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Shooter Gavin Long speaking as his online persona Cosmo Setepenra on social media (AP/YouTube)
13 Aug
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Baton Rouge Cop Killer on Psychiatric Drugs

Shooter Gavin Long speaking as his online persona Cosmo Setepenra on social media (AP/YouTube)

Shooter Gavin Long speaking as his online persona Cosmo Setepenra on social media (AP/YouTube)

Was Baton Rouge cop killer Gavin Long protesting police brutality by murdering three policemen, or was it yet another result of psychiatric drug side effects?

This young veteran told his relatives and friends that he had post-traumatic stress disorder, and according to a CNN article from July 20, as recently as June he had filled a prescription for the anti-anxiety drug Ativan. 1

Here are some of the mental side effects of Ativan:

  • Confused
  • Aggression
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Depression
  • Hallucination
  • Delirium
  • Easily angered or annoyed
  • False sense of well-being
  • Loss of One’s Own Sense of Reality or Identity
  • Over-excitement
  • Paranoia2

The CNN article reported that Long’s prescriptions also included Valium and Lunesta.  Valium’s possible side effects reads as another laundry list of dangerous behavior, including confusion, problem behavior, depression, hallucination, aggression, over-excitement and paranoia.3

Sleep aid Lunesta may also cause aggression, confusion, agitation and hallucinations. 4

Living in a Psychiatric Drug Nightmare

The likelihood that Gavin Long’s world was a nightmare of paranoia, aggression and depression is high. Possibly he also experienced some of the severely incapacitating physical symptoms that commonly accompany the ingestion of these psychotropic drugs, like muscle weakness, dizziness, lack of coordination (from Valium and Ativan), and morning drowsiness, headache and dizziness (from Lunesta).

Understanding the possible mental and physical anguish caused by the psychiatric drugs Long was taking opens up an understanding of why this decorated war veteran, a recipient of the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, might resort to violent behavior.

Why are these Dangerous Drugs still Prescribed for our Veterans?

The Army Surgeon General’s office long-term policy of endorsing that troops take psychotropic drugs for PTSD has been reversed, particularly regarding two major offenders, Xanax and Valium.

An April 10, 2012 a memo signed by Herbert Coley, civilian chief of staff of the Army Medical Command said “a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines, which include Xanax and Valium, could intensify rather than reduce combat stress symptoms and lead to addiction.”

Mr. Coley also warned service clinicians against prescribing second generation anti-psychotic drugs like Seroquel and Risperidone for PTSD.

Dr. Grace Jackson, a Navy psychiatrist who resigned her commission simply because she  “…did not want to be a pill pusher” has her own thoughts on the reversal of policy. According to her this demonstrates “they are finally admitting to some problems associated with at least one class of psychiatric medication.”  However, her praise was guarded, since the Army did not address the situation with antidepressants and SSRIs such as Prozac in PTSD treatment. Dr. Jackson asserts that clinical studies show these drugs are “no better than placebos” and are dangerous in treating PTSD.5

Brigadier General Dr. Stephen Xenakis, chief psychiatrist at Fort Hood in the 1980s asserts that “The pharmaceutical companies’ influence is so strong, as are the pressures from Congress to keep things just the way they are. Congress is lobbied heavily by pharma. It makes it difficult to get any endorsement or enthusiasm for any non-pharmaceutical types of treatment.”6

An Unpunished Crime

The irrationality of allowing Big Pharma to continue abusing our veterans is obvious;  this moral crime is only perpetrated by psychiatrists who bend over backwards to accommodate such greed.

Gavin Long’s crime has devastated the lives of his victims’ families and increased the bitterness of those who believe that racial strife is at the root of the recent police killings.

Meanwhile, those in the business of pushing psychotropic drugs to addict and damage our veterans rub their hands in anticipation of an ever-increasing bottom line. Once again, the real criminals have gotten off scot-free.

 

1     http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/20/health/gavin-long-ptsd-baton-rouge/

2    http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-6685/ativan-oral/details/list-sideeffects

3    http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-11116/valium-oral/details/list-sideeffects

4    http://www.lunesta.com/possible_side_effects.html#.V5zEr6IdyUk

5    http://veteransforcommonsense.org/2012/04/27/army-warns-doctors-against-using-certain-drugs-in-ptsd-treatment/

6    http://www.ibtimes.com/medicating-our-troops-oblivion-prescription-drugs-said-be-endangering-us-soldiers-1572217

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Teen Pills
13 Aug
0

Teen Suicide: Psychiatric Drug Crime

Teen PillsFamily and friends were devastated earlier this year when teenager Ritu Sachdeva committed suicide by taking a medication overdose. The tragedy was compounded when within hours her friend Hillary Kate Kuizon’s body was also found, another apparent suicide. Hillary hung herself in the woods near her home. Both of these beautiful, seemingly happy girls attended the same Texas high school.[1]

Ritu’s older sister stated that there were no signs of an impending suicide attempt, but that her 17 year old sister “struggled with depression and anxiety” and “regularly saw a psychiatrist and therapist and took medication.”[2]

Tragically, many parents of teenagers are unaware of the connection between psychiatric drugs and teen suicide.

Psychology Today reports “For years psychiatrists have known about something called ‘roll back.’ Antidepressants sometimes have an activating effect that can give depressed patients the energy to follow through on suicidal impulses…”

In the Psychology Today article Dr. Robert Muller addresses the suicide of Brennan McCartney, described as “fun-loving and good-natured” by family and friends. Brennan went to the doctor in November of 2010 with a chest cold, but came home with a prescription for Cipralex, an antidepressant drug. His parents “were astonished” as they had seen no sign of depression in their son. According to a close family friend, Brennan was not a boy to hide his emotions, and “everyone around him knew whether Brennan was happy or sad.” Yet 4 days after beginning treatment with Cipralex, Brennan purchased a rope and hung himself.[3]

Did Brennan’s doctor go over the following potential side effect of Cipralex before prescribing the drug?

“Adults and children taking this medication may feel agitated (restless, anxious, aggressive, emotional, and feeling not like themselves), or they may want to hurt themselves or others. These symptoms may occur within several weeks after a person starts taking this medication or when doses are adjusted. People taking this medication should be closely monitored by their doctor for emotional and behavioural changes.”[4]

Pharmaceutical Companies’ and Psychiatrists’ Benefit

Cipralex is an SSRI drug, which “works” by blocking the re-absorption of serotonin in the brain. It is considered a “blockbuster” drug defined as “An extremely popular drug, usually one that generates annual sales of at least $1 billion…”[5]

There is no argument that money is the prime motivation behind the development and prescribing of psychiatric drugs.  Seemingly, pharmaceutical companies and the doctors who prescribe their “blockbusters” are undisturbed by the “collateral damage” of ruined lives, suicides, homicides and permanent disabilities.

Dr. Muller wraps up his article by asking, “When did the naturally occurring emotions of sadness or anger become a psychological illness? Aggressive marketing by drug companies in the last few decades has transformed mild depression and even sadness into a disease of ‘serotonin deficiency,’ influencing the administration of SSRI’s to teens.”[6]

Handling Depression without Drugs

There is an alternative to psychiatric drugs treatment for depression.

Researchers have found that fish oil containing omega-3 fatty acids alleviates depression.

Dr. David Mischoulon is the psychiatrist overseeing the omega-3 clinical trial at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Mischoulon says “We believe there is definitely something to these treatments.”

Dr. Malcolm Pett at Sheffield University in England gave omega-3 fatty acids to 70 patients diagnosed with depression (and who were not helped by Prozac-like drugs).

The result? According to this report, “After 12 weeks, 69 percent of the patients showed marked improvement compared with 25 percent given placebos.” [7]

Parents have a choice on how their depressed child is treated. Investigating and using alternatives to psychiatric drugs has two benefits: most importantly, keeping one’s beloved child alive and well. And secondarily, lowering the bottom line of both the Pharmaceutical companies and  psychiatrists (who count on both parents and children being susceptible to their supposed “authority.”)

When the demand for psychiatric drugs hit rock bottom, the product itself will disappear.  Those who love children and value the future of one’s civilization look forward to that happy day. Meanwhile, personal vigilance and investigation will keep children safe from pharmaceuticals proven to induce suicidal ideation and behavior.

 

[1]    http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/02/04/grim-headlines-hard-data-show-suicides-on-rise-among-teens-nationally.html

[2]   http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/texas-high-school-friends-die-apparent-suicides-n508856

[3]   https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/talking-about-trauma/201305/antidepressants-and-teen-suicide

[4]   http://www.medbroadcast.com/drug/getdrug/Cipralex

[5]   http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/blockbuster-drug.html

[6]    ibid

[7]    http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/Health/story?id=129498&page=1

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Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, Photo Source
04 Aug
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3 Terrorists On Psychiatric Treatment = 94 Dead In 10 Days

Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, Photo Source

David Ali Sonboly

David Ali Sonboly, Photo Source

Mohammad Daleel - Twitter

Mohammad Daleel – Twitter

 

In the span of 10 days three horrific terror incidents were carried out in Europe by killers who had previously received psychiatric treatment.

84 Dead in Nice, France

On July 14, 2016 during a Bastille Day holiday celebration, 31 year old Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel drove his rented truck off the street and onto a pedestrian walkway in Nice, France deliberately killing 84 people and injuring over 200 before being killed by police.

The man’s father, who still lives in Tunisia where Mohamed was raised, gave an interview to the French TV station BMF in which he insisted his son was mentally ill and suffered from severe depression.

The father described his son’s life back in Tunisia.

“He’d get angry and shout and broke everything in front of him. He was violent and very ill. We took him to the doctor and he was put on drugs.

“Whenever there was a crisis we took him back again.

“He was always alone. Always silent, refusing to talk. Even in the street he wouldn’t greet people.” [1]

Another newspaper quoted the father as saying, “He had some difficult times, I took him to a psychiatrist, he took his treatments and he said he had a serious mental illness.

“For four years, from 2002 to 2004 he had problems, he had a nervous breakdown. He would get very angry, and would break things for no reason, he was put on medication.” [2]

Mohamed’s violent rages continued to increase despite his psychiatric drug treatments; he reportedly received a cocktail of drugs for schizophrenia, alcoholism and depression [3]

Chemceddine Hamouda, a psychiatrist who treated Mohamed in 2004 described it this way:

“He had behavioral problems with his parents at that time … he was very aggressive with them.

“Sometimes he had tried to lock his parents in a room in their house.

“He had problems with his body. He said: “Why am I thin? I’m not happy with my body.”

“I just gave him some pills to calm these behavioral issues and this aggression.” [4]

Clearly psychiatric pills did not prevent Mohamed’s violent behavior from exploding on Bastille Day.

9 Dead in Munich, Germany

On 22 July, 2016 an 18year-old man named David Ali Sonboly deliberately targeted young people in a Munich shopping mall killing 9 and injured 35 before taking his own life.

He mostly targeted other young people; 8 of the victims were between the ages of 14 to 20. The gunman used a fake Facebook account set up in another person’s name to lure young people into the McDonalds restaurant at the mall with the offer of free food.

Police found he was carrying 300 additional rounds in his backpack.

Police also reported that the gunman had been receiving psychiatric and medical care to help him cope with depression but that it would take them some time to find out if he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of his rampage. [5]

Later at a press conference Robert Heimberger, president of the Bavarian state criminal police office revealed more details.

“He appears to have planned this act since last summer.”

“He completely occupied himself with this act of rampage.” [6]

Officials found in the gunman’s belongings numerous documents on mass killings, including a book entitled Rampage in My Mind — Why Students Kill.

Officials also revealed that the gunman had been under psychiatric care in a hospital for two months in 2015. Munich prosecutor Thomas Steinkraus-Koch stated they had found documents in his home confirming that David Ali suffered from mental illness, including depression and anxiety. [7]

The New York Times reported a few other details. David Ali had continued as an outpatient following his two months of inpatient psychiatric treatment and that the prescription medicine found at his home was for depression. [8]

Suicide Bomber in Ansbach, Germany

On 24 July 2016 a 27 year old man named Mohamed Deleel set out with a rucksack packed with a bomb and many metal shrapnel parts and tried to get into a music festival in Ansbach where 2,500 people were gathered.

Denied entry for lack of a ticket Mohamed took second best and set off his bomb in front of a wine bar injuring 12 people and killing himself in the process.

Police were aware that he possessed drugs and knew he had spent time in a psychiatric facility. Mohamed had attempted suicide twice before.[9]

Michael Schrotberger, Ansbach prosecutor stated the attacker had suffered episodes of depression and Fertinger, the Nuremberg police chief, said Mohamed had made superficial suicide attempts by cutting his arms, resulting in him receiving psychiatric care. [10]

Had the concert ticket taker been more sympathetic and waved Mohamed on into the music festival the damage would have been enormous.

It is well documented that psychiatric drugs routinely prescribed for depression and other mental conditions encourage rather than relieve tendencies toward violence and suicide. Warning labels proclaim this fact.

But when psychiatrists see the first drug doesn’t seem to work they either increase the dose or add more drugs in hopes a cocktail will do the job.

The British Journal of Psychiatry published a study that found of 139 cases receiving antipsychotic drugs 96 of these cases were given multiple drugs or excessive dosages in violation of guidelines. [11]

Today it would be a rare exception to find a mass killer who had never been in psychiatric hands. Obviously psychiatrists cannot hold their patients destructive impulses at bay with drugs that increase the desire to cause violent death to self and others.

 

[1] http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3693227/Brother-reveals-violent-drug-crazed-ISIS-soldier-Mohamed-Lahouaiej-Bouhlel-smuggled-84-000-family-Tunisia-DAYS-murdering-84-Nice.html

[2] http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/nice-terror-attack-killer-mohamed-lahouaiej-bouhlel-sent-84000-to-family-in-tunisia-days-before-a7141221.html

[3] http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3694282/Brought-weapons-s-good-equipment-Terrifying-final-text-messages-Bastille-Day-killer-sent-minutes-murdered-84-people.html

[4] Ibid

[5] http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-07-23/mystery-over-munich-shooters-motive-no-connection-isis

[6] http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/24/europe/germany-munich-shooting/

[7] Ibid

[8] http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/25/world/europe/munich-gunman-portrayed-as-having-planned-attack-for-a-year.html

[9] https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/1496592/syrian-migrant-denied-asylum-in-germany-injures-12-in-ansbach-after-blowing-himself-up-at-bar-near-music-festival-had-video-pledging-allegiance-to-isis-on-his-phone/

[10] https://ca.news.yahoo.com/one-dead-10-injured-blast-near-nuremberg-germany-001700976.html

[11] http://bjp.rcpsych.org/content/187/3/243

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04 Aug
1

7 Year-old Gets Involuntarily Committed for School Tantrum

untitledUnbelievable as it sounds, grade school kids in Florida are being involuntarily committed straight from school into psychiatric facilities under the Baker Act.

In this case from 2009, a 7-year old boy was Baker Acted from Mildred Helms Elementary in Largo, Florida despite the strong protest of his parents.

His mother, Barbara Smith arrived at the school while the police were investigating a report that the boy had thrown a tantrum, torn up the room, “stepped on a teacher’s foot” and “battered” a school administrator.

“This is a total abuse of police power,” said the boy’s father, Richard Smith, 41. “My son has no mental health problems. He’s never hurt himself. He’s never hurt anyone else.”

The police refused to allow Barbara to see her son, find out what had occurred and resolve the situation in a way she felt she could do as his mother. Instead, police took the boy to Morton Plant hospital where he spent the night alone. They did allow his mother to ride along in the squad car to comfort him. He was released the next day when a child psychologist found the boy to be mentally sound and he was allowed to go back home.

At the time, Barbara Smith told the St. Pete Times she was keeping the boy and his 9-year-old sister out of school because they were “scared to death” to go back.

The Backer Act states involuntary examination may be initiated by any one of three different means;

  • It could be court ordered
  • It could be done if a physician, clinical psychologist, clinical social worker, mental health counselor, marriage and family therapist or psychiatric nurse who has witnessed certain behavior in the last 48 hours signs a Baker Act form
  • It could be a situation where a law enforcement officer must take a person who appears to meet the criteria for involuntary examination into custody and deliver the person or have him or her delivered to the nearest receiving facility for examination. The officer must execute a written report detailing the circumstances (doesn’t require their observations) under which the person was taken into custody, and the report must be made a part of the person’s clinical record.

In this case the boy was Baker Acted under the third provision.

Since the police arrived after the incident had occurred, their information was obviously second-hand. What actually occurred to cause the boy to step on the teacher’s foot and “batter” the school administrator? Just how seriously injured were they by this child?

Consider that a 7-year old boy is on average not quite 4′ tall and weighs about 50 lbs. The average 35 year old woman in the U.S. is 5’4″ tall and weighs about 172 lbs. The average 35 year old man in the U.S. is 5’10” tall and weighs about 188 lbs.

In this David vs. Goliath situation, the boy was up against someone over three times his size. Proportionally, this would be like pitting the teacher or school administrator against someone seven to eight feet tall and weighing from 592 to 701 pounds! It’s hard to see how a 7-year old boy without a gun or knife could be a threat to such giants.

Yet the police chief reported that the tantrum was “so bad that school officials had to evacuate students from the classroom.” Evacuation is a term usually reserved for a terrorist threat or a school shooter.

The Baker Act says in Florida Statute 394.463 that police can take someone for involuntary examination when:

“2. There is a substantial likelihood that without care or treatment the person will cause serious bodily harm to himself or herself or others in the near future, as evidenced by recent behavior.”

It also says in the same statute “…and it is not apparent that such harm may be avoided through the help of willing family members or friends…”

The boy’s mother was right there to take him home but the police chose not to allow her to do that, a clear violation of her parental rights. Did this child really show a substantial likelihood of causing serious injury to himself or others?

Raine Johns, who at that time handled Baker Act cases for the Pinellas-Pasco Public Defender’s Office, said that police cannot use the act to take someone into custody against their will who does not meet those criteria even if they feel the person needs help. John said, “That’s not the purpose of the Baker Act at all. Stepping on somebody’s foot doesn’t rise to the level of substantial bodily harm.”

The parents planned to seek the advice of a lawyer as the incident clearly appeared to be a violation of the Baker Act.

This incident points up several key problems with the Baker Act that have not been resolved to this day.

Police, school administrators and parents who actually do want the best for the children are trapped with thinking their only choice is to send kids off to psychiatric facilities for “help” when those facilities can only offer one solution – prescribing an experimental dose of a psychiatric drug never tested nor deemed safe or effective for children and with a list of side effects and warnings that fill pages of fine print. Returning a child to school drugged into an apathetic and zombie-like condition may make the classroom quieter and orderly but it is no solution.

Baker Acting kids and hooking them on harmful drugs has nothing to do with creating successful lives and happy, productive families here in Florida. It’s time to change the legislation so that parents can help their children solve problems without the damage of psychiatric drugs.

Barbara Smith is now enlightened as a parent. She told the press, “We can’t just sweep this under the carpet. We do want to talk to a lawyer….Our main goal is to make sure this does not happen to another family.”

 

SOURCES

http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/police-hospitalize-7-year-old-under-baker-act/975987

http://www.cchrflorida.org/the-baker-act-addressing-fraudulent-involuntary-commitment/

http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/samh/mentalhealth/laws/BakerActManual.pdf

http://halls.md/average-height-men-height-weight/

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Stop Suicide
27 Jul
0

CCHR Demands Investigation into Link between Antidepressants and Teen Suicides

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a non-profit mental health watchdog organization dedicated to the eradication of abuses committed under the guise of mental health, is demanding an investigation into the link between antidepressants and teen suicides.

Stop Suicide

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

CLEARWATER, FL, July 27, 2016 – According to the Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition, suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for teenagers in Florida[i] and the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) – Psychiatry also reported in a March 2013 study on the topic of teen suicide that there is a link between suicide and psychiatric treatment.[ii]

The JAMA study reported that the 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 that developed suicidal behavior did so after being treated with psychiatric medication.

“Tragically, many parents of teenagers are unaware of the connection between psychiatric drugs and teen suicide and so in an effort to help their child they unfortunately may end up with their teen in roll back,” said Diane Stein, President of CCHR Florida.

Psychology Today reports,  “For years psychiatrists have known about something called ‘roll back.’ Antidepressants sometimes have an activating effect that can give depressed patients the energy to follow through on suicidal impulses…”

In the Psychology Today article Dr. Robert Muller addresses the suicide of Brennan McCartney, described as “fun-loving and good-natured” by family and friends. Brennan went to the doctor in November of 2010 with a chest cold, but came home with a prescription for Cipralex, an antidepressant drug. His parents “were astonished” as they had seen no sign of depression in their son. According to a close family friend, Brennan was not a boy to hide his emotions, and “everyone around him knew whether Brennan was happy or sad.” Yet four days after beginning treatment with Cipralex, Brennan purchased a rope and hung himself.[iii]

“CCHR is demanding that the link between antidepressants and teen suicide be investigated and made known so that lives can be saved and this will be the issue we push during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month this coming September,” said Diane Stein.

To learn more, please call 727-442-8820 or visit www.cchrflorida.org for more information.

About CCHR:

Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections.

It was L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, who brought the terror of psychiatric imprisonment to the notice of the world.  In March 1969, he said, “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the ‘free world’ tortured, castrated, killed.  All in the name of ‘mental health.’”

After discovering that 55 percent of foster children in Florida had been prescribed powerful mind-altering psychotropic drugs, CCHR documented the abuse to the health department, which initiated changes that led to a 75 percent reduction in prescriptions for children under six.

Considered a potentially abusive, marketing tool for psychiatrists, CCHR Florida led the charge that got “Teen Screen”, mental health screening of school children, banned from Pinellas County schools in 2005. For more information visit, www.cchrflorida.org

SOURCES:

[i] http://www.floridasuicideprevention.org/the_facts.htm

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

[iii] https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/talking-about-trauma/201305/antidepressants-and-teen-suicide

 

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teenager_parent
25 Jul
0

Antidepressants Double Suicide Risks in Teens

teenager_parentPolicy makers in Florida are concerned by the rising rate of youth suicides in our state and experts are saying that suicide can be prevented with education and community action.

The question becomes what education and what community action is to be used.

One expert is Kim Gryglewicz who specializes in suicide prevention.

Last May she wrote, “We need to catch individuals during their time of distress. And we can do this by working with hospitals and behavioral-health organizations to improve screening and assessment. … We also need to help get people into treatment once they are identified as being at risk.” [i]

Professor Gryglewicz has a BA degree in Psychology and both a Masters and Ph.D. degree in Social Work. She also is additionally trained in Question, Persuade Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention and QPRT Suicide Risk Assessment and Risk Management Training.[ii]

The problem with this approach to screening, assessment and treatment is that in reality it does not mean thorough medical exams to eliminate physical causes for emotional and behavioral problems. Communication type therapy is rarely utilized.

The quick assessment is all too often a psychiatric label and the treatment – one or more psychoactive drug prescriptions. Recently the biggest review yet of the clinical trials for 5 of the most common antidepressant drugs (Cymbalta, Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil and Effexor) was completed and published in England.

The new study, involving more than 18,000 people, found these drugs doubled the risk of suicide and aggressive behavior in patients under the age of 18.[iii]

The same study found the pharmaceutical companies failed to report side effects and even deaths linked to these drugs. The Nordic Cochrane Centre conducted this study and its findings were then analyzed by University College London (UCL), who endorsed the findings in a British Medical Journal editorial.

Professor Peter Gotzsche, the lead author from the Nordic Cochrane Centre, had this to say:

“Antidepressants don’t work in children, that is pretty clear, in the randomized trials children say that they don’t work for them, but they increase their risk of suicide.”

“What I get out of this colossal under-reporting of suicides is that [antidepressants] likely increase suicides in all ages. It is absolutely horrendous that they have such disregard for human lives.”[iv]

Even more damning for the pharmaceuticals and psychiatrists is the fact that this study compared the clinical trial reports with the actual patient reports proving that the drug companies had misclassified suicide deaths and attempts in order to prove the drugs were benign.

In one example a patient strangled himself after taking Effexor. But because he lived 5 days in a hospital before dying, the drug company left the death off the clinical trial report claiming the was no longer on the drug trial while dying in the hospital!

Eli Lilly trial reports showed suicidal attempts were missing in 90% of cases.[v]

Based on these fraudulent clinical trials, the FDA has approved use of these drugs and a blind eye has been turned to the tragic family stories that have resulted from this attempt to stop teen suicides by prescribing drugs that actually cause teen suicides.

Gwen Olson is a pharmaceutical drug company sales person turned whistleblower. Her book “Confessions of an RX Drug Pusher” can be downloaded at no charge from her website. She writes:

“In 2001, Jay Johnston was awarded $3 million following an antidepressant negligence suit. Johnston, a strapping, seventeen-year-old, high-school jock from Oregon, tried committing suicide after being prescribed Zoloft, Ritalin, and Prozac.

“In 1996, Johnston had sought treatment for depression from his family doctor. The doctor first prescribed Zoloft and Ritalin. Johnston claimed to have attempted suicide. His doctor initially increased the medication, but she ultimately switched him to Prozac. In the spring of 1997, following arguments with his mother and a friend, Johnston put a shotgun to his chin and made another attempt to end his life. He survived the blast, but he is now grossly disfigured.”[vi] p.46

Here’s another teen suicide story from her book;

“Matthew Miller was thirteen years old. His parents said he complained he felt like an outsider and was angry at everybody. His grades suffered. Matt’s teachers administered a set of tests, and Matt fell marginally on the outside range of normal. However, Matt’s parents agreed to take him to see a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist diagnosed Matthew as having either a depressive disorder or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

“He enthusiastically endorsed a ‘terrific new medication’ and urged Matthew’s parents to have him try it for ‘just one week’. He told them it would improve Matt’s mood and make him feel better about himself. The doctor just happened to be a consultant and speaker for Pfizer. During the next week, Matt’s grandmother noticed Matt was fidgety, ‘jumping out of his skin’. Then, on July 28, 1997, after Matt had taken the last tablet of his one-week trial of Zoloft, he reportedly ‘got out of bed, went to his closet, and hung himself.’”[vii] p.47

More recently, Mathy and Andy Downing lost their beautiful 12 year old daughter Candace Leigh Downing to suicide and they blame Zoloft.

Her parents say Candace wasn’t suicidal — wasn’t even depressed. Candace was having some frustration in middle school with homework and freezing up on tests even though she knew the answers. A pediatrician suggested a child psychiatrist.

Candace explained her school work problems and she was promptly prescribed Zoloft for “a generalized anxiety disorder which had manifested in school anxiety.”

During the summer before Candace would start 7th grade, the psychiatrist upped her Zoloft dose. He told her concerned parents, “What are you worried about? Kids take 100-200mg of Zoloft a day without any problems.”[viii]

Her parents had no idea that their daughter might be suicidal. But one day Candace went into her bedroom and hung herself using the valance of her bed.

Her mom recalled, “I went to check on her upstairs and found my beautiful little girl hanging, her knees drawn up. I don’t know how long she had been there. I began screaming for my husband and rushed to get her down and lay her on the floor. I called 911, praying they could get there in time. My husband tried to administer CPR, but he knew the minute that he saw her, that it was too late. She was taken by ambulance to the closest hospital where they worked on her another 45 minutes, but it was too late. Do you know what that’s like, to see your happy little girl hanging? There was no note, no warning, not for her, not for us.”[ix]

The Downings have met other families who lost their child after Zoloft was prescribed for test anxiety. They have learned about possible adverse reactions the doctor withheld from them and about the psychotic states that can be brought on by such drugs. With 5 other families they created a documentary film to tell their stories and educate other families on the danger of antidepressants.

Her father, Andrew Downing, put it this way, “If we had been able to make our own choices, if we had been aware of the risks, this would never have happened, as we would never have allowed Candace to be placed on such a risky and controversial medication.”[x]

Her mother, Mathy Downing, wrote, “What happened to our daughter and so many others like her is a travesty.”

The Downings, and the other families, charge that drug makers knew from pre-marketing studies that these drugs made some children and teens suicidal, but hid the study results, and altered other studies by pooling negative studies together to show more positive results.

Mathy described her new mission, “This is not about money. This is about the right of the American people to make their own decisions. I can’t sit back as an American citizen and watch children continue to die. And that is why we hope the documentary Prescription: Suicide? will help to get that message out where it counts: among the American families whose biggest concern is to protect and nurture their children.”[xi]

Any parent who watches this film will know immediately that more funding for psychiatric screening, assessment and treatment to prevent teen suicide would pour gasoline on a fire that has been blazing across America and many other nations. The first step to controlling teen suicide should be to stop giving them drugs that cause suicidal thoughts and actions.

 

SOURCES:

[i]http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/state-policy-makers-look-curb-youth-suicides#stream/0

[ii]https://www.cohpa.ucf.edu/media/973397/kagcv1.15.2016.pdf

[iii]http://news.nationalpost.com/health/antidepressants-likely-increase-suicides-in-all-ages-and-manufacturers-underreport-side-effects-study?__lsa=c2d6-776a

[iv]ibid

[v]ibid

[vi]http://gwenolsen.com/

[vii]ibid

[viii]http://prescriptionsuicide.com/downingmedia.html

[ix]ibid

[x]ibid

[xi]ibid

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25 Jul
0

Drugging Native American Kids: Big Money Maker in South Dakota

The South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) has teamed up with psychiatrists and drug manufacturers in what has been called a “genocide-for-profit” scheme.

Native American children are being removed from their homes, placed into foster care homes and psychiatric facilities and routinely over-prescribed psychiatric drugs using protocols that begin kids on Ritalin and then move them onto Prozac, Zyprexa and a host of other anti-psychotic drugs.

Lakota parents and grandparents say it is routine for the DSS to send police to their homes day or night, forcibly removing their children.

Psychiatric drugs are forced on these children. There is no consent of parents, family or the children themselves.

According to Federal laws and the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) this practice is illegal as these kids are supposed to be sent to live in Native American foster homes or the homes of other family members. However, 90% of these children are sent to non-Native American foster facilities or psychiatric centers.The ICWA reports these unbelievable statistics in South Dakota:

  • It is 10 times more likely for a Lakota child to be taken to foster care than a Caucasian child.
  • Native Americans children are 13.4% of the population of South Dakota yet almost 60% of all foster kids in the state are Native Americans.
  • DSS takes 724 Lakota children from their families each year.
  • Between 1999 and 2009 the amount spent on psychiatric drugs for Native American foster kids increased 11 times.

Many Lakota children in foster care are being involuntarily administered as many as five adult psychiatric drugs every day, including: Zyprexa, Geodon, Prozac, and Abilify — all of which are prohibited by the FDA from being administered to children without the consent of their parent or guardian.

These anti-psychotics are known to produce suicidal thoughts and suicides. Is it any wonder that the suicide rate for Lakota kids in South Dakota is 12 times the US average?

When the children reach age 18 they are “aged out” of the state’s foster care system. The Lakota Peoples Law Project reports that over 63% of these children are either homeless, in prison or dead by the time they reach 20 years old.

A cocktail of psychiatric drugs is not “care” and these statistics prove it.

Daniel Sheehan is an activist and attorney who went to the DSS to see what was going on there. He made a video entitled South Dakota Exposed: Why the Department of Social Services Preys on Native Families.

He discovered that the DSS is 53% of the South Dakota state budget! The state receives $79,000 annually in federal funds for each child in foster care who is designated as a “special needs” child.

Sheehan also discovered that this all began in 1996 when George Bush was governor of Texas and put in place mandatory mental health screening testing for kids prior to going into foster care. This was the infamous Texas Medication Algorithm Project (TMAP) which resulted in lawsuits due to drug company fraud and illegal payoffs involved in the program. This is the algorithm that led to kids getting anti-psychotic medications normally allowed to be prescribed only to severely psychotic adults.

In other words, psychiatrists were experimenting on these kids.

When Bush became President he expanded this program of mental screening to apply to all states in order for them to receive federal funding. This was approved in 2001.

Psychologists and psychiatrists admit that the screening test is culturally biased for Native American kids because 98% of them test out to be “special needs” children – a convenient financial bonanza for the cash strapped South Dakota government.

More foster kids with special needs equals more income for the state as only a small part of that $79,000 per child is given to the foster care facilities – the rest goes to the state to use. Additionally, the increased psychiatric drugs sales keep the pharmaceutical companies in a happy frame of mind when it comes time to give campaign donations to South Dakota politicians running for re-election in the state government.

Lakota People Tell Their Stories

Keeping children locked in foster care and psychiatric facilities is destroying the traditional culture and family structure that the Lakota have been working to rebuild since the era of enforced boarding schools.

Many Lakota feel this foster care system is the new boarding school.

Chase Iron Eyes explains that all nine South Dakota Tribal Councils agree the solution is a Lakota-run foster care and family service system. Paperwork has been filed to create such a system and channel federal funds away from the DSS and into this new program.

The Lakota People’s Law Project created a video called Hearts on the Ground: Bring Lakota Children Home to show the world what the foster care program and drugging of kids is really like in South Dakota.

Here are their stories:

Neighbors said there was fighting and drinking going on in a house and called DSS who sent the police. Telly, the father, was hit with a stun gun, beaten and taken to jail. Lisa, the mother, explained how they took away her two boys, one who was just one year old. Police would not let other Native American adults there at the scene take custody of the kids even though that is what the law allows. Shortly after the children were seized, the court issued a “parental rights termination” severing Telly and Lisa’s rights to be parents of their boys.

Ilene, the boy’s grandmother was told by the court she could adopt her grand-kids, but first she’d have to take foster care classes, have home inspections to qualify as a foster home, etc. She immediately did everything they asked but after 6 years the state has still not allowed the children to go live with their parents, who now own a home together, or with their grandmother at her home.

Another mother named Tinnekkia told of how they took her son Diante and her younger son who is still not back in her custody.

They took Diante at age 5 into foster care and told him his mom didn’t want him anymore. He hated it there and just wanted to die. He tried to commit suicide at age 9 and age 12 while living in the foster care facility. Tinnekkia managed to get him out but not her other son.

Another boy named Zane was taken at age 12 to Canyon Hills Psychiatric Facility, a residential center licensed by DSS. He was put on Prozac and two other drugs he did not know the names of. If he didn’t take his meds they would physically restrain him and lock him in his room until he agreed to take the drugs. No doctor even discussed anything with Zane – he was told that he had been diagnosed and these were the drugs the court ordered for him. He never gave consent nor did his parents.

Arlen, a Native American, had a job as a caseworker with DSS. He knew by federal law that these foster kids should be placed with a Native American family to learn their culture but he saw 90% going into non-native homes or facilities. He left his DSS job in Nov of 2007 and 6 months later (perhaps in retaliation?) they took his son from him. It took Arlen, a totally competent parent, 4 months of court battles to get his son back.

Wherever psychiatry can find people they believe are easy prey they seem to appear quietly behind the scenes to wreck people’s lives in the name of helping them.

The DSS website lists its “Guiding Principles.”

These include:

  • We believe families have the right to be safe and secure.
  • We believe in providing opportunities and choices that support the needs of families through available and accessible services.
  • We believe in collaborative communications, teamwork, partnerships and trust for essential family services.
  • We believe in respecting individual and cultural differences by treating people with dignity, fairness and respect.

They might believe these things but they are not practicing them with Lakota families.

Hearts on the Ground refers to a Native American Proverb that says “A nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground.”

The Lakota clearly have not been conquered. They are spreading their story to all people of good heart.

These wise people intend to dismantle the system that is destroying their children and to remove psychiatric drugs from their reservations. They deserve support in this effort.

 

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Scattered Pills
16 Jul
0

Psychiatric Drug Industry in Trouble

Scattered PillsConsidering that twenty percent of Americans are taking psychiatric drugs, it may be hard to believe that the psychiatric drug industry is actually in trouble.

But psychiatrists themselves say they have no clue why their drugs affect the mental state of their patients. Neither do they have an explanation as to why placebos in clinical trials produce similar effects to the drugs. It is unlikely that these disastrous admissions have gone unnoticed by pharmaceutical company executives.

Chemical Imbalance Myth

Psychiatrists themselves confess the chemical-imbalance theory is a myth.

Research as to why their drugs affect patients consist of completely unsubstantiated theories. Researchers have concluded that the brain, with more neurons than there are stars in the Milky Way galaxy, is beyond their understanding.

Yet psychiatrists continue to embrace and circulate their chemical imbalance theory.

Psychiatrist Frank Ayd declares this mythical explanation is reassuring to patients and encourages them to take their medicine. In other words, psychiatrists base their diagnosis, patient relationship and treatment plan on an admitted lie.

Psychotropic Drug Research a Fool’s Errand

Is it possible the drug industry is becoming leery of continuing their symbiotic relationship with the psychiatric industry?

Gary Greenberg, psychotherapist and author points out, “As Steven Hyman, the former head of the National Institute of Mental Health, wrote last year, the notion that ‘disease mechanisms could … be inferred from drug action’ has succeeded mostly in ‘capturing the imagination of researchers’ and has become ‘something of a scientific curse.’ Bedazzled by the prospect of unraveling the mysteries of psychic suffering, researchers have spent recent decades on a fool’s errand—chasing down chemical imbalances that don’t exist. And the result, as Friedman put it, is that ‘it is hard to think of a single truly novel psychotropic drug that has emerged in the last thirty years.'”

Greenberg continues, “Despite the BRAIN initiative recently announced by the Obama Administration, and the N.I.M.H.’s renewed efforts to stimulate research on the neurocircuitry of mental disorder, there is nothing on the horizon with which to replace the old story. Without a new explanatory framework, drug-company scientists don’t even know where to begin, so it makes no sense for the industry to stay in the psychiatric-drug business.

Drug Company Lawsuits Abound

Additionally, drug company execs may have second thoughts about continuing to develop and market psychotropic drugs that have resulted in so many damaging lawsuits. As the children whose lives were destroyed with stimulants and other psycho pharmaceuticals reach adulthood, their possible rage at having their abilities and future robbed without their consent might lead to more expensive court settlements.

For example, Johnson & Johnson has been sued numerous times over Risperdal, an ADHD drug that causes boys to develop breasts (gynecomastia) and is responsible for a host of additional serious side effects.

A Johnson & Johnson sales manager asserted that as early as 2003 J & J salespeople were trained to promote Risperdal to children’s doctors. Additionally:

  • There was no approval for Risperdal’s use in children at that time
  • There was an accusation that doctors were paid to speak favorably of the drug and prescribe it to children and adolescents by sponsoring golf outings and other incentives
  • In May of 2012 the Attorney General in Kentucky announced a lawsuit alleging Johnson & Johnson concealed dangerous side effects of Risperdal and Invega, including diabetes, substantial weight gain, stroke and gynecomastia

Big Pharma company execs and their marketing teams appear to be without sorrow regarding the human wreckage left in the wake of their money-making schemes, including their multi-billion dollar advertising budget.

Can these people be shamed into ceasing and desisting? Hopefully the chemical imbalance hoax will drive the final nail into the psychiatric drug research and development coffin.

SOURCES:

http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/the-psychiatric-drug-crisis

https://www.drugwatch.com/risperdal/lawsuits/

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Child Handed Pill
16 Jul
0

Psychiatric Drugs and the Baker Acting of Minors

Child Handed PillThe Baker Acting of minors is controversial. Many parents have been devastated when their child was taken from school without their knowledge and held for examination in a mental health facility in Florida.

Some children have been Baker Acted for displaying typical childish tantrums that were not easily brought under control. But many of these children were already victims of psychiatric drugging.

There is a one in seven chance that a young boy will be diagnosed with ADHD. This psychiatric labeling most often leads to a stimulant being prescribed, such as Ritalin, Adderall, Vyvanse or Concerta.

These are Schedule II drugs, with a high potential for abuse and addiction.

Potential emotional side effects on Children

There are reports of children displaying serious shifts in mood, energy, and thinking after being prescribed one or another of these drugs. Some kids observably become aggressive or hostile, and some have psychotic symptoms such as hearing voices or believing things not true. Some become manic. Certain kids feel like bugs are crawling on them.

If a child is displaying agitation, irritability, confusion, depression or nervousness due to stimulant drug side effects, the probability of them being Baker Acted from school obviously increases.

Between 2003 and 2013, there was a 42% increase in the number of children diagnosed with ADHD. There are now over 6.4 million kids between the ages of four and seventeen labeled with this disorder.

Unfortunately, doctors who believe that pharmaceutical treatment for a child’s hyperactivity should never be used at all are in the minority. Hence most kids who have been labeled with a mental disorder are put on drugs which can have psychotic side effects.

Two years ago, in 2014, there were 181, 471 Baker Act commitments in the state of Florida. Out of that number, 17% were for children, patients younger than 18 years of age.

That number has undoubtedly increased since.

Childhood Behavior as a Pathological Condition

Ned Hallo-well is a psychiatrist who has been diagnosed with ADHD himself. He has strong words regarding the universality of this supposed disorder. “God bless the women’s movement—we needed it—but what’s happened is, particularly in schools where most of the teachers are women, there’s been a general girlification of elementary school, where any kind of disruptive behavior is sinful. What I call the ‘moral diagnosis’ gets made: You’re bad. Now go get a doctor and get on medication so you’ll be good. And that’s a real perversion of what ought to happen. Most boys are naturally more restless than most girls, and I would say that’s good. But schools want these little goody-goodies who sit still and do what they’re told—these robots—and that’s just not who boys are.”

The horrendous side effects of powerful psychiatric drugs are ignored by the profession that promotes them. Obviously, these drugs are big money makers for pharmaceutical companies, and an easy stress-free (for the psychiatrist, at least) way to treat a child who is experiencing emotional distress, boredom in school, or an excess of energy.

In this busy society, giving a child a pill is the expedient way of dealing with emotional turmoil. Psychiatrists have lulled many parents into believing that they know best and are the experts in this matter, when in fact psychiatry has not a single cure in its roster.

The revolving door of psychiatric drug treatment followed by the Baker Acting of minors leads the unsuspecting further into the Russian roulette world of psychiatric treatment.

Here no cures are promised, but misery in the form of permanent disability and even suicide are possible.

To learn more about The Baker Act, and how you as a parent can help protect your children or grandchildren, go to www.bakeractrights.org. It is possible to help restore parental rights in Florida.

SOURCES:

http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a32858/drugging-of-the-american-boy-0414/

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-03-11/study-adhd-diagnosis-more-common-among-youngest-students-in-class

http://www.drphil.com/articles/article/153

http://jacksonville.com/opinion/editorials/2015-11-09/story/children-are-especially-vulnerable-overuse-baker-act#

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Suicide Noose
14 Jul
0

CCHR Calling for Investigation of Link Between Suicides and Psychiatric Treatment

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a non-profit mental health watchdog organization dedicated to the eradication of abuses committed under the guise of mental health, is calling for an investigation into the link between the increasing number of suicides and psychiatric treatment.

Suicide Noose

CLEARWATER, FL, July 14, 2016 – According to the National Center for Health Statistics, suicide rates in the United States reached a 30-year high[i] with increases in every age group with the exception of older adults. The increase was notably higher for women. The rise was also significant among middle-aged Americans, a group whose suicide rates had been stable or falling since the 1950s.[ii]

While the rise in suicides is alarming, the study does not take into account the fact that one in ten Americans now takes an antidepressant drug. The figures are even higher for women in their 40s and 50s – for this age group one in four takes an antidepressant.[iii] It is not coincidental that the sharpest rise in suicides is amongst women and middle-aged Americans as they are the most drugged segment of the American population.

In fact from 1999-2013, psychiatric medication prescriptions have increased by 117% and simultaneously there has been an increase of 240% in death rates from these medications.[iv]

It is known and proven through research that a side effect of antidepressants is suicide and that the more drugs prescribed and the more psychiatric “treatment” made available the more suicides occurs.[v] [vi] [vii]

That there is a link between suicide and psychiatric treatment is also what the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) – Psychiatry reported in a March 2013 study on the topic of teen suicide.[viii]

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 that developed suicidal behavior did so after being treated with psychiatric medication.

“So much attention is being put onto more programs and funding to prevent suicide, especially teen suicide yet the leading cause of the increase in suicides is psychiatric treatment, especially treatment with anti-depressants,” said Diane Stein, President of CCHR Florida. “The link between psychiatric treatment and suicide needs to be investigated and made known so that lives can be saved.”

 

SOURCES:

[i] http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/databriefs/db241.htm

[ii] http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/22/health/us-suicide-rate-surges-to-a-30-year-high.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=1

[iii] http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/12/a-glut-of-antidepressants/

[iv] http://kellybroganmd.com/rising-rates-of-suicide-are-pills-the-problem/#_ftn4

[v] http://center4research.org/child-teen-health/suicide/do-anti-depressants-increase-suicide-attempts/

[vi] https://www.researchgate.net/publication/26713983_The_Relationship_Between_General_Population_Suicide_Rates_and_Mental_Health_Funding_Service_Provision_and_National_Policy_a_Cross-National_Study

[vii] http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160252713000587

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

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