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More About Drugs

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

Why do we sometimes say “psychiatric drug” and other times we say “psychotropic drug?”

Generally, the terms are used interchangeably, but let’s examine the differences and similarities.

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Drug: 1) A substance (other than food) that, when taken into the body, produces a change. 2) Essentially a poison; the amount taken determines the effect. A small amount is a stimulant (speeds you up.) A greater amount acts as a sedative (slows you down.) An even larger amount poisons and can kill. This is true of any drug. [Old French drogue; perhaps from Dutch drog, meaning dry — possibly referring to dried herbs]

Psychiatric: Having to do with the supposed study and treatment of “mental disorders.” [Greek psyche, soul, mind + iatreia, cure]

Psychotropic: Having an effect on psychic function, behavior, or experience; mood-altering. [Greek psyche, soul, mind + trope, a turning]

We specifically say “drug” rather than “medication” or “medicine” in order to emphasize that these substances are not legitimate medical treatments.

We might say “psychiatric drug” in order to emphasize that these are promoted by the psychiatric mental health industry.

We might say “psychotropic drug” in order to emphasize that these have powerful effects on the mind, including side effects such as violence and suicide.

Much of what you hear about drugs actually comes from those selling them. Don’t be fooled; find out about it yourself.

Psychotropic drugs are increasingly being exposed as chemical toxins with the power to kill. Psychiatrists claim their drugs save lives, but according to their own studies, psychotropic drugs can double the risk of suicide. And long-term use has been proven to create a lifetime of damage, a fact ignored by psychiatrists. Psychotropic drugs now kill an estimated 42,000 people every year.

People take drugs because they want to change something about their lives. They think drugs are a solution. But eventually, the drugs become the problem.

worse not better

Drugs block off all sensations, the desirable ones with the unwanted. So, while providing short-term help in the relief of pain, they also wipe out ability and alertness and muddy one’s thinking. Drugs blur memory, causing blank spots. Drugs make a person feel slow or stupid and cause him to have failures in life. And as he has more failures and life gets harder, he wants more drugs to help him deal with the problem. When the drug wears off, the crash is even lower than before. Each time, the emotional plunge is lower and lower.

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Abuse of prescription drugs like psychotropic drugs has become a more serious problem than most street drugs. They may appear “safe” due to being prescribed by doctors, but they can be just as addictive and potent as the heroin or cocaine sold on the street, with painful withdrawal symptoms for those who try to quit.

Depressants such as the psychiatric drugs Xanax, Valium, Halcion, Librium, Ativan, and Klonopin, can cause impairment of memory, judgment and coordination, irritability, paranoia, and suicidal thoughts. Some people experience the opposite of the intended effects, such as agitation or aggression. Tolerance to many depressants can develop rapidly, with larger doses needed to achieve the same effect. This can lead to death by overdose.

Stimulants such as the psychiatric drugs Ritalin and Concerta temporarily increase energy, but lead to exhaustion, apathy and depression — the “down” that follows the “up.” This quickly leads the user to want the drug again. Repeated high doses of some stimulants over a short period can lead to feelings of hostility or paranoia.

Antidepressants such as the psychiatric drugs Prozac, Paxil, Celexa, Zoloft, and Effexor have equally disastrous side effects. One study found that 14% of the young people taking an antidepressant became aggressive and even violent.

Depressants, opioids and antidepressants are responsible for more overdose deaths than cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and amphetamines combined.

Mood stabilizers such as the psychotropic drugs Lithium and Depakote are highly toxic drugs used to treat what psychiatrists call “manic depression,” now referred to as “bipolar disorder.” Many experts agree that because there are no lab tests to confirm the presence or absence of any psychiatric disorder, psychiatric diagnoses such as bipolar are speculative and unscientific. In fact, drugs used to treat bipolar can actually cause the very same symptoms that psychiatrists claim it handles.

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Do not think that these drugs, whether we call them psychiatric drugs or psychotropic drugs, heal anything. They are intended to cover up or “mask” your problems. Meanwhile, they tend to wear out your body.

What about those who say psychotropic drugs really do make them feel better? “What ends up happening,” says Dr. Beth McDougall, a health center medical director, “is that someone feels good for a while and then very often they have to have their dose increased. And then they feel good for a while and then they might have to have it increased again, or maybe they’ll switch agents. So it’s that kind of a story, if you’re not actually getting to the root of what’s going on.”

There is no question that people do experience problems and upsets in life that may result in mental troubles, sometimes very serious. But to say that these are “medical diseases” or caused by a “chemical imbalance” that can only be treated with dangerous drugs is dishonest, harmful and often deadly. What psychiatric drugs do instead is mask the real cause of problems, often denying you the opportunity to search for workable, effective solutions.

According to the California Department of Mental Health Medical Evaluation Field Manual: “Mental health professionals working within a mental health system have a professional and a legal obligation to recognize the presence of physical disease in their patients…physical diseases may cause a patient’s mental disorder [or] may worsen a mental disorder…”

Patients and physicians must urge their government representatives to endorse and fund non-drug workable alternatives to dangerous psychiatric drugs.

In Memoriam: Dr. Thomas Szasz

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

Professor Thomas Szasz, iconic champion for liberty, pioneer in the fight against coercive psychiatry and co-founder of Citizens Commission on Human Rights, has passed away at the age of 92.

Considered by many scholars and academics to be psychiatry’s most authoritative critic, Dr. Szasz authored hundreds of articles and more than 35 books on the subject, the first being The Myth of Mental Illness, a book which rocked the very foundations of psychiatry when published more than 50 years ago. Szasz was Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus at the State University of New York, Adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute, Lifetime Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Fellow of the International Academy of Forensic Psychology, whose life long list of educational accomplishments, credentials, honors, biographical listings and awards speak for themselves.

Szasz had long criticized the use of psychiatry as a means of social and political control stating, “Although we may not know it, we have, in our day, witnessed the birth of the Therapeutic State. This is perhaps the major implication of psychiatry as an institution of social control. When I use the term therapeutic state, I use it ironically, it’s therapeutic for the people who are doing the locking up, who are doing the therapy, it’s not therapeutic for the victims, for the patients.”

Dr. Szasz’s alliance with CCHR was formed out of this fundamental philosophy. He didn’t just write and speak about the use of coercive psychiatry, he personally represented the victims of it. In 1969 as a forming member of CCHR, he spoke on behalf of a Hungarian refugee, Victor Gyory, who had been involuntarily committed to a psychiatric institution, stripped naked, held in isolation against his will, and forced to undergo electroshock. Szasz established that it was solely due to Gyory’s inability to speak English that had resulted in psychiatrists labeling him schizophrenic. Szasz’s testimony led to the hospital director discharging Gyory, a precedent-setting victory against involuntary commitment and coercive psychiatry.

Read the full article by clicking here.

“I am probably the only psychiatrist in the world whose hands are clean,” Szasz told the Syracuse Post-Standard newspaper in a 1992 interview. “I have never committed anyone. I have never given electric shock. I have never, ever, given drugs to a mental patient.”

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Federal Government Hiring More Fraudiatric Help For Veterans

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

President Obama signed an executive order on Friday, August 31, directing the Veterans Administration to hire 1,600 new mental health professionals, as reported by NPR.

Salient quotes from the executive order:

“Since September 11, 2001, more than two million service members have deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan. Long deployments and intense combat conditions require optimal support for the emotional and mental health needs of our service members and their families. The need for mental health services will only increase in the coming years as the Nation deals with the effects of more than a decade of conflict.”

“Department of Veterans Affairs shall ensure that any veteran identifying him or herself as being in crisis connects with a mental health professional or trained mental health worker within 24 hours.”

“The Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense shall jointly develop and implement a national suicide prevention campaign focused on connecting veterans and service members to mental health services.”

“The lack of full understanding of the underlying mechanisms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), other mental health conditions, and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) has hampered progress in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. In order to improve the coordination of agency research into these conditions and reduce the number of affected men and women through better prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, the Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs, Health and Human Services, and Education, in coordination with the Office of Science and Technology Policy, shall establish a National Research Action Plan within 8 months of the date of this order.”

“Within 180 days of the date of this order, in those service areas where the Department of Veterans Affairs has faced challenges in hiring and placing mental health service providers and continues to have unfilled vacancies or long wait times, the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services shall establish pilot projects whereby the Department of Veterans Affairs contracts or develops formal arrangements with community based providers, such as community mental health clinics, community health centers, substance abuse treatment facilities, and rural health clinics.”

“The Departments of Defense and Health and Human Services shall engage in a comprehensive longitudinal mental health study with an emphasis on PTSD, TBI, and related injuries to develop better prevention, diagnosis, and treatment options.”

What does this mean?

There is a lot more; read the full executive order here.

On the surface, it is most politically correct to provide support for veterans with mental trauma. But what treatments are actually provided by the mental health industry? More psychiatric drugs! The very drugs that are already known to cause violence and suicide.

The fact missed by most is that psychiatric, mind-altering drugs have been found to be the common factor in an overwhelming number of acts of random senseless violence.

These drugs, on an ever increasing rise in society and in the military, are actually creating acts of violence. The scientific research documenting the connection between violence, suicide and psychiatric drugs is overwhelming.

The use of psychiatric drugs escalates when the government, the mental health industry, and the psychopharmaceutical industry target new markets to increase profits. Antidepressants are a hoax — a hoax that is killing members and veterans of our armed services.

So-called post-traumatic stress disorder emerged in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, when veterans were having difficulties overcoming the brutal events they had witnessed. Three American psychiatrists coined the term PTSD and lobbied for its inclusion in the 1980 edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. While the effects of war are devastating, psychiatrists use people’s logical reactions to it to make money at the expense of their vulnerability.

Some experts say that most of the soldiers suffering the effects of participating in particularly dangerous missions were experiencing battle fatigue, or in other words, exhaustion, not “mental illness.”

Today, PTSD has become blurred as a catch-all diagnosis for some 175 combinations of symptoms, becoming the label for identifying the impact of adverse events on ordinary people. This means that normal responses to catastrophic events have often been interpreted as mental disorders.

Psychiatric trauma treatment at best is useless, and at worst highly destructive to victims seeking help. By medicalizing what is a non-medical condition and introducing harmful drugs as a therapy, victims have been denied effective treatment options.

In 2010, at least one in six service members was taking a psychiatric drug. What do you suppose the number is now? What do you suppose the consequences will be with 1,600 more mental health workers in the Veterans Administration?

Contact the White House here and provide your opinion, or call the White House Comment Line at 202-456-1111 and express your point of view. Contact your local, state and federal officials and tell them what you think. Write General Lloyd James Austin III, Army Vice Chief of Staff, at 1400 Defense Pentagon, Washington DC 20301-1400. Write the Honorable Eric K. Shinseki, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, at 810 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20420.

They’re Taking Me Away

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

They’re Taking Me Away

Nuisance Abatement Vehicle

Guess where this could take you for a 96-hour
drugged-silly vacation?

Missouri Revised Statutes Chapter 632 Section 305:
An application for detention of any person for 96 hours for evaluation and treatment may be executed by any adult person who alleges under oath that the applicant has reason to believe that the respondent is suffering from a mental disorder and presents a likelihood of serious harm to himself or to others.

In other words, all you have to do in Missouri to get someone a one-way ride in this police limo is to claim the person is trying to kill you. Oops, you didn’t hear me say that; we don’t want to encourage the frivolous use of this lawful involuntary commitment mechanism. Oops, they call it “civil” commitment, or “detention,” because “involuntary” sounds so intimidating.

We suggest you download and execute the psychiatric Living Will, and carry a copy with you all the time. A Living Will lets you specify decisions about your health care treatment in advance. Should you be in a position where you are to be subject to unwanted psychiatric hospitalization and/or mental or medical treatment, this Letter of Protection from Psychiatric Incarceration and/or Treatment directs that such incarceration, hospitalization, treatment or procedures not be imposed, committed or used on you. Download the document and follow the instructions now.

For more information about involuntary commitment, download and read the CCHR booklet “Involuntary Psychiatric Commitment – A Crack in the Door of Constitutional Freedoms.”

The Beginning of Wisdom

Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

The Beginning of Wisdom

is to call things by their right name.

[Chinese Proverb attributed
to Confucius
]

That is, identify the true quality of a thing by its name.

The Kabbalah further refines this by saying that one should be called according to one’s deeds.

So, in this newsletter we will be calling psychiatry by its real name, fraudiatry.

dept of mental health doorwayEnter Fraudiatry at your own risk.

News from the St. Louis Business Journal (August 30, 2012):

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, along with 37 other attorneys general, have reached a $181 million settlement with Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson.

The state of Missouri will receive more than $4.3 million from the settlement, while Illinois will receive $8.3 million under the agreement. In Missouri, 75 percent will go into the state’s general revenue and 25 percent will go into the Merchandising Practices Revolving Fund, which is used for consumer protection actions in the attorney general’s office.

The settlement resolves allegations that Janssen engaged in unfair and deceptive practices when it marketed Risperdal, a drug used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia, for unapproved or off-label uses. Koster said Janssen marketed Risperdal for uses for which the FDA had denied approval.

The fraudiatric drug Risperdal is a major tranquilizer, or neuroleptic, known to cause involuntary muscular movement, confusion, nerve damage, diabetes, and premature death, among other horrific side effects. In June, 2008, the FDA issued a warning to healthcare professionals that this class of drugs is associated with an increased risk of mortality in elderly patients treated for dementia-related psychosis. In April, 2009, the Irish Medicines Board published a warning about antipsychotics causing a risk of stroke.

Do not think that these drugs heal anything. They are intended to cover up or “mask” problems. Meanwhile, they tend to wear out the body. Like a car run on rocket fuel, it may run a thousand miles an hour to the end of the block, but the tires, the engine and the internal parts fly apart in doing so. Side effects can sometimes be more pronounced than a drug’s intended effects. They are, in fact, the body’s natural response to the invasion of a chemical that is confusing its normal functions.

Antipsychotic drugs like Risperdal damage the extensive complex network of nerve fibers that moderate motor control, resulting in muscle rigidity, spasms and various involuntary movements.

There is no question that people do experience problems and upsets in life that may result in mental troubles, sometimes very serious.

But to say that these are “medical diseases” or caused by a “chemical imbalance” that can only be treated with dangerous drugs is dishonest, harmful and often deadly. What fraudiatric drugs do instead is mask the real cause of problems, often denying a person the opportunity to search for workable, effective solutions.

Fraudiatrists routinely do not inform patients of nondrug treatments, nor do they conduct thorough medical examinations to ensure that a person’s problem does not stem from an untreated medical condition that is causing the mental disturbance. Therefore, it is recommended that all patients first see a medical doctor (especially one who is familiar with nutritional needs), who should obtain and review a thorough medical history of the patient and conduct a complete physical exam, ruling out all the possible problems that might cause the person’s symptoms. According to top experts, the majority of people having mental problems are actually suffering from a real medical issue that is causing emotional stress.