Non-Conformists Now Labelled as Having a “Mental Disorder”

by Bruce Boyers

In news that will come as a shock to many of us who grew up in the 1960s and 70s—it turns out that, according to the current version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM, we were all suffering from a mental disorder called “oppositional defiant disorder.” This “disorder” is shocking-news-todaydefined in the DSM as an “ongoing pattern of disobedient, hostile and defiant behavior.”

The article reporting the news points out that, given the vague nature of this definition, nearly any pattern of behavior seen as strange by anyone else could be categorized as a symptom of ODD. ODD sufferers could easily include geniuses whose behavior or ways of thinking were viewed as eccentric, such as Thomas Edison or Alexander Graham Bell. It could also include giants of our time who challenged social norms and brought about positive change, such as Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.

The definition of ODD could even include children who challenge or oppose others of their own age—even though such behavior is extremely common in children and has never even been remotely proven to be a symptom of some kind of disorder.

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Major Ethical Transgressions of Psychiatry

by Bruce Boyers

In a recently published article on the web site Mad in America, a retired psychologist Philip Hickey, PhD, primarily criticizes a recent article evaluating presidential candidate Donald Trump from the viewpoint of a psychiatric diagnosis.

The author makes the very good point that it would be quite impossible to accurately diagnose someone’s mental health based solely on media reports of their behavior. He then goes on to take up several critiques of this same evaluation.

But well beyond that, Dr. Hickey states that critiques of this character are minor, given the major transgressions that psychiatry has committed throughout the years. Given that these come from a psychologist, they are quite telling.

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The Brutal Truth About Electroconvulsive Therapy

by Bruce Boyers

A recent article by Dr. Gary Kohls, a former natural mental health physician, details the brutal facts and figures of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)—leading anyone to wonder why it was ever practiced at all, let alone why it is still being practiced today.electroshock

ECT is usually administered when every psychiatric drug avenue has been worn out. According to the author, “ECT is usually only recommended when every imaginable, potentially brain-damaging psychiatric drug cocktail of neurotoxic or psychotoxic psychiatric drug has been tried and failed (or actually made the patient worse).” He points out that psychiatrists can become rich if they have enough over-medicated patients at their wits’ end.

According to the article, ECT usually affects both short and long-term memory, often permanently destroying it. Any perceived temporary “improvement” comes about simply because the patient can no longer recall traumatizing events.

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Recent Study Aims to Reduce Enforced Psychiatric Admission

by Bruce Boyers

It’s incredibly interesting that it’s taken over 100 years for psychiatry to make this discovery, but a recent study has found that compulsory psychiatric admission – defined as institutional admission against the will of the patient – “has a strong effect on psychiatric patients and their relatives, and can be traumatic.” Mark de Jong, MD, Psychiatrist,

This was according to Mark de Jong, MD, Psychiatrist, Yulius Academy, Yulius Mental Health Barendrecht, the Netherlands, who conducted the study. Dr. de Jong’s study analyzed methods for the reduction of compulsory psychiatric admission. He pointed out that “Compulsory admission also conflicts with human rights, principles of autonomy, shared decision making, and recovery focused care.”

He also stated that due to an increase in compulsory admissions in several European countries, interventions that prevent patients from being forcibly admitted are urgently needed.The study found that advanced planning for severe mental health crises resulted in a 23% reduction in risk of compulsory admissions.

Dr. de Jong felt that this figure was “clinically relevant.” He also was of the opinion that the taking into account of patient desires and preferences along with the involvement of family and friends, were both highly important factors in treatment.The focus of the study was the evaluation of study trials involving severe mental illness.

Dr. de Jong commented, however, that he and his team only discovered 13 such trials that actually measured the intent to reduce compulsory admissions. “In light of  human rights and the effect compulsory admissions have on psychiatric patients and their relatives, this number is both small and disappointing.

This demonstrates the urgent need for more research in this field, for the benefit of psychiatric patients with severe mental illnesses and their relatives.”For almost 50 years, Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights has been documenting the inhumane treatment of psychiatric patients, including enforced institutionalization, and enforced treatments involving drugs, electroshock therapy and other dangerous “therapies.”

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The Psychiatric Drug Fueling Islamic State Militants

by Bruce Boyers

According to a recent Washington Post article, a psychiatric drug originally developed in the 1960s for hyperactivity, narcolepsy and depression is now fueling militant fighters in Syria.

The drug, known as Captagon, is a highly addictive narcotic which is now produced in Syria and available across the Middle East. Illegal sales of Captagon provide millions of dollars for Syria’s black-market economy every year, making it possible for militants to be continually empowered with arms and the ability to continue fighting, keeping fighters awake over long periods of time.

According to the article, Captagon (generic name: fenethylline) is a powerful amphetamine that quickly produces an intense euphoria in users, allowing them to stay up for days and kill with a numb, reckless abandon. According to a fighter quoted in the article, it provides soldiers with “superhuman energy and courage.”Captogon infused fighters

Captagon has drawn more attention in the past few years due to its apparent use among ISIS recruits and other Syrian fighters, many of whom reportedly pop the pill before running into battle as it enhances a person’s ability to do dangerous things.

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Psychiatric Misdiagnosis Gone Totally Off the Rails

by Bruce Boyers

It’s already common knowledge that the far majority of patients being prescribed antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications are not properly diagnosed, per medical guidelines, before such prescription. But a recent study by researchers at University College London (UCL) shows that people with Antipsychotics May Be Pushed On Those with Intellectual Disabilitiesintellectual disabilities—generally indicated by an IQ of under 70—are being prescribed highly dangerous antipsychotic medications, despite no evidence, in the far majority of cases, of a psychotic condition.

Intellectual disability is normally defined as a lifelong condition, beginning at the age of 18, in which a person has limitations in intellectual functioning as well as difficulties with one or more life skills. Approximately one percent of the population is affected with an intellectual disability.

According to the study, people with intellectual disabilities are quite likely to be prescribed antipsychotic medication despite its violation of clinical guidelines and the serious risk of harm from side effects. Incorrect prescribing includes those also with autism or dementia, and even older people.

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