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7 Reasons America’s mental health industry threatens our sanity | Healing Talks

7 Reasons America’s mental health industry threatens our sanity

harming psychiatric drugs

(Healingtalks)  The majority of psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health professionals maintain a status quo that includes doing the bidding of drug company corruptions which establish “standard of care” – and that is routinely harmful and occasionally killing of young children. A field once dominated by the humble analysis of patients’ inner world, now is being dominated by the art of toxic and dangerous drug pushing.

If that sounds far too harsh, you probably haven’t heard the story of Rebecca Riley, as an example.

Rebecca Riley dead

Story of Rebecca Riley

Rebecca Riley, when 28 months old, was treated by a psychiatrist due to the complaints of her mother that Rebecca was too “hyper” and had difficulty sleeping. The psychiatrist was Kayoko Kifuji, of Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He  diagnosed attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Kifuji prescribed clonidine, a hypertensive drug with sedating properties, a drug Kifuji also prescribed to Rebecca’s older sister and brother.

money goal of rebecca riley's parents

Goal of parents

The goal of the Riley parents, something now common, was to attain psychiatric diagnoses that would qualify them for disability payments, with the “bonus” of sedating their children making them easy to manage.

Additional diagnosis

At age 3, Kifuji gave Rebecca the additional diagnosis of bipolar disorder and prescribed two additional heavily sedating drugs, the antipsychotic Seroquel and the anticonvulsant Depakote.

revecca riley's grave stone

At age 4 Rebecca was dead

At the time of her death, Rebecca had a life-threatening amount of clonidine—enough to kill her—in her body, according to the former director of the Massachusetts toxicology lab and the medical director of a regional poison control center. The medical examiner who performed the autopsy concluded that Rebecca died from intoxication of clonidine, Depakote and two over-the-counter cold and cough medicines that led to heart failure, lungs filled with bloody fluid, coma, and then death. Rebecca’s abusive parents went to prison for the over-drugging that led to their daughter’s death.

Tufts medical statement for Kayoko Kifuji

Kifuji’s fate?

The establishment supported Kifuji, enabling her to return to Tufts Medical Center practicing child psychiatry. After Rebecca’s death, Tufts-New England Medical Center defended him vigorously. A Tufts spokesperson told “60 Minutes” in 2009, “The care we provided was appropriate and within responsible professional standards.”

Apparently, psychiatric care that is considered appropriate and responsible include:

  • Diagnoses of ADHD for a two-year-old
  • Diagnosis of bipolar disorder for a three-year-old
  • Prescribing three heavily sedating drugs that have not been approved by the FDA for child psychiatric treatment
  • Ignoring the warnings from a school nurse about over-dosages
  • Making diagnoses based almost entirely on the accounts of Rebecca’s mother, and who herself was diagnosed with mental illness and heavily medicated to the point of falling asleep in Kifuji’s office.

So what is wrong with all of this?

kickbacks to doctors for drug selling

1. Corruption of doctors by Big Pharma

Congressional hearings in 2008 revealed that many leaders in the industry were paid to toe the line by drug companies. On June 8, 2008, the New York Times reported about Joseph Biederman: “A world-renowned Harvard child psychiatrist whose work has helped fuel an explosion in the use of powerful antipsychotic medicines in children earned at least $1.6 million in consulting fees from drug makers from 2000 to 2007.”

Due in large part to his influence, the number of American children and adolescents treated for bipolar disorder increased 40-fold from 1994 to 2003. Pediatrician and author Lawrence Diller notes about Biederman, “He single-handedly put pediatric bipolar disorder on the map.”

He is similarly a force behind the mega-diagnosing of ADHD. Congressional investigators also discovered Biederman conducted studies of Eli Lilly’s ADHD drug Strattera that were funded by National Institute of Health at the same time he was receiving money from Lilly. We must note the following:

  • Biederman is not exceptional
  • Most major mental health institutions are financially interconnected with Big Pharma
  • American Psychiatric Association, psychiatry’s main professional organization, is on the take. Big Pharma provided 30 percent of the APA’s $62.5 million budget in 2006. The APA is the publisher of the psychiatric diagnostic bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), and thus the APA is the institution responsible for creating mental illnesses and disorder names and categories.

harmful psychiatric pharmaceutical drugs

2. Manufactured Illnesses and Disorders

Psychiatry’s first DSM (1952) and its DSM-II (1968) listed homosexuality as a mental illness. Only because of a fierce political fight waged in the 1970s by gay activists, APA abolish homosexuality as an illness and eliminate it from its DSM-III (1980). This was not only a victory for themselves but a service for everyone else, as it made public the important scientific problem of psychiatric disorder invalidity. Specifically, are psychiatric disorders valid, or simply behaviors put together to sell drugs?

While homosexuals resisted, other passive groups could be readily victimized – most notably children.  They now are routinely given psychiatric diagnoses to rationalize the handing out of dangerous drugs – to the likes of Rebecca.  The symptoms of bipolar disorder include rapidly changing moods, severe temper tantrums, defiance of authority, agitation, sleeping too little and so on, or what virtually every child her age exhibits in one way or another. Hear the cash register ringing out of control for Big Pharma? It is similar situation with symptoms for ADHD. Today, children and teens are also diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), the symptoms of which include “often argues with adults.”

false diagnoses

3. Unreliable Diagnoses

A generation ago, psychiatrists admitted that their diagnoses were unreliable. So in 1980, in an attempt to eliminate this embarrassment, they created the DSM-III with concrete behavioral checklists and formal decision-making rules, but they failed to correct the problem. Psychiatric diagnoses remain unreliable, but now psychiatry is no longer talking about it – a cover up for easily selling drugs.

A major 1992 study, conducted at six sites with 600 prospective patients, was done to examine the issue of reliability. <ental health professionals were given extensive training in how to make accurate DSM diagnoses. Herb Kutchins and Stuart Kirk summarize the study in Making Us Crazy (1997)
“What this study demonstrated was that even when experienced clinicians with special training and supervision are asked to use DSM and make a diagnosis, they frequently disagree, even though the standards for defining agreement are very generous. . . . [For example,] if one of the two therapists made a diagnosis of Schizoid Personality Disorder and the other therapist selected Avoidant Personality Disorder, the therapists were judged to be in complete agreement of the diagnosis because they both found a personality disorder—even though they disagreed completely on which one! So even with this liberal definition of agreement, reliability using DSM is not very good.”

Kutchins and Kirk conclude: “Mental health clinicians independently interviewing the same person in the community are as likely to agree as disagree that the person has a mental disorder and are as likely to agree as disagree on which of the over 300 DSM disorders is present.”

harming psychiatric drugs

4. Biochemical Mumbo Jumbo

What sells drugs is the assurance that biochemical brain imbalances cause mental illnesses. By declaring, for example, that depression was caused by a serotonin imbalance analogous to diabetes being caused by an insulin imbalance, depressed Americans could be prescribed  “selective-serotonin-reuptake inhibitors” (SSRIs) Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft.

But the truth is serotonin levels are not associated with depression. Difficult life circumstances are. But giving life-counseling involves time and there is no money in it!

Elliot Valenstein, professor emeritus of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Michigan, reviewed the research in his book Blaming the Brain (1998) and reported that it is just as likely for people with normal serotonin levels to feel depressed as those with abnormal serotonin levels. So the serotonin theory is a sham, again to sell drugs.

In 2002, the New York Times reported: “Researchers knew that antidepressants seemed to raise the brain’s levels of messenger chemicals called neurotransmitters, so they theorized that depression must result from a deficiency of these chemicals. Yet a multitude of studies failed to prove this precept.” Yet even now, many psychiatrists and other mental health professionals continue to promulgate the serotonin imbalance theory, and polls show that most Americans believe it.

test tube testing

5. Pseudoscientific Drug Research

There are multiple tricks that psychiatric drug manufacturers and their researchers can use to make their drugs look falsely effective. One of the most common depression measurements used by researchers paid by drug companies is the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression. The higher the point total, the more depressed someone is, or so we are told. The HRSD is loaded with what is affected by drugs, and so that too is a sham.

Researchers often use what are called inactive placebos such as sugar pills (which don’t create side effects). Independent research shows that inactive placebos can be guessed in relationship to getting the actual drug.  In order to make it more difficult to guess correctly, an active placebo with side-effects is needed. In 2000, a Psychiatric Times article concluded: “In fact, when antidepressants are compared with active placebos, there appear to be no differences in clinical effectiveness.” All such tricks, quite commonplace, help to predetermine results and thus to sell drugs. We see the same kind of fraud conducted by Monsanto in selling genetically modified foods to the public.

Independent researcher Irving Kirsch and his research team at the University of Connecticut used the Freedom of Information Act to gain access to all 47 studies that had been sponsored by drug companies on Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Effexor, Celexa, and Serzone. Kirsch found the majority of the trials for antidepressants failed to outperform a sugar pill placebo (and in the trials where the antidepressant did outperform the placebo, the advantage was slight and eschewed by giving an inactive placebo!

dollars greed big pharma

6. Psychotropic Drug Hypocrisy

Chemists consider psychiatric prescription drugs and illegal mood-altering drugs all to be psychotropic or psychoactive. Cocaine and ADHD drugs such as Adderall and other amphetamines affect the neurotransmitters dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine; and antidepressants used in combination also affect the same neurotransmitters. Not only are prescription psychotropics and illegal psychotropics chemically similar, they are used by people for similar reasons. The hypocrisy surrounding illegal and legal prescription psychotropic drugs is harmful.

At one level,  people are being misinformed about the realities of prescription psychotropic drugs, they are legitimized to give them to children. This has helped create a tragic phenomenon detailed by investigative reporter Robert Whitaker in his book Anatomy of an Epidemic (2010). Psychiatric drug turn mild episodic conditions into severe and chronic ones. They hugely increase severe mental illness, especially among children.

Then the illegal psychotropic drug hypocrisy allows for criminalizing and incarcerating millions of people who are using psychotropics – and while psychiatrists literally get away with murder

corrupting medicine7. Diversion from real causes

When we hear the words disorder, disease or illness, we think of an individual in need of treatment. Mental illness expansionism diverts us from examining a dehumanizing society to giving out pills. This is similar to what the medical profession does in general. If you have a toxic skin condition, don’t go on a detox diet to get to the cause. Rather ingest some symptom suppressing pharmaceutical or have the boil or tumor biopsied, irradiated or cut out – obliterating the effect and the need to deal with the cause. But the cause will come to bite one later.

Today, a handful of dissident mental health professionals resist their profession’s toxic and dehumanizing practices.

root cause

Important root cause

    • Ultimately the problem is so much deeper and with wide impacts.
    • Pharmaceuticals are math-designed.
    • Mathematics is the unique symbolism for the universal separation of elements of consciousness.
    • The essence of consciousness, unbeknownst to the modern world, is a universal relationship of connection in nature.
    • Thus we have polar opposite inner stances – universal separation and connection – the mathematical and the purely conscious view, and with the former glorified and the latter not.

The mathematical approach works well on the surface, or with the surface appearance of things (separations/cutting things apart brings forth surfaces/surface appearances) and for designing things mechanical or made of separate parts.

But when you drive this not-well-thought-out 17th century, math-based vision of nature too deeply, you oppose (contrary to the view of physics, bioengineering and chemistry)  the very depth and core essence of nature – and of ourselves. Healing is connection to wholeness so you also oppose real healing. This are revolutionary statements. This is why a large random mix of chemicals (math-designed) will make a compost heap that once produced life into a dead, super-toxic waste site. You also corrupt and undue living  consciousness (which is why Big Pharma and biotech companies concentrate public consciousness deceptions, corrupting scientists as well as promoters and their sales forces). The end result is that we study not the overall effect of chemicals, and the underlying math-based vision driven too deeply (taking in drugs orally and intravenously as deep as possible) but rather isolated chemicals and symptoms in lab-isolations to totally fool us. Whatever goes wrong is just a minor “side-effect.” The foolery is made deeper because we are told this is “hard science to trust” and medical doctors symbolize that trust.

zombies walking nursing home

But when senior patients are given designer multiple drugs they end up walking the halls of nursing homes like unconscious Zombies. A darkness of understanding brings this about.

Children die from being given such multiple drugs.

In short, the problem is really very deep. It involves principally our taproot worldview.

This implicates the very vision that led us all to our modern industrial world in the past 400 years.

It had its merits. Technology and machinery offered their benefits. But driven too deeply into living terrains, this vision, this ideology of nature intrinsically corrupts the collective and individual fabric of our inner consciousness. It thereby undermines life, why our world is now non-sustainable. The further misleads the standard-bearers of modern medicines, among others, and as to how best to treat our body and/or our innermost spirit.

Real Solutions

The reader should research our many articles under the tags of mind-body, consciousness, raw-wisdom, and global mind change. They deal with not only the symptom but the root cause for why our medical/psychiatric healthcare delivery system is itself in a shambles, misleading, ineffective and seriously ill.

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Parts of this article give credit to Bruce E. Levine as published by AlterNet

Bruce E. Levine is a clinical psychologist and author of Get Up, Stand Up: Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and Battling the Corporate Elite  (Chelsea Green, 2011). His Web site is www.brucelevine.net.

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  1. Brian says:

    I agree, this is a huge problem. To diagnose a two year old with ADHD is absolutely ludicrous.  As a mental health professional i continually see individuals with too many drugs and too much knowledge of how to use them for their own adrenaline rush or escapism (I work in substance abuse).  Social workers are slowly turning the tide on this issue but big Pharma does indeed have too much money and too much influence.

    Just look at the DSM V which is coming out shortly.  Some of the consultant and writers are under big pharma paychecks.

    Finding a balance.  Discovering the truth of your own happiness.  Accepting simplicity.  These all take time and i hope one day take over.  who knows.


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