The search for mental health in a pill

The search for mental health in a pill

There are 6 comments on the Sydney Morning Herald story from Jun 23, 2014, titled The search for mental health in a pill. In it, Sydney Morning Herald reports that:

The idea of an over-the-counter pill to improve mental wellbeing has appeal. One in five of us will have a problem with mental health at some time, especially anxiety or depression.

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HumanSpirit

United States

#1 Jun 27, 2014
There is no definition for mental illness because any judgment would be based on the opinion of another person who placed themselves in the situation of making judgment for political or personal gain

The APA omitted there is no test for chemical imbalance of the brain.

Chemical imbalance of the brain can be changed at anytime by pharmaceutical mind drugs thus putting a victim of the mental health industry at a disadvantage in changing personality traits or habits.

The mental health industry is a danger to the health and welfare of the society and to the freedom and rights of the public.
That is Fine

Beverly, MA

#3 Jun 27, 2014
HumanSpirit wrote:
There is no definition for mental illness because any judgment would be based on the opinion of another person who placed themselves in the situation of making judgment for political or personal gain
The APA omitted there is no test for chemical imbalance of the brain.
Chemical imbalance of the brain can be changed at anytime by pharmaceutical mind drugs thus putting a victim of the mental health industry at a disadvantage in changing personality traits or habits.
The mental health industry is a danger to the health and welfare of the society and to the freedom and rights of the public.
Yeah, but have you ever tried to live with a mentally ill relative? Seriously, one that is batsh!t crazy, talking to the television, hearing voices, and all around making your life miserable?

Well, until you endure that kind of misery and have no escape because you are a minor, don't be so quick to say that we should not define crazy or try to do anything about it.

There is crazy and it is not fun. It is intolerable. Go live with a crazy person for a while and imagine that you had no choice or no escape.

Then come back here and sit on your high horse and espouse some crap about how the mental health industry is not needed.
HumanSpirit

United States

#5 Jun 29, 2014
That is Fine wrote:
<quoted text>
Yeah, but have you ever tried to live with a mentally ill relative? Seriously, one that is batsh!t crazy, talking to the television, hearing voices, and all around making your life miserable?
Well, until you endure that kind of misery and have no escape because you are a minor, don't be so quick to say that we should not define crazy or try to do anything about it.
There is crazy and it is not fun. It is intolerable. Go live with a crazy person for a while and imagine that you had no choice or no escape.
Then come back here and sit on your high horse and espouse some crap about how the mental health industry is not needed.
The Mental Health Industry created their own need from mind drugging and with various therapies at the cost of the victim sanity. Forced mind drugging

The myths of ‘post-disaster counseling’

Pasted from < http://mindhacks.com/2011/03/15/the-myths-of-... ;

After almost any large scale disaster, you’ll hear reports that rescue workers, supplies and counselors are being sent to the area – as if mental health professionals were as vital as food and shelter.

Time has an excellent interview with psychologist Scott Lilienfeld on how our ideas about ‘post-disaster counseling’ are rapidly moving away from the ‘everyone needs to talk’ cliché due to a better understanding of mental health and resilience in the face of tragedy.
Although everyone might be shaken up after a disaster, the vast majority – between about 70% and 80%– will not have mental health problems and will not need the help of psychologists or psychiatrists.

It was initially thought that legions of counselors were needed to work with everyone affected by the devastation to give sessions of ‘critical incident stress debriefings’– where people are asked to describe everything that happened to them and vent their emotions – supposedly to help prevent problems developing in the long term.

Instead, studies suggested that this was at best useless and instead probably made mental disorders more likely – probably because it raises or extends the level of stress in already very stressed people.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, most disaster victims are not that interested in exploring their emotions but want to get to a safe place, find out how there friends and family are, and solve immediate practical problems. This in itself tends to make people feel better.
Consequently, new strategies involve only working with people who specifically ask for help and – instead of getting people to ‘vent’– the focus is on reducing emotional arousal, assuring physical safety and putting people in contact with loved ones.
This strategy is often known as psychological first aid and was specifically designed to avoid the debriefing approach.

Time interviewee Lilienfeld has been key in challenging the idea that ‘everyone needs counselling’ after tragic events and has been a leader in making our disaster response a lot more effective. Highly recommended.
 
Link to Time interview on post-disaster counseling.

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HumanSpirit

United States

#7 Jun 29, 2014
Creating Mental Illness

Child psychiatry is sick with hidden conflicts of interest
By Dr. Leonard Sax

When I first began writing prescriptions for children 22 years ago, it was unusual for a child to be taking powerful psychiatric drugs. Today it's common. How did we get here?
Dr. Joseph Biederman is part of the answer. He's an important guy. His title is "chief of pediatric psychopharmacology" at Massachusetts General Hospital, the main teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School. Pediatricians and family doctors look to him, and doctors like him, for guidance about what they should do with problem kids. For the past two decades, Biederman has pushed the use of medications for treating ADHD and bipolar disorder. Over the past two decades, the use of medications for treating those disorders has soared.
Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), recognizing how much influence Biederman has in promoting these medications for children, wondered whether the doctor might be taking money from drug companies. When first asked, Biederman admitted to taking perhaps "a couple hundred thousand dollars" from pharmaceutical companies. When he was asked to take another look, it turned out that Biederman and a colleague had accepted more than $1.6 million from the drug companies. And they hadn't told anybody.

Or consider the case of Dr. Fred Goodwin. After stepping down as director of the National Institute for Mental Health, Goodwin moved on to serve as the host of the NPR program "The Infinite Mind." Goodwin didn't think he needed to tell anybody that the drug companies were paying him $1.3 million, even as he reassured listeners on his program about the safety of powerful psychiatric medications for children. Last month, after his connections to the drug industry came to light, NPR canceled his program.

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinions/2008/12/1...
HumanSpirit

United States

#8 Jun 29, 2014
US Kids Represent Psychiatric Drug Goldmine
Column: Evelyn Pringle

Prescriptions for psychiatric drugs increased 50 percent with children in the US, and 73 percent among adults, from 1996 to 2006, according to a study in the May/June 2009 issue of the journal Health Affairs. Another study in the same issue of Health Affairs found spending for mental health care grew more than 30 percent over the same ten-year period, with almost all of the increase due to psychiatric drug costs.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0912/S00122.... ;
STARTS WITH VACCINES

Winnipeg, Canada

#9 Jun 29, 2014
Many begin with adverse vaccine side effects and suffer a lifetime. Because of apparent vaccine benifits, the adverse effects are downplayed and those responsible label them something else and have since the unnatural practice of injecting anything into humans began. Admitting vaccine adverse effects would cause uptake to drop, so thats will NEVER be done.

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