'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.

Drug Companies, the FDA and Drug Side Effects - Who’s hiding the truth?

Saturday, August 20th, 2005

A great commentary by Kathie Zatkin that I found today in the Berkeley Daily Planet has some great points. She covers the FDA, big drug companies and their deep pockets, the failure of doctors and psychiatrists to adequately inform their patients on the risks of psychiatric drugs and the growing mountain of evidence that not only are drugs like antidepressants extremely harmful, but they barely work any more effectively than a sugar pill. All of these great points. Some excerpts from her commentary:

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Psychiatry’s Failure, Grandmother Stabbed Over 40 Times

Friday, August 19th, 2005

It is alleged that her 37 year old neighbor and friend murdered this grandmother after being given psychiatric “treatment” for depression.

Apparently, the two were good friends prior to the attack and it was quite unexpected. This sounds very familiar to me… a person ends up being treated for depression by being prescribed an antidepressant and then commits horrible acts of violence on people who are their friends or relatives. The article doesn’t explicitly say which drug he was on, but my observation in these matters points to antidepressant side effects. Especially in the light of the mountain of evidence being published about these drugs causing suicidal thoughts and violence.

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Antidepressants Can Make You Fat

Friday, August 19th, 2005

While browsing the news today, I learned of a new side effect from psychiatric drugs like antidepressants (Prozac, Zoloft & Paxil), Zyprexa, Risperdal and other drugs prescribed for psychiatric reasons. That side effect is weight gain. Apparently, in some cases, drastic weight gain (to the tune of over 100 pounds). Yesterday, the New York Times has pointed this out in an article about some drugs causing weight gain.

While this is a minor side effect when compared to death, suicide and psychosis - I nonetheless thought I should point this out.

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FDA Fails To Protect From Antidepressant Drug Side Effects

Sunday, August 14th, 2005

I recently found this very informative article about a recent protest of the FDA’s handling of psychiatric drugs. The protest is over how the FDA seems to actually be working in the best interest of the drug companies instead of the public. I would say that I have to agree with them.

The amazing thing about this article is that it quotes over 20 real-life examples of families who’s lives have been torn apart by the suicide and violence that occurs after the use of antidepressants and other psychiatric drugs like Ritalin. Over and over the story is the same - someone starts taking these drugs and then commits horrible acts of violence on themselves, their families and often their own children.

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Kids On Multiple Psychiatric Drugs - Young Minds In Danger

Tuesday, August 9th, 2005

It recently has been reported by ABC News and HealthDay News that there is a growing problem of children being placed on multiple psychiatric drugs at the same time.

It sure sounds to me like the psychiatrist (or doctor) feeds the poor child a drug that causes horrible side effects and then pushes a second drug on them to “treat” the side effects. I’ve seen this awful practice at work first hand.

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Are Smokers Insane… Or Not?

Monday, August 8th, 2005

I recently found a web page on the American Psychiatric Association website that discusses the mental “disease” of nicotine dependency. Long ago, having been a smoker - I took a little offense at this. How dare they label me with a psychiatric disorder! (At least I’m now a recovering Nicotine dependence sufferer).

Then upon reading further, I realized that the APA recommends that I should have taken a mind altering psychiatric medication (like Bupropion, Zyban or Wellbutrin) and counseling to cure my “disorder”. Huh, that’s amazing! I must have been a true scientific miracle, because I kicked the habit the good old fashioned way: Will power. I also had some help with making sure I had proper nutrition and took vitamins while I stopped, but none the less I somehow cured myself of this biological disease.

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The Press Is Waking Up Over Antidepressant Dangers

Sunday, August 7th, 2005

Tom Cruise has brought to light one of the most dangerous problems we face today: An epidemic of mind altering drug use

This epidemic is not the street drugs you would normally associate with such a problem. It is the wide array of psychotropic drugs that have been proven to increase suicide risks and potentially cause extreme violence in the users of these drugs.

In this article on Fox News the author goes over how many experts agree with the view that psychiatric drugs like Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft are dangerous. In this article the experts, Many of them credentialed psychiatrists, say things like: “clinical evidence does not justify the use of antidepressants” and “The bottom line is that we really don’t have any good evidence that these drugs work,”

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Tom Cruise Finally Getting Thanks For His Brave Statements On Psychiatry

Saturday, August 6th, 2005

I just ran across this article written by Dr. Peter Breggin a renowned psychiatrist who often speaks out against the dangers of psychiatric drugging and electroshock.

In it Dr. Breggin says:

“Well, Tom, you said on TV things I’ve been saying in the media and in my books and scientific articles for three decades—but boy did you generate a lot more attention to the issues. Thanks!”

I’m glad to see that those in society who are educated and informed on these issues actually acknowledging Tom for taking the heat from the uninformed and biased media who want to go put their head in the sand while psychiatry continues drugging our children, mothers, grandparents and anyone else they can get their hands on.

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Psychiatric Help Ends Up Costing Teen His Life

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005

In this recent news story it is reported that a 17 year old boy committed suicide while under the care of psychiatrists. Apparently he had been placed in the psychiatric ward for help and instead received a death sentence.

It’s no big surprise considering many psychiatric treatments have been proven to actually increase the risk of the patient committing suicide. It seems almost unreal that the people in charge of helping with mental health issues are actually making their patients worse, but none the less that is exactly what seems to be occurring.

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Psychiatrists Grab Immigrants, Drug Them And Lock Them Up

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2005

Psychiatrists in Australia have a unique way of getting new patients. Apparently a loophole in Australian Immigration law permits them to forcibly commit some immigrants where over half of them are drugged with powerful mind altering psychiatric drugs.

Amnesty International is reporting that Australia’s mandatory detention continues to inflict psychological damage on detained immigrants. It cites the case of Peter Qasim, Australia’s longest-serving immigration detainee, who was committed to an Adelaide psychiatric hospital after almost seven years in detention.

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