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21 May
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Toddlers Labeled with Internet Addiction Disorder

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Internet addiction disorder is a controversial psychiatric label placed on people who spend a lot of time in a variety of internet activities. These have included visiting gambling and pornography websites, spending too much time playing online games or constantly using social media to stay in touch with friends and colleagues.

The latest group to get the attention of psychiatrist as potential victims of internet addiction is babies and toddlers. These little ones given smartphones and IPads to play with have gotten “distressed and inconsolable” when the parents removed the gadget from their hands.

A Dr. Richard Graham in the UK was the first to launch a treatment program there for technology addiction.

He stated that these toddlers were experiencing the same withdrawal symptoms as alcoholics or heroin addicts, when the devices were taken away.

Parents who are not in good enough communication with their children to control these devices and prevent tantrums have paid as much as £16,000 for a 28-day “digital detox” programme” created by Dr Graham at the Capio Nightingale clinic in London.

Targeting toddlers for so-called internet addictionisa logical jump for psychiatrists looking for new territory, as they have already been treating college, high school and grade school youth for such “addiction”.

To date Internet addiction disorder has not being recognized as an official mental condition by The American Psychiatric Association (APA) in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. DSM version V coming out in May reportedly will be listing it in Section III as needing “further research.”

Allen Frances, M.D., who served on the board who wrote DSMIV, is a frequent critic of DSMV. He writes in his article “Internet Addiction – The Next New Fad Diagnosis”

“Granted that lots of us are furtively checking emails in movie theaters and in the middle of the night, feel lost when temporarily separated from our electronic friends, and spend every spare minute surfing, texting or playing games. But does this really qualify us as addicts?

No, not usually. Not unless our attachment is compulsive and without reward or utility; interferes with participation and success in real life; and causes significant distress or impairment. For most people, the tie to the internet, however powerful and consuming, brings much more pleasure or productivity than pain and impairment. This is more love affair and/or tool using than enslavement- and is not best considered the stuff of mental disorder. It would be silly to define as psychiatric illness behavior that has now become so much a necessary part of everyone’s daily life and work.”

Regardless of its status, various psychiatrists have created and used oddball treatments with devastating effects on young people.

In the USA study conducted by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City that ran from December of 2002 to October of 2004 “has established that Escitalopram (Lexapro is one drug therapy for treating problematic Internet use.”

Lexipro is an SRRI psychiatric drug used to treat depression. It has known side effects of Suicide Risk, Suicide Attempts, Suicide, Anxiety, Panic Attacks and aggressive behavior.

In South Korea they take internet addiction very seriously. The government provides counseling programs and psychological treatment for an estimated 2 million people who cannot wean themselves from playing online computer games. Lee Hae-kook, a psychiatry professor at Catholic University of Korea, College of Medicine is proud that Asia is leading the world in researching this “addiction”.

In China psychiatrists have gone back to the days of Mao Tse-tung to model their treatments for Internet Addiction. City kids are sent to rural boarding camps to be treated.

Tao Ran, created and still directs the country’s first Internet addiction treatment clinic in a military hospital in Beijing; his clinic has treated about 5,000 Internet addicts since 2004.

He has co-authored papers suggesting psychiatric drug therapy for such youth.

There are now 300 centers in China for treating internet addiction. Parents pay thousands of dollars to send their children to these military style boot camps.

A summer camp in rural Sichuan province promises cures for internet addiction. In 2009 a youth, Pu Liang, was hospitalized in critical condition with broken ribs, kidney damage and internal bleeding. Police removed him from the camp after he told his parents he had been beaten by a counselor when he was unable to complete a rigorous regimen of push-ups.

At another internet addiction facility, the BeitengSchool in Changsha, 16 year old Chen Shi was beaten to death – this school uses a plastic pipe, a wooden baton, and handcuffs.

In another case, a 15 year old teen named Deng Senshan was beaten to death at a similar boot camp in Nanning, Guangxi province. He was admitted for Internet Addiction and had been at the camp less than 48 hours when he died. This camp was closed with 13 staff arrested.

When asked about this death, Tao Ran told The Associated Press that such deaths are bound to happen because few camps employ scientific methods, with most opting for crude military-style discipline.

Apparently some camps do use the pinnacle of psychiatric “scientific methods” – electric shock treatments.

The Chinese Ministry of Health finally ordered a hospital in Shandong province to stop electric shock treatments, which it had reported using on 3,000 youths. It stated this treatment needed “further study”.

Americans would be wise to heed the mistakes of Asia and not allow the labeling of normal behavior and personal interests as addictions. The “Internet addiction disorder” label could easily follow this route to treatment with psychiatric drugs or electric shocks.

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/10008707/Toddlers-becoming-so-addicted-to-iPads-they-require-therapy.html

http://www.netaddiction.com/articles/drug_study_Internet_addiction.pdf

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/dsm5-in-distress/201208/internet-addiction-the-next-new-fad-diagnosis

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/28/south-korea-internet-addicted_n_2202371.html

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/tech/news/2009-08-06-china-internet-death_N.htm

http://articles.latimes.com/2009/aug/22/world/fg-china-beatings22

http://www.cio.com/article/496973/Chinese_Web_Addicts_Get_Boot_Camp_Therapy?page=2&taxonomyId=3234

 

 

 

 

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21 May
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Informed Consent and Psychiatric Drugging

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All 50 states now require an informed consent document be signed before medical treatment of either a physical or mental nature. A psychiatrist, like a medical doctor, is required to tell his patient of any benefits, risks and alternatives to his proposed treatment.

Every patient has a legal and ethical right to make the decision of what will or will not be done to him. After all, it is his body, and by law he is allowed to familiarize himself with every dangerous side effect a psychiatric medicine may cause.

Of course the understanding of the patient is observed by only one person; the psychiatrist himself. And obviously this man or woman has a vested interest in obtaining the consent of his or her patient.

Does anyone else oversee the possible lack of information given, or the (quite likely) inaccuracies of the doctor’s description of any drug’s danger?

For instance, when a person is prescribed an SSRI drug, his doctor should, under the guidelines of informed consent, discuss these possible side effects:

  • Movement disorders
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Improper brain development
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Apathy
  • Personality changes similar to the effects of a lobotomy
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Suicide (studies show 3 out of 100 children have suicidal thoughts or actually attempt or commit suicide while on an SSRI
  • Permanent brain damage
  • Delusions and hallucinations when the drug is withdrawn or the dosage is lowered

Not to mention that there is much research now supporting the alarming fact that antidepressants actually worsen the severity of depression in many patients, and that despite widespread use of antidepressants, there are more people being diagnosed with this condition than ever before. It is unlikely the psychiatrist mentions this to his potential patient.

The psychiatrist often describes the drug treatment in a rapid, disorganized and confusing manner, not leaving time for a patient’s questions or concerns. One is reminded of the drug commercials on television, when the announcer speedily describes horrendous outcomes and even death is couched in the euphemism “fatal event.”

Since informed consent by its nature requires there be no coercion, a person locked in a psychiatric facility is already experiencing coercion and undue influence by the medical personnel. In other words, the doctor is in a position of authority, and can force a patient to take psychiatric drugs without his or her consent.

Even a psychiatrist’s office can be intimidating to a worried patient or family member. No one needs to sign an informed consent form until he is fully satisfied that the treatment option is in his best interest. And of course this would include information describing alternative treatments as well.

It is possible to do one’s own research on adverse drug side effects and alternatives to psychiatric drugging. All Americans have a legal right to informed consent, and should never be coerced by a psychiatrist with his vested interest of payment by the patient and funds donated to the doctor by grateful pharmaceutical companies.

http://www.minddisorders.com/Flu-Inv/Informed-consent.html

http://chriskresser.com/the-dark-side-of-antidepressants

http://medicalwhistleblower.blogspot.com/2011/11/psychiatric-patients-have-right-to.html

 

 

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17 May
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DSM-V Shows Insanity of Psychiatry

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The latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) is due to be released this month.  It has been published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) since 1952.  Its purpose is to identify and classify “mental disorders.”  In this version, they do exactly that, but this time psychiatry has taken things too far.  They have classified nearly every normal emotion that can be experienced in life as a “mental disorder.”  This just shows how the field of psychiatry has gone insane themselves.

Emotions like grief, sadness, frustration, impatience and excitement are now “mental disorders.”  If you refuse to follow authority, it is now called Obedience Defiance Disorder (ODD).  If you like to have plenty of food, water and ammunition around, even just to prepare for a natural disaster, it will likely be diagnosed as Hoarding Disorder.  The most insulting one is for rapists who are aroused during their criminal activity.  According to the DSM-V, they are not responsible for their actions because they supposedly have Paraphilic Coercive Disorder (PCD).

Psychotropic drugs with extensive serious adverse side effects are the usual treatment for all “mental disorders” whether new or old.  That means with the release of DSM-V, millions of people could be misdiagnosed with a “mental disorder” for their normal behavior and be put on drugs that they don’t need.  

One may ask how did all this come about?  How can what was normal before now be a “mental disorder?”   One would be wise to ask, is there some new research showing this change?  There’s plenty of research in developing new drugs, but only a show of hands is needed to bring a new “mental disorder” into being.  Basically, symptoms are grouped together, a disorder is named and it is voted into existence by the APA.

This makes it obvious that there isn’t any science behind psychiatry.  This can’t be emphasized enough.  Psychiatry does not have any medical or scientific test to identify a “mental disorder.”   Psychiatrists will insist that “mental disorders” are biological disorders, yet they have no tests.  They have the opinion that the brain is the cause of the disorders, yet again, no tests are available.  

Over the years, medical doctors and specialists have done a lot of research resulting in greatly improved methods of discovery and treatment of disease.  Psychiatry has not.  The medical profession has progressively been able to cure many diseases and ailments.  With that in mind, it would only be logical to ask where is the scientific support to prove so many “mental disorders” do exist?  

There isn’t any scientific evidence in the DSM-V or anywhere else.  Psychiatry has been preaching for years that they are experts on the mind when actually all they do is put you on drugs hoping to manage your symptoms.  Perhaps that is why many who really are in the field of science say that psychiatry is no more scientific than astrology or palm reading.

A psychotherapist from Connecticut says that if you are told that you have a “mental disorder” it is not the same as being told you have diabetes or cancer.  Even if a doctor suspects a disease based on symptoms, he can confirm that suspicion with a medical test.  The DSM-V does not have a single diagnosis that meets the standards of medical disease.  The same psychotherapist says that the DSM-V is made up of many collections of symptoms that “experts” agree are “mental illnesses.”

A professor of social welfare at UCLA says the DSM-V is purely descriptive.  “Mental illnesses” are created from a descriptive, not biological basis.  A psychiatrist from Montreal said that the reason many field trials don’t work out is because “mental disorders” don’t exist in biological reality, they exist only in the DSM-V.  Yet this doesn’t stop any mental health professional from claiming it is a “real” medical illness when it is really just normal human behavior. 

This also doesn’t stop psychiatry from prescribing psychotropic drugs.  About sixty-five million people, or about one in five Americans, is taking at least one psychiatric drug.  In 2010, about thirty-five billion dollars were spent on psychiatric drugs.  Between 2010 and 2011, use of psychiatric drugs increased twentyone percent!  How is it that so many people are taking drugs to treat depression, bipolar, ADHD, etc. for which there are no tests or scientific proof that these are medical diseases?

How is it that these mind-altering drugs are even on the market when the adverse side effects are horrendous and often fatal?  Over two hundred thousand Americans go to the hospital every year due to some psychosis or mania induced by a psychiatric drug.  Since 2000, there have been sixty-six school shootings that involved use of psychiatric drugs.  In addition, there have been thirteen hundred murders and suicides, also by those on psychiatric drugs.  Even the FDA has issued a Black Box Warning on many of these drugs alerting people to the possible increased risk of suicidal thoughts.  Mass murders and mass shootings follow the same pattern.  There are more than five thousand documented events on ssristories.com that link psychiatric drugs to violent crime. 

It doesn’t take much to realize that psychiatric drugs cause violence.  Drug companies are making a fortune many times over at the expense of everyone else.  Psychiatry doesn’t have a cure so they push drugs.  With more “mental disorders” in the DSM-V, they have only made more opportunities to push drugs and keep their industry alive.  

Only this time around they have pushed the envelope too far and have invited a backlash.  There are at least half a dozen books scheduled to be released during the same time as the DSM-V, all critical of the new manual and psychiatry itself.  Dr. Allen Frances, who was Chairman of the DSM-IV Task Force, wrote a new book about out of control psychiatric diagnosing and the medicalization of ordinary life.  He also admitted that DSM-IV was a huge mistake, as it resulted in a mass over-diagnosis of people who were actually normal.    As an insider, this is a serious blow to the APA and the profession itself.

Even more detrimental to the APA is the recent announcement that the National Institute of Mental Health will no longer fund research projects that only use DSM-V criteria.  This is the world’s largest research institution that previously gave full support to the DSM.  Its director has stated that the DSM-V is just a dictionary at best and its weakness is its lack of validity.  He has stated that unlike regular medical disease, the DSM-V diagnoses are based on a majority of symptoms grouped together, not by objective findings in a lab.

It is about time that the truth is made public.  It is about time the authenticity of bogus “mental disorders” like ADHD are being questioned by psychiatry’s own.  Based on the above information, it would be wise for everyone to question the validity of “mental disorders” and their treatments.  Don’t be fooled.  Do your own research and decide for yourself. 

http://americanfreepress.net/?p=9786

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/05/12/dsm-psychiatry-mental-disorders/2150819/

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/side-effects/201305/the-nimh-withdraws-support-dsm-5

http://ssristories.com/

 

 

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15 May
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Informed Consent and Psychiatric Drugging

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All 50 states now require an informed consent document be signed before medical treatment of either a physical or mental nature. A psychiatrist, like a medical doctor, is required to tell his patient of any benefits, risks and alternatives to his proposed treatment.

Every patient has a legal and ethical right to make the decision of what will or will not be done to him. After all, it is his body, and by law he is allowed to familiarize himself with every dangerous side effect a psychiatric medicine may cause.

Of course the understanding of the patient is observed by only one person; the psychiatrist himself. And obviously this man or woman has a vested interest in obtaining the consent of his or her patient.

Does anyone else oversee the possible lack of information given, or the (quite likely) inaccuracies of the doctor’s description of any drug’s danger?

For instance, when a person is prescribed an SSRI drug, his doctor should, under the guidelines of informed consent, discuss these possible side effects:

  • Movement disorders
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Improper brain development
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Apathy
  • Personality changes similar to the effects of a lobotomy
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Suicide (studies show 3 out of 100 children have suicidal thoughts or actually attempt or commit suicide while on an SSRI
  • Permanent brain damage
  • Delusions and hallucinations when the drug is withdrawn or the dosage is lowered

Not to mention that there is much research now supporting the alarming fact that antidepressants actually worsen the severity of depression in many patients, and that despite widespread use of antidepressants, there are more people being diagnosed with this condition than ever before. It is unlikely the psychiatrist mentions this to his potential patient.

The psychiatrist often describes the drug treatment in a rapid, disorganized and confusing manner, not leaving time for a patient’s questions or concerns. One is reminded of the drug commercials on television, when the announcer speedily describes horrendous outcomes and even death is couched in the euphemism “fatal event.”

Since informed consent by its nature requires there be no coercion, a person locked in a psychiatric facility is already experiencing coercion and undue influence by the medical personnel. In other words, the doctor is in a position of authority, and can force a patient to take psychiatric drugs without his or her consent.

Even a psychiatrist’s office can be intimidating to a worried patient or family member. No one needs to sign an informed consent form until he is fully satisfied that the treatment option is in his best interest. And of course this would include information describing alternative treatments as well.

It is possible to do one’s own research on adverse drug side effects and alternatives to psychiatric drugging. All Americans have a legal right to informed consent, and should never be coerced by a psychiatrist with his vested interest of payment by the patient and funds donated to the doctor by grateful pharmaceutical companies.

http://www.minddisorders.com/Flu-Inv/Informed-consent.html

http://chriskresser.com/the-dark-side-of-antidepressants

http://medicalwhistleblower.blogspot.com/2011/11/psychiatric-patients-have-right-to.html

 

 

 

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15 May
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Involuntary incarceration isn’t solution for personal, social ills

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National tragedies like the student massacres in Columbine, Colorado; Blacksburg, Virginia; and Newtown, Connecticut tend to revive state and national debates and legislation on mental health reforms. This often heated political discussion involves the involuntary commitment for psychiatric evaluation and possible treatment, particularly with children. Previous blog posts explain in detail how side effects of psychiatric drugs produce significant damage to the brain, nervous system, muscles and other bodily organs and functions.

The Florida Mental Health Act – also known as The Baker Act – makes it possible for psychologists, psychiatrists, law enforcement officers and judges to commit without consent people to psychiatric examination if they present an imminent danger to themselves or others. But what, one might ask, classifies as an “imminent danger” nowadays? Laurie Anspach, quoted by The Voice magazine, cites a few of the reasons for Baker Acts:

“An eight-year-old boy who stomped on an administrator’s foot; an 11 year old who had a fist fight with his cousin in the playground; a straight “A” student who skipped class and got subject to a mental health questionnaire that, when evaluated, deemed she was a potential risk to herself.”

A Fox News report in 2012 argued that a major factor in the insanity and criminality of school shootings is a lack of stringent legislation on mental health issues, including involuntary commitment.

“The trend over the decades has been to release mental health patients, with a number of court cases restricting involuntary commitment. Last week’s deadly rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School exposed cracks and inconsistencies within the nation’s mental health system. Many say that until those problems are fixed, it’s only a matter of time before another national nightmare unfolds.”

But an absence of tight mental health regulation isn’t the problem, at least not in Florida. Let’s look at some statistics: The number of Florida adults and children involuntarily committed for “mental health” reasons has increased by 49 and 35 percent respectively from 2002 to 2011, according to a report from the Florida Department of Children and Families. In 2011, 150,000 involuntary exams were done, with 93,000 adults and 18,000 children examined. Miami-Dade County, in particular, saw a dramatic spike in its juvenile psychiatric commitments, the Miami Herald reported in 2012.

“At least 646 times this year — that’s an average of more than three times every school day — Miami-Dade school police have handcuffed a student, put him or her in the back of a patrol car and driven to a mental health facility under the rules in Florida’s mental health law, the Baker Act.”

Now let’s look at some Florida crime statistics:

Florida has one of the highest crime rates in the country; this state ranks higher in violent crimes, incarcerations and law enforcement than 45 other states, including Texas, California and New York.

> Violent crimes (excl. murder) per 100,000: 537.2 (9th most)
> Murders per 100,000: 5.2 (17th most)
> Incarceration rate per 100,000: 556 (7th most)
> Police per 100,000: 404.7 (7th most)
> Basic access: 79.5 (7th lowest)
> Total cost of violence: $34.28 billion
Source: 24/7WallSt.com – April 26, 2012

Fortunately, Florida has not had a school shooting on par with some of the other ones across the country, but how effective is involuntary psychiatry when it comes to dealing with insanity and criminality? You be the judge.

 

http://mailsrvr.jonasclark.com/component/content/article/605.html

 

 

 

 

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07 May
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Putting Children on Antipsychotics Is Unconscionable

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Antipsychotics are dangerous mind-altering psychiatric drugs that are usually prescribed for schizophrenia and bipolar.  They are increasingly being prescribed for disruptive behavior “disorders” in children.  These drugs have enough alarming potential side effects so that putting children on antipsychotics is unconscionable.  

It used to be that if a child was having trouble in school he would get extra help.  It used to be that if a child was disruptive in class he would be sent to the principal’s office and he would be disciplined.  That was about it, except for a few that were suspended or expelled for extremely bad behavior.  

Today, it is pretty common for a child who is having trouble in school or is exhibiting disruptive behavior to be sent to a pediatrician.   The pediatrician will prescribe a pill as if it was aspirin and as if it was safe, but it is not.  Perhaps the doctor himself is not fully informed, but truth be told psychiatric drugs alter the brain unnecessarily.  There are various types of psychiatric drugs the doctor could prescribe, but Seroquel, Zyprexa, Abilify and Risperdal are some commonly known brand names of antipsychotics.

Let’s look at some of the worst potential side effects.  Antipsychotics can cause diabetes, heart failure, hostility, manic reactions, convulsions, tremors, suicidal thoughts, tics, seizures, hallucinations, panic attacks and tardive dyskinesia.  Any one of these should be alarming enough so as not to take the risk of having a child experience that side effect.  Tardive dyskinesia is especially troubling as it is a condition where one experiences involuntary movements of the tongue, facial muscles or other body parts.  This condition is usually irreversible and may not even start until after discontinuation of the antipsychotic! 

With children on antipsychotics, it is not predictable as to which side effect(s) a child could experience and when, or how many side effects could appear.  It could happen at any time and that includes when it is too late to help the child.  Dr. Peter Breggin, psychiatrist and author, had a seven year old patient who became dangerously violent after his first exposure to an antipsychotic, prescribed by another psychiatrist.  He then developed tardive dyskinesia and early onset of puberty.  Withdrawal was so agonizing that this boy became uncontrollably violent.   So there is no prediction of what side effects could appear at the beginning, middle or end of treatment or even after.  Does anyone want to take that chance?   

Basically, antipsychotics produce a calming sedative effect which may sound alluring.  However, they are literally causing brain damage by profoundly reducing brain function.  This could explain why it has been found that antipsychotics can shorten life expectancy by twenty percent.  They have also been found to shrink the brain to some degree.  Additionally, there is also the potential for addiction which only presents a host of other problems.      

Despite these horrendous side effects, children on antipsychotics is only going up and going up fast.  In a recent study comparing the time periods 1993-1998 and 2005-2009, it was found that prescriptions for antipsychotics for children up to thirteen years old experienced a sevenfold increase.  Since most prescriptions are for the older kids in this age group, it is really higher for preteens and thirteen year olds.  For the fourteen to twenty year old age group, the increase in antipsychotic prescriptions was four times higher.

What do these dramatic increases mean?  It means psychiatrists and doctors are prescribing antipsychotics to control children’s behavior without taking any responsibility for the dangerous side effects.  This is especially true in the case of children on antipsychotics who are only eighteen months old.  How can an eighteen-month old have a “mental disorder?”  What constitutes disruptive behavior in an eighteen-month old so that an antipsychotic is prescribed?  This is nothing short of ridiculous.  It may produce the calming sedative result, but at the same time you are giving the toddler a chemical lobotomy.

So what is behind the increased use of psychiatric drugs?  First and foremost, psychiatry is pushing “mental disorders” and “mental illnesses.”  Psychiatry no longer limits treatment to those who or “crazy” or who can’t function in life.  They have pretty much categorized all the normal ups and downs of everyday life to be a “mental disorder.”  Children have squirmed, fidgeted, whined, been anxious, depressed and have thrown temper tantrums since time immemorial.  However, any type of behavior other than quietly sitting still is at risk for being diagnosed as a “mental disorder.” 

One would think extensive research with thorough scientific trials would be done before a “mental disorder” is “discovered.”  This is not the case.  “Mental disorders” are invented and voted upon by those psychiatrists in leadership roles.  As a result, the number of “disorders” has multiplied over the years and the majority of these are laughable, aside from being unsubstantiated.

However, this gives psychiatry the audacity to say that a large percentage of people suffer from “mental disorders” when they are merely experiencing the normal emotions of life.  As a result, their false statistics are skewed when only a fraction of people are actually having a rough time.

Secondly, it is no surprise that children on antipsychotics are rising because of financial motives.  Drug companies push hard to make profits and doctors benefit by the quick fix and the saving of time.  Psychiatrists don’t offer any alternative treatment except drugs, so a misdiagnosis of a “mental disorder” results in billions and billions of dollars made at the expense of our children’s health and future.  Profits have become way more important, so that inventing a “mental disorder” and forcing that label on a child has become normal routine.

Instead of drugging our children, we need to dig in and find out what really is the problem, if any.  Don’t let school personnel or any mental health professional tell you there is something wrong with your child.  Do your own research and decide for yourself if your child’s behavior is normal or not.  Diet, toxins, allergies and vitamin deficiencies are only a few things to start looking into for answers and solutions.  Find a thorough non-psychiatric doctor that will look for a physical source of the problem.  If you don’t, we will only have more children on antipsychotics with devastating results. 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-peter-breggin/children-antipsychotics_b_1771152.html

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/04/04/antipsychotic-drugs-on-pediatric-bipolar-disorder.aspx

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antipsychotic

http://aboutpsychdrugs.com

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30 Apr
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Mental Disorder Test Must Include Physical Exam

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Any mental disorder test should be accompanied by a physical exam. Since the psychiatric profession admits there is no mental disorder test to determine which of their many labeled mental diseases a person may have, it is important to look elsewhere for a cause.

For example, in determining obsessive compulsive disorder in a child, the mental disorder test has been a miserable failure. There is, in fact, a physical cause behind many cases of OCD. Pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders, shortened to PANDAS is caused by streptococcus bacteria.

Children who were infected by certain bacteria such as influenza, varicella (chickenpox), and streptococcal bacteria (strep throat and scarlet fever) sometimes developed a sudden change in personality, sometimes overnight.

Some of the symptoms of this infection are:

  • Anxiety attacks
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Hypersensitivity to light or sound
  • visual perceptions being distorted
  • Sometimes visual or auditory hallucinations
  • Immature behavior, such as “baby talk”
  • Hyperactivity
  • Attention difficulty
  • Trouble with math, reading and other subjects in school
  • Changes in handwriting

Since PANDAS is a diagnosable condition, it should be checked for in any case of childhood onset obsessive compulsive disorder, ADHD, ADD, separation anxiety and any other distressful mental symptom.

Putting a child on psychiatric medication which only masks these symptoms is at best ignorant and at worse a specialized form of child abuse. However, even when the physical cause of the child’s mental distress is recognized and diagnosed as PANDAS, this is often the “treatment” given by those in the psychiatric profession.

 

Since the cause of many childhood mental disorders had been discovered, one might expect that a physical treatment be researched and developed. But this is not the case, at least within the psychiatric profession. Instead, the “one size fits all” treatment is SSRI drugs, where potential side effects are as uncomfortable as and even more dangerous than the condition it is meant to cure.

However, there are reports of antibiotic cures, especially when the diagnosis of PANDAS is within the 30 day window of the onset of symptoms. A research of these treatments is available on the internet, and gives parents not just a choice but a hope of real help for their afflicted child.

Some parental observations of PANDAS symptoms in their child are enlightening, and cover some specific behavior that may occur:

  • Hand washing that becomes obsessive because of a fear of germs, chemicals or of having sticky hands
  • Having an obsession about making sure all urine or fecal matter is out, leading to compulsive wiping
  • No longer able to make simple decisions for fear of it being wrong
  • Fear of chocking on food; asking that it be cut up in small pieces

The opinion of the psychiatric and pharmaceutical industries that every non-optimum situation is based on a need for a psychotropic drug is absurd and dangerous.

The care of our children and grandchildren does not belong in the hands of those with vested interests. If mental disorder tests became physical disorder evaluations and treatment involved nutrition and non-psychiatric pharmaceuticals, our children would have a chance to grow up happy and self-determined.

http://pandasnetwork.org/treatment.html

 

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29 Apr
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Mitochondrial Disease and Psychiatric Disorders

cellMitochondrial disease is a physical disease, not a mental one. The condition results from the failure of the mitochondria, which are specialized parts in almost every cell of the body. The mitochondria create over 90% of the body’s energy; energy which is required to live and support the growth of the body.

When the mitochondria fail, the cell creates less energy, which can result in injury or even death to the cell. When this is a body-wide system failure, the person affected has a very difficult time and may not thrive.

Unfortunately, some of the symptoms of this disease are, at first glance, of a psychiatric nature.

Here are some of the ways the brain can be affected by mitochondrial disease :

  • Migraines
  • Seizures
  • Developmental delays
  • Neuro-psychiatric disturbances
  • Dementia
  • Autistic-like behavior
  • Mental retardation

In some cases, the only symptom of a mitochondrial defect is a so-called psychiatric symptom. In some cases, this is even labeled “schizophrenia.”

Many of those in the psychiatric industry assume that a functional disorder is caused by mental illness. But there is evidence to counter this assumption. The physical condition caused by mitochondrial disease often manifests as mental stress of one kind or another.

How does a person know if his “mental distress” is in fact physical? There are tests to determine this condition, and as recently as January of this year (2013) it was reported that new and even more powerful tools are discovering secrets locked in the DNA of the cell’s nucleus.

There is hope that the abnormal cell’s power plants can be analyzed and an actual treatment can be created for mitochondrial disease.

Dr. William Matteson, PHD, delivers a course called “Missing the Diagnosis: The Hidden Medical Causes of Mental Disorders.” He states:

“Even internists and physicians at hospitals often miss the underlying medical causes of mental and emotional issues. Despite advances in medical technology, there is still no test to definitively identify mental disorders. At best, medical evaluations can provide clues and help eliminate some of the variables. When the patient’s symptoms do not correspond precisely to the reference books or to similar cases they have personally encountered in the past, a physician may make a misdiagnosis as easily as a psychotherapist might.

“The challenge of finding potential underlying medical causes is complex. This makes failure to recognize and diagnose an underlying condition in a patient a reasonably common occurrence.”

It is encouraging that there is an admission that psychiatric patients are being misdiagnosed. A psychiatrist, trained first as a physician, should be able to recognize physical disease when he or she sees it. However, far too many psychiatrists take the easy and lucrative way out, dosing their physically ill patients with harmful and even deadly psychotropic drugs.

Putting a vulnerable loved one into harm’s way (psychiatric treatment) is unnecessary. A thorough physical and medical tests to determine what may be causing the non-optimum behavior should be the first avenue of exploration.

If the patient is suffering from mitochondrial disease, research as to treatment can be explored, but would not have to support the psychiatric industry with their pharmaceutical partners in crime.

http://www.umdf.org/site/pp.aspx?c=8qKOJ0MvF7LUG&b=7934639#4

http://itsnotmental.blogspot.com/2007/12/mitochondrial-dysfunction-psychiatric.html

http://news.yahoo.com/scientists-create-one-step-gene-test-mitochondrial-diseases-152900660.html

http://www.continuingedcourses.net/active/courses/course067.php

 

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29 Apr
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Going to Sleep with Benzodiazepines Carry Huge Risks

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Benzodiazepines tranquilizers first appeared in 1960 with the introduction of Librium followed in 1963 by Valium. This class of drug was originally intended for anxiety but since they made people drowsy, they also started being prescribed as a sleep aid.

These two brands along with Klonopin, Ativan and Xanax became household words during the 1970’s and 1980’s. In 1975 in the USA alone 103 million Benzodiazepines prescriptions were issued.

But these drugs were doing a lot more than giving a night’s sleep.

In 1976 a physician at the University of Tennessee named David Knott noted short-term memory loss in such patients and wrote “I am very convinced that Valium, Librium and other drugs of that class cause damage to the brain. I have seen damage to the cerebral cortex that I believe is due to the use of these drugs, and I am beginning to wonder if the damage is permanent”

In 1982, in Britain, a Professor of Psychopharmacology, Malcolm Lader, wrote that the work he had done suggested that “the brains of regular benzodiazepine takers were damaged and shrunken when compared to the brains of people who had not taken benzodiazepines.”

It was also discovered that benzodiazepines are highly addictive.

Psychiatrists thought only addictive personalities could become addicted to the drugs but it turned out patients taking the normal routine dose were getting hooked on the pills.

In 1999 during an interview on BBC Radio 4, Professor Lader stated “It is more difficult to withdraw people from benzodiazepines than it is from heroin. It just seems that the dependency is so ingrained and the withdrawal symptoms you get are so intolerable that people have a great deal of problem coming off. The other aspect is that with heroin, usually the withdrawal is over within a week or so. With benzodiazepines, a proportion of patients go on to long term withdrawal and they have very unpleasant symptoms for month after month, and I get letters from people saying you can go on for two years or more. Some of the tranquillizer groups can document people who still have symptoms ten years after stopping.”

Horribly enough the drug manufacturers knew about the terrible effects their products were creating.

In Nov 2010 newspapers in Britain uncovered the fact that the Medical Research Council in that country had suppressed warnings from research done 30 years earlier that showed the benzodiazepines Valium and Xanax could cause brain damage.

More recently, Peter R. Breggin, Director of the Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy and Private Practice, Ithaca, New York, USA published a research article entitled “Psychiatric drug-induced Chronic BrainImpairment (CBI): Implications for longterm treatment with psychiatric medication”

He discusses the physical brain damage done by all types of psychiatric drugs including benzodiazepines. He found they all cause chronic brain impairment (CBI)

He wrote that “all classes of psychiatric drugs have yielded similar findings of mental dysfunction and atrophy of the brain in humans after long term exposure”

He found that CBI produces short-term memory loss, apathy, disinterest in creative activities or other people, anger, depression and anxiety.

The final irony was discovered in a research study in 2012 and published in the British Medical Journal.

In these tests, 1063 elderly men and women (mean age 78.2 years) who were free of dementia were newly prescribed benzodiazepines as sleeping aids.

The findings on this large population based study showed that new use of benzodiazepines is associated with an approximately 50% increase in the risk of dementia.

These senior citizens, looking for improved sleep, instead found devastating mental effects from these widely used and “harmless” psychiatric drugs.

Fortunately, Peter Breggin does offer hope for those using or addicted to benzodiazepines.

He learned the cure for Chronic Brain Impairment was to slowly stop taking the drug with the help of someone trained in handling the withdrawal safely and smoothly.

“Young children and teenagers often seem to experience full recovery from CBI despite years of exposure. In my clinical experience, children and teenagers are especially resilient after removal from the offending agents.

Adult patients are more likely to experience continued subtle CBI difficulties with memory, attention or concentration after withdrawal from years of exposure to psychiatric medication; but even in the presence of residual symptoms, they can lead fulfilling lives.

After medication withdrawal, patients often declare, “I’ve gotten my life back. I’m myself again!”

Family members often feel that they have regained the husband, wife or child that they used to know and love before the adverse medication effects set in. The work of psychiatric drug withdrawal, while sometimes difficult and hazardous, can be very gratifying to the clinician and extremely empowering to the patient and family.”

Those still prescribing Benzodiazepines with the belief that the medicine “will help patients to sleep” are ignoring a great deal about the history and effects of these drugs.

 

http://www.allsleep.com/sleep-aids/sleep-medicine/benzodiazepines/

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/side-effects/201011/brain-damage-benzodiazepines-the-troubling-facts-risks-and-history-minor-tr

http://breggin.com/index.php?option=com_docman&task=cat_view&gid=53&Itemid=99999999

http://www.bmj.com/content/345/bmj.e6231

 

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22 Apr
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CCHR Florida on Bay News 9

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