Psychological Abuse – Mental Illness
by Psychological and Mental Abuse

Dr. King

by Dr. Jeanne King, Ph.D.

The use of psychology or psychiatry to contain and control a family member (or close friend) is almost as old as psychiatry itself. Not well publicized; however, it is a practice that dates back decades.

From time to time, you may see a person wearing a psychiatric diagnosis that was inspired by the manipulation of a family member or close friend. You believe they are crazy because they have been labeled as such. And often times, they begin to demonstrate symptoms lending credibility to the diagnosis. But the question remains, “Is it true?” And more disturbing questions are: “why, how and to whom?”

Why does this happen?

These psychiatric certifications are primarily done to secure rights formerly owned by the labeled person. The rights obtained are personal, civil liberties that would not be willfully surrendered by the victimized individual.

How does this happen?

A psychiatrist or psychologist is employed by the person who wishes to “pathologize” the victim; that is, officially define this person as mentally ill. And the diagnostic evaluation delivers.

Or, the already established mental health provider is manipulated, overtly or covertly, to provide such a diagnosis at the bequest of the individual who wants this person defined as such.

Who is at risk?

Those in jeopardy are individuals that other people of higher authority and/or empowerment wish to silence, contain and/or control. This could be an elderly person possessing a substantial estate, or an individual inheriting wealth, or a victim of crime whom the perpetrator seeks to silence, or a battered spouse and protective parent in a divorce.

If you are at risk for the use of psychology or psychiatry to contain and control you, be mindful of this practice and seek objective, professional guidance before the damage is done.

For more information about "crazy making" as it relates to domestic violence survivors in divorce proceedings, I you encourage to read Crazy Making Legal-Psychiatric Abuse: Signs and Prevention. Psychologist Dr. Jeanne King, Ph.D. helps people recognize and end domestic abuse at home and in family court.

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