Critique of Official Psychiatry-Psychology

Nelson Borelli, M.D.

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 The “Public announcement” below should be taken into consideration with respect to all other material of my Web Page. Nelson Borelli, MD Chicago, Illinois, June 8, 2012


 Nelson Borelli, M.D., retires from the practice of medicine and becomes a life coach.

 On July 1, 2012, after over fifty years of practice as a Psychiatrist in Illinois and elsewhere, Dr. Nelson Borelli will cease practicing medicine. After that date, Dr. Borelli will no longer diagnose or treat or prescribe treatment for any human ailment, disease, defect or condition. Dr. Borelli has decided that he can better serve the public and be true to his principles by working as a “life coach” outside the confines of organized medicine.

 Over the course of his practice Dr. Borelli it has become clearer to him that the majority of people who have problems with their everyday lives do so not because they are “mentally ill”, but because they do not look at their “blind spots” in their in the management of their lives. In his role as a life coach his assistance will not be based on biology or medicine, but it will be based on ordinary decision making and life management rules.

 In his new role as coach, Borelli will not give advice on any medical matters. Patients of Dr. Borelli who seek psychiatric and other medical services after July 1, 2012 are referred to Francois Alouf, M.D. at phone number 708-947-8167 or, in an emergency, the nearest hospital emergency room.

 As a life coach, Nelson Borelli will assist people seeking help in managing their personal lives. Rather than diagnosing and treating medical conditions, he will try to help people to identify the blind spots in their assessment and management of their lives. However he will not tell people how to live their lives.

 Life coaching services will be the subject of a written agreement between Nelson Borelli and the client. Discussions with clients will be in private coaching sessions held in the strictest confidence. No written records will be kept.

  Services will be provided for a fee and no insurance benefits will apply or be sought or accepted.


  This Web page is written as a public service for the purpose of providing different view points to the prevailing concepts about "Mental Illnesses (MI), Mental Health (MH) and Mental Treatments (MT)".

  The American public is in a catch 22 when in need of help for emotional problems such as depression, fears, poor sleep, confusion, anger and the like. Citizens are afraid to consult with the MI-MT experts because they would be listed as "Mentally Ill" in national directories, which carries undesirable consequences. Therefore many people avoid consultation or take a chance with professionals who cannot guarantee confidentiality, i.e., the professionals must report the information to the health insurance carrier or other third parties.

  This is a big problem and it has deep roots. The main root of it is the forced psychiatric treatment (Civil Commitment) of people adjudicated as Mentally Ill. This means that a US court, upon the advice of a MI-MH expert (psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers or others), may order mental hospital confinement and treatment of a citizen against her/his stated will. As a rule, the MI-MH expert advice is that, due to MI (any of the 400 plus diagnoses listed in the official list known as DSM IV), the person has lost the capacity to tell what is good for her/him.

  It is true that the majority of MI-MH patients are not treated involuntarily. However, there are many people who "sign in voluntarily" to psychiatric treatment, under the threat of involuntary treatment. It is like choosing the lesser of two evils. At any rate, while Civil Commitment remains the law of the land, citizens remain at risk if in the hands of a MI-MH professional.

  As in Alice in Wonderland, the MI-MH experts’ trouble gets worse because they keep digging deeper instead of getting out of the hole. The experts would assure the judge that the MI is caused by a brain problem which could be demonstrated by running some modern sophisticated tests of the brain. That is not true. The truth is that if such test, any and all of them, were to be shown to MI-MH experts, anywhere in the world, no one could diagnose MI with the test alone, without seeing and talking with the patient and conducting a MI background investigation. Contrariwise, just about any Medical Doctor in the world could diagnose pneumonia from a simple x-ray of the chest without seeing or talking to the patient. The same is true for all other objective medical diagnoses.

  More so, no MI-MH expert would be able to tell, by doing a complete medical and psychiatric examination and ordering any medical tests, whether a person has a MI, or if she/he is an actress or actor impersonating a MI. The only way to tell one from the other would be to conduct a MI/theatre background investigation on the person.

  Deeper in the hole is the fact that the MI-MH establishment pretends to know human nature; this is a person’s will. That is not possible: God, or whoever, did not provide us with an instruction manual at birth. Therefore human will is, and has been, a wide open field of good and bad ideas, depending on what side of the track the critic is.

  The invented "brain problem" has led to blaming the brain for undesirable behavior. This completely unscientific ideology has generated two terrible consequences: personal irresponsibility for willful behavior ("not-guilty-due-to-insanity") and the reliance on drugs in the care of personal problems. These two consequences implement each other and discourage people from taking inventory of their lifestyles as a possible cause of the personal troubles.

  The "Not-guilty-due-to-insanity" ideology has produced a legal circus. Obvious cases of outrageous murder are adjudicated as "Not-guilty-due-to-insanity" while carrying a sub-text of compassion to the puzzlement of the public. Worse, the "Not-guilty-due-to-insanity" is an invitation to the murderer-to-be to commit the crime blamelessly. Even worse, it biases as potentially "involuntary murderers" all persons who that have consulted for emotional problems. In reality the "MI stigma" is a creation of the MI-MH-MT industry.

  People’s physical condition, be it in "good or bad health", has nothing to do with their will. One can be in great pain or disability, sober or drunk, and still will to kiss one's spouse or child. Will is a mystery beyond medical or any science.

  Will or willing is synonymous with minding. The way one minds may be judged wrong by others, but it can not be labeled "sick", unless the term "sick" is used metaphorically.

  We humans have the right to be left alone with our pains, sadness or illness provided we do not physically, objectively, pass it on to others, as in the case of proven contagious diseases such as tuberculosis. We also should have the right to be wrong or foolish in the management of our souls and bodies. After all, we own our bodies and souls.

  The mismanagement of life can cause problems, not unlike the mismanagement of a business. Citizens have the right to consult with experts to solve those problems without being called MI and suffer the consequences of such capricious, dehumanizing, demoralizing, arbitrary and discriminatory labeling.

  Citizens should have the right to consult with experts privately and confidentially about personal problems, be it with a medical doctor, a psychiatrist, a psychologist, a social worker, an attorney or clergy. Such consultations should be contractual and free of coercion.

  Psychiatry and Psychology do have some means to help people with their emotional problems. As a rule the best results occur when the person seeking the help is active and honest in working with the professional.

  Every so often I stand on my soap box and speak a piece of my mind in print or voice. The reader can see samples of it in the "Newspaper Clips" link. The success has been very limited. This time I am trying the Internet. In this "Introduction" section I express the basic concepts that some professionals, myself included, have about Mental Illness, Mental Health and Mental Treatments. In the "Links" section, I provide addresses that discuss this matter further. Of those addresses the most comprehensive one is "The Thomas S. Szasz" including its links.

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