"What the mountaintop won’t see
Because I belong to a minority, people with mental illnesses, many if not most people are satisfied never to demand an accounting for what may happen to the likes of me in our justice system or a mental institution. So it doesn’t matter if the Supreme Court of the United States has elevated psychiatry up to a virtually unaccountable, allegedly medical discipline, which usually can be sued for malpractice only in the very rare instance that a psychiatric patient hurts someone. Sue a psychiatrist for a bad diagnosis that hurts a patient? Out of all the medical disciplines, unaccountable psychiatry has the right to define that as delusion. In order to be sued successfully, a psychiatrist literally has to beat or rape a patient. Otherwise, anything goes.
Many if not most people seem to think that this can never affect them, only those whom they fear and loath. That Psychiatrists Know Best. After all, the Supreme Court said so, emphasizing time and again that lawyers and judges have no business getting in the way of “medical decisions”. As if, despite all evidence to the contrary, such doctors could never, possibly, in a million years, make mistakes or put their personal benefit over the patient’s. And if such things should happen, the Supreme Court, which has stacked the deck by ruling in its not entirely unreliable infinite wisdom that judges and lawyers should stay out of the way, tells us that the adversarial process will fix surely them. As if there are no consequences to judicial hubris.
Life must look a bit different to people on a high mountaintop than it does to the rest of us down here. Down here, psychiatrists are just as human and venal as anyone else. Just as ready to take advantage of legislated unaccountability. Just as capable of damaging even people who think it can only happen to those they don’t like.
In the case of 14-year-old Jeramy Harrell and his grandmother, Marianne,
bad psychiatry left lasting scars. I recall reading that either Jeramy or a similar young boy went into a psychiatric hospital scam a vivacious, talkative kid, and came out withdrawn and almost non-verbal, but I can’t find the reference for you. The one just above reports that Marianne Harrell, who had been a child in Nazi Germany, and had been [perhaps publicly] accused of abusing Jeramy, came out of it unable to see a patrol car without cringing. “She now never leaves her doors unlocked – even when she is at home.”
The same article details other psychiatric abductions and assaults. One 51-year-old woman, Beverly Williams, “was dragged out of her bathroom by two security guards [clad only in her bathrobe, it seems] and handcuffed on an emergency apprehension and detention warrant.” The same kind used by the Tulsa Mental Health Court. “Beverly Williams, considered a “model employee” by her employer, said she was so embarrassed and humiliated by the experience that she has tinted the windows of her car so neighbors can’t see her when she leaves home.”
These people were nominally sane and without any criminal conviction, and they suffered lasting damage. How much self-absorbed stupidity does it take to presume that police, district attorneys, courts, mental institutions and government employees and contractors can do the same thing to those who already have lasting damage and not make it worse? My, how they justify and absolve themselves in their conceit and bigotry. "