Our investigation has found that thousands of adolescents, children, and adults have been hospitalized for psychiatric treatment they didn’t need; that hospitals hire bounty hunters to kidnap patients with mental health insurance; that patients are kept against their will until their insurance benefits run out; that psychiatrists are being pressured by the hospitals to increase profit; that hospitals `infiltrate’ schools by paying kickbacks to school counselors who deliver students; that bonuses are paid to hospital employees, including psychiatrists, for keeping the hospital beds filled; and that military dependents are being targeted for their generous mental health benefits. I could go on, but you get the picture.
— U.S. Representative Patricia Schroeder of Colorado
In the 1970’s, psychiatry was on the rocks economically, it was losing out in competition with social workers and psychologists and non- medical therapists. Women were becoming increasingly aware that they’d be better off going to say a woman social worker than a male psychiatrist if they want to be understood or helped.
And at that point, and I trace this in “Toxic Psychiatry” – at that point psychiatry, at an organized level, including in the actual annual board meetings of the American Psychiatric Association, made a decision first to “re-medicalize”. To convince the public and the congress, which provides a lot of money to psychiatry and to convince the country that personal suffering is medical and biological, and, they made at the same time, after some debate, a decision to take more money from the drug companies, so the psychiatric association went from being broke to being wealthy within in a few years as a result of the support of drug companies which just pours in now. They won’t even open up their books to their own members.
— Peter Breggin: psychiatrist,
My letter to Ralph Nader in 2000: