Jeffrey Lieberman got a few inches in the Grey Lady yesterday. It was an “untreated mental illness” lament, and we at Evidencer thank him for shifting the discourse from guns to mental illness, which is that much closer to the murderous side effects of chemopsychiatry, which we maintain are under-recognized. (Untreated mental illness is not.)
Well, have a look at his insertion if you didn’t catch it on Friday. Sputter and fume. I’ll be there on the other side with an open letter to Dr. Lieberman and an open bottle of Cazadores.
I’m looking for a fact here. Start with “a scene that has become all too familiar to us.” Traffic jams? Familiar. Neighbors walking dogs? Every day. Sun rising in the morning? At least every day.
But multi-victim shooting scenes? How many among 329 million US residents have seen one that wasn’t a cop shooting a kid in the back and the family pet for good measure?
And then this. Can this even be answered without Common Core training?: “In all shooting scenarios, do we often learn of untreated mental illness?”
No. We learn of treated mental illness, and no mainstream psychiatrist as has ever rebutted the claim that the vast majority of mass shooters are on or just off psych drugs and of the age and sex that’s most vulnerable to the mind- and mood- and reality- altering psych drugs that drive these God-awful events. One toe in that muddy water and you, Pies, Torrey? Just try it. Rebutt. Or just butt; this will be the first time. You’ve given Ritalin to worsen the symptoms of schizophrenia, and you refused to give it to your son,* so you know a thing or two about drugs. Take off the tu-tu and help us end this heartbreaking catastrophe and corporate crime.
James Holmes didn’t buy a weapon until he’d been in the care of psychiatrists for two months. The first purchases for his spree were gas masks, and he bought those after he’d been put on Zoloft. You read his diary and declared him to have been nothing more than “a confused, distressed, and troubled young adult.” That’s a bit of a quagmire; Holmes was not mentally ill, you say, but was treated for mental illness. If it wasn’t mental illness, did treatment cause his crime? By the way, the Marshall Report published your commentary on June 2. Seven days later, three jurors were dismissed for lying about exposure to media coverage of the trial. What coverage would that have been?
Then there’s your 2007 anecdote. Young man can’t hack college, comes home, doesn’t want to talk to anyone, isn’t violent. A “mobile crisis team” rolls up, creates a no-doubt humiliating experience for the man in front of his parents and siblings, and the next day, the non-violent man stabs both of his brothers with a weapon of convenience, killing one. If he’d been visited by Charles Manson the day before, we’d all blame Manson. Why is this crisis team not seen as a likely cause of the man’s first violent crime? I hate to ask, but did they give him a drug?
Now, what of “Incidents like this are part of the glaring array of social pathologies that emanate from our country’s failed mental health care system”? I’ll tell you what emanates. Experts like Lieberman and profound over-use of drugs like Zoloft, Paxil and Effexor. Killers like James Holmes emanate from those.
Why is a system staffed with psychiatrists and psychologists and reliant on FDA-approved drugs failing, anyway? In 2005, $135B per year was spent in mental health care. It’s hard to find more recent data, but projections in 2005 were that it could be $239B today. Sticking with the hard 2005 figure, that’s $18,750 per capita for everyone with schizophrenia and bipolar. Want a system that works? Spend the budget on rent and food for the severely mentally ill ($10,000 year), help with tasks of daily living ($6,000), and God forbid, some pocket money ($2,750). Sure, we’d have to set aside some funds for all the depressives on antidepressants, but generics are so cheap these days it’s a trivial cost.
What of this? “Almost every mentally ill perpetrator of mass violence had been symptomatic and untreated for lengthy periods of time before their crime.” I wish you’d given a source for that rough statistic, and the Whole Cloth Digest is not a valid one. I can’t find a mass killer that wasn’t in treatment.
• Santa Barbara shooter: psychiatry, a benzodiazepine.
• Germanwings: psychiatry, probably a benzo and an antidepressant (maybe agomelatine).
• Navy Yard: emergency room for insomnia three weeks prior, given 10 trazodone tablets 19 days before (antidepressant).
• Ft. Hood 2009: Hasan was a psychiatrist, like you. Access to anything and unspecified medications were found in his apartment. (Really, there’s no evidence he was on drugs, but here’s a nice accusative rant by Dr. Peter Breggin.)
• Ft. Hood 2014: In “treatment” for depression, anxiety, and insomnia.
Then you go on about the value of treating kids for psychosis before they are psychotic, the value of treating in general, and the necessity of forced treatment, all without giving evidence that they prevent violence. You wind down with…
The good news is that these strategies have proved highly effective and really work.
Effective and they really work. Saying something twice is not evidence. You close with…
They simply have not been widely applied.
For which we can think our lucky stars.
*”I was following the interview with Dr. Lieberman with mild interest until he recounted the consultation with a paediatric psychiatrist concerning his son. He (meaning Dr. Lieberman) disagreed with the diagnosis of ADHD and declined a prescription for Ritalin. This may very well have had an admirable outcome for his son, but what of the other children in the care of the prescription-happy physician? Did Dr. Lieberman investigate this further – or was he just happy to have rescued his own child from unnecessary drug intervention?”
(listener comment on a 2015 radio interview)