Carrie Fisher, Dead at Age 60

by Phil Hickey on January 2, 2017

Actress Carrie Fisher died on December 27, 2016, at the early age of 60.

In a 2001 article on Healthy Place,  she was described as “Perhaps one of manic-depression’s best-known champions…”

Here’s another quote from the same article:

“I’m fine, but I’m bipolar. I’m on seven medications, and I take medication three times a day. This constantly puts me in touch with the illness I have. I’m never quite allowed to be free of that for a day. It’s like being a diabetic.”

PSYCHIATRY’S MODUS OPERANDI

First they sell you the “illness” that they’ve invented.

Then they sell you the drugs to “treat” the “illness”.

Then they sell you more drugs to counteract the adverse effects.

Then they sell you electric shocks to the brain.

Then you die prematurely.

Then they wring their hands in mock anguish, and say what a terrible illness this is, and that without their “safe and effective treatments”, you would have died a lot sooner.

PSYCHIATRY IS NOT MEDICINE

Psychiatry is irredeemably flawed and rotten.  There is truly no human problem that psychiatry does not make ten times worse.  How much longer must this carnage continue?  How many more lives will be ruined?    Where is their sense of decency?  And where is general medicine’s sense of outrage?

To what excesses of spin, venality, corruption, and destruction does psychiatry need to descend before decent doctors everywhere will speak out, and denounce this murderous hoax?  Psychiatry has long since forfeited any right it might ever have had to be considered a medical specialty.

INCIDENTALLY

In September 2011, The European Heart Journal published Honkola, J., Hookana, E., et al Psychotropic medications and the risk of sudden cardiac death during an acute coronary event.  Here’s the conclusion:

“The use of psychotropic drugs, especially combined use of antipsychotic and antidepressant drugs, is strongly associated with an increased risk of SCD at the time of an acute coronary event.”

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On April 20, 2013, the Sarasota Herald Tribune published Carrie Fisher talks about mental illness and career.  The article is an interview conducted by Elizabeth Johnson.  Here are two quotes:

“Q: Is there anything specific that causes a manic state?

A: When I was doing drugs, what caused it was stopping. I’d just get thrown off. Sleep deprivation, hurting your sleep cycle in general can be a problem. If I knew whatever it was, I would do better than I do, but I do very well.

Q: What treatment are you on now?

A: I take ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) and lots of medication.”

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

“Q: What drugs were you using before that diagnosis [bipolar]?

A: Anything that you had. I smoked pot first when I was 13, but I really didn’t get heavily into that. I never could take alcohol. I always said I was allergic to alcohol, and that’s actually a definition to alcoholism — an allergy of the body and an obsession of the mind. So I didn’t do other kinds of drugs until I was about 20. Then, by the time I was 21 it was LSD. I didn’t love cocaine, but I wanted to feel any way other than the way I did, so I’d do anything.”

 

  • S Randolph Kretchmar

    The bottom line is, Princess Leia was killed by the Empire (of psychiatry). It’s very important to point this out, anywhere and everywhere the Empire attempts to use the name Carrie Fisher to promote its evil agenda. (“She was a spokeswoman for anti-stigma.” “She was such a brave advocate in speaking out for the mentally ill.”)

    The truth is, they fooled her, brainwashed her, brutalized her and killed her.

    They’ve done the same to millions. We must stop them, Obi-wan Kenobi.

  • anon11

    All this talk of Carrie Fisher, what about Jake Lloyd who played Anakin Skywalker (the guy who goes on to become Darth Vader), who was put in a psychiatric facility labelled with “Schizophrenia”, after he spent 10 months in jail.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/movies/star-wars-actor-jake-lloyd-moved-psychiatric-facility-article-1.2595377

    Lloyd voiced displeasure regarding his role and the way his peers in school and college treated him regarding his stint in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. And to be honest, there was quite a backlash from fans over the Star Wars prequels.

    Here’s an interview with him a few years ago on these issues:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtkM2JPcHPo

    Lloyd’s story did not get much coverage.

    Personally, I think he did just fine as young Anakin.

  • Mark

    First they sell you the “illness” that they’ve invented.

    Then they sell you the drugs to “treat” the “illness”.

    Then they sell you more drugs to counteract the adverse effects.

    Then they sell you electric shocks to the brain.

    Then you die prematurely.

    Terrible how often these stories sound like a particularly gruesome reimagining of a nursery rhyme. You know, the one that goes,
    “She swallowed the cat to catch the bird,
    She swallowed the bird to catch the spider,
    She swallowed the spider to catch the fly…”

    And tragically it often ends the same way. How do any of these people make it through med school without realizing how reckless it is to put someone on an untested combination of seven different “medications”? Even those who accept the legitimacy of bipolar disorder (which I don’t) ought to see such practices as a disgrace to the medical profession.

  • Warren Heggarty

    Psychiatry: A branch of metaphysics that pretends to be a branch of medicine. This is surely not even acceptable to a self respecting metaphysician.

  • Sweet63

    Eh, sounds like me, only I didn’t start at 13 thank God. But, anything “to feel any way other than the way I did.” Why IS that? At 67 I look back and wonder what was so terrifying..except all the freedom and decisions I had to make with little or no guidance. Was it that way for her, too?

  • Rob

    We engage in many behaviors in an attempt to escape our emotional experience, largely out of fear. Our frequent use of the term “problem” and adopting the perspective we are “abnormal” reveals our habit of rejecting reality and our unwillingness to accept life as it is. Which is related to the motivation to use drugs to alter consciousness while on a quest to eliminate that part of our experience we find intolerable and unacceptable and wish to abandon or destroy.

  • Phil_Hickey

    Randolph,

    I agree.

  • Phil_Hickey

    Mark,

    Traditionally there’s enormous loyalty among physicians to one another. They don’t generally attack their own – at least not in public. But I imagine this is wearing a bit thin with psychiatry at present. I think it’s only a matter of time before the real doctors start to distance themselves from the psychiatric hoax.

  • Phil_Hickey

    Warren,

    Right. It’s a branch of drug-pushing deception masquerading as a branch of medicine!

  • Phil_Hickey

    Sweet63,

    Nice to hear from you again.

    In life there are always multiple paths to the same place. The issue here is that people are sometimes very unhappy. There can be some overlap in the reasons for this unhappiness, but for the most part, people become unhappy for reasons that are highly individual. The way forward is to explore the causes and develop solutions. But psychiatry’s solution is to leave the issues festering and just take pills; and more pills; and electric shocks; etc., etc.

  • Cledwyn Anal Health Awareness

    May she rest in peace, and her bottom…

    Never mind, I’m sure she’s gone to a better place (yeah, it’s called a grave. Get used to it).

    Since everyone’s using this “tragedy” to further their own agenda, I think I’ll follow suit.

    To be honest, I find it impossible to give a shit whenever a celebrity dies. Why I’m supposed to care about these people is beyond me. Other people – that is, who haven’t acquired fame among fools – die all the time, and few of them are as vile and big-headed as your average celebrity, who certainly wouldn’t give a shit if any of the people who worship and admire them died, so why should they give a shit when the coxcomb they venerate snuffs it?

    Oh, I forgot, it’s because they are completely and utterly bat shit insane, just like those of us who society, in the most truly sickening manner, scapegoats for the insanity it stubbornly and immaturely refuses to acknowledge in itself.

    Has anyone actually watched “Celebrity Big Brother”? Have you ever seen such an obscene concentration of vileness in such a small space?

    There are few things more disturbing than the spectacle of these new convulsionaries going into seismic, Richter-scale registering convulsions over the sight of some morsel of flesh, slathering the poor fool with their semen, and those of us unfortunate enough to get caught in the cross-fire of such an orgy of public masturbation, so to speak.

    I see the Enlightenment didn’t work. Over two hundred years on, and still as batshit bonkers as ever.

    Admiration, like love, increases directly as the square of the distance; the closer we are to people, the less admirable they become, hence the admiration of some people for the working classes who’ve never had the misfortune of living among them.

    These celebrities usually possess nothing worth admiring, but just as when in love, the lack of any real qualities possessed by the object of our amoour fou proves no obstacle to our feelings, our fancy furnishing imaginary ones to serve in their stead; so the lack of any real qualities (apart from their superficial beauty, or their talent for doing something any self-respecting individual would be ashamed of) proves no obstacle to the admiration of your hero-worshipers. Nope, that never got in the way of good, hard collective wank.

    One must posit the existence of a second-rate deity, a kind of demiurgic dabbler, to account for the existence of such creatures; for the existence of such kitschy, mass-produced rubbish as the human race.

  • We strongly disagree with this article, which neglects a lot of important information and uses selective hearing to distort what Carrie Fisher was about and also to distort the evidence for mental illness as a real disorder.

    Mental illnesses have a long history of biological evidence. For example, researchers have demonstrated that people with depression have an overactive area of the brain, called Brodmann area 25. Szchizophrenia has been linked to specific genes, as PTSD and autism have been linked to specific brain abnormalities. Suicide has been linked to a decreased concentration of serotonin in the brain. OCD has been linked to increased
    activity in the basal ganglia region of the brain.

    Eric Kandel, MD, a Nobel Prize laureate and professor of brain science at Columbia University, says, “All mental processes are brain processes, and therefore all disorders of mental functioning are biological diseases…The brain is the organ of the mind. Where else could [mental illness] be if not in the brain?”

    You’re right that mental illness is also affected by social and environmental conditions–by a person’s disposition, or upbringing, or current environment. It’s also true that mental illness is affected by drug use (both prescribed and not prescribed). So are other medical conditions, such as heart disease and cancer. And it’s true that mental illness is often difficult to diagnose because of
    1) the current limitations of the field of research. Thomas R. Insel, MD, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, for example, talks about how the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness today is where cardiology was 100 years ago, concluding that we need to continue scientific research of mental illnesses. ( There’s a longer quote on this below.)
    and
    2) mental illness symptoms often overlap with symptoms caused by other illnesses, for example, someone with cancer may also become depressed after diagnosis. Or someone’s fatigue may be caused by a vitamin deficiency, rather than by depression.

    While considering all these factors, it is still completely inaccurate to state that there is no biological foundation for mental illnesses. They are not “make-believe” diseases, but rather are caused by a variety of factors, including biological ones. As we understand more about mental illness through research we will (as we have with cardiology, for example) gain more precise vehicles for measuring and understanding the biological implications of these disorders.

    Longer aforementioned quote:
    Take cardiology, Insel says. A century ago, doctors had little knowledge of the biological basis of heart disease. They could merely observe a patient’s physical presentation and listen to the patient’s subjective complaints. Today they can measure cholesterol levels, examine the heart’s electrical impulses with EKG, and take detailed CT images of blood vessels and arteries to deliver a precise diagnosis. As a result, Insel says, mortality from heart attacks has dropped dramatically in recent decades. “In most areas of medicine, we now have a whole toolkit to help us know what’s going on, from the behavioral level to the molecular level. That has really led to enormous changes in most areas of medicine,” he says.
    Insel believes the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness is today where cardiology was 100 years ago. And like cardiology of yesteryear, the field is poised for dramatic transformation, he says. “We are really at the cusp of a revolution in the way we think about the brain and behavior, partly because of technological breakthroughs. We’re finally able to answer some of the fundamental questions.”

  • Circa

    The thing is, though, that we’ve been at the “cusp of a revolution” for decades and very, very little has changed. The numbers of people permanently disabled by mental illness is skyrocketing despite our wonder drugs and breakthroughs.

  • Mark Eccles

    You are arguing for the medical specialty of neurology not psychiatry, if you claim mental illness’s are biological diseases.
    Neurologists can not lock people up in hospital (jail) for fear of what the patient(person) might do with their freedom.
    If you work out with weights you will likely grow the muscles that you constantly work. Similarly if you choose to think sad thoughts, the area of the brain that reflects the feeling and thoughts of sadness will be prominent in a fMRI scanner. Which came first? The sad thoughts or the activation of the brain area called “Brodmann”?

  • Juan del Diablo

    Except I would say that “the numbers of people permanently disabled by PSYCHIATRY is skyrocketing,” what with their hope-sucking and toxic ministrations. Psychiatry maims and kills.

  • Rob

    The opinion, “All disorders of mental functioning are biological diseases” is based on arbitrary assumptions of what is normal. When an enraged gunman shoots into a crowd of people, his emotional disturbance isn’t due to a “malfunction” or “illness”. The cognitive sciences and research in neuroplasticity reveals that the sources of our disturbing emotions, such as rage, depression, and anxiety are not biological in origin, and that we have enormous abilities to cultivate mental stability by learning the skills of emotional intelligence and identifying our skewed irrational thinking habits and the many types of cognitive distortions we’ve been conditioned with from birth.

  • Phil_Hickey

    Carolina Partners,

    Thanks for coming in. See today’s post.

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