Bipolar Disorder: Epidemic Without A Disease

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In the Newsweek cover story, Growing Up Bipolar, Mary Carmichael describes yet another magical psychiatric epidemic. In any report of an epidemic there should be a description of the disease of which the epidemic is comprised and mention of the test by which the disease is diagnosed. But nowhere is there mention of a physical abnormality-gross (visible to the naked eye), microscopic or chemical, to make it a disease. Where is the proof that Max Blake, now ten, is other than physically, medically normal?

Symptoms abound. Max can't sleep. Max is sad. Max wants to kill himself. All serious symptoms to be sure, but entirely subjective -- not objective "signs," abnormalities, diseases. Undaunted, Carmichael calls "bipolar" an "elusive disease" with a grave prognosis: a "horror story," in which "terrible things happen." But still no disease.

Next, we are told: "some doctors do not believe (bipolar) exists in children." But diagnosis is not a matter of belief. If no abnormality is demonstrated the diagnosis is "no evidence of disease" -- NED, or "no organic disease" -- NOD.

Absent abnormalities, Carmichael marshals more symptoms: "These babies are born screaming."

Seeking to overwhelm with epidemiology, Carmichael writes: "800,000 children in the United States have been diagnosed." "The disease is hard to pin down." Nor does repeating the word "disease" make it so.

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Parents are asked to chose from among the "many drugs" available even though "it's unclear how they work." How could it be otherwise without a disease to treat. No infection, cancer, or diabetes -- all diagnosable, all treatable. In psychiatry, drugs change emotions and behaviors by damaging the normal brain, causing intoxication, poisoning, abnormality -- disease.

"The disease is hard to pin down." "Its unclear how they (the drugs) work." This is not medical science, it is the "medical-speak" of "biological," psychiatry that is deceptive, fraudulent, and intent on peddling drugs. When the patient is known to be normal but is called "diseased" and is "medicated," is that not poisoning? Is it not assault and battery? If the same patient dies, what is that called?

While false diagnostic labels alone may not make persons psychiatric patients-in-perpetuity, drugs which cause chemical dependency and conspicuous injury, such as Parkinson's syndrome or tardive dyskinesia in a seven year-old, surely do. Max's parents were told "treat (your) child and risk a bad outcome," or "don't treat and risk a worse one." In either case, this message is surely to the liking of the pharmaceutical industry which bankrolls it all.

Max and his parents have come to believe the "bipolar" fiction and to play out their roles in it. The main authors -- perpetrators of this and all of psychiatry's fictitious "diseases" are the DSM Committee of the American Psychiatric Association and "researchers" at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

For Max's mother: "There was one good thing about this strange diagnosis, she thought: at least it meant she wasn't a bad mother." Max and his parents all had roles to play. Max's role is to be "bipolar," a psychiatric patient-in-perpetuity. Everything else would take care of itself and psychiatry and Big Pharma would reap billions a year. And who knows, perhaps the 800,000 "bipolar" Max's Carmichael says we have this year will become 1.5 to 2 million next year, which many think it already is.

Harvard psychiatrists Joseph Biederman and Janet Wozniac were said to have "described" pediatric bipolar disorder in 1995. I have no doubt that they "described" it but, as is the case with all of psychiatry's "chemical imbalances" they have never proved that a single one is an actual disease, as throughout the rest of medicine.

At 2 1/2 years of age, Rebecca Riley of Hull, Massachusetts was "diagnosed" ADHD and bipolar disorder, by child psychiatrist, Dr. Kayoko Kifuji, and was put on Clonidine, Depakote and Seroquel, the last of which is a potent, poisonous, antipsychotic. None had been approved by the FDA for children so young. Rebecca became like a "floppy doll" and died December 13, 2006, at 4 years of age, not from a psychiatric disease, because there is no such thing, but from the very real, very toxic psychiatric drugs prescribed for her. Incredibly, her parents sit in jail, charged with her murder. Who made it appear that Rebecca had two "diseases"? Who convinced the parents she did and that the medications prescribed were "treatments" for them? Countless hundreds if not thousands of children thus diagnosed and drugged are dying, not from psychiatric diseases, but from the one or several drugs prescribed for them as "treatment." Between 1990 and 2000, 186 deaths from methylphenidate-Ritalin were reported to the FDA-MedWatch program, a voluntary reporting program of the FDA itself, says detects no more than 1-10 percent of the actual number.

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I wanted to share with you what we did for our son. Our youngest son is autistic but his older brother who is 11 is diagnosed ADHD. For many years I suspected Bipolar but knew having him diagnosed would only mean putting him on medication which we choose not to do. He was just like Max and I don't have to share with you the heartbreak and fear for him it brought us. We tried all types of therapies none worked so we implemented the same therapy we use for our son with autism. It is called SonRise (www.davidversusautism.org). This helped us deal with his rage and kept our marriage strong. It wasn't the cure but it helped then last year we tried neuro-feedback. Within just weeks he was a different child. We were able to see how unbalanced he was on the computer used during the sessions and saw the improvements with our own eyes. He for the first time in his life was able to recognize the emotions that others felt before the rage. He said to me shortly after we began NF that he was feeling sad. I cried as he had never been able to recognize the emotions that lead up to his rage before. He stopped at sad and we talked about it until he was able to find the source of his sadness and I helped him find ways to deal with it. He is also ODD and we were always unable to rationalize with him because of it. He still deals with minor ODD and ADHD but as a whole he is much better. Reading your story was like reading about him. The difference is now the description no longer fits like a glove. His teachers are amazing at the change and use the word stellar when describing him now as a student. I am not in any way saying this is a cure all but I know from experience that the only way we learn is to share our own experiences. We also took him out of district school which had zero tolerance with him and put him into a public charter school. This helped him tremendously because a large percentage of his classroom time was outdoor learning where he wasn't exposed to harsh florescent lighting and his learning is hands on. He has grown in all ways there and continues to make improvements there. www.ridgeandvalley.org. Blessing to you all in your journey with your son. Nancy
Just came across this article and your comment, and would also like to share an experience, concerning neurofeedback. My sister (now 28) has suffered from depression, mania and psychotic episodes for years and it caused havoc in our family. After being to countless psychologists and psychiatrists, one diagnosed her with bipolar, and after several trial-and-error and a very distressing time one set of medications stabilized her, at least compared to what she was like before. After about two years she could live a life sort-of, but could not keep a job and wasn't really able to live independently. Then my mother, never stopping to be on the lookout for new information and discoveries, came across neurofeedback. She signed my sister up for a program of several sessions. Everyone in the family was very sceptic, myself the most. My sister described the sessions slighly annoying, but as it was not invasive, she was quite indifferent to it. I noticed the first difference a couple of weeks later, when she had an issue at the dinner table. It was a scene we all knew to well...something bothers her, she gets hooked up on it and can't let go and shortly after looses it completely. Anyway, the scene unfolded for about half a minute, but then something happened- she changed topic and I could see how she actively managed to just let go of it. None of us had seen this behaviour in her before. This was just the beginning. I began to discover a new sister that suddenly approached difficult situations with humour, or by just sitting it out. To understand what a miracle this is to me and our family, you need to have been there through the despair and real hopeless times we had with her. I am still trying to find out more about neurofeedback, but the picture I am forming is that it allow us to train ourselves to modulate our brain-states, almost like training muscles in our body. The problems don't disappear, but somehow the brain breaks old patterns that persisted and kept a person from breaking free from them. Also, from experiencing how my mom and sister went through the medical establishment and seeing that the first breakthroughs with meds only happened after my mom knew more about my sisters condition and its treatments than the doctors, I do not have this blinded faith in doctors anymore. When doctors view new treatments with the same scepticism ("it hasn't been scientifically proven"), I now know better how to judge these words from a professional. Don't ever think just because someone is called a professional, that their words are the final say. The world, our bodies and especially our minds are very complex to be able to scientifically prove everything. Sometimes empirial proof can be good enough.