is measured by how
it treats its weakest members."
She pleads to remove the
diagnosis as this has resulted in years of bullying throughout her
schooling. In doing so, she is labeled as defiant and gets a
new diagnosis on her chart, "Oppositional
This medication makes her
drowsy and she cannot function, though the staff member (who is only
three years her senior) tells her she needs to wait it out and she
can not refuse medication.
She is told,
Diagnosed with anorexia
and then refused a meal? Is this legal? More importantly, is this
The psychiatrist who comes in once a month and forgets her name again reads this chart to her as a form of validating himself that she truly does suffer from anorexia.
She explains the
situation and he cuts her off as a means of treating her newly
diagnosed Oppositional Defiance Disorder.
My time in the mental health system officially began at age 17 when I was first hospitalized in a psychiatric unit. This preceded further hospitalizations, a number of treatment episodes for alcoholism/addiction, along with multiple stints of incarceration in jails.
Eventually, through this experience, I was able to embrace recovery and ultimately gain employment at some of these same facilities in which I was treated.
Yes, the mentally ill
have been one of the most mistreated groups of people throughout
It was believed that the mentally ill were a financial burden to the German society and state.
In 1934, the first forced killings of citizens began under the secretive Trogram. Hitler believed that during war-time it would be easier to cover up the killings and would also free up hospital beds and medical personnel. And while Hitler's eugenic attempts to create a master race are widely reported, the idea initially stemmed from the United States.
Between 1907 and the mid-1970's, the United States sterilized more than 60,000 citizens - all of which were unbeknownst to the subjects.
Hitler praised the United States eugenics system in his book, Mein Kampf, stating to one of his comrades,
In the post-war era, psychiatry was still trying to prove itself as a true medical profession.
On March 26, 1954, they claimed to have a medical breakthrough with the introduction of the FDA approved first psychiatric drug - Thorazine. Prior to this "breakthrough," mental illness had been treated with psycho and electroshock therapies and institutionalization.
In fact, Egaz Mozine
- inventor of the
lobotomy - won the Nobel Prize in
1941 in Medicine.
We tried drilling holes in skulls, burning them alive, sterilization, and abusing them in inhumane facilities. All those methods seem torturous and barbarian.
Today's method is medication,
Thorazine was a money-maker. It allowed psychiatrists to deinstitutionalize their facilities and bring their services out in the community. It was the death of psychotherapy and the birth of treating every difficult in life with a pill.
This put hundreds of
thousands of mentally ill on the streets - most of which ended up
homeless or incarcerated.
The mentally ill have
simply been moved from hospitals to prisons. And with the rise of
private prisons, members of congress invest in these same prisons
and profit of the incarceration of the same people in which they cut
He spoke candidly of the
drug for its effects of creating joy, excitement, motivation, and
euphoria despite his patients overdosing on the "medicine."
Milltown was created with high endorsements of notable psychiatrists at the time. This was also the beginning of the free sample marketing scheme in which sales reps give free samples of their drugs to the doctors.
It wasn't until another
decade went by in which the public found out that Milltown was more
dangerous and addictive than methamphetamine or cocaine.
Valium was known as "momma's little helper" and prescribed to stressed-out housewives to the tune of 2.3 billion tablets sold in 1978 (when the U.S. population was just 222 million.)
The next miracle drug was prozac, and as soon as it hit the market, instantly the number of depression diagnoses skyrocketed.
Prior to the invention of
SSRI drugs, it was estimated that
100 out of every one million people were diagnosed with depression.
Since SSRI drugs, the numbers now indicate that 100,000 out of every
one million have depression - a one-thousand fold increase!
DSM-3, about one-tenth of one
percent of people had bipolar disorder. Now that number has jumped
to 10-percent. Are there this many more people getting sick, or is
it just a great marketing campaign?
In 1952, the first DSM
was published in a 130-page packet which included 112 disorders.
These were not based on science, but rather voted in on a mail-in
ballot that was sent to 10-percent of American Psychiatric
Association (AMA) members.
It wasn't until 1980 that
it was removed in the third edition of the DSM, not because science
discovered homosexuality was not a mental disorder, but because of
political pressure to remove it.
It is estimated that 450
million people are diagnosed with mental disorder - for perspective,
there are about 320 million people in the United States. And the
criteria for the diagnosis are so subjective that any person could
be diagnosed with any disorder at anytime.
Then, just like any other business, the money-focused industry is always seeking the next way to expand their enterprise and profits.
They look for new markets
and find it in the elderly and the children. At first, we were told
that no one under 18 can be diagnosed with bipolar disorder only to
later have five and six-year-olds receiving this diagnosis, and in
some cases as young as two-years-old diagnosed with bipolar
disorder, and medicated accordingly.
That is more than the
number diagnosed with diabetes and autism combined. The sickness
continues as they expand to the most vulnerable markets possible,
foster children. It is estimated that nine out of 10 children in
foster care have a mental health diagnosis to begin with, and with
that usually comes a prescription.
The United States holds only five percent of the world's population, but we consume over 80-percent of the world's pharmaceutical drugs.
All of this keeps the lower rings of society down.
The rules have been created this way to favor those in power. And all of this has to do with the love, infatuation, and addiction to money and wealth. We are knowingly killing people for the benefit of a few.
This is the real mental illness, that we allow this to continue.
Martin Keller ran
this study and tested 100 children on the drug and stated that it
went well. There were 22 co-authors of this study of important
psychiatrists. The FDA granted their blessing on the faulty study
and within the next year more than 55 million were on Paxil.
He settled out of court for $2.5 million dollars - less than what Paxil generates in sales in one hour.
In the same year, Paxil had $3.1 billion in sales.
Well, they have...
In 2005, big
pharmaceutical companies paid out $3.1 billion in settlements. But
this is just a part of their marketing campaign, they factor this
money into their plan as they pharmaceuticals profited $600 billion
in the same year. Plus the wolves of Wall Street invest in these
drugs and pay large figures in lobbying to congress to ensure the
laws favor persistently pushing more pills.
She quickly fell apart and her symptoms resurfaced.
Common sense would
indicate placing her back on Prolixin, but instead she was admitted
to the inpatient unit - coincidentally the unit in which this
psychiatrist was responsible.
That is the stark reality
of pharmaceutical sales.
She received a six-figure income, company car, and incredible benefits before she was 26-years-old.
Olsen explains how she
attended conferences in which sales reps spoke about the greatest
difficulties in reaching the doctors, and would role-play and
practice how to convince doctors, labeling this as a "conspiracy by
planning how to persuade."
On top of that, the United States is one of just two countries in the world that allow Direct to Consumer advertising on television with pharmaceuticals.
This leads to patients coming into a doctor's office and asking for a drug by name.
Some laws have been passed to cut-down on some of this, but they haven't exterminated this practice completely.
That is because the pharmaceutical companies lobby on both sides of the Hall in Congress to ensure that whomever is elected will continue to support this extremely powerful industry.
In 2014 alone, pharmaceutical industry spent $229 million in lobbying to Democrats and Republicans ensuring the gravy train will keep rolling, despite who is in charge.
The only mentally illness
today is the belief that trusting these monsters who mass
medicate of the public is in our 'best interest.'
In an industry that calls itself "health care," the care we provide still includes abuse, lies, profiteering and torture.
We are not heard. We are
only told what is wrong with us and that it can only be cured by an
expensive pill that I will have to take for the rest of my life. And
the health that they pride themselves on continues to fail, which
allows for another diagnosis and another pill.
It would be a conflict of their financial interests if this was reported on mainstream television, considering the majority of their advertisers are pharmaceutical companies.