When her son Jeremy began showing symptoms of schizophrenia, Elli Perkins refused to consult a psychiatrist due to her Scientologist beliefs and tried to cure him with alternative medicine instead. This resulted in Jeremy murdering her because he believed she was trying to poison him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mur…
Psychiatrist Avicenna had a malnourished patient who believed he was a cow ready to be slaughtered. Avicenna, impersonating a butcher, came to kill him but said the cow was too lean and had to eat more. The patient ate more food which restored his health and cured the delusion. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The 'Expert Wizard Amendment' in New Mexico (1995) required psychiatrists and psychologists to dress up as wizards in court proceedings if they provided expert testimony. It was revealed to be satire before the vote, yet passed the New Mexico Senate unanimously. It was not signed into law. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exp…
Dr. Fredrich Wertham, a psychiatrist that believed comic books were dangerous in his book Seduction of the Innocent, testified at the trial of Albert Fish. Fish was a sadistic cannibal and one of America's earliest serial killers whom Wertham described as "the most deranged human being". psychology.wikia.org/wiki…
To determine which movie characters best embodied psychopathic traits, forensic psychiatrist Samuel Leistedt and ten colleagues watched 400 movies over 3 years. Their winner: Anton Chigurh from "No Country for Old Men." businessinsider.com/famou…
"celebrity psychiatrist" Dr. Isaac Herschkopf manipulated a patient into cutting off his family, giving him his home, signing over his bank account, and amending his will to leave everything to the doctor's wife. Yet Dr. Herschkopf still maintains his medical license in New York City today. nypost.com/2019/06/08/how…
A Ukrainian child psychiatrist, Grunya Sukhareva, discovered Asperger Syndrome 20 years before Hans Asperger did en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gru…
A gay man wrote to Martin Luther King Jr for advice. MLK Jr responded that he should see a psychiatrist to overcome his homosexuality. swap.stanford.edu/2014121…
Today I learned of "the Truman Show Delusion" a term used in psychology to describe patients who believe they are part of a staged reality. Psychiatrist reported on one patient who had traveled to New York after 9/11 to ensure the event really happened and wasn't just a plot twist in his show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned of the Goldwater Rule, which keeps psychiatrists from commenting on public figures. psychiatry.org/newsroom/g…
... Of First and Second Sleep.In the early 1990s, psychiatrist Thomas Wehr conducted an experiment in which a group of people were plunged into darkness for 14 hours every day for a month.They slept first for four hours, then woke for one or two hours before falling into a second four-hour sleep. bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-1…
Sobering-up station was invented by Czech psychiatrist Jaroslav SkΓ‘la in 1951 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jar…
Martha Mitchell effect is the process by which a psychiatrist labels the patient's accurate perception of real events as delusional and misdiagnoses accordingly. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
At his execution, serial killer Peter KΓΌrten (The Vampire of DΓΌsseldorf) asked his psychiatrist if he would be able to hear the sound of his own blood gushing from the stump of his neck after his head was chopped off. He said it β€œwould be the pleasure to end all pleasures”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
Psychiatrists have redefined "Pathological Grooming" such as skin-picking, hair-pulling, and nail-biting as similar to OCD, and they are considered often to be virtually uncontrollable. npr.org/sections/health-s…
Liberia only had 2 psychiatrists as of August 2019 (for a population of 4 million!) bumc.bu.edu/psychiatry/20…
James Holmes sent $400-$600 worth of partially burnt U.S.D to his former psychiatrist before shooting up a CO movie theater. He said he did this because he could not pay the $80 fee after he lost his student-based insurance and would no longer receive renewals for his psychiatric medications. youtube.com/watch?v=j-jru…
When Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laing faced a naked schizophrenic woman rocking silently to and fro in a padded cell, he took off his own clothes and sat next to her, rocking to the same rhythm until she spoke for the first time in months. theguardian.com/books/200…
A respected psychiatrist at a Canadian mental institution, with funding from the CIA, performed experiments on patients without their knowledge or consent involving sleep deprivation, LSD, shock treatments, and sensory deprivation, resulting in many cases in incurable mental illness. youtu.be/TKLy1ALj3Pc
Today I learned about Mathew Charles Lamb, a Canadian spree killer found not guilty by reason of insanity and who, after being released from hospital, enlisted in the Rhodesian Army on the advice of his psychiatrist, before dying in war en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
The archaic study of head shape (Phrenology) is responsible for many sayings. Intelligent people had a "highbrow", stupid people had a "lowbrow", people with balanced attributes' heads were "well-rounded" and psychiatrists would reduce areas of people's brains and were called "shrinks". theatlantic.com/amp/artic…
Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard saw multiple psychiatrists as a child/teen; He later complained about the staff of a DC-based hospital that "only treated schizophrenia". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sci…
Today I learned of the Goldwater Rule, a rule that prohibits psychiatrists from giving professional opinions about public figures whom they have not examined in person en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
Dr. John Fryer of Philadelphia appeared at the 1972 APA convention wearing a rubber mask to deliver a speech about the hardships of being a psychiatrist and gay. His speech was vital to getting homosexuality off the list of mental disorders. sdgln.com/causes/2016/10/…
In 1988, actor Gary Busey was in a severe motorcycle accident. Busey, not wearing a helmet, was in a coma for 33 days. In 2008, a psychiatrist determined that the accident caused brain damage and that is why he is considered to have an eerie and bizarre persona. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
Before the Civil War, some psychiatrists diagnosed slaves with what they called drapetomania: "a mental illness in which the slave possessed an irrational desire for freedom and a tendency to try to escape." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
After Michael Ross waived his right to an appeal and being executed, his psychiatrist (who tried to argue that Ross was not mentally competent to stand trial), found a letter from Ross saying "Check, and mate. You never had a chance!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Today I learned about James Grigson, nicknamed Dr. Death, a forensic psychiatrist who testified in 167 trials, most of which resulted in death sentences. He diagnosed some patients without ever having met them, and would testify that the defendants were incurable sociopaths who were 100% certain to kill again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
ALL contestants on Shark Tank are made to see a psychiatrist after their pitch, no matter the outcome. It's meant to ensure they are able to come down from the emotional rush and deal with the possibility of appearing in front of seven million Americans. businessinsider.com/shark…
"The Goldwater Rule" forbids psychiatrists from offering opinions on somebody s/he hasn't interviewed. It was created in response to Barry Goldwater suing Fact Magazine for $75K after publishing "1189 Psychiatrists Think Goldwater is Pyschologically Unfit to be President" in 1964. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
Today I learned of "Apophenia", the tendency to mistakenly perceive connections and meaning between unrelated things. The term was coined by psychiatrist Klaus Conrad in his 1958 publication on the beginning stages of schizophrenia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
In order to 'cure' homosexuality in 1970 a psychiatrist at Tulane University electrically stimulated the brain of a gay man while he had sex with a female prostitute. mosaicscience.com/story/g…
After filming Some Like It Hot, Billy Wilder said of making another movie with Marilyn Monroe "I have discussed this with my doctor and my psychiatrist and they tell me I'm too old and too rich to go through this again." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Som…
The African country of Swaziland has only 1 psychiatrist to serve a population of over 1 million people duduza.org/mental-health-…
Swaziland has 1 psychiatrist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swa…
Nixon's AG,J.Mitchell tried to hide details of Watergate break-in from his outspoken wife, Martha. exFBI "pulled the phone cord from the wall. She was held against her will in California hotel room & forcefully sedated by psychiatrist after physical struggle with five men";accused of drunkenness en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
In 1973, a psychiatrist named David Rosenhan sent eight people with no history of mental illness to mental hospitals. The staff couldn't tell they were sane. It took some 2 months to get out. ilearn.totton.ac.uk/plugi…
Today I learned of the Martha Mitchell effect, where a psychiatrist considers an unbelievable story delusional, but it turns out to be true. Named for the alcoholic wife of Nixon's attorney general, called mentally ill after reporting illegal behavior by the administration en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Psychiatrist Elliott Barker treated psychopaths by locking them in a room for 11 days while naked, tied together, and high on LSD. The result was a 20% increase of psychopathic tendencies because, according to one inmate, it only taught them how to better mask their true emotions. psychcentral.com/blog/arc…
Due to being in the same room a psychiatrist's mental health patients became recommended friends to eachother on Facebook. recode.net/2016/10/1/1307…
Syphillis destroyed so much of Al Capone's brain, his doc and psychiatrist put Capone's capabilities as being a 12-year old. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_…
During the 1964 Presidential election Fact magazine polled psychiatrists about the mental competence of Barry Goldwater. Goldwater successfully sued and as a result the psychiatric community created the Goldwater rule to prevent them from diagnosing people they haven't personally examined en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
Many researchers and psychiatrists are arguing that the term Schizophrenia should no longer be used. Japan has already gotten rid of the Schizophrenia label. theconversation.com/the-c…
Charles Whitman not only self-diagnosed his own brain tumor in his suicide note, but also told one of his psychiatrists, as well as police (who refused his request to be arrested), that he'd "climb the tower and start shooting," before he did just that. brainmind.com/Case5.html
A psychiatrist argued that Anakin Skywalker is a useful example for explaining borderline personality disorder to medical students and hoped his findings would raise awareness of the disorder, especially among teens bpd.about.com/b/2010/06/0…
Otto Adolf Eichmann a German Nazi SS-ObersturmbannfΓΌhrer, one of the major organisers of the Holocaust had a psychiatrist examine him and pronounced him perfectly sane during his trial. voiceseducation.org/conte…
Psychologists and psychiatrists were nearly required to dress as prototypical wizards before testifying in New Mexican courts. io9.com/5882671/in-1995-n…
Today I learned about Dr. Peter Neubauer, a child psychiatrist/psychoanalyst involved in a controversial nature vs nurture study of twins and triplets separated at birth and adopted by different families. Each child was unaware of the real reason they were being studied or that they even had identical siblings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
In the 1960s, child psychiatrist Mildred Creakproposed that autism was caused by genetics rather than poor parenting en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
Psychiatrists in the early 20th century experimented with pulling teeth (and removing testicles, ovaries, gall bladders, stomachs, spleens, cervixes, colons...) as a form of treatment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…

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