Posts Tagged ‘Fraud’

Diagnosisgate: Conflict of Interest at the Top of the Psychiatric Apparatus

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Diagnosisgate: Conflict of Interest at the Top of the Psychiatric Apparatus

“Diagnosisgate” — It is probably the most stunning story of corruption in the history of the modern mental-health system. Mysteriously, it has been kept out of major media for two decades.

In recent years, the man who has been called the world’s most important psychiatrist has painted himself as the white knight who warns the public about the dangers of Big Pharma and psychiatric diagnosis. But Allen Frances, the longest-running head of psychiatry’s “bible,” the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders — which earned more than $100 million under his reign — actually worked hand-in-glove with a major drug company to misrepresent research on a massive scale in order to market misleadingly one of their most dangerous drugs, Risperdal.

Nearly a year ago, my attention was drawn to a blockbuster of a document that revealed these distortions of science and the whopping conflicts of interest. It was essential to inform the public, because it is the mental health system’s Watergate and has led to enormous harm. One editor after another of both general publications and scholarly journals fled from publishing the story. This surprised me, given how important the story is and the fact that it was almost completely unknown to the public and professionals.

The brave Dr. David Holmes, editor of the journal APORIA, based at the University of Ottawa, has just published the article, and I hope that you will read it at and help spread the word.

This scandal affects vast numbers of people … two enormous groups are military servicemembers and veterans (though by no means only them). Have a look at this quotation from

“Veterans Affairs Department reported in August 2011 that Risperidone was no more effective in PTSD treatment than a placebo. VA spent $717 million on the drug over the past decade. The military has spent $74 million over the past 10 years on Risperidone, a spokeswoman for the Defense Logistics Agency said.”

Thank you for any assistance you can give in making sure this truth will be widely known — feel free to forward this email, post the URL on Facebook and Twitter, etc.

Paula J. Caplan, Ph.D.
Associate, DuBois Research Institute, Harvard University

The Accessibility of Care

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

The Accessibility of Care

The political, financial and medical worlds rank the mental health of the nation’s citizens based on their access to “mental health care”, not on the actual state of their mental health nor on the outcomes of treatment. New reports from Mental Health America underscore these wrong targets.

These are some of the measures used in these reports to rank the 50 states and the District of Columbia on their citizens’ mental health status:

  • Number of people with “mental illness”
  • Number of children who have “Emotional Behavioral Developmental Issues” (EBD)
  • Number of people who have suicidal thoughts or who have attempted suicide
  • Number of children who have had “at least one major depressive episode”
  • Number of people who do not have access to mental health care or to mental health care insurance
  • State hospital re-admission rates

As you are undoubtedly aware, counting the number of people with “mental illness” or with “EBD” or with “depression” is totally specious, as the diagnostic criteria in psychiatry’s billing bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), are fraudulent.

As you are also undoubtedly aware, counting the number of people who have suicidal thoughts or who have attempted suicide is equally specious, as some of the known side effects of psychotropic drugs are violent behavior, and suicidal thoughts or attempted suicide.

State hospital re-admission rates are evidently how they measure the effectiveness of treatment, under the assumption that the higher the re-admission rate the less effective the treatment. Again, a specious measure, as the side effects of psychotropic drugs all but guarantee re-admissions and thus provide an argument for even more “treatment.”

And if you did not already know, “specious” means “superficially plausible but actually wrong.”

The emphasis in these reports is to identify and treat so-called “mental illness” at the youngest age possible. The psychiatric industry wants to hire an additional 30,000 child psychiatrists to handle this imagined need.

So we are basically left to surmise that reporting on the mental health status of the various states is an attempt to “show” that there is not enough insurance available to get everyone, particularly children, into the mental health care system, and that the various insurance companies, states and the federal government need to spend more on this fraudulent, ineffective and abusive mental health care system.

Missouri, by the way, is ranked 22nd in its citizens’ overall access to this kind of mental health care. A critical aspect of these reports is to show the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on access to mental health care; particularly, they hope to show that the ACA does not provide enough improvement in access to psychiatric mental health care, and that more money is needed to get more children into this system and taking psychotropic drugs. One of the other targets of these reports is to provide evidence suggesting that the definition of “medically necessary” be expanded so that more people fit into the category of needing “behavioral health care,” and thus needing more psychotropic drugs.

The mental health monopoly has practically zero accountability and zero liability for its failures. This has allowed psychiatrists and psychologists to commit more fraud and abuse than any other area of health care.

The primary purpose of mental health treatment must be the therapeutic care and treatment of individuals who are suffering emotional disturbance. The only effective measure of this treatment must be “patients recovering and being sent, sane, back into society as productive individuals.”

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Parents can get refunds for some anti-depressant drugs given to kids

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Parents can get refunds for some anti-depressant drugs given to kids

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, July 5, 2014
by Blythe Bernhard

“Thousands of Missouri parents are entitled to refunds for antidepressants prescribed to children because the drugs were unapproved for use in that age group, a federal judge has ruled.

“Forest Laboratories and its subsidiary Forest Pharmaceuticals, which is based in Earth City, agreed to pay up to $10.4 million in refunds for misleading parents into giving the drugs Celexa and Lexapro to children and teenagers, according to a recent settlement of a class action lawsuit.

“A judge in the case ruled that under the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act, “parents have the right to be fully informed about the potential efficacy of a drug,” said Brent Wisner, a Los Angeles-based attorney for the plaintiffs.

“Anyone who bought Celexa for someone under 18 from 1998 to 2013 or Lexapro from 2002 to 2013 is eligible for partial to full refunds, or $50 if the total amount spent on the drugs cannot be proven.”

Click here to read the full article. Send a note to the author and let her know what you think.

Click here for some of the legal stuff.

We might remind you that the devastating side effects of Celexa and Lexapro can be found here.

Psychiatric drugs are only the symptom. The real problem is that psychiatrists fraudulently diagnose life’s problems as an “illness”, and stigmatize unwanted behavior or study problems as “diseases.” 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 to find out more about this.

Ways to Reduce the Missouri Budget

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

The Insane Bloat of the Missouri Department of
Mental Health Budget from 1971 to 2014 – almost $2 Billion and Rapidly Rising

Missouri DMH Budgets

The introduction and passage of legislation designed to curb psychiatric fraud and abuse can contribute to the reduction of the Department of  Mental Health budget. For examples of Model Legislation, click here.

Reports show that:

* 10% to 25% of mental health practitioners sexually abuse patients.

* Psychiatry has the worst fraud track record of all medical disciplines.

* The largest health care fraud suit in history [$375 million] involved the smallest sector of healthcare–psychiatry.

* An estimated $20-$40 billion is defrauded in the mental health industry in any given year.

Download and read the full report “Massive Fraud — Psychiatry’s Corrupt Industry.”


1.   Establish or increase the number of psychiatric fraud investigation units to recover funds that are embezzled in the mental health system.

2.   Clinical and financial audits of all government-run and private psychiatric facilities that receive government subsidies or insurance payments should be done to ensure accountability; statistics on admissions, treatment and deaths, without breaching patient confidentiality, should be compiled for review.

3.   A list of convicted psychiatrists and mental health workers, especially those convicted and/or disciplined for fraud and sexual abuse should be kept on state, national and international law enforcement and police agencies databases, to prevent criminally convicted and/or deregistered mental health practitioners from gaining employment elsewhere in the mental health field.

4.   No convicted mental health practitioner should be employed by government agencies, especially in correctional/prison facilities or schools.

5.   The DSM and/or lCD (mental disorders section) should be removed from use in all government agencies, departments and other bodies including criminal, educational and justice systems.

6.   Establish rights for patients and their insurance companies to receive refunds for mental health treatment which did not achieve the promised result or improvement, or which resulted in proven harm to the individual, thereby ensuring that responsibility lies with the individual practitioner and psychiatric facility rather than the government or its agencies.

7.   None of the mental disorders in the DSM/ICD should be eligible for insurance coverage because they have no scientific, physical validation. Governmental, criminal, educational and judicial agencies should not rely on the DSM or lCD (mental disorders section).

8.   Provide funding and insurance coverage only for proven, workable treatments that verifiably and dramatically improve or cure mental health problems.

We think it is time to call psychiatry and psychology for what they are — failed pseudo sciences with no basis in fact, pseudo sciences that harm their recipients and line the pocketbooks of their practitioners.

PowerShares Dynamic Pharmaceuticals

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

PowerShares Dynamic Pharmaceuticals (PJP)


This graph shows the price per share over the last few years for an investment fund based on the common stocks of 30 U.S. pharmaceuticals companies. (Top 10 holdings: Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Merck, Amgen, Eli Lilly, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Biogen, Gilead Sciences, Depomed, Questcor.) There is over $1 billion invested in this fund.

No, this is not a recommendation to run to your broker and buy these shares; although if you’d like to sell your shares we would not object. We might, however, whisper “blood money” under our breath.

In all seriousness, many people are making huge amounts of money off the pharmaceutical industry. As it was explained to me once by the CEO of a large company in the insurance industry, “We make our money on the misfortunes of others.”

Actually, this would not be such a major issue if it were not for the corrupt alliance between the psychiatric and pharmaceutical industries.

experimental stage With 30 million Americans having taken antidepressants for a “chemical imbalance” that psychiatrists admit is a pharmaceutical marketing campaign, not scientific fact, it is no wonder that the conflict of interest between psychiatry and Big Pharma perpetuates.

The American Psychiatric Association is steeped in a conflict of
interest with the pharmaceutical industry. After all, it has made at least $40 million just in sales of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), often called Diagnosis as a Source of Money, the billing bible that psychiatrists use for insurance reimbursement for “treatment” which is most often psychotropic drugs.

The campaign to “Stop the Stigma” of “Mental Illness” was launched by the Pharmaceutical Industry. With a seemingly altruistic agenda, the fact is the campaign to end the “stigma” of mental illness is one driven and funded by those who benefit from more and more people being labeled mentally ill — pharma, psychiatry and pharmaceutical front groups. The “Founding Sponsors” of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) campaign to stop the “stigma” were Abbott Labs, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly, Janssen, Pfizer, Novartis, SmithKline Beecham and Wyeth-Ayerst Labs.

Controversy swelled around the fifth edition of the DSM, known as DSM-5. One study suggested that the 900-page bible of mental health published in May 2013 is rife with financial conflicts of interest. Nearly 70 percent of DSM-5 task force members reported financial relationships with pharmaceutical companies — up from 57 percent for the previous edition.

St. Louis has not been immune to the fallout from psychiatric drugs. On January 15, 2013, 34-year-old Sean Johnson walked onto the Stevens Institute of Business & Arts campus and shot the school’s financial aid director once in the chest, then shot himself in the torso. Johnson had been taking prescribed drugs for an undisclosed mental illness.

Remember that the real problem is that psychiatrists fraudulently diagnose life’s problems as an “illness”, and stigmatize unwanted behavior or study problems as “diseases.” Psychiatry’s stigmatizing labels, programs and treatments are harmful junk science; their diagnoses of “mental disorders” are a hoax — unscientific, fraudulent and harmful.

It is vital that you, your family and associates watch the video documentary “Making A Killing – The Untold Story of Psychotropic Drugging”. Containing more than 175 interviews with lawyers, mental health experts, the families of psychiatric abuse victims and the survivors themselves, this riveting documentary rips the mask off psychotropic drugging and exposes a brutal but well-entrenched money-making machine. The facts are hard to believe, but fatal to ignore. Watch the video online by clicking here.

File a Complaint about psychiatric Abuse Today

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

File a Complaint about psychiatric Abuse Today

We are delighted to inform you that if you have experienced abuse by a psychiatrist, you can now file a complaint in any state in a few minutes.

With thanks to, this complaint form,

is now available. It will help you send a complaint to the proper authorities in any state in the U.S.

Vulnerable people who have sought help from psychiatrists and psychologists have been falsely diagnosed and forced to undergo unwanted and often harmful psychiatric methods.

The real problem is that psychiatrists fraudulently diagnose life’s problems as an “illness” and stigmatize unwanted behavior or study problems as “diseases.”

In case there is any doubt, here are some examples of what constitutes psychiatric fraud or abuse:

False diagnosis of mental illness, rape, sexual assault, physical abuse, mis-diagnosis, harmful and unnecessary drugging, involuntary commitment, electroshock therapy, psychosurgery, harmful restraints, threatened with committal or punishment for refusal of treatment, coerced into hospitalization or treatment, neglect, insurance fraud (fraudulent billings to an insurance company, Medicare or Medicaid — such as submitting a bill when no service was performed.)

Psychiatric curricula and tests in our schools destroy morality and values as evidenced by the rising incidents of crime, drug abuse, and suicide among children and adolescents. The bottom line is that all psychiatric “treatments” are harmful and can cause crime.

Here are the currently defined categories of fraud and abuse on the Complaint Form:

  • Coerced into “Treatment”
  • Confidentiality Break
  • Crime
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Falsified medical records
  • Financial Irregularity
  • Forced Drugging
  • Fraud (Financial, insurance or otherwise)
  • Harmful Drug Effects
  • Harmful Effects of Electroconvulsive Therapy, (ECT)
  • Harmful Effects of Lobotomy
  • Inappropriate prescribing for non-medical reasons
  • Involuntary Commitment
  • No Biological Test for “Mental Illness”
  • No Informed Consent
  • No Testing for Underlying Physical Condition
  • Physical Illness Misdiagnosed as “Mental Illness”
  • Questionable Billing
  • Restraints
  • Sexual Misconduct
  • Shock Treatment
  • Threats
  • Told I have a “chemical imbalance”
  • Unethical Conduct
  • Unprofessional conduct
  • Use of Force
  • Something else that didn’t seem quite right

To help you formulate your thoughts for filing a complaint, you can download the CCHR psychiatric Abuse Questionnaire by clicking here.

Please let us know when you file a complaint. Feel free to forward this information to someone you think might have a desire to file a complaint.

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Fake Article in Psych Research Journal

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Fake Article in Psych Research Journal

A Norwegian study that claims to have observed significant brain changes in mental patients who switched from so-called “first generation” antipsychotic drugs to second generation varieties has been retracted from the peer-reviewed journal BMC Research Notes. As announced by Retraction Watch, the foiled paper was pulled after it was discovered that researchers had literally switched their data sets and come to completely opposite and false conclusions.

Natural News
Retraction Watch
BMC Research Notes (BioMed Central Ltd)

This is the official retraction statement for the article, “Does changing from a first generation antipsychotic (perphenazin) to a second generation antipsychotic (risperidone) alter brain activation and motor activity? A case report:

“The authors have retracted this article as the fMRI data presented in the case report are incorrect. The activation data reported for session 1 are the activation data for session 2 and vice versa. As a result the discussion and conclusions of the case report are based on the wrong set of data and are no longer valid. The authors apologise for the error.”

Here are some more references about fake psychiatric research:

Has psychiatry been corrupted beyond repair?

Psychiatry’s New Schizophrenia test – more fake science

The DSM fraud


Sunday, September 29th, 2013


While not directly related to Schnozology, Nosology is still an interesting term.

Nosology: The branch of medicine concerned with the classification of diseases. [from Greek nosos disease + Greek logos word]

We caught the term being used in the July 2013 issue of Reason magazine, in an article by Gary Greenberg, a practicing psychotherapist, titled “Overselling Psychiatry;” here is the quote: “Doubts like Frances’, on the part of both respected professionals and confused laypersons, are inevitable given the way the APA conducts nosology, the science of disease classification.”

Here are some additional quotes from this article to give the context:

“Allen Frances, former head of the Duke University School of Medicine’s psychiatry department … was chair of the APA task force for DSM-IV … [and] has been warning everyone who will listen that the newest DSM revision [DSM-5] will turn even more of human suffering into mental illness and thus into grist for the pharmaceutical mill.”

The DSM, of course, is the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the fifth edition (DSM-5) having been released this past May. Despite a growing consensus of people who see the DSM for what it is — a purely subjective work of no scientific substance or authority — it is still accepted in the legal system as being a scientific work that catalogs descriptions of mental symptoms as if they were real medical diseases.

“…many critics have pointed out that these disease categories do not exist in nature…”

In 1984 the results of a survey of 20,000 Americans indicated that, “In any given year, more than 20 percent of Americans qualified for a DSM-III diagnosis.”

Extrapolating this result to say that 20 percent of the population is mentally ill, as is the current marketing cry of the mental health industry, is the height of fraudulent statistical hubris, as the DSM itself has no basis in fact.

“… doctors using DSM checklists were all too likely to find disease everywhere they looked. There was no governor in the mechanism, no way to say this person was sick and that one was simply unhappy…”

“‘The tendency [is] always strong,’ John Stuart Mill wrote in 1869, ‘to believe that whatever receives a name must be an entity or being, having an independent existence of its own.’ … this tendency had led all the stakeholders in nosology — scientists, regulators, editors, doctors, drug companies, and, of course, patients — to take the labels not as arbitrary descriptions but as the names of actual diseases.”

The moral of this tale, to spell it out, is that psychiatric labels are junk science; psychiatry is junk science; psycho-pharmaceuticals are junk science.

See a competent, non-psychiatric health professional for your troubles. Insist on full disclosure of lab tests, diagnoses, drug actions and drug side effects, and exercise your fully informed consent before accepting treatment.

While we do not provide medical advice, we do provide educational materials so that you can Find Out yourself about these things. Select a downloadable booklet from that catches your interest and let us know what you think about it. Forward this newsletter to everyone you know and recommend they subscribe.

Psychiatric Medicaid Fraud

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Psychiatric Medicaid Fraud

In an August 28, 2013 decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the appeals judge held that psychiatrists commit Medicaid fraud when they submit Medicaid claims for off-label prescriptions for psychiatric drugs to children for uses that are not approved by the FDA or supported by certain specific pharmaceutical references.

In the words of the court, “…the federal government generally will not pay for medications prescribed for purposes not approved by the FDA or ‘supported’ by any of several pharmaceutical reference books (called ‘compendia’). …Medicaid can only provide reimbursement for ‘covered outpatient drugs.’ …Covered drugs do not include any drugs ‘used for a medical indication which is not a medically accepted indication.’ …’medically accepted indication’ is a statutorily defined term that refers to a prescription purpose approved by the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act…or ‘supported by’…the American Hospital Formulary Service Drug Information, the United States Pharmacopeia Drug Information…and the DRUGDEX Information System.”

Basically, the appeals court reinforced the common-sense position that Medicaid fraud occurs when a doctor submits a Medicaid claim for a prescription written for off-label use, as many psychiatric drugs are prescribed.

The original lawsuit, ex rel Watson v. King-Vassel, was brought under PsychRights’ Medicaid Fraud Initiative Against Psychiatric Drugging of Children & Youth by Dr. Toby Watson, a Wisconsin psychologist, to support the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights‘ effort to try and stop the tremendous harm caused by off-label psychiatric drug prescriptions to poor children on Medicaid for uses that have no recognized scientific support.

Starting on January 1, 2014, all low-income, non-elderly and non-disabled individuals will be eligible for Medicaid, courtesy of the Affordable Care Act. The Federal Government will provide 100% of the cost of newly eligible people between 2014 and 2016, 95% of the costs in 2017, 94% of the costs in 2018, 93% of the costs in 2019, and 90 percent matching for subsequent years. The bottom line — expanding Medicaid in this manner will also expand Medicaid fraud. Ensuring that psychiatric drugs are available for all citizens, access to Community Mental Health Centers is being emphasized.

Need we say that all psychiatric drugs are harmful? Find out why!

Report Medicaid fraud in Missouri to Missouri Medicaid Fraud & Compliance.

Your Federal Government at Work

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

Your Federal Government at Work

Last June the President hosted the National Conference on Mental Health to talk about how to raise awareness of mental health issues and make it easier for everyone to get the mental health care “they need.”

The President’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget proposal includes large amounts of taxpayer money helping teachers recognize signs of “mental illness” in their students and referring them to “mental health care;” supporting state-based mental health programs aimed young people ages 16-to-25; and training 5,000 additional mental health professionals with an emphasis on treating these students and young adults.

The goal is to have more Americans seek mental health treatment, and make sure that their insurance pays for it.

The Affordable Care Act is a major player in this big brother view of mental heath care, expanding mental health benefits and federal insurance parity protections for more than 60 million Americans. There are 314 million Americans, so this expansion is aimed at roughly 20% of the entire U.S. population. The Affordable Care Act requires new health plans to cover depression screenings for adults and behavioral assessments for children, and soon insurance companies will no longer be able to deny health care coverage to anyone because of a pre-existing mental health condition.

Are you looking forward to this? Are you not excited about the government guaranteeing “treatment” for all the fraudulent mental disorders in the new DSM-5? Get ready to sign up, because the Whitehouse knows what’s good for you!

The only thing is, they are not talking about the rampant fraud and abuse in the mental health care industry, and the very real damage that psychiatric drugs and treatments cause. They are not funding any efforts to curb the fraud and abuse. They are certainly not suggesting that psychiatry itself is a fraudulent and abusive practice.

What can you do about it? As a non-political organization, we are not suggesting political action. But we are suggesting that you Find Out and Fight Back in a manner consistent with your own views in the matter. Occasionally we might make some particular suggestions about what you can do.

Speaking of which, here are some suggestions.


Review the material on the various CCHR websites and in the various CCHR publications and documentaries. You can start here:

If you have not seen any of the CCHR documentaries, watch them now. You can request a free information kit here.

Satisfy yourself that psychiatry and the current mental health care industry in America does not have your best interests at heart.

Sure, people can have mental trauma, and they need effective care. However, psychiatry is harmful junk science; your family and friends deserve better. Find out about the alternatives to harmful psychiatric treatments.

Ask yourself how many people you know who are taking psychiatric drugs, and if you really think this is OK.


Support CCHR by becoming a member of CCHR St. Louis and request a DVD documentary. Show the documentary to your family, friends and associates; to your school groups and church groups; to your legislators; to your attorney and your insurance provider. You get the idea. Tell us what you did.

Give a CCHR documentary or booklet to someone.

Contact your local, state and federal officials, and let them know what you think about the fraud and abuse in the mental health industry. Write Letters to the Editor of your local news media.

Forward this newsletter to everyone you know and recommend they subscribe.

Volunteer some time to help CCHR fight back. Donate some funds to help CCHR fight back.

Execute a Living Will — a Letter of Protection Against Unwanted Psychiatric Incarceration and/or Treatment.

Report all instances of complaints and adverse psychotropic drug reactions to your national drug regulatory agency. In the U.S. this is at

There are many other ways to help. The alternative may be a United States where everyone is taking psychiatric drugs on government orders.