The
Antipsychiatry
Coalition


www.antipsychiatry.org


March 14, 2015 revision - added announcement of May 16, 2015 electroshock protest in USA (California, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Ohio, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, New York, Oregon, Texas, Washington, Vermont), UK (London), Ireland (Cork), Scotland (Coventry), and Uruguay (Montevideo)

November 7, 2014 revision - added links to essays by attorney Wayne Ramsay; added photographs of protest at May 4, 2014 convention of the American Psychiatric Association in New York City

November 12, 2010 revision - added Recommended Videos section to Main Page; removed links from Main Page to web sites that no longer exist; Main Page editing.

September 2, 2010 revision - added announcement of NARPA Conference - September 8-11, 2010 - Atlanta, Georgia.

September 1, 2010 revision - added film review of Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia and link to book review of Linda Andre's Doctors of Deception: What They Don't Want You to Know About Shock Treatment

November 26, 2005 revision - minor editing

November 6, 2005 revision - announcement of NARPA (National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy) conference in East Hartford, Connecticut, November 17-20, 2005.

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August 19, 2004 revision - new address for our group in The Netherlands.  See How to Contact the Antipsychiatry Coalition

July 17, 2004 revision - minor editing changes only.

March 26, 2004 revision:

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August 17, 2003 revision:

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March 26, 2003 revision:

  • added Romanian translations of the Mental Patients' Liberation:Why? How? and Does Mental Illness Exist?
  • two additions to Notable Quotes
  • new web site address for International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology website in list of links at bottom of Main Page (www.icspp.org); www.breggin.com is now Dr. Peter Breggin's website.
  • added links to Romanian translation of this web site to translations of Main Page other than English
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March 9, 2003 revision:

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February 28, 2003 revision:

COMING SOON:   Romanian translations!

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February 12, 2003 revision:

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January 21, 2003 revision removed Mad Pride in UK link (madpride.net, which was a United Kingdom psychiatric consumer/survivor/ex-patient (c/s/x) site but became a pornographic site).

November 30, 2002 revision removed announcement of November 21-24, 2002 NARPA conference in Portland, Oregon

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June 29, 2002 revision:

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June 26, 2002 revision:

  • two new items in Antipsychiatry News Clips (April 24, 2002 Time magazine on the FDA seeking to ban mail-ordering drugs from other countries, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation as alternative to ECT)
  • revised and expanded  retort to psychiatrist E. Fuller Torrey and CBS-television's 60 Minutes (broadcast on April 21, 2002)
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February 4, 2002 revision:

  • added Japanese translation of Main Page of this web site. . (Thank you, Y.I.!!)  You may need to view this Japanese page with a specially equipped web browser.  It is testing OK with Internet Explorer (IE) version 5.5 but not IE 4.0 nor Netscape Communicator version 4.5.

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January 29, 2002 revision:

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January 15, 2002 revision:

  • new letter in The Antipsychiatry Forum from a doctoral student in psychology about her experience of being involuntarily committed to the psychiatric ward of a hospital
  • added Spanish translation of the debate between two psychiatrists-in-training, "Dr. Anonymous" and Scott Weigold, M.D., of the University of New Mexico Mental Health Center, and Douglas A. Smith, webmaster of this web site, about the reality or not of "mental illness" and the helpfulness or harmfulness of modern psychiatric "treatment"; English language readers will find this debate in The Antipsychiatry Forum

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December 15, 2001 revision:

  • Psychiatrist-in-training Scott Weigold, M.D., of the University of New Mexico Mental Health Center resumes the debate begun by "Dr. Anonymous" with Douglas A. Smith, webmaster of this web site, in The Antipsychiatry Forum

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December 3, 2001 revision:

  • added a quotation to Notable Quotes from a report by the American Psychiatric Association: "Speaking of crime, there isn't a shred of evidence that the incidence of crime among ex-mental hospital patients is any higher than for the general population, and there is some evidence that it may be less."

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November 29, 2001 revision:

  • added new German translations by Heinz Kaiser of Don Weitz's "Notes on Psychiatric Fascism" and Loren Mosher's "How Drug Company Money has Corrupted Psychiatry."

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November 9, 2001 revision:

  • Update on Main Page under News & Announcements about involuntary electric shock treatment battle now taking place in the state of New York in the U.S.A.: Paul Henry Thomas has been released from Pilgrim Psychiatric Center, but a court ruled against another "patient" or prisoner at the same hospital, Adam Szyszko, who may already be receiving electric shock treatment against his will

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April 11, 2001 revision:

  • four new items in Antipsychiatry News Clips: U.S. Supreme Court agrees to decide civil commitment standards, children murdered by parents, imprisonment based on secret evidence, and big brother watching in shopping malls.
  • New Hampshire House Bill 573 to allow nurse practitioners to involuntarily commit people to mental hospitals passes in the House of Representatives: See Legislative News

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March 15, 2001 revision:

  • New Hampshire legislators consider bill to allow nurse practitioners as well as physicians to involuntarily commit people to mental hospitals.  See Legislative News
  • Legislation to ban electroshock, insulin shock, and psychosurgery on children under age 16 defeated in New Hampshire.  See Legislative News.
  • two new items in Antipsychiatry News Clips: February 2001 Atlantic Monthly article about ECT and February 12, 2001 article in USA Today.
  • "Commentary: Against Biologic Psychiatry" by David Kaiser, M.D. removed from this web site at request of the copyright holder, Psychiatric Times, and by the author, Dr. Kaiser.  To access this article from the Psychiatric Times web site, click here.  This article is highly recommended reading.

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March 1, 2001 revision:

  • NEWSFLASH placed at top of Main Page about demonstration in support of Paul Henri Thomas' resistance to involuntary administered electroconvulsive "therapy" at Pilgrim Psychiatric Center in West Brentwood, L.I., New York.

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February 20, 2001 revision:

  • Douglas A. Smith's commentary on recent efforts to ban ECT, psychosurgery, and insulin shock in New Hampshire and on his attempts to find sponsors for legislation to create a right to trial by jury in civil commitment for mental illness in the states of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Florida.  See Legislative News.

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February 15, 2001 Revision:

  • NEWSFLASH placed at top of Main Page seeking people to testify at a public hearing on February 20, 2001 before a committee of the New Hampshire Legislature considering a bill to ban ECT, insulin-shock, and psychosurgery on persons under 16 years of age
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January 22, 2001 Revision:

  • added book review of Reclaiming Our Children by Peter Breggin, M.D.
  • new e-mail in The Antipsychiatry Forum: Jennifer D. about Jenelle's Law and Bob of Rocky Hill, N.J., about harm from psychiatric drugs
  • Emma Burns, a psychologist in New Zealand, added to our directory of mental health professionals who oppose involuntary psychiatric treatment
  • Carrie L. Drake of San Francisco, California added to How to Contact the Antipsychiatry Coalition page
  • update on involuntary administration of electroconvulsive "therapy" to Adam Szyszko in Pilgrim Psychiatric Center in New York in News & Announcements

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December 17, 2000 Revision:

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December 12, 2000 Revision:

  • Two new items in Antipsychiatry News Clips - December 2000 Consumer Reports article & mental health legislation being debated in Ireland
  • Polish translation of Main Page added

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September 22, 2000 Revision:

Announcements of the following in News & Announcements -

  • Center for the Study of Psychiatry & Psychology Conference, September 22-24, 2000
  • Alternatives 2000 Conference - October 11-15, 2000
  • National Association for Rights Protection & Advocacy (NARPA) 19th Annual Conference - November 8 - 11, 2000

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September 19, 2000 Revision:

  • Three new reports in Antipsychiatry News Clips: (1) the May 15, 2000 New York magazine cover story telling the truth about psychiatric drugs, (2) Al Gore's proposed federal government mental health policy, reported in USA Today, and (3) employers winning over 90% of lawsuits brought against them for discrimination prohibited by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Announcement of upcoming advertisements for this web site in USA Today in News & Announcements.
  • Psychologist Maureen Roberts of Australia added to our directory of mental health professionals who oppose involuntary psychiatric treatment.
  • Link added at the end of Psychiatric Drugs - Cure or Quackery? to Protocol for Treatment of Benzodiazephine Withdrawal - by Prof. Heather Ashton, D.M., F.R.C.P.  This is a book by a professor at the University of Newcastle, School of Neurosciences, Division of Psychiatry, about how to stop taking Xanax, Valium, Halcion, Atavan, and similar drugs.

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    September 4, 2000 Revision:

  • new letter (from C.J.) in "Compliments" section of The Antipsychiatry Forum
  • improved Italian computer translation of "Mental Patients' Liberation: Why? How? (La Liberazione di Pazienti mentali: Perchè? Come?

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    August 25, 2000 Revision:

  • report in News & Announcements (since moved to a 2000 Update at the end of "Psychiatry's Electroconvulsive Shock Treatment: A Crime Against Humanity") that in response to public protest, DesPeres Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri (USA) announced the electric shock treatments being given to Kathleen Garrett against her will have been halted and that she will instead be discharged from the hospital.
  • 1999 update added to " Psychiatric Stigma follows you everywhere you go for the rest of your life" - a survey by by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago finding that "Psychiatric stigma still exists."

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    August 23, 2000 Revision:

  • Announcement of March for Justice, Washington, D.C., October 3, 2000
  • New report in Antipsychiatry News Clips about the promotion of psychiatry at the Democratic National Convention on August 17, 2000 by the family of Vice-President Al Gore
  • A new and eloquent letter in The Antipsychiatry Forum from Vicky, an ex-patient, saying "I now ... consider the USA a fascist state, not a democracy where one has the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" because of imprisonment of law-abiding people in America's mental hospitals.  She says "We do not even have true freedom of speech in this conformist, authoritarian, materialistic society."
  • New item in News & Announcements (since moved to the end of "Psychiatry's Electroconvulsive Shock Treatment: A Crime Against Humanity") about Kathleen Garrett being given electric shock "treatments" against her will in a St. Louis, Missouri hospital
  • New link to Norwegian antipsychiatry web site at bottom of Main Page
  • John Breeding, Ph.D., a psychologist, added to directory of mental health professionals who oppose involuntary psychiatric treatment


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    August 5, 2000 Revision:

  • Mad Pride Week 2000 photographs
  • new e-mail in The Antipsychiatry Forum
  • expanded 2000 update in Does Mental Illness Exist? from Dr. Joseph Glenmullen
  • new 2000 update in The Myth of Biological Depression from Dr. Joseph Glenmullen
  • new books in An Anti-Psychiatry Reading List
  • new quotation (from Dr. Peter Breggin) in Notable Quotes


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