by Jon Rappoprt
Devotees of science often assume that what is called science is real and true. It must be. Otherwise, their faith is broken. Their superficial understanding is shattered. Their “superior view” of the world is torpedoed.
Such people choose unofficial “anti-science” targets to attack. They never think of inspecting their own house for enormous fraud.
For example: psychiatry.
An open secret has been slowly bleeding out into public consciousness for the past ten years.
THERE ARE NO DEFINITIVE LABORATORY TESTS FOR ANY SO-CALLED MENTAL DISORDER.
And along with that:
ALL SO-CALLED MENTAL DISORDERS ARE CONCOCTED, NAMED, LABELED, DESCRIBED, AND CATEGORIZED by a committee of psychiatrists, from menus of human behaviors.
Their findings are published in periodically updated editions of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), printed by the American Psychiatric Association.
For years, even psychiatrists have been blowing the whistle on this hazy crazy process of “research.”
Of course, pharmaceutical companies, who manufacture highly toxic drugs to treat every one of these “disorders,” are leading the charge to invent more and more mental-health categories, so they can sell more drugs and make more money.
But we have a mind-boggling twist. Under the radar, one of the great psychiatric stars, who has been out in front in inventing mental disorders, went public. He blew the whistle on himself and his colleagues. And for several years, almost no one noticed.
His name is Dr. Allen Frances, and he made VERY interesting statements to Gary Greenberg, author of a Wired article: “Inside the Battle to Define Mental Illness.” (Dec.27, 2010).
Major media never picked up on the interview in any serious way. It never became a scandal.
Dr. Allen Frances is the man who, in 1994, headed up the project to write the latest edition of the psychiatric bible, the DSM-IV. This tome defines and labels and describes every official mental disorder. The DSM-IV eventually listed 297 of them.
In an April 19, 1994, New York Times piece, “Scientist At Work,” Daniel Goleman called Frances “Perhaps the most powerful psychiatrist in America at the moment…”
Well, sure. If you’re sculpting the entire canon of diagnosable mental disorders for your colleagues, for insurers, for the government, for Pharma (who will sell the drugs matched up to the 297 DSM-IV diagnoses), you’re right up there in the pantheon.
Long after the DSM-IV had been put into print, Dr. Frances talked to Wired’s Greenberg and said the following:
“There is no definition of a mental disorder. It’s bullshit. I mean, you just can’t define it.”
That’s on the order of the designer of the Hindenburg, looking at the burned rubble on the ground, remarking, “Well, I knew there would be a problem.”
After a suitable pause, Dr. Frances remarked to Greenberg, “These concepts [of distinct mental disorders] are virtually impossible to define precisely with bright lines at the borders.”
Frances should have mentioned the fact that his baby, the DSM-IV, had unscientifically rearranged earlier definitions of ADHD and Bipolar to permit many MORE diagnoses, leading to a vast acceleration of drug-dosing with highly powerful and toxic compounds.
Here is a smoking-gun statement made by another prominent mental-health expert, on an episode of PBS’ Frontline series. The episode was: “Does ADHD Exist?”
PBS FRONTLINE INTERVIEWER: Skeptics say that there’s no biological marker—that it [ADHD] is the one condition out there where there is no blood test, and that no one knows what causes it.
BARKLEY (Dr. Russell Barkley, professor of psychiatry and neurology at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center): That’s tremendously naïve, and it shows a great deal of illiteracy about science and about the mental health professions. A disorder doesn’t have to have a blood test to be valid. If that were the case, all mental disorders would be invalid…There is no lab test for any mental disorder right now in our science. That doesn’t make them invalid.
Without intending to, Dr. Barkley blows an ear-shattering whistle on his own profession.
So let’s take Dr. Barkley to school. Medical science, and disease-research in particular, rests on the notion that you can make a diagnosis backed up by lab tests. If you can’t produce lab tests, you’re spinning fantasies.
These fantasies might be hopeful, they might be “educated guesses,” they might be launched from traditional centers of learning, they might be backed up by billions of dollars of grant money…but they’re still fantasies.
Dr. Barkley is essentially saying, “There is no lab test for any mental disorder. If a test were the standard of proof, we wouldn’t have science at all, and that would mean our whole profession rests on nothing—and that is unthinkable, so therefore a test doesn’t matter.”
That logic is no logic at all. That science is no science at all. Barkley is proving the case against himself. He just doesn’t want to admit it.
Psychiatry is all fraud all the time. Without much of a stretch, you could say psychiatry has been the most widespread profiling operation in the history of the human race. Its goal has been to bring humans everywhere into its system. It hardly matters which label a person is painted with, as long as it adds up to a diagnosis and a prescription of drugs.
300 so-called mental disorders caused by…what? No lab evidence. No defining diagnostic tests. No blood tests, saliva tests, brain scans, genetic assays. No nothing.
But psychiatrists continue to assert they are the masters of causation. They know what’s behind “mental disorders.” They’re in charge.
What about the generalized “chemical imbalance” hypothesis stating that all mental disorders stem from such imbalances in the brain?
Dr. Ronald Pies, the editor-in-chief emeritus of the Psychiatric Times, laid that hypothesis to rest in the July 11, 2011, issue of the Times with this staggering admission:
“In truth, the ‘chemical imbalance’ notion was always a kind of urban legend—never a theory seriously propounded by well-informed psychiatrists.”
The point is, for decades the whole basis of psychiatric drug research, drug prescription, and drug sales has been: “we’re correcting a chemical imbalance in the brain.”
The problem was, researchers had never established a normal baseline for chemical balance. So they were shooting in the dark. Worse, they were faking a theory. Pretending they knew something when they didn’t.
In his 2011 piece in Psychiatric Times, Dr. Pies tries to protect his colleagues in the psychiatric profession with this fatuous remark:
“In the past 30 years, I don’t believe I have ever heard a knowledgeable, well-trained psychiatrist make such a preposterous claim [about chemical imbalance in the brain], except perhaps to mock it…the ‘chemical imbalance’ image has been vigorously promoted by some pharmaceutical companies, often to the detriment of our patients’ understanding.”
Absurd. First of all, many psychiatrists have explained and do explain to their patients that the drugs are there to correct a chemical imbalance.
And second, if all well-trained psychiatrists have known, all along, that the chemical-imbalance theory is a fraud…
…then why on earth have they been prescribing tons of drugs to their patients…
…since those drugs are developed on the false premise that they correct an imbalance?
The honchos of psychiatry are seeing the handwriting on the wall. Their game has been exposed.
The chemical imbalance theory is a fake. There are no defining physical tests for any of the 300 so-called mental disorders. All diagnoses are based on arbitrary clusters or menus of human behavior. The drugs are harmful, dangerous, toxic. Some of them induce violence. Suicide, homicide. Some of the drugs cause brain damage.
So the shrinks have to move into another model of “mental illness,” another con, another fraud. And they’re looking for one.
For example, genes plus “psycho-social factors” cause mental disorders. A mish-mash of more unproven science.
“New breakthrough research on the functioning of the brain is paying dividends and holds great promise…” Professional PR and gibberish.
Meanwhile, the business model demands drugs for sale.
So even though the chemical-imbalance nonsense has been discredited, it will continue on as a dead man walking, a zombie.
Two questions always pop up when I write a critique of psychiatry. The first one is: psychiatric researchers are doing a massive amount of work studying brain function. They do have tests.
Yes, experimental tests. But NONE of those tests are contained in the DSM, the psychiatric bible, as the basis of the definition of ANY mental disorder. If the tests were conclusive, they would be heralded in the DSM. They aren’t.
The second question is: if all these mental disorders are fiction, why are so many people saddled with problems? Why are some people off the rails? Why are they crazy?
The list of potential answers is very long. A real practitioner would focus on one patient at a time and try to discover what has affected him to such a marked degree. For example:
Severe nutritional deficiency. Toxic dyes and colors in processed food. Ingestion of pesticides and herbicides. Profound sensitivities to certain foods. The ingestion of toxic pharmaceuticals. Life-altering damage as a result of vaccines. Exposure to environmental chemicals. Heavy physical and emotional abuse in the home or at school. Battlefield stress and trauma (also present in certain neighborhoods). Prior head injury. Chronic infection. Alcohol and street drugs. Debilitating poverty.
Other items could be added.
Psychiatry is: fake, fraud, pseudoscience from top to bottom. It’s complete fiction dressed up as fact.
But the obsessed devotees of science tend to back away from this. They close their eyes. If a “branch of knowledge” as extensive as psychiatry is nothing more than an organized delusion, what other aspect of science might likewise be parading as truth, when it is actually mere paper blowing in the wind?
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More Authorities — The Same Message:
|1.) Psychiatrist, William Glasser, says it all in his book title: WARNING: PSYCHIATRY CAN BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR MENTAL HEALTH — Dr. Glasser is world famous for his Reality Therapy and Choice Theory, and has never prescribed psychiatric medications. Read reviews of Glasser’s book at Amazon.
2.) RAPE OF THE SOUL by Ty Colbert Ph.D., Ty also wrote another good but hard to find book on this subject called BROKEN BRAINS OR WOUNDED HEARTS. Colbert explains why people get labeled with psychiatric disorders and what he believes is really going on in their lives. The chemical imbalance theory is a bogus advertising myth.
3.) A DOSE OF SANITY – by Sydney Walker, M.D. – delves into physical conditions that often cause psychiatric symptoms. He talks about how many doctors prescribe pills before ever considering actual physical issues that may be the root cause. Read reviews.
4.) CREATING MENTAL ILLNESS – by Allan V. Horwitz – This book unfortunately reads like a text book, and goes into the sociology of mental illness. On page one he says: “Historically, labels of mental illness were reserved for people whose behavior was extremely strange, incomprehensible, and disruptive. At the turn of the century, Sigmund Freud revolutionized thinking about the nature of mental illness. Freud’s theory of psychoanalysis, and the more general system of dynamic psychiatry that stemmed from it, expanded the field to take in a broad range of neurotic conditions rather than the small number of psychotic conditions that asylum psychiatry emphasized.” Then on page 158, the author says: “A critical flaw of diagnostic psychiatry is its failure to separate symptoms that are normal responses to stressful environments from those where some internal psychological mechanism is functioning inappropriately.” A few sentences later, he says: “This chapter illustrates how social factors that are external to individuals are responsible for many of the conditions now mistakenly viewed as mental disorders. Read reviews. ______________________________________________________
That is essentially what the authors of all the books I’ve posted are talking about – the medicalizing of the conditions of life. Years ago, we all knew people were unique. Today, because of the DSM, anyone a bit different can be slapped with a mental disorder of some kind. Once upon a time, we knew teenagers tended to be argumentative and difficult to get along with. Today kids get the label: Oppositional Defiant Disorder.
The DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) was written in 1952. It was not handed down by God on Mount Psychiatry. So-called disorders are added and taken out of the DSM every time it is revised. If the general public buys into all the DSM disorders, pharmaceutical companies have a customer base willing to purchase their medications.
5.) MAD IN AMERICA – by Robert Whitaker – A very readable eye-opening look at the history of the mental health system up to today. Whitaker was inspired to research and write this book when he read World Health Organization stats that said schizophrenic patients were more likely to get well in 3rd world countries than in the U.S. and industrialized nations. The big difference was that patients in poor nations couldn’t afford to keep buying psychiatric medications. They got well BECAUSE they stopped taking meds!
6.) MAKING US CRAZY: DSM The Psychiatric Bible and the Creation of Mental Disorders by Herb Kutchins and Stuart A. Kirk – This book talks about the DSM as a battleground of philosophies and politics. I’ll quote a few lines on the fly leaf:
“…But things have taken a strange turn. The fight is no longer about who escapes DSM labeling, but rather how a person can qualify for a diagnosis. Now, mental health professionals must label their clients as pathological in order for them to be reimbursed by their insurance company. Suddenly, a woman seeking help in coping with an unpleasant boss is defined as clinically depressed; or a housewife who voices concern about her shopping sprees is labeled bipolar (manic depressive). The disturbing trend toward making us crazy when we are simply grappling with everyday concerns has even worse public implications..” Read reviews.
7.) PROZAC BACKLASH: Overcoming the Dangers of Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, and Other Antidepressants with Safe, Effective Alternatives – by Joseph Glenmullen,
“Roughly 28 million Americans–one in every ten–have taken Prozac, Zoloft, or Paxil or a similar antidepressant, yet very few patients are aware of the dangers of these drugs, nor are they aware that better, safer alternatives exist. Now Harvard Medical School’s Dr. Joseph Glenmullen documents the ominous long-term side effects associated with these and other serotonin-boosting medications. These side effects include neurological disorders, such as disfiguring facial and whole body tics, that can indicate brain damage; sexual dysfunction, in up to 60 percent of users; debilitating withdrawal symptoms, including visual hallucinations, electric shock-like sensations in the brain, dizziness,
MORE GREAT BOOKS:
|DEATH BY PRESCRIPTION and OVERDOSED AMERICA deal with all medications,
not just psych meds. Dr. John Abramson, who wrote Overdosed America, became so upset by what he saw happening in the field of medicine he closed his practice to research and write his book. On page 96, he tells us:“In September 2001 an unprecedented alarm was sounded. The editors of 12 of the world’s most influencial medical journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, the New England of Medicine, The Lancet, and the Annals of Internal Medicine, issued an extraordinary joint statement in their publications. In words that should have shaken the medical profession to its core, the statement told of ‘draconian’ terms being imposed on medical researchers by corporate sponsors. And it warned that the ‘precious objectivity’ of the clinical studies that were being published in their journals was being threatened by the transformation of clinical research into a commercial activity. The editors said that the use of commercially sponsored clinical trials ‘primarily for marketing…makes a mockery of clinical investigation and is a misuse of a powerful tool.”Read reviews of Death by Prescription.
THE POWER TO HARM is about the famous Wesbecker Case. The cover blurb begins this way: “On September 14, 1989, forty-seven-year-old Joseph Wesbecker entered the Standard Gravure printing plant in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, armed with an AK-47 asault rifle and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. A half hour later, he had killed or wounded twenty people, then turned the gun on himself.” Read the reviews.
UNHOLY MADNESS: The Churches Surrender to Psychiatry – Great book, lots of good info. – On page 38, Seth Farber quotes a 1992 Justice Department briefing: “Current intelligence shows psychiatric hospitals and clinics are defrauding government programs and private insurers of hundreds of milllions of dollars annually… Our investigative team found that thousands of adolescents, children and adults have been hospitalized for a psychiatric care they really did not need…Documents, affidavidts, and testimony obtained by the Committee will show a systematic plan to bilk patients of their hard-earned dollars, strip them of their dignity, and leave them worse off than before they went for help.” Read the reviews.
CRUEL COMPASSION according to the cover blurb “is the capstone of Thomas Szasz’s critique of psychiatric practices…No contemporary thinker has done more than Thomas Szasz to expose the myths and misconceptions surrounding insanity and the practice of psychiatry…” Read reviews here.