The latest methods of and new definition for “psychiatry”, have changed. The “modern” bio-chemical psychiatrists rely on seeing patients for a mere ten minutes or so, deciding which meds to prescribe, and sending them on their way. this leaves the patient, searching for a friend or relative who might have time to listen to their problems in a more compassionate manner. Talking to someone about one’s problems seems to be an outmoded form of therapy. The “P” in “psychiatry” no longer stands for “psyche”, but for “pharmaceuticals”. Real life problems, however, do not go away any faster on drugs; and many people in the profession oppose this new trend of over-the-counter diagnosing (“OCD” for short) and drugging patients. One psychiatrist explains, below, that a path to recovery isn’t a quick fix:
I’ve come to realize that the ten-minute med check is worse than worthless, as a ten-minute glimpse of a person’s day is more likely to lead to the prescribing of a harmful medication than a helpful one. . . . .
I have rejected the insurer’s model of psychiatric care– the 4-6 patient-per-hour, 10-minute med check. I spend 90 minutes on the first appointment– often more. And follow–up appointments last at minimum 30 minutes, and for more complicated cases, 60 minutes. . . . .
The explosive trend to prescribe new anti-psychotic drugs, rather than listen and talk to patients, has not proven effective; but instead dangerous, particularly in children for whom the drugs were never intended. Ritalin is legalized speed, and stunts body and skull growth in the young child, to whom it is most often prescribed. So it is not in fact the children who benefit, but their caretakers, who find them much more manageable.
Ritalin is an authority drug. It keeps children in line. It makes teachers feel less stress and parents feel less guilt. Ritalin is a mind-altering narcotic, and yet millions of children are on it today. Its purpose is not to help children, but to make life more convenient for those who manage children.
As has been noted throughout history, drugs cloud the mind and lower alertness and cognitive levels. Psychiatric treatment entering into American schools is coincident with declining literacy levels and unprecedented violence. A Canadian Court just ruled that a young teen was under the influence of Prozac when he became violent and killed his friend. When he woke up from this Prozac-induced nightmare, this teen faced the fact that he had destroyed his friend’s life, and most certainly ruined his own.
In the Canadian case, Justice Heinrich concluded the medication set off a steady deterioration in the young killer’s behavior. “He had become irritable, restless, agitated, aggressive and unclear in his thinking,” the judge said. “It was while in that state he overreacted in an impulsive, explosive and violent way. Now that his body and mind are free and clear of any effects of Prozac, he is simply not the same youth in behavior or character.”
Other horrors connected to these antipsychotic drugs include suicide, irreversible damage to the nervous system, metabolic disorders and diabetes, and sudden heart failure. These side effects are well documented and have led the FDA to issue their highest-level (“black box”) warnings against them. But not all doctors or patients read or heed these warnings, having been brainwashed to believe the false claims and slanted research results presented by drug companies who invest millions in lobbying and legalized advertising campaigns. And so the American government hands over billions of Medicaid and Medicare dollars annually for top-dollar prescriptions of psychotropic drugs written for the elderly, foster care, military and prison populations.
The medical community has proven most effective when it does searching physical exams, often revealing underlying diseases which, when treated, end the psychiatric symptoms. Nutrition, exercise, stress-relieving therapies, facing and dealing effectively with life problems, have all proven successful. Statistics of medicated, versus non-medicated treatment prove drugs detrimental in the long run:
- People without medication suffer less from depression, blunted emotions and problems with movement.
- People diagnosed with schizophrenia in poor countries, where they are not treated with long-term antipsychotics, do much better than those in rich nations who are kept on medication.
- The majority of patients do well with no medication.
- Making sense of coming off psychiatric drugs | Mind
With pharmaceutical companies offering kickbacks to doctors who prescribe their drugs, it is apparent that most psychiatric treatment these days, is about wealth, not health. What is spent annually by the government on pharmaceuticals could do much to remedy the country’s economic dilemma, itself a great cause of stress to Americans. The truth, if one faces it, is that health depends not on meds, but the investment of time and effort on healthy life styles, natural diets and supplements, quality time spent with children, and the decision to really, not hypocritically, “Say No to Drugs!”