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22 Jun
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Handcuffs and Police Cars Terrorize Florida School Kids

Baker Acting of Minors
The Baker Act is the mental health law or the state of Florida an currently allows children to be involuntarily committed right out of their classroom at school and sent for psychiatric evaluation. This can happen if it is believed the child has a mental illness and could be a potential harm to themselves or others.
In practice the decision whether to Baker Act a particular child is somewhat arbitrary and is influenced by the opinions and beliefs of those making the judgement calls at Florida schools.
A few years ago in the Palm Beach School district the police took students straight from school and drove them in squad cars to mental health examination facilities 256 times – an average of more than one child for every day of the school year.
Here are some examples of young children who were Baker Acted:
  • A mother arrived at school to find her kindergartner huddled under a table in the school office scared to death and screaming. The mom had never seen her daughter behave like this before. Police tried to handcuff the girl whose tiny wrists were too slim for the cuffs. At the hospital she was labeled with bipolar disorder, ADHD and oppositional defiant disorder and following her drug treatment for these “disorders” got Baker Acted again from school.
  • A fourth-grader was committed right off the school bus while on his way home. His mom said that what her son told her happened on the bus and what the bus cameras showed was different than what the school police told her. She had to leave her son at the psychiatric hospital crying and begging for her to stay with him. The boy had never slept away from home before. After release the boy told about his hospital stay where he met a girl who cut patterns into her skin with a knife, a boy addicted to pills, and a boy wearing a prison jumpsuit. And he spent his first night away from his home with a roommate who punched him in the face. The boy also recalls sitting handcuffed in the hot police car while his classmates watched him from the windows of the school bus.

Baker Acting NOT Discipline?

School officials are quick to point out that such treatment under the Baker Act is not discipline.

How could a grade school or kindergartner child not feel he was being disciplined if he was forcibly handcuffed, strapped in a police car and driven away to a psychiatric facility while his peers and teachers watched the car drive away?

In Flagler County, FL in 2014 the school board discussed the rise of Baker Act incidents involving elementary school age kids and attempted to diffuse the anger parents were feeling.

The presentation was made by Katrina Townsend, the district’s director of student services who said, “I have also sat on both sides of the table at Halifax (the psychiatric ward at Halifax Hospital in Daytona Beach) as the parent of a patient, and as a representative of you, the school board, so I like to think I knew a little bit about it as well. And having gone through the process as a parent, I feel confident in the services that they provide to us.”

Is she biased favorably in terms of Baker Acting kids in her role of as director of student services based on her faith in the psychiatric system into which she Baker Acted her own child

Townsend went onto to say, “A Baker Act is absolutely not a discipline consequence.”

She offered this analogy between Baker Acts and an asthma attack. “Mental health, just like asthma can have a critical issue or an event that requires emergency care and in mental health, that emergency care is often a Baker Act. As with a student with asthma, we would not identify that a student was having a crisis and send them home to sort it out. We would transport them for emergency care. So once I heard that analogy it kind of helped me wrap my head a round it a little bit.”

However, School Board member Colleen Conklin did not buy this idea and sided with the outraged parents.

Conklin stated, “A Baker Acting of a child is traumatically different than what was just described in the analogy of an asthma attack. The reason that you have the media and that you have some become so outraged, if you will, is because it goes against all of our senses, at the thought of a child receiving help by being placed in either handcuffs or put in the back of a patrol car. That is not dealing in the same manner as you do with somebody who has an asthma attack… That to me exacerbates the situation and is more traumatizing to a child.”

There are known alternatives for helping kids that avoid the dangerous mental and physical harm caused by psychiatric drugs.

Parents, school administrators and police in Florida could be educated to learn the truth about the drugs currently given to children and what the workable alternatives are. Then we could end the disgraceful Baker Acting of kids from their Florida classrooms.

SOURCES:

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/lifestyles/when-little-ones-break-down-at-school/nW275/
http://flaglerlive.com/65679/baker-act-children-flagler/

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22 Jun
0

Children on Ritalin: Long Term Effects

child_pills_1Seeing as psychiatrists have been drugging children with Ritalin since the 1970s, some long term effects have now been studied and confirmed. Psychiatrist and whistle blower Peter Breggin reports these possible tragic outcomes for the victim of long term Ritalin use:

•Early Death
•Brain Atrophy
•Suicide
•Imprisonment
•Drug Addiction
•Institutionalization in a Psychiatric Hospital

There are many reasons why children labeled with some form of hyperactivity and given stimulants suffer these consequences.

According to Breggin, when a child is first given a stimulant drug, he or she experiences the adverse side effects of anxiety, depression, agitation, insomnia, psychosis and even aggression.

Compounding the Tragedy

Unfortunately, most psychiatrists are unable to observe the obvious: that the drug he has given the child is causing these effects. So instead of weaning the child from the damaging pharmaceutical, their faulty science leads them to believe the drug has somehow uncovered additional mental disorders.

What follows is a veritable cocktail of drugs to fix these supposedly unmasked set of problems.

OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) can be one result of psychiatric drugging. A child becomes less social and his spontaneous behavior may be stifled.

Dr. Breggin reports, “The initial diagnosis of ADHD ruins the child’s sense of personal responsibility and self-control, so that the child no longer thinks he can control himself. This almost inevitably disrupts emotional growth and renders the child less able to grow up into a mature adult.”

Ritalin and Brain Changes

Lead researcher Joan Baizer of the University of Buffalo points out that “…[Ritalin] has the potential for causing long-lasting changes in brain cell structure and function.”

Other studies show that the long-term Ritalin side effects can cause the onset of depression as well as possible brain injury to the frontal lobes.

Ritalin induced brain damage is similar to frontal lobe syndrome, normally caused by head trauma. Frontal lobe syndrome can cause a person much difficulty in inhibiting inappropriate behavior.

Because youngsters’ brains are still developing, they are much more susceptible to Ritalin’s negative effects.

As of 2014, three million US children had been prescribed ADHD drugs. This equates to a 2,000 percent increase since the mid 1980s. Due to peer pressure, the abuse has spread beyond the children who have been diagnosed as having hyperactivity. It is common knowledge that Ritalin is now a popular street drug.

Experimenting on Mice and Children

The National Institute of Health (NIH) reports that investigators funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) showed Ritalin could cause physical changes in neurons in reward regions of mouse brains – in some cases, these effects overlapped with those of cocaine. Although millions of kids are already on this drug, NIDA director Dr. Nora Volkow states, “This study highlights the fact that we know very little about how methylphenidate [Ritalin] affects the structure of and communication between brain cells.”

Since researchers have determined that Ritalin can and does damage a mouse brain, why does it remain on the market, the drug of choice for treatment of rambunctious (many would suggest normal) children? The psychiatrists’ inability to explain how Ritalin affects the brain is no excuse for its continued marketing.

In fact, one suspects most parents would find the psychiatrist’s utter detachment from the possibility of damaging their child’s brain rather distasteful. In the words of Dr. Peter Breggin, “Psychiatry has never been driven by science. They have no biological or genetic basis for these illnesses and the National Institutes of Mental Health are totally committed to the pharmacological line… There is a great deal of scientific evidence that stimulants cause brain damage with long-term use, yet there is no evidence that these mental illnesses, such as ADHD, exist.”

Many parents have found it wise to heed the words of this leading  psychiatrist with no vested interest in the marketing and prescribing of Ritalin and similar pharmaceuticals.

SOURCES:

http://www.breggin.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=38
https://www.thefix.com/content/research-shows-ritalin-causes-long-term-brain-injury
http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1135866-clinical
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http://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/nida-study-shows-methylphenidate-ritalin-causes-neuronal-changes-brain-reward-areas
http://ritalinaddictioninfo.com/street-names
http://www.cchrint.org/psychiatric-disorders/psychiatristsphysicians-on-lack-of-any-medicalscientific-tests/

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http://www.newstimes.com/policereports/article/Former-Newtown-shooter-s-doctor-charged-with-7295601.php
14 Jun
6

Sandy Hook Shooter’s Psychiatrist Arrested

Photo: Contributed / Brookfield Police Department http://www.newstimes.com/policereports/article/Former-Newtown-shooter-s-doctor-charged-with-7295601.php

Photo: Contributed / Brookfield Police Department

On December 14th 2012 Adam Lanza attacked students and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut with an AR-15 rifle leaving 20 children and 6 adults dead.

There have been two recent news stories related to the Adam Lanza case.

One concerns the unethical behavior of Lanza’s former psychiatrist, Dr. Paul Fox.

The second story describes a court’s attempt to determine who is responsible for this tragedy.

Did Lanza’s Former Psychiatrist Hide Evidence?

On December 17, 2012 Connecticut police reached Dr. Fox to interview him about the Adam Lanza case. The psychiatrist had moved to New Zealand after things had gotten a bit hot for him in the Northeast.

Just six months earlier, the 59 year old psychiatrist had been accused of sexual assault of a female patient while practicing as a psychiatrist in Brookfield, Connecticut. The patient in question was 19 years old, and state records show that Fox prescribed her “three to four” psychiatric drugs and also gave her free samples. The girl’s mother stated her daughter “was turning into a zombie.”

Following this accusation, Dr. Fox voluntarily gave up his license to practice in New York and Connecticut and began working as a psychiatrist in New Zealand, almost 9,000 miles away from his former office.

During the phone call with the Connecticut police, Fox stated that the only records he had brought to New Zealand were billing records and that all of his medical records pertaining to clients he treated in the United States were “currently in storage in the United States.”

Twenty-four hours after that phone call, Dr. Fox contacted the Connecticut police, telling them that any medical records pertaining to Adam Lanza had been destroyed. Based on the investigative records, Fox last saw Lanza in 2007, which means Dr. Fox destroyed Lanza’s psychiatric records two years earlier than the law allows.

When Fox told law enforcement officials that he had retained his patient billing records, investigators failed to follow this important lead, since billing records offer a great deal of information about a patient’s treatment.

In New Zealand, Dr. Fox worked for the Waikato District Health Board (DHB).

A statement from the DHB said Dr. Fox was employed for 19 months before returning to the US.

During his time in New Zealand, he treated Nicky Stevens, the son of local politician Dave Macpherson. Nicky died while under psychiatric care.

Dr. Fox was de-registered by the New Zealand Medical Council in February 2014.

When Dr. Fox moved back to Maine he discovered his sexual abuse of patients in Connecticut had not been forgotten by the authorities. He was arrested at his home in Peaks Island, Maine on April 20th, 2016 by detectives and Homeland Security Agents and charged with three counts of second-degree sexual assault.

What is Known About Adam Lanza’s Psychiatric Treatment?

Dr. Fox had prescribed the antidepressant Lexapro for Adam. Both Adam and his mother Nancy were reluctant to use the medication. Kathleen Koenig, a nurse specialist in psychiatry at the Yale Child Study Center convinced them to try it.

Lanza’s mom described her son’s reaction to the drug:

“On the third morning he complained of dizziness. By that afternoon he was disoriented, his speech was disjointed, he couldn’t even figure out how to open his cereal box. He was sweating profusely . . . it was actually dripping off his hands. He said he couldn’t think. . . . He was practically vegetative. He did nothing but sit in his dark room staring at nothing.”

There is also a report of a second psychiatric drug prescribed to Lanza and a second adverse reaction.

Nurse Koenig told police in an interview that Adam was given Celexa, another SSRI antidepressant drug.

Immediately after prescribing a small dose of Celexa to Adam Lanza, Koenig received a phone call from Nancy Lanza who reported her son was “unable to raise his arm.”

However, the nurse didn’t feel that Nancy Lanza’s reports of her son’s reactions to the drug were real and felt Adam “had a biological disorder and needed medication.”

One serious side effect of the Celexa is “muscle rigidity.” Adam had complained that he could not lift his arm.

A side effect of Lexapro is “sweating increased.” Nancy Lanza had told Koenig that Adam had this exact reaction.

The concerned mom was labeled “non-compliant.”

It’s unclear the time sequence of when these drugs were given and Dr. Fox has done his best to hide the exact treatment he gave to Adam.

Given Dr. Fox’s unethical practices in hiding his sexual involvement with his female patient and his questionable work in New Zealand, it’s not unreasonable to suspect Dr. Fox might be hiding other matters. Some of his CVS Pharmacy records were also part of the investigation as they relate to the distribution of controlled substances. Questionable billing practices and improper retention of patient records were also examined. Perhaps something regarding Adam’s exact prescriptions and treatments is yet to be revealed.

Celexa comes with warnings that it can cause suicidal behavior, suicide attempts and suicidal ideation, aggression, hostility (predominantly aggression, oppositional behavior and anger) and/or related behavior.

Lexapro comes with warnings that it can increase suicidal thoughts or actions, hostility or aggressive behavior.

Changing dosages or suddenly stopping the medication can also create these behaviors.

AbleChild, a 501c3 non-profit organization, whose mission includes raising public awareness regarding the psychiatric labeling and drugging of children has been following the Adam Lanza case closely.

The group has filed a Freedom of Information Act in Connecticut asking to see the full mental health, toxicology and autopsy records of Adam Lanza.

AbleChild hopes these questions will be answered:

  • Now that Fox has returned to the states, and clearly is under the watchful eye of law enforcement, will Sandy Hook investigators request Fox’s billing records for psychiatric “treatment” of Adam Lanza?
  • Did Adam Lanza, while under the psychiatric care of Dr. Fox or while a patient at Yale Child Study Center, participate in a clinical trial? (In other words, was Lanza receiving experimental treatments?)
  • Could Nancy Lanza’s notes, now being withheld by the state, provide additional information about the treatment Adam Lanza received while under Fox’s care that might expose further violations of FDA clinical trial record retention laws?

Who Is The Real Culprit?

On April 14, 2016 Connecticut Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis ruled that a lawsuit can proceed against Bushmaster, the manufacturer of the AR-15 rifle used by Adam Lanza in his attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The lawsuit was filed back in 2014 by the families of nine of the people who were killed.

Bushmaster argued it is protected by a 2005 federal law blocking lawsuits against gun makers when their products were used in the commission of crimes, but the judge declined to dismiss the lawsuit.

It’s interesting to note that the 114 page report “Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School” written by the Office of the Child Advocate for the State of Connecticut sums up the responsibility for the shooting by saying, “Finally, none of the findings in this report should be interpreted as exculpating (freeing from blame) or reducing Adam Lanza’s accountability for his actions…In the end only he, and he alone, bears responsibility for this monstrous act.”

Adam Lanza killed himself after committing the murders.

Putting all the blame on Lanza lets the true criminal off the hook. The psychiatrist who prescribed this troubled young man pharmaceuticals with known violent side effects is the real culprit in this tragedy.

 

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14 Jun
0

Using Opioids Can Cause Depression

FailureAccording to a new study conducted by Jeffrey Scherrer, an associate professor of family and community medicine at St. Louis University in Missouri, men and women who take prescription opioids for more than a month are at risk of developing depression. Dr. Sherrer’s research uncovered that while pain alone can cause depression, the drugs prescribed to manage the pain also contribute to the problem.

Doctors not only prescribe pain-killers after an injury or surgery, but also for chronic situations like back pain and cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “The United States is in the midst of a prescription painkiller overdose epidemic.”

The CDC goes on to say, “Since 1999, the amount of prescription painkillers prescribed and sold in the U.S. has nearly quadrupled, yet there has not been an overall change in the amount of pain that Americans report.” Two hundred and fifty-nine million prescriptions were written for opioids in 2012. Breaking that down, the CDC reports that would be enough to give every adult in the United States their own bottle of pills.

Scherrer’s extensive study included over a hundred thousand people combined within three large groups. None of the subjects had depression prior to the study, but by the end the researchers discovered that approximately ten percent of the people developed depression after taking opioids for an extended period of time.

The opioids prescribed during the study were: codeine, fentanyl, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, levorphanol, meperidine, oxycodone, oxymorphone, morphine, and pentazocine. Not only are these drugs highly addictive, but they can lead to death when overused. Of course, if the patient adds a cocktail or two to the mix, the risks are accelerated.

Scherrer went on to add, “It is not clear why the long-term use of opioids is linked to a greater risk of depression, but it may have something to do with lowered levels of testosterone.” This could contribute to the sharp decline of mood.

Although many people associate pain-killers with a feeling of euphoria, it’s worth noting that one of the side effects of most of these drugs is dysphoria (a feeling of unease or dissatisfaction with life).

The researchers of this study advise that if you’re taking medication for pain and notice that you’re feeling depressed, both the patient and medical doctor should understand that it could be the prescribed opioids that are causing these sensations.

 

SOURCES:

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/01/26/long-term-opioid-use-linked-to-depression.html

http://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/

http://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/epidemic/index.html

http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/opioid-prescribing/

http://www.livescience.com/53435-long-term-opioid-use-linked-to-depression.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/long-term-opioid-use-linked-to-depression_us_56a6425ae4b076aadcc7353e

http://www.paincommunitycentre.org/article/opioids

http://www.foundationsrecoverynetwork.com/dangers-mixing-opiates-alcohol/

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08 Jun
0

Teen Suicides Increasing Due to Mental Health Treatment

Depressed ChildMental health experts claim they need more money to stem the rising number of teenage suicides but there is much evidence showing that the medications prescribed to prevent suicide are indeed what are causing the rising statistic.

Yet psychiatrists continue to assert that untreated mental disorders cause suicide and at risk youth need to be located in time and given psychiatric medication before their “Anxiety” or “Depression” or other disorder lead them to suicide. The psychiatrist seems to have forgotten that “suicidal tendencies” are a common black box warning on many of their favorite psychotropic drugs.

Professor Heather Flynn, a clinical psychologist at Florida State University College of Medicine recently beat the “untreated mental health” drum when speaking to the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet. Despite evidence to the contrary, she asserted “Under-treated or untreated mental health is the major risk factor for suicide.”

To those not versed in the truth of psychiatric treatment and its resulting damage, such statements can be influential in the funding of additional “mental health” facilities and treatment. This in turn puts many more people at risk of temporary or permanent injury due to psychotropic drugs, electric shock and other psychiatric “treatment.”

Once it becomes clear how psychiatric treatment is not preventing teen suicide and indeed is creating it, the call for more funding for mental health becomes illogical.

In March 2013, the JAMA Psychiatry (Journal of the American Medical Association – Psychiatry) published a study related to the topic of teen suicide.

The study was based on a survey of 10,148 adolescents aged 13-17.

Suicidal behavior was defined as suicide ideation (“You seriously thought about killing yourself”), plans (“You made a plan for killing yourself”)  and attempts (“You tried to kill yourself”).

The JAMA study reported that “It is noteworthy that suicidal adolescents typically enter treatment before rather than after the onset of suicidal behaviors…It is clear, though, that treatment does not always succeed in this way because the adolescents in the (study) who received treatment prior to their first attempt went on to make an attempt anyway.”

In other words, these teens were put on psychiatric drugs before they started having suicidal thoughts or making suicide attempts and the drugs did nothing to prevent it. In fact, their own study showed 55% -77% of the teens who developed suicidal behavior did so after being treated with psychiatric medication.

In this study there was nothing to indicate that diagnosis and treatment managed to prevent any suicides. Thus, psychiatry once more demonstrated that their profession is, at best, useless in suicide prevention.

Heidi Stevenson, an expert in computer science, research and writing and the editor of “Gaia Health” is a woman known for her accurate investigative articles about the pharmaceutical industry.  She wrote a review of the JAMA study and called it “1 in 25 Teens Tries Suicide: Are Psych Drugs the Reason?”

In this article Stevenson points out, “Their (psychiatrists) standard treatment for virtually any diagnosis is the same: pharmaceutical psychoactive drugs. They also sidestep an even more important issue, that these drugs are known to cause both suicides and thoughts of suicide. They don’t even consider it.”

Stevenson reports that 96.1% of those who attempt suicide fit into one of the following 15 “disorders” listed in the DSM-IV (The DSM is the psychiatrist’s “Bible” of mental illness)

  • Specific phobia
  • Panic disorder
  • Social phobia (in other words, shyness)
  • Intermittent explosive disorder
  • Separation anxiety disorder
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Major depressive disorder or Dysthymia (mild, long-term depression)
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • ADHD
  • Oppositional defiant disorder  (may apply to spunky kids who have their own opinions and don’t follow orders)
  • Conduct disorder (teens who don’t behave the way their parents or schools think they should)
  • Any eating disorder
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Illicit drug abuse.
  • Bipolar I or II. (Robert Whitaker’s Anatomy of an Epidemic clearly documents that nearly all cases of bipolar disorder are caused by psychiatric drugs and treatment)

From this list it’s not too far-fetched to imagine that psychiatrists believe that being a teenager is a mental disorder.

How Psychiatric Drugs Caused a Young Girl’s Suicide

So what can happen in the life of a young person, who gets a psychiatric diagnosis and receives the standard psychoactive drug treatment?

Gwen Olsen is tragically familiar with this scenario. An incident in her own family prompted her to change her life completely.

Gwen spent 15 years as a very successful sales rep for top pharmaceutical companies. Over the years she realized that she had started out with the purpose of helping people but she had been duped by all the lies and misinformation built into her industry. She had to face the fact that she had actually harmed many people during her career.

Gwen’s family tragedy was the final event that caused her to leave her job and become a crusader against the psychiatric drug industry.

In 2004 Gwen’s niece Meg was 20 years old and studying pre-med at Indiana University. Gwen called the young girl “an extremely intelligent, beautiful woman, a beautiful spirit, inside and out”.

Meg was in a car accident, given Vicodin (Hydrocodone) for her pain and got addicted to that prescription drug. When Meg took some Ephedra, a stimulant to counteract the sedative properties of Vicodin in order to study for exams, she had a bad reaction to the drug interaction and ended up in the emergency room at the local hospital. Not discovering that it was a case of drug toxicity or a reaction to her combination of drugs, the hospital labeled her as bipolar.

The young woman was given antipsychotics and mood stabilizers and was thereafter considered a mental patient.

On Effexor, some antipsychotics, and other medication, Meg soon dropped out of school.

After eight months of dealing with side effects, Meg took herself off all drugs, not knowing that Effexor has some of the worst withdrawal symptoms of all antidepressants. It is especially known to increase the risk of suicide.

She became very depressed and one day went into a bedroom in her family’s home, poured lantern oil from a lamp over herself, ignited it and set herself on fire. She died with burns covering 95% of her body.

That’s when Gwen Olsen became an anti-psychiatric drug crusader.

In 2005 Gwen wrote a book titled “Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher” and has devoted her life since then to educating teens and parents on the true facts about these drugs.

Gwen writes, “There’s no such thing as a safe drug. By the time a drug is approved and hits the general population we don’t know even 50% of the side effects that are involved with that drug.

“We were being trained to misinform people.

“A large number of psychiatrists are dishonest. Because I see them giving people drugs that they know are brain damaging therapeutics, that they know do not have positive long term outcomes, that they know will not cure anything.

“Therefore we can sell more drugs for the pharmaceutical industry. That’s an extremely lucrative alliance because there’s no scientific data that’s required for a psychiatrist to diagnose a mental illness.

“There’s no blood test, there’s no urine test, there’s no PET scan (an imaging test that helps reveal how your tissues and organs are functioning). There’s no medical evidence required. And so therefore, that broadens the potential patient population considerably. ”

There is no other business or profession that could get away with selling a product that fails to produce the advertised claim.

Psychiatrists and the drug manufactures know their products create mental and physical harm to patients. The public has been fed an extensively well-thought out and professional pro-psychiatric drug propaganda campaign.

Heidi Stevenson summed up it up perfectly.

“Psychiatry wants to present itself as the solution to our emotional problems. However, their own research demonstrates the likelihood that their treatments – that is, drugs – are fueling suicides in adolescents.”

 

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http://archpsyc.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1555602

http://gaia-health.com/conventional-medicine/psychiatry/1-25-teens-tries-suicide-psych-drugs-reason/

http://gwenolsen.com/

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07 Jun
0

Why the Secrecy? Was Oregon Shooter on Psychiatric Drugs?

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Signs clearly point to Oregon community college (Umpqua Community College) shooter Christopher Harper-Mercer having had a background involving psychiatric treatment.

Harper-Mercer’s mother had difficulties in raising her son. She discussed her problems with co-worker Alexis Jefferson, telling Jefferson that she had committed Christopher to a psychiatric hospital when he wouldn’t take his medication.

Jefferson continued, “She [Ms. Harper] said that ‘my son is a real big problem of mine, He has some psychological problems. Sometimes he takes his medication, sometimes he doesn’t. And that’s where the big problem is, when he doesn’t take his medication.’ ”

Apparently Ms. Harper brought her son to the Del Amo Behavioral Health System in Torrance, California before moving to Oregon. Despite her son’s pleas to be let out of the hospital, according to Jefferson, Ms. Harper wouldn’t take him out until the doctor said he was ready to get out.

Not surprisingly, treatment at Del Amo Behavioral Health System involves:

  • Individualized Case Management
  • Medication Management  (emphasis added)
  • Recreational and Leisure Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Anger Management Group
  • Psychotherapy Group
  • Discharge Planning

In other words, there is very little likelihood that Christopher Harper-Mercer was not on, or in the process of withdrawing from psychiatric drugs at the time of the murders. It is recognized that withdrawal from many psychiatric medications can be just as debilitating and dangerous as taking them in the first place.

According to an article in Time Magazine online these are the top ten drugs most likely to cause violent behavior:

10. Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq) This antidepressant drug is 7.9 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.

9. Venlafaxine (Effexor) This drug is prescribed for anxiety disorders. Effexor is 8.3 times more likely than other drugs to be related to violent behavior.

8. Fluvoxamine (Luvox) Antidepressant Luvox is 8.4 times more likely than other medications to be linked with violence.

7. Triazolam (Halcion) This drug can be addictive, and is used to treat insomnia. Halcion is 8.7 times more likely to be linked with violence than other drugs.

6. Atomoxetine (Strattera) Used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), this drug is 9 times more likely to be linked with violence compared to the average medication.

5. Mefoquine (Lariam) A treatment for malaria, Lariam has long been linked with reports of bizarre behavior. It is 9.5 times more likely to be linked with violence than other drugs.

4. Amphetamines: (Various) Amphetamines are used to treat ADHD. They are 9.6 times more likely to be linked to violence, compared to other drugs.

3. Paroxetine (Paxil) An SSRI antidepressant, Paxil is also linked with more severe withdrawal symptoms and a greater risk of birth defects compared to other medications in that class. It is 10.3 times more likely to be linked with violence compared to other drugs.

2. Fluoxetine (Prozac) The first well-known SSRI antidepressant, Prozac is 10.9 times more likely to be linked with violence in comparison with other medications.

1. Varenicline (Chantix) The anti-smoking medication Chantix affects the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor, which helps reduce craving for smoking. Unfortunately, it’s 18 times more likely to be linked with violence compared to other drugs.

Note that 8 out of 10 on this list of violence-inducing drugs are prescribed by psychiatrists, for disorders that they have described in the DSM, their bible of mental illness. Also note that the drugs are described in the present tense. In other words, they are still being prescribed, despite the risk of violence to both the user and to those in his environment.

In other words, psychiatrists have free reign to prescribe drugs at will that threaten not only your own life, but the lives of those near and dear to you.

As citizens of a free country, we have the right to demand the truth: Was the Oregon shooter a victim of violent behavior, a psychiatric drug side effect?

These drugs are proven to be deadly, yet the profitability to psychiatrists and deep-pocketed pharmaceutical giants prevents their discontinuance. This is not only inhuman, it is criminal.

Who will bring the psychiatrist to court for his behind-the-scenes participation in mass shootings?

It will have to be those without vested interests.

 

SOURCES:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/06/us/mother-of-oregon-gunman-wrote-of-keeping-firearms.html?_r=1

http://delamohospital.com/treatment-programs/for-adults/crisis-stablization

http://healthland.time.com/2011/01/07/top-ten-legal-drugs-linked-to-violence/

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24 Apr
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Is there An Antidepressant / Autism Link?

Puzzle headA new study shows a connection between women who take antidepressants in the last 6 months of pregnancy and an increase of children born with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

JAMA (The Journal of the American Medical Association) Pediatrics concluded that “Use of antidepressants, specifically selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors [SSRIs], during the second and/or third trimester increases the risk of ASD in children, even after considering maternal depression. Further research is needed to specifically assess the risk of ASD associated with antidepressant types and dosages during pregnancy.”

The authors of this article, despite their own research study yet assert that the risk of ASD is controversial, and can include genetic predispositions and environmental risk factors.

In other words, because a psychiatrist is unable to evaluate the devastating evidence of his own study, many children will face a lifetime of autism. Their “further research” involves experimenting with the lives of children who have no voice in the matter.

Unborn children are not lab rats, and psychiatrists have no right to hide their findings behind psychiatric jargon and the need to put more lives at risk to “see” if additional data can be gleaned.

Earlier Study Yielded Similar Results

Another study, from the spring of 2014, found that boys who had autism were 3 times more likely to have been exposed to antidepressants such as Celexa, Zoloft, Paxil, Prozac and Lexapro while in the womb.

Li-Ching Lee is a scientist in the department of epidemiology at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.  He asserts “We found prenatal SSRI exposure was almost three times as likely in boys with autism spectrum disorders relative to typical development, with the greatest risk when exposure is during the first trimester.”

However, authors of this study were careful to point out that “there are risks to both the mother and the fetus from untreated depression.”

Whistleblower Psychiatrist Warns Against Antidepressant Use In Pregnancy

Here is what psychiatrist Peter Breggin has to say about the supposed “risks” of untreated depression during pregnancy versus the possible physical and mental damage to the unborn child.

“Drug advocates, including the CDC, justify the use of SSRIs during pregnancy on the basis that depression has its own hazards. But these hazards pale in comparison to the upheaval that will befall new mothers, fathers and the extended families of the children who are born with profound birth defects.

“The worst hazards of depression in pregnancy are those of suicidality and, very rarely, infanticide. But the SSRIs are implicated in increasing the risks of both suicide and violence … In fact, the new FDA labels for antidepressants specifically warn about SSRI-induced suicidality in youth and in young adults, the very group most likely to become pregnant … Now we know that the SSRIs not only threaten to cause the death of the mother through suicide but the death of the child as well through lethal birth defects.”

With self-education, a pregnant mother can find alternatives to taking psychiatric drugs during the crucial months of her baby’s development. There is much data on handling depression with nutrition, rather than drugs or other psychiatric treatments. A bit of research can result in a wealth of useful information that can increase the peace of mind of parents-to-be.

SOURCES:

http://archpedi.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2476187

http://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/news/20140414/study-ties-antidepressant-use-in-pregnancy-to-autism-risk-in-boys

http://www.breggin.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=163

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24 Apr
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Dangerous Trend: Antidepressant Use In Children Soaring

sad childThe number of children prescribed antidepressants is on a steep upward trend.

In 2004 there was a fall in the use of these drugs after warnings of suicidal risk. But between 2005 and 2012, the increase shot up by more than fifty percent in the UK alone. The same study showed substantial rises worldwide; in the US there was a 26% increase, and there has been no indication of a slowdown in prescribing these drugs to kids in the ensuing four years.

The World Health Organization’s Director of Mental Health, Dr. Shekhar Saxena, is troubled by the trend. He states, “Anti-depressant use amongst young people is and has been a matter of concern because of two reasons. One, are more people being prescribed anti-depressants without sufficient reason? And second, can anti-depressants do any major harm?”

In answer to Dr. Saxena’s first question; unfortunately, the “sufficient reason” is left up to the prescribing psychiatrist or MD based on ailments listed alphabetically in a heavy tome known as the DSM. This “Bible” of the psychiatric profession is loaded with disorders voted into reality by nothing but a show of hands.

One does not have to search far and wide to answer Dr. Saxena’s second question, “Can anti-depressants do any major harm?”

Prozac, the only antidepressant approved by the FDA in treating children, has these common side effects, none of which most people would care to see their children suffer through:

  • Anxious
  • Chronic trouble sleeping
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry Mouth
  • Excessive sweating
  • Feeling like throwing up
  • Head pain
  • Indigestion
  • Involuntary Quivering
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Nervousness
  • Rash
  • Sinus Irritation
  • Throat Irritation
  • Yawning

Here are some less common, but quite severe side effects that could affect a grade school child on Prozac:

  • Chills
  • Hives
  • Trouble Breathing
  • Abnormal Dreams
  • Abnormal Heart Rhythm
  • Chest Pain
  • Confused
  • Cough
  • Excessive Thirst
  • Fast Heartbeat
  • Feeling Restless
  • Fever
  • Flu-Like Symptoms
  • Frequent Urination
  • Gas
  • Hair Loss
  • Heart Throbbing or Pounding
  • Hyperactive Behavior
  • Incomplete or Infrequent Bowel Movements
  • Itching
  • Joint Pain
  • Problems with Eyesight
  • Ringing in the Ears
  • Stomach Cramps
  • Taste Problems
  • Weight Loss
  • Widening of Blood Vessels

The rare, but obviously still occurring side effects include:

  • Abnormal liver function
  • Bleeding of the stomach, intestine or uterus
  • Spasm of the larynx
  • Giant Hives
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Hepatitis
  • Life-threatening allergic reaction
  • Mild degree of mania
  • Very rapid heartbeat
  • Teeth grinding
  • Loss of memory
  • Loss of one’s own sense of reality or identity
  • Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (characterized by fever, muscular rigidity, altered mental status, and autonomic dysfunction; this would include a dysfunction of breathing, heartbeat and digestion)

Some of these side effects are life threatening. All of them are obvious signals that Prozac is nothing but a poison. Yet the FDA has approved it for use on children as young as eight years old. Even more disturbing is the increase in the prescribing of Prozac for children aged two and younger, which has risen 23 percent in just one year.

You read that right, there are now 83,000 babies on Prozac.

One marvels how far we have slipped into justifying irreversible psychiatric damage to our children. Fortunately, there is still time to do something against this erosion of our future and stop the downward spiral of innocent children’s lives.

SOURCES:

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-35756602

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/child-and-adolescent-mental-health/antidepressant-medications-for-children-and-adolescents-information-for-parents-and-caregivers.shtml

http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-6997/prozac-oral/details/list-sideeffects

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/816018-overview

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/11/us/psychiatric-drugs-are-being-prescribed-to-infants.html?_r=0

http://behaviorismandmentalhealth.com/2011/10/08/homosexuality-the-mental-illness-that-went-away/

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Officials stand by the University Loop and Aggie Road intersection Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, at the Arkansas State University campus in Jonesboro, Ark. An armed man who had posted on Facebook that he was homicidal drove onto the campus Thursday, sparking a lockdown before police took him into custody, university and police officials said. (Staci Vandagriff/The Jonesboro Sun via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
17 Apr
1

Mass Shooting Incident Averted

Officials stand by the University Loop and Aggie Road intersection Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, at the Arkansas State University campus in Jonesboro, Ark. An armed man who had posted on Facebook that he was homicidal drove onto the campus Thursday, sparking a lockdown before police took him into custody, university and police officials said. (Staci Vandagriff/The Jonesboro Sun via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Officials stand by the University Loop and Aggie Road intersection Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, at the Arkansas State University campus in Jonesboro, Ark. An armed man who had posted on Facebook that he was homicidal drove onto the campus Thursday, sparking a lockdown before police took him into custody, university and police officials said. (Staci Vandagriff/The Jonesboro Sun via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Brad Kenneth Bartelt, charged recently with “aggravated assault, terroristic threatening, possession of explosive material and carrying a firearm in a publicly owned facility” was also, according to himself, taking psychiatric and pain medication.

The 47 year old man, in possession of a 12-gauge shotgun, drove onto the Arkansas State University campus with containers of gasoline and propane. He called 911, informing the dispatcher that he was on the campus and had a gun, with which he threatened to shoot the tank of propane.

The incident caused a campus lockdown. Afterwards, Bartelt admitted his original purpose was to shoot other people, but thankfully he “changed his mind” and planned on suicide instead.

He was arrested before he killed himself.

What ties this man to other potential or actual homicidal incidents in the past several years is his stated involvement with psychiatric drugs.

After his arrest, Bartelt said he had been “seeing demons” in the woods around his home, and attempted to photograph them.

In a recent Facebook post, Bartelt stated he was feeling homicidal and suicidal.

Apparently this man was upset over an injury he suffered in 2012 that happened while he was training to drive an 18-wheeler at the Newport Campus of Arkansas State, 45 miles from where the incident occurred.

Although Bartelt did not harm anyone this time, the fact that he is to be “evaluated mentally” while under arrest does not bode well. The modus operandi of modern psychiatry is treatment using drugs with possible suicidal and homicidal side effects, and his potential release back into society with a “new prescription” for a psychiatric drug is something to be concerned about.

Prisoners Treated with Psychiatric Drugs 

Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) data in 2014, the USA’s largest prisons system spent over $36.5 million on psychotropic drugs going back to 2010. About 10% of all inmates receive medications for psychiatric disorders including depression, bipolar disorder and acute schizophrenia.

The total of federal inmates on psychotropic drugs was around 20,000 last year.

In 2006, a Justice Department analysis asserted that 45% of federal inmates had a mental health problem.

On The Medical Whistleblower Advocacy Network site, a site defending human rights according to various UN Legal instruments, the following information was given regarding the overuse of psychiatric drugs.

“Psychiatric medications frequently cause severe side effects, some of which can be irreversible and for other patients these psychotropic medications fail to help patients…”

The site goes on to explain how one side effect, akinesia, “is typified by drowsiness and the need to sleep a great deal.  This effect is appreciated by those wishing to chemically restrain patients and prevent their moving around or demanding care in the middle of the night.  But this allows caretakers to ignore patient’s problems and use ever increasing amounts of drugs to achieve the desired ends.  This is not treatment of the underlying disease but instead forced drugging for the convenience of the caretakers.  In addition, polypharmacy, which is the prescribing for a single person of more than one drug of the same chemical class (such as antipsychotics), is widely practiced despite little empirical support, and can result in serious adverse reactions and intensified side effects and can lead to early death.”

With psychiatrists holding the reigns of authority on who in the prison population is mentally ill (despite having no actual cures for mental illness) the treatment of those unfortunately designated as mentally ill is not likely to change anytime soon.

Without question, dosing a criminal with psychiatric drugs that have severely negative health, suicidal or homicidal side effects is not only cruel, it is extremely dangerous.

SOURCES:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/gunman-arksansas-state-campus-feeling-suicidal-article-1.2463437

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/07/24/prisoners-mental-illness/13093899/

http://medicalwhistleblowernetwork.jigsy.com/psychiatric-drugs-side-effects-

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17 Apr
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Psychiatrists Say Being Neurotic is Great – Now You’re a Creative Genius!

LobotomyPsychiatrists like to promote the idea that we’re all capable of going crazy and displaying psychotic behavior out of the blue.

While admitting they have no idea what causes all the invented disorders of the brain and mind they have created over the years, they are champions of “early detection” and preventative drugging with any and every mind bending chemical they can get the FDA to approve.

Since most people are not crazy and never will be, there is a tendency to reject, and rightly so, the idea that such psychiatric theories have anything to do with them.

So, our mental health condition is now being presented in a more acceptable way – psychologists are reporting it’s great to be a neurotic!

Adam M. Perkins, from the Department of Psychological Medicine, King’s College London was the lead author in an opinion piece that appeared in Trends in Cognitive Sciences.

The authors are funded by the National Institute for Health Research Mental Health Biomedical Research Centre, the NHS Foundation Trust, the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, and the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Their work made it across the pond and appeared in The L.A. Times and other news and science media in the US.

Perkins’ title was “Thinking too much: self-generated thought as the engine of neuroticism”.

Neuroticism is defined as a fundamental personality trait in the study of psychology characterized by anxiety, fear, moodiness, worry, envy, frustration, jealousy, and loneliness.

Neurosis is one of five basic personality traits that modern psychology uses to label the basic dimensions of personality. The others are agreeableness, openness, conscientiousness and extraversion (sometimes called extroversion).

Since neuroticism looks like the bad apple in the lot and the least desirable label to receive, clever minds have found a way to put a positive spin on being neurotic.

The L.A. Times article title reads “Neurotic? Here’s the silver lining”.

The Daily Mail from the UK wrote “Are you a worrier? Chances are you’re a GENIUS: Neurotic people are more likely to be imaginative and creative”.

The Seattle Times title was “Neurotics have something to feel good about”.

Creative people are neurotic , so it’s now cool to be neurotic. Which means it’s cool to be filled with anxiety, worry and anti-depressants. You just might become an artist or invent something.

How did Perkins and his team arrive at such a false conclusion?

Perkins starts out by arguing that there is a part of the brain responsible for self-generated thoughts. And that this part of the brain is highly active in neuroticism yielding both creativity and neurotic unhappiness.

Perkins mentions the most popular explanation for why people are neurotic came from British psychologist Jeffrey Gray, who proposed in the 1970s that neurotics have a heightened sensitivity to threat. Gray reached this conclusion after observing how antianxiety drugs reduced the sensitivity of rodents to cues of punishment and also helped to relax and liven up psychiatric patients.

So, giving psychiatric drugs to rats and psych ward patients caused both groups to put their heads in the sand and cease observing any survival threats in their environment and stop worrying about it.

Then Perkins got wind of psychologist Jonathan Smallwood at York University who was using MRIs to try and find the part of the brain that got active during times of negative thoughts. Next Perking found Dean Mobbs of the Columbia University Fear, Anxiety, and Biosocial Lab, also studying brain activity. Mobbs had shown that there is a switch from anxiety-related fore-brain activity to panic-related mid-brain activity as a threat stimulus moves closer. After digesting Mobbs previous work, Perkins said “This could mean that for specific neural reasons, high scorers on neuroticism have a highly active imagination, which acts as a built-in threat generator.”

The fourth and final member of the team was Danilo Arnone, a psychiatrist who felt this new model for Neuroticism might explain why patients with depression compulsively focus their attention on the symptoms of their distress, and on its possible causes and consequences, as opposed to its solutions.

The illustration for their article shows how psychologists attempt to measure brain changes caused when a threat stimulus, in this case a spider, approaches closer and closer to the test subject. At what distance does the spider cause him to “freak out”? That determines his degree of Neuroticism and thus his ability to create art.

A more realistic test might be to measure the subject’s fear reaction at the approach of the psychiatrist.

Perkins admits “We’re still a long way off from fully explaining neuroticism, and we’re not offering all of the answers, but we hope that our new theory will help people make sense of their own experiences, and show that although being highly neurotic is by definition unpleasant, it also has creative benefits”.

The L.A. Times writer tells us “neurosis is, by definition, a fixed and stable personality trait”  parroting the psychiatric idea that you can never really get rid of an unwanted mental or emotional state but must learn to live with it and control it with various drugs for the rest of your life.

That bleak view is the best psychiatry and psychology can offer.

SOURCES:

http://www.cell.com/trends/cognitive-sciences/fulltext/S1364-6613%2815%2900154-0

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/08/150827130134.htm

http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-neurotic-silver-lining-20150826-story.html

http://articles.latimes.com/2009/dec/08/science/la-sci-antidepressants8-2009dec08

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