Re: terms

Dale & Nancy Pietrzak (
9 Oct 1996 02:58:38 GMT

Sylvia T. Paldhan <> wrote in article
: wrote:
: >
: > I wonder how many of you who make these claims have spent any time
: > working with this population. Well, How about it?
: >
: > Dale Pietrzak
: >
: I've been around schoolkids on tranquilizers, the retarded-on a
: variety of things- and in hospitals, including the psych wards, and with
: parolees/convicts.
: How about you?

I have established 3 clinics. I have worked in prisons with violent
offenders. I have worked with the severely mentally ill and chronically
mentally ill. I have a great deal of experience in this area.

: > -> This is a very silly thing to say. Schizophrenia, depression and
: > -> bipolar affective disorder are as real as death or money
: > No they're not.

I appreciate your opinion. But, if you notice, in actual practice even
Szasz treated the mentally ill in a basically traditional manner.

: > -Read Thomas Szasz: "The Myth of Mental Illness"
: > - "Ceremonial Chemistry" and others.
: >
: > -Read Paula Caplan on the DSM's creation: "They Call You Crazy"
: >
: > -People have, to quote Szasz, "problems in living" not "illnesses".

People also have mental illnesses. Here is a test. Where is your evidence
that any treatment can provide the level of recovery and degree of
functioning to the schizophrenic that medications do? Where are the

Dale Pietrzak, Ed.D.
Life is a blood sport. Prepared?