For instance, when a person is involuntarily committed for mental evaluation under the Baker Act in Florida, the committing professional fills out a “Certificate of Professional Initiating Involuntary Examination” form. Part of the form requires he or she fill out the diagnosis of the mental disorder with the accompanying DSM code.
Many people assume this diagnosis and code has some sort of validity.
But here is what Ph.D Eric R. Maisel says about the DSM diagnoses in an online article of Psychology Today:
“The DSM is a disease-mongering naming game where collections of disparate painful thoughts and feelings and unwanted or distressing behaviors are given profit-seeking labels. That is all the DSM does.”
Yet the DSM is used as a reference and guide to involuntarily commit a person, including children, in Florida.
Dr. Maisel has more to say about psychiatric double talk found in the DSM. Here is one flagrant example:
“Clinicians may thus encounter individuals who do not meet full criteria for a mental disorder, but who demonstrate a clear need for treatment or care. The fact that some individuals do not show all symptoms indicative of a diagnosis in these individuals should not be used to justify limiting their access to appropriate care.”
Dr. Maisel responds, “Wow! Isn’t that a clever sentence? Orwell would have loved it. This translates as: ‘We say that we are using this manual to diagnose you but since our labeling scheme is a hoax and our criteria are trumped up to begin with, it certainly doesn’t matter to us whether you meet them or not—we are happy to medicate you simply by virtue of you having walked through the door.’”
Charlatans masking as mental health experts have insinuated themselves into our lives – going so far as to promote laws involuntarily committing children to psychiatric facilities without their parent’s consent. And yes, the DSM is used as a reference for those commitments.
In 2009, Richard Smith was outraged when his 7 year old son was Baker Acted at school after throwing a tantrum. He asserts his son has no mental health problems.
The lead police officer made the decision that the child needed a mental health evaluation, and the little boy spent a night alone at Morton Plant Hospital before seeing a psychologist the next day. He was discharged, terrified of going back to school where the incident occurred.
Smith says this was a “total abuse of police power.”
When this incident occurred seven years ago, Smith and his wife wanted to speak with a lawyer, hoping to prevent this from happening to other families.
Unfortunately, the horrific seizure of young children continues under the guise of treating mental illness in the young.
And what does this “treatment” most often consist of?
Dr. Peter Breggin, a psychiatrist who is adamantly against giving children psychotropic drugs, says that “unethical and illegal drug company activities have driven the prescription of toxic antipsychotic drugs to children. Now the ‘success’ of this campaign has been documented in the Archives of General Psychiatry.”
He describes treating one of his patients, a 7 year old boy; the child had been psychiatrically hospitalized because the withdrawal from Risperdal (prescribed by another psychiatrist) had caused him to become violent and out of control. Dr. Breggin describes him as a normally sweet and lovable child, who now also suffers from tardive dyskinesia, a permanent movement disorder caused by antipsychotic drugs and precocious puberty, another disturbing side effect of Risperdal.
This child’s life has been ruined by psychiatry. One can only assume that more children’s lives will tragically be altered when they are forced to take dangerous anti-psychotic drugs (demanded by a profession that has not a single cure in their records.)