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The Dangers of Psychiatry

Not so long ago, the actor Tom Cruise made a few pointed criticisms of psychiatry on the Today Show and was widely attacked for doing so. It seems that anyone who speaks out publicly risks drawing the ire of the defenders of psychiatry. Hardly surprising. A great many families in the US and Canada have members who are receiving psychiatric treatment, even if it happens to be one of the kids on a daily dose of Ritalin.People who engage in criticism of the profession are often accused of seeking revenge for negative experiences they have had when under psychiatric care. Their opinion is viewed as partisan and lacking in objectivity. So I should probably state at the outset, that I have never had any dealings with psychiatry personally ... never been on any psychiatric drugs ... and have nobody in my immediate family who has been in psychiatric care. The criticisms laid out in this article are based on research and stem from a personal conviction that psychiatry as it is currently practiced, especially in relation to drug use, has inherent dangers that should absolutely be addressed.Psychiatry is big business.The profession is hand-in-glove with the pharmaceutical industry and there are a great many connections, financial and professional, that link the two bodies. Their combined lobbying power and influence is enormous. They aren't likely to undertake substantive change in response to criticism when increasing numbers of citizens are being funneled into their facilities and drug regimens, feeding the ever-expanding cash cow that the industry and its subsidiaries has become.Over six million children in the US are on drugs that control the symptoms of so-called Attention Deficit Disorder - ADD. There are millions of kids on anti-depressant and anti-psychotic drugs. Despite the clinical hype surrounding these drugs, the actual clinical methods employed for diagnosis are bogus to non-existent. For the most part the average psychiatrist bases his/her clinical assessments on guidelines that support the preconceptions and prejudices of the profession.There is absolutely no basis for describing ADD or ADHD as "a disease", because psychiatry cannot establish any clinical data that offers a clear biological cause for this behavior across-the- board. Clinical jargon to justify their efforts to render non-conformist behavior "pathological", is a long way from proving ADD is a disease.In order to establish a scientific basis for labeling a behavioral trait "a disease", you have to first observe the identical set of symptoms in others. Empirical research is then conducted in a controlled setting in order to seek the cause - be it a toxin, virus or other pathogen. The remedy found doesn't merely mask the condition, but provides a cure.Psychiatric diagnostics not only fail to meet scientific standards of inquiry, but the psychiatric drugs that have deluged our society offer no cure. They merely mask symptoms and control people who have been labeled as "schizophrenic", "psychotic" or "hyper".It is unethical to mass label children as ADD or ADHD afflicted, and then proceed to drug these children into passive compliance ... in some cases into a vegetative state. Such "troublesome" kids were once called brats or rascals, and were often admired by their peers. Their highly individualistic behavior in times past wasn't viewed as a psychiatric condition, but rather behavior that could potentially be channeled into prowess; enable them to show heroism on the battlefield or scale a high mountain.If you look back at the childhood histories of a lot of the great action figures of history, you will find that as kids they often exhibited traits that got them into trouble. If these people had been drugged when they were children, made compliant and passive-receptive, it is extremely doubtful that they would have ever made their mark on history.The truth behind this psychiatric labeling of children, is that our very humanity and distinctiveness as individuals has become the target of a profession that tries to pathologize every quirk and peculiarity, so as to come up with a label they can then front as a new syndrome or disease. Needless to say new syndromes will create the need for even more drugs and add to the growing wealth of the psych/pharma conglomerate.The APA's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, presents itself as scientific, when nothing could be further from the truth. It basically compiles a list of conditions that they try to typify as a lapse from some hypothetical mental health norm, and so potentially a psychiatric condition worthy of a new label.The SMD has included "conditions" such as ... feeling angry, difficulty with reading, bad handwriting, inability to do math, fear of flying, coffee phobia ... in the list of potential disorders. They attempt to attach symptoms to these conditions, with the aim of coming up with yet more labels.Human nature itself has become the stalking ground of a profession that seeks to make money by discovering pathology, where formerly there was simply an eccentric trait, a charming foible or a peculiar penchant. This isn't to suggest that more extreme forms of aberrant behavior aren't an issue, it's just that the reach of psychiatry has become rather like a huge drift net that hauls in behavioral deviations in a never-ending quest for new pathologies. 共2页: 上一页 1 [2] 下一页

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