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Author R S Bennett reveals his valuable book, Liberty & Mental Health.

This book gives ways to restore sanity both to individuals – and to government. The situation those with mental health problems find themselves in can be considered a microcosm of larger social problems. Explore the pages of this book to understand more.

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CONTENTS

Acknowledgements  vii

A Note from the Author ix

Introduction xii

Chapter 1 – 26% of the U.S. is Experiencing Mental Health Problems? 1

Chapter 2 – Psychiatric Counselling, Trauma and Recovery Centered Education Programs 36

Chapter 3 – The Medicine of the future is available now 63

Chapter 4 – Politics – The Art of the Possible – Be it Good or Evil 79

Chapter 5 – A Short Course on Economics 103  

Chapter 6 – Towards the Dark Side – Supreme Court Decisions 113

Chapter 7 – A Visit From The FBI 141

Chapter 8 – Where is the top of a rotating sphere -Moral Authority in the 21st Century 146

Appendix       

Industry Influence on Drug and Medical Device Safety at FDA
$700 million in lobbying buys significant access 163

Transforming Diagnosis by Thomas Insel Director NIMH 170

A Medical Algorithm for Diagnosing Physical Disease in Psychiatric Patients 173

Schopenhauer’s 38 Unethical Ways To Win An Argument 186

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Is the government driving people crazy? Liberty & Mental Health – You Can’t Have One Without the Other – gives ways to restore sanity both to individuals – and to government.

The situation those with mental health problems find themselves in can be considered a microcosm of larger social problems. While most complain of how little those on opposite sides of the political spectrum work together, often it is their shared view that the rich and powerful must be pampered while their abuses are denied, covered-up, excused and then justified which prevent true reform. Washington D.C. seems to be primarily inhabited by lawyers who constantly offer up scapegoats to explain away failures of policy and law.

R.S. Bennett received honorable mention for a paper he wrote on how mental health courts could save communities money while providing better treatment. His book Mental Illness: A Guide to Recovery is used in several prisons, and he received a B.A. in Geography between bouts of homelessness, hospitalization and jail.

A Note From The Author

The nation… and the world have the opportunity to enter a new age of enlightenment, peace and prosperity; yet fear, greed, ignorance and intolerance threaten to throw the world into a dark age from which we may never recover. While the circumstances I encountered helped drive me to be a better person, I am dismayed and dis-heartened by the callous disregard for life and liberty I encountered, knowing others are being treated in a similar manner by those who have been sworn to protect the rights enumerated in the U.S. Constitution.

I wanted to hunt down and kill the Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff who had twisted my arm behind my head and kept it there while I was strapped to a bed. This was done to me while I was in a coma in the jail ward of the county hospital. I had the skills needed; but I either closed my eyes or averted them when the deputy stood close enough to read his name tag. A few days later I tried to kill myself from the pain, one arm still twisted behind my head, although I had managed to temporarily free the other. It was my first arrest. I worked for a small computer company; my father had been a highly decorated police officer who had been shot in the line of duty. I had been trained in troubleshooting and problem solving. My attorney, either through accident or design helped to cover this up. Rejecting the extremes of murder and of ending my own life, I found myself on a journey which returned me to the thresholds of these paths as I sought deeper understanding.

This was the first of 10 arrests; all on misdemeanor charges. I was also lost in the system twice; resulting in three arrests on one charge, as well as on a warrant being issued in the wrong name after a sheriff’s deputy entered a wrong number into a computer. Officers also committed at least three unprovoked assaults against me, aside from the times they mistook seizure activity as a direct assault against them, and I spent over thirty days strapped to a bed while in custody, including once when officers took turns kicking me, breaking my shoulder. Almost all of these instances were denied, covered-up or excused away. Once your name is entered into the system, it is quite difficult to escape its grasp. Various officers I have spoken to over the years have mentioned to me their perceived need to take matters into their own hands as the courts have let the people down. My attorneys were pretty much worthless in providing any assistance in 4

helping me either prepare a defense, or sue the authorities; seemingly having a primary purpose to cover up abuses, achieve no-contest pleadings, and excusing away all wrong doing by those in authority. The harshest times I had in jail were when charged with assaulting an officer.

A few quotes from my time in Los Angeles:

“It doesn’t make any difference if you are guilty or innocent, just plead ‘no contest’, that’s the way the system works.” Los Angeles County Public Defender, 1988.

“Good morning scum-buckets. How the fuck are you doing this morning, assholes.” Wake-up call, Los Angeles County Jail, 1988 “We have decided to defend the public by making sure everyone charged with a crime is found guilty of something.” Los Angeles County Public Defender, 1989. “Oh no, we’re wonderful. We don’t do things like that.” My elected California State Assemblywoman, 1992

However, beyond desperation an oasis can be found. In 1992 I received Honorable Mention for a paper I wrote on how mental health courts could save communities money while providing better treatment for those with mental health issues. I also served on the committee which helped to form Nevada’s first mental health court, and my book Mental Illness A Guide to Recovery was favorably reviewed in Boston University’s Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal (Vol. 28 #4, Spring 2005).

For more information on recovery from mental illness and other works from the author, please go to his website – http://shakugoukaku.com/