Consciousness, Art, and Psychiatry

by Jon Rappoport

September 6, 2021

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Art is a way of reaching life on another level.

When the first cave painter scratched an animal on a stone wall, he was undertaking a unique action. He was expressing his own consciousness beyond living his life.

He was inventing.

Suddenly, his experience had another use. It could be gathered up and transformed into painting, creation.

Civilizations rise and fall, come and go, and their fate is decided by untold millions of people who refrain from taking the path of the artist.

Through art, the chain of cause and effect, threading from past into present, breaks. Instead, imagination/consciousness invents new realities and new futures.

Energy conversion and liberation begin.

Many, many artists don’t realize the power they have in their hands. They persist in seeing themselves as “entitled to be crazy,” and this undercuts their own consciousness.

Many artists are so obsessed with commercial success and fame they’d dance at the end of a leash like a toy dog if they thought it would bring them recognition. This, needless to say, is debilitating.

So-called spiritual traditions tend to have a habit of depicting states of consciousness and enlightenment. They’re intent on describing the Reality behind reality.

Art makes no such claims. On its path, the artist invents many, many realities, and in doing so, he moves beyond all such descriptions.

For a culture to realize all these things, something quite different from propaganda and indoctrination would have to take place.

In this society, psychiatrists are the primary definers of mental states. Their efforts are accepted as official science.

The Psychiatric Political State is based on myths and fairy tales about distinct and separate disorders and “good treatment.”

One of the main psychiatric mantras gaining force? “Everyone at some time in their lives will experience a mental disorder.”

But an open secret has been slowly bleeding out into public consciousness for the past ten years.


And along with that:

ALL SO-CALLED MENTAL DISORDERS ARE CONCOCTED, NAMED, LABELED, DESCRIBED, AND CATEGORIZED by a committee of psychiatrists, from menus of human behaviors.

Their findings are published in periodically updated editions of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), printed by the American Psychiatric Association.

For years, even psychiatrists have been blowing the whistle on this hazy crazy process of “research.”

Of course, pharmaceutical companies, who manufacture highly toxic drugs to treat every one of these “disorders,” are leading the charge to invent more and more mental-health categories, so they can sell more drugs and make more money.

Here is a mind-boggling twist. Under the radar, one of the great psychiatric stars, who has been out in front inventing mental disorders, went public. He blew the whistle on himself and his colleagues. And for years, almost no one noticed.

His name is Dr. Allen Frances, and he made VERY interesting statements to Gary Greenberg, author of a Wired article: “Inside the Battle to Define Mental Illness.” (Dec.27, 2010).

Major media never picked up on the interview in any serious way. It never became a scandal.

Dr. Allen Frances is the man who, in 1994, headed up the project to write the (then) latest edition of the psychiatric bible, the DSM-IV. This tome defines and labels and describes every official mental disorder. The DSM-IV eventually listed 297 of them.

In an April 19, 1994, New York Times piece, “Scientist At Work,” Daniel Goleman called Frances “Perhaps the most powerful psychiatrist in America at the moment…”

Well, sure. If you’re sculpting the entire canon of diagnosable mental disorders for your colleagues, for insurers, for the government, for Pharma (who will sell the drugs matched up to the 297 DSM-IV diagnoses), you’re right up there in the pantheon.

Long after the DSM-IV had been put into print, Dr. Frances talked to Wired’s Greenberg and said the following:

“There is no definition of a mental disorder. It’s bullshit. I mean, you just can’t define it.”


That’s on the order of the designer of the Hindenburg, looking at the burned rubble on the ground, remarking, “Well, I knew there would be a problem.”

After a suitable pause, Dr. Frances remarked to Greenberg, “These concepts [of distinct mental disorders] are virtually impossible to define precisely with bright lines at the borders.”

Frances might have been referring to the fact that his baby, the DSM-IV, had rearranged earlier definitions of ADHD and Bipolar to permit many more diagnoses, leading to a vast acceleration of drug-dosing with highly powerful and toxic compounds.

If I were an editor at one of the big national newspapers, and one of my reporters walked in and told me, “The most powerful psychiatrist in America just said the DSM is sheer b.s.,” I think I’d make room on the front page.

If the reporter then added, “This shrink was in charge of creating the DSM-IV,” I’d clear room above the fold.

If the reporter went on to explain that the whole profession of psychiatry would collapse overnight if the DSM was discredited, I’d call for a special section of the paper to be printed.

I’d tell the reporter to get ready to pound on this story day after day for months. I’d tell him to track down all the implications of Dr. Frances’ statements.

I’d open a bottle of champagne to toast the soon-to-be-soaring sales of my newspaper.

And then, of course, the next day I’d be fired.

Because there are powerful multi-billion-dollar interests at stake, and those people don’t like their deepest secrets exposed in the press.

And as I walked out of my job, I’d see a bevy of blank-eyed pharmaceutical executives marching into the office of the paper’s publisher, ready to read the riot act to him.

Dr. Frances’ work on the DSM-IV allowed for MORE toxic drugs to be prescribed, because the definition of Bipolar was expanded to include more people.

Adverse effects of Valproate (given for a Bipolar diagnosis) include:

* acute, life-threatening, and even fatal liver toxicity;

* life-threatening inflammation of the pancreas;

* brain damage.

Adverse effects of Lithium (also given for a Bipolar diagnosis) include:

* intercranial pressure leading to blindness;

* peripheral circulatory collapse;

* stupor and coma.

Adverse effects of Risperdal (given for “Bipolar” and “irritability stemming from autism”) include:

* serious impairment of cognitive function;

* fainting;

* restless muscles in neck or face, tremors (may be indicative of motor brain damage).

Dr. Frances’ label-juggling act also permitted the definition of ADHD to expand, thereby opening the door for greater and greater use of toxic Ritalin (and other similar compounds) as the treatment of choice.

So what about Ritalin?

In 1986, The International Journal of the Addictions published a most important literature review by Richard Scarnati. It was called “An Outline of Hazardous Side Effects of Ritalin (Methylphenidate)” [v.21(7), pp. 837-841].

Scarnati listed a large number of adverse affects of Ritalin and cited published journal articles which reported each of these symptoms.

For every one of the following (selected and quoted verbatim) Ritalin effects, there is at least one confirming source in the medical literature:

* Paranoid delusions
* Paranoid psychosis
* Hypomanic and manic symptoms, amphetamine-like psychosis
* Activation of psychotic symptoms
* Toxic psychosis
* Visual hallucinations
* Auditory hallucinations
* Can surpass LSD in producing bizarre experiences
* Effects pathological thought processes
* Extreme withdrawal
* Terrified affect
* Started screaming
* Aggressiveness
* Insomnia
* Since Ritalin is considered an amphetamine-type drug, expect amphetamine-like effects
* Psychic dependence
* High-abuse potential DEA Schedule II Drug
* Decreased REM sleep
* When used with antidepressants one may see dangerous reactions including hypertension, seizures and hypothermia
* Convulsions
* Brain damage may be seen with amphetamine abuse.

A recent survey revealed that a high percentage of children diagnosed with bipolar had first received a diagnosis of ADHD. This is informative, because Ritalin and other speed-type drugs are given to kids who are slapped with the ADHD label. Speed, sooner or later, produces a crash. This is easy to call “clinical depression.”

Then comes Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft. These drugs can produce temporary highs, followed by more crashes. The psychiatrist notices the up and down pattern—and then produces a new diagnosis of Bipolar (manic-depression) and prescribes other drugs, including Valproate and Lithium.

In the US alone, there are at least 300,000 cases of motor brain damage incurred by people who have been prescribed so-called anti-psychotic drugs (aka “major tranquilizers”). Risperdal (mentioned above as a drug given to people diagnosed with Bipolar) is one of those major tranquilizers. (source: Toxic Psychiatry, Dr. Peter Breggin, St. Martin’s Press, 1991)

This psychiatric drug plague is accelerating across the land.

Where are the mainstream reporters and editors and newspapers and TV anchors who should be breaking this story and mercilessly hammering on it week after week? They are in harness.

And Dr. Frances is somehow let off the hook. He’s admitted in print that the whole basis of his profession is throwing darts at labels on a wall, and implies the “effort” is rather heroic—when, in fact, the effort leads to more and more poisonous drugs being dispensed to adults and children, to say nothing of the effect of being diagnosed with “a mental disorder.”

I’m not talking about “the mental-disease stigma,” the removal of which is one of Hillary Clinton’s missions in life. No, I’m talking about MOVING A HUMAN INTO THE SYSTEM, the psychiatric apparatus, where the essence of the game is trapping that person to harvest his money, his time, his energy, and of course his health—as one new diagnosis follows on another, and one new toxic treatment after another is undertaken, from cradle to grave.

The result is a severely debilitated human being (if he survives), whose major claim to fame is his list of diseases and disorders.

Thank you, Dr. Frances.

Here is a smoking-gun statement made by another prominent psychiatrist, on an episode of PBS’ Frontline series. The episode was: “Does ADHD Exist?”

PBS FRONTLINE INTERVIEWER: Skeptics say that there’s no biological marker—that it [ADHD] is the one condition out there where there is no blood test, and that no one knows what causes it.

BARKLEY (Dr. Russell Barkley, professor of psychiatry and neurology at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center): That’s tremendously naïve, and it shows a great deal of illiteracy about science and about the mental health professions. A disorder doesn’t have to have a blood test to be valid. If that were the case, all mental disorders would be invalid… There is no lab test for any mental disorder right now in our science. That doesn’t make them invalid. [emphasis added]

Without intending to, Dr. Barkley blows the whistle on his own profession.

So let’s take Dr. Barkley to school. Medical science, and disease-research in particular, rests on the notion that you can make a diagnosis backed up by lab tests. If you can’t produce lab tests, you’re spinning fantasies.

These fantasies might be hopeful, they might be “educated guesses,” they might be launched from traditional centers of learning, they might be backed up by billions of dollars of grant money…but they’re still fantasies.

If I said the moon was made of green cheese, even if I were a Harvard professor, sooner or later someone would ask me to produce a sample of moon rock to be tested for “cheese qualities.” I might begin to feel nervous, I might want to tap dance around the issue, but I would have to submit the rock to a lab.

Dr. Barkley is essentially saying to the PBS Frontline interviewer, “There is no lab test for any mental disorder. But if a test were the standard of proof, we wouldn’t have science at all, and that would mean our whole profession rests on nothing—and that is absurd, so therefore a test doesn’t matter.”

That logic is no logic at all. Barkley is proving the case against himself. He just doesn’t want to admit it.

Close to 50 years ago, psychiatry was dying out as a profession. Fewer and fewer people wanted to see a psychiatrist for help, for talk therapy. All sorts of new therapies were popping up. The competition was leaving medical psychiatry in the dust.

As Dr. Peter Breggin describes it in his landmark book, Toxic Psychiatry, a deal was struck. Drug companies would bankroll psychiatry and rescue it. These companies would pour money into professional conferences, journals, research. In return, they wanted “science” that would promote many mental disorders as biological/chemical facts, a gateway into the drugs. Everyone would win—except the patient.

So the studies were rolled out, and the list of mental disorders expanded. The FDA was in on the deal as well, as evidenced by their drug “safety” approvals, in the face of the obvious damage these drugs were doing.

So this is how we arrived at where we are. This was the plan, and it worked.

Under the cover story, it was all fraud all the time. Without much of a stretch, you could say psychiatry has been the most widespread profiling operation in the history of the human race. Its goal has been to bring humans everywhere into its system. It hardly matters which label a person is painted with, as long as it adds up to a diagnosis and a prescription of drugs.

Do people suffer, do they have problems, do they experience anguish and pain, do they make choices that sabotage their own interests, do they fall victim to external circumstances, do they long for relief? Of course.

But this has nothing to do with fraudulent psychiatric diagnoses.

It has to do with nutritional deficits, toxic drugs, toxic food and environmental chemicals, abuse, isolation, intimidation, and a whole host of other potential factors.

Psychiatry is trying to monopolize mental states and the understanding of the mind. It has no science, and it has no authentic conscience. It’s a pseudo-medical version of Orwellian politics, flying under the banner of a false professionalism.

Art liberates consciousness.

Psychiatry, parading as non-political science, is a toxic prison of the mind.

WARNING: Suddenly withdrawing from psychiatric drugs can cause horrendous, even life-threatening effects. Withdrawal should be done gradually under the supervision of a qualified professional who completely understands the situation. See for more information.

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Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.

12 comments on “Consciousness, Art, and Psychiatry

  1. Roundball Shaman says:

    “Civilizations rise and fall, come and go, and their fate is decided by untold millions of people who refrain from taking the path of the artist.”

    The fact is that ALL people everywhere and for all times are Artists. Whether they know it or not. Whether they believe it or not. Every single person takes an empty canvass of 24 hour segments and fills it up with what They choose to create all during that day.

    The sad fact is that billions of people will deny they are artists and will simply live like robots in the well-dug-and-deep ruts of their lives and waste their grand potential, creativity, and artistry.

    People can not help but create. They do so every waking (and sleeping) moment. But many are creating NONSENSE. Many are creating IGNORANCE. Many are choosing to create ugly creations.

    There are those among us who recognize the great gift we have each been given to create uniqueness and joy and energy and new frontiers and new lands that had not yet existed before.

    The Dark Powers are doing everything they can to rein in and ultimately destroy creativity. But creativity can’t be destroyed. It can be ignored, ridiculed, miss-used, under-used… but never destroyed. Creativity is Life. How use Creativity is the window to our soul.

    • This is what the successful spiritual art singer Ian Brown is still living. He may not be safe in the world now!

      I’m a music person myself (singer/songwriter). I loved the power of U2 back in the early days, even the middle days of great success. Genuinely spiritual pop music with lyrics that had nothing to do with what Bono ever said they meant when he talked about them with the medias.

      Since Bono met W Bush and then did that major deal with Monsanto, I just don’t think he’s ever sang the same. Although even in the earlier days there was plenty of BS with the fame, because there always is.

      The loss of soul is not because of age. It is because of those evil alliances. U2 is just too surrounded by darkness and Bono is far to kind to the Merkels of the world. That’s just very bad for the soul. It does keep him safe though as far as continuing an earthly existence. He obviously knows about Prince and why he’s no lo9nger with us. The “elites” also never forgot what Lennon said back in 69 – it just took them awhile to achieve their goal with him.

      Ian Brown on the medical mafia:

  2. Jill says:

    I am an artist. I’m crazy. Bipolar. Damaged. Thank you for this. 😢

    • gseattle says:

      My heart goes out to you for the candidness, appreciated.
      I’m not an artist but a crazy inventor.
      Outlet for anxiety.
      My theory is that humanity is blissfully unaware of the root cause of what makes a continually growing number of earth’s humans leaning crazy like this.
      All anxiety disorders correlate with GABA, the brain’s inhibitory neurotransmitter.

      Interrupting myself: Remember that book Andromeda Strain? Where humans rallied to defeat an infection from elsewhere? Yeah well this is the one where they completely failed to even notice, IRL edition.

      The microbe eats GABA (or otherwise screws it up). It seeks out the amygdala (our fear/emotion CPU) where it can control the host because it is the only one of its kind with genes to make dopamine.

      CDC says the main route of infection is undercooked infected meat or unwashed vegetables but NIH adds a study … “Oral sex: A new, and possibly the most dangerous, route of toxoplasmosis transmission”.

      I think I was infected at age six from the cat or other animals in our home. Count your blessings Jill to just be bipolar as it is known that low GABA can cause seizures which started happening to me later in life. I studied intensely since docs were useless and put the puzzle pieces together and nailed the cause and solved it, mostly, and without pharma symptom soother drugs. The protozoa is still in my brain but I’ve returned to the real me.

      Why am I not revealing what I am doing to solve it? Two reasons:
      1. Experience shows no one cares, they won’t believe any of this until a talking head on the panel in their living room tells them to think it.
      2. Even if anyone looks it up, they will believe the flood of lies on it, the main one being that supposedly it can’t hurt you unless sick or pregnant, a thirty year old piece of nonsense, and secondly that is supposedly causes no symptoms. If they mean physical symptoms, ok, but the psychological effects of being turned into an emotional basket case by a zombie parasite is what I would have to characterize as a — symptom.
      3. Big pharma would gin up a scare campaign to ban it, regulate it, so only they, can sell it, for a thousand times more.

      That’s the root cause. We don’t do root causes. Therefore we are doomed. Have a nice day.

  3. Paul says:


    of BRAINS

    All parents thank you for your understanding & authentic Conscience.

    Art seems to work that way.
    No body knows how.
    They just know, it does.


    “All you feel


    There is no dark side
    Of the Moon really.
    Matter of fact,
    It’s all dark.”

    Blessed are they…
    That charge against

  4. Paul says:


    Flaxen haired
    And standing upright
    She wails…
    Her singing strain
    She’s not that far behind

  5. george says:

    Looking at billions of braindead sheep walking haply into slavery, I think money was not the primary target. Creating a class of epsilons was.

  6. Citizen Quasar says:

    “There is no definition of a mental disorder. It’s bullshit. I mean, you just can’t define it.”

    Myself, I have a physically damaged brain from an automobile accident. I have listened to the kookery that calls itself psychiatry, psychology, and (UGH!) “spirituality” and I have had my head sewn up and I have been on several medications, and their bullshit “counseling” and I am sick and tired of their lies and made up excuses. It’s ALL BULLSHIT and what is the truth and actually works is posted below.

    One thing that psychiatrists, psychologists, and religious fanatics refuse to do ever is to define the word consciousness, and they build their whole careers on this refusal to define consciousness.

    The definition of consciousness is: Consciousness is that faculty which perceives that which exists. As such, in its natural state anyway, everyone’s perception is 100% the same. Sensations are hardwired to combine and to produce percepts.

    A “perception” is a group of sensations automatically retained and integrated by the brain of a living organism, which gives it the ability to be aware, not of single stimuli, but of entities, of things.

    Humans think conceptually, a concept being a concept is a mental integration of two or more units possessing the same distinguishing characteristic(s), with their particular measurements omitted. This requires willful mental effort, focus and abstraction.

    An emotion is an instantaneous value judgment, a value being that which one acts to gain or keep. Inasmuch as emotions are dependent upon and derivative from values, prioritizing and choosing one’s values programs one’s emotions and choosing rational values program’s one’s emotions rationally.

    All the human wreckage caused by psychiatry, psychology, and (UGH!) religion (Faith, Christianity, 12-Steps, etc.) is the result of pretending that the above are not true. Yet they are, and many gallons of human blood and immeasurable human suffering has resulted from it.

    And I can post it on the internet and censors on websites that call themselves “honest” and “truthful” and interested in the “free exchange of ideas” simply delete my comments, particularly my well reasoned comments, most times anyway.

    You would think it is a FAKE-PLAN-SCAM-demic that they are trying to perpetuate. Their tactics are the same.

  7. hyden says:

    ”It has to do with nutritional deficits, toxic drugs, toxic food and environmental chemicals, abuse, isolation, intimidation, and a whole host of other potential factors.”

    Here is what one Buddhist thinks you should do about nutritional deficits. Looks like he does not understand the title of his own article.

    Seems like a Bill Gates/Al Gore buddhist lol

    Author: Bodhipaksa


    I’m fortunate enough to live in a part of the world where it’s exceedingly easy to be vegetarian. The only barrier to being vegetarian for most Buddhists is their addiction to eating meat. They’d rather than animals suffered and died than they make a relatively simple change in their diets.

    Also, one of the things that’s driving the climate haywire is the meat industry, which is a major source of CO2. Any person who is genuinely concerned about the suffering caused by climate change should give serious consideration to becoming vegan.”

    Oh no co2 co2 co2 it will kill us all.

    Another version of a person not seeing the forest from the trees.

    There no reasoning in their thinking some of these vegans, I think the nutritional deficient diet of vegans is very much in question.

    Especially if one lives in cold/desert climates or ice ages you need animals to survive, and to produce robust babies.

    • hyden says:

      Eating less meat want save planet, here why

      00:00 – Why are people saying Cows are bad for the planet?
      1:14 – How much would Americans going plant based actually reduce GHG emissions?
      2:56 – Do cows really take all the water?
      4:53 – The real problem with water
      7:01 – Do Cows really take all our Food?
      7:53 – Livestock make the whole food system more efficient.
      10:17 – Do Cows really take all our Land?
      12:30 – You can’t just grow whatever wherever.
      13:54 – Why Global numbers are Misleading
      15:45 – United States cattle are super efficient
      16:48 – What about methane?
      20:52 – Something more worth talking about than meat

  8. ReluctantWarrior says:

    “Many artists are so obsessed with commercial success and fame they’d dance at the end of a leash like a toy dog if they thought it would bring them recognition. This, needless to say, is debilitating.”

    In my humble opinion real artists do not create art for material gain. Creating a work of art is a labor of love that we need not receive any recognition for. We create not to experience commercial success. It is simply the joy (with its attendant frustrations) of the creative journey that is its own reward. To those who have kindly suggested that I should publish my poems I usually utter a nervous or embarrassed laugh.To spend my time thusly would detract from the joy I experience in the act of creating. In my art I am able to ride the wings of imagination to freedom beyond my limited self. This is the greatest gift of all. Ultimately one’s life should be the greatest work of art. It is to be able sing our song of love. In mythical terms it is sharing the treasures we have found (in our lives) that we bring back from the depths of our adventure into the unknown. You return from the abyss with a gift to share with the world.

    • Larry C says:

      “To those who have kindly suggested that I should publish my poems I usually utter a nervous or embarrassed laugh.To spend my time thusly would detract from the joy I experience in the act of creating.”

      I was one of those who made that suggestion. I don’t understand why publishing your work would lessen the creative joy.

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