Prominent psychiatrist admits psychiatric diagnoses are not based on science
Thursday, March 22, 2007 by: CCHR
(CCHR.org) Growing public scrutiny over people being drugged for normal behavior in addition increasing international warnings on the deadly side effects of psychiatric drugs has forced one of the leading architects of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), psychiatry’s billing bible, to admit that there is no science to psychiatric diagnoses.
Columbia University psychiatrist Robert Spitzer, who oversaw two out of five revisions of the DSM and defined more than a hundred mental disorders, stated in a new BBC2 documentary: “What happened is that we made estimates of the prevalence of mental disorders totally descriptively, without considering that many of these conditions might be normal reactions which are not really disorders. That’s the problem, because we were not looking at the context in which those conditions developed.”
Psychiatric labels, such as “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder” and “Oppositional Defiant Disorder,” have resulted in millions needlessly subjected to dangerous and life-threatening psychiatric drugs. Thirty-three years after Spitzer began working as Chairman of the DSM Taskforce, now backed into a corner by public skepticism of the legitimacy of psychiatric disorders and dozens of international warnings on the dangers of drugs used to treat them, he finally concedes that something may be awry with the diagnostic system he helped to invent. The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a mental health watchdog, charges that the psychiatrists behind the DSM have misled the public and placed many at risk by convincing them that they are “mentally ill” and in need of harmful psychiatric treatment such as drugs, involuntary commitment, electroshock and restraint.
There is no scientific evidence that any of the millions of people labeled with “mental disorders” have any physical abnormality that justifies the diagnosis, and because of this, psychiatrists cannot agree on who is sick and who is well. Yet, despite this inept psychiatric diagnostic system, worldwide sales of psychotropic drugs prescribed to treat “mental disorders,” including stimulants, antipsychotics and antidepressants, now exceed $80 billion annually.
“Modern psychiatry is a medical hoax,” said Mike Adams, author of Natural Health Solutions and the Conspiracy to Keep You From Knowing About Them. “The financial success of the psychiatric industry is almost entirely based on diagnosing people with fictitious disorders, then prescribing overpriced, patented synthetic chemicals to treat those disorders. There is no scientific merit whatsoever to most of what goes on in psychiatry today. Children are being routinely exploided by drug companies to generate profits, not health.”
Adams is the creator of the popular Disease Mongering Engine (http://www.newstarget.com/disease-mongering-engine.asp), a popular web-based tool that allows users to instantly generate their own diseases, disorders and syndromes that sound like genuine psychiatric diagnoses. He’s has also produced numerous CounterThink cartoons detailing the abuses of modern psychiatry, including the gruesome but popular comic “Mental Treatment” (http://www.newstarget.com/021430.html) which depicts children being corralled into chemical treatment camps run by Nazi-like medical soldiers.
Although he admits the diagnostic system is unscientific, Spitzer has falsely promoted the safety of the drugs, stating that psychiatric drugs “don’t have serious side effects.” This claim is contradicted by numerous FDA warnings, official studies, adverse event reports to the FDA and lawsuits over psychiatric drug injuries. Following is a sample of these:
• The FDA has warned that psychiatric drugs cause heart attack, stroke, suicidal and homicidal behavior, diabetes, psychosis and sudden death.
• In 2006 the FDA announced that they received 51 reports of sudden death from ADHD drugs such as Adderall. (Keith Altman, an expert in analyzing adverse event data, stated that only an estimated 1-10% of adverse event reports on drugs are reported to the FDA.)
• According to a USA Today study of FDA data collected between 2000 and 2004, there were at least 45 child deaths with antipsychotics listed as the “primary suspect.” During this time period, there were also 1,328 reports of bad side effects, some of them life-threatening.
• Eli Lilly, manufacturer of the antipsychotic Zyprexa, has agreed to pay approximately $1.2 billion to settle more than 25,000 individual claims against them for diabetic side effects.
• Dr. David Healy, director of Cardiff University’s North Wales department of psychological medicine, published a study in September last year in the Public Library of Science Medicine journal which found that antidepressants increase the risk of violence in children and adults.
For more information on the dangers of psychiatric drugs, read The Report on the Escalating International Warnings on Psychiatric Drugs by CCHR at http://www.cchr.org/index.cfm/9027/14852
This article republished with augmentation of supporting quotes from Mike Adams, courtesy of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, http://www.CCHR.org
See original article at http://www.cchr.org/index.cfm/9027/19694