Citizens Commission on Human Rights St. Louis http://www.cchrstl.org/wordpress CCHR STL Blog and News Archive Mon, 14 Oct 2019 20:21:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 100522188 Nursing Homes Abusing Dementia Patients with Antipsychotics http://www.cchrstl.org/wordpress/2019/10/14/nursing-homes-abusing-dementia-patients-with-antipsychotics/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=nursing-homes-abusing-dementia-patients-with-antipsychotics http://www.cchrstl.org/wordpress/2019/10/14/nursing-homes-abusing-dementia-patients-with-antipsychotics/#respond Mon, 14 Oct 2019 20:21:57 +0000 http://www.cchrstl.org/wordpress/?p=1632 A Human Rights Watch report found that many nursing homes are sedating their dementia residents by misusing antipsychotic drugs.

Former nursing home administrators admitted doling out drugs without having appropriate diagnoses, securing informed consent or divulging risks.

Having observed this personally for myself in a local St. Louis elder care facility, it is no surprise.

The report estimates that each week more than 179,000 elderly people living in U.S. nursing homes are fraudulently given antipsychotic drugs, without an approved psychiatric diagnosis, to suppress difficult behaviors and ease the load on overwhelmed staff.

This abusive practice benefits drugmakers to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars, largely at the expense of the U.S. government.

Furthermore, the FDA has not deemed antipsychotic drugs an effective or safe way to treat symptoms associated with dementia. In fact, the FDA cautions that these drugs pose dangers for elderly patients with dementia, even doubling the risk of death.

Missouri’s antipsychotic use rate has remained around 18.5% or higher since 2016, and at 18.6 percent it’s now fifth worst in the nation.

Current research indicates that the fewer nurses available per patient, the more likely antipsychotics are to be improperly prescribed.

The shocking truth is that one in five seniors in the U.S. suffers from abusively prescribed psychoactive drugs. The psychiatric industry gets away with this abuse because they have fraudulently redefined old age as a “mental illness” in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) and the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11).

Examples of diagnoses that could be age-related

DSM-5: Phase of life problem, Problem related to living in a residential institution, Insufficient social insurance or welfare support, Alzheimer’s disease; and of course the catch-all Unspecified mental disorder

ICD-11: Various categories of Dementia; and in contrast to the DSM, the ICD just names it outright as Old age

A For-Profit Disease

To psychiatrists old age is a “mental disorder,” a for-profit disease for which they have no cure, but for which they will happily supply endless prescriptions of psychoactive drugs or electro-convulsive therapy. In most cases, the elderly are merely suffering from physical problems related to their age; for which psychiatry’s answer is to label them “depressed” or having “dementia.”

Through these fraudulent diagnoses, psychiatrists can involuntarily commit the elderly to a psychiatric facility, take control of their finances, override their wishes regarding their business, property or health care needs, and defraud their health insurance.

If an elderly person in your environment is displaying symptoms of mental trauma or unusual behavior, ensure that they get competent medical care from a non-psychiatric doctor. Insist upon a thorough physical examination to determine whether an underlying, undiagnosed physical problem is causing the condition.

For more information, download and read the CCHR bookletElderly Abuse – Cruel Mental Health Programs – Report and recommendations on psychiatry abusing seniors.

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Schizophrenia: The Sacred Symbol of Psychiatry http://www.cchrstl.org/wordpress/2019/10/07/schizophrenia-the-sacred-symbol-of-psychiatry/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=schizophrenia-the-sacred-symbol-of-psychiatry http://www.cchrstl.org/wordpress/2019/10/07/schizophrenia-the-sacred-symbol-of-psychiatry/#respond Mon, 07 Oct 2019 17:55:57 +0000 http://www.cchrstl.org/wordpress/?p=1629 In 1976 Dr. Thomas Szasz, the co-founder of CCHR, published an article in The British Journal of Psychiatry called “Schizophrenia: The Sacred Symbol of Psychiatry,” in which Szasz argues that there is no such disease as schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia — the most common and most disabling of the so-called mental illnesses — has become the poster disease for psychiatry, the psychiatric symbol of why we need psychiatrists.

However, Szasz recognized that there are no clinical tests for such a “disease,” and that labeling the symptoms was rather psychiatry’s attempt to control deviant behavior rather than to cure disease.

Szasz stated that “schizophrenia is defined so vaguely that, in actuality, it is a term often applied to almost any kind of behavior of which the speaker disapproves.”

Psychiatrists today remain committed to labeling “schizophrenia” a mental disease despite, after a century of research, the complete absence of objective proof that it exists as a physical brain abnormality.

The unfortunate aspect of this is that psychiatry clings tenaciously to antipsychotics as the treatment for “schizophrenia,” despite their proven risks and studies which show that when patients stop taking these drugs, they improve.

Psychiatry is Enamored of Symbols

This deserves a more complete examination of the subject of “symbols.” We name, or label, objects and ideas, which in itself is not a bad thing, as long as we realize that the symbol is not the thing itself.

A symbol is something which has mass, meaning and mobility. An example is a body. We label a body with a name which we then use to mean the person; the body moves, carrying its mass and meaning around for others to see and experience.

On top of that, we label it “schizophrenic”, so we have a symbol of a symbol. Now we don’t have to directly confront the painful symptoms; we just label it “a schizophrenic.” We no longer have to cure it, since now we “know” what it is.

Psychiatry insists that one have a label, which is one way to trap and keep a person located. Using and being slaves to symbols is basically a substitute for just knowing. We no longer have to really know what it is, because we “know” it is “a schizophrenic.” So psychiatry has operated on this basis for over a hundred years, never really finding out what schizophrenia is so it can be cured. People just have to live with it, and take psychiatric drugs which are highly profitable and which suppress the symptoms but do not actually fix it.

Psychiatry Uses Other Symbols As Well

The psychiatric or psychological analysis of symbols in dreams has been a fruitless red herring for many centuries. It can certainly be interesting and fun to imagine all the ways dreams could be interpreted; but really, it doesn’t actually lead to cures. Dreams are mostly puns on words and situations.  Thiamine (vitamin B1) has been used successfully at doses of 250 mg/day to treat patients having nightmares. B1 at roughly $20 per bottle beats any anti-anxiety or anti-psychotic drug currently being prescribed for bad dreams, since one of the possible side effects of these drugs is (wait for it…) nightmares!

Now think of the Rorschach Ink Blot Test, originally developed in 1921 by Swiss psychologist Hermann Rorschach as a tool for the diagnosis and labeling of schizophrenia. Over the years several different scoring systems were used, including pure subjective judgment; one present day scoring system wasn’t developed until the 1960s, and another scoring system was published in 2011. There are naturally many critics of these systems, including some court cases calling the results bogus.

Given the fraudulent nature of psychiatric “diagnosis” in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) and the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), we are calling the Rorschach symbol test a total hoax.

And Speaking of the DSM and the ICD

Of course, the names of so-called mental disorders in the DSM and ICD are the ultimate in misleading symbols. They appear to designate actual mental states, but upon close inspection they are empty of scientific meaning.

With these tomes, psychiatry has taken countless aspects of normal human behavior and reclassified them as a “mental illness” simply by adding the term “disorder” onto them. As the diagnoses completely lack scientific criteria, anyone can be labeled mentally ill, and subjected to dangerous and life threatening “treatments” based solely on opinion.

Though the DSM weighs less than five pounds, its influence pervades all aspects of modern American society: our governments, our courts, our military, our media and our schools.

Using it, psychiatrists can enforce psychiatric drugging, seize your children and even take away your most precious personal freedoms. It is the engine that drives a $330 billion psychiatric industry.

Missouri law explicitly names the DSM as the official reference for mental illnesses. Contact your State Senator and Representative and ask them to remove all references to the DSM from State Law. We should not support symbolism that hits you over the head; a symbol should not be a cymbal.

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How psychiatry Perpetuates Poverty http://www.cchrstl.org/wordpress/2019/09/29/how-psychiatry-perpetuates-poverty/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-psychiatry-perpetuates-poverty http://www.cchrstl.org/wordpress/2019/09/29/how-psychiatry-perpetuates-poverty/#respond Sun, 29 Sep 2019 19:22:12 +0000 http://www.cchrstl.org/wordpress/?p=1619 Reference:  United Nations Promoting Sustainable Development
Resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 25 September 2015
“Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”
Sustainable: Of, relating to, or being a method or lifestyle for using resources so that the resources can be maintained and continued, and are not depleted or permanently damaged.
[from Old French sustenir (French: soutenir), from Latin sustineo, sustinere, from sub- (under) + teneo (hold, uphold, possess, guard, maintain)]

The U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

The 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and their 169 associated targets adopted in 2015 and accepted by all Member States seek to realize the human rights of all and balance economic, social and environmental factors towards peace and prosperity for all.

To this end we examine some of the existing factors which block or inhibit the realization of these goals, and which must be eliminated so that the goals can be achieved in practice.

SDG 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere.

Target 1.5: By 2030, build the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations and reduce their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters.

How Psychiatry Obstructs Target 1.5

One-fourth of America’s children live in extreme poverty. Poor children are likelier to be given harmful and addictive antipsychotics, particularly children in the foster care system. Children covered by Medicaid are given powerful antipsychotic drugs at a rate four times higher than children whose parents have private insurance.

There is a clear psychiatric intention to keep poor people poor by inundating them with harmful psychotropic drugs by fraudulently diagnosing them with fake mental diseases. Contrary to psychiatric opinion, children are not “experimental animals,” they are human beings who have every right to expect protection, care, love and the chance to reach their full potential in life. They will only be denied this from within the verbal and chemical straitjackets that are psychiatry’s labels and drugs.

Psychiatry must be eradicated so that SDG 1 can occur.

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Psychiatric Mind Games http://www.cchrstl.org/wordpress/2019/09/25/psychiatric-mind-games/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=psychiatric-mind-games http://www.cchrstl.org/wordpress/2019/09/25/psychiatric-mind-games/#respond Wed, 25 Sep 2019 15:37:01 +0000 http://www.cchrstl.org/wordpress/?p=1614 Today we are going to discuss games.

English definitions of a game (this word has more than one meaning in English, as is common for many English words): activity engaged in for diversion or amusement; a procedure or strategy for gaining an end; an illegal or shady scheme; a physical or mental competition; an activity regarded as a contest; wild animals hunted for sport or food.
[Traced back to Old Norse gaman “sport, amusement”.]

Technical definition of a game: A game consists of freedoms, barriers and purposes; plus control and uncontrol. An opponent must be uncontrolled, otherwise it wouldn’t be a game.

Freedom: Something one is allowed to do.
Barrier: Something one is not allowed to do, or an obstacle.
Purpose: The “why” of the activity.

These are often shortened to “the rules.”

Games also have a wienie, meaning a prize or result.

The physical universe is a game consisting of barriers.
Life in general is a set of games. A motto of Life is “Any game is better than no game.”

There are many conditions which either contribute to a game or which hinder a game. Examples of conditions which contribute to a game are attention and motion. Examples of conditions which hinder a game are no attention and no motion.

Ideally a player would know that he or she is playing a game. All too often, a player (in this case a pawn) may not know or understand that he or she is being played in a game. Thus one must have the power of choice to play or not to play in a game.

Psychiatric Abuse of Games

The psychiatric industry is attempting to make games the subject of mental disorders, so they can prescribe harmful psychotropic drugs and make some money off of it. The International Classification of Diseases Revision 11 (ICD-11) has a category called “Gaming disorder”, in which a person is labeled mentally ill for persistently playing digital or video games.

The late professor Thomas Szasz said, “If we recognize that ‘mental illness’ is a metaphor for disapproved thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, we are compelled to recognize as well that the primary function of Psychiatry is to control thought, mood, and behavior.”

In other words, psychiatry wants to regulate your games because they disapprove of your power of choice in selecting which games you want to play and when you want to play them.

ICD-11 also categorizes two conditions of games as mental illnesses. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is diagnosed by persistent inattention (a no-games condition) or hyperactivity (a high degree of motion, or a games condition.) Again, an attempt to put the kibosh on a person’s natural game behavior because a psychiatrist cannot tolerate and disapproves of either the motion or the motionlessness.

The High Stakes Psychiatric Drug Money Game

The game that psychiatry is playing, to everyone else’s disadvantage, is the high stakes drug money game. Billions of dollars are riding on harmful psychiatric drugs. Medicaid spends more than $6 billion per year on psychiatric drugs, paid for by taxpayers. The annual revenue for ADHD drugs in the United States is $13 billion. Annual sales of antipsychotics in the U.S. is expected to reach $18.5 billion by 2022. And drugs are just the tip of the psychiatric money game; The United States loses approximately $100 billion to healthcare fraud each year, and up to $40 billion of this is due to fraudulent practices in the mental health industry.

Psychiatric Mind Games

“Mind Game” is an idiom which means “an act of calculated psychological manipulation, done especially to confuse or intimidate.” Psychiatry continually plays these mind games by redefining words and using misleading advertising to make one think they are helping when actually they are harming.

For example, the psychiatric drug Addyi is advertised as the “female viagra” when in reality it is an antidepressant.

Chantix is advertised as a smoking cessation drug when in reality it is a benzodiazepine-based anti-anxiety drug.

Electroshock (electroconvulsive therapy or ECT) is blatantly advertised as safe and effective when in fact it destroys brain cells and memory and is a gross violation of human rights.

Ketamine and Spravato are being relentlessly touted as new antidepressants when in fact they are just anesthetics which knock you out so you don’t feel much of anything.

The Bottom Line

So basically, psychiatric games are all barriers, no freedoms, and a purpose to harm and defraud.

And if you play their game, you are a pawn and not a player.

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A Killing Rampage Without Guns http://www.cchrstl.org/wordpress/2019/09/17/a-killing-rampage-without-guns/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=a-killing-rampage-without-guns http://www.cchrstl.org/wordpress/2019/09/17/a-killing-rampage-without-guns/#respond Tue, 17 Sep 2019 13:39:14 +0000 http://www.cchrstl.org/wordpress/?p=1598 An attacker killed eight students and injured two others with a cleaver (NOT a gun) at an elementary school in Chaoyangpo village of Enshi city in the Hubei province of central China on September 3, 2019.

China tightly restricts private gun ownership, making knives and homemade explosives the most common weapons in violent crimes.”

The attacker was released in June, 2018, after serving more than eight years in jail for attempted murder. We aren’t sure about China, but in the U.S. prison inmates are regularly dosed with dangerous psychiatric drugs known to cause violence and suicide.

As of this writing, the case is still under investigation and no motive has been found for the attacks. Not much additional information is available, so speculation abounds. Our own speculation is that the attacker was most probably given psychiatric drugs while incarcerated, drugs which are known to cause violence and suicide.

We do know that China’s Ministry of Public Security uses psychiatric involuntary commitment to remove dissidents from society.

“Given the enormous increases in psychiatric drug sales in China, there is little doubt that the pharmaceutical industry has landed a lucrative market, driven by a psychiatric community willing to deliberately politicize psychiatric labeling.

Under China’s current system of compulsory mental health treatment, people can be sent to asylums for treatment against their will by blood relatives or spouses, and forcibly given harmful psychiatric drugs.

It has also been well documented that psychiatric torture occurs inside Chinese prisons, often conducted with the goal of securing a confession, even though the Chinese government has officially made obtaining confessions through the use of torture illegal.

Let’s just aim for the right target and get the actual data, shall we? At least in the U.S. we can contact our government officials and urge them to hold legislative hearings to fully investigate the correlation between psychiatric drugs, violence, and suicide. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, representing the U.S. government’s interest in protecting citizens from harmful drugs, already says that antidepressants increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior; children and adolescents who are started on antidepressants should be observed closely for clinical worsening, suicidality, agitation, irritability, or unusual changes in behavior. And keep those meat cleavers away from kids on Prozac.

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Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. [Buddhist proverb] http://www.cchrstl.org/wordpress/2019/09/08/pain-is-inevitable-suffering-is-optional/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=pain-is-inevitable-suffering-is-optional http://www.cchrstl.org/wordpress/2019/09/08/pain-is-inevitable-suffering-is-optional/#respond Sun, 08 Sep 2019 20:34:59 +0000 http://www.cchrstl.org/wordpress/?p=1590 The subject of pain is often in the news. This week (23 August 2019) we notice the St. Louis Business Journal carrying an article about the National Institutes of Health giving a $2.1 million grant to a St. Louis University pain researcher “to help open up a new avenue for pain medication research.”

We have a suspicion that the whole subject of pain is not understood very well by many people, so we thought we’d discuss it here.

What is Pain?

The first order of business should be a useful definition of pain. As is usual with many English words, there are multiple definitions of the word. Pain is a perception available to living beings.

English definitions: punishment; an unpleasant bodily sensation; physical discomfort; mental or emotional distress or suffering; something troublesome; a result of loss; a result of causing bad acts.
[Middle English, from Anglo-French peine, from Latin poena, from Greek poin? “payment, penalty”]

Technical definitions: Pain is the randomity (misalignment) produced by sudden or strong counter-efforts (i.e. efforts opposing optimum survival); the ultimate penalty of destructive activity; the warning of loss; the threat of non-survival; the punishment for errors in trying to survive.

Memories of pain can be just as damaging as the actual pain itself. Unconsciousness to greater or lesser degree is a symptom of pain. Unfortunately for humans, any sensation is better than no sensation; so in the absence of any sensation one desires pain.

Pain can be synthesized as an electronic flow. Psychiatrists use the pain of electroshock and other harmful psychiatric treatments as a coercive control mechanism — a means of getting someone to behave as they have decided one should behave. A person can be so overwhelmed by pain that they become addicted to it.

Painkillers

Doctors prescribe pain killers to relieve pain. However, it has never been known exactly how or why these “work.” Research into pain killers generally occurs by accidental discoveries, and the results often have undesirable side effects. The actions of pain killers include impeding the electrical conductivity of nerve channels, rendering a person unfeeling. Pain drugs block wanted sensations as well as unwanted ones.

Psychiatric Drugs

Psychiatric drugs are prescribed for various types of physical pain and mental trauma. Read the manufacturer’s fine print for any psychiatric drug and it will say in so many words that “we don’t really know how this drug works,” and they all have bad side effects; although one could say that there are no “side effects” since these are the actual effects of the drugs, albeit unwanted. It could be dangerous to immediately cease taking psychiatric drugs because of potential significant withdrawal side effects. No one should abruptly stop taking any psychiatric drug without the advice and assistance of a competent medical doctor.

Because of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), psychiatrists have deceived millions into thinking that the best answer to life’s many pains lies with the “latest and greatest” psychiatric drug. The DSM has led to the unnecessary drugging of millions of Americans who could be diagnosed, treated, and cured by non-psychiatric health care providers without the use of toxic and potentially lethal drugs.

Since psychiatric drugs do not actually cure conditions, but merely suppress symptoms, the patient may be lulled into a temporary sense of wellness; whatever condition has caused the symptom is still present and often growing worse.

A person in chronic physical pain may be misdiagnosed with a so-called mental disorder, labeled neurotic, and given a psychiatric drug which only makes the condition worse.

Authors Richard Hughes and Robert Brewin, in their book, The Tranquilizing of America, warned that although psychotropic drugs may appear “to ‘take the edge off’ anxiety, pain, and stress, they also take the edge off life itself … these pills not only numb the pain but numb the whole mind.”

Did we mention that the three Sackler brothers of Purdue Pharma, major enablers of the opioid addiction crisis, were all psychiatrists? A June 26, 2017 article on Kaiser Health News by Vickie Connor presents the information that, “Adults with a mental illness receive more than 50 percent of the 115 million opioid prescriptions in the United States annually.” We don’t really know which came first — the mental trauma or the physical pain; but it doesn’t really matter which comes first. The bottom line is that neither opioids nor psychiatric drugs are workable treatments.

What About the Suffering?

So how does one in pain overcome the suffering, as the ancient Buddhist proverb goes? Basically, understanding relieves suffering. We want you to understand that psychiatry kills. Find Out! Fight Back!

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Premedication Sedation for Surgical Procedures http://www.cchrstl.org/wordpress/2019/09/02/premedication-sedation-for-surgical-procedures/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=premedication-sedation-for-surgical-procedures http://www.cchrstl.org/wordpress/2019/09/02/premedication-sedation-for-surgical-procedures/#respond Mon, 02 Sep 2019 18:19:22 +0000 http://www.cchrstl.org/wordpress/?p=1586 Premedication is the administration of drugs before anesthesia and surgery, usually intended to reduce anxiety and increase amnesia.

They are sometimes used with anesthesia to calm a patient down just prior to surgery or during their recovery. Promoting amnesia is said to reduce the risk of awareness during surgery; however, some people would rather not have their awareness truncated in this fashion.

They may be automatically administered without a patient’s knowledge, so be sure to ask, and indicate you don’t need them if you don’t want them.

Examples of drugs used for this sedation may be:

  • benzodiazepines such as Ativan (lorazepam), Valium (diazepam), Versed (midazolam)
  • barbiturates such as Amytal
  • other anxiolytics (anti-anxiety drugs) such as alpha-2 adrenergic agonists (clonidine, dexmedetomidine)
  • ketamine
  • anticholinergics

Readers will know that benzodiazepines are highly addictive psychiatric drugs with severe withdrawal effects and possible adverse reactions such as suicide and violence.

Barbiturates are highly dangerous psychiatric drugs because of the small difference between a normal dose and an overdose.

Alpha-2 adrenergic agonists have been used for decades to treat so-called  ADHD, so you know these are bad news.

Ketamine is an anesthetic now being promoted as a “miracle” treatment for depression, instead of its off-label use as a “date-rape” drug.

Anticholinergics may raise your risk of dementia, according to new research. An anticholinergic agent is a substance that blocks the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in the nervous system. Examples of strong anticholinergic drugs are antipsychotics and antidepressants.

While medicine has advanced on a scientific path to major discoveries and cures, psychiatry and psychiatric drugs have never evolved scientifically, are no closer to understanding or curing mental problems, and are mis-used as “medicine” as a “standard of care” which only makes matters worse.

While medicine has nurtured an enviable record of achievements and general popular acceptance, the public still links psychiatry to snake pits, straitjackets, and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” Psychiatry continues to foster that valid impression with its development of such brutal treatments as ECT, psychosurgery, the chemical straitjacket caused by antipsychotic drugs, and its long record of treatment failures, including the use of psychiatric drugs as premedication by real doctors who have been subverted by psychiatric promises that cannot be realized.

Click here to download and read the full CCHR report “Psychiatric Hoax — The Subversion of Medicine — Report and recommendations on psychiatry’s destructive impact on health care.

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Antidepressants increase the risk of suicide, violence and homicide at all ages http://www.cchrstl.org/wordpress/2019/08/26/antidepressants-increase-the-risk-of-suicide-violence-and-homicide-at-all-ages/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=antidepressants-increase-the-risk-of-suicide-violence-and-homicide-at-all-ages http://www.cchrstl.org/wordpress/2019/08/26/antidepressants-increase-the-risk-of-suicide-violence-and-homicide-at-all-ages/#respond Mon, 26 Aug 2019 23:01:50 +0000 http://www.cchrstl.org/wordpress/?p=1583 The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has known for years that there are increased risks of suicidal thinking and behavior (suicidality) in both adults and children taking antidepressants.

Over the years there has been a steady loosening of these warnings, as drug manufacturers lobbied to have the warnings relaxed.

But as can be observed in current news media reports, incidences of violence and suicide by both adults and chidren taking or withdrawing from these psychiatric drugs has apparently been increasing.

Most of these drugs are not even approved for use by children.

A study reported in the British Medical Journal cites statistics showing that, “It can no longer be doubted that antidepressants are dangerous and can cause suicide and homicide at any age.”

Acts of criminal violence have been with us since time immemorial but what we have been witnessing over the last couple of decades staggers the mind and assaults the senses. These grotesque acts, devoid of any possible sense of moral decency, strike us as completely incomprehensible—-mothers blowing the brains out of their small children, fathers slashing their young children to pieces, employees “calmly” walking through their offices or factories murdering their co-workers, and young children going on maniacal shooting sprees in school yards.

As each new incident is reported, we sit in stunned horror and wonder what is happening to our way of life.

How can we be at the dawn of the twenty-first century with technology hurtling us into a space age future and yet continue to find ourselves without a solution to the escalating number of acts of random, senseless violence? The reason is that we have been fed all manner of wrong reasons for why these tragedies have taken place and so they continue.

It is not guns that are the common denominator to these horrific events—-some occur with knives, axes and even automobiles. Nor is it clothing, age, gender or political orientation. The fact missed by most is that psychiatric, mind-altering drugs have been found to be the common factor in an overwhelming number of these acts of random senseless violence. These drugs, on an ever increasing rise in society and amongst schoolchildren, particularly over the last two decades, are actually creating acts of violence.

Find out by downloading and reading the CCHR report “Psychiatric Drugs Create Violence & Suicide — School Shootings & Other Acts of Senseless Violence.

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Supporting and Treating Officers In Crisis Act of 2019 http://www.cchrstl.org/wordpress/2019/08/18/supporting-and-treating-officers-in-crisis-act-of-2019/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=supporting-and-treating-officers-in-crisis-act-of-2019 http://www.cchrstl.org/wordpress/2019/08/18/supporting-and-treating-officers-in-crisis-act-of-2019/#respond Sun, 18 Aug 2019 16:00:26 +0000 http://www.cchrstl.org/wordpress/?p=1579 Introduced by Republican Missouri Senator Josh Hawley, the “Supporting and Treating Officers In Crisis Act of 2019” (S. 998) was signed into law by President Trump on July 25, 2019.

This bill reauthorizes and expands certain Department of Justice grant programs to provide mental health, stress reduction, psychological services, suicide prevention services, and training for identifying, reporting, and responding to officer mental health crises and suicide, for law enforcement officers and their families. The bill authorizes up to $7,500,000 in appropriations each year for fiscal years 2020 to 2024, a maximum total of $37.5 million.

This sounds eminently socially acceptable, and indeed the bill was widely supported by Congress and various national advocacy groups.

The Real Crisis in Mental Health

While society certainly owes significant consideration and support to law enforcement officers (LEOs) and their families, we can’t help noting that in today’s environment, “mental health and suicide prevention services” really means psychiatric drugs and other harmful psychiatric treatments.

The real crisis in mental health care today is not officer stress, but psychiatric fraud and abuse.

While the bill specifically calls for evidence-based programs, the evidence actually shows that psychiatrists don’t know what causes mental trauma, are unable to predict violence or suicide, and cannot cure any mental disorder they claim to treat.

Psychiatric Fraud

By their own admission psychiatrists cannot predict violence or suicide, and often release violent patients from facilities, claiming that they are not a threat. In 1979, an American Psychiatric Association’s task force admitted in its Brief Amicus Curiae to the U.S. Supreme Court that psychiatrists could not predict dangerousness. It informed the court that “‘dangerousness’ is neither a psychiatric nor a medical diagnosis, but involves issues of legal judgment and definition, as well as issues of social policy.” In addition to not being able to predict violent behavior, psychiatrists certainly have no cures for it, a fact that even they admit.

Psychiatric diagnoses are not based on science, but opinion. Psychiatrists do not have any scientific or medical test to diagnose a person’s mental condition and rely upon faulty observation and opinion of behavior. They admit to not knowing the cause of a single mental disorder or how to cure them. The error in their opinions is enormous — they condemn the innocent, release the dangerous, induce violence in others through drugs and commit people who are not in need of help or turn those away who may genuinely be in need of it.

Recommendations

Rather than training psychiatrists and psychologists about LEO mental health, the grants should be used to train LEOs, security personnel, teachers, coroners, and other professionals to recognize that irrational, violent and suicidal behavior could be caused by psychiatric drugs.

Click here to download and read the CCHR report “Psychiatric Drugs Create Violence & Suicide — School Shootings & Other Acts of Senseless Violence.”

Click here to download and readPsychiatrists Cannot Predict or Cure Violence.

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It’s All In Your Brain (Not!) http://www.cchrstl.org/wordpress/2019/08/11/its-all-in-your-brain-not/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=its-all-in-your-brain-not http://www.cchrstl.org/wordpress/2019/08/11/its-all-in-your-brain-not/#respond Sun, 11 Aug 2019 20:12:00 +0000 http://www.cchrstl.org/wordpress/?p=1575 The Year of the Brain

President Obama announced The BRAIN Initiative (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) on April 2, 2013. The White House wanted to spend $100 million taxpayer dollars in 2014 on brain research.

We had little faith that $100 million would be used for developing anything but more abusive psychiatric drugs or more torturous devices such as Vagus Nerve Stimulation or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.

The problem is that the biological brain drug model based on bogus mental disorders in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) prevents governments from funding real medical solutions for people experiencing difficulty.

Despite the billions of government and pharmaceutical company funding in support of psychiatry’s brain chemical imbalance theory, this psychiatric “disease” model has been thoroughly debunked. The whole theory was invented to push drugs for profit.

The Brain of the Year

But it’s not just a matter of psychiatric drugs. The entire psychiatric and psychological industries are oriented on the brain. They have a number of names for it: neuropsychology, neuropsychiatry, neurocomputation, neurological psychology, neurological psychiatry — it all just means that psychiatry and psychology, in another attempt to make their pseudosciences seem more scientific, have joined up with the legitimate neuroscience field, in another attempt to blame it all on the brain. You might as well just blame it on the Bossa Nova.

One research paper claims that perception is often biased, selective, and malleable, and it all happens in the brain with neural activity.

Granted, the brain does play a role in perception. The brain might even be fooled by a trompe l’oeil, a visual illusion. But if you buy in to the cry that “it’s all brain” then you have abandoned your humanity, and your spirit, in favor of chemistry; you have bought into the reductio ad absurdum argument that there is no objective reality, it’s all in your brain.

Of course, once the psychopharmaceutical industry gives all its attention to the brain, then the brain is miraculously transformed into the seat of consciousness, and altering consciousness with drugs becomes commonplace. And we get the disastrous psychedelic psychiatric movement, where magic mushrooms will lead you to a better life.

Apparently enough time has passed that the public has forgotten what happened when psychedelics gained notoriety in the 1960s, when LSD pushed by psychiatrists spread into society as a recreational drug and started destroying lives with induced psychosis.

Brain Dead

Knowing nothing about the underlying causes of serious mental disturbance, psychiatry still sears the brain with electroshock, tears it with psychosurgery and deadens it with dangerous drugs.

Next time you are told that a psychiatric condition is due to a biochemical imbalance in the brain, ask if you can see the lab test results. There won’t be any.

The true resolution of many mental difficulties begins, not with a checklist of symptoms, but with ensuring that a competent, non-psychiatric health care professional completes a thorough physical examination.

If It’s Not The Brain, What Is It?

Rather than get all metaphysical, let’s just observe that for many questions, there is not just one answer. That’s a particularly relevant observation for psychiatric, brain and drug based research — the search for the One Thing that answers “Why did this happen?” This attitude only leads to a list of things, a list of symptoms, say, in the DSM.

Using the DSM, a psychiatrist need only label the patient with a single “mental disorder”, prescribe a drug and bill the patient’s insurance. The psychiatrist with the DSM in hand can try various diagnostic labels on the patient as if they were different sizes of apparel until he finds one that either fits the patient’s symptoms or comes close enough to allow him to bill the patient’s insurance. It’s the One Answer, you see, to all the patient’s problems. At least, it’s the only one needed to submit an insurance claim.

But the question, “Why is the patient behaving this way?” does not have just one answer; it can have many, many answers.

Let’s give an example, the classic Country Blues one.
Question: “Why do I feel so blue?”
Answer: My dog ran away. My wife left me. My husband left me. (We’re not sexist here.) My truck died. I’m broke. I’m broken hearted. I’ve been betrayed. No one really cares. No one ever listens to me. I did you wrong and now you’re gone.

You see, there’s more than one answer, and it isn’t “you’re depressed and need to take an antidepressant.”

It wasn’t the brain, you see. It was the dog, the wife, and the truck. It all piled on until the stress of it overwhelmed. You get the idea.

So what is the resolution of mental trauma? Well, each answer would have it’s own resolution. Get another dog, get another wife, get another truck, listen to others so they listen to you. Whatever it takes. You get the idea, again. An antidepressant makes the feeling go away, for a time (it makes ALL feelings go away, the good and the bad); but the dog is still gone, the wife is still gone, and the truck is still broken. And you can be sure your psychiatrist isn’t listening to you, except to hear for which DSM symptom he can prescribe a drug and bill your insurance.

So of course one’s perception can be biased, selective and malleable. It isn’t, however, the brain. It’s Life. Get Over It!

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