Posted on January 25, 2017 8:29 pm

The Power of Words

Words can be used to free people or to imprison them. Institutionalized thinking neatly organizes, categorizes, and places people into their appropriate boxes. Schools very efficiently accomplish this task with a few letters: A, B, C, D, and F. Anyone fighting to escape from their appointed box is psychiatrized–labeled and forever silenced by the words “mentally ill.”

Psychiatrist Allen Frances is a professor emeritus at Duke University and was the chairman of the DSM-IV* task force. Quoted from Issue #62 “Our Voice-Notre Voix” ( “Distortion is Big Business:”

“Those of us who worked on DSM IV learned first-hand and painfully the limitations of the written word and how it can be tortured and twisted in damaging daily usage, especially when there is a profit to be had….Mental illness is terribly misleading because the “mental disorders” we diagnose are no more than descriptions of what clinicians observe people do or say, not at all well-established diseases.” -Allen Frances.

*DSM-IV is shorthand for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders version IV (4) and is the book listing all the psychiatric disorders that psychiatrists believe to exist. This particular version is from 1994. -p. 8, Cracked: Why Psychiatry is Doing More Harm Than Good by James Davies.