Friday, September 05, 2014


In a piece written for Huffington Allen Frances, MD quotes DJ Jaffe’s list of organizations that have not done their job and Dr. Frances calls it “A sorry Hall of Shame indeed.”

Among the alleged crimes committed by such organizations as NAMI, the Bazelon Law Center, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association and all the consumer organizations getting funds from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is that their sole priority is not the forced treatment of people with the one of the top two big psychiatric labels.

Dr. Frances is smarter than to align himself with an organization like the one run by Jaffe.  Dr. Frances at one time was the head of the Department of Psychiatry at Duke University which means he had demonstrated the ability to understand basic concepts.  At one time he was held in high regard.  Now he has aligned himself with an organization dedicated to using methods deemed to be against a person’s human rights by the United Nations.

Forced treatment is not just an immoral act that ought to be illegal; it is also the most ineffective type of psychiatric approach being used in modern times.  Therefore, Mental Illness Policy Org, the organization that Jaffe runs should be the only organization listed in the article to make the “Hall of Shame.”

To malign organizations for bringing attention to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury as was done by Jaffe and Dr. Frances is disrespectful to all our men and women who served and came home wounded.  They both ought to be ashamed of themselves.  That is not to mention countless other civilians suffering every day from these tragedies. To suggest that all our resources should be spent on locking up people with the big two is beyond ignorant.  It would solve nothing.

We need as a nation to start trying to see people with labels without their labels then we might recognize them as our family members, neighbors and at times ourselves.

© Ed Cooper, September 5, 2014, Stoney Creek, Tennessee
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