What Will Happen to Japan’s Mental Health Now?

by | Apr 2, 2011

A few weeks ago, the world watched Japan in horror, as everyone saw the devastating results of a 9.0 earthquake followed by a tsunami and now a potential nuclear radiation crisis.  One can’t imagine what it must feel like to be in this situation.


The mental health industry may see this as an opportunity to push their vested agenda.  Too often, in situations like the tsunami, the psychiatric industry will label the victims with “PTSD” (post traumatic stress disorder) and depression.  Then the “treatment” that ensues, is typically,mind-altering psychiatric drugs.  However in Japan, the use of antidepressants is not widespread.  Because the medical insurance system in Japan is national, “the authorities are keen to contain a potentially explosive market for drugs like antidepressants…”  One can conclude that after this recent disaster, the door is not wide open to promote massive psychiatric drugging in the name of “help.”


Furthermore, it seems that natural disasters like this are not a contributing factor to increased suicides.  Studies of the 1995 earthquake in Kobe showed that suicide rates actually declined compared to the previous ten years.  A comparable study of the 1994 California Northridge earthquake also showed a decline and there was no difference in suicide rates after the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean according to researchers in Sri Lanka.


Of course there are adverse effects as a result of natural disasters and help is available without the use of psychiatric drugs.  There are many alternative methods of treatment.  You can go to www.cchrflorida.org to learn more.



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