Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Bio-psychiatry is hijacking our mental health also in Israel

They make and keep us mentally ill, from ADHD to PTSD

Jews appreciate asking physicians to help. Unfortunately, thereby, we risk getting the newest, unsubstantiated, ‘most advanced’ quackery.

A problem with psychiatry was that it uses a medical model (sick/healthy) without any justification. Bio-psychiatry introduces biology into the picture in a further trickery to confuse us all. Also in Israel.

For more than a century, shrinks worked on ‘classifying’ mental illness. It claimed to be so good that a psychiatric ‘diagnosis’ would stay the same forever, just as someone’s eye color or height (though they can change): ‘syndromes with relatively stable patterns of signs and symptoms.’

This labeling makes patients stuck. They are told they ARE … like a physician tells you he amputated your leg during the operation.

To make themselves more respectable, they give ‘medication’ (poison) preventing your brain from making emotional progress, making their ‘diagnoses’ ‘perfect.’ In the beginning, these pills made patients look like zombies, but they got ‘better,’ and now, they don’t make people appear intoxicated anymore while still preventing mental healing.

The goal of psychiatry is not to help people who suffer but to install themselves on the throne of expertise, ruling over lives as old-fashioned physicians who could decide over life and death was the myth.


Labeling kids with ADHD does not help them at all. I know someone who has ADHD and understands that his kid needs exercise to calm down to go to sleep. He takes them for walks, which they both enjoy tremendously.

Giving ADHD ‘patients’ Ritalin makes things even worse. It doesn’t help, freezes the mental state, introduces addictions, and messes with the brain.

Stop medicalizing and ‘treating’ people who have no illness. It’s quackery.

Non-ADHD people tend to think much duller. Many ADHD people enjoy a richer mental state. They are not ‘side-tracked.’ They are really thinking!


When you went through horrific things, you need to talk (and cry and shake) about them until it’s gone. To label people to have PTSD is not a part of the solution but a part of the problem. Then, drugging is the last way to stop healing. This is all government-subsidized, perhaps based on the Christian obsession with suffering. Going through suffering is a normal way to heal. Rejecting healing is a great way to maintain suffering.

There was this child who said in the middle of the night: I had such an awful dream. It was after he went through a major, long-lasting trauma no one should have to go through ever. His father said: tell me all about it. He talked for ten minutes and was done. But then, he said: I’m afraid to go back to sleep and get the same nightmare. The father said: In that case, you tell me again, as often as it takes, until it doesn’t return. He went to sleep and never talked about it again and is a happy camper ever since.

I saw a report about a parent worrying that his child, who was kidnapped by Chamas, when released, wouldn’t stop crying. That’s just what needs to happen. No one will make money from it, so no one will tell him.

Unfortunately, lying to unsuspected journalists is part of their struggle for recognition as our saviors. “IDF: 82% of soldiers treated for mental health since Oct. 7 are returning to duty.” That sounds great until you do some research. In one major study of 60,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, 13.5% of deployed and nondeployed veterans screened positive for PTSD, while other studies show the rate to be as high as 20% to 30%. In other words, the claim the “[m]ilitary’s mental health system says returning to army prevents [the] development of long-term disorders” is bogus.


Psychiatry and Pharmacology make billions keeping us powerless and feeling ill. These mental terrorists won’t easily part with their paternalistic, sadistic practices. Google <anti-psychiatry> to find many ideas and groups and how hard and clever they are opposed by the establishment.

Be wary of ‘alternative’ therapies showing ‘better results’ than classical psychiatry. It’s like saying that lab meat is better than real meat. The real comparison would be with cry therapy and vegan meals, respectively.

At the cradle of psychiatric fraud lies Freud’s denial of incest trauma. It explains why those who went through psychoanalysis are clever but often depressed and cynical—no happy campers. I don’t want to belong to that camp, so allow me to state for a moment that even the most unemotional shrink started out as a wonderful, innocent, caring human, and often wanted to help, even when they chose their profession to get rich. They got corrupted on the way, but often only after protesting and being overpowered. I remember my friend who couldn’t sleep all night when he had ordered a patient to be held in isolation ‘so he couldn’t’ hurt himself.’ Only the first time. It was a lack of staff to care; he wasn’t ‘crazy.’ It must give it to Freund and his students that they admit that homosexuality cannot be ‘cured.’ This, in contrast to ‘therapists’ who, over decades, con desperate, naïve, unsuspecting homosexual men out of $100.000 each.

The first sign these are bogus ‘therapists’ is that they are not just eager to label, ‘treat,’ and earn, but they don’t warn us not to look at war pictures.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, previously a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. He's proud that his analytical short comments are removed both from left-wing and right-wing news sites. None of his content is generated by the new bore on the block, AI. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. Or not at all because he doesn't claim G^d talks to him. He gives him good ideas—that's all. MM doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and educations contribute to his visions. * This year, he will prioritize getting his unpublished books published rather than just blog posts. Next year, he hopes to focus on activism against human extinction. To find less-recent posts on a subject XXX among his over 2000 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". One can find a second, wilder blog, to which one may subscribe too, here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. However, if you think those are his absolute top priorities, you might end up disappointed. His first loyalty is to the truth. He will try to stay within the limits of democratic and Jewish law, but he won't lie to support opinions or people when don't deserve that. (Yet, we all make honest mistakes, which is just fine and does not justify losing support.) He admits that he sometimes exaggerates to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quite a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * Sometimes he's misunderstood because his wide and diverse field of vision seldomly fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what some love about him. He has written a lot about Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (including basic statistics), Politics (Israel, the US, and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight reality), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, LGBTQIA+, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), the Climate Crisis, Ecology and Veganism, Affairs from the news, or the Torah Portion of the Week, or new insights that suddenly befell him. * Chronologically, his most influential teachers are his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach, and, lehavdil bein chayim lechayim, Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff, and Rav Meir Lubin. This short list doesn't mean to disrespect others who taught him a lot or a little. One of his rabbis calls him Mr. Innovation [Ish haChidushim]. Yet, his originalities seem to root deeply in traditional Judaism, though they may grow in unexpected directions. In fact, he claims he's modernizing nothing. Rather, mainly basing himself on the basic Hebrew Torah text, he tries to rediscover classical Jewish thought almost lost in thousands of years of stifling Gentile domination and Jewish assimilation. (He pleads for a close reading of the Torah instead of going by rough assumptions of what it would probably mean and before fleeing to Commentaries.) This, in all aspects of life, but prominently in the areas of Free Will, Activism, Homosexuality for men, and Redemption. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, and disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. He aims to bring a fresh perspective rather than harp on the obvious and familiar. When he can, he loves to write encyclopedic overviews. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds should be disputed. In short, his main political positions are among others: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, anti those who abuse democratic liberties, anti the fake ME peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, pro-Science, pro-Free Will, anti-blaming-the-victim, and for down-to-earth, classical optimism, and happiness. Read his blog on how he attempts to bridge any tensions between those ideas or fields. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to his parents who were Dutch-Jewish Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork. He grew up a humble listener. It took him decades to become a speaker too, and decades more to admit to being a genius. But his humility was his to keep. And so was his honesty. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. 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