militaryThe high suicide statistics found among our military is alarming. The fact that soldiers are traumatized by committing acts of war is not surprising. Who among us could kill and watch one’s fellow soldiers killed without consequences to his peace of mind?

But the psychiatric industry has managed to turn a soldier’s torment into a cash cow for the pharmaceutical industry, and the suicide statistics have climbed correspondingly.

From 2000 to 2011 hospitalizations of soldiers increased 87% in that eleven year period. Their ailments included post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, adjustment disorder, bipolar disorder and drug and alcohol abuse.

Today, mental illness is the number one reason for hospitalization of service members. Curiously, many of these service members had never been deployed. Over half of all soldiers hospitalized for various psychiatric disorders, including bipolar, substance and alcohol abuse and depression had never seen combat. The psychiatric profession has expanded their diagnosis beyond believability.

Most surprising and enlightening is the fact that 22% of the non-deployed service members were diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder. These men and women had never been involved in fighting, yet were still labeled with this psychiatric illness.

Our armed service members are not immune from the epidemic of mental disorder diagnosis from incompetent “experts” who believe they can solve every human problem with a drug, often with tragic results.

The side effects of the antipsychotic drugs commonly used to treat PTSD and other “mental illnesses” can be devastating.

  • Loss of energy and drive
  • Feeling numb and unmotivated
  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Sleeping too much
  • Muscles tense and stiff
  • Muscles trembling and shaking
  • Feeling restless and jittery
  • Inability to sit still
  • Insomnia
  • Blurry vision
  • Dry mouth or drooling
  • Forgetfulness
  • Constipation
  • Sexual difficulties
  • Violent Behavior

Although drugs used to treat soldiers have never resulted in a cure, they are still prescribed relentlessly. It doesn’t take much imagination to connect the dots. The increase in veteran’s suicide is most likely a direct result of antipsychotic drugs. The conservative estimate is that 22 service members a day are taking their own lives.

This figure was released by The Department of Veterans Affairs, based on numbers reported by 21 states from 1999 through 2011. It does not include the other 29 states, which include populous California, Texas and Illinois. Obviously, the actual number is much, much higher.

Even the DSM IV, that bible of the psychiatric profession, has recognized that antipsychotics cause akathisia (a state of agitation, distress, and restlessness) And by the psychiatrist’s own admission, akathisia can lead to suicide.

Unleashing psychiatrists and their deadly drugs on the men and women who have served our country is madness. Obviously, this profession hasn’t the faintest idea of how to help our veterans recover.

In the brutal tradition of psychiatric brain operations and electro-convulsive “therapy,” psychiatry continues to torment men and women in the name of help. Veterans under the stress of wartime trauma should not be treated with debilitating drugs. To decrease the suicide statistics of our military, eliminate the cause.

http://www.cqaimh.org/pdf/tool_asc.pdf  (side effects of antipsychotics, a psych site)

http://davidhealy.org/benefit-risk-madness-antipsychotics-and-suicide/

http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/21/us/22-veteran-suicides-a-day/index.html

http://www.forbes.com/sites/rebeccaruiz/2013/09/16/soldiers-hospitalized-for-mental-illness-more-than-any-other-reason/