and mentally ill; their testimony was discounted.

Psychiatry has a built-in ability for abuse which is “greater than any other field of medicine”5, and indeed, it has been abused as a tool of political repression and as a cover-up mechanism for human experimentation. Given the history of psychiatry, it’s reasonable to ask whether psychiatrists have any more credibility than the targets of state-sanctioned terror campaigns they label as mentally ill.

As we’ll see, psychiatrists suffer from some of the mental flaws they attribute to their patients. The biggest such flaw is confirmation bias - being predisposed to find certain answers, and finding ‘evidence’ of those answers in everything one sees.

Labeling experiment

In 1968, Maurice Temerlin tested 25 psychiatrists for evidence of bias.6 An actor was filmed talking about his life (actually a made-up life), without knowing what the purpose of the experiment was. His script led him to avoid subjects associated with schizophrenia (he was portrayed as uninterested in ESP, the occult, or religion) as well as to demonstrate the absence of self-obsession (by talking a little about current affairs).

Three groups were presented with the footage of the actor, one group (A) being told he “was a very interesting man because he looked neurotic, but actually was quite psychotic” – a control group (B) was told nothing about him - and a third group (C) was told he was mentally healthy.

The resulting diagnoses:

 PsychosisNeurosisMental health
A (psychiatrists) (25) 15 10 0
A (clinical psychologists) (25) 7 15 3
A (psychology students) (45) 5 35 5
B (21) 0 9 12
C (20) 0 0 20

Interestingly, the most experienced group (A, psychiatrists) was the most likely to give a diagnosis of psychosis if told the actor was psychotic, with a false diagnosis rate of 60%. Meanwhile, the group told he was mentally healthy uniformly gave him a clean bill of mental health.

Race/gender bias experiment

In 1988, Loring and Powell presented 290 psychiatrists with two case studies. The studies, otherwise identically worded, were presented as being that of either a black male, a white male, a black female, a white female, or an unidentified subject, with 20% allocated to each case. The researchers concluded, “Clinicians appear to ascribe violence, suspiciousness, and dangerousness to black clients even though the case studies are the same as the case studies for the white clients”.7

The pseudopatient experiment

Questioning whether the diagnosis of patients depended on “the patients themselves or in the environments and contexts in which observers find them”, David L. Rosenhan performed secret experiments on psychiatrists in the 1970’s. Several ‘pseudopatients’ pre-screened for mental healthfulness went to 12 different psychiatric hospitals complaining of auditory disturbances; aside from certain personally identifying information (name, profession, and place of residence), they were instructed to be truthful about everything. The goal was to gain admission, and then stop pretending to be mentally ill, to convince the staff that they were actually mentally healthy and deserved to be let go.

With only one exception, every pseudopatient was diagnosed with schizophrenia. While the stays averaged 19 days, not one was ever proven sane; the alleged schizophrenics were released with “schizophrenia in remission”. Fascinatingly, it was “quite common” for the mentally ill residents in the hospital to pick up on the fraud. As Rosenhan observed, “The fact that the patients often recognized normality when staff did not raises important questions.”8

There were criticisms of Rosenhan’s findings. One psychiatrist noted that the conditions of the experiment were manifestly unfair; if a patient were to enter a hospital vomiting blood without revealing that he had drank a quart of blood prior to admission, he could hardly lay blame on the medical profession for jumping to conclusions.9 (However, the ease with which fellow patients recognized the imposters casts doubt on this argument.)

How mad are you?

In a 2008 BBC television program, “How Mad Are You?”, psychiatrists were presented with footage of 10 people, being informed (correctly) that five of them had been previously diagnosed as mentally ill, and asked to identify the 5 mentally ill people. They correctly identified two mentally ill people, and misidentified two of the others as mentally ill.10,11

Conclusions

Targeted individuals (TI’s) are often portrayed as being delusional. Two common accusations are that while the sorts of things the target are complaining about may be happening to some people, the TI hasn’t proved that they’re happening to him; or that the target is reading too much into improbable occurrences. Psychiatrists – whether they’re licensed professionals, or armchair psychiatrists offering criticism on the Internet – need to be held to the same standard.

Observers may complain the studies above are unfair, or unscientific. But that’s exactly the point: real-world encounters with the psychiatric profession aren’t under scientific or fair conditions, either.

Even if a psychiatrist is conscientiously evaluating his patient’s behavior12, the patient’s current mental state is not necessarily a symptom of mental illness; there will be scientifically uncontrolled factors which invalidate the resulting diagnosis. For example, a patient who was being harassed by local police forces, and whose complaints were being dismissed by the very people harassing him, would have feelings of persecution and distrust of the authorities - with good reason.

Individuals who are being persecuted or experimented on by a government may have psychiatric black marks on their records. The high likelihood of confirmation bias means these psychiatric judgements must be discounted.


References

 

  1. ^ "Dangerous minds: political psychiatry in China today and its origins in the Mao era"; Human Rights Watch. ISBN 1564322785.
  2. ^ Richard Bonnie, 2002. Political Abuse of Psychiatry in the Soviet Union and in China: Complexities and Controversies; Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, pp.136-144, 2002, issue 30. PMID: 11931362.
  3. ^ On dissidents and madness: from the Soviet Union of Leonid Brezhnev to the “Soviet Union” of Vladimir Putin; Amsterdam—New York: Rodopi. pp. 242. ISBN 9789042025851.
  4. ^ Medicine betrayed: the participation of doctors in human rights abuses; Zed Books, 1992. pp. 65. ISBN 1856491048.
  5. ^ Temerlin, 1968. "Suggestion Effects in Psychiatric Diagnosis"; Journal of Nervous & Mental Disease: October 1968 - Volume 147 - Issue 4 - ppg 349-353.
  6. ^ Loring, Powell (1988). "Gender, race, and DSM-III: a study of the objectivity of psychiatric diagnostic behavior". Journal of health and social behavior 29 (1): 1–22. doi:10.2307/2137177. PMID 3367027.
  7. ^ Rosenhan DL (January 1973). "On being sane in insane places". Science (New York, N.Y.) 179 (70): 250–8. doi:10.1126/science.179.4070.250
  8. ^ Spitzer. On pseudoscience in science, logic in remission, and psychiatric diagnosis: a critique of Rosenhan's "On being sane in insane places"; Journal of abnormal psychology, volume 84, issue 5 (October 1975), pp. 442-452. doi:10.1037/h0077124
  9. ^ "How mad are you?"; audio and transcript at spotlight radio.
  10. ^ Description of the show on BBC's site

 

Footnotes

 

  1. ^ In the Project MKULTRA experiments, only one person was ever charged: Donald Ewen Cameron. He died before he could be put on trial.
  2. ^ In "The Most Revolutionary Act: Memoir of an American Refugee" (ISBN: 1609118588. 336 pp), the author (a targeted psychiatrist) describes how a fellow psychotherapist - whether through malice or carelessness - labeled her as mentally ill, basing his diagnosis on “tangential speech”. As the author writes: “This was a technical term for rambling speech that included a lot of unnecessary detail. I saw my error in even mentioning my political activism to the psychopharmacologist. The subject bored him, so he decided it was irrelevant…”

 


  1. Re: Evidence of confirmation bias in psychiatry  marissa

    Hi Jeremy,

    I really enjoyed that article.

    It was always been my belief that psychiatrists do go into this field to “fix” themselves. They have too much power and there are really no valid “tests” to back up any of their diagnosis. There is also no concrete evidence that the drugs they prescribe are actually of benefit to the patient, it is more “hit or miss”.

    I spoke to one once and he pre faced everything with “well if it were me”, or “what I would do”…….

    Thanks again, Marissa

     
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    • Re: Evidence of confirmation bias in psychiatry  johninSD

      It was always been my belief that psychiatrists do go into this field to “fix” themselves.

      Ha! Where have I seen that said before…..

      This is pretty much common knowledge, whether they take psych 101 by intent or as an elective out of curiousity, they peek into the subject to try and find the answer to their own problems, and may find them but it’s often a mistake to make a profession of- just because one becomes proficient in fixing ones own automobile does not mean one has the deeper skills to become a full time mechanic.
      This is not to label all in the profession incompetant and/or looney, but the inherently subjective nature of nearly everything they do, and lack of an effective regulatory mechanism because of that, leaves the opportunity for many with those qualities to continue practicing unnoticed.
      I often chuckle at the cliche of the therapy session where the “doctor” says to his patient “tell me how you feel” (maybe asking if he got along with his mother) and sits pretending to look interested, jotting in his notebook, probably compiling a list of groceries his wife just called and asked him to pick up on the way home.
      This is obviously a cliche as I said but it cuts to the heart of the matter, that they will happily collect a couple of hundred bucks an hour to simply be an ear for the patient to vent to, the therapy sessions have no end goal other than perpetuating themselves.
      For some that’s all they needed. It may be as effective for them to talk to the cat- then again maybe the dog would be better, they actually listen.

       
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    • Re: Evidence of confirmation bias in psychiatry  anon

      As we’ll see, psychiatrists suffer from some of the mental flaws they attribute to their patients. The biggest such flaw is confirmation bias - being predisposed to find certain answers, and finding ‘evidence’ of those answers in everything one sees.

      [….]

      Targeted individuals (TI’s) are often portrayed as being delusional. Two common accusations are that while the sorts of things the target are complaining about may be happening to some people, the TI hasn’t proved that they’re happening to him; or that the target is reading too much into improbable occurrences. Psychiatrists – whether they’re licensed professionals, or armchair psychiatrists offering criticism on the Internet – need to be held to the same standard.

      Probably one of your best posts yet, J. Thank you for illustrating your points with the experiments. The first one puts it quite plainly. A seeming predisposition to confirmation bias (almost as a measure of professional haught-itude or something) combined with a tool as blunt as the DSM (sorry colleagues, but we know ‘tis true), means you’ve got people wielding the power to suggest incarceration without challenge of external validation whatsoever (except where there are state-mandated 3rd party advocacy & judge hearings).

      You’re absolutely spot on in mentioning political uses in China and Russia. What’s more, confirmation bias has now crept into hu.mint policy as a disinfo weapon, allowed to reify its own suppositions by “finding” confirmation. (Just like the guy with the metal detector finding planted coins. Quelle surprise!)

      The label of mental illness is a powerful public relations ploy - to be used against a targeted person by authorities who feel threatened by him, or his words.

      You nailed it there. This is the new asymmetrical warfare. They’re afraid of your *words* so they launch a full scale torture and smear campaign at you. How about a debate? And while, according to their invented rules you’re not allowed to criticize corporations or public figures, they are very much poised to invade your life as a private citizen, including the contention that your anonymous criticism of corporations makes you a public figure - and, at the same time - they should have the right to silence your 1st Amendment rights if you make statements that are anti-G or critical of policy (not even persons). They can smear citizens but citizens cannot even make comments about employers or G in chatrooms or on fb without being threatened.

      It’s just amazing how free speech reciprocity has gone right out the window. (And the argument isn’t even reciprocity, really, because corporations should not be considered “citizens.) But thank you for reintroducing it here.

      This is the new self-dealing, which means they have the luxury of finding the kinds of evidence which justifies their particular job. Talk about motive. All the more reason for equal opportunity incredulity until proven otherwise.

      P.S.

      tangential speech

      Erm, don’t tell that to the Bard, his plays were notorious for the purposeful use of the expository aside.
      But that’s what literalist shrinker buffoons do. They pathologize creativity in a heartbeat.
      They shrink other peoples’ lives down until they’re objects whose dimensions suggest only a usefulness as subsumed under the fetishism of the shrinker. How quaint. Who are these anonymous wankers conducting the unethical practice of remote diagnosis, anyway? It should be banned in the U.S. and terms for a professional board to strip someone’s license.

       
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      • Re: Evidence of confirmation bias in psychiatry  anon

        Just thought I’d add - in the realm of (plausibly denied) evidence - after I make these posts, one of my perps will drop a little “turdlet” file on my desktop to let me know he’s reading what I write. A few weeks ago, it was a one word txt file with the word “enough.” Today’s word is: “blockquote.” I mean, good heavens, COMPULSIVE much? It must be driving him nuts that I prefer to type it out instead of using quoted text (because my computer lags if a post I’m trying to quote is long). Of course, my computer probably wouldn’t lag if it weren’t being eve’d from time to time. Which is just to say that this is another fine example of a perp creating a problem and then doing his A-R best to b!tch about the solution. What a maroon. Lord, forgive them, for they are clueless about cybernetics of cybernetics.

         
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      • Re: Evidence of confirmation bias in psychiatry  new world order

        Nazi lite!

         
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        • Re: Evidence of confirmation bias in psychiatry  jeremy

          Nazi lite!

          Funny you should say that…

          http://bjp.rcpsych.org/cgi/pdf_extract/159/1/7

          The Holocaust and German Psychiatry

          … German Psychiatry was involved in the Nazi extermination program…

          Note that this is independent of Scientology-promoted (and therefore highly questionable) claims about the links between psychiatry and the Holocaust. What’s known and admitted is bad enough.

          February 13, 2011 07:17:05 AM

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        • Re: Evidence of confirmation bias in psychiatry  Alice

          I think that’s how they make their money. If your not mentally ill they don’t get paid. I think it’s a racket, oh well you need our help to make you better. If they say oh there’s nothing wrong with you, no money.

          I think money is the bottom line to 90% of all medicine. Your doctor and psychology. So even if there’s nothing wrong with you, their make some thing wrong. It doesn’t matter what it does to your record, and you are labaled for life. As in that old song, the same black mark you drawl on me,was drawlen on you. They don’t see that. I think the over all is sad, so many suffer and they just want to give you drugs. Here take this little pill and your feel better. Yet these pills have side effects, some can even push the taker over edge. Costing the person their life. Do you think they care about that person? Then they come up with we were trying to help him/her. No you killed them with your drugs. This is the sad truth of it all. But they never take responciblity for their acts. this the dark side of medicence,yet it’s the sad truth of the medical feild. I hope some day man will wake up, to see that these drugs and the ego doesn’t save or help the person being torchered. When the victom is against technology, the victom has very little defence. When the victom is being gang stalked, to try and make the person believe it’s all in their head is insanity it’s self. There are former FBI agents that been targeted, look at Ted Gunderson. The sistuation is real and incredibly sad. This is the way of the medical feild in America today. The biggest drug pushers in the country are doctors.

           
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          • Re: Evidence of confirmation bias in psychiatry  johninSD

            There are former FBI agents that been targeted, look at Ted Gunderson.

            Ted Gunderson targeted, LOL. I agree with everything you said otherwise, but someone got you reeled in on that one about Ted. I recently took a very deep look at that guy and can only conclude he never left the bureau and continues his self admitted specialty, which was counter intelligence. At best he can be called an opportunist.
            See Peacefrog’s recent NowPublic artice’s comments. (this is off topic here so I won’t further derail it)

             
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          • Re: Evidence of confirmation bias in psychiatry  rich

            Good post.

            I’m not sure how, who, why, or even the specifics of the when and what. All I know is that most legit TI’s are not crazy, and whatever is being done is simply not right. I also think that I don’t get the whole story much of the time. That’s why I think we have trouble knowing why TI’s are chosen. Most TI’s, like myself, would rather say, “It was illegal torture what they did to me”, and would rather not share, “I was abusing a prescription medication at the time”. Without 100% facts, it’s really hard to get any real answers, and I think whoever setup whatever this is, did it so perfectly that I’ve spent less and less time trying to learn more about it recently, because my and all other efforts that I’ve come across from TI’s are so incredibly futile IMHO. I just have to live with this horrible crap.

            Depressing, but it’s my reality as I experience it.

             
            February 13, 2011 09:29:59 AM

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            • Re: details  jeremy

              Most TI’s, like myself, would rather say, “It was illegal torture what they did to me”, and would rather not share [less flattering details]…

              Right. When going over a TI’s testimony, what you have to keep in mind is:

              1. There’s what’s really happening;
              2. …what the TI sees happening;
              3. …what the TI thinks is happening;
              4. and what the TI is willing to tell others about.

              These can be four very different things. It’s a distinction I harp on constantly - not so much point (4) as points 1-3, but thanks for touching on point (4).

              I’ve gotten a lot better at figuring out what the discrepancies are between these different narratives.

              February 13, 2011 12:57:26 PM

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              • Re: details  anon

                Right. When going over a TI’s testimony, what you have to keep in mind is:

                1. There’s what’s really happening;
                2. …what the TI sees happening;
                3. …what the TI thinks is happening;
                4. and what the TI is willing to tell others about.

                These can be four very different things. It’s a distinction I harp on constantly - not so much point (4) as points 1-3, but thanks for touching on point (4).

                I’ve gotten a lot better at figuring out what the discrepancies are between these different narratives.

                I hear you. We all have to sift through 1-3 and of course 4 could be constrained by any number of reasons, including occurrences that are better left unspecified. The other major issue I’ve mentioned is a TI’s timeline. I know there is a discrepancy between what I would mark as a beginning and what’s being touted as the beginning. My timeline jives more w what you’ve posted about the program, that it begins with some event, followed by a period of undetected DL aggregation of info, followed by the more overt stuff. Because I know there was nothing, absolutely nothing sketchy going on in my life when I was targeted - other than living paycheck to paycheck and recovering from a surgery, slowly returning back to full time. Then you can insert the standard GS/24-7 stuff, which continued despite relocating. I’ve heard all kinds of nonsense that is just legendary. For example, I have one word to say about significant weight loss: poverty. I could say much much more, and I know some would even put the start of my timeline even further back than I would, but that’s not in the ballpark of anything I can do anything about. In the meantime, I apparently have one very invested dude who is certifiable imo. If he’s not getting paid to do what he’s doing, then one has to wonder about the kinds of transference issues he has wrt me. I think he thinks I’m his mother or something, cause even though she’s one of the few ppl on this earth who loves him, she’s apparently too kind for her own good, and there’s a whole host of issues he has around that. But anyhoo. I’ll be soooo glad to have the occasion to sort all this out. I know there are some events post relocation that factor heavily on this turn into the bizarro world and I’m fairly certain that situation was co-opted and continues to be. I’d almost like to play a game of Mastermind. You know, the one where you are allowed to put a black peg or a white peg to indicate a correct guess. I’m absolutely certain that my confusion would clear up. Then we could get on to the issues of reversing & removing effects. Peace to all of you -

                 
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                • Re: details  anon

                  occurrences that are better left unspecified

                  And by this I mean,
                  -Too unspeakable to recount (esp. on a bb).
                  -Too risky to recount (in light of armchair & other purportedly official shrinkers who would twist things to suit their biases)
                  -Not the time to recount (later)

                   
                  February 13, 2011 07:02:39 PM

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            • Re: comment from irate, anonymous user  jeremy

              You’re all fake T.I’s, this is COINTELPRO bullshit…

              Real T.I’s know they are being harassed, tortured, slandered, framed, they have evidence like many witnesses and other stuff to prove eveything

              If you have evidence… if you can prove everything… what are you doing hanging around on a web site like this one? Why aren’t you pressing charges or filing suit? I think we both know the answer.

              I know there’s a couple of people out there (like the one quoted above) who are disturbed that I’ve brought up psychiatric issues, maybe even thinking that just talking about them discredits all TI’s. Guess what, though; the opposition is already talking about these issues, every opportunity they get.

              Personally, I’ve never been in danger of getting diagnosed mentally ill or getting involuntarily committed. I’ve had enough presence of mind from the very beginning to recognize how all this looked to others. But I’m still harmed by the psychiatric labeling - “Oh, he’s just another crazy person; see, the psychiatrists say all these people are nuts.” This issue affects all of us, including me, whether we like it or not.

              Self-censorship is not the answer. The answer to misinformation about TI’s is accurate information.

              February 13, 2011 01:06:08 PM

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              • Re: Evidence of confirmation bias in psychiatry  jonjay

                This is all tragic. The whole discussion.

                There is a harassment campaign those folks go through and then there is the stuff you guys are referring to regarding mind control, weapons, etc…lol. Regardless of the origin and many of the tactics of your targeting–social experiment, revenge, whistle-blower, as a TI, you are now officially scrap meat for every psychopathic perpetrators out there. Therefore, any ignorant member of a hate group, delusional vigilante group, criminal racketeer or cult recruiter, your asses are already discredited with a ruined reputation.

                It’s all about money. Yes, there are ignorant folks who harass because they are borderline, psychopaths or sadists. This concept is the same of illiterate KKK members killing folks to please their leaders. However, those “normal” upwardly mobile folks participating are about the money.

                1) Researcher conducts social experiment with Control Groups. Researcher (Contractors) uses test results as evidence to ultimately charge/bill to taxpayers. (websites like these maintain some responses of target, along with other activities observed on cam or with direct human interaction with the target)
                2) DoD Researcher conducts psych-ops experiment with Control Groups. (Contractors) uses test results as evidence to ultimately charge/bill to taxpayers.
                3) Community Watch leader creates organization to police neighborhood. Leader finds suspicious target(s) to create “work” for participants. Leader pays participants.
                4) Company has incentive to hire “target” for “rehabilitation purposes.” Company gets labor to assist with projects while rallying the workers around a cause to “help” target.
                5) Criminal racket Mob Leader has incentive as informant to gather evidence from target based on suspicious activity reported by community leader above. Mob leader bills police department who bills DHS.
                6) Mob Leader gets pressure from police to vandalize property of target when target is resistant to all tactics referenced above because target “deserves it.” Mob leader gets paid as “an informant” in the war on terror. You pay for your property being vandalized along with other tax payers.
                7) Since you are the the victim of electronic fraud (computer, smartphone, etc), when you contact someone to repair something, a perp is waiting to overcharge you for repairing that car, home, etc.
                8) Since you are probably victim of wire fraud (telephone interception routed to a criminally operated call center), if you call anyone of authority, your calls don’t make.
                9) Since you are probably the victim of mail fraud, same things happen with your letters.
                10) In the event of your death (by accident or suicide because you are now SOO depressed all this happened), you are probably worth more dead. Insurance fraud will be convenient regarding your murder conspiracy.
                11) In the event folks have a conscience, they can institutionalize you in which they can charge the state for your inpatient stay while pharmaceutical companies get paid by taxpayers. Once you are in hospice for the cancer or disease you will swiftly get if someone stands to benefit from your death, I’m sure there is a perp waiting to overcharge for your care.
                -
                Now, for the good guys who are NOT trying to do you in like cops or DAs, it’s not that they don’t pursue gangstalking because they are instructed not to–not the case. Most don’t do it because in the past they could never bring charges up against these fools or risk their own reputations by siding with our crazy asses (sorry, but I can’t resist throwing in humor). Even though folks may openly know victims of single perp are being stalked, there is usually no proof. So imagine the uphill battle in persecuting GROUPS.

                But hey, what do I know. I am still grappling with my own belief system.

                Now, let’s take a moment to review the history of some of JonJays most memorable “Ah-ha…I know…I know…This is what it is!” moments.

                1) A single criminal stalker orchestrating my multiple property vandalism
                2) My sibling
                3) Hate Groups
                4) Internet Hacker
                5) My company - To collect a million dollar insurance policy I was mandated to pay for as a consultant
                6) Now, multiple stalkers - Organized Crime (I have had acquaintances murdered, commit suicide and die of rare illness (i.e. Going to Dentist)
                (After my belief system was officially torn apart when two businesses participated in my home town which I haven’t lived in over 20 years)
                7) I have psychic abilities they are trying to test
                8) Cult religious groups are trying to convert me from gay to straight
                9) They are trying to convert me from agnosticism to Christianity
                10) They are trying to convert me from Christianity to Scientology
                11) Movie Producers are using my life as a case study
                12) I was in a horrible accident left in a coma because with all this attention I am MUST be muthaf*$#in’ dreamin’
                13) I must have fallen into a Gotdamn parallel universe
                14) Have Aliens actually taken over?
                15) At the end of the day whether I started out as a government experiment, on a revenge list, a victim of reparative/conversion therapy or victim of a crime ring now trying to discredit me; for all intents and purposes I am forever a target of convenience. I say this because I have developed bad habits as a result of this ritual abuse from others I have experienced. My bad habits and quirks will always be exploited. My life decisions I have made will always be perceived as erratic. IF this is a government-sponsored program outside of organized crime, they have left ALL TIs as disposable scrap meat for the criminal racketeering wolves, sadistic cults and greedy corporate/medical industries to tear apart.

                At the end of the day, most of us who are true TIs are just that-conveniently disposable. My belief system has been constantly assaulted by the traumatic actions done by those I thought wanted only the best for me. I joke relating to my 15 ah-ha moments above, but there is truth in jest. You can attest to this by my public struggle to understand the “why” this is happing. I am still working through the “why” of so many people participating for sadistic or monetary gain purposes. Why would someone feel this need to have control over another individual?

                February 13, 2011 03:57:13 PM

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                • Re: Evidence of confirmation bias in psychiatry  blzd1

                  As someone who has been in the psychiatric institution, I can tell you that you hit it on the mark Jeremy. The fact is, these psychiatric ‘doctors’ have no accurate method of diagnosing a patient. In order to label me, they have gone by ‘signs and symptoms’. No biological tests of any sort. Not even a brain scan. Every aspect of my behavior or presentation, including the way I was dressed, became confirmation that I had the disorder they had labeled me with. The fact is, psychiatrists and the DSM can’t even really define what schizophrenia is or its etiology. Yet they treat it as a biochemical problem and that you are literally ‘sick’. Its like they are playing dumb on purpose when behind the scenes the science of all of this, including the harassment techniques, are likely very sophisticated. There needs to be major reforms to psychiatry including the DSM, but as long as it remains so political I can’t see that happening. As someone else mentioned, it is just another layer of deception in the greater picture to discredit you and to profit off of you.

                   
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                  • Re: Evidence of confirmation bias in psychiatry  CT lady

                    I worked with mental health patients for some 25 years. I concur with blzd.

                    I was hospitalized with BP stoke range and heart-rate 30 and dropping after eating a tainted pizza- Once I mentioned to a nurse who seemed very kind that my cat’s hind leg had been shaved in a motel and a (rogue) cop and shot at my son and I when we tried to get help in another State, suddenly there was a Police Officer stationed outside of my door. I was taken by ambulance for a 72 hour evaluation and told if I tried to leave i would be charged with escape. I read the papers the mental health workers had written about me and they were not accurate. They said I was very anxious, clearly delusional, disheveled(who wouldn’t be after tossing their cookies for hours on end and other gross problems….)

                    How as I a danger to myself or others? Cause I was deathly ill? I made no threats to harm myself or anyone else.

                     
                    February 14, 2011 11:30:51 AM


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                    • Re: Evidence of confirmation bias in psychiatry  DAN

                      When it comes to analyzing mental states Doctors work off of assumtions. there is no science involved. notice if you will i did not use the term mental illness. why? simple with this tech nullifies anything as being natural in nature. meaning tech can duplicate any illness there is. as far as the biochemical term. that all doctors follow, The chemical imbalances term whole heartedly used time an time again, it can’t be proven. it is equal to a placebo affect. the newest symptom for analyzing their mental problems catagory is i find most interesting. it doesn’t follow suite with other popular symptoms. to me doesn’t even compute. the symptom i talk about is overly happy. at what point [ assumtion]is one considered overly happy. take seretonin reuptake pills. [chemical imbalances] you are told there are chemical inbalances, to build up seritonin the pills stop the utilization of seritonin in the body to build it up. so seretonin is shut off of use in body. before you had a imbalance now utilization of seritonin is shut off completely with the pills. is it logical as a chemical imbalance?
                      I just got out of the hospital after a month after being worked over hard. i told one doctor about tech. next day the head psychiatrist an her learning group of about 5 came in. told her about voices many types of tones single double double different frequencies an the modulated one. just before leaving she asked did i think 2 pills would stop whats going on. i was going to tell her is if someone had a gun pointed at some ones head would 2 pills get rid of the gun. i could see the negativity in the remarks so didn’t bother. when people in medical field spend all that time in school. their egoes grow an they think they know everything. ask a doctor what tetanizing is. tell them there is tech that will put voices in head. Was even on animal planet. will go in one ear out the other.

                       
                      February 22, 2011 11:41:46 AM


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                    • Re: Evidence of confirmation bias in psychiatry  JackOrr

                      You should just remove some of these subjects off your front page, maybe hide them in the forum, Thats all.
                      The billboards is the best idea Ive seen for T.I’s, Expose FBI cointelpro, The others guys have 10 up in California.
                      I know exactly how these lowlifes work, I worked in the worst neighborhoods in the U.S and these lowlife perps are the worst shit I ever seen,
                      Police and FBI puppet trash, Their just conman never tell the truth to nobody. They will shoot a black in the back and plant a gun falsify records they will never admit they do any wrong.

                       
                      February 15, 2011 01:40:46 PM

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                      • Re: discrediting material on web site  jeremy

                        You should just remove some of these subjects off your front page, maybe hide them in the forum, Thats all.

                        I have logs that go back several weeks, and I check them periodically (and there are others who have access to the full statcounter logs). The full logs allow me to look at what pages individual users read. I can also look at what pages people look at, in aggregate, when a bunch of people drop by this web site like they did a week ago.

                        The overwhelming majority of people who come to this website from links elsewhere or from ‘out of the blue’ check out the front page, and maybe click on the Orientation page; a tiny percentage of them click on the About page. They don’t check out the articles unless specifically directed to them.

                        If people start linking to specific pages on this web site to make fun of them, I guess there might be a problem, but that hasn’t really been happening. The main thing I do is what I advise others to do in the [invalid path /fighting-back/public-relations/testimonies/] 'poisoning the well' section of Fighting Back: make sure there’s nothing people can point to and ridicule out of context.

                        February 15, 2011 07:35:59 PM

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                      • Re: Evidence of confirmation bias in psychiatry  Roxanne

                        I definitely see what you all are talking about, after I was overtly targeted there were mental health people I talked to (trying desperately to find someone who would help me) who wrote me off as paranoid, one said I was schizophrenic. Shortly after that it got worse and they weren’t even sincere. But lets not write psychiatry off entirely. We as a group have problems with depression, the ideas in cognitive therapy are a great help. I have found antidepressants helpful. I am depressed! And probably PTSD dissociative.

                        February 16, 2011 06:40:33 AM

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                        • Re: Evidence of confirmation bias in psychiatry  Sucks

                          Just imagine being the daughter of a successful doctor (not a psychiatrist) and a TI… I didn’t even have to say anything crazy before being hauled away in a straight jacket where I was kept for observation, denied of my rights and made to sleep in an ER for over 24 hours. Then I had to PAY the BILL!

                           
                          February 16, 2011 08:58:33 PM


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                          • Re: Evidence of confirmation bias in psychiatry  Justin

                            Thank you for this article acknowledging the reprisal from mental health professionals. I have been incarcerated three times in a state mental hospital for “going crazy” from being covertly drugged and gangstalked. I believe this is known and sanctioned by elements of the federal government.

                             
                            February 18, 2011 08:50:25 PM


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                            • Re: False diagnoses  a non

                              “Current symptom-based DSM and ICD diagnostic criteria for mental disorders are prone to yielding false positives because they ignore the context of symptoms.”
                              http://philpapers.org/rec/WAKFPI

                               
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                              • Re: Evidence of confirmation bias in psychiatry  a non

                                The option of “no diagnosis”

                                “What kind of research and researchers are affected by the HIPAA regualtions”

                                “It includes research that involves the provision of treatment as well as research that provides neither treatment nor diagnosis.”
                                http://www.washington.edu/research/hsd/qa/

                                this could be combined with false positives

                                 
                                April 26, 2011 12:38:20 PM


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