... 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…
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…
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…
"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…
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…
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…
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…
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 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 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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/…
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…
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…
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…
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…
The African country of Swaziland has only 1 psychiatrist to serve a population of over 1 million people duduza.org/mental-health-…
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…
"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…
Swaziland has 1 psychiatrist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swa…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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_…
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
In the 1960s, child psychiatrist Mildred Creakproposed that autism was caused by genetics rather than poor parenting en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
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…
Psychiatrists Eric Bui and Rachel Rodgers argue that the character of Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader in the Star Wars films meets six of the nine diagnostic criteria for borderline personality disorder en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bor…
A Brooklyn-born man impersonated several doctors, psychiatrists, a number of officers in the U.S. Army and Navy, a couple of lawyers, the State Department Naval Liaison Officer, sanitation expert, many consuls-general, and an expert on Balkan and Asian affairs throughout the early 20th century. newyorker.com/magazine/19…
The country with the highest suicide rate is Guyana, a country with only 10 full-time psychiatrists serving a population of 735k. The suicide rate is 44.2 per 100,000 people, ~50% higher than North Korea. worldatlas.com/articles/c…
Today I learned of Walter Jackson Freeman II, a psychiatrist who, in the 1950's, traveled the country performing $25.00 ice-pick lobotomies to mentally ill patients. He traveled in a van deemed the "lobotomobile". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
Psychologists and psychiatrists were nearly required to dress as prototypical wizards before testifying in New Mexican courts. io9.com/5882671/in-1995-n…
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…
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…
The Avalanches' Frontier Psychiatrist took its name from a 1980s Canadian comedy sketch that provided its core vocal samples. youtube.com/watch?v=NpWjN…
Psychiatrists are the least religious of all physicians www-news.uchicago.edu/rel…
A psychiatrist in the 40s drove around the United States giving hundreds of lobotomies in a van called the "lobotomobile". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
Ian Stevenson, psychiatrist and re-incarnation researcher, left a combination lock in a filing cabinet in the 1960s, with the hope of passing on the code after his death (in February, 2007). As of February, 2007, it remains unopened. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian…
Alan Arbus, who played psychiatrist Dr. Sidney Freedman on M*A*S*H, was married to photographer Diane Arbusβ€”who committed suicide. nytimes.com/2013/04/24/ar…
Malcolm X avoided the WWII draft by dressing extravagantly and telling the army psychiatrist that he wished to lead Southern blacks in murdering Southern whites. sparknotes.com/lit/malcol…
A psychiatrist in the early 20th century believed that mental illness was the result of infection. He attempted to cure the infection by removing patient's teeth, colon and ovaries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
:Psychiatrists commit suicide at rates about twice” the rate of other physicians, according to a 1980 study by the American Psychiatric Association bphope.com/conspiracy-of-…
Today I learned of James Grigson, "Doctor Death," who was a Texas forensic psychiatrist that testified in 167 capital trials, nearly all of which resulted in death sentences. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
As a child John Mayer became so obsessed with his guitar that his parents took him to a psychiatrist... twice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Timothy McVeigh wanted his organs donated post mortem but this was prohibited. His psychiatrist said he was "a decent person who allowed rage to build up inside him to the point that he had lashed out in one terrible, violent act." His last meal was two pints of mint chocolate ice cream. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
Wonder Woman was created by a psychiatrist, with the intention of creating a superhero "who would triumph not with fists or firepower, but with love". He was also key in the development of the modern lie detector. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
US and UK military psychiatrists believed that letters from home during WW2 were bad for morale. One said he wished there had been a "nation-wide educational course in letter writing to soldiers", and another criticized "moms" (as opposed to mothers) who damaged morale through letters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
A psychiatrist in the mid-1900s performed lobotomies with an icepick through the eye socket. Walter Freeman became so efficient he needed only 10 minutes per procedure. psychcentral.com/blog/arc…
Psychiatrists used to be referred to as "alienists." merriam-webster.com/dicti…
Johns Hopkins psychiatrists tried using feminizing genitoplasty (MtF sex change surgery) on at least four boys to try to recover from badly botched circumcisions as best as possible cirp.org/library/complica…
In 1959 a psychiatrist placed 3 patients all convinced they were Jesus on the same ward for 2 years. guardian.co.uk/books/2011…
Forensic Psychiatrists are sometimes also called "alienists." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali…
In 1994 a brain surgeon went to lunch with a patients brain exposed and is now a child psychiatrist. myreporter.com/2012/01/wh…
Harley Quinn from the Batman has an MD and worked as a psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/H…
After filming "Some Like it Hot," in 1959 Billy Wilder said about filming 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…
Yang Yongxin, a Chinese psychiatrist, practices electroconvulsive therapy as a cure for internet addiction. His patients ranged from 12-30, most of whom were abducted by their parents or a branch of the treatment center that consisted of senior patients and/or their parents. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yan…
Every entrepreneur on Shark Tank has to talk to a psychiatrist after their pitch. jasoncochran.com/blog/8-t…
Rapper Kevin Gates, after being told by many psychiatrists that he was bipolar, got his phd in psychology while in prison. After psychoanalyzing himself, he determined that he is not bipolar. vibe.com/2014/04/intervie…
Psychiatrist Elliot Barker combined LSD, nudity and 11 day marathon sessions to try and treat psychopaths. They ended up worse than before. psychcentral.com/blog/arc…
Colored nail polish was at one time considered self-mutilation and unhealthy by psychiatrists en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nai…
In the early 70's a treatment model for schizophrenia that used no drugs or psychiatrists rehabilitated the majority of the patients that attended it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sot…
Spanish psychiatrist Antonio Vallejo-NΓ‘jera experimented on Republican prisoners to establish "the bio-psychic roots of Marxism" and find the "red gene," believed Marxists were mentally ill and established the basis on which children were removed from their Republican parents en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Masturbation used to be considered a sign of mental illness. Psychiatrists would smell their male patients' hands in the morning to see if they demonstrated signs of "mental decay." ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Dentists do not have the highest suicide rate of any profession. That title probably belongs to psychiatrists. straightdope.com/columns/…
A Tarasoff is a term used by psychiatrists to describe their duty to warn a potential victim that a patient intends to cause harm to them. The term, Tarasoff, comes from Tatiana Tarasoff who was murdered by her stalker after the stalker informed his physiatrist about his intent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dut…
There was a forensic psychiatrist nicknamed Doctor Death. He testified in 70 capital trials, 69 of which resulted in death sentence. He will look at some facts about the case and "usually without examining the defendant" assure the jury that the defendant is a psychopath. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Eugene Landy, psychiatrist of Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, drugged Brian and ran his life like a dictator. By the late 80s, Landy's name appeared as cowriter of Wilson's songs, and Wilson had changed his will to leave 70% of his estate to Landy. nypost.com/2015/06/04/how…
The in addition to illegal wiretaps, the Nixon administration tried to subvert the trial of Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg by burglarizing his psychiatrist's office and by offering the judge a position as Director of the FBI. washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn…
Today I learned of Elliot Barker the psychiatrist who conducted the first ever β€œmarathon Nude Psychotherapy session” in which he had 12 violent psychopaths engage in activities like β€œcrotch eye-balling” while tripping on acid. It was supposed to cure them. This treatment did not work. *(item 2. in list) critic.co.nz/features/art…
Today I learned of Gert Postel, a german impostor, who worked as a psychiatrist for 15 years and got appointed to a professorship without ever having received training or graduating from Gymnasium (highschool). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
A 19th century psychiatrist 'discovered' a mental disorder in black slaves called dysaesthesia aethiopica, thought to cause laziness, 'rascality', or visible skin lesions. The proposed cure was extensive whipping and hard labor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dys…
Today I learned of Milton Erickson, who hoped to become a farmer but after contracting polio pioneered a form of therapy and hypnosis as a psychiatrist en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
In 1954 psychiatrist Frederic Wertham proclaimed that the comic book industry was worse than Hitler msnbc.msn.com/id/25085248…
Actor Cary Grant was a frequent user of LSD, taking dozens of psychiatrist-supervised trips over the course of a decade. laweekly.com/news/the-tri…
Before MDMA (AKA Ecstacy) was known as a street drug, it was a pharmaceutical drug used by licensed psychiatrists as a catalyst for psychotherapy, and is used today to treat sufferers of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). medicinenet.com/script/ma…
In 1995, the New Mexico House and Senate passed a bill that would require psychiatrists testifying in court to wear a wizard's costume, complete with a wand and sound effects. books.google.com/books?id…
The man who killed Lee Harvey Oswald once told his psychiatrist that the JFK assassination was "an act of overthrowing the government" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
At one point in history, women who complained of menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea) were sent to psychiatrists because menstrual cramps were seen as a rejection of one’s femininity. facts.randomhistory.com/r…
Forensic psychiatrist Park "Dietz has unsuccessfully pushed for a so-called "detumescence period" - a three-minute gap between sexually arousing images and acts of violence on screen, especially in films aimed at teenagers" independent.co.uk/news/pe…
A Harvard Psychiatrist has Explained Zombie Neurobiology io9.com/5286145/a-harvard…
In 1985, a Serbian farmer went to the hospital with a glass bottle lodged in his rectum, which became an international incident known as the "MartinoviΔ‡ Affair," and which inspired writers, poets, politicians, intellectuals and psychiatrists. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C4…
There was a psychopathic man who posed as an orthopedic surgeon, performing surgeries for a year and living a lavish, high-profile lifestyle. A few years later he turned up in London where he was arrested and jailed for posing as a psychiatrist. books.google.com/books?id…
The term psychedelic was coined by psychiatrist Humphry Osmond and English writer/intellectual Aldous Leonard Huxley. princeton.edu/~achaney/tm…
World-renowned psychiatrist Donald Ewen Cameron carried out MKUltra experiments - a CIA-directed mind control program - on his patients. These experiments included use of LSD, drug-induced week long comas, intense electro shocks, sensory and sleep deprivation and torture. mcgilldaily.com/2012/09/m…

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