Islamic Sweden: A living Hell

March 4, 2018

Islamic Sweden: A living Hell

You had better Wake-Up America! 

Please read the following article about the Islamic destruction of Sweden. Click on this picture.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 3/4/18


Price of Cultural Decline

March 2, 2018

The Price of America’s Cultural Decline

The following is a comment to one of my recent blogs.  It was sent to me by my old submarine mate Howard Hawkins (Huck). 

His comment deserves to be front and center on my main blog page.

V. Thomas Mawhinney (Moe), 3/1/18



The following taken in part from an article,part of an op-ed that appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer dated 8/9/2017.

Titled-“Paying the Price for the Breakdown of the Country’s Bourgeois Culture”:

“Too few Americans are qualified for the jobs available. Male working-age labor force participation is at Depression-era lows. Opioid abuse is widespread. Homicidal violence is plagues inner cities. Almost half of all children are born out of wedlock,and even more are raised by single mothers. Many college students lack basic skills, and high school students rank below those from two dozen other countries.

It all fits the left/liberal progressive agenda which has been chipping away at our Constitutional Republic since the 1920’s.”


I say beware it is Communism with a new label; the worst scourge in the history of the world causing mayhem and death that is unequaled.


A Convention of States!

February 27, 2018

A Convention of States!

America has been in a Post-Constitutional period for a long time.

Increasingly, leftist/socialists/”progressives” have gained control of the federal government, the Supreme and lower courts, education,  and many more components of American society and culture.

These crooks and traitors have done this by confiscating the wealth of hard-working citizens and redistributing it to a rapidly increasing segment of America’s population who have become slaves to governmental largess. These are now “shackled voters”, who according to the Marxist plan, are increasingly helplessly dependent upon the housing, other material gifts and cold cash that their socialist masters dispence to them. America’s open borders, as well as open borders in Europe, are the leftist well-spring’s of new dedicated voters fueling numerous cultural dominoes falling for the well known pathologies of  socialism and Islamic Radicalism.

All of this is augmented by the many strident leftist initiatives and anti-American political action groups. These and other progressive lobbyists joined with traitorous near-life-time politicians to destroy America’s Constitutional government and confiscate freedoms from our citizens.

Together, they and the radical leftist/socialist democratic party (aided by a minority of liberal republicans)  have increasingly educated and propagandized our youth against America’s Constitutional laws, its Free Market economy, and Judeo/Christian Faiths and moral values.

The obscene, illegal and murderous social and political chaos now pandemic in America is the perfectly predictable outcome of all of this.

Modern America would be an unrecognizable horror to our Founding Fathers.

America’s Founding Fathers feared this would happen and, amazingly, they provided a Constitutional remedy to protect against just such a cultural death spiral.

It brings great sadness to think of all who have fought to preserve our freedoms; especially those who were maimed or killed in all of America’s wars starting with the Revolutionary War and to this very day.

We should also remember the wives, children and families who suffered the sickening loss their loved ones who fought to protect our way of life…now threatened as never before.

War Time U.S. Military Deaths

In his Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln most succinctly stated America’s hopes and dreams  for: A “government of the people, by the people, for the people” [that] “shall not perish from the earth.”

Tragically, thisgovernment of the people, by the people, for the people” IS now in the process of perishing from the earth!

We must now save America’s precious Representative Republic by using the gift of our little known 5th Constitutional Amendment; bequeathed to us by our amazingly prescient Founding Fathers. This must be done to preserve our remaining precious freedoms and to reverse increasing Federal governmental growth and dictatorial confiscations of state and citizens rights.

Please view the following and support its future initiatives.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 2/26/18

P.S., Every American Patriot must read Mark Levin’s book, “The Liberty Amendments”.

Guns, Faith and Culture

February 25, 2018

Guns, Faith and Culture.

It should come as no surprise that traditional morality has declined to pitifully low levels in America. By this, I mean the traditional moral and ethical codes of conduct that are based upon the Judeo/Christian faiths and their derivations.

I have documented the decline of traditional American culture and social conduct in here my blogs since 2009, now approaching 1700 publications. I did the same as a university professor, when I changed my area of research to these matters in the 1980’s. 

There are many corrective laws and encouragements that can be promulgated by our various levels of government. Also, there are those of us who are dedicated to showcasing America’s cultural and social decline. We hope to embolden everyone to fight the forces of our undoing in all available peaceful ways. 

Yet, I struggle with one great fear. This fear is that, no matter what a secular government and an increasingly secular culture and society may do to reverse its own steady decline…nothing will work. 

My grave concern is that nothing will work because there is no compelling reason to forsake the immediate pleasures that a population’s increasingly self-centered (“selfish”) behavior most quickly and most reliably secures.

Without God, and his sacred rules of conduct, there is no compelling reason to abandon our own selfish pleasures in order to only have a chance at securing the long-term benefits to ourselves and perhaps for society at large. What is it that will motivate us all to forestall or give-up immediate rewards in order to benefit others who will succeed us in the distant future?

As a doctoral student, I was trained that there is no such thing as human nature. I now know this is false.

Humans prone to pursue their own short-term rewards. They prefer that these rewards come faster not slower and larger not smaller. They also prefer that they come on a thicker schedule of occurrence,  that they come with greater convenience and less pain.

Humans also love to control the odds that their rewards will become bigger and faster, etc., and that means that they will strive to control their physical, social, political and geopolitical environs. Humans are prone to use their powers to reward, hurt or kill others to achieve these ends.

Unless there is some powerful counter-controlling force, they will use whatever methods most immediately provide these things that  human animals tend naturally covet.

Within any society, it takes a mighty powerful generally accepted  belief system to motivate its inhabitants to conduct themselves accordingly and to acculturate their children to do likewise.

Historically, mighty powerful belief systems have come in the form of a society’s chosen God, who must be obeyed in order that individuals and their society can gain favor and avoid a myriad of  terrifying cataclysmic events.

Often this Godly influence has been augmented by political leaders, kings, or dictators who use their God’s rules to control their population through the threat of slavery, banishment, imprisonment or execution. Many kings and dictators have even commandeered the status of a God in order further enhance their mighty powerful control of their subject’s beliefs and behavior patterns.

Since the Founding of America, a particularly pro-social and peaceful God has shaped the development of the United States. The attendant belief system is composed of Judeo/Christian precepts and rules for personal conduct defined good and evil behaviors for the worshiping majority of Americans.

Secular forces and political leftists  have relentlessly attacked this undeniable truth and have increasingly lied and propagandized to impose their own religion upon America. This failed religion is secular humanism and its “god” is humanity itself.

Though it has lost much of its power, the Judeo/Christian God-Based belief system has been so interwoven into the fabric of American culture, that it was also woven into the fabric of its Constitutionally based Representative Republic Government.

This assertion is incontrovertible. I hope you will read one, or both of the following two books to understand the undeniable true font of America’s Greatness.

1. Rediscovering God in America, by Newt Gingrich

2. One Nation Under God, by  David Gibbs with Jerry Newcombe

America’s Founding religious beliefs guaranteed HUGE fairly immediate and also deferred spiritual CONSEQUENCES for engaging in good or evil (bad) behaviors during one’s lifetime. Believers were promised the love and favor of God during their life-times. Also, huge delayed consequences were promised, heaven if one will believe and follow the Ten Commandments; hell if one did not. A strong belief in the personal and social advantages of God exerts, both then and now, strong peaceful and pro-social influences over human behavior.

Even if a strong belief in God begins to fade for the reasons stated above, the behavior patterns learned under this Godly belief system can persist for a time with some strength. 

But for the generations that follow, without the sustaining religious belief system that sustains good behaviors and reduces bad population acts…the rate of selfish, short-sighted, hedonistic and corrupt behavior will increase with each successive generation.

This, I believe, is what we are witnessing in America and all around the developing world. The common denominator of these trends appears to be the growth of science-based beliefs and technologies that bolster human’s confidence in the their own ability to increasingly control their environments and other important events in their daily lives.

The majority of us appear to love science-based modern technologies and the amazing advantages and conveniences that we enjoy.

Sadly, these technological “gifts”  appear to be powerfully undermining the moral/ethical behavior of America.

The the thing I fear the most is that it is the proliferation of science-based technologies that have led to the growth of secular humanism and socialism leading to destructive forms of narcissism for leaders and extreme dependency and helplessness for followers. All of this correlating with increasing sociopathic/antisocial behavior for all.

I suspect that this self-destructive cycle has, along with other killing influences,  spelled the downfall of developing societies (a relative concept), for all time. 

All living things are born, they live for a while, and then they die. So it also has been with cultures. 

In the past I have fantasized that cultures, particularly America, can teach themselves how to live with increasing health for longer and longer intervals of time.

Now, and I hope I am wrong, my happy fantasy seems to be logically flawed. If it is ever to occur, even temporarily, it may take another of our great national tragedies to bring America again to its vital roots…roots that can only be found on our knees in prayer. 

I endorse the importance of the following article and hope you will give it your close attention.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 2/25/18

School Shootings: Truth in Pictures

February 22, 2018

School Shootings: Truth in Pictures.

There is nothing to laugh about in the cartoons that follow. 

We should by crying and raging against the forces of our undoing!

Our decaying infrastructure is only a symptom of a much more threatening problem: America’s decaying society is sick and dying.

As one high school girl told President Trump in a recent meeting on school shootings (I paraphrase), the problems/solutions are multifaceted.

It is THE CULTURE that is killing our children and that is indeed a very a complex problem.

It is a problem that will be very difficult to fix; if it even can be fixed.

The first thing to do is to secure our schools and protect our children from slaughter. This can be done more rapidly if America will make it the top priority that it morally and ethically should be.

For now, think about this first brilliant information-packed depiction of a rifle, by Mr. Ramirez shown below. It presents the terrifying truth that all Americans must now face, or live in growing hell on earth.

If “Assault Rifles” are banned, it is irrelevant to the short and long-term solution to America’s violence problems.

Why? “Assault rifles” were once banned with no clear effect. Just as importantly, there are countless of other “pretty” rifles that look a lot less threatening…and that can kill lots of people very rapidly…every bit as effectively as the so-called assault rifle. 

It is the culture stupid! 

We must, right damned now:

  1. Protect the children at school and home!
  2. Stringently restrict gun ownership to responsible law abiding citizens!
  3. Return to long-term hospitalization of the dangerously mentally ill!

I will have more on the longer-term project of fixing the culture soon.

VTM., 2/22/18


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Will Liberals Let Us Institutionalize The Dangerously Mentally Ill? No.

February 19, 2018

Will Liberals Let Us Institutionalize The Dangerously Mentally Ill?   No.

Well, there has been another mass killing at a school and it makes me want to vomit.

The following is a republication on this horrifying topic. I published it on my blog on 9/20/13, 10/2/15, and now on this day, 2/19/18.

Why publish the same article three times? First, not everyone read  my articles on mass shootings when they have been published in the past. Second, I can’t really think of anything new to say about these murderous events that I, and others, have not already said!

Please consider the following: It is meant to address all such shootings; past, present and, so sadly, the ones yet to come.


I do not know if this guy was a Islamic Terrorist, or a severely mentally ill man on the loose. Someone has reported that he had ties to a white supremacist group, though the logical connection from there to this shooting is yet unexplained.

Whatever is the case, of course Obama immediately blamed guns. It is essential for him to do so because a comprehensive and intelligent analysis of the many real and interacting causes of America’s tragic decline into behavioral chaos will go straight to his own liberal/progressive ideology. An ideology that has steady grown in America over the past decades and has culminated in his own Presidential Marxist regime, as well as our current bloated, ineffectual and corrupted system of government.

The result of this spiritual/political/psychological/sociological spiral of death is  modern America: A stunningly diminished and grotesque shadow of its former self.

If you have read my other blogs on America’s decline, you will know exactly what I am referring to. There are now over 1200 (currently nearly 1700) of my articles. Please enter any search term: Mass Murder, America’s Decline, Socialists, Progressives, etc., and see the truth, as best I can know it. My search box is on the upper right side of this page.

God’s Blessings to you and your loved ones. Please vote and remonstrate with your political  representatives accordingly.

Now, please see my blog, originally published on 9/20/13, below.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 10/2/15, now 2/19/18


As a psychologist, with over 40 years of experience, I endorse Ann Coulter’s article below. She speaks the truth on this issue.

Please search my site for former blogs on the “mentally Ill”. simply enter that term in the search box to the upper right and click return.

Thanks to Joe Grunert for forwarding  Ann Coulter’s article to me. Please take time to read it.

VTM, 9/20/13 

There’s been another mass shooting by a crazy person, and liberals still refuse to consider institutionalizing the dangerous mentally ill.   The man who shot up the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, Aaron Alexis, heard voices speaking to him through the walls. He thought people were following him. He believed microwave ovens were sending vibrations through his body. There are also reports that Alexis believed the Obamacare exchanges were ready to go.  

Anyone see any bright red flags of paranoid schizophrenia? (Either that, or Obama’s NSA is way better than we thought!)   But Alexis couldn’t be institutionalized because the left has officially certified the mentally ill as “victims,” and once you’re a victim, all that matters is that you not be “stigmatized.”

But here’s the problem: Coddling the mentally ill isn’t even helping the mentally ill. Ask the sisters of crazy homeless woman “Billie Boggs” how grateful they were to the ACLU for keeping Boggs living on the streets of New York City. Ask the parents of Aaron Alexis, James Holmes (Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooter), Jared Loughner (Tucson, Ariz., mall shooter) or Seung-Hui Cho (Virginia Tech shooter) how happy they are that their sons weren’t institutionalized.  

Tellingly, throughout the last three decades, the overall homicide rate has been in free fall, thanks to Republican crime policies, from 10 per 100,000 in 1980 to 4 per 100,000 today. (You might even call them “common sense” crime policies.) But the number of mass shootings has skyrocketed from 4 per year, between 1900 and 1970, to 29 per year since then.   Something seems to have gone horribly wrong right around 1970. What could it be? Was it the introduction of bell-bottoms?  

That date happens to correlate precisely with when the country began throwing the mentally ill out of institutions in 1969. Your memory of there not being as many mass murders a few decades ago is correct. Your memory of there not being as many homeless people a few decades ago is also correct.   But liberals won’t allow the dangerous mentally ill to be committed to institutions against their will. (The threat of commitment is very persuasive in getting disturbed individuals to take their medicine.) Something in liberals’ genetic makeup compels them to attack civilization, for example, by defending the right of dangerous psychotics to refuse treatment and then representing them in court after they commit murder.  Liberals won’t even agree to take the most basic steps to prevent psychotics from purchasing guns — yes, GUNS! — because to allow the release of mental health information would be “stigmatizing.” We’re not talking about anorexic girls here. We just need shrinks to tell us if potential gun purchasers are paranoid schizophrenics.  

The disastrous consequences of the deinstitutionalization movement is described in E. Fuller Torrey’s book, “The Insanity Offense: How America’s Failure to Treat the Seriously Mentally Ill Endangers Its Citizens.” Torrey’s book reads like a compendium of America’s most heinous murders since the early ’70s — all of which could have been stopped with involuntary commitment laws, and none of which could have been stopped even with a complete gun ban.   Here are a few:   — “Mary Maloney had decapitated her infant daughter and year-old son. Her husband had tried to have her psychiatrically hospitalized prior to the crime, but she had not met the (legal) criteria for dangerousness.” — “Charles Soper had killed his wife, three children, and himself two weeks after being discharged from Camarillo State Hospital because he failed to qualify as ‘imminently dangerous.'” — “In April 1973… Edmund Kemper (who had been released from a mental hospital a few years earlier when the deinstitutionalization act became law) had been arrested after he bludgeoned his mother to death, then strangled her friend who came to visit. Kemper was also charged with the murders of six female hitchhikers.” Kemper had originally been institutionalized after murdering his grandparents at age 15 because “he tired of their company.”  

In 1972 and 1973, paranoid schizophrenic Herb Mullin went on a killing spree in California that left 13 dead, including a 72-year-old World War I veteran, a college coed, four teenaged campers and a mother with her two little boys, murdered as they played with marbles.   Mullin killed his victims with a baseball bat, knives, his fists, as well as with guns. How’s your “high-capacity” magazine ban going to stop that, Democrats? How would piling on yet more gun control laws have helped the priest whom Herb Mullin beat, kicked and stabbed to death?   What about the elderly boarders that Dorothea Puente — diagnosed with schizophrenia — poisoned and buried in her backyard?   What additional gun restrictions would have helped the group of bicyclists Linda Scates intentionally drove her car into because voices were telling her to “kill the demons”?  

In the decades since the deinstitutionalization movement began, more and more people kept being killed as a result of that movement — including the deinstitutionalized themselves. According to Torrey, between 1970 and 2004, the mentally ill were responsible for at least 4,700 murders in California.   Increasing government spending on mental health programs is not going to stop the mentally ill from committing murder. Like liberals, these are people too sick even to know they need help. As Herschel Hardin, whose son was schizophrenic, wrote in the Vancouver Sun: “If you think you are Jesus Christ or an avenging angel, you are not likely to agree that you need to go to the hospital.”   Liberals will pretend to have missed the news that the Washington Navy Yard shooter was a paranoid schizophrenic. They refuse to acknowledge that the mass murder problem — as well as the homeless problem — only began after crazy people were thrown out of institutions in the 1970s. They tell us crapping in your pants on a New York City sidewalk is a “civil right.” They say that haranguing passersby on the street about your persecution by various movie stars is a form of “free speech.”   Only after a mass murder committed by a psychotic with a firearm do liberals spring to life and suggest a solution: Take away everyone’s guns.   Taking guns away from the mentally stable only makes us less safe: Even psychotics know enough to keep choosing “Gun-Free Zones” for their mass murders.

If Americans are serious about preventing massacres like the ones at the Washington Navy Yard, Newtown, Tucson, Aurora and Virginia Tech, it’s time to review our civil commitment laws.  

After this latest shooting, will the left finally let us do something about the dangerously mentally ill?


Revise Civil Commitment Laws!

February 18, 2018

Revise Civil Commitment Laws!

The following is a republication of a blog that I did on 1/9/11. My reference to a recent mass shooting, at that time, will certainly date this blog. However, nothing has changed with the many mass shootings in America since then. These are almost to painful for us to bear. The school shootings are even, somehow, more gut-wrenching.

Nothing has changed and so neither have the contents of this post.


It is true, as I taught for 36 years as a professor of psychology, and as I validated during 40 years as a psychotherapist; people with mental illnesses are generally no more dangerous than people without these afflictions. However, there are some exceptions. 

Those who are severely depressed are prone to suicide and in rare cases, also homocide. Those who suffer from Bi-Polar disorder can be prone to suicide while severely depressed, or other dangerous behaviors when in high manic phases.

Instances of bizarre and senseless violence, such as the recent case of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the others who were gunned down with her, a severe mental illness (probably Paranoid Schizophrenia) was the cause. A person suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, a more dangerous form of mental illness, was allowed to wander free among us, and it was this (or possibly another psychotic mental illness) that repeatedly pulled the trigger on our innocent and precious citizens.

Paranoid Schizophrenia is a specific and sometimes dangerous form of mental illness, especially when delusions of persecution are prominent. This should make sense to anyone. Delusions of persecution are false beliefs, often bizarre in nature, that others are “out to get me”, “spying on me”, “taking my property”, or “trying to harm or kill me”.

Of course, many “normally functioning” people would become very angry and tempted to “defend” themselves by attacking the “perpetrators” if they really believed that someone, or some people (perhaps the government, the next door neighbor, etc.), were trying to harm them or destroy their lives. But those in a paranoid psychotic state with with this psychotic mind-set can be very dangerous and no amount of security will protect the innocent from their unpredictable violent psychotic aggression.

The deinstitutionalization movement culminated in 1963 when the Federal Government ordered that mental patients be freed from mental hospitals and be treated within their communities. Congress passed the Community Mental Health Act which provided funding for the construction of community-based facilities to treat mental patients on an outpatient basis. With cases of acute mental states, patients could be admitted for short terms, evaluated, medicated, stabilized and released back into the community. They were oftentimes referred to out-patient therapists within their community for continuing therapy and support. 

All of this happened shortly after the discovery of anti-psychotic medications. In 1955 there were around 600,000 mental patients in state institutions. By the year 2001, there were only about 60,000 in state institutions. Where did the rest of the 500,400 mental patients go? These individuals with severe and sometimes dangerous mental problems went back to living free withing all of our comminities.

Following 1963, if hospitalization was necessary, patients were to be admitted on a short-term basis, medicated, stabilized and then released. This led to a “revolving door policy”, in which patients frequently were admitted, medicated, stabilized, and released, but, then stopped taking their medication and again became actively psychotic and were likely to be re-hospitalized for the same course of treatment.

Also, in the name of  civil rights and humane treatment, the criteria for “civil commitment” (commitment to mental hospitals against one’s will) were narrowed to the point that only those who were a clear and present danger to themselves or the public, could be committed without their permission. This meant that even those who were actively hallucinating, ranting and raving, homeless, filthy, or in some cases starving could not be hospitalized against their will. 

These criteria are far too restrictive and great suffering among the mentally ill,  as well as the rest of us, continues as a result.

It is pure stupidity to insist that an actively psychotic individual make a rational decision about what is best for themselves to do about their psychotic condition.

Once again an over-reaction in the name of personal freedom and humane treatment has gone too far. In doing so it predictably has resulted in more social chaos and tragedy, with a net loss of personal freedoms for all.

Once again, I must judge that the true governmental motivation for extending the definition of “personal freedom” ( in this case for mental patients) was largely revenue savings.

It is true that those patients who seek help at Community Mental Health Centers tend to benefit. But on a yearly basis, 40 to 60 percent of all people suffering from schizophrenia “and other severe mental disorders receive no treatment at all”. While poor coordination, or a shortage of available services, are frequently named as the cause for this shortfall, no one is willing to face the other obvious fact.  Giving an active psychotic and potentially dangerous the right to refuse treatment is an absurdly self-destructive big part of our problem!

While institutions may become more effective in their treatment, there is no happy feel-good remedy for psychotics who are unable to make rational decisions in their own best interests, who do not seek treatment, or who refuse treatment when it is offered.

New Laws with  more nuanced civil commitment capabilities,  intensive medication and psychological treatment strategies are essential.  Mandatory close follow-up with streamlined recommitment capabilities are essential.

Also glaringly clear, and most costly, is the need to increase America’s mental hospitals, once shut-down, in order to provide long-term care for those who simply cannot be stabilized and returned to open society.

Wake-up America!  Advocate for a Revision of our Civil Commitment Rules!

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.   1/9/11,  2/18/18

P.S. (I).  The history and statistics of the Community Mental Health Movement and its failings are based upon the college textbook Abnormal psychology, by Ronald J. Comer.

P.S. (II).  Schizophrenia is a life-long mental disease with strong heritability. There is no cure for schizophrenia, though medication can imperfectly help to control its most bizarre and incapacitating symptoms.

P.S. (III). A factor in our social decline is that since deinstitutionalization, the reproductive rates of people with schizophrenia and other severe mental illnesses have naturally increased and are thought to now approximate that of the “normal” population. I believe this has led to a growth of a variety of genetically-based schizophrenic spectrum and other serious mental problems within our population. 

Into The Darkness: America’s Mental Health Problems

February 17, 2018

Into The Darkness: America’s Mental Health Problems

The following is an important re-blog from 10/30/09.

She had walked about three miles in the dark and was lost before she found my office. It was cold and raining as she walked through the “wrong side of town” to seek my help. Her journey took her through tough streets where rapes, robberies and gang shootings happen almost every week.

She was a very slight waif of a young woman and she hid in an over-sized hooded sweat shirt.  Her head and face were recessed into the protection of the jacket’s dark hood. She had withdrawn from the world around her.

I expressed my concern that she had walked at night through a dangerous area of our city. She said that she wasn’t afraid because when she “walks at night no one can see her”. She sat in my room with her head bent down. The hood made it impossible for me to see her face, unless I bent low from my chair to look into its recesses. There I saw an expressionless mask with wide eyes that gazed at the floor.

With my hearing aids on their highest setting, I strained to hear her voice. At times she made sense, but often she did not. She said that she wanted to get better and “to be normal”. She said that she used to cut herself and that she had tried suicide many times. She said that she had been in mental hospitals frequently and that she was afraid of those places and hated them. She said that she is always nervous and cannot come out of her house during the day. She reported that she gets confused and scared and wanted to feel better. At times she was whispering. I asked if she was hearing voices: She said “yes, but there are many voices talking at the same time and I can’t make out what they are saying”.

My heart sunk and I felt a little sick as I told the lady that she appeared to be suffering a psychotic state. I said that I could not help her through counseling until she was on antipsychotic medication. Her voice became louder and very firm as she stated that she was not crazy and did not need any medication: “I just needed someone to talk to”.

I tried to explain that it would be unethical for me to provide counseling to her for a condition that required medication before counseling would be of any benefit. I told her I could not participate in prolonging her illness that was harming her.  I did my best to comfort her and softly spoke of my desire to help her get better. She began to mumble about cutting herself and she fumbled in her purse for something. For a moment I feared she was looking for a knife.

She finally found the tattered intake form that she had meticulously filled out and brought to give to our receptionist. She didn’t say anything more as she slowly stood to slouch within her hooded sweat shirt and shuffled slowly from my office. She lingered near the reception desk for a time and finally moved slowly out the front door into the dark, cold, and rainy night. I imagined what she must feel like as she walked her long way back to wherever she came from.

I normally do not loose sleep over my client’s problems. I could not do that and remain in practice for over 30 years.  However, I did not sleep well that night and I cannot forget that lost and pathetic young woman who walked out of my office and into the dark.

Both the poor lady and I were caught in the results of a terrible mistake that our American culture made following the discovery of antipsychotic medications in the 1950’s.

At that time close to six hundred thousand patients, daily,  were confined in our public mental institutions. The new neuroleptic medications frequently ( but not always) helped to control the active symptoms of many forms of psychosis. However, the medications did not cure the symptoms, which were prone to return when the patients encountered stressful conditions, especially if they had stopped taking their medications.

During the 1960’s, in the name of humane treatment of mental patients, the U.S. and other nations began the process of letting these patients out of mental hospitals. This process was called deinstitutionalization. By the year 2001 there were less than 60,000 patients confined to mental hospitals on any one day. Also, strict patient’s rights laws were enacted forbidding the hospitalization of mental patients against their will, unless they were a clear and present danger to themselves or others. This led to the bizarre practice of giving severely and profoundly mentally ill citizens the choice as to whether they should be hospitalized or not.

In other words, people who clearly were not in contact with reality were (and still are)  asked to make rational decisions about accepting treatment, which most often would improve their condition. Tragically their answer was and still is, very often: No!

This indefensible policy has contributed to the increase in social horrors  such as mass murders in our schools, killings and attempted killings of high profile entertainers, politicians, U.S. presidents and others: All too frequently by people who are very severely mentally ill and  who cannot control their actions.

It is also painful to see the severely mentally ill who are cold and starving in the streets, who seek shelter under bridges and train trestles or in cardboard boxes and other make-shift shelters all across America.

I will never forget a documentary that I watched of mental health workers putting sandwiches on a bench in a city park and hiding in bushes waiting to see if a starving psychotic man would eat them. The man thought that people were trying to poison him so he would not eat the food left for him. He ran away from the well-intentioned mental health workers. No one had the power to take him to a safe hospital environment where he could have been medicated and cared for. My perception was of a cultural practice that was just as psychotic as was the starving man it was designed to help.

There is yet another concern that has not been addressed. The psychotic woman, who I could not help, told me she had two children.

Think about this: schizophrenia is a bio-genetically-based mental disease that is heritable. After deinstitutionalization in America, the reproductive rate of schizophrenics increased to approximate that of the rest of our population.

The truth is that there is nothing humane about the way we treat our severely and profoundly mentally ill citizens…or their children. Our treatment of these suffering people is abusive.

The real motive, hidden behind false ideas of personal freedom and humane treatment, is primarily financial. Deinstitutionalization saves money in the short-term, pure and simple. But, in the long-term, as America is now learning, it has been a disastrous mistake.

This is another example of America’s avoidance of short-term expenses and trouble, at the cost of long-term cultural self-abuse and self-destruction.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 10/30/09, 2/17/09

How We Create Psychological Disorders In Our Adults

February 16, 2018

How We Create Psychological Disorders In Our Adults.

(The following is an update of a blog that I originally wrote on 11/22/09)

So, how do we create psychological disorders in our adults?

We create psychological disorders in adults by creating them in children. We look the other way as children and teens are continually damaged while they grow to adults, most carrying their totally unnecessary and environmentally inflicted psychological problems with them. 

Charlie Manson once warned, and I paraphrase: These children who come at you with knives, I didn’t teach them, you did…they are your children!

Yes, the truth can come from bizarre places.

The facts are that we allow hundreds of thousands of whoever ends-up making America’s babies, to create the damaging conditions under which infants, children, and adolescents must live and suffer for at least 18 years or more. The damage is done during most formative years of these children’s and teens lives.

What most do not appreciate is that we allow parents, care-takers, and others to do damaging things, often irreparably damaging things, to precious helpless children and teens…long after we identify that they are being severely damaged.  The damaging parents (step parents, parent’s boyfriends or girlfriends, other family members, friends or acquaintances) are allowed to continue to do things. As a result these children can be psychologically harmed for life, injured, killed, or even motivate to kill others. 

All of this now should be painfully clear to all.

In the midst of  ongoing and massively publicized abuse, neglect, rape, and murder of our children; as well as murder of others by our children and teens, we still do not powerfully and effectively intervene to save them and prevent the ongoing resulting human ruination and carnage.

Some might assert that we are intervening and doing all that we reasonably can. But this is not true.

I know it is not true because, as a practicing psychologist I am a sad part of the system that is failing miserably. I have often called the Child Protective Services branch of our Welfare System to report negligent, drug or alcohol-addicted, emotional or physically abusing parents (married, divorced, or never-married)… only to see nothing done, or if something is done, it is too often fails, in a too-little-to-late attempt.

I have made recommendations to courts when divorced, or never-married fathers and mothers, one or both, are warring against the other. They frequently do this by childishly and hatefully propagandizing their children against the other parent. The frequently take their anger out on their children, or step children .This often goes on, one court appearance after another, over years of time; precious years of damaged child development with no resolution to help the children.

Based upon 36 years as a professor of psychology and 40 years of private practice experience and judgment, I have referred very seriously disturbed children and adolescents to inpatient treatment programs only to see many of them turned away because “they do not need that level of treatment”. In decades past, this almost never happened.

When things like these do not make sense, I have learned to attribute the failures to short-sighted increasingly liberal permissive policies and the greater value of parents rights and a disregard of the rights of our children in the court system.

I have also learned to follow the money/insurance…or lack of it, when it comes to mental health services.

I have concluded that all of these and other increasing social and political problems are a reflection of America’s unrelenting cultural decline. This decline is caused by a confluence of many damaging evolutions that are too numerous to catalog here. However, not the least of these many is a general decline in the quality of America’s families as well as religious influences in churches, homes, the media and society at large.

At 75 years of age, watching all of these systemic failures of voting citizens, government, agencies, churches, parents and the media to protect America’s children from psychological harm is very painful. It is the most difficult part of my life.

Some would accuse me of idly complaining about these problems while I do not offer any solutions.

However, I am doing all that I know how to do.

I am just one voice doing my best to define America’s massive child-rearing and acculturation problems. In other writings I have attempted to illustrate and explain these problems and their causes. I have done all of this hoping that finally, our society will develop the courage and dedication necessary to intervene early and forcefully to protect our precious children from the harmful outcomes we horrify most everyone now. 

Wake-up America!

Sadly, if we fail to save our children, we fail to save ourselves and there is much more suffering to come.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., Health Services Provider in Psychology,   2/16/18


Science and God’s Truths

February 13, 2018

Cultural Survival Skills

Science and God’s Truths

When the preponderance of well-developed scientific evidence is in support of the great religious teachings: that is a moment of divine revelation for me.

When the preponderance of well-developed scientific evidence is not in support of the great religious teachings: that too would be a moment of divine revelation for me.

Science is a method for understanding our universe in which all who partake must strive to falsify its products in the pursuit of truth.

If one believes that God created the universe, they must then conclude that the quest of science is to discover God’s Truths.

You can tell I have been thinking about this for a long time.

Written by me on 11/30/97.

VTM, 2/9/14

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