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ECT Machine
18 Sep
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ECT: Psychiatrists Admit Harmful Effects but aren’t Worried About Them

ECT MachineDictionaries define “harmful” as coming from the word harm, which means “causing or likely to cause physical injury, especially that which is deliberately inflicted.”

In the alternate world of psychiatry, “harm” becomes a good thing, where intentionally firing 70–150 volts of electricity through a person’s brain and causing a grand mal seizure is a “a safe and effective therapy.”

But the harm doesn’t end with this traumatic physical experience (which can last up to 30 minutes and can include repeatedly induced seizures.) [i]

Proven Memory Loss from ECT

Here is what the University of Michigan’s Department of Psychiatry says about the “possible memory side effects” from this procedure:

“Memory loss is one of the greatest concerns of people who receive ECT. Two different kinds of memory loss may occur during the course of ECT treatments. The first is the loss of short-term memory during the period of time that you are having ECT treatments. Some examples of short-term memory loss include forgetting what you had for lunch or not remembering talking to someone earlier in the day. Your ability to remember new information will generally return to your normal level within a few weeks to a few months after the treatments are finished.

“The second type of memory loss that may occur involves memory loss for past events. Recent past events (2 to 6 weeks before treatment) are more sensitive to ECT. However, some patients may describe “spotty” memory loss for events that occurred as far back as 6 months before beginning ECT. This memory impairment is potentially permanent…” [ii]

British Psychiatrists Rave about ECT but Patients Not Thrilled

The Royal College of Psychiatrists report that when researchers analyzed experiences with ECT, those who found the procedure helpful ranged from 30% to 80%. This breaks down to only 30% of patients finding ECT helpful compared to 80% of psychiatrists who have a positive attitude about the treatment.

This Monty Python-like statement was made by the psychiatrists without a trace of humor.

Continuing in this same vein, the Royal College of Psychiatrists also admit that “Some memory problems are probably present in everyone receiving ECT. Most people feel better after the course of ECT has finished and a few weeks have passed.”

These British psychiatrists also state that “some people do complain that their memory has been permanently affected, that their memories never come back.”

Finally, “It is not clear how much of this is due to the ECT, and how much is due to the depressive illness or other factors.” [iii] Really? This genuine inability to observe cause and effect is why psychiatrists have not been able to cure anything in over 200 years.

How Exactly does ECT Work?

It depends who you ask. Here are some theories expressed by mental health experts:

  1. “The theory goes like this — depression isn’t caused by too little brain activity. It’s actually caused by too much brain activity, an overactive brain that has accidentally “hot-wired” multiple brain networks together. (How and why this hot-wiring occurs is still a mystery.) So how can ECT undo this hot-wiring? It’s theorized that ECT may undo this hot-wiring, and return the brain’s neural networks to normal functioning…” – Dr. John M. Grohol , Expert and Researcher for mental health online[iv]
  2. “It clearly rejigs the electrical wiring of the brain in some way…when somebody’s having a heart attack and their heart stops, you get them going again by putting the paddles on their chest…ECT is the kind of cerebral version. But why it is that electricity rejigs the wiring of the brain is [not totally known].” – Edward Shorter of the University of Toronto, a social historian of medicine[v]
  3. “No-one is certain how ECT works. We do know that it can change patterns of blood flow through the brain and change the metabolism of areas of the brain …” – Raj Persaud, Royal College of Psychiatrists[vi]

These child-like comments made by men who are influential in their field would be humorous if the treatment were not so potentially devastating. It is doubtful that any of those commenting would willingly undergo ECT to “rejig” their brain’s electrical wiring or “undo the hot-wiring.”

What ECT Really Does to the Brain

Linda Andre for the National Head Injury Foundation reported the actual effects of ECT in a detailed paper:

“Another common claim of shock doctors and publicists, that ECT “saves lives” or somehow prevents suicide, can be quickly disposed of. There is simply no evidence in the literature to support this claim. The one study on ECT and suicide (Avery and Winokur, 1976) shows that ECT has no effect on the suicide rate.

“Case studies, neuroanatomical testing, neuropsychological testing, and self-reports that remain strikingly similar over 50 years testify to the devastating effects of ECT on memory, identity, and cognition.

“Recent CAT scan studies showing a relationship between ECT and brain atrophy or abnormality include Calloway (1981); Weinberger et al (1979a and 1979b); and Dolan, Calloway et al (1986).

“The vast majority of ECT research has focused and continues to focus on the effects of ECT on memory, for good reason. Memory loss is a symptom of brain damage and, as neurologist John Friedberg (quoted in Bielski, 1990) points out, ECT causes more permanent memory loss than any severe closed-head injury with coma or almost any other insult to or disease of the brain.” [vii]

That psychiatry continues to promote this devastating “treatment” is reason enough to question  their sanity and block them from access to patients, young or old. The fact that they are now promoting ETC for treating children and the elderly has outraged many.

Victims of this abuse continue to speak out; when their voices reach a crescendo, perhaps this barbaric treatment will finally be outlawed.

[i] http://www.encyclopedia.com/medicine/psychology/psychology-and-psychiatry/electroconvulsive-therapy

[ii] https://medicine.umich.edu/dept/psychiatry/programs/neuromodulation/electroconvulsive-therapy

[iii] http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mentalhealthinformation/therapies/electroconvulsivetherapy,ect.aspx

[iv] http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2012/03/20/how-does-ect-work-in-the-brain/

[v] http://health.usnews.com/health-news/patient-advice/articles/2014/10/29/electroconvulsive-therapy-what-it-is-how-it-works-and-who-it-helps

[vi] http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mentalhealthinformation/therapies/electroconvulsivetherapy,ect.aspx

[vii] https://www.ect.org/effects/headinjury.html

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Child Abuse
18 Sep
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CCHR Calling for Investigation into Violations of Law Meant to Protect Children

Child AbuseThe Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) of Florida, a non-profit mental health watchdog that exposes human rights violations and is dedicated to the protection of children, is calling for an investigation into apparent violations by psychiatric hospitals of a law passed by Florida lawmakers in 2017 that is meant to better protect children under the mental health law.

CCHR applauded Florida lawmakers earlier this year for taking action to protect children during involuntary psychiatric examination when the lawmakers amended the mental health law and as a result potentially reduced the length of stay for a child being held for involuntary examination. The amendment requires that the examination for a minor be initiated within 12 hours of the child’s arrival at a psychiatric hospital also known as a receiving facility.

The Baker Act currently allows for the initiation of involuntary psychiatric examination of children without parental knowledge and according to the Annual Report of Baker Act Data, 32,475 minors were sent for examination during fiscal year 2015/2016.[i]  The change to the law in 2017 could reduce a child’s stay by over 80% thereby greatly reducing the trauma of having been transported by law enforcement to a psychiatric ward.

However parents of children who have been Baker Acted since the change to the law are reporting to CCHR that the psychiatric facilities entrusted with the examination of children are refusing to follow the law.

“This law only went into effect about two months ago and we have already received reports from parents that 7 different facilities are refusing to follow the law,” said Diane Stein, President of CCHR Florida.  “These receiving facilities are violating the rights of these children.”

Based on these reports and acting as a strong voice working to protect children from unnecessary involuntary psychiatric examination, the Florida chapter of CCHR is calling for the appropriate state agencies to investigate the psychiatric facilities that have been reported to have violated the mental health law.

One of the reports received by CCHR tells of a hospital refusing to acknowledge the new amendment telling the parents that they were going to keep the child in question for 72 hours regardless but when the parents, on the advice of CCHR, hired an attorney, the child was released in 15 minutes after the attorney threatened to sue the hospital for insurance fraud.

CCHR’s campaign to protect children from unlawful Baker Acting was launched in 2016 and centers around educating families on their rights while simultaneously working with Florida lawmakers to create amendments that prevent abusive use of the mental health law.  Families interested in learning more are encouraged to contact CCHR at 727-442-8820 or to visit the center at 109 N. Fort Harrison Ave in Clearwater, Florida.

[i] The Baker Act The Florida Mental Health Act Fiscal Year 2015/2016 Annual Report, Released March 2017 – Prepared for the Florida Department of Children and Families by the Baker Act Reporting Center

http://www.usf.edu/cbcs/baker-act/documents/annual_report.pdf

 

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Stop Suicide
12 Sep
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CCHR Florida Sheds Light on Link Between Psychiatric Drugs and Suicide

Stop Suicide

According to the Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition, suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for teenagers in Florida.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) of Florida, a non-profit mental health watchdog that exposes human rights violations and is dedicated to the protection of children, is holding a month long open house in recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day in order to shed light on the link between psychiatric drugs and suicidal ideation.

September 10, 2017 marks the 15th World Suicide Prevention Day and in recognition of the more than 800,000 people who die by suicide each year, the Florida chapter of CCHR is holding an open house throughout the month of September for the purpose of educating individuals on the dangerous connection between psychiatric drugs and death by suicide.[i]

Thirteen years after the FDA issued their now famous warning that children and teenagers who were taking antidepressants might have increased suicidal thoughts and behavior, not only is the suicide rate increasing but one in ten people ages 12 and older are taking an antidepressant in the United States. The FDA warning was issued as a result of studies, which demonstrated that children and teenagers who take antidepressants were nearly twice as likely to think about, actually attempt or tragically in some cases commit suicide.[ii]

Despite the fact that suicide rates for adolescent boys and girls have been steadily rising since 2007, over 2.1 million children 17 years of age and younger are taking antidepressants in the United States.[iii] [iv]

“When suicide is being reported as the third leading cause of death for those age 10 to 24 in Florida it is important for parents and young adults to know that the side effects of antidepressants include suicide and suicidal behavior,” stated Diane Stein, President CCHR Florida.[v]

With prescription drugs having become an epidemic in America and in other parts of the world, CCHR feels it is vital for the general public to know that antidepressant prescriptions continue to rise right along side suicide rates despite the known side effects of these dangerous drugs.[vi]

The CCHR Florida World Suicide Prevention Day Open House runs daily through the month of September at their center located at 109 N. Fort Harrison Ave in downtown Clearwater. To learn more, please call 727-442-8820 or visit www.cchrflorida.org.

[i] World Suicide Prevention Day 2017

https://iasp.info/wspd2017/

[ii] Do Antidepressants Increase Suicide Attempts? Do They Have Other Risks?

http://www.center4research.org/antidepressants-increase-suicide-attempts-risks/

[iii] Suicide Rates For Teen Boys And Girls Are Climbing

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/suicide-rates-teen-girls_us_59848b64e4b0cb15b1be13f4

[iv] Number of Children & Adolescents Taking Psychiatric Drugs in the U.S.

https://www.cchrint.org/psychiatric-drugs/children-on-psychiatric-drugs/

[v] SUICIDE: FLORIDA 2016 FACTS & FIGURES

http://www.fasp.org/PDF_Files/Public_Policy_Professional_Relations/Florida-Facts-2016.pdf

[vi] Hooked on Pharmaceuticals: Prescription Drug Abuse in America

https://www.drugwatch.com/2015/07/29/drug-abuse-in-america/

Latest prescription data shows consumption of psychiatric drugs continues to soar

http://cepuk.org/2015/04/10/latest-prescription-data-shows-consumption-psychiatric-drugs-continues-soar/

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Hoax
11 Sep
1

Cutting of Florida Mental Health Funding: A Blessing in Disguise

HoaxWhile those involved in Florida’s Mental Health System are reeling from the cut of millions of dollars from their budget,[i] many others are breathing a sigh of relief. After all, the psychiatric profession openly admits they cannot effectively diagnose or cure mental illness. Why should the taxpayer continue to support this failed profession with their hard-earned dollars?

Joe Herbert, emeritus professor of neuroscience at the Cambridge Centre for Brain Repair at the University of Cambridge states, “Mental illnesses, as distinct from neurological ones, are diagnosed and classified entirely on symptoms. There are no objective tests, no blood tests, no scans, no recordings. There is no other area of medicine to which this still applies (at one time, all medicine was based largely on symptoms). A wide range of techniques are available and are used both clinically and as part of research on the brain. They are very useful; indeed, essential. But not in psychiatry. Psychiatry has tried hard to make the use of symptoms both reliable and consistent, with mixed success.” [ii]

Psychiatry: An Effective Hoax.

If one counts the large number of people duped by psychiatrist’s “authority” and their extremely damaging treatments over many decades, the unfortunate effectiveness of their deadly hoax is manifest.

Is there a final count of children permanently injured or even killed by psychotropic side effects, newborn babies damaged in the womb by their mother’s dependence on antidepressant drugs, victims of electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) who have lost much of their memory, people disabled by Tardive Dyskinesia due to antipsychotic drugs plus other psychiatric victims?

Many find psychiatrists to be the natural descendants of Snake Oil Salesmen of the late 19th century, quacks who traveled through small towns and rural areas using showmanship to sell ineffective and sometimes damaging elixirs and powders to the unwary public.

Back then, the quacks would quickly leave town to avoid prosecution. [iii]

Are we less savvy than the gullible public of 19th century small towns? Instead of prosecuting or at the very least avoiding our modern “snake oil salesmen” we continue to pay whatever price they ask in the hope of easing our mental distress. The psychiatrist has capitalized on this gullibility.

History of Psychiatry Strewn with Torture, Permanent Disability and Death

In the early 1600s, psychiatric asylums used physical restraints such as leg-irons and manacles. Some keepers even adopted management techniques that were developed by Renaissance horse – masters to control stubborn horses.

By the late 19th century, things had not improved and the only way most patients left the asylum was in a coffin. Straitjackets, seclusion and sedative drugs were the order of the day for unruly patients.

In the first half of the 20th century, these mental hospitals were testing grounds for brain damaging operations known as lobotomy as well as the infamous ECT treatment. [iv]

Nazi Era Psychiatric Atrocities

The US National Library of Medicine has published this information on their site:

“During the Nazi era, for the first time in history, psychiatrists sought to systematically exterminate their patients. It has been acknowledged that the medical profession was profoundly involved in crimes against humanity during this period, with various publications describing this malevolent period of medical history. It is less known, however, that psychiatrists were among the worst transgressors…”

“The professional status of psychiatrists did not place any obstacle to their participation in Nazi crimes, and many demonstrated a profound commitment to the atrocities. Psychiatrists were instrumental in instituting a system of identifying, notifying, transporting, and killing hundreds of thousands of mentally ill and “racially and cognitively compromised” individuals in settings ranging from centralized psychiatric hospitals to prisons and death camps. Their role was central and critical to the success of Nazi policy, plans, and principles.” [v]

Moral Character of Psychiatrists Still Questionable

Despite psychiatry’s outrageously high public relations budget, the truth of their criminal behavior cannot be completely hidden.

Anti-psychiatry groups, patient advocate groups, anti-ECT groups and others have sprung up around the world; many have experienced the destructive results of this profession first hand.

The truth of psychiatry’s horrific treatment via drugs, brain operations and ECT is at last becoming common knowledge. When the support of psychiatry via tax dollars and government subsidies has expired, this fraudulent profession will do so as well.

[i]    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/os-mental-health-care-deep-cuts-central-florida-20170802-story.html

[ii]   https://aeon.co/essays/why-can-t-we-treat-mental-illness-by-fixing-the-brain

[iii]  http://grammarist.com/usage/snake-oil-snake-oil-salesman/

[iv]  http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/broughttolife/themes/menalhealthandillness/mentalinstitutions

[v]   https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1828151/

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26 Aug
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PSYCHIATRIST INVESTIGATED FOR SEXUAL MISCONDUCT – ARREST WARRANT ISSUED

POLK COUNTY, FLORIDA – According to a Detective in the Polk County Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations, a warrant has been issued for the arrest of psychiatrist Robert Morgenthal for “Sexual Misconduct by a Therapist”. This comes on the heels of the “voluntary relinquishment with discipline” of his license to practice in Florida – his only choice other than a full investigation resulting in an inevitable revocation. In the words of the Final Order from the Florida Department of Health, “…relinquishment specifically provides that Respondent [Morgenthal] agrees never again to apply for licensure as a physician in the State of Florida.”

CCHR Florida initially documented and filed a complaint regarding Dr. Morgenthal’s excessive prescribing of psychotropic medications to his patients. Yet the more grievous of his crimes came to light later on, when the Florida Department of Health’s Division of Medical Quality Assurance issued 33 Emergency Suspension Orders (ESOs) and Emergency Restriction Orders (EROs) in June 2016 for serious violations, which could include the commission of crimes, violations of standards of care, drug use, impairment, drug diversion, sexual misconduct or student loan defaults. [i]

Included in this list was none other than Dr. Morgenthal, whose license was suspended on June 20, 2016 for gross sexual misconduct incidents that occurred between 2013 to 2015.[ii]

Scenes of the Crimes

The incidents occurred in two different facilities in Florida, at Peace River Center in Lakeland (Polk County), and at Central Florida Behavioral Health, which is in Orlando (Orange County), and part of a chain of for-profit psychiatric facilities owned by Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS). This facility is no stranger to controversy and criminal activity, shockingly still in business despite continuous reports of violations including:

  • Local attorney Mac McLeod wins settlement of more than $10 million in Orange County wrongful death case. Date: April 23, 2016
  • Feds widen fraud probe of Universal Health Services to include headquarters. Date: April 1, 2015
  • Questions surround man’s death while in care of Central Florida Behavioral Date: October 9, 2014[iii]

Meanwhile the fiscal report for Central Florida Behavioral Hospital looked like this in 2015:

  • They showed total assets of $39,854,335.58
  • Their General Revenue income for the year was only $7,121.75
  • But their Contract Income from Medicaid, The Dept. of Children and Families and the Juvenile Welfare Board was $80,429,807.50[iv]

However that’s the subject of another investigation…

Filing Criminal Complaints

After learning of the ERO, CCHR stepped up their filing of complaints on Morgenthal and immediately sent formal criminal complaints to the State Attorney’s Office Ninth Judicial Circuit, the State Attorney’s Office Tenth Judicial Circuit (Polk County), and the Orange County Sheriff’s office.  The result was that a Detective with the Polk County Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations Special Victims Unit contacted CCHR and stated that he had been assigned to investigate the case.

After an extensive investigation the Detective reported to CCHR that a case was submitted to the State Attorney’s Office and a warrant was issued for Robert Morgenthal’s arrest for Sexual Misconduct by a Therapist.

Meanwhile, in Georgia…

Morgenthal was not only licensed in Florida but also held an active license in Georgia. To ensure that he wouldn’t simply head north and continue to practice in another state, CCHR filed a complaint at the same time with the Georgia Composite Board of Medicine.

The Georgia Composite Board of Medicine accepted a voluntary surrender of Morgenthal’s license and as stated in the Final Order, “this surrender shall be considered to be and have the same effect as a revocation of my [Morgenthal] license, and I [Morgenthal] knowingly forfeit and relinquish all right, title and privilege of practicing medicine in the State of Georgia.” [v]

And that is how CCHR Florida is working to reform mental health and bring criminal psychiatrists to justice!

 

[i] FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ISSUES 33 EMERGENCY SUSPENSION AND RESTRICTION ORDERS IN JUNE 2016

http://www.floridahealth.gov/newsroom/2016/07/071416-june-eso-ero.html

[ii] ROBERT JOSEPH MORGENTHAL License Number: ME86083 Data As Of 8/25/2017 

https://appsmqa.doh.state.fl.us/MQASearchServices/HealthcareProviders/LicenseVerification?LicInd=83526&Procde=1501&org=%20

[iii] FOR-PROFIT PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITALS RAKE IN MILLIONS WHILE UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR FRAUD

http://www.cchrflorida.org/for-profit-psychiatric-hospitals-rake-in-millions-while-under-investigation-for-fraud/#_edn8

[iv] FOR-PROFIT PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITALS RAKE IN MILLIONS WHILE UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR FRAUD

http://www.cchrflorida.org/for-profit-psychiatric-hospitals-rake-in-millions-while-under-investigation-for-fraud/#_edn8

[v] ROBERT JOSEPH MORGENTHAL, M.D. License No. 052221, Respondent https://services.georgia.gov/dch/mebs/retrieveBoardOrder.do?licenseNumber=052221&boardTypeId=2

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21 Aug
0

Mental Health Stigma Created by Psychiatry

When $20.4 million in federal funding for mental health services in Florida expired recently, those tied directly to this tax-payer funded care began a predictable and loud outcry.

Stacey Cook-Hawk, CEO of Salus Care, a Mental Health and Addiction facility in Southwest Florida appeared on the “Gulf Coast Live” radio show. She used her temporary bully pulpit to her advantage, with a well-engineered tug on the shows host’s heart strings.

Five Year Old with Mood Disorder?

She emphasized the 800 children they would not be able to “serve”. She gave no details as to what Salus Care’s “service” consists of, but to those aware of psychiatry’s growing interest in drugging unhappy, unruly or overly creative kids, the implied psychiatric pharmaceutical treatment is obvious.

Cook-Hawk spoke of “children in crisis” from age 5 to 17 who are suicidal, depressed and have an “unmanaged mood disorder” who need a safe place to stabilize, see a psychiatrist and a treatment team. [i]

Many find her casual inference that a child barely out of diapers could have an “unmanaged mood disorder” either laughable, frightening or both. Does a 5 year-old need a psychiatrist, or a firm and loving parental hand? Fortunately, most parents have more sense than to turn their youngsters (of any age) over to the charlatans now posing as experts on “childhood disorders”.

Absolutely No Medical Tests for Mental Illness

In her interview, Cook-Hawk repeatedly referred to mental health issues as being no different than diabetes or high blood pressure.[ii] Perhaps Ms. Cook-Hawk is unaware that there are absolutely no medical tests whatsoever to diagnose a “mental disorder”, unlike pathological tests widely available and known for the illnesses she mentioned comparatively.

This comes directly from the website of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Health:

“Unlike diabetes or cancer there is no medical test that can provide a diagnosis of mental illness. A health care professional can do a number of things in an evaluation including a physical exam and long term monitoring to rule out any underlying medical conditions that may be causing symptoms.” [iii]

Perhaps Cook-Hawk has bought into the DSM psychiatric Bible propaganda, a tome loaded with descriptions of psychiatric disorders that are, despite their impressive sounding names, only creations that have been voted into existence by the psychiatric participants. A show of hands does not make an actual disorder true, much less an illness, despite the psychiatrists touching faith in their ability to make it so.

If actual medical illnesses and their treatment were merely voted on by physicians, an angry and disillusioned public would long ago have “strung up” the offenders and insisted on actual scientific studies and cures for those conditions.

Somehow, psychiatrists have practically hypnotized many into believing that they and they alone are capable of diagnosing without any biological tests whatsoever.

It is shameful that Ms. Cook-Hawk, for all her “do-gooder” appeal, is unable to cite a single test that validates her claim that mental illness is “no different” than any other physical illness.

Mental Health Stigma Created by Psychiatry

Another offensive topic promoted by Cook-Hawk is her insistence that mental health results in a “stigma” for the diagnosed. Where does that diagnosis come from? From whence does the stigma originate? Certainly not from that person’s family, friends or acquaintances.

Of course the stigma, label or “disorder” with which a child or adult is stuck comes solely from the offending psychiatrist. Many find it unbelievable that a psychiatrist can scan through a list of “symptoms” and, based on nothing more than opinion, choose a disorder he or she has decided fits. Unfortunately, a person saddled with such a label may carry it with him through life. He is indeed stigmatized…by psychiatry.

Promoting Category C Drug for Pregnant Mothers

Cook-Hawk is a big proponent for “helping” addicted pregnant mothers with doses of vivitrol, a category C drug.

No well-controlled studies have been done on humans, and nursing babies may have unwanted side effects, since this drug does pass into the breast milk. [iv]

However, Cook-Hawk is an advocate of “outreach programs” to encourage treatment with vivitrol. And she laments that the elimination of tax-payer funds to pay for vivitrol treatment will result in “babies being born addicted.”

Her reasoning is (to put it mildly) flawed.

Perhaps drugging the unborn (yes, vivotrol does cross the blood-placenta barrier) [v] is not particularly alarming to Cook-Hawk. After all, she is promoting psychiatric treatment for children as young as five. Her unconcern with the effects on a fetus of a schedule C drug is not much of a stretch.

Lawmakers must do their own Research

The moaning and crying of those in the mental health field is shameless. Unable to provide a service that is willingly paid for by the recipient, psychiatrists have no other recourse but government funding. When that is cut off, the loud outcry is a testament to their lack of actual ability to help those in need.

The citizens of Florida must stand firm in demanding that those in our state suffering from addiction are truly helped. There are drug-free programs that can change the course of addiction, and turn those trapped in the nightmare of drug abuse back into valuable, producing members of society.

There must be a demand that troubled children and adults have alternatives to psychiatric drugging available to them. Psychiatrists have said over and over that they are unable to cure mental illness. Perhaps we should at last listen to their words and pay attention to  the lack of results. Taxpayer dollars can be better spent. Lobbyists for psychiatric pharmaceuticals and other harmful psychiatric solutions should be ignored.

The addicted and troubled citizens of Florida deserve real help, not the barbaric drugging and confinement that passes for such in psychiatric circles.

When lawmakers research the actual results of the millions spent on psychiatric treatment, the need for alternatives to this so called “care” is self-evident.

 

[i]    http://news.wgcu.org/post/mental-health-care-slips-through-cracks-florida-s-budget#

[ii]   ibid

[iii]  https://www.nami.org/Find-Support/Living-with-a-Mental-Health-Condition/Understanding-Your-Diagnosis

[iv]  https://www.rxwiki.com/vivitrol#pregnancy

[v]   http://drugabuse.com/pregnant-and-court-ordered-to-take-vivitrol-is-my-baby-safe/

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21 Aug
0

Florida Supreme Court Opens The Door For Potential Flood Of Psychiatric Damage Lawsuits

For too long, victims of psychiatric abuse in Florida have suffered in silence.

But on June 26th, 2017, the Florida Supreme Court held that the state’s caps on personal injury for noneconomic damages in medical negligence (such as permanent disability, disfigurement, blindness, loss of a limb, paralysis, trauma, or physical pain and suffering) violate the equal Protection Clause of the Florida Constitution. [1]

This is good news for psychiatric victims and grieving family members. While substantial financial compensation for psychiatric medical negligence can’t bring back a person’s health or the life of a child who committed suicide due to a psychiatric drug side effect, it might seriously deter any future damage this profession can inflict.

ECT Damage May Cost the Psychiatric Industry Big Time

For example electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), formerly known as electro-shock therapy and still just as barbaric, involves the application of 400 volts of electrical current to the human brain (depending on which machine is used). The intention is to produce a grand mal seizure. This “therapy” normally involves 8 to 15 shocks given every other day. But some psychiatrists recommend up to 40 or more shock treatments.

Conservatively, 100,000 or more people receive ECT yearly. Two-thirds of them are women, more than half of all ECT victims are over 65. But children as young as 3 years old have been given ECT. Not surprisingly, ECT is not given in state hospitals, but is concentrated in private, for-profit hospitals.

Brain damage and memory loss have been evident for fifty years, and from several different sources including animal studies, human autopsies, brain-imaging techniques or neuropsychological testing and survivor reports. [2]

It is not speculation that ECT can drastically alter behavior and mood. Psychiatrists, not known for clear observation of the facts in front of them, have decided that the alteration of a person’s personality is an “improvement of psychiatric symptoms.” Never mind that these “psychiatric symptoms” usually recur after as little as a month. To the psychiatrist, this is evidence that the patient needs “maintenance” ECT, equivalent to a grand mal seizure every few weeks indefinitely. It is apparently over the psychiatrist’s head that at best ECT did nothing for the person’s mental distress. [3]

Clearly, ECT victims are fertile territory for psychiatric law suits. Psychiatry would be wise to abandon the practice before bankrupting their practitioners.

Justice for Victims of TD

Tardive Dyskinesia is an often incurable physical condition brought about by antipsychotic drug use. This horrific condition is described in detail on the webmd site:

“Tardive dyskinesia causes stiff, jerky movements that you can’t control. Often, these are in your face — namely your lips, jaw, or tongue.

“If you have it, you might:

  • Stick out your tongue without trying
  • Blink your eyes fast
  • Chew
  • Smack or pucker your lips
  • Puff out your cheeks
  • Frown
  • Grunt

“It can also affect your arms, legs, fingers, and toes. That can cause you to:

  • Wiggle your fingers
  • Tap your feet
  • Flap your arms
  • Thrust out your pelvis
  • Sway from side to side

These movements can be fast or slow. You may find it hard to work and stay active.” [4]

Compensation for this disability is now possible. At least those who inflicted this condition on them can be held financially responsible. Will those with TD live to see the practice of giving antipsychotic drugs with no thought of side effects abandoned? Perhaps, if the financial cost to psychiatry become overwhelming.

How to Eliminate the “Suicidal Side Effect” of Psychiatric Drugs

The National Institute of Mental Health lists these possible side effects of antidepressant drugs:

  • Thoughts about suicide or dying
  • Attempts to commit suicide
  • New or worsening depression
  • New or worsening anxiety
  • Feeling very agitated or restless
  • Panic attacks
  • Trouble sleeping (insomnia)
  • New or worsening irritability
  • Acting aggressively, being angry, or violent
  • Acting on dangerous impulses
  • An extreme increase in activity and talking (mania)
  • Other unusual changes in behavior or mood [5]

There is a way to eliminate the suicidal and violent side effects of psychiatric drugs: banish these drugs entirely. If enough grieving family members sue the psychiatric profession for promoting this toxic treatment future generations can be saved from its ravages.

Tragically, psychiatry as a profession continues to violate the Hippocratic Oath by not upholding certain medical ethics.[6] Thus the only way apparent to reign in the psychiatric profession in is to affect them in the place it really hurts: their collective pocketbook.

Due to the foresight of  the Florida Supreme Court, psychiatric abuse victims in this state now have a chance to achieve justice for their suffering.

 

[1]   https://www.natlawreview.com/article/florida-supreme-court-strikes-down-cap-medical-malpractice-damages

[2]   https://www.ect.org/effects/headinjury.html

[3]   ibid

[4]    http://www.webmd.com/schizophrenia/guide/tardive-dyskinesia#1

[5]   https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/mental-health-medications/index.shtml

[6]   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippocratic_Oath

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23 Jul
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Psychiatry Continues To Rip Off Florida Medicare System

According to the United States Department of Justice, our Federal government continues to battle Medicare fraud to the tune of tens of billions of dollars each year, edging close to $100 billion.[1] As a result, in 2007, a multi-agency team created a Medicare Fraud Strike Force in order to stop criminals from bilking our taxpayers.

South Florida is a well-known hotbed for Medicare corruption, especially when it comes to mental health providers.[2] Although there is corruption around the country, it is noted that Florida submits over six hundred times as many mental health Medicare claims as Michigan does (which is also a problem zone for Medicare scams).[3]

One of the most far-fetched examples was when the Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services found a Broward County mental health facility billing Medicare for a patient that resided in Hawaii![4] They took creative billing to a new level.

However, the most egregious crimes cost taxpayers billions of dollars in false Medicare claims.[5] In the Southern District of Florida alone, one hundred defendants were charged with schemes totaling over $200 million in fraudulent billings, some of which were for mental health services.

Former US Attorney Wilfredo Ferrer describes the Medicare corruption problem as being like a “game of whack-a-mole.”[6] With all the government subsidizes for elderly health care, corruption is rampant. The elderly are often packed into poorly run assisted living facilities and forced into mental-health programs, so that the agencies don’t lose their funding.[7]

Another scam involved assisting patients who were looking to live in the United States by any means possible. Falsifying their immigration forms by citing mental illness, they could avoid taking the citizenship test.[8]

Philip Esformes and his cohorts scammed Medicare and Medicade to the tune of one billion dollars in South Florida in 2016.[9] They were reported to have run many patients through their facilities despite the fact that the people never needed treatment, including mental health services.

Also in 2016, Miami psychiatrist Dr. Fernando Mendez-Villamil pled guilty to defrauding various government institutions. U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno sentenced him to twelve years and seven months in prison and ordered that he repay the $50.6 million he stole from four different government agencies through his multiple elaborate schemes. Dr. Mendez-Villamil’s crimes included flooding the streets of Miami with anti-psychotics, then billing Social Security for disability benefits for his so-called “patients’” medications.[10]

This particular psychiatrist had a long history of outrageous criminal fraud. He first attracted attention from Iowa Senator Charles Grassley, who reported to officials that Mendez-Villamil had purportedly written 96,685 prescriptions within two years.[11]

Recently, two employees of the American Therapeutic Corporation, a Miami psychiatric care facility, were denied an appeal for their part in defrauding Medicare of $200 million in false claims. Rodolfo Santaya, one of their patient recruiters, would troll low-income areas for elderly candidates and bring them in, receiving a kickback for each new patient. Many had no medical need, so Santaya told them to lie about their symptoms in order to qualify.[12]

Unfortunately, our government and private health insurance forks over billions of dollars a year to psychiatrists and psychologists in an attempt to treat mental illness, only to be defrauded by the so-called professionals who have claimed a monopoly over the field of mental health.[13] It’s vital that we continue to bring these criminals to justice.

 

 

[1]http://www.miamiherald.com/news/health-care/article91393077.html

[2]http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/crime–law/south-florida-medicare-cheats-switch-strategies-elude-feds/4rZqgTPh8deZ5cuT0H6GRI/

[3]http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/crime–law/south-florida-medicare-cheats-switch-strategies-elude-feds/4rZqgTPh8deZ5cuT0H6GRI/

[4]http://miami.cbslocal.com/2012/08/30/report-no-area-of-u-s-cheats-medicare-more-than-s-fla/

[5]http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/cultural-psychiatry/fraud-waste-and-excess-profits

[6]http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/crime–law/south-florida-medicare-cheats-switch-strategies-elude-feds/4rZqgTPh8deZ5cuT0H6GRI/

[7]http://miami.cbslocal.com/2012/08/30/report-no-area-of-u-s-cheats-medicare-more-than-s-fla/

[8]https://federalcrimesblog.com/tag/health-care-fraud-prevention-enforcement-action-team/

[9]http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/22/1-billion-alleged-medicare-fraud-money-laundering-scheme-leads-to-florida-arrests.html

[10]http://www.miamiherald.com/news/health-care/article91393077.html

[11]http://www.miamiherald.com/news/health-care/article53792465.html

[12]https://www.healthcarelaw-blog.com/2017/04/convictions-will-stand-mental-health-employees-200-million-medicare-fraud-case.html

[13]http://www.cchr.org/cchr-reports/massive-fraud/introduction.html

 

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23 Jul
1

Psychiatry Attempts New Screening Tool For Adult ADHD

A new tool to screen adults with ADHD has been created. Interestingly, this test was devised to match The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual 5 (DSM-5) criteria.[1] (The DSM is the psychiatric handbook for diagnosing mental disorders.)

The DSM-5 is a controversial guidebook with information contested by many in both the psychiatric and psychological professions. For example, several divisions of the American Psychological Association wrote an open letter critical of DSM-5. According to an article in Psychology Today by Allen J. Frances, M.D. this  “letter summarizes the grave dangers of DSM-5 that for some time have seemed patently apparent to everyone except those who are actually working on it. The short list of the most compelling problems includes: reckless expansion of the diagnostic system (through the inclusion of untested new diagnoses and reduced thresholds for old ones); the lack of scientific rigor and independent review; and dimensional proposals that are too impossibly complex ever to be used by clinicians.”[2]

Any proclamation by the American Psychiatric Association should be viewed askance, especially when based on the supposed validity of the DSM-5. Thus the creation of a “new tool” to screen adults with ADHD contains a “fox guarding the henhouse” mentality.

Dr. Frances continues his scathing remarks on DSM-5:

“… Despite the obvious impossibility of many of its proposals, it shows no ability to self correct or learn from outside advice. The current drafts have changed almost not at all from their deeply flawed originals…”[3]

Is ADHD Real?

Dr. Bruce D. Perry, one of the world’s leading neuroscientists, asserted that Attention Deficit/Hyper-Activity Disorder, or ADHD is “not a real disease.”

Dr. Perry has warned of the dangers of psycho-stimulant medications, stating that the so-called disorder is actually a description of a wide range of symptoms that children as well as adults can display at some point in their lives.

He states, “It is best thought of as a description. If you look at how you end up with that label, it is remarkable because any one of us at any given time would fit at least a couple of those criteria.” [4]

Dangers of Psychotropic Medications to Treat ADHD

Those already suspicious of the pharmaceutical industry’s motivations in promoting prescriptions of stimulants to treat ADHD (including parents and concerned activists) have welcomed Dr. Perry’s voice. He has this to say about such pharmaceuticals:

“If you give psychostimulants to animals when they are young, their rewards systems change. They require much more stimulation to get the same level of pleasure.

“So, on a very concrete level they need to eat more food to get the same sensation of satiation. They need to do more high-risk things to get that little buzz from doing something. It is not a benign phenomenon.

“Taking a medication influences systems in ways we don’t always understand. I tend to be pretty cautious about this stuff, particularly when the research shows you that other interventions are equally effective and over time more effective and have none of the adverse effects. For me it’s a no-brainer.”[5]

It is important to question the money-motivated pharmaceutical industry as well as the vast majority of psychiatrists that promote their dangerous drugs. Voices like Dr. Perry’s are being increasingly heard, and cannot be ignored.

The herd mentality of psychiatric “know best” is floundering, and doctors like Dr. Perry are leading the way to a long overdue reform in the psychiatric industry.

The public must question psychiatric “breakthroughs” such as a “new tool to screen adults with ADHD.” This and other so-called developments are just avenues to increase the revenue of pharmaceutical industries and keep the false authority of psychiatry in place.

 

[1] http://www.psychiatryadvisor.com/adhd/adhd-screening-tool-dsm-criteria-machine-learning/article/665339/

[2] https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/dsm5-in-distress/201110/psychologists-start-petition-against-dsm-5

[3] ibid

[4] https://realfarmacy.com/adhd-real-disease-says-leading-neuroscientist/

[5] ibid

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17 Jul
0

Autism and Antidepressants

Per Merriam Webster, autism is “a variable developmental disorder that appears by age three and is characterized by impairment of the ability to form normal social relationships, by impairment of the ability to communicate with others, and by repetitive behavior patterns…” [i]

Autism has been increasing at an alarming rate. In the 1970s and 1980s only one in 2,000 children were diagnosed with this developmental disorder. But today, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that one in 150 eight-year-olds are affected.[ii]

Are Antidepressants to Blame?

It has been discovered that pregnant women who take antidepressants may be more likely to give birth to autistic children.

In a Scientific American article, researchers reported in JAMA (The Journal of the American Medical Association) Pediatrics that mothers-to-be who took antidepressants in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy were 87% more likely to have children with autism. [iii]

The culprits were selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) including drugs Paxil, Prozac, Zoloft and Celexa. According to the Scientific American article, SSRIs were linked to a more than doubled risk of autism.[iv]

Rueters Health goes even further, stating that the use of antidepressants right before pregnancy may be linked to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children. [v]

Remember Thalidomide?

In 1957 thalidomide entered the German market. It was hailed as a “non-barbiturate sedative” safe even for pregnant women. By 1960 it was used in 46 countries, and was nearly as popular as aspirin. [vi]

When Dr. William McBride, an Australian obstetrician, discovered it alleviated morning sickness in patients he began prescribing it for this purpose. Unfortunately, this set a world-wide trend. [vii]

By 1961, Dr. McBride associated thalidomide with severe birth defects in babies he delivered. They were born with phocomelia; shortened, absent or flipper-like limbs. A German newspaper reported 161 babies adversely affected by the drug. The makers of the drug were forced to stop its distribution within Germany, and by the spring of 1962, the drug was banned in most countries where it had been sold previously. [viii]

Psychiatry Learned Nothing from Thalidomide Tragedy

Because an autistic child has no physical deformity, his disability is not as apparent. But his quality of life has been compromised through no fault of his own.

He or she may have difficulties with social interaction, difficulties beginning or carrying on conversations, a hard time understanding rules. Making friends can be a real challenge for autistic individuals. Some autistic kids or adults follow inflexible routines and rituals, have repetitive body movements and can be hypersensitive to sounds. [ix]

Since there is evidence that giving pregnant women antidepressants during pregnancy can contribute to autism, these drugs should certainly be banned in favor of other (non-psychiatric) treatments.

Thalidomide was taken off the market for pregnant women fifty five years ago.

It is appalling that the tragic lesson learned over five decades ago has been seemingly forgotten. Psychiatrists have no business prescribing powerful pharmaceuticals with serious side effects to pregnant women.

Autistic Kids Subject to Psychiatric Drugs

Since the only way psychiatrists can change behavior is through drugs, naturally they turn to their pharmaceutical arsenal to “take care of” autistic children.

Children as young as six years old are given risperidone and aripiprazole for the treatment of behavioral problems associated with autism spectrum disorder, even though they had no effect on social or communication deficits, according to Scientific American. [x]

Some of the “more common” side effects of risperidone are:

  • aggressive behavior
  • agitation
  • anxiety
  • changes in vision, including blurred vision
  • difficulty concentrating
  • difficulty speaking or swallowing
  • inability to move the eyes
  • increase in amount of urine
  • loss of balance control
  • mask-like face
  • memory problems
  • muscle spasms of the face, neck, and back
  • problems with urination
  • restlessness or need to keep moving (severe)
  • shuffling walk
  • skin rash or itching
  • stiffness or weakness of the arms or legs
  • tic-like or twitching movements
  • trembling and shaking of the fingers and hands
  • trouble sleeping
  • twisting body movements [xi]

Aripiprazole (Abilify) has equally horrific side effects, including choking, tremors, muscle spasms, suicidal thoughts, seizures and a host of others. [xii]

Florida Passes Law Exempting Autism as a Mental Disorder

According to a law recently passed in Florida, “‘Mental illness’ means an impairment of the emotional processes that exercise conscious control of one’s actions, or of the ability to perceive or understand reality, which impairment substantially interferes with the defendant’s ability to meet the ordinary demands of living. For the purposes of this chapter, the term does not apply to defendants who have only an intellectual disability or autism…” [xiii]

In other words, children (or adults) with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and some other disabilities are not considered mentally ill under the law in the state of Florida, and are legally exempt from psychiatric meddling.

Florida also passed House Bill 39, titled Autism Awareness Training for Law Enforcement Officers which requires continued employment training of police officers in the recognition of the symptoms of autism. It also requires the law officers respond appropriately when dealing with such a person in order to stay employed or appointed as a Law Enforcement Officer.

Despite this, CCHR Florida (Citizens Commission on Human Rights of Florida) continues to receive calls from the families of men, women and children suffering from autism that have been Baker Acted (sent for involuntary psychiatric examination). These families are requesting the help of CCHR to obtain their family member’s release.

Florida’s legislators should be applauded for taking a major step in the right direction, but clearly there is still work to be done.

Psychiatrists are not responsible, able or ethical enough to be in charge of anyone’s mental or physical health, especially that of a vulnerable autistic child. Hopefully Florida’s lawmakers will influence those of other states in recognizing the harm done to autistic individuals, including children, when they are subjected to barbaric psychiatric treatment.

 


[iv] ibid

[vii] ibid

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