Archive for February, 2011

The DSM-V Folly

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

If you read last month’s Gary Greenberg article in Wired magazine about the folly of the DSM-V (“The Book of Woe – Inside the Battle to Define Mental Illness“) you may be interested in a follow-up just published in the Wired letters column.

The article covered the controversy surrounding the upcoming fifth edition of psychiatry’s billing bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Greenberg said, “What the battle over DSM-5 should make clear to all of us—professional and layman alike—is that psychiatric diagnosis will probably always be laden with uncertainty, that the labels doctors give us for our suffering will forever be at least as much the product of negotiations around a conference table as investigations at a lab bench.”

The follow-up in the March issue is a quote, in response to the article, from Jay S. Kwawer, director of the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, and Psychology in New York, who said, “The DSM is potentially even more pernicious than Greenberg’s account. This manual has increasingly shaped patterns of reimbursement by insurers; clinicians have every incentive to fit the diagnosis to what health insurance companies will pay for. The resulting epidemiological data (incidence, prevalence, comorbidity, and so forth) are skewed by clinicians who barter their integrity in return for fee-for-service. In effect, DSM has contributed to making liars of us all.”

[Epidemiology is the study of patterns of health and illness and their associated factors in a population, from Latin epi demos, “among the people.” Comorbidity is the presence of more than one diagnosis at the same time, from Latin co—morbus, “along with—disease.”]

The scientific validity of the DSM has come under increasing attack from medical professionals and scientific experts, calling it junk science. The truth is that when we try to fit psychiatry into the definition of a true science, it fails the test. The lack of science behind the DSM gives a clear idea of why it has earned such criticism.

Click here for more information about the DSM-V.

The Bipolar Disorder Hoax

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Many people think that psychiatric disorders are the same as medical diseases or illnesses. While mainstream physical medicine deals with diseases such as malaria, bronchitis and hepatitis that have exact, identifiable physical causes, psychiatry deals with disorders.

Disorders are names given to undesirable feelings and behavior for which no exact physical causes have been isolated. These mental disorders are frequently referred to as “illnesses” or “diseases” but they are not the same thing. This difference sets psychiatry far apart from the usual practice of medicine.

Bipolar disorder is characterized by unusual shifts in a person’s mood, energy and ability to function. Its symptoms are severe mood swings from one extreme of overly high and/or irritable (mania) to sad and hopeless (depression), then back again.

In the 1800’s, bipolar was known as manic depression, a term invented by German psychiatrist Emil Kraepelin. In 1953, another German psychiatrist, Karl Kleist coined the term “bipolar.” Other psychiatrists have attempted to describe it, including Kleis’ student, Karl Leonhard.

Bipolar disorder was first officially introduced into the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in the 1980’s, but was largely considered to be an adult “disorder.”

In January 2002, the Medicine Journal reported: “The etiology (cause) and pathophysiology (the function or action of ‘’abnormal’ states in people) of bipolar disorder (BPD) have not been determined, and no objective biological markers exist that correspond definitively with the disease state.” Nor have any genes “been definitely identified” for bipolar disorder.

Pediatric neurologist Fred Baughman, Jr., wrote: “The fact of the matter is—and a fact to which the country had better wake up—is that there is no abnormality to be found in any of psychiatry’s ‘diseases’—not in infants, not in toddlers, not in preschoolers, not at any age. Without invented ‘diseases,’ the psychiatric-pharmaceutical cartel would have nothing to treat. These are normal children with disciplinary and educational problems that can and must be resolved without recourse to drugs. Deceiving and drugging is not the practice of medicine. It is
criminal.”

Bear in mind that the “treatments” being prescribed are for “disorders” that are not physical illnesses—essentially, they are being prescribed for something that does not exist.

bipolar disorder

No one denies that people can have difficult problems in their lives, that at times they can be mentally unstable, subject to unreasonable depression, anxiety or panic. Mental health care is therefore both valid and necessary. However, the emphasis must be on workable mental healing methods that improve and strengthen individuals and thereby society by restoring people to personal strength, ability, competence, confidence, stability, responsibility and spiritual well-being. Psychiatric drugs and psychiatric treatments are not workable.

Click here for more information and to download and read the CCHR Report on Bipolar Disorder.

Reboot Missouri State Government

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Make your ideas heard on how to make the Missouri state government more streamlined. Senate Leader Robert Mayer, on behalf of the Missouri Senate, invites Missouri residents to submit ideas on how to reboot Missouri State Government – whether it be through more control, alterations or deletions.

The webpage at http://www.senate.mo.gov/RebootMO/ is one step in the Missouri Senate’s effort to identify ways to make government smaller and more efficient. Every idea will be considered.

Just enter your ideas at http://www.senate.mo.gov/RebootMO/RebootMO.aspx. Anonymous submissions will be accepted. Constituents are also invited to contact their state senators directly to submit ideas. Go here to find out who is your state senator: http://www.senate.mo.gov/.

A Few Suggestions

  • Mental Health Insurance Parity needs to be abolished in this state. It acts essentially as a tax give-away to the vested interests of the mental health industry.
  • Assign the Department of Health to open “Free State Health Clinics” on the grounds of our state mental hospitals using the saved tax money from the Department of Mental Health. The facilities already exist; we only need good doctors to man the examining rooms.
  • Hold open and very public investigations into the activities of the Department of Mental Health. Thousands of Missourian citizens are being harmed by the psychiatrists in state employ. Additionally hundreds are routinely kept incarcerated far past the time of simple prison sentence.
  • Severely cut the Department of Mental Health’s bloated wasteful budget. We can easily save millions of tax dollars by using no psychotropic drugs on our citizens. These are now being shown to actually cause more medical problems than they supposedly help.
  • Fold the Department of Mental Health into the Department of Health and Senior Services. The DMH cannot manage itself, witness State Auditor’s investigation and reported deaths in state-run facilities. DMH is an agency out of control.
  • Abolish the practice of Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT) in this state. This barbaric pseudo-medical treatment is responsible for thousands of Missouri citizens being on the roles of Medicare and Medicaid. ECT causes permanent brain damage and the victims rely on Medicaid to survive.
  • Change the Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity rules in the states legal system. Our (NGRI) rules allow the career criminal to use the system to evade prison. They are routinely released earlier than if they were incarcerated in our prisons. Establish a firm “If you do the crime, then you do the time” policy.

Deadly Restraints

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

Deadly Restraints

To state the obvious, psychiatric “care” is not supposed to kill patients, and no one expects patients to die in psychiatric hospitals. Yet this is what quietly happens under the watchful eye of psychiatrists every day in psychiatric institutions around the world.

Restraint “procedures” are the most visible evidence of the barbaric practices that psychiatrists choose to call therapy or treatment. Such psychiatric brutality does not soften, as human compassion would deem appropriate, even for the sake of youth or elderly.

Download and read the free CCHR booklet Deadly Restraints — Psychiatry’s “Therapeutic” Assault — Report and recommendations on the violent and dangerous use of restraints in mental health facilities.

Psychiatric restraint procedures, and all other psychiatric procedures for that matter, qualify as “assault and battery” in every respect except one; they are lawful. Psychiatry has placed itself above the law, from where it can assault and batter its unfortunate victims with a complete lack of accountability, all in the name of “treatment.”