The Case Against Psychiatry began as notes I wrote after attending the annual Mood Disorders Symposium at Johns Hopkins University in 1988. During the following days, months, and years I repeatedly re-read those notes, added ideas as they occurred to me, and read many books and articles about psychiatry.  In the process I attended the Mood Disorders Symposiums at Johns Hopkins in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1994, as well as other programs.  Over time my notes became a large unpublished manuscript.  In the 1990s I published excerpts from that manuscript as pamphlets using the pseudonym or pen name Lawrence Stevens.  This book is updated and expanded versions of those pamphlets and four additional essays: The Myth of Psychiatric Diagnosis, Why the Myth of Mental Illness Lives On, Why Psychiatry is Evil, and The Future of Anti-Psychiatry Activism.
      In these essays I have assembled the most credible witnesses against psychiatry I could find.  I am therefore as much an editor as an author.  In every case where I can remember the source of facts or an idea I have given the writer or speaker credit.  This approach enabled me to write a more convincing and compelling case against psychiatry than would have been possible by simply stating my personal opinions.
      In recommended reading or videos at the end of some essays I have listed books, articles, and videos, all of which I have read or watched in their entirety, on the subject of the essay, and web sites I recommend, for readers who wish to learn more.


"[M]odern psychiatry has no rational or scientific basis." - Dr. Niall ("Jock") McLaren, an Australian psychiatrist, in his video, "DSM-5: Critical Review - Part 1" 2011) at 0:22

"I have sworn upon the altar of god eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." -Thomas Jefferson, September 23, 1800



Does Mental Illness Exist?

Schizophrenia: A Nonexistent Disease

The Myth of Biological Depression

The Myth of Psychiatric Diagnosis

Why the Myth of Mental Illness Lives On

Psychiatric Drugs: Cure or Quackery?

Psychiatry’s Electroconvulsive Shock Treatment:
A Crime Against Humanity

The Brain Butchery Called Psychosurgery

The Case Against Psychotherapy

Unjustified Psychiatric Commitment in the U.S.A.

The essays listed below will be available after they have been converted from word processing files to web page format:

Is Involuntary Commitment for “Mental Illness” or “Dangerousness” a Violation of Substantive Due Process?

Why Psychiatry Should Be Abolished as a Medical Specialty

Suicide: A Civil Right

Psychiatric Stigma Follows You Wherever You Go
for the Rest of Your Life

Why Psychiatry is Evil

The Future of Anti-Psychiatry Activism

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The author is a volunteer (pro bono) attorney for the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights ( and may be reached at wayneramsay (at) mail (dot) com