The Swamp is powered by Vocal creators. You support Iria Vasquez-Paez by reading, sharing and tipping stories... more

The Swamp is powered by Vocal.
Vocal is a platform that provides storytelling tools and engaged communities for writers, musicians, filmmakers, podcasters, and other creators to get discovered and fund their creativity.

How does Vocal work?
Creators share their stories on Vocal’s communities. In return, creators earn money when they are tipped and when their stories are read.

How do I join Vocal?
Vocal welcomes creators of all shapes and sizes. Join for free and start creating.

To learn more about Vocal, visit our resources.

Show less


And My Future Psychiatry Practice

The 1960s was a time of intense rebellion against the government because of the Korean War, and later, the Vietnam War. MK-Ultra was a secret project from the CIA that wanted to test LSD on the American public. Prostitutes would bring their clients to a building where they were dosed with LSD, which was invented in Switzerland, 1938. Victims had euphoric emotions or paranoia, and extreme fear. The CIA wanted to drug people to commit acts of violence without remembering the actual events. They wanted to figure out how people would do things they wouldn’t normally do like outright kill somebody.

They thought this drug could control people’s minds, but it does the opposite and frees your mind to question authority. Project MK-Ultra was approved of in 1953. In the 60s, the CIA put LSD in the general population’s hands. The test subjects occasionally knew they were participating in the study but the experiments only happened in 1953–1964 and since the agency kept bad records, they had destroyed most MK-Ultra documents. The CIA had destroyed most records by 1973. People who have survived these experiments are probably fragile. I want to help those on the fringes, like psychics, for example, get on medication.

The CIA had funded studies at Columbia University, Stanford University, and other colleges to study what kind of effect the drug had on people. They had also experimented with MDMA (ecstasy), mescaline, heroin, barbiturates, methamphetamine, and psilocybin mushrooms. These drugs were all made in the United States. Many are casually hooked on them even today. The CIA made sure to have a party-like atmosphere involved in the study. Many people who have suffered at the hands of government projects would undoubtedly like compensation for being victimized as well, so this could figure into my law practice, even though I want to be a pro-bono for mentally ill people who need legal help.

There are some people who do not need medication out there. These people do not need to be lied to about their mental health. My situation was the opposite; I really did have a mental health problem. My family kept interfering with my need to get on medication to control it. So I got myself disability because I felt that I had to get out from under their yoke. I want to help other people get on meds if they have trouble with finding the right treatment. I’m on minimal medication give or take. I am contemplating adding Lamictal on days when I have to go into a crowd to see how that helps me.

Author Ken Kesey of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, which we read in my high school sophomore year English class, went on to participate in a study as well as promote LSD, hosting LSD parties. However, by 1974, a New York Times Journalist named Seymour Hersh published a story about how the CIA had conducted these experiments as well as illegal spying on U.S. Citizens. I want to also write about these types of fringe topics for my own website, as part of well-researched articles since I do have that B.A. in creative writing.

The CIA designed LSD with a Swiss manufacturer as part of the MK-Ultra program just to force people to take it. I have an interest in clinical research and would like to get more into detail with survivors of the MK-Ultra project. Eventually, the CIA did test willing participants. MK-Ultra proved to be a very successful mind control program in the end. Some people believe this program still exists today. (See here.) This is why I want to be able to get these people treated. Situations have come to light because of whistleblowers. Being a whistleblower can be bad for your mental health anyway because of all the anxiety linked to what could happen to you legally if you whistle blow.

Works Cited