NOTE: In no way shape or form should one go off their medication without being under a doctor’s supervision.
NOTE: This article is not trying to discredit human suffering or behavioral issues. It’s designed to educate so informed decisions can be made on treatment.
NOTE: There are nearly 80 million people taking psychiatric drugs in the U.S. alone; 8.5 million are children with 1 million of them between zero to five years old.
NOTE: in 2016, tHE APA (American Psychiatric Association) is pushing for electroshock therapy for children and teens.
There has been an article circulating about how the father of “ADHD” (Dr. Leon Eisenberg) discredited the “disease” before his death. So I thought I would go to SNOPES.com to find out what they have to say and they state that it’s partly true (due to German to English translation issues). I enjoyed the SNOPES fact checking article because they reveal even more damaging information to the psych field as they found an additional interview where the interview was in English (no translation from German needed).
Additional information from SNOPES:
On a related note, an August 2012 Der Spiegel English-language interview with (now retired) Harvard psychologist Dr. Jerome Kagan quoted Dr. Kagan as being critical of “fuzzy diagnostic practices” and the over-prescription of drugs such as Ritalin for behavioral problems in children, and as referring to ADHD as “an invention”:
SPIEGEL: In the 1960s, mental disorders were virtually unknown among children. Today, official sources claim that one child in eight in the United States is mentally ill.
Kagan: That’s true, but it is primarily due to fuzzy diagnostic practices. Let’s go back 50 years. We have a 7-year-old child who is bored in school and disrupts classes. Back then, he was called lazy. Today, he is said to suffer from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). That’s why the numbers have soared.
SPIEGEL: Experts speak of 5.4 million American children who display the symptoms typical of ADHD. Are you saying that this mental disorder is just an invention?
Kagan: That’s correct; it is an invention. Every child who’s not doing well in school is sent to see a pediatrician, and the pediatrician says: “It’s ADHD; here’s Ritalin.” In fact, 90 percent of these 5.4 million kids don’t have an abnormal dopamine metabolism. The problem is, if a drug is available to doctors, they’ll make the corresponding diagnosis.
I did further researched online about a government-funded clinical trial (1999 to 2003) about the Neuro-imaging of Dopamine Metabolism in Normal and Psychiatric Patients. It gave all kinds of technical data about their hypothesis, but in the end (study was completed in 2003) no results were given. Hmmm.
CCHR Int (Citizens Commission on Human Rights) has published a number of quotes from psychiatrists themselves and I would like to share some of them with you. The purpose? To educate, open your eyes, hope you’ll demand better solutions than dangerous pysch drugs.
“There are no objective tests in psychiatry-no X-ray, laboratory, or exam finding that says definitively that someone does or does not have a mental disorder.” “There is no definition of a mental disorder. It’s bull—. I mean, you just can’t define it.” — Allen Frances, Psychiatrist and former DSM-IV* Task Force Chairman
(*DSM: Diagnostic Statistical Manual, version 4, classification of mental disorders used by mental health professionals)
“Virtually anyone at any given time can meet the criteria for bipolar disorder or ADHD. Anyone. And the problem is everyone diagnosed with even one of these ‘illnesses’ triggers the pill dispenser.” — Dr. Stefan Kruszewski, Psychiatrist
“Despite more than two hundred years of intensive research, no commonly diagnosed psychiatric disorders have proven to be either genetic or biological in origin, including schizophrenia, major depression, manic-depressive disorder, the various anxiety disorders, and childhood disorders such as attention-deficit hyperactivity. At present there are no known biochemical imbalances in the brain of typical psychiatric patients—until they are given psychiatric drugs.” — Peter Breggin, Psychiatrist
Of course there will be the inevitable come back that a person someone knows has schizophrenia and is a danger to themselves and society so they must be kept medicated. Or they know someone where the psych drugs were helpful. I’m not going to argue that point. My only come back is, what about holistic solutions?
I understand, who wants to suffer?!! A pill that numbs your ability to feel seems like the perfect case scenario when one has been suffering (long or short-term); but are you aware of the side effects of some of these drugs: suicide, violence/hostility and psychotic break, heart problems, seizures, depression, addiction, stroke and sudden death…
My involvement in cleaning up the mental health field was initially to help protect children, and to educate their parents on the dangers of these labels being handed out hoping they’ll look for alternative help; but I’m also interested in seeing our Veterans receive the proper help; giving a voice to at-risk teens who are forced on medication and restrained when they rebel while in “the system”; and to advocate for our seniors who are being kept docile in their convalescent homes.
The fact that over a million kids are on dangerous meds and have been labeled with a psychiatric disorder is unacceptable. I guarantee you that if given the chance, one could find out why their child is behaving the way they are. Take a look at their diet (possible allergies, insufficient nutrients, inability to process foods properly, etc…) lack of physical activity, overloaded stimulation, someone is suppressing them, environmental issues, non-optimum home life (bad parenting, parents fighting, anger issues, illegal drug use…). Of course the bad parenting is hard one to look at; but how often do parents take away a child’s dignity? Almost daily. If one of those parents spoke to you like they do their children, you would be completely taken aback and tell them to “Fuck off.” A child can’t.
As for the millions of adults who are on psychiatric medications for your ailments I beg you to learn the side effects of any drug (psych or not) before you agree to take them. Ask questions about alternative treatments available that are non-drug in nature. Do your own research. DO THE WORK. Do not accept wholesale that psych drugs are the solution.
In closing, I’m not saying people don’t suffer from mental conditions. But finding the cause and working with each individual is a lost art in this society when a doctor offers medication as the solution, a solution that for many is a life-long sentence.
People who have been damaged by psychiatric treatment can report the doctor and/or facility. (click here)
Know your rights. Know that there are non-harmful alternatives to psychiatric diagnoses and psych drugs. (Read about some of them here)
Check out Vital Warrior, a non-governmentally funded organization helping vets with “PTSD” with non-drug solutions. Now these guys rock.