Archive for August, 2010

Children Misdiagnosed With ADHD

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Study Finds Nearly One Million Children in U.S. Potentially Misdiagnosed With ADHD

Nearly 1 million children in the United States are potentially misdiagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder simply because they are the youngest — and most immature — in their kindergarten class, according to new research by a Michigan State University economist.

Many ADHD diagnoses may be driven by teachers’ perceptions of poor behavior among the youngest children in a kindergarten classroom. But these ‘symptoms’ may merely reflect emotional or intellectual immaturity among the youngest students.

[Michigan State University. “Nearly One Million Children in U.S. Potentially Misdiagnosed With ADHD, Study Finds.” ScienceDaily 17 August 2010. 19 August 2010 http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100817103342.htm?sms_ss=reddit]

Click here to read the full article.

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Adderall May Have Unhinged Lindsay Lohan

Thursday, August 26th, 2010
Fox News TMZ says that Lindsay Lohan’s Adderall dependence — the result of a medical misdiagnosis — may have been the reason she went off the rails.
Read the full articles here: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2010/08/20/adderall-unhinged-lindsay-lohan/
and here:
http://www.tmz.com/2010/08/19/lindsay-lohan-adderall-ambien-misdiagnosis-smoking-drinking-texting-ucla/
Adderall is a psychostimulant of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine that has been linked to violent behavior. The FDA requires stimulants such as Ritalin and Adderall to carry a boxed warning that states the drug is “a federally controlled substance because it can be abused or lead to dependence.”
In 2004, the FDA ordered that the packaging for Adderall include a warning about sudden cardiovascular deaths, especially in children with underlying heart disease.
In 2005, Partnership for a Drug-Free America released the findings of a survey which determined that 10% (2.3 million) of teens had abused Ritalin and Adderall.
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University issued a report in July 2005 called “Under the Counter: The Diversion and Abuse of Controlled Prescription Drugs in the U.S.” stating that 15 million Americans were getting high on prescription drugs, painkillers and psychiatric drugs such as Xanax and the stimulants Ritalin and Adderall. They were abusing these drugs more than cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines combined. Teens who abused prescription drugs were 12 times likelier to use heroin, 14 times likelier to use Ecstasy and 21 times likelier to use cocaine, compared to teens that do not abuse such drugs.
For more information on the side effects of psychiatric drugs, go to http://www.cchrstl.org/sideeffects.shtml.

Illinois Medicaid Fraud Case

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

http://psychrights.org/PR/100811NicholsonUnsealingNR.pdf

PRESS RELEASE
August 11, 2010
CONTACT
Jim Gottstein
907-274-7686
jim.gottstein@psychrights.org

CONTACT
S. Randolph Kretchmar
(847) 370-5410
s_randolph@earthlink.net

Illinois Medicaid Fraud Case Using PsychRights’ Model Complaint Unsealed

The Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (PsychRights®) announces the unsealing of the first Medicaid Fraud case for prescribing psychiatric drugs to children and youth by someone other than PsychRights using PsychRights’ model Qui Tam Complaint.

United States ex rel Linda Nicholson v. Lilian Spigelman, M.D., Hephzibah Children’s Association, and Sears Pharmacy, was filed in Illinois by attorney S. Randolph Kretchmar as a result of PsychRights’ Medicaid Fraud Initiative Against Psychiatric Drugging of Children & Youth.

Ms. Nicholson’s daughter was given psychiatric drugs that were not for a “medically accepted indication,” constituting Medicaid Fraud.

“The evidence is overwhelming that these drugs prescribed to children and youth are ineffective, even counterproductive, and extremely harmful to children,” said PsychRights’ president, Jim Gottstein.

Mr. Kretchmar, the attorney handling the case said, “People need to wake up to the huge amount of harm these prescribing practices are inflicting on our children. I am very pleased to follow the lead of PsychRights in addressing this problem and hope through this lawsuit we can help bring the practice to a halt.”

Jim Gottstein continued, “People should expect more of these cases until this pervasive type of Medicaid Fraud stops. The Nicholson case is the first of such cases brought by someone other than PsychRights.”

The lawsuit is brought under the federal False Claims Act, which authorizes private parties to bring fraud actions on behalf of the United States Government and share in the recovery, if any.

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The Law Project for Psychiatric Rights is a public interest law firm devoted to the defense of people facing the horrors of forced psychiatric drugging and electroshock. PsychRights is further dedicated to exposing the truth about psychiatric interventions and the courts being misled into ordering people subjected to these brain and body damaging drugs against their will. Extensive information about these dangers, and about the tragic damage caused by electroshock, is available on the PsychRights web site: http://psychrights.org/.

James B. (Jim) Gottstein, Esq.
President/CEO
Law Project for Psychiatric Rights
406 G Street, Suite 206
Anchorage, Alaska  99501
USA
Phone: (907) 274-7686)  Fax: (907) 274-9493
jim.gottstein[[at]]psychrights.org
http://psychrights.org/

Psychiatric Meds 101: A Surprising Discovery

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010
Click on the image to see the slideshow and read the article by Shane Ellison, award-winning chemist/scientist and author of Over-The-Counter Natural Cures.
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“I’ve made some surprising discoveries about psychiatric meds, which include antidepressants, antipsychotics, stimulants, and anti-anxiety drugs. Understanding what I’ve learned will protect you from the flood of side effects that are now being discovered at breakneck speeds, courtesy of the myriad of patients being prescribed psychiatric drugs in the name of mental health.”

The Brave New World of Pre-Drugging Kids

Sunday, August 15th, 2010
Patrick McGorry Psychosis Risk Syndrome

By JAN EASTGATE

“Summarising his paper ‘Pre-Psychotic Treatment for Schizophrenia: Preventive Medicine, Social Control, or Drug Marketing Strategy?’ Gosden states: ‘A preventive medicine campaign based on the type of prodromal [indicating an early stage of a disease] symptoms and risk factors specified in the Australian Clinical Guidelines for Early Psychosis potentially defines the whole generation of young people as being at risk and in need of treatment.’

“The entire concept of pre-drugging children sounds like a page out of Aldous Huxley’s 1932 novel, Brave New World. In it, Huxley depicts a ‘utopian’ but totalitarian society, one that is insane and bent on control using the ‘technique of suggestion – through infant conditioning and, later, with the aid of drugs.’

“Psychiatrists took this to heart in 1967 when a group of prominent psychiatrists and doctors met in Puerto Rico to discuss the plan for psychotropic drug use on ‘normal humans’ in the year 2000. The report on that meeting stated that the ‘breadth of drug use may be trivial when we compare it to the possible numbers of chemical substances that will be available for the control of selective aspects of man’s life in the year 2000.'”

READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE [http://www.newdawnmagazine.com/articles/the-brave-new-world-of-pre-drugging-kids-patrick-mcgorry-psychosis-risk-syndrome].

Medicating the Military

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

[http://www.armytimes.com/news/2010/03/military_psychiatric_drugs_031710w/]

“At least one in six service members is on some form of psychiatric drug. … The drugs come with serious side effects: They can impair motor skills, reduce reaction times and generally make a war fighter less effective. Some double the risk for suicide, prompting doctors — and Congress — to question whether these drugs are connected to the rising rate of military suicides. … Defense officials repeatedly have denied requests by Military Times for copies of autopsy reports that would show the prevalence of such drugs in suicide toxicology reports.”

[http://www.opednews.com/articles/1/Army-Suicide-Report-Ignore-by-Martha-Rosenberg-100801-596.html]

“The long awaited 2010 Army report, ‘Health Promotion, Risk Reduction, Suicide Prevention‘ considers the economy, the stress of nine years of war, family dislocations, repeated moves, repeated deployments, troops’ risk-taking personalities, waived entrance standards and many aspects of Army culture. What it barely considers is the suicide-linked antidepressants, antipsychotics and antiseizure drugs whose use exactly parallels the increase in US troop suicides since 2005. … But instead of citing dangerous drugs and drug cocktails for turning troops suicidal (and accident prone and at risk of death from unsafe combinations) the Army report cites troops’ illicit use of them along with street drugs. (The word ‘illicit’ appears 150 times in the Army report and ‘psychiatrist’ appears twice.)”

Write to General Peter W. Chiarelli, Army Vice Chief of Staff, and let him know what you think [1400 Defense Pentagon, Washington DC 20301-1400].

CCHR has been investigating and exposing the suicide risks of psychiatric drugs and the psychiatric assault on society since 1969. For more information click here.

Video features CCHR Co-founder Dr. Thomas Szasz

Sunday, August 1st, 2010
  • “Arguably, Szasz has had more impact on the actual practice of psychiatry in this country than anyone since Freud.” — The Journal of Psychiatry & Law
  • “No one attacks loose-thinking and folly with half the precision and zest of Thomas Szasz. — John
    Leo, social science editor for U.S. News & World Report
  • “Szasz is a brilliant debater…. He can turn a topic as somber as insanity and its social context into a book that is extraordinarily entertaining.” — The New York Times Book Review

Thomas Szasz quotes, accolades, articles, books, and more in an easy to navigate and comprehendable format.