Psychiatry Can’t Cure Mental Illness

by | Oct 14, 2015

Scattered PillsPretend you were enjoying a lovely skiing holiday and swished when you should have swooshed, resulting in a broken left foot. Logically, you’d visit a medical doctor and ask him to set the bone. As long as he did his job, you could expect your foot to heal completely. That would be a normal expectation – the doctor would heal your foot permanently.
However, for some reason when it comes to mental illness, psychiatrists, the people who are touted as experts, won’t even come close to healing their patients. The fact is they all shy away from a certain four-letter word – cure.
Psychologist John M. Grohol, Psy.D., founder and CEO of Psych Central, explains that psychologists will rarely utter the word cure. He says, “One of the challenges faced by people who have a mental illness – such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or ADHD or the like – is that not too many people will talk to you about “curing” the condition.”
Why is that?
It would be wise to ask yourself that question. Then ask the experts in the field of mental health, “Why can’t you cure mental illness?”
Grohol has an answer and it’s a logical one. “Treating mental illness rarely results in a ‘cure,’ per se.” He goes on to say that mental illness will spring back up time and time again, despite drugs and psychiatric therapy, which don’t in fact do anything to stop the problem.
The fact is that psychiatrists don’t try to cure people of mental illness. They use drugs in an attempt to dull the pain, increasing dosage when it inevitably doesn’t work. Then they shrug when their patients commit suicide because of the intensity of the newly found pain caused by the treatment. Inevitably the powerful, mind-altering drugs prescribed compound the problem and create new ones.
Now, let’s pretend that after you’d broken your left foot on the snowy slopes of Killington, Vermont your doctor proceeded to smash your right foot with a sledgehammer until the bones were shards as a supposed treatment for the initial break. While, this treatment might distract you from the pain in the other foot, I think you can agree that this doctor made the situation worse.
Whatever you do, don’t complain further of any discomfort to this doctor. He’s liable to smash your right hand, then your left in an attempt to treat your broken foot. It’s clearly the only solution, the only treatment he knows. The fact is, he doesn’t know how to set a bone.
If you’re thinking this is all insane, you are absolutely right. It is.
Unfortunately, if you visit a psychiatrist in an attempt to fix your depression or anxiety, know going in that he doesn’t have a cure. Odds are, he’ll probably prescribe the latest drug. Then when that drug doesn’t actually help you, he’d up the dosage and add another drug.
Remember, psychiatrists admit they aren’t attempting to cure anything. They are simply distracting you from the pain. Now, it might seem to work for a while, but eventually you’ll find yourself taking five different pills each day and will feel worse over time.
Whatever you do, don’t make the mistake of continuing to complain. You might wind up in a mental hospital where they’ll give you electric shock therapy. If that happens, you’ll wish they’d just taken a sledgehammer to your limbs. It would be far less painful and destructive.


  1. maria

    Hi Mina: I’m sorry about your pain, and your past, but there is hope, try to get a book called “Grain Brain” by Dr David Perlmutter, he is a brain Dr, you can also go to youtube and serch under his name, he treats mental illnesses with diet and supplements, the diet is a ketogenic , diet, you may also need vit B12 and D3. Hope this will help

  2. Mina Harrow

    Hello, I am a survivor. I experienced years of horrific forced drugging, forced hospitalizations, etc. I was a minor then in California and my mother felt the solution to
    our problems was to have me committed. I was the family scapegoat. With me out of sight, things would be easier. By the way I experienced years of verbal, emotionsl and some physical abuse prior to this happening. Without any discussion or warning, my parents had a psychiatrist come to our home. He spent about 2 minutes talking to me.
    He was, like most psychiatrsts I’ve met, terribly arrogant. I was 18 at the time (year after finishing high school). The psychiatrist announced I was “unable to care for myself”. I had no input and no way to ask questions, none. An ambulence came to our home and my own father physically forced me onto the guerny. The ambulence sped away, I had no idea where. When I arrived at the “hospital” which was owned by Kaiser Permanente in the northern Calif area, a “nurse” came and gave me a huge pill. Please keep in mind I was never told where I was, what was expected, what the medicine was. NOTHING. NO communication. ZERO. I refused the pill (I don’t think I had ever heard of reusing medication….I was very naive at the time and knew nothing about hospitals) She came back immediately with a big needle. I said “OK, I’m sorry I’ll take the pill”. She said “too late” and jammed the needle into me. All this was involuntary.
    I had no idea whether I had any right to refuse any medication Apparently back then in the early 70s (around 1972) as a minor in California,
    I had no rights. NONE. The same drugs were given to everyone to keep them sedated. It had nothing to do with treating anyone or helping anyone. My neighbor
    was killed. I was told I was being assigned a “conservator”. I had no voice, no right to speak, nothing. They did not feed me for over a day and I became dizzy and
    fell and hit my head. I asked what my rights were which led to immediate abuse.
    Experience varied as to what hospital…if a county one or a Kaiser one, those were the worst.
    Eventually my mom got me “transferred” over to UCSF Langley Porter. This was an improvement but the paradigm was the same. They just keep dispensing drugs
    The atmosphere was less overtly violent/abusive but I think I had one actual counseling session in the year or so that I stayed there.
    My Medicaid Insurance must have run out so I was told I would need to leave. No support from family (other than several visits).
    They had probably been, in some hidden way, actually experimenting on me without telling me; the large universities are known to have done this. I don’t know.
    One of the patients, a very depressed young man probably around 20, committed suicide by jumping off the roof of the UCSF Langley Porter building.
    Never was any mention or therapy given concerning past abuse. Of course they did not know as much as they do now about abuse in families. As mentioned, actual counseling was extremely limited…I only recall one session, about 20 minutes with a staff nurse, and I was there a year or so. Most of the time was spent in meaningless activities
    and just sitting around.
    I became more and more depressed. I was told by a STAFF (psych nurse; they were NOT empathetic or encouraging) I would never be able to return to college.
    My parents did not want me to return home so I had no where to go.
    At just 18 I had completed some college and had no real work skills. I had no where else to go.
    This story continues …
    Please keep in mind I was NOT suicidal, had not mentioned or threatened suicide, had not threatened anyone, had not harmed anyone, had not broken any
    laws and had already endured YEARS of ongoing abuse at home……….but no one ever listened. (or, perhaps, cared?)
    Fast forward to 2015. I call your institution to ask for any info. I am greeted abruptly and told there is no help available. Of course I’m out of state and
    don’t live in Florida. You did send a packet of info. I was not helped or referred to anyone else when I explained my situation.
    Is there no group law cases for situations like this? Anywhere? I have contacted several lawyers/legal groups and no help is offered. Yes I understand now
    the statute of limitations. What about the group law cases? I’m sure I’m not alone in this.
    I support your organization and what you are doing. I highly commend you
    However please try to spend a few minutes with hurting survivors who call. Perhaps you don’t have a direct means to help them but
    your abruptness just adds to years of hurt, rejection and just plain “don’t care” treatment we have gotten for years.
    I do NOT reveal to people that I am such a survivor. It only makes the problem worse. There is NOWHERE I’ve found, even on the internet, to turn to
    for compassion or help in recovering from this trauma.
    You are doing a great job in educating and informing the public. I realize no group or organization can do everything.
    Still, it does sting when you can’t get even a few minutes of support, compassion or a referral of some sort.
    I realize you are doing a pioneering work. I hope this can spread to all states or become national.
    However what about us, those who were abused, locked up, and worse….drugged till we couldn’t function (I was drugged on thorazine which is a horse
    tranquillizer) not because we broke the law, hurt anyone or even hurt ourselves…………..
    but SOLELY because someone did not realize what was in store for us and wanted us out of the way? People who have done NOTHING wrong and lose
    years of their lives, are drugged beyond comprehension, are badly traumatized…………….and there is no where to go for help.
    Go to a psychiatrist’s office for help? Go to a clergy member?
    None of these “professionals” can be trusted.
    The stigma from a diagnosis does not go away easily.
    Then there is the issue of the side effects and addiction to the drugs we were forced to take.
    I’m not trying to get off of the remainder of the drugs. This time given to me for a physical not psychiatric hospitalization.
    PLEASE try to be a bit kinder to those who call even if they can’t make a donation of money.
    Thank you.
    Mina Harrow

    • Mina Harrow

      I’m now trying to get off of the remainder of the drugs. NOT “Im not trying to get off the remainder of the drugs”
      Sorry I don’t see any way to edit.

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