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We Are Facing A Crisis In Mental Health Care: Attitudes Are In The Dark Ages

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People who are stigmatized with labels of mental illness are being crucified by every sector of our societies. In the United States, where the government claims human rights of people are respected, the problem is as critical as it is anyplace else in the world. The lives of potentially productive people are being wasted in painful manners daily due to the nation's dark ages policies and attitudes in dealing with mental health care, as shared by other nation's across the world.

To make matters worse it is questionable whether or not there is even any credibility to any of the diagnoses of the psychiatrists. However, whichever way we choose to approach this problem, whether we accept the existence of some forms of mental illness in some cases, or whether this is categorically denied due to a lack of scientific evidence to back up any of the diagnoses of the
psychiatrists, we are being confronted with a literal crisis in mental health care. People labelled as being mentally ill are actually being confronted with a lifetime of ridicule and torture instead of humane and intelligent assistance to simply move ahead with their educational, career and personal goals in life.

Even among family members the stigma from labels of mental illness can be devastating. Among family members research has shown feelings of embarrassment due to the stigma of labels of mental illness far outweighs any similar feelings when dealing with physical illnesses, as reported upon in the Journal of Psychological Medicine. This clearly only worsens the distress of people hit with labels of mental illness, who already have to cope with horrible obstacles in the general society.

The feelings of embarrassment expressed by family members in dealing with this sensitive issue clearly serves to undermine any potential emotional healing process if in fact any type of mental illness exists. Such negative attitudes appear to also set off episodes of anxiety and depression.
Clearly, family level stigma associated feelings of embarrassment in dealing with mental illness issues serves as possible obstacles for prevention and proper treatment of mental illness.

In fact, in the United States it is often families who are encouraged by the police and psychiatrists to have other family members taken to court by psychiatrists over issues of mental illness. This in itself sets up a destructive cycle of societal abuses in dealing with people who are hit with labels of mental illness, as a total breakdown of any possible therapeutic relationship between the patient and their families and the psychiatrist develops. In such legal settings, where human rights are grossly ignored, the psychiatrists become bitter enemies of the patients, which nurtures mental illness instead of mental health. In fact due to the irrational legal approach which is taken in such cases, the psychiatrists actually create enemies out of family members in dealing with patients. And warm and supportive family constructs are essential for good mental health.

In a review of this research SINC writes that mental health conditions cause greater stigma in families than physical problems cause. There has an impact on the lives of relatives of those who are said to be afflicted with mental and physical illnesses, but this impact is greater with issues of mental illness because of the associated discrimination. These findings were based on a study carried out in 28 countries.

Spanish researchers took part in the analysis of the mental health surveys which were conducted by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 28 countries with an interest in discovering how prevalent mental conditions are said to be in the world and what impact they seem to have. It was consistently observed that although both mental and physical conditions create serious problems for family members, relatives of patients with labels of mental illnesses feel greater stigma than those suffering from physical conditions. It has therefore been suggested that initiatives aimed at confronting the serious problems associated with stigma attached to labels of mental illness should include family members as part of the targeted audience.

The World Health Organization has noted that people hit with labels of mental illness are exposed to very serious violations of their human rights worldwide. This terrible stigma jeopardizes the treatment of these people and pushes them on a path towards isolation, which is not good for anyone's mental health. People who have been labelled as suffering from mental illness must confront horrible forms of discrimination on a daily basis dealing with education, employment and housing. In some countries the situation is so serious these people are kept from voting, getting married or having children.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) is a nonprofit mental health watchdog, which has been fighting to restore basic inalienable human rights to the field of mental health care. Considerations herein deal with issues related to full informed consent regarding the medical legitimacy of any psychiatric diagnosis, the risks which are associated with psychiatric treatments, the right which should be preserved to consider all available medical alternatives and the right to refuse any treatment which is considered harmful. The CCHR was co-founded in 1969 by the Church of Scientology and Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus Dr. Thomas Szasz.

The CCHR points out that psychiatric disorders are not even medical diseases. Lab tests, brain scans, X-rays or chemical imbalance tests do not exist which can verify that any mental disorder is a physical condition, and yet the American psychiatrists have taken the position that what they label as mental illness is caused by underlying structural defects in the brain. This is not meant to imply that people do not get depressed, or experience emotional or mental distress, however psychiatry has actually repackaged these emotions and behaviors as diseases in order to fill up mental hospitals and sell drugs for huge profits. This brilliant marketing campaign is more lucrative than the heroin trade of organized crime, but it is not based on science.

Dr David Kaiser, who himself is a psychiatrist, has said, “…modern psychiatry has yet to convincingly prove the genetic/biologic cause of any single mental illness…Patients have been diagnosed with ‘chemical imbalances’ despite the fact that no test exists to support such a claim, and…there is no real conception of what a correct chemical balance would look like.” And Dr Ron Leifer, who is also a psychiatrist, has said, “There’s no biological imbalance. When people come to me and they say, ‘I have a biochemical imbalance,’ I say, ‘Show me your lab tests.’ There are no lab tests. So what’s the biochemical imbalance?”

Dr Fred Baughman Jr. is a pediatric neurologist who has eloquently attacked what is going on in psychiatry. He has said that together the psychiatrists often cower and admit there are no such things as chemical imbalances/diseases, or examinations or tests for them. Dr Baughman has commented, "What they do in practice, lying in every instance, abrogating the informed consent right of every patient and poisoning them in the name of ‘treatment’ is nothing short of criminal.” Sadly, Dr Baughman is right on target.

The millions upon millions of victims of psychiatry are often unaware of this until it's too late. In fact the unproven claims made by psychiatry dealing with depression, bipolar illness, anxiety, alcoholism and a myriad of other disorders is a manifestation of a delusional break from reality by the psychiatrists themselves, who are nevertheless given a great deal of authority in society in dealing with vital issues in regard to the mental health of people.

Dr Thomas Szasz, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, of New York University Medical School in Syracuse, New York, who unfortunately passed away recently, once said, “There is no blood or other biological test to ascertain the presence or absence of a mental illness, as there is for most bodily diseases. If such a test were developed…then the condition would cease to be a mental illness and would be classified, instead, as a symptom of a bodily disease.”

The CCHR also points out that the diagnostic criteria in psychiatry are actually voted into existence and than placed into the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM). This system of classification of symptoms is significantly different from, and foreign to, anything which exists in medicine. All of these diagnoses are not supported by any objective evidence of physical disease, illness or science.

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Loren Mosher, M.D., a psychiatrist, has said, “DSM-IV is the fabrication upon which psychiatry seeks acceptance by medicine in general. Insiders know it is more a political than scientific document…DSM-IV has become a bible and a money making bestseller—its major failings notwithstanding.”

The bottom line is psychiatry has actually been manufacturing diseases. This is what psychiatrists are actually experts at doing. Dr Thomas Dorman, an internist and member of the Royal College of Physicians in the United Kingdom, has referred to psychiatry as a an extended racket with a pseudo-scientific aura. This racket is a dangerously costly and painful racket for its victims.

Furthermore, the psychotropic drugs have been increasingly exposed as chemical toxins which have the power to kill. Psychiatrists keep claiming their drugs save lives. However, studies have shown psychotropic drugs can double the risk of suicide. Furthermore, long-term use of these poisons has been proven to create a lifetime of physical and mental damage, which is a tragic fact ignored by the psychiatrists. In a separate article I have written about how something as nice and simple as getting a pet can help with your mental health.

The common and well-documented side effects of psychiatric drugs include:

1: Mania

2: Psychosis

3: Hallucinations

4: Depersonalization

5: Suicidal ideation

6: Heart attack

7: Stroke

8: Sudden death

Dr Joseph Glenmullen, who is a Harvard Medical School psychiatrist, has stated that there is not one claim for a gene for a psychiatric condition which has stood the test of time, in spite of popular misinformation which has been spread among the public by the psychiatrists. In another article for EMaxHealth I have written about psychiatry as sharing the medical profession's obsession with interventionism.

I have witnessed in horror how psychiatry is being used as a destructive discipline to simply do away with people and their alleged problems. There are probably more people who have been crippled and killed by psychiatry than by war. At this moment there are millions of well educated and capable people who would like to be working and earning a nice living, who are instead wasting away in poverty on the fringes of society because of psychiatric labels and associated stigmatization. The US government claims this situation is not as bad in the United States as in other countries, but in my professional opinion the situation may be even worse in the United States than elsewhere.

The American psychiatrists themselves, who claim to be humane physicians, are responsible for having the targets of their indiscriminate labeling thrown out of schools and work to lead wasted and painful lives. And so how do we explain that in all 50 American states the rights of psychiatrists to force their tyrannical quackery upon people has been implemented into law. And how do we explain judges who are supposed to be learned people putting out court orders to have people forced into psychiatric treatment.

The United States Department of Justice itself, which enforces the use of handcuffs and confinement in cages without any recognition of the human rights for people alleged to be mentally ill, even in the absence of any criminal misconduct, is in itself therefore a criminal justice department. And so together the American psychiatrists and US Department of Justice have created a criminal society where psychiatry along with the stigma associated with fraudulent psychiatric labels is simply being used for murder. This same problem exists worldwide.

Aggressive initiatives are needed to humanize mental health care with these considerations in mind. For a start more humane professionals with respect for the human rights issues and emotional issues involved in proper mental health care and an appreciation for the value of natural mental health care for the prevention and treatment of mental illness should be recruited into the mental health professions.