'Psychiatric Treatment' Category

The history of psychiatry is filled with brutal treatments that would seem more at place in an ancient dungeon designed to torture it’s victims.

In the movie “A Beautiful Mind” it shows an example of barbaric psychiatric treatment - insulin shock therapy. Where a large dose of insulin is injected into the patient causing a convulsive seizure.

Other forms of brutal psychiatric therapy include sleep deprivation and sensory deprivation.

It is often assumed that these inhumane treatments are no longer being performed in modern times. Many people would be quite surprised to find out that therapy like electric shock and psychosurgery are still alive and well today. In fact, electric shock therapy ( also called electroconvulsive therapy or ECT ) is administered to over 100,000 patients per year in the U.S. alone! Statistics for electroconvulsive therapy show that the number of patients given electric shock treatment has more than doubled in the recent past.

Patient Left in a Chair - Dies 22 Hours Later

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

A patient dies while being left in a chair for 22 hours with no food or water. Some of the practitioners were instead caught on tape playing cards, watching TV and talking on the phone.

And if that isn’t enough, another doctor was caught hitting a teenage patient!

After all that, the practioners got only a slap on the wrist.

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Brain Scans Fail To Prove Psychiatric Disorders

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

Proving psychiatry’s failure the New York Times today ran an article describing how psychiatrists have oversold the idea that brain imaging scans can somehow prove the existence of their many theoretical diseases. The NY Times reports: “After almost 30 years, researchers have not developed any standardized tool for diagnosing or treating psychiatric disorders based on imaging studies.” and “imaging technology has not lived up to the hopes invested in it in the 1990’s - labeled the “Decade of the Brain” by the American Psychiatric Association”.

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Psychiatrists Abusing Patients In Turkish Psychiatric Hospitals

Friday, September 30th, 2005

In a description that sounded more like a dungeon torture chamber this article covers the horrific abuse of patients in psychiatric hospitals in Turkey. The story also quoted a report investigating these human rights violations. The report included such comments as:

“Investigators observed children emaciated from starvation,” and “Staff reported children dying from starvation and dehydration.”

Patients are “subjected to treatment practices that are tantamount to torture,”

The group said electric shock therapy were “massively overused in Turkish psychiatric facilities in cases for which there is no clinically proven justification,” and that they were used as a form of punishment.

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Psychiatric Treatment For Children - Put Them In Cages

Sunday, September 18th, 2005

This has become a high profile issue recently due to a news article about the foster parents who were allegedly advised by a psychiatrist to keep their children in cages. This should come as no surprise though - putting children in cages as a form of treatment has been in use by psychiatry for over 200 years. Rather than actually curing patients psychiatric hospitals often just sedate patients with drugs, restrain them or lock them up.

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14 Year Old Girl Commits Suicide While On Prozac

Sunday, September 11th, 2005

Here is yet another report of children killing themselves while taking popular antidepressants. This time it was a 14 year old girl who had recently been prescribed Prozac. As the article describes it:

“The child spent a week at Scarborough General Hospital and it was here that psychologists and psychiatrists began their journey to drive out whatever mental-illness demons were possessing her — beginning with counseling, and then moving from one anti-depressant drug to another, ending with Prozac.”

The girls mother recently heard about the FDA warnings that antidepressants cause a dramatic increase in suicide attempts in those taking them. So she called her daughters psychiatrist who assured her there was nothing to worry about. As she described it:

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Psychiatric Failure - Another Patient Commits Murder

Thursday, September 8th, 2005

After a “lengthy history of psychiatric treatment” a New Jersey woman has stabbed her parents - killing her father and severely wounding her mother.

A grand jury has indicted the woman in the fatal stabbing of her father and attempted murder of her mother in their home in February. Prosecutors have said she used a kitchen knife to stab her 91-year-old father once in the chest while he sat in a bedroom chair. She then walked into the living room, where her 78-year-old mother sat in a chair, and stabbed her once in the chest, authorities have said.

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Electro-Shock Therapy Caused Brain Damage - Psychiatrist Ordered To Pay $635,000 in Damages

Thursday, September 8th, 2005

I recently found this article about a jury that found a psychiatrist liable for causing brain damage to his patient. The patient was referred for intensive electroshock procedures (practitioners prefer to call it, electro-convulsive treatment ECT) that left her permanently damaged. The patient, Peggy S. Salters is a 60 year old former psychiatric nurse. She was subjected to 13 electroshocks over the course of about 2 weeks. The jury found that her loss of 30 years of memory and cognitive impairment–which are demonstrable symptoms of brain damage–was due to ECT. They awarded her over $635,000 in damages. The hospital where the procedure took place had previously settled out of court for an undisclosed sum.

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Psychiatric Disorders are a Fraud

Monday, September 5th, 2005

(OPENPRESS) September 4, 2005 — The psychiatric profession purports to be the sole arbiter on the subject of mental health and “diseases” of the mind. However, psychiatric “disordersâ€? are not medical diseases and psychiatrists admit in their own literature that they have no idea how the mind works.

In medicine, strict criteria exist for calling a condition a disease: a predictable group of symptoms and the cause of the symptoms or an understanding of their physiology (function) must be proven and established. Chills and fever are symptoms. Malaria and typhoid are diseases. Diseases are proven to exist by objective evidence and physical tests. Yet, no mental “diseases” have ever been proven to medically exist.

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Steep Decline In Antidepressant Prescriptions After FDA Warnings

Friday, September 2nd, 2005

The Psychiatric News is reporting that since the FDA has ordered drug companies to place a strong black box warnings on anti-depressants there has been nearly a 20% drop in the number of prescriptions for these drugs. The black box warning is over the drastic increase in the amount of people who kill themselves after taking these drugs. It seems that a big side effect of antidepressants like Paxil, Effexor, Prozac, Luvox, Celexa, Lexapro, Zoloft and Remeron is an increase of up to 700% in the number of people who kill themselves. I think drugs that cause people to commit suicide should never be prescribed. So a 20% drop is just a good start.

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Scientists Say There Is No Such Thing As Schizophrenia

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

According to Dr. Richard Bentall, Professor in Experimental Clinical Psychology, and his colleagues have made a statement that many of the arbitrary categories for psychiatric diseases are unworkable and perhaps even false. The biologic disease theory is flawed and often doesn’t result in long term results for the patient.

He even goes so far as to say that “diseases” like Schizophrenia may not even exist at all.

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