The Professional Suicide of a Psychiatrist Exposes Mental Health Lies!
By Hwaa Irfan
Unsurprisingly, depression and suicide is on the rise in Europe as the global economic crisis becomes more entrenched, as billions from taxpayers flow towards bankster bailouts, and bribing sovereignties, and as states prove without a doubt that they only care about the people when election time comes around. While this situation will prove to be the making of many, inspire others, and empower some more, there are many who will feel disempowered and losing control over their lives. This is what depression and suicide is, the result of powerlessness, in fact a natural response to a situation that fails to be what it said it would be. This is also the natural response to handing over our lives to a system, which at the end of the day is inhuman, and run by humans who care only about themselves.
Intrinsic to that system, is the entrenched belief that the ‘commoners’ must be controled, and psychology has been one of the tools applied in that control, by creating a list of mental health disorders thhat we fall for, and respond to, and apply when in fact we are being asked by the system to negate ourselves so that we will fit in. 30+ years of clients from all over the world, ages, status, faiths etc., tells a mental health professional that in fact there is nothing much wrong with clients, who have become progressively complex over the years, becuase they handed over their existance to a system that told them what they should be in order to fit a ‘round peg into a square whole! Added to this also has been the experience of heading a group of mental health experts from around the world, and finding that American psychologists are subject to a process of professional acceptance by the American Psychiatric Association, that sets them up to be tools of a state agenda.
When one is so individualistic in such thinking, one can be considered ‘strange’ and a whole other list of labels, if it was not for the knowledge gained from the lives of 30+ years of experience that helped to broaden one’s field. That experience pointed to the one thing that is missing in the lives of those clients, the fact that with increasing globalization, and urbanization, that more and more people have less people to talk to, to share experiences and understanding with to express how they feel. Instead what happens is that more and more people are becoming isolated, and in that isolation breeds a vicious cycle of negative thinking reinforced by main stream media.
So it does not come as a surprise that an American psychiatrist finally broke the code of silence on lies about the way in which millions are being classified as mentally ill.
Jon Rappoport reports on the situation, which exposes the fact that:
THERE ARE NO DEFINITIVE LABORATORY TESTS FOR ANY SO-CALLED MENTAL DISORDER.
In other words, psychiatry is not a proven science that can be applied to a set of people like their vaccines, and unwholesome foods.
ALL SO-CALLED MENTAL DISORDERS ARE CONCOCTED, NAMED, LABELED, DESCRIBED, AND CATEGORIZED by a committee of psychiatrists, from menus of human behaviors.
Their findings are published in periodically updated editions of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), printed by the American Psychiatric Association.
For years, even psychiatrists have been blowing the whistle on this hazy crazy process of “research.”
Of course, pharmaceutical companies, who manufacture highly toxic drugs to treat every one of these “disorders,” are leading the charge to invent more and more mental-health categories, so they can sell more drugs and make more money”
But the public at large is not aware of this, becuase the mainstream press silences that information.
Instead, aware psychiatrists suffer in silence…
One such psychiatrist is Dr. Dr. Allen Frances who headed the 1994 project to update the psychiatric bible as Rappoport refers to it, the DSM-IV with 297 mental disorders! However, in an interview Frances states:
“There is no definition of a mental disorder. It’s bullshit. I mean, you just can’t define it.”
This has been made possible because having handed over their lives to ‘professionals’ they lost faith in their own capabilities to find solutions, allowing themselves to be defined instead of discovering themselves. As such Rappoport clarifies:
Bipolar was expanded to include more people.
Adverse effects of Valproate (given for a Bipolar diagnosis) include:
- acute, life-threatening, and even fatal liver toxicity;
- life-threatening inflammation of the pancreas;
- brain damage.
Adverse effects of Lithium (also given for a Bipolar diagnosis) include:
- intercranial pressure leading to blindness;
- peripheral circulatory collapse;
- stupor and coma.
Adverse effects of Risperdal (given for “Bipolar” and “irritability stemming from autism”) include:
- serious impairment of cognitive function;
- restless muscles in neck or face, tremors (may be indicative of motor brain damage).
Dr. Frances self-admitted label-juggling act also permitted the definition of ADHD to expand, thereby opening the door for greater and greater use of Ritalin (and other similar compounds) as the treatment of choice.
So what about Ritalin?
In 1986, The International Journal of the Addictions published a most important literature review by Richard Scarnati. It was called “An Outline of Hazardous Side Effects of Ritalin (Methylphenidate)” [v.21(7), pp. 837-841].
Scarnati listed a large number of adverse affects of Ritalin and cited published journal articles which reported each of these symptoms.
For every one of the following (selected and quoted verbatim) Ritalin effects, there is at least one confirming source in the medical literature:
- Paranoid delusions
- Paranoid psychosis
- Hypomanic and manic symptoms, amphetamine-like psychosis
- Activation of psychotic symptoms
- Toxic psychosis
- Visual hallucinations
- Auditory hallucinations
- Can surpass LSD in producing bizarre experiences
- Effects pathological thought processes
- Extreme withdrawal
- Terrified affect
- Started screaming
- Since Ritalin is considered an amphetamine-type drug, expect amphetamine-like effects
- Psychic dependence
- High-abuse potential DEA Schedule II Drug
- Decreased REM sleep
- When used with antidepressants one may see dangerous reactions including hypertension, seizures and hypothermia
- Brain damage may be seen with amphetamine abuse.
A recent survey revealed that a high percentage of children diagnosed with bipolar had first received a diagnosis of ADHD. This is informative, because Ritalin and other speed-type drugs are given to kids who are slapped with the ADHD label. Speed, sooner or later, produces a crash. This is easy to call “clinical depression.” Then comes Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft. These drugs can produce temporary highs, followed by more crashes. The psychiatrist notices the up and down pattern—and then comes the diagnosis of Bipolar (manic-depression) and other drugs, including Valproate and Lithium.
In the US alone, there are at least 300,000 cases of motor brain damage incurred by people who have been prescribed so-called anti-psychotic drugs (aka “major tranquilizers”). Risperdal (mentioned above as a drug given to people diagnosed with Bipolar) is one of those major tranquilizers. (source: Toxic Psychiatry, Dr. Peter Breggin, St. Martin’s Press, 1991)
This psychiatric drug plague is accelerating across the land.
It does not seem conceiveable to many, including many professionals, but that is the nature of the pyramid, the closer to the bottom the less one is informed. Why? The human spirit asks to many questions, cannot be commandeered to go against its will, but the human slave can to serve an industry that would not exist without those who believe they are mentally ill. Besides if we truely new the state of our ‘illness’ we would know that psychiatry/psychology can only help palliatively, if at all, and then not to unite the whole person, but to play one part of the personality off against the other and/or the soul/subconscious. The human spirit.
We the public, will not see what is going on behind the scenes, or imbedded in the DSM-5: The Principles Of Psychiatric otherwise we would know what other professionals think as in the case of emeritus professor of psychiatry Thomas Szasz:
“Psychiatry does not commit human rights abuse. It is a human rights abuse.”
“It’s not science. It’s politics and economics. That’s what psychiatry is: politics and economics. Behaviour control, it is not science, it is not medicine.”
“It’s an epidemic of psychiatry that we are dealing with. We don’t have an epidemic of mental illness, we have an epidemic of psychiatry.”
That epidemic, creates new labels to apply to new mental disorders like ‘attenuated psychotic symptoms syndrome’ that previously did not exist, and have no global standard, but will be applied without measure
Dr. Allen Frances
The struggle exists between Frances and the APA because Frances very challenge threatens their power over mental health in the U.S. The psychiatrists bible, the mental health law provides over U.S$6.5mn in sales annually. This bible will allow for the industry to benefit in health care dollars insurance companies, and from government agencies Greenberg informs.
Conscience could not be laid to rest even as the architect of the updated DSM-IV. Frances found the courage to speak up.
“DSM-5 persists in offering proposals that would inappropriately inflict the mental disorder label on many millions of people now considered normal. These suggestions are unsupported by science and are strongly opposed by 51 mental health associations — but APA continues to refuse demands for independent external review.
The shabby DSM-5 enterprise has reduced the credibility of psychiatry and the stature of the APA. It may well have forfeited APA’s right to continue as custodian of the DSM franchise. Yes, indeed, APA has a lot to apologize for and DSM-5 has a long way to go before it will be safe and scientifically sound.
There are two small rays of hope. First, DSM-5 has belatedly dropped its worst proposal — psychosis risk — opening the door to the possibility that it is finally ready to make much needed concessions.
Secondly, the APA leadership changed hands at the recent annual meeting. Perhaps the new leaders will finally bring responsible governance to what has heretofore been the almost fatally flawed DSM-5 process.”
As such, Frances asks a lot of justifibale questions:
- Why insist on allowing the diagnosis of major depressive disorder after only two weeks of symptoms that are completely compatible with normal grief?
- Why open the floodgates to even more overdiagnosis and overmedication of attention-deficit disorder when its rates have already tripled in just 15 years?
- Why include a psychosis risk diagnosis that has been rejected as premature by most leading researchers in the field because it risks exacerbating what is already the shameful off-label overuse of antipsychotic drugs in children?
- Why introduce disruptive mood dysregulation disorder when it has been studied by only one research team for only six years and risks encouraging the inappropriate antipsychotic drug prescription for kids with temper tantrums?
- Why sneak in hebephilia under the banner of pedophilia when this will create a nightmare in forensic psychiatry?
- Why lower the threshold for generalized anxiety disorder and introduce mixed anxiety depression when both of these changes will confound mental disorder with the anxieties and sadnesses of everyday life?
- Why have a diagnosis for minor neurocognitive disorder that will unnecessarily frighten many people who have no more than the memory problems of old age?
- Why label as a mental disorder the experience of indulging in one binge-eating episode a week for three months?
- Why introduce a system of personality diagnosis so complicated that it will never be used and will give dimensional diagnosis an undeserved bad name?
- Why not delay publication of DSM 5 to allow enough time to complete the previously planned and crucial second stage of field testing that was abruptly cancelled because of the constant administrative delays in completing the first stage?
- Why should we accept ambiguously worded DSM 5 diagnoses whose reliability barely exceeds chance?
- And most fundamentally, why not allow for an independent scientific review of all the controversial DSM 5 changes identified above — proposed by 47 mental health organizations as the only way to guarantee a credible DSM 5? What is there to hide, and what harm is done by additional careful review?
Frances has not been the only expert to state his concerns. In their opening statement of their resignations, Roel Verheul and John Livesley resigned from the DSM-5 Personality Disorders Work Group because:
“We resigned from the DSM-5 Personality and Personality Disorder Work Group in April 2012 with a mixture of sadness and regret. We believed that the construction of DSM-5 afforded an important opportunity to advance the study of personality disorder by developing an evidence-based classification with greater clinical utility than DSM-IV. The data and conceptual tools for such an undertaking have been available for some time and the field seemed to recognize the need for change. Regrettably, the Work Group has been unable to capitalize on the opportunity and has advanced a proposal that is seriously flawed. It has also demonstrated an inability to respond to constructive feedback both from within the Work Group and from the many experts in the field who have communicated their concerns directly and indirectly. We also regret the need to resign because we were the only International members of the Work Group which is now without representation from outside the US.”
Licensed psychiatrists and psychologists are oblidged to apply the DSM, otherwise they could lose their license. Some even blindly believe that if they do not apply the DSM that they are not practicing their profession, but the trouble is they are. The intrinsic nature of psychiatry/psychology is particular kind of eurocentricity that has no notion of the individual, even amongst the breadth and depth of Europeans and their descendants, as was my experience of Europeans who were more than the sum total of psychiatry/psychology. There was no space for their human spirit, and natural intelligence, or for their spiritual evolution. That is becuase by its very nature, psychiatry/psychology are instruments of the elite, that serves to subjugate the ‘commoner’. All of this is embedded in our perception of what is deemed ‘normal’, and it will take those who have been labeled and mislabeled to withdraw their ‘services’ to a more fulfilling journey towards the self, along with other more validated (though less ‘scientific) forms of healing.
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Frances, A. “Am I a Dangerous Man?” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/allen-frances/dangerous-man_b_1347521.html
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