Archive for November, 2010

1 in 5 Mentally Ill? Don’t Believe It!

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Recent false information published by the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration claims that “19.9 percent of American adults in the United States (45.1 million) have experienced mental illness over the past year.”

In fact, statistics provided on the number of people suffering mental illness are completely false or, at best, questionable.

Psychiatry has literally covered every base with invented criteria. The migraine sufferer has a “pain disorder,” the child who fidgets is “hyperactive,” the person who smokes has a “nicotine” disorder, a low math score is “developmental arithmetic disorder,” arguing with parents is “oppositional defiance disorder.”

Counting these normal human problems, emotions and reactions as “mental illness” is a fraud, designed to solicit funds for the mental health industry and sell more drugs.

The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is the book that contains names and descriptions of 374 so-called mental disorders (including everything from depression to “caffeine withdrawal disorder”.)

Doctors, psychiatrists and other medical and mental health practitioners use the DSM to diagnose patients. Each DSM mental disorder description carries a code that clinicians can use to substantiate claims for health insurance reimbursement.

Though it has become very influential since it first appeared in 1952 (when it only contained 112 disorders), there is one crucial test the DSM has never passed: scientific validity. In fact, after more than 50 years of deception, broad exposure is now being given to the unscientific and ludicrous nature of this “943-page doorstop.”

Psychiatric diagnosis has come to be accepted as legitimate, reliable and scientific, though it is based on a system whose own authors admit that it is not. Within the covers of the various editions of DSM, its editors freely admit to the book’s intended use and its limitations.

For example, the DSM-IV states, “…although this manual provides a classification of mental disorders, it must be admitted that no definition adequately specifies precise boundaries for the concept of ‘mental disorder.'”

The fifth edition of DSM, planned for release in 2013, has been garnering continuous criticism for the widening inclusion of a new series of so-called behavioral addictions to shopping, sex, food, videogames, the Internet and so on. The contention of many is that the DSM’s developers are seeking to label all manner of normal emotional reactions or human behavioral quirks as mental disorders – thereby falsely increasing the numbers of “mentally ill” people who would then be prescribed one or more drugs that carry all manner of serious side effect warnings.

Based on the DSM then, statistics are touted about near “epidemic” rates of mental illness in order to demand more funds.

The apparent epidemic of “mental illness” is because psychiatry, working with the pharmaceutical industry, invents new disorders almost every year. Take, for example, “Intermittent Explosive Disorder,” often referred to as “Road Rage” and which psychiatrists report afflicts one in 20, about 16 million Americans. How, exactly, did psychiatrists come up with this? They conducted a survey. The survey asked American adults if they had ever experienced three anger outbursts in their entire life. Not surprisingly, a whole lot of people said they had. From this flimsy evidence the Archives of General Psychiatry printed the survey results that hype this fictitious disease.

In September 2001, a U.S. Senate hearing on “Psychological Trauma and Terrorism” was told that, “Seventy?one percent of Americans said that they have felt depressed by the [9/11] attacks.” It’s a worrying statistic, until one realizes that the survey was conducted during the six days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks when Americans were, naturally, in a state of shock. The survey sampled 1,200 people only, which, by some quantum leap, led to the conclusion that nearly three?quarters of Americans were mentally damaged, requiring “professional” help.

What did have an impact were psychotropic drug sales. Immediately following the 9/11 attacks, new prescriptions for antidepressants in New York jumped 17% and prescriptions for anti?anxiety drugs rose 25%.

Behind the alarming reports of mental illness gripping our nation are psychiatrists and drug companies inventing diseases and placing healthy people at risk.

People can have problems in life; these are not, however, some mental illness caused by a deficiency of psychotropic drugs in their brains. Click here to find out the alternatives to psychiatric drugs.

With $76 billion spent every year on psychiatric drugs internationally, and billions more in psychiatric research, one would and should expect an improving condition. However, after decades of psychiatric monopoly over the world’s mental health, their approach leads only to massive increases in people taking mind-altering drugs, escalating funding demands, and up to $40 billion a year in mental health care fraud in the U.S.

What are you going to do about it? Get the Facts. Fight Back.

Our New 30 Second Video: Antidepressant Warning

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Our New 30 Second Video: Antidepressant Warning

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Children are being given psychiatric drugs to help them sleep

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

A survey of nearly 1300 child psychiatrists indicates that insomnia is a major problem among children in mental health treatment and at least a quarter of these patients are given drugs to “help” them sleep. [Read the full article here.]

The sleep medications prescribed ranged all over the drug spectrum, including sedating medications for Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), antidepressants like trazodone, and antipsychotics. Apparently, use of psychiatric drugs for insomnia symptoms in children is a common clinical practice.

Why is this bad? Take, for example, trazodone (brand name Desyrel), an antidepressant. In 2004 the FDA ordered pharmaceutical companies to add a “black box” warning to all antidepressants because the drugs could cause suicidal thoughts and actions in children and teenagers. Guess what some of the other potential side effects of trazodone are? That’s right, insomnia and nightmares.

[Editorial Comment] When I couldn’t sleep as a child, I recall being read a bedtime story. Guess what I do now? I get up and read for a while.

There are no less than 13 sleep related disorders in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV):

291.8  Alcohol-Induced Sleep Disorder
292.89  Substance-Induced Sleep Disorder (Amphetamine, Caffeine, etc.)
307.45  Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorder
307.46  Sleep Terror Disorder
307.46  Sleepwalking Disorder
307.47  Dyssomnia (sleep disturbance)
307.47  Nightmare Disorder
307.47  Parasomnia (sleep disturbance)
780.52  Sleep Disorder Due to [General Medical Condition], Insomnia Type
780.54  Sleep Disorder Due to [General Medical Condition], Hypersomnia Type
780.59  Sleep Disorder Due to [General Medical Condition], Parasomnia
780.59  Sleep Disorder Due to [General Medical Condition], Mixed Type
780.59  Breathing-Related Sleep Disorder

Psychiatrists fraudulently diagnose insomnia as a “mental illness” for which they can prescribe harmful and addictive drugs to children. Let others know how bad this is. Get the Facts. Fight Back.

Placebo Games

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Placebos used in thousands of clinical trials conducted over the last few decades may have compromised study results, rendering the studies scientifically invalid.

A placebo is a supposedly inert substance given to a group of participants in a clinical drug trial so that the drug’s effects in a group of participants can be compared to a group of participants who did not get the drug. The word “placebo” is from Latin, literally “I shall be acceptable or pleasing,” from placere “to please.”

In a paper published in the Annals of Internal Medicine [“What’s in Placebos: Who Knows? Analysis of Randomized, Controlled Trials” October 19, 2010 vol. 153 no. 8 532-535] it is revealed that no regulations govern placebo composition, and the composition of placebos can influence trial outcomes.

It was found that the composition of placebos was seldom described in randomized, controlled trials of pills or capsules. Because the nature of the placebo can influence trial outcomes, placebo formulation should be disclosed in reports of placebo-controlled trials.

Sometimes placebos are described as sugar pills. Well, we all know how sugar can influence behavior. One example: in a trial involving AIDS patients the researchers used placebos containing lactose. AIDS patients tend to be lactose intolerant. Since the trial is hoping for a drug that works better than a placebo, if the placebo happens to influence a worse outcome, then that may make the drug look better.

Some studies are now showing that some psychiatric drugs are no more effective than placebos. One recent study stated that, “The magnitude of benefit of antidepressant medication compared with placebo … may be minimal or nonexistent, on average, in patients with mild or moderate symptoms.”

Another article said, “[The benefit of antidepressants] is hardly more than what patients get when they, unknowingly and as part of a study, take a dummy pill — a placebo. As more and more scientists who study depression and the drugs that treat it are concluding, that suggests that antidepressants are basically expensive Tic Tacs.”

If you are taking these drugs, do not stop taking them based on what you read here. You could suffer serious withdrawal symptoms. You should seek the advice and help of a competent medical doctor or practitioner before trying to come off any psychiatric drug.

The real problem, however, is that psychiatrists, and now non-psychiatric doctors, are fraudulently diagnosing life’s problems as an “illness,” stigmatizing unwanted behavior or study problems as “disease,” and prescribing harmful and addictive psychoactive drugs as so-called “treatment” when they know that their own studies show that these drugs are no more effective than a placebo.

Psychiatry’s stigmatizing labels, programs and treatments are harmful junk science; their diagnoses of “mental disorders” are a hoax — unscientific, fraudulent and harmful. All psychiatric treatments, not just psychiatric drugs, are dangerous.

Click here for more information about the alternatives to psychiatric drugging.

Some Fake ADHD to get Meds

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

New research suggests that some children successfuly fake the symptoms of ADHD in order to get drugs or gain special privileges in school.

According to a research paper published in Psychological Assessment [“Detection of Feigned ADHD in College Students” Volume 22, Issue 2, June 2010, Pages 325-335], “Significant motivations and incentives exist for young-adult students to seek a diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). With ADHD information readily accessible on the Internet, today’s students are likely to be symptom educated prior to evaluation. This may result in false-positive diagnoses, particularly when students are motivated to convey symptoms.”

Faking these symptoms is easy, given the subjective nature of psychiatric diagnosis. And who hasn’t had an occasional period of attention deficiency, particularly when tired or hungry, as can be frequently observed among students in an early morning class.

ADHD is a fraudulent diagnosis. Yes, people can have problems in life, and yes, people can have study difficulties; these are not, however, some mental illness caused by a deficiency of psychotropic drugs in their brains. These are symptoms of things like being lazy, tired or hungry, or eating lots of sugar instead of proper nutrition, or some real existing medical condition that has gone undiagnosed and untreated, or simply not having been taught to read. There are hundreds of conditions that could cause these symptoms — one has to conduct legitimate tests until the real condition is found and handled. There are no medical tests for so-called ADHD, because it isn’t a real illness. It is simply an excuse to produce and sell drugs. The fact that these drugs are harmful and addictive just means that psychiatrists are producing patients for life in order to ensure a continuing stream of income.

Click here to find out the alternatives to psychiatric drugs.

Former Glaxo Lawyer Indicted

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

A former vice president and associate general counsel for the British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline was just indicted by the U.S. Justice Department on charges of making false statements and obstructing a federal investigation into illegal drug marketing. [Read the full article here.]

Lauren C. Stevens of Durham, N.C. is accused of lying to the Food and Drug Administration by denying that Glaxo had promoted the antidepressant Wellbutrin for off-label use as a weight loss treatment.

Doctors are free to use any approved drug for any use they see fit, but pharmaceutical companies are prohibited from marketing the drugs for uses that have not been approved by the F.D.A.

In October GlaxoSmithKline had agreed to pay $750 million to settle civil and criminal complaints that it sold defective drugs, including the antidepressant Paxil, manufactured in Puerto Rico.

While psychiatrists cry about “reducing stigma,” it is their labels and treatment that initially create the stigma. And now, they are pushing depression drugs for people who want to lose weight.

[Editorial Comment: Talk about creating stigma — “you must be depressed if you want to lose weight;” give me a break!]

People are labeled “mentally ill” with diagnoses that are completely subjective and then subjected to dangerous and addictive mind-altering drugs in order to change their behavior. It’s pretty clear where the “stigmatization” is coming from. It’s coming from the mental health monopoly that stands to profit at the sake of people seeking help.

Click here for more information about the harmful effects of Wellbutrin (buproprion HCL) and Paxil (paroxetine).

Click here for more information about psychiatric fraud.

Click here for more information about the alternatives to psychiatric drugging.

Dead Wrong: How Psychiatric Drugs Can Kill Your Child

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

This searing documentary exposes how devastating—and deadly—psychiatric drugs can be for children and families.

Psychiatrists claim their drugs are safe for children?

Once you hear what eight brave mothers, their families, health experts, drug counselors and doctors have to say instead, you will come away convinced of one thing…

Psychiatrists are DEAD WRONG.


Watch the Dead Wrong documentary now online at http://www.cchr.org/.

Order the DVD to show to your family and friends.