Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A world of sheep

Psychopharmaceutical industry seeks world of dispassionate sheeple

 

People who obediently follow the herd, never markedly sad, angry or excited; children who play quietly and never annoy or talk out of turn – this is the object of the psychiatric/pharmaceutical industries. And when anyone steps out of line, the answer is simple: stamp them "abnormal" and give them a pill.

 

Psychiatry's worst social meltdown concerns our youngest. The threat of ADHD, bipolar, autism and other alleged childhood diseases – which duped teachers, counselors and parents are on constant lookout for – presses children into a "socially acceptable" mold.

 

And who decides when a child or adult has crossed from normality into abnormality? Psychiatrists – a field financially joined at the hip with Big Pharma.

 

Read the full article here.

 

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Antipsychotic drugs are hazardous for the elderly

                                                                                               Antipsychotic drugs are hazardous for the elderly

"Nearly one in seven elderly nursing home residents, nearly all of them with dementia, are given powerful atypical antipsychotic drugs even though the medicines increase the risks of death and are not approved for such treatments, a government audit found."

[http://www.stltoday.com/news/national/article_f0fc1438-7aaf-11e0-8be7-0019bb30f31a.html]

Daniel R. Levinson, Inspector General, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), said, "Too many of these institutions fail to comply with federal regulations designed to prevent overmedication, giving nursing home patients antipsychotic drugs in ways that violate federal standards for unnecessary drug use."

The summary from HHS report OEI-07-08-00150 published May 4, 2011, said, "For the period January 1 through June 30, 2007, we determined using medical record review that 51 percent of Medicare claims for atypical antipsychotic drugs were erroneous, amounting to $116 million."

For more information about psychiatry harming the elderly, download and read the CCHR booklet, Elderly Abuse — Cruel Mental Health Programs — Report and recommendations on psychiatry abusing seniors, from http://www.cchrstl.org/elderly.shtml.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Stevie Nicks: The biggest mistake I ever made was going to see a psychiatrist

My Favorite Mistake: Stevie Nicks

 

The biggest mistake I ever made was giving in to my friends and going to see a psychiatrist. It was in the mid-1980s, and I had just gotten out of Betty Ford. I was feeling buoyant and saved and fantastic. But everyone said, “We’re sure you’re going to start using again. You should go to a psychiatrist.” Finally, I said, “All right!” and went. What this man said was: “In order to keep you off cocaine we should put you on the drug that we’re using a lot these days called Klonopin.” Stupidly, I said, “All right.” And the next eight years of my life were destroyed.

 

Klonopin is in the Valium family, but Valium is fuzzy and Klonopin is insidious because it’s so subtle that you can hardly tell you took it. I got through 1986 and 1987. Thank God I’d already written the words for my record The Other Side of the Mirror. But what started happening was that if I didn’t take it, my hands started to shake. I felt like I had a neurological disease or Parkinson’s. I started not being able to get to Lindsey Buckingham’s house on time, and I would get there and everybody was drinking, so I’d have a glass of wine. Don’t mix tranquilizers and wine. Then I’d sing horrific parts on his songs, and he would take the parts off. I was hardly on Tango of the Night, which I happen to love.

 

The next six years were terrible. Looking back on it, I think this therapist was basically a groupie. He loved hearing stories of rock and roll and he started upping my dose. He watched me go from a beautiful, 125-pound, newly sober woman who had the world at her feet to a 170-pound woman who had the lights go out in her eyes.

 

Finally, in 1993, I’d had enough. I said, “Take me to a hospital.” I went in for 47 days, and it made Betty Ford look like a cakewalk. My hair turned gray and my skin molted. I could hardly walk. You can detox off heroin in 12 days. Coke is just a mental detox. But tranquilizers—they are dangerous. I was terrified to leave, and I came away knowing that that would never happen to me again.

I learned so much in that hospital. I wrote the whole time I was there, stuff that I consider to be some of my best writing ever. I learned that I could have fun and laugh and cry with amazing people and not be on drugs. I learned that I could live my life and still be beautiful and fun and still go to parties and not even have to have a glass of wine. I never went to therapy again after that—why would I?

 

http://www.newsweek.com/2011/05/01/my-favorite-mistake-stevie-nicks.html

 

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Sex Offender Treatment? Sex with Patient

 

 

 

http://www2.highlandstoday.com/content/2011/may/03/LANEWSO1-state-take-license-from-sebring-clinician/

 

Highlands Today

State: Take license from Sebring clinician

By ROBERT BOYER | Highlands Today

May 3, 2011

 

 

ARCADIA - The state of Florida wants to strip the professional credentials of a licensed mental health counselor from Sebring who was charged in 2010 with sexual misconduct with a sexual predator under her care.

 

The counselor, Leanne Paynter, was charged last May 19 after authorities said she had sex with a 42-year-old male inmate at the Florida Civil Commitment Center, a 660-bed secure treatment facility in DeSoto County for sexual predators and those who have been detained or civilly committed under the Sexually Violent Predator Act.

 

The center contracts with the Florida Department of Children and Families.

 

On Sept. 24, 2010, Paynter signed a pre-trial intervention program agreement, DeSoto County court records show. Although not probation, the program is supervised through probation, a DeSoto County clerk of court said. The felonious charge against Paynter will be dropped if she completes the requirements of the program, the clerk added.

 

The inmate, identified only as "GM," told authorities he and Paynter had sex about 17 times on the floor of Paynter's office, according to the petition from the Florida Department of Health filed April 15 that seeks to permanently revoke or suspend Paynter's license, deny her any future license, impose a reprimand and fine, and place her "on probation, corrective action, continuing education, and/or any other relief that the Board (of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling) deems appropriate."

 

On April 19, April 23, May 3 and May, 7, 2010, security cameras captured Paynter and the inmate "alone for extended periods," the petition stated. During the last three dates, "The pair would remain on the floor together" for 90 minutes to 3 hours.

 

 

Monday, May 02, 2011

The Real Crisis in Mental Health Care Today

 

The Real Crisis in Mental Health Care Today

Seen on a T-Shirt:

I take Aspirin for the headache caused by the Zyrtec I take for the hayfever I got from Relenza for the uneasy stomach from the Ritalin I take for the short attention span caused by the Scopederm Ts I take for motion sickness I got from the Lomotil I take for the diarrhea caused by the Zenikal for the uncontrolled weight gain from the Paxil I take for the anxiety from Zocor I take for my high cholesterol because exercise, a good diet, and regular chiropractic care are just too much trouble.

Health care costs are being driven out of control by litigation, malpractice suits, fraud, and the coercive use of drugs and medical devices.

Mandated mental health parity is an effort by the mental health industry to have governments force insurers, employers, consumers and taxpayers pay for a service they will not buy of their own free will. It drives up the cost of insurance and has skyrocketed the number of uninsured.

By one estimate, one of out every four uninsured people has been priced out of the market by state-mandated health insurance laws.

With mental health treatment costing up to 300% more than general medical treatment, spiraling costs are unavoidable when mental health care is mandated.

In May, 2001, the Office of the Inspector General reported that one-third of out-patient mental health care services provided to Medicare beneficiaries were "medically unnecessary, billed incorrectly, rendered by unqualified provider, and undocumented or poorly documented."

Psychiatrists proclaim a worldwide epidemic of mental health problems and urge massive funding increases as the only solution. But before we commit more millions, do we know enough about the "crisis?"

Community Mental Health programs have an expensive and colossal failure, creating homelessness, drug addiction, crime and unemployment all over the world.

Mental health courts assert that criminal behavior is caused by a psychiatric problem and that treatment will stop the behavior. There is no evidence to support this.

Individuals are sometimes forced to pay for a legal defense against treatment that they do not want and against incarceration that consumes their insurance coverage.

Psychiatry's budget in the United States for Community Mental Health Centers and outpatient clinics soared from $143 million in 1969 to over $9 billion in 1997. In 2011 the Missouri Department of Mental Health budget alone is over $1 billion per year.

When governments and courts are lobbied to strengthen involuntary commitment and community treatment laws, and to establish "mental health courts" to promote treatment rather than punishment, they are never told of the lack of scientific basis for psychiatric methods, of the consequences of those treatments for the patient or of the lack of accountability for those treatment outcomes.

Whenever a "mental patient" commits an act of senseless violence, psychiatrists invariably blame the tragedy on the person's failure to continue their medication. Such incidents are used to justify mandated community treatment and involuntary commitment laws. However, statistics and facts show it is psychiatric drugs themselves that can create the very violence or mental incompetence they are prescribed to treat.

Proper medical screening by non-psychiatric diagnostic specialists could eliminate more than 40% of psychiatric admissions. Health insurance coverage for mental health problems should only be provided on the proviso that full, searching physical examinations are first undertaken to determine that no underlying and, thereby, untreated physical condition is causing the person's mental health condition.

In 2002, the U.S. President's Commission on Excellence in Special Education found that 40% of American children (2.8 million) in special education programs labeled with "learning disorders" had simply never been taught to read.

Decades of psychiatric monopoly over mental health has only lead to upwardly spiraling mental illness statistics and continuously escalating funding demands.

While psychiatry strenuously denies it, much knowledgeable and skillful help is administered by non-psychiatric professionals. There are many non-psychiatric, humane and workable practices for the achievement and recovery of mental health, even for the most disturbed individuals.

The claim that only increased funding will cure the problems of psychiatry has lost its ring of truth. Psychiatry and psychology should be held accountable for the funds already given them, and irrefutably and scientifically prove the physical existence of mental disorders they claim should be treated and covered by insurance, in the same way as physical diseases are.

The many critical challenges facing societies today reflect the vital need to strengthen individuals through workable, viable and humanitarian alternatives to harmful psychiatric options.

For more information and recommendations, download and read the CCHR booklet The Real Crisis in Mental Health Today - Report and recommendations on the lack of science and results within the mental health industry.