"TOM CRUISE CONTROVERSY" SPARKS
THREE-PART DEBATE ON PSYCHIATRY IN
NEWSPAPER'S LETTERS TO THE EDITOR.
PSYCHIATRY IS COMPARED TO ASTROLOGY.
BELOW is the text of a debate of three "letters to
the editor" published by _The Register-Guard_ (RG)
which is the daily newspaper in Eugene, Oregon, USA.
The debate began after Tom Cruise challenged the
science behind psychiatry's "chemical imbalance" theory.
THE THREE LETTERS BELOW ARE
LISTED FROM NEWEST TO OLDEST:
18 August 2005 _The Register-Guard_
Are psychiatrists drug dealers?
Is psychiatry a pseudo-science? Are
psychiatrists mostly drug dealers for the
drug industry? Those questions need to be
Astrology, for example, is a sham
science. It separates us all into groups,
but that separation isn't scientifically
testable. Psychiatry routinely says some
of us have a disease, and so we can be
forced to take drugs or be incarcerated.
Psychiatrists often cannot prove that the
disease exists, or that the collection of
disabling symptoms is from that disease.
Yet they are allowed to take our more
vulnerable citizens, tell them they are
defective in a genetic way, lock them up
and pour drugs down their throats.
Psychiatry often prevents the societal
changes that might come about from true
scientific exploration of social trauma.
Read psychiatrist Peter Breggin's work to
understand the depth of the deception. He
calls psychiatry a religion.
Of course, many of our fellow citizens
have emotional problems and find real
help consulting therapists. But
psychiatry, as a mouthpiece for the
mind-control drug industry, goes much
further. It says their specialty should
be allowed to label 20 percent of
Americans as defective.
Psychiatry won't let society look behind
the curtain to see if trauma caused the
disorder. Science is about putting forth
theories to be discussed and tested.
Is psychiatry a science, or when forced
upon someone, a human rights abuse? Is
the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of
Mental Disorders sane?
9 August 2005 _The Register-Guard_
Psychiatric drugs are effective
David Oaks (letters, July 30) argues in
support of Tom Cruise's claim that the
chemical imbalance theory, and psychiatry
in general, are merely pseudoscience. He
takes great delight that the American
Psychiatric Association has failed to
provide "even one piece of evidence for a
chemical imbalance," and reads this as
proof that no such evidence exists.
The APA may well be laughing at the
absurdity of Cruise's assertion and need
not be bothered to refute such an inane
claim. The drugs that are prescribed by
psychiatrists undergo numerous
well-controlled clinical trials, which
determine their efficacy in altering the
neurotransmitter (a chemical substance)
levels in various parts of the brain.
These drugs are specifically designed to
modify chemical levels in the brain.
Their success in treating various
psychological disorders such as
depression is strong evidence that the
chemical imbalance theory is indeed
The scientific merits of many
alternative forms of treatments, however,
have yet to be demonstrated. The
effectiveness of psychiatric treatments
is based on strict scientific empiricism,
not merely self-reports and speculation,
as is the case with many alternative
medications and treatments.
But then again, perhaps I have it wrong.
Maybe psychiatry, and not Cruise's
Scientology, is the fake science.
30 July 2005 _The Register-Guard_
We've been waiting. And we haven't heard
In June, actor Tom Cruise criticized the
chemical imbalance theory of psychiatry
as pseudoscience. The official response
from the American Psychiatric Association
was mainly its familiar and questionable
chant that treatment works.
Any high school debater will recognize
that Cruise's point remains unanswered.
The APA failed to come up with even one
piece of scientific evidence for a
chemical imbalance. The APA cannot name
one scholarly citation or provide one
reliable diagnostic lab test for any
The nonprofit I direct, MindFreedom, is
pro-liberty. Many of our members choose
to take psychiatric drugs. Many believe
that their problems are biologically-based.
On the other hand, many of our members
choose to be totally drug free. Many have
a diversity of non-biological explanations
for their problems and differences.
We all unite to ask the question, "By
what right do the drug corporations now
rule our mental health system?" When a
Lane County citizen experiences an
extreme emotional crisis and their family
begs for help, the primary response tends
to be a prescription.
Our families deserve much more in the
richest nation in history.
Two years ago our group held a hunger
strike raising the same concern as
Cruise. We won international publicity.
The resulting five-part debate with the
APA is at
"past campaigns" section. And still we
wait for the APA's scientific evidence.
DAVID OAKS, director
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and American Psychiatric Association (APA):
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To read the text of the APA's official
response about Tom Cruise:
To read psychiatrist Peter Breggin's
"thank you" to Tom Cruise:
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Tom Cruise to speak out on these issues:
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