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Isn’t it time psychiatry was regarded as behavior in need of treatment?

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Hello everyone,
I received the article below as part of a discussion our hypnotherapy mentoring group is having on the practice of psychiatry and I thought you might find it interesting.  The fraudulent and harmful psychiatric practices which are now-a-days the norm, as more and more people end up on as many as 4 to 6 psychotropic drugs for issues which started as depressive feelings, need to be made a government priority. Because people are then put on another 4—5 drugs to manage the side-effects of those highly damaging medications, it is not uncommon today to find people on as many as 8-20 drugs at one time with their health and lives in absolute shambles. 

Warm regards,


Who knew? Psychiatrists are currently debating whether “sex addiction” should be added to the catalogue of psychological disorders that can be reliably diagnosed and treated. On the one hand, some are saying that sexual addiction, in the true sense of a diagnosis, is a real disorder and anyone who works with sex addicts know that they have a long array of behaviors. Others, however, believe the term is simply used to excuse bad behavior. Next in line will be the Tiger Woods syndrome, along with catastrophic views on the environment, an addiction to Starbucks, liking Barry Manilow and singing the praises of Rush Limbaugh. Soon all of our lives will be illness states, with some of us coping better than others in managing our daily diagnostics and treating ourselves through counseling, psychiatry and self-medication. Everything is problematic.

The quest to add sex addiction to the catalogue of recognized illness states is just a part of the desire of psychiatrists to identify everything as problematic. The handbook for diagnosis, known as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), now in its 4th edition, is the bible of mental illness. If you want to call in sick, go to the library and find a copy “it’s a treasure trove of sick-day opportunities. A new edition, the fifth, is due in 2013.
The DSM itself is problematic. Diagnoses like “homosexuality”, once classified as an illness, come and go depending on societal pressures. By no stretch of the imagination is it a scientific, evidence-based document. This is not surprising. Freud was not a scientist who used evidence and data for his treatment. Now Freud’s ideas have been largely discounted and his diagnostic category of “neurosis” is no longer used. Indeed, several forms of therapy once popular have, on the basis of evidence, been sidelined. What hasn’t been revised is the approach to the definition of mental illness.

There has also been a lot of psychiatric nonsense and billable rubbish, including the recovered memory craze, Satanic abuse confabulations, facilitated communication, multiple personality disorder with up to a hundred or more alternative personalities, including animals. Then there was Harvard psychiatrist John Mack’s gullible speculations about alien abductions — a suitable case for treatment in itself. Some psychiatrists are addicted to revenue and new illness categories “capture” more customers. Thomas Szasz argued that there was no such thing as mental illness and that psychiatry is largely a fraud. He had many followers. Indeed, fraud and psychiatry sometimes go together. In the 1990’s the medical insurers in the US took Szasz’s claims seriously and started to investigate psychiatric fraud. They looked at 50,000 cases handled by the National Medical Enterprises Corporation’s psychiatric hospitals. What they found was startling: 32.6 per cent contained a fraudulent diagnosis to match insurance coverage, while 43.4 per cent of the cases were billed for services not actually rendered. Is systematic deception to be a new addiction and a new DSM category?

Millions of students are now sent to special education classes or given prescriptions for Ritalin and other powerful, addictive medications for conditions termed “learning disabilities”, dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and attention deficit disorder (ADD). Fred Bauman, M.D., a specialist in child neurology for 35 years, contends that these children are said to have conditions that do not really exist: “I diagnose these children the same way that I diagnose real diseases, such as epilepsy, brain tumors, and so on, and I find that they are normal. I do not find that I can validate the presence of any disease in this population of children,” he said. Some of us went to school before Ritalin was available, when we found ourselves with ADHD we were reassigned to activities which demanded our attention. Now we administer drugs.

Everything is not a form of illness: It’s time to rethink mental illness and to challenge the assumption that everything we do is a form of illness; from eating well (dietary disorder), drinking good wine (alcoholism), needing three cups of coffee to kick start the morning (Starbucks addiction), sex two times a day (sex addiction), telling funny stories (humour addiction), not paying attention when the news is on (attention deficit disorder), having sex while the news is on and drinking wine at the same time (deviancy) and so on. While there are real mental illnesses; depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disease, not everything we do is “on the edge” of madness.
It may actually be the case that psychiatry itself is the new disorder in need of treatment.

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  • Admin comment by Grace · December 17, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    I’m sorry if the truth hurts, but the indisputable fact is that millions of people are being maimed and killed every year by unnecessary drugging.

    I will take your point that I didn’t go to medical school as a compliment…if that is what medical school does to people, I’m glad I was spared.
    Grace :)

  • Jennifer · December 17, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Are you insane? Do you know how many people cannot function in society without medication for certain illnesses like schizophrenia? You are looking at this subject from an egocentric and biased perspective. Leave your bubble for a moment and do some research on mental illness before you open your mouth again about this subject. If you didn’t go to medical school, it shows.

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