Substance Abuse Prevention

Drug Abuse PreventionKey to avoiding the heartache of seeing someone you love spiral downwards and out of control, is to prevent it before it happens. Wishing will not make it so when it comes to substance abuse prevention. Knowledge is key!

Unbearable as it may seem to take on one more task while your family member or friend is on the edge of destroying their lives and possibly yours, it is simple and almost effortless to get the information you need to prevent any worsening and to help your loved one to get on a path that will avoid the inevitable incarceration. Whether that is in a correctional facility, rehab facility or psychiatric ward, substance abuse is now a financial route for some to cash in on the nightmares that accompany drug and/or alcohol abuse.

First, and foremost, abuse is a relative term for some. Substance abuse prevention may not even be on the forefront of your mind, if you feel that smoking marijuana is okay or that having a drink or two at night is fine. Using heroin, speed, synthetic marijuana, designer drugs, may fit into the category of substance abuse for many, but it is also very important to understand the relativity of what a substance may do to one and yet not to another person.

In the field of Genomics (medical testing of DNA), there has been a breakthrough of sorts, where we find that a test exists that can determine if a person can metabolize a substance. If their body cannot break down the substance and move it through the various bodily systems, the person essentially becomes toxic as the liver cannot process the substance and the result is the “adverse effects” of the substance.

For instance, one person may be able to drink beer, whereas another cannot. A “lush” is only someone who is not able to metabolize the alcohol they have consumed and therefore their behavior is reckless and out of control.

Drugs and alcohol have been around since the dawn of mankind, yet the use of and abuse of both are now considered mental health issues. This marks a new segment in time, because it opens the door for anyone who is not able to handle the pot, the drinks, the drugs, to be diagnosed as mentally ill, placed on mental health drugs (which are considered mind-altering and carry warnings such as hallucinations, mania, psychosis, delusions, suicidal thoughts and homicidal thoughts).

The game has changed and therefore it may benefit all of us to keep up with the factual information that is available on the subject of substance abuse prevention.

In a recently published article, reporter Debra Winters, talks of the drugs that are being used nowadays.

K2, spice, or otherwise known as synthetic marijuana is taking its toll as people are “landing in the hospital”. Cases have been cited, throughout the state of Florida, where people are becoming psychotic as a result of smoking this drug. Psychotic in terms of that they are no longer able to function in life, their thought processes have slowed or halted and the families are left to pick up the pieces or pay the psychiatric bills, or both.

MDMA, Ecstasy or Molly, is a man-made drug that alters the mind (psychoactive) and as a hallucinogen is likely to end the person up in a psychiatric ward as well and has been responsible for deaths around the country.

Cited in Ms. Winter’s article, “The chemical base for Molly is coming from China. The problem with Molly and Ecstasy is the elevation of the body temperature. By the time the kid is taken to the emergency room there is little that can be done to bring it down. Kids are literally frying themselves to death.”

“Bath Salts” (not the kind used in a bathtub), but a stimulant found in the khat plant. This substance produces a “hallucinatory delirium, in addition to psychotic and violent behavior and deaths have been reported.”

Flakka, another designer and synthetic drug, that like “Bath Salts” is made from the khat plant and causes people to hallucinate, become delusional, and act erratically and again, causes death. One news report says, “In 2013 there were a total of 126 reported deaths tied to synthetic cathinone in Florida.” (cathinone, the substance in MDMA, Mollly, Ecstasy and Flakka.

Some of the effects of these drugs are a “melting of the muscle tissue and the release of muscle fibers in the blood stream. This can lead to kidney failure and result in a user needing permanent dialysis.”

Prevention is the key! Understanding how to help the person who is inclined to take street drugs, designer drugs, abuse of alcohol, marijuana, or even the inability to tolerate the latter two.

Medical professionals throughout the country, who are traditional in their approach and aware of the medical causes for depression, anxiety, aggression, and many other of the mental health problems that arise in a person’s real-life and stressful existence, can test for underlying physical causes for why the person is not handling the life’s stresses well, physically.

There is a huge body of documented research into the medical causes for stress and extreme stress and the mental health symptoms that accompany. Finding the medical cause for why the person is unable to handle stress, is a first step into substance abuse prevention and handling of.

Some valuable web resources for this documentation include the following:

http://www.alternativementalhealth.com

http://www.alternativetomeds.com/professional-staff.html

Sources:

Wayne Police, Student Resource Officers Keep tabs on new drug trends, http://www.northjersey.com/news/crime-and-courts/police-student-resource-officers-keep-tabs-on-drug-trends-1.1322331, North Jersey.com

What is flakka? Florida’s dangerous new drug trend, http://www.cbsnews.com/news/flakka-floridas-dangerous-new-drug-trend/, CBS News

Psychiatric pharmacogenomics testing in clinical practice, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3181940/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schools Cannot Force Parents to Medicate Their Child

Child rights in school
Many parents are told, by teachers or other school personnel, that their child may have ADHD, learning disorder or other mental health problems.  Parents always have the right to demand that their child get a good education.  They do not have to medicate their child in order for that child to be eligible to go to any school.

Teachers can share “School-based observations”, but it does not give them a medical license to diagnose your child or pressure you to medicate them.

Per the Florida Statute (Chapter1006.0625) “ A public school may not deny any student access to programs or services because the parent of the student has refused to place the student on psychotropic medication.

 This is, also, stated in a Federal Regulation, “The State Education Agency must prohibit State and Local Education Agency personnel from requiring parents to obtain a prescription for substances identified under Schedules I, II, III…for a child as a condition of attending school, receiving an evaluation…or receiving services…”

 

 

Edward W. Pearson, MD

Dr. PearsonNMF Alcoholism And Addiction Success And Theory

http://newmedicinefoundation.com/Articles/tabid/67/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/41/NMF-Alcoholism-and-Addiction-Success-and-Theory.aspx

You’re Not Depressed……Your HORMONES Are!

http://newmedicinefoundation.com/Articles/tabid/67/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/47/Youre-Not-DepressedYour-HORMONES-are.aspx

 

We’re All Bipolar Now! Everyone Needs A Psychiatric Diagnosis…

http://newmedicinefoundation.com/Articles/tabid/67/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/83/Were-All-Bipolar-Now-Everyone-needs-a-psychiatric-diagnosis.aspx

Edward W. Pearson, MD

Beyond Medications-mental health initiatives and treatments with natural product pharmacy

 PamelaMental health and the proper treatment of all conditions related to this are of utmost importance.

The brain is malleable and reacts favorably to several specific supplements. Prescription dose Folic Acid is most active in the brain and can bind to serotonin receptors. In fact it has affinity for 4 different serotonin receptors.

Another well-known supplement for brain health is fish oil. I am aware many people already take omega-3 fatty acids, but it is important to know that different concentrations affect the brain in different ways. EPA and DHA arrive in the brain via different mechanisms. EPA arrives in the central nervous system via carrier across blood brain barrier and DHA has direct diffusion capability. Data has shown that depending on the concentration and time of day given these supplements affect both elements of depression and anxiety. Thus product selection is of the utmost importance for treating mental health conditions.

Lithium Ornitrate and passionflower also have pivotal roles in mental health treatment. Mood stabilizing activity as well as anxiolytic effects is very reproducible.

There are many alternative options that have proven workability in terms of mental health symptoms.

Pamela Seefeld, R.Ph.

Pharmacognosy Consultant

http://www.botanicalresource.com

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Definition

Post Traumatic Stress DisorderIn an NBC news report, 2010, the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder definition that was given was “an undeniably real sickness whose symptoms — flashbacks, vivid nightmares, intrusive thoughts, exaggerated startle response, emotional numbness — can be debilitating.”

There is absolutely no denying that our military servicemen and women go through experiences that we civilians cannot imagine surviving. They have fought for our country and our freedom and the life that we live. Veterans have earned the right to safe treatment for the lasting effects of war that intrudes on their lives so horrendously.

In an article, published by The Denver Post, 2013, titled, “Back Home: Vets try alternative medicine to treat PTSD, brain injuries”, we learn that there are successful treatments that offer alternatives to pharmaceutical intervention.

After all the pharmaceuticals carry strong warnings that are, in themselves, the same mental health symptoms that the veteran is trying to cure.

In the Denver article, an insight into these alternatives is offered. “Lisa Davila, who specializes in patient-centered care at the Denver VA Medical Center, said some alternatives might offer a solution to prescription pill dependency that can lead to abuse and suicide.

‘There is a big need, it is a valid way to not take as many narcotics,’ she said. ‘We need to look at alternatives. I have learned that our veterans are wanting that, and they’re open to that.

‘I think we realize that we just need some more resources, that the model of care has evolved. We need to look at the whole person and in order to do that we need more choices. We need more aspects of care that maybe 10, 20, 30 years ago seemed a little out there or not well researched,’ Davila said, ‘but the research is showing that this is beneficial and with the way things are going, we can do a lot of good for our patients without medication.’”

In an article, written by three Ph.Ds, titled, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) for PTSD, the alternative treatments are referred to as complementary and alternative. The doctors define this approach as “treatments not considered to be standard in the current practice of Western medicine.” The complementary end of this is that the treatment is used in combination with more conventional treatment.

The use of alternative treatment for mental health problems is said to be “common and increasing”. There shows an increasing rate of alternative therapies used to manage anxiety, depression and other mental health symptoms. At times, over the last couple of decades, alternative treatment is being used more than conventional.

Some of the alternative treatments for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder were reported to include Acupuncture, Meditation, Relaxation and Yoga.

The article says that “The top 5 uses of CAM were for, in order: stress management, anxiety disorders, PTSD, depression, and back pain.

The types of treatments used most often in specialized PTSD programs were: mindfulness, stress management/relaxation, progressive muscle relaxation, and guided imagery, all of which were offered more than 50% of treatment programs.”

Additionally, in the previously mentioned Denver article, it states that, “During emotional hearings about the alleged overprescription of narcotics at the Tomah VA hospital, many who testified noted there are safer ways to treat pain.

One treatment mentioned was acupuncture.

… a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association published in 2012 found the practice effective at easing chronic pain. The military uses it to treat wounded soldiers on the battlefield, and the VA now covers acupuncture for veterans back home.”

For our nations’ heroes, for those who fight for our country and their families that courageously wait at home, keeping a home for our military men and women, there is hope and there are alternative treatments that will help without the dangerous side effects of mental health drugs.

 

Sources:

NPR News in Milwaukee, April, 2015, “Veterans in Wisconsin Try Acupuncture as an Alternative to Narcotics”, http://wuwm.com/post/veterans-wisconsin-try-acupuncture-alternative-narcotics

 

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) for PTSD, Jennifer L. Strauss, PhD, Ariel J. Lang, PhD, and Paula P. Schnurr, PhD

The Denver Post, Back Home: Vets try alternative medicine to treat PTSD, brain injuries, 2013, http://www.americanhomecomings.com/news/2013/08/27/veterans-turn-to-alternative-medicine-to-treat-ptsd-brain-injuries/

NBC news report, 2010

 

Mental Health Drugs

Mental Health DrugsMental health and mental health drugs are the subjects of a great deal of news headlines in the last decade. Violence associated with mental health drugs has become a great concern to the mental health profession, lawmakers, advocates and the general public. Mental health drugs carry FDA warnings of homicidal thoughts and aggression as well as violence.

Unfortunately, it takes a real strong intention to be able to delve into this subject. Unforgivably and unforgettably, there are so many lives that have been lost due to the adverse effects of mental health drugs.

For our own sakes, we may want to develop that strong will sooner than later and simply read through the following facts and information. Our communities, our schools, our malls, and families and friends are at stake and time has passed, long enough, that we may not want to hesitate to take a stance on this issue. The media will bombard us with too much of the same vested message that overlooks these vital facts.

Fox News report, March 2015, “Most people with mental health disorders do not hurt other people, studies show. Other factors, such as feelings of isolation or anger, or drug and alcohol abuse, are often involved when people commit unimaginable acts, such as deliberately crashing a plane, said Seena Fazel, a professor of forensic psychiatry at the University of Oxford in England.

Germany’s Spiegel magazine reported that police found information suggesting that Lubitz had a mental health problem, though this has not been confirmed.”

In the world of mental health advocacy there are many advocates who have read every single headline of mass violence to see what the media is and isn’t reporting. Most of the time, the details on what mental health drugs the individual was taking, are not printed, delayed in being revealed and/or downplayed. FDA warnings of homicidal thoughts, aggression and violence, placed on mental health drugs, are there because individuals in the clinical trials did, in fact, experience those effects and enough of them experienced those effects in order for it to end up as an official warning.

Here are some of the latest headlines on the subject of violence and mental health: “Mother Charged in Baby Murder Has History of Mental Illness”; “Fleeting Stability for a Woman Charged With Killing Her son”; “Intruder who held brothers at knifepoint is jailed for 10 years”…for violence and long standing and serious mental health issues; “paranoid schizophrenic who drowned 16 bottles of Stella before knifepoint robbery jailed”. This is only in a period of a couple of weeks. It’s a new and frightening trend to see in our headlines that mental health is being linked to violence without the mention of the cause of the violence, from the drugs.

ETN Global Travel Industry News published an article on April 2, 2015, “What psychiatric drugs did Germanwings killer pilot Andreas Lubitz do?”

Within the article, it relays the following,” How can I kill myself, how can I secure the cockpit door from the inside? This research was done by the Lufthansa/Germanwings killer pilot on his home computer prior to him crashing the aircraft last week.

The following article was published today in Global research:

Even at normal doses, taking psychiatric drugs can produce suicidal thinking; violent behavior; aggressiveness; extreme anger; hostility; irritability; loss of ability to control impulses; rage reactions; hallucinations; mania; acute psychotic episodes; akathisia; and bizarre, grandiose, highly-elaborated destructive plans, including mass murder.

“Withdrawal from psychiatric drugs can cause agitation, severe depression, hallucinations, aggressiveness, hypomania, akathisia, fear, terror, panic, fear of insanity, failing self-confidence, restlessness, irritability, aggression, an urge to destroy, and, in the worst cases, an urge to kill.” – From Preventive Psychiatry E-Newsletter # 296:Drug Studies Connecting Psychotropic Drugs with Acts of Violence, – unpublished.”

 

Sources:

Fox News, 2015, “Germanwings crash: Mental illness alone does not explain co-pilot’s behavior, experts say”, http://www.foxnews.com/health/2015/03/30/germanwings-crash-mental-illness-alone-does-not-explain-co-pilot-behavior/

eTN Global Travel Industry News, April 2, 2015, “What psychiatric drugs did Germanwings killer pilot Andreas Lubitz do?”.

http://www.eturbonews.com/57236/what-psychiatric-drugs-did-germanwings-killer-pilot-andreas-lubi

Mental Health Problems

Mental Health ProblemsDealing with mental health problems can be intensely painful for the individual and for their family and friends. Common mental health problems such as, Bipolar, ADHD, Binge Eating Disorder, Schizophrenia, Anorexia and Depression can be overwhelming and confusing.

There are medical professionals that lead the way, in terms of helping people who feel they have mental problems, to understanding the field of mental health.

Dr. Allen Frances, M.D., Chairman of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual Committee, fourth revision, in a 2012 article published in “Psychology Today”, says, “The history of psychiatry is littered with fad diagnoses that in retrospect did far more harm than good…

The motives of the people working on DSM 5 have often been questioned. They have been accused of having a financial conflict of interest because some have (minimal) drug company ties and also because so many of the DSM 5 changes will enhance Pharma profits by adding to our already existing societal overdose of carelessly prescribed psychiatric medicine.”

Dr. Fred Baughman, Child Neurologist, stated “Psychiatry, in all of this time, doesn’t have one case report of one disease validated, not one. What they do is they meet at the Psychiatric American Association. They meet in the DSM committee (The Diagnostic Statistical Manual Committee) and they vote on making new behavioral and emotional disorders and then they vote and then they start immediately calling them diseases and they tell people, they tell the public these are diseases. Total Fraud.”

Most patients would agree with both Dr. Baughman and Dr. Frances, when given some thought, because there isn’t a medical test that can evidence mental health problems in terms of disease or disorders. The evaluation that a physician, psychologist or psychiatrist does in order to place the diagnosis of Depression, or any other diagnosis, is purely subjective. Meaning that it relies, solely, on the observation of the doctor and his or her adjudication of what your symptoms may be adding up to in terms of the choices the doctors have from the DSM.

Medical science uses tests to confirm illnesses such as Diabetes or Cancer. Those test results are used as evidence of ailment and a basis for all treatment.

With no medical test to evidence what is causing your mental health symptoms, you are simply relying on the doctor’s adjudication which is, of course, a vested interest, not a biological or scientific process.

Dr. Frances mentions that the changes in the diagnostical manual will enhance Pharma. A study out of the University of Massachusetts, in 2012, confirms this by having found that, “Three-fourths of the work groups continue to have a majority of their members with financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry.”

Without negating any mental health symptom someone may be experiencing, there is no doubt that anyone of us, at any point in our lives could experience mental health problems. Life is stressful, loss is real, and pain is relentless. There are answers for those who need help. The facts and information that this article provides are the road to full information for you and with that, you may be more likely to make decisions that will truly better your life.

The FDA places strong warnings on the mental health drugs. Warnings such as mania, psychosis, delusions, paranoia, hallucinations, sudden death, suicidal and homicidal thoughts. These and/or similar warnings are in the package insert of every prescription bottle. They are also mental health symptoms in themselves. For example, antidepressants carry warnings of worsening depression and suicidal thoughts. That is a big risk to take when you are only looking for help.

The fact is, and has been, since the 1960s, that there are medical professionals who rely on bona-fide medical testing to help find the underlying physical cause of any unwanted mental health symptom. Hard to believe, but scientifically true. For anything from Anorexia, to Depression, to Anxiety, and more, there are actual physical ailments that are known to cause these mental health symptoms and the more traditional doctors perform medical tests to help evidence the cause and therefore what best treatment options are available to you.

The New York Times, in 2011, published an article, titled, “For Some, Psychiatric Trouble May Start in Thyroid”. This article states, “In patients with depression, anxiety and other psychiatric problems, doctors often find abnormal blood levels of thyroid hormone.”

Dr. Doris Rapp has worked for decades to medically test patients for food intolerances and allergies that were causing her patients extreme anxiety, depression and all sorts of mental health symptoms.

There are a whole host of traditional medical professionals who specialize in helping individuals with mental health problems to find the potential underlying physical cause.

There is an entire center dedicated to this purpose, in Arizona, called “Alternative to Meds Center”, where they have many medical professionals right at the center who work with patients all the time to resolve their mental health symptoms with medical testing and alternative treatments. This is the philosophy at Alternative to Meds Center:

“Our belief is that real underlying causes do exist for why an individual may suffer from addiction, depression, anxiety, lack of ambition, or be incapable of handling emotional pain. Though prescription drugs do have a role in treatment, they often do not address the underlying problems, and carry side effects, making them less than ideal. We believe that many mood disorders are the result of inadequate nutrition, or the inability to metabolize proper nutrition because of a toxicity overload, mutated genes, or damaged enzymes.

A balanced individual should be capable of handling even grave tragedies without those situations turning into chronic mood disorders. We not only address this balance with customized programs for nutrition and detoxification but also with medication tapering, counseling, exercise, supplementation, acupuncture, and yoga. Recreational drug use and ‘self-medicating’ may be due to underlying metabolic problems as well as behavioral ones.”

There are many medical professionals throughout the country who are traditional in their approach and have your best interests in mind when treating you. You do, always, have the right to full information in order to make an informed decision that is for the betterment of your life and quality of your life. That right is assured to you through the universally accepted and legal concept of Informed Consent. You always have the right to know the risks of the proposed treatment and the alternative treatment.

In closing Dr. Frances, in the Psychology Today article, gives us these words of wisdom, “I would suggest… that potential patients be deeply skeptical, especially if the proposed diagnosis is being used as a rational for prescribing medication for you or for your child; and that payers question whether some of these are suitable for reimbursement.”

 

Sources:

Psychology Today, 2012, “DSM 5 Is Guide Not Bible—Ignore Its Ten Worst Changes”, https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/dsm5-in-distress/201212/dsm-5-is-guide-not-bible-ignore-its-ten-worst-changes.

“No Science, No Cures”, Youtube

New York Times, 2011, “For Some, Psychiatric Trouble May Start in Thyroid”

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/22/health/for-some-psychiatric-troubles-may-begin-with-the-thyroid.html?_r=0

Psychotropic Drugs Side Effects

PrescriptionPsychotropic drugs do carry side effects, as all drugs do; yet individuals are rarely given the package insert that comes with the prescription. The FDA places severe warnings of psychotropic drugs side effects and the public have a right to know these adverse effects as well as the alternative treatments that are available for the individuals who is experiencing mental health symptoms.

We are in a country that permits direct-to-consumer advertising and with that advertising comes a hurried or minimally visible listing of the side effects.

Take note that the listed psychotropic drugs side effects come from clinical trials where patients experienced these effects. Real lives were harmed in the trials and real-lives are harmed in every day life.

There is no denying that anyone at anytime can experience mental health symptoms and sometimes severe symptoms, that can intrude on their ability to live a happy life. Yet, each and every one of us has the right to know what our choices are in handling those symptoms.

Symptoms are a result of a cause and the mental health community does not even profess to know the medical cause of unwanted mental health symptoms in terms of medical tests that evidence the cause. For example, most mental health diagnoses that lead to psychotropic drugs are questionnaires that either the patient fills out or the doctor delivers as a subjective assessment to the patient. These are not objective medical tests.

Stimulant drugs for children and for adults carry warnings such as the ones listed on the package insert of the ADHD and Binge Eating Disorder Drug, Vyvanse.

Mental (psychiatric) problems including:
In Children, Teenagers, and Adults:

  • new or worse behavior and thought problems new or worse bipolar illness
  • seeing or hearing things that are not real believing things that are not real
  • being suspicious

 

In Children and Teenagers
new psychotic symptoms such as:

  • Hearing voices
  • Believing things that are not true
  • Being suspicious
  • New manic symptoms

The most common side effects of VYVANSE in ADHD include:

  • Anxiety
    decreased appetite o diarrhea
    dizziness
    dry mouth
    irritability
  • Loss of appetite
    nausea
    trouble sleeping
    upper stomach pain
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss

Anxiety drugs for children and adults, such as Xanax, a Benzodiazepine, carry warnings such as the following, and more:

Special Populations
Changes in the absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of benzodiazepines have been reported in a variety of disease states including alcoholism, impaired hepatic function and impaired renal function. Changes have also been demonstrated in geriatric patients.

Pediatrics — The pharmacokinetics of alprazolam in pediatric patients have not been studied

Certain adverse clinical events, some life threatening, are a direct consequence of physical dependence to XANAX. These include a spectrum of withdrawal symptoms; the most important is seizure (see DRUG ABUSE AND DEPENDENCE). Even after relatively short- term use at the doses recommended for the treatment of transient anxiety and anxiety disorder (i.e., 0.75 to 4.0 mg per day), there is some risk of dependence.

Benzodiazepines can potentially cause fetal harm when administered to pregnant women.

Suicide and mania

Depression drugs for children and adults, such as Zoloft, carry these warnings, and more:

Suicidal thoughts or actions; first on the list

Worsening depression, second on the list

  • Attempts to commit suicide
  • Acting on dangerous impulses
  • Acting aggressive or violent
  • Thoughts about suicide or dying
  • New or worse depression
  • New or worse anxiety or panic

Attacks

  • Feeling agitated, restless, angry or irritable
  • Trouble sleeping
  • An increase in activity or talking

More than what is normal for you

  • Other unusual changes in behavior

or mood

Serotonin Syndrome
This condition can be life threatening and may include:

  • Agitation, hallucinations, coma or other changes in mental status
  • Coordination problems or muscle twitching (overactive reflexes)
  • Racing heartbeat, high or low blood pressure
  • Sweating or fever
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Muscle rigidity

Antipsychotic drugs for children and adults and the elderly, such as Risperdal (Risperidone), carry these warnings and more:

A potentially fatal symptom complex sometimes referred to as Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS) has been reported in association with antipsychotic drugs. Clinical manifestations of NMS are hyperpyrexia, muscle rigidity, altered mental status, and evidence of autonomic instability (irregular pulse or blood pressure, tachycardia, diaphoresis, and cardiac dysrhythmia). Additional signs may include …acute renal failure.

A syndrome of potentially irreversible, involuntary, dyskinetic movements may develop in patients treated with antipsychotic drugs.

Hyperglycemia and Diabetes Mellitus

Cerebrovascular Adverse Events, Including Stroke, in Elderly Patients With Dementia

Suicide

Little known to the public is that a test exists that could prevent anyone from experiencing these psychotropic drug side effects.

The test has to do with something called “Genotype”(the genetic constitution of an individual organism). This test can be done to determine if the patient’s liver can metabolize the drug. This type of testing should be and could be done prior to prescribing a drug to a child or an adult. This would prevent the horrendous and tragic adverse effects that the FDA has listed as psychotropic drug side effects.

Parents Rights In School

 

Special Education

Parents rights in schoolAt times a student needs extra help from teachers to do well with their academics and many parents are familiar with Special Education and parents rights in school, but some may not be aware that there are advocates who can assist them in ensuring their child gets a fair education.

Whether the child has been in Special Education for a short time, or for most of their education, there are always rights ensured to the child and to their parents.

Providing reasonable accommodations for student’s courses are worked out through a plan that is coordinated with the parent and teachers. If a parent feels that their input has not been taken into consideration, they may benefit from contacting a Special Education attorney and/or advocate.

When determining if a student qualifies for Special Education, there may be a series of assessments performed that are physical and psychological. At all points, the parent has the right to be informed of the nature of the assessment and the results as well as the right to give or decline consent for those assessments. Because the disabilities categories have grown, over time, to include Specific Learning Disabilities, Autism, Other Health Impairment, Emotional Disturbance, and Behavior, a parent might find themselves pressured into having their child placed in Special Education services.

Mental health symptoms, behavioral health symptoms, learning challenges, may be attributable to medical illness or ailment. This is highly researched and at this time there are even functional mental health professionals that practice in medical testing to find underlying physical causes for why a student is not performing well. The medical tests are performed and the parent and child are shown the results of traditional tests that show what needs to be medically handled, whether it is a food allergy, hormone imbalance, thyroid imbalance, chemical sensitivity, toxic exposure and many more.

Dr. Doris Rapp has worked since the 1960s to help parents and their children in terms of testing for food allergies and chemical intolerances. Her work is well documented and interviews with Dr. Rapp and her patients can be found on Youtube.

Physicians who specialize in rare blood diseases, thyroid testing, and many more, are looking thoroughly into the physical condition of the child and relying on medical science to lead them to the cure of what ails the child.

Consider this, a real-life example of a young 7-year-old boy who was not doing well in school. The school personnel spoke with the mother repeatedly about bringing her son to a mental health professional for a diagnosis and treatment, the school personnel spoke repeatedly to the mother about the boy’s need to be in Special Education. The mother knew her son well and knew that the boy was a smart, well-behaved child and refused to cave under the pressure being applied to her. She had her son tested, by a traditional medical professional, for food allergies. By medical test results, she noticed that the foods her son was allergic to happen to be most of the foods served at the school cafeteria for lunch. Instead of having her son get lunch in the cafeteria, she began packing a homemade brown-bag lunch and not once afterwards did she receive complaints from the school that her son was misbehaving or that his grades were suffering.

In addition to the option to get your child a thorough physical exam, you have the option to contact Special Education Advocates and Attorneys.

Always, the student has a right to a fair education and parent’s rights in school are assured at all times!

Protection and Advocacy—Mental Health Help

In order for someone to understand protection and advocacy in the area of mental health or to receive mental health help, it is vital to understand the legal concept of Express and Informed Consent.

Many of us may take iProtection and Advocacy--Mental Health Helpt for granted, understandably so, that a medical professional would naturally tell us, the patient, of the risks and the alternatives to any proposed medical treatment or procedure. Respect for the medical community can tend to blind us to the fact that most of the time, in regards to mental health treatment, the patient is not assured their right to Express and Informed Consent.

To begin with, Florida has its own law that assures protection and advocacy by the patient, if he or she is aware of this law.

Per the law, “It is the intent of the Legislature that health care providers understand their responsibility to give their patients a general understanding of the procedures to be performed on them and to provide information pertaining to their health care so that they may make decisions in an informed manner after considering the information relating to their condition, the available treatment alternatives, and substantial risks and hazards inherent in the treatment.”

Florida Statute 381.026, Florida Patient’s Bill of Rights and Responsibilities, assures each Floridian that they have the right to individual dignity and information. They have the right to be given information concerning diagnosis, planned course of treatment, alternatives, risks, and prognosis.

The fact that the individual has the right to know of the risks and the alternatives implies he or she has the right to decide for him or herself and their children, whether they want to receive the treatment or an alternative treatment.

In the specific case of minors and the subject of involuntary commitment, through the Baker Act, a minor, therefore the parent still has the right to Express and Informed Consent to treatment. The typical line of treatment within a psychiatric ward is a psychiatric drug. These mental health drugs carry severe risks, listed by the FDA, of mental health symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, paranoia, suicidal thoughts, homicidal thoughts and actions, psychosis and many more. Parents have the right to know these risks and the right to know that there are medical professionals, throughout the state and throughout the country, who specialize in medical testing for underlying physical causes of unwanted mental health symptoms.

 

Express & Informed Consent regarding minors and the Baker Act, per Florida Statute 394.459(3), the following:

“Prior to requesting consent to treatment, the following must be provided and explained in plain language:

  • The reason for admission or treatment,
  • Proposed treatment, including psychotherapeutic medications
  • Purpose of treatment
  • Alternative treatments
  • Specific dosage range for medications
  • Frequency and method of administration
  • Common risks, benefits and short- term/long-term side effects
  • Contraindications
  • Clinically significant interactive effects with other medications. Similar information on alternative medication, which may have less severe or serious side effects.
  • Potential effects of stopping treatment
  • Approximate length of care
  • How treatment will be monitored, and that
  • Any consent for treatment may be revoked orally or in writing before or during the treatment period by the person legally authorized to make health care decisions for the person.

Please note that in the 394.459(3) wording it says “similar information on alternative medication…” The individual, the parent and the child, still have the right to alternative treatment as stated in Florida Statute 381.026. You do have the right to decline any proposed psychiatric medication for your child while he or she is held under the Baker Act.

As a special note, parents, please be aware that ultimately the law supports your right as guardian, regarding the Baker Act, unless you are not available. Per Florida Statute 743.065(1) and (2), “Medical care or treatment includes ordinary care but excludes surgery, general anesthesia, psychotropic medications or other extraordinary procedures requiring a court order.

Emergency medical care or treatment can be provided by a physician or EMS for an acute illness, disease, or condition when parental consent cannot be immediately obtained.”

Emergency medical care to a minor refers to an individual who has “been injured in an accident or who is suffering from an acute illness, disease, or condition if, within a reasonable degree of medical certainty, delay in initiation or provision of emergency medical care or treatment would endanger the health or physical well-being of the minor.”

Again, this applies if the parent is unable to be reached in order to give consent. It is not beyond real-life terms that a physician would deem that psychiatric treatment falls in the category of Emergency medical care. Parents are able to assert their rights as long as they are aware that their child has been brought to a facility under the Baker Act.