Blog: Scientology and Psychosis - The Aftermath - 2017-01-11
Tonight's season finale of Leah Remini Scientology The Aftermath touches upon the subject of how scientologists address mental health issues.
For many years, though Hubbard railed repeatedly against psychiatry, and called for psychiatrists to be shut down as a profession — he had one caveat. The insane should be left to the institutions. They were barred from participating in scientology auditing. It was one of the many contradictions that can be found in Hubbard's writings - while he claimed all psychs were maiming people, he didn't want scientology to be involved in dealing with the insane "because they take up too much of our time and too often don't respond well.
Then, in late 1973, he "discovered" the "cure" for psychosis. His solution was based on the study of one man who had suffered a mental breakdown aboard Hubbard's ship, the Apollo. Hubbard devised a method for handling him, which included locking the man in a cabin in the focsle of the ship and having nobody speak to him or even talk within earshot. I have personal experience with this — as one of the new guys on the ship, I was assigned the unenviable task of sitting outside the cabin from midnight til 8am each nite to ensure nobody spoke in the vicinity. The subject remained in this cabin in this manner for about 10 days as I recall.