The EyeOpener Report- Who Decides Who’s Crazy? – Big Pharma & the DSM

Commonly referred to as the psychiatric diagnostic “bible,” the APA’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders has always generated controversy. How are disorders diagnosed? What criteria are used to establish disorders in the first place? Are the categories subjective? Do they reflect cultural biases?

Find out about the DSM and big pharma influence over the modern psychiatric profession in this week’s edition of the Boiling Frogs Post EyeOpener report with James Corbett.

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  1. Good report. Man, this subject makes me so mad. I’ve dealt with it in my family, from the super extreme case (brother still in a state hospital with hundreds of shock treatments) to the pushing of psychotropics for high blood pressure closer to home. They are pushing SSRI drugs so hard right now, it’s almost unbelievable. And they don’t warn the patients about side effects or possible drug interaction problems. Feeling stressed out? Here’s a YEAR’s SUPPLY of SSRI!

    I recently looked up our family doctor, after one of these was prescribed to a family member, and found the doc’s name on a list of recipients of money/gifts from big pharma. Trouble is, those gifts aren’t all published.

    We need actual regulation here, with the public interest in mind and actual science, instead of privately dictated standards, coordinated with fast-tracked patent changes for re-purposed drugs.

    If you are considering an SSRI, please read the following:
    SSRI drugs are only very little more effective than a placebo
    and watch the 60 Minutes episode about it:

  2. avatar Rich Winkel says:

    … So we have evidence that adverse social conditions multiply the likelihood of “mental illness” (shrinks are careful to say “symptoms of mental illness” though they clearly can’t distinguish between the two, assuming there is a distinction to be made) by a factor of at least 6. We also know that people who are imprisoned in psychiatric wards are domestically abused at a rate of between 50 and 80%. If we assume a nation-wide average rate of domestic abuse victimization of 10%, it can be readily shown that domestic abuse victims are between 9 and 36 TIMES more likely to be imprisoned in mental wards than non-abused people!

    A reasonable conclusion would be that domestic abuse and adverse social conditions are major factors in the creation of “mental illness”, yet psychiatry continues to preach the genetic/biochemical paradigm and prescribe drugs for “unbalanced brains.” A very convenient paradigm for shrinks, governments and domestic abusers alike. Abusers can maintain the myth of their own innocence, governments can continue to ignore social justice issues, and shrinks get long term return customers, since the cause of the “disease” is never addressed. Psychiatry has thus found powerful allies in both governmental circles and also among the dysfunctional families which hire them, and which serve their PR agenda well. The latter is epitomized by the pharmo-corporate funded “National Alliance for the Mentally Ill” (NAMI) which, it should be carefully noted, is composed not of “patients”, but rather family members who claim to speak for them. Genuine voices for the psychiatrically labeled, such as Support Coalition, (sci@efn.org) are relegated to the NGO “attic.”

    Blaming and oppressing the victim thus continues to be enormously profitable for psychiatry. Add in the fact that psychiatric schools are magnets for emotionally troubled people, as evidenced by psychiatrists’ high suicide rate (4 times national average) and you have a recipe for a self-rationalizing and self-financing institutional human rights abuser. Psychiatry has never systematically addressed these obvious institutional and individual conflicts of interest, nor do they require any psychological screening of psychiatrists.

    Apologists for psychiatry will no doubt fall back on the excuses of other powerful and corrupt institutions such as the CIA: “those were the bad old days, we didn’t have X (fill in the blank: knowledge, technology, spontaneous self-enlightenment) like we do now. Trust us, we’ve cleaned up our act.” But forced psychiatry’s abusiveness has never been about inadequate knowledge or technology, it’s always been about its economic and power relationships with its clients (governments and dominant personalities in families), and its raw material (“patients”).

    Psychiatry is not about medicine in the commonly understood sense. Real medicine is guided by the maxim “First, do no harm”, and values the integrity and self-determination of the individual above all else. Instead, psychiatry is about the one thing that shrinks never mention: power. Power imbalances and powerlessness are quite obviously the primary preventable causes of emotional suffering in humanity. Indeed, many if not most cases of “depression” could be more aptly described as “internalized oppression”. Power over one’s own life is a bare minimum requirement for happiness and mental health. Yet psychiatry’s first step is to take away power, to infantilize and objectify the patient and pathologize a hypothetical “disease” which is functionally indistinguishable from the patient itself.

    By implicitly and automatically accepting the power status quo and, in effect, enforcing it, psychiatry is a major source of human misery and oppression among the powerless, and a costly and often traumatic detour from emotional healing and “mental health.” Furthermore, despite its supposed campaign against the stigmatization of the “mentally ill,” psychiatry itself is the source of most of that stigma: the “medicalization” of injustice necessarily results in the dehumanization and marginalization of its victims, who are seen as incompetent and without legitimate grievances in the public eye. This process of marginalization has the added benefit of alienating public compassion, which allows shrinks to run their punitive, profitable fiefdoms without outside interference.

    Thus the analogy between forced psychiatry and the Catholic Inquisition goes deeper than human rights abuse. In many ways, psychiatry could be said to be the Church of the Status Quo, the medical face of fascism. It’s a powerful and violent tool of social control in a deeply unjust and dysfunctional society.

    http://www.stopshrinks.org/winkel/2nader080100.htm

  3. avatar MontanaMuleGal says:

    Xicha – I am so glad you responded about your brother again. His case is tragic. I suspect there is “no known cause” for his mental illness?

    Do you know about Lyme disease and other diseases which are called Lyme “co-infections”? The pathogen of Lyme disease is a spirochete bacteria named Borrelia burgdorferi. A spirochete can drill its way into any tissue of the body, including the brain, causing inflammation of the brain. The best-known spirochete — and it is well-known to cause mental illness — is syphilis.

    Lyme disease is the the BIGGEST CRIMINAL MEDICAL COVER-UP of our time. I was diagnosed with Lyme disease six months ago, and since then I have learned a lot about the disease and the government collusion of the CDC with Big Pharma and the health insurance industry. Even though hundreds of thousands of Americans (perhaps millions) have chronic Lyme disease (known worldwide as borreliosis), the CDC by means of the ISDA’s panel of drug industry connected doctors denies long-term or chronic Lyme disease exists. I was fortunate to be diagnosed by a culture test (only available since 2011).

    In addition to extreme fatigue and pain, patients with late-stage Lyme disease may present with a variety of neurological and psychiatric problems, ranging from mild to severe. These include:
    • Cognitive losses including:
    • Memory impairment or loss (“brain fog”)
    • Dyslexia and word-finding problems
    • Visual/spatial processing impairment
    (trouble finding things, getting lost)
    • Slowed processing of information
    • Psychosis
    • Seizures
    • Violent behavior, irritability
    • Rage attacks/impulse dyscontrol
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Panic attacks
    • Rapid mood swings that may mimic
    bipolarity (mania/depression)
    • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
    • Sleep Disorders
    • Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder
    • (ADD/ADHD)-like syndrome
    • Autism-like syndrome

    Many people who are diagnosed with so-called “autoimmune” diseases such as MS, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), lupus, Alzheimers, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis and are unsuccessfully treated for years, finally connect with a “Lyme literate medical doctor” (LLMD) and test positive for Lyme. Many of these Lyme doctors are persecuted by state medical boards for prescribing long-term antibiotics which is currently the only treatment option because research and effective treatment has been repressed by money-grubbing Big Pharma.

    Ticks do carry Lyme; however, it may also be passed by other blood-sucking insects and also may be passed from mother to infant inutero, or between sexual partners. For more information, please check out the following:

    > ilads.org International Lyme & Associated Diseases Society (the “good” organization)

    > From the Holtorf Medical Group’s website: “Is Lyme Disease the Cause of 1/3 of Psychiatric Disorders?”
    http://www.holtorfmed.com/download/chronic-fatigue-syndrome-and-fibromyalgia/Lyme_Disease_and_Psychiatric_Disorders.pdf

    > Under Our Skin – a 2009 video available for viewing on YouTube.
    > The Under Our Skin website. http://underourskin.com/characters

    > The new book, “Why Can’t I Get Better? Solving the Mystery of Lyme and Chronic Diseases” by Dr. Richard Horowitz

    > Dr. Alan MacDonald, Pathologist, Lyme disease expert on YouTube. 3 videos. Here is a link to #1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8tESJVvM88

    > Dr MacDonald’s website: http://alzheimerborreliosis.net/ He connected the Borrelia spirochete to Alzheimers disease in 1987!

    There are many, many more resources online about Lyme disease. After listening to Corbett’s report, and hearing that the psychiatric diseases (or disorders) “don’t have known causes,” I recommend that people educate themselves about Lyme disease (borreliosis). My mother died from “Alzheimers” in 2011, after a long illness. I now believe she really had Lyme disease.

  4. avatar MontanaMuleGal says:

    Another footnote: Peter B Collins interviewed the filmmakers of “Under Our Skin” in 2009. That is where I first learned of the Lyme disease controversy; long before I knew I had had the disease for years. Perhaps Peter would make that interview available again for listeners?

  5. Hi MontanaMuleGal,

    First, let me say thanks – I did get your message through Sibel a while back. I really appreciate your concern and for sharing your experience.

    Sorry to hear about your mom. My dad had dementia when he died in 2001, but not Alzheimer’s. It’s a very sad condition.

    I’ve talked to many a psychiatrist about my brother. They seem to all use their own observations as justifications, when the research isn’t there (particularly for ECT shock treatments). He’s been in and out of the psych ward for the last 25 years and has been committed to a state hospital for the last few. They have total control over him there, of course, and have been forcing regular shock treatments on him. His primary “diagnosis” is schizophrenia, but he has developed so many others from the side effects from all the meds and shock treatments and being away from family and general low self-esteem. He has lost so much of his cognition and short term memory, it’s really a shame. He is an amazing guy though and will knock your socks off with optimism and a great sense of humor. It really puts my problems in perspective. I just wish it were easier to visit – funny how they put the mental hospitals out in the middle of nowhere so often. Some small town, built around a state hospital or prison, away from view.

    It’s going to be difficult to get him the Lyme’s test, but I think you’re right about giving it a shot.

    I have been having some chronic pain problems of my own. Some of this I understand, but some of it can’t be sourced to anything. The RA doc said not Rheumatoid Arthritis. I did a Lyme’s test about six months ago, but it came up negative as well. Still can’t figure out some of my issues, so I am curious about whether or not I took the right test. I had pneumonia this summer and took an antibiotic for almost 20 days. The doc said that would have taken care of Lyme’s (I asked about it and she checked her reference database). I think I’ll look into the resources you sent a little more because nothing about long term antibiotics was mentioned.

    Thanks again!

  6. avatar Rich Winkel says:

    Re causes of human dysfunction and misery, don’t overlook the elephant in the living room, probably the biggest cause: child abuse and neglect, including medicalized child abuse, trauma and sensory deprivation around the neonatal period. People’s eyes always start glazing over about now, but I assure you there’s a rich vein of research connecting very early experiences with adult psychological problems, including drug addiction, sociopathy, depression, violence, sadomasochism, divorce and of course various types of brain damage. Totalitarian medicine has convinced most people that birth is just about getting the baby from point A to point B, but nothing could be further from the truth. Normal physiological non-medicalized birth and humane, affectionate child care has huge role in the early formation and activation of neural structures that are linked to empathy, love and psychological resilience. Early trauma and sensory deprivation is strongly tied to adult criminality and violence. See, for instance http://members.tranquility.net/~rwinkel/janel/BirthComplicRejection.html, http://www.violence.de/tv/rockabye.html and http://www.violence.de/prescott/bulletin/article.html. The latter 2 sites are about the work of someone who should have won about 20 nobel peace prizes years ago, an NIH researcher whose revolutionary research was mysteriously suppressed and disavowed by NIH, probably because it shows the way to creating a nurturing, cohesive, altruistic society that doesn’t need TV sitcoms and war to keep the goblins at bay. He (James Prescott) is still alive and available for interviews. Here are a couple that I and a friend conducted: http://members.tranquility.net/~rwinkel/janel/TCR100208.mp3 http://members.tranquility.net/~rwinkel/janel/TCR100322.mp3 . In fact most of the podcasts listed at http://thoughtcrimeradio.net/thoughtcrimeradio-podcas-index/ have to do with babies and what science has long known but medicine keeps rejecting about babies’ needs and how their deprivation has proven to be such a money maker for medicine, law enforcement and the MIC. Finally I leave you with my own humble contribution to the effort to protect the human rights of babies and the adults they become: http://members.tranquility.net/~rwinkel/MGM/primer.html . If you get through the whole thing and check out the relevant footnotes you’ll have a new appreciation for the depravity and seeming malevolence of obstetrical medicine, pediatrics and psychiatry.

  7. avatar Rich Winkel says:

    One of the last links in my paper is to an overview of how american obstetrics has converted birth into a cash cow against all the science and common sense, and how this is reflected in our mental healt statistics: http://www.math.missouri.edu/~rich/MGM/birthUSA3.txt

    Here’s a good documentary about what birth is designed by nature to be:
    http://www.birthasweknowit.com/trailer.html

  8. avatar Rich Winkel says:

    Lastly (seriously!) I just wanted to point out the social/political implications of this mass disruption of childhood development: totalitarianism requires sociopathy . One must not be concerned with one’s fellow man if one is to be a drone. Top down management requires minimal interpersonal interaction because communities are politically potent.
    We as a species are being emotionally lobotomized at birth. Reclaiming birth is a potent way of reclaiming empathy and power.

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