Stop undue influence of psychiatric drug industry. Create more non-drug mental health alternatives.
Edie Feiste commented
Psychiatrists are only drug-pushers for the psychiatric drug industry. Whistleblowers who were former drug reps have written books that detail the lavish expense accounts given to them for influencing psychiatrists. Finding their work unconscionable after becoming aware of the damage being done by the drugs they were pushing, they gave up very lucrative careers. Psychiatry is truly financed by the drug companies, and it is almost impossible to find psychiatrists who will open their minds to actual physical causes of mental symptoms that could be treated and cured by non-drug alternatives. They do no physical tests, but they come up with a diagnosis from the many that are made up for the DSM after just talking with a patient for a short period of time. And they continue to prescribe the toxic chemicals produced by the drug companies. When a patient's condition worsens, they never open their minds to the possibility that these drugs could be the cause. They just keep giving more and more drugs. I am speaking from the experience of watching this unfold over a period of almost 20 years. There already are some non-drug alternatives that have been curing mental symptoms for over 50 years. But you will never hear about them from a psychiatrist because of the psychiatric drug industry influence. In fact...psychiatrists will get upset if you mention the alternatives and they will tell you they don't believe in them. They will also deny that the drugs they are giving could be causing any harm (even though all the side effects are listed in the drug company literature). I can hardly believe this situation has existed for such a long time and nothing has been done about it. Many books have been written about it by very credentialed persons, but it seems like no one has been paying attention. And people are dying because of this situation!
Ronda R. Ames commented
I know of no others illnesses that drugs are forced on the patient. You can have diabetes, cancer, a cold and the Dr., nurse or anyone forces you to take a certain drug or any drug for that matter. Why should mental health challenges be any different?
Charles Whitfield commented
Stop forced drugging. See my new book Not Crazy: You may NOT be Mentally Ill, Muse House Press, due out December
Lois White commented
Psychiatric treatments don't work and only mask what is really going on. Let's stop the psychiatric drug industry now. Give more non-drug mental health alternatives as we can healthy and productive in lives without drugs. Give our body what it needs to survive healthy. Help the children, teens and adults so they can be the best they can be naturally.
catherine penney commented
Increased incidence of serious chronic health conditions and a higher mortality rate then the normal population. Having worked in the mental health field for over 30 years as a mental health Nurse (RN) I have been alarmed by this. Especially since the advent of the newer atypical antipsychotics. In the long term people are not getting better they are becoming more chronically disabled mentally as well as physically. Older adults who have been on Psych. meds for many years show a sharp decline in cognitive abilities. We desperately need alternatives to the current paradigm where antipsychotic meds are used as the first line of treatment. This standard of care is doing more harm than good.
Victoria Eaton, OTS commented
There is research to back medication-less mental health services. Please open your eyes, look at what's working, and include survivors/consumers in the reform. Provide information to people at risk regarding ALL of their options in an unbiased way; knowledge is power.
Diane Nahallage commented
Non-drug mental health treatment options must be given equal treatment by the media and mental health practitioners if the citizens of our nation are to receive unbiased, professional mental health care.
Sarah Smith commented
How about changing the analogies that doctors and nurses use with young adults who present with first time synptoms of psychosis. Rather than say, "you have a medical condition like diabetes that has to be managed for the rest of your life with medication" why don't they say instead: "you are undergoing a trauma in your life that is like breaking a leg. Although we cannot x-ray you and find the exact location of your trauma, nor do we immediately know how to heal this wound, we will listen to you, support you, and together develop mutually agreed upon goals to help you cope. We won't add to your existing trauma by forcibly medicating you, restraining you, and villianizing you for failure to compy with medication treatment.
How about showing people who could and would be productive
members of society with respect. I refer to Psychiatry as a product
of "The Father of Liars". Listen to someone for 1/2 hour and tell them
"They are severely mentally ill and will need to take these painful-weirdo
drugs for the rest of their lives", and collect a 6-7 digit salary. How convenient!!
There is no I repeat no molecular break down in so called Mental Illness! There is no research that showed any there never has been and there never will be. That is because Mental Health issues, as most professionals familiar with the subject knows, are caused by a broken psyche not a broken body. There is a lot of money to be made by prescribing medications to people for psych problems unfortunately few mead actually control symptoms any better than sugar pills. It only gives people side effects that needs more medications all for making for even richer Psychiatrist and more screwed up patients than ever.
Carolyn Meece commented
It is time to stop the abuse, psychological warfare, and criminal activity that takes place under the cover-up of medicine and mental health.
Much of psychiatry is a con game and sham. They cannot withhold needed asthma medication as a bargaining chip in which to get their narcissistic wants and needs met. When ever a person does not feel safe it is against their Amendment VIII rights. The stress is enough to destroy the immune system and kill a person. They refuse to take responsibility for any of their wrong doings or criminal activity. One can see they provoke hostages, push them to the edge, and illegally demand they go over the edge. If anything errupts, they call out their guard dogs.
"Brainwashing: From Pavlov to Power", "Satan's School for Girls, why don't they go out and buy a rat. It has the study of rats in the video.
Follow the money trail, put the puzzle pieces together and connect the dots. "False Memory", "Not in This Town", "Batteries Not Included" and they need their "Zombie" to wrap themself up in a little "Cocoon" and whither and die and take whatever the narcissists dish out no matter what they illegally demand to be able to do to the "Zombie". "Soul Murder"
The abusers and corrupt seem to forget that all one has to do is to return to the scene of the crime either mentally or physically and recall sets in.
A problem cannot be solved by using the same mindset which created the problems.
Ginny Gomez commented
Absolutely. let's stop making people guinea pigs!
The pharmaceutical industry has too much influence in actually creating "mental illnesses". Many things that used to be seen as just part of life are now classified as a "mental illness" in order to sell companies' drugs. In contrast, things that really are mental illnesses, such as sexism, racism and homophobia, are not classified, because to do so would be making the admission that mental illnesses are better treated by education, rather than drugs.
Robert Groome commented
P.L.A.C.E. (Psychoanalysis Los Angeles California Extension) supports this initiative for a nondrug and prevention based theory and practice in mental health. We do so by proposing a contemporary critical return to Freud in the manner of Lacan.
R. Tatum Groome
Director of PLACE
Santa Monica C.A.
Laura T commented
Medicine can be very useful to some, but it should not be the only option out there. There are so many other avenues to recovery that do not have side effects. Funding should also support programs that provide a holistic approach, peer provided services, increased consumer education/information about wellness/WRAP/relationships/local resources...
Shane D. commented
It's a bad idea to attach ourselves to the claim that a life-long "cure" for these issues can be manufactured and sold. However, the medical narrative in these issues rarely strays from this claim. Therefore, it may be wise to avoid funding agencies whose predominating outcome is the misuse of a drug-based healing model.
Glenn Kirkindall commented
Big Money spending by Big Business should not be the deciding factor of SAMHSA decisions. LIsten to working people who are the receiving end of the medicine.
Timothy J Harris commented
Fact. The number one cause of drug addiction in the USA is from doctor prescribed drugs. But that's OK? Because the lawmakers gets their cut?
To many Psychiatrists are given perks from drug industry to push the use of their particular medications. This should be stopped by law and not voluntary participation.
Mary Fala commented
We need to remove medication from being the cornerstone of mental health care.