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Robert Whitaker - A Lecture on the Role of Psychiatry in the Eugenics Movement

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North Jersey Video Collective - Robert Whiter - Eugenics Psychiatry video (2 hours)

 

This video was posted five years ago, but it's one I had never seen posted before and it really should be seen. It's a great historical overview of the role of medical doctors - including psychiatrists - in the eugenics movement. 

 

This talk, especially the last 30 minutes of question-and-answer time, really gets into some key social justice issues, as books such as Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness comes up. 

 

For anyone not familiar with all of Whitaker's books, he not only wrote great books such as Mad in America and Anatomy of an Epidemic, he also wrote On the Laps of Gods: The Red Summer of 1919 and the Struggle for Justice That Remade a Nation about one of the worst racial massacres in American history.  In this video talk, Whitaker connects this book about a massacre a hundred years ago to the current trend of mass incarceration of people of color today, as well as the number of people labeled with "mental illness" (A shocking number of mentally ill Americans end up in prison instead of treatment).

 

Whitaker also states we need a people's history (he's likely referring to historian Howard Zinn who wrote A People's History of the United States). 

 

There's clearly a lot of work to be done in the social justice areas of psychiatry, and I think this video is a great addition to the dialogue of psychiatry, race, class, capitalism, and who we are in this country. 

 

 

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popsicletoes

I was doing some research this morning (trying to find documentation for my son's decent but skeptical psychiatrist) and found this from January 2018: A Review of the Research Literature for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal

 

I wondered if it had been posted here, so I did a search and found your post.  

 

Reading through the charts, I was particularly struck by the chart "Number of Studies That Sought to Promote Successful Withdrawal from Antidepressants of Antipsychotics" 😑

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GiaK

thank you. your post (along with a few other things going on in my life at the moment) prompted my publishing the above video and some comments on my website too.

 

 

The eugenic history of psychiatry is in our bodies – Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

https://beyondmeds.com/2018/11/30/eugenic-psychiatry/

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FarmGirlWorks

I am mid-way through watching it and just floored by how the upper classes brought eugenics to America and financially supported it in Germany. Now to the other half about psychodrugs...

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On 11/29/2018 at 9:40 AM, popsicletoes said:

I was doing some research this morning (trying to find documentation for my son's decent but skeptical psychiatrist) and found this from January 2018: A Review of the Research Literature for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal

 

Thanks for posting that PDF, popsicletoes. Have you seen the "source documents" section of Whitaker's Mad in America site?

 

Anatomy of an Epidemic - Source Documents

 

You may find even more information for your son't psychiatrist. 

 

There's also a Parents Resources section where you can get information. 

 

Mad in America - Parents Resources

 

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Shep
On 11/30/2018 at 10:58 AM, GiaK said:

thank you. your post (along with a few other things going on in my life at the moment) prompted my publishing the above video and some comments on my website too.

 

 

The eugenic history of psychiatry is in our bodies – Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

https://beyondmeds.com/2018/11/30/eugenic-psychiatry/

 

Great article, Gia. Thank you for linking it. I really like the tie-in to the "body keeps the score". 

 

I've been reading about transgenerational trauma and not only how the body keeps the score, but how this score is passed along to future generations. 

 

The process of absorbing the truth and the "full catastrophe of living", to borrow a line from Jon Kabat-Zinn, is to come to terms with the real horror of what's been done and what continues to be done by the so-called "healers" of our western tribe. 

 

Thank you for so bravely and mindfully continuing to share your insights with us as you continue the long journey into the healing spaces. 

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Shep
14 hours ago, FarmGirlWorks said:

I am mid-way through watching it and just floored by how the upper classes brought eugenics to America and financially supported it in Germany. Now to the other half about psychodrugs...

 

If you're interested in more about the historical aspects, Dr. Peter Breggin has written a lot about this area of psychiatry: 

 

The Role of Psychiatry in Nazi Germany and the U. S. Violence Initiative

 

Psychiatry as an Instrument of Social and Political Control

 

Psychiatry's role in the holocaust - PDF

 

Not light reading for anyone in a wave, but it's important information to document for those able to tackle this type of reading. 

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