While spiritualism attacks the biblical understanding of the spirit, reducing the physical dimension of men to that of a temporal capsule of soul, the psychiatrists' (or else 'shrinks') attack comes from another side as they classify and treat men as animals.
Ironically, American Psychiatric Association, the main professional organization of psychiatrists in the USA, and the largest psychiatric organization in the world, was founded at 1844. The same year American Psychiatric Association had issued its official journal, in 1844 known as the American Journal of Insanity.
Ascend of psychiatry to a status of an organized profession is but a particular instance of a much broader phenomenon of that time - the rise of professional societies. Andrew Scull remarks: "Mad-doctors, or as they increasingly preferred to call themselves, alienists or medical psychologists, were merely one of a whole array of groups seeking recognition and social status on this basis. Unlike their entrepreneurial counterparts in the manufacturing sector, the new professionals were in the business of selling something intangible: skill and expertise rather than material goods." (Andrew Scull, Masters of Bedlam: the Transformation Of The Mad-Doctoring Trade (Oxford University Press, 1994), 5.)
Mad-doctors struggled to secure their place under the sun and to establish control over the large people groups. The boundaries of those groups have been continuously expended ever since the middle of the ninetieth century, until in our days practically all people would fit into one of the countless and ever growing proclaimed categories of insanity defined by psychiatrists. Thus, the power that the psychiatry societies exercises today is an enormous power that could only be compared with the political and financial machinations on the global level. To achieve this highest level of control psychiatry had to inevitable engage in a never-ending campaign of persuasion and propaganda.
It would be impossible to achieve this goal without the support of other control-seeking institutions. Trust is vital to maintain power and control, yet trust was a particularly difficult commodity for psychiatric profession to acquire, since this profession failed to demonstrate any positive outcomes. This lack of results rose persistent skepticism even among the most adamant laymen supporters of the campaign for lunacy reform.
"The prominent role played by medical men in the whole series of scandals about treatment in asylums and madhouses that erupted in the first half of the nineteenth century only intensified the difficulty of the task they confronted. Yet, in the face of these and other obstacles, a recognized specialism did emerge over the course of the nineteenth century and secured some significant respect. The mad-doctors known to the authorities grew from two or three thousand in 1800 to almost one hundred thousand [100,000] a century later, their guardians successfully constituted themselves as the public arbiters of mental disorder, the experts in its diagnosis and disposal. They created a professional organization to defend and advance their interests and edited journals and wrote monographs to provide a forum for transmitting (and giving visible evidence of) the body of expert knowledge to which they laid claim." (Ibid., 6.)
The extent of the abusive power that the psychiatry claimed and employed, as well as the cruelty of the treatment that it habitually exercised could only be compared to that of the Medieval Inquisition. Psychiatrists have always used coercion or torture to cure insanity, and the use of torture by psychiatrists had only came to an end about 1940, when it was replaced by less expensive, but no less invasive chemical therapy. Freedom and the very life and of hundreds of thousands, and today even millions of patients were completely entrusted to this new "scientific" order.
"Many of the asylum doctors were no more than medically qualified gaolers [jailers], whose only attempts at "care" were the tactics of restraint and punishment so angrily summarized by Swift a century earlier. "Though 'tis hopeless to reclaim them, scorpion rods perhaps may take them." (Jonathan Swift, British Psychiatry ( Birley, Lancet, 1991), 150.)
"Spinning in chairs, rotating in swings, prolonged immersion beneath high pressure cold showers, surprise plunges into icy water, or lying in warm baths while cold water was applied to the head, were all methods calculated to debilitate, shock, and soothe sanity back into the system. The rotary treatment was apparently applied more as a corrective, than a therapeutic treatment. "After having committed some irrational and spiteful act, the patient is forthwith placed on the rotating chair and revolved at adjusted speed until hebecomes quiet, apologizes, and promises improvement, or until he starts to vomit." (Cox's Chair, Nicholas J. Wade, 2005, p. 77.)
Psychiatry has a long history and roots as being atheistic, anti-Christian and humanistic. This hostility has been ever growing and increasing since the official establishment of the psychiatric professional union in 1844. Psychiatry openly teaches that in our days Jesus would be a schizophrenia mental patient.
"Jesus’ experiences can be potentially conceptualized within the framework of Paranoid Schizophrenia or Psychosis NOS. Other reasonable possibilities might include bipolar and schizoaffective disorders. … hyper-religiosity … Suicide-by-proxy is described as “any incident in which a suicidal individual causes his or her death to be carried out by another person. … a Supraphrenic.” (The Role of Psychotic Disorders in Religious History Considered, Evan D. Murray, M.D. Miles G. Cunningham, M.D., Ph.D. Bruce H. Price, M.D., The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences 2012; 24:410-426.)
The practice of psychiatry today with its theoretical chemical imbalances of the brain and Neuroleptic drugs is perhaps the most powerful control tool ever in the history of humankind. Thus, it's been widely used by the repressive regimes to exercise mass control. Whether shackled into submission, jailed into submission or drugged into submission, power-driven governmental institutions always find a way of controlling its dissidents. Psychiatry has been widely used by the oppressive Soviet regime to suppress the dissent, particularly of a religious character. Modern Western society has been no less controlled by means of psychiatric treatment - particularly through the new addictive prescription drugs. The income generated by the prescribed psychiatric drugs created one of the most powerful institutions of the modern society.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is produced by the American Psychiatric Association and it is the standard that codifies psychiatric conditions and is used worldwide as a key guide for diagnosing disorders. It also provides major standartized guidance for chemical treatment of the classified conditions.
Tens of millions of unsuspecting Americans and Europeans have become mired deeply, to the point of permanent disability, by major tranquilizers like Thorazine and Haldol, and by “minor” tranquilizers like Miltown, Librium and Valium and the dozens of so-called “antidepressants” like Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil.
The Book of Revelation talks of sorceries (Revelation 9:21 and 18:23 - KJV) and sorcerers (Revelation 21:8 and 22:15 - KJV). Those words are derived from the Greek 'pharmakeus' (Words 5332 and 5333 in Strongs). The root meaning of this group of Greek words is 'druggist' 'poisoner' or, 'giver of potions'. These particular 'sorcerers' were persons able to prepare and dispense potions. It is interesting, though, that those medicines were not meant to give relief from a physical illness. Those were to affect the mind. Today we would call those psychiatric drugs. What changed, though, is the composition of those drugs: the synthetic drugs are by far more dangerous and addictive than those used at the ancient times. Also, if at the ancient days those 'medicines' were only available to few, and only occasionally, today there are tens of millions of people who are permanently addicted to the prescribed psychiatric drugs. What started as the Psychiatric Society in 1844 has now turned into the modern day sorcery.
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