Many people experience Depression and Anxiety and feel alone with their struggle. You are not alone! The right to know the risks of the treatment for depression and for anxiety and the right to know the alternative treatment, is your right. Many individuals are not given this right when they go for help.
Little do most people know, but there exists a medical test that can evidence if mental health treatment, which is most often a drug, will predictably cause adverse reactions in a patient, prior to giving them the drug. Mental Health drugs carry strong FDA warnings of hallucinations, mania, psychosis, suicidal and homicidal actions and thoughts and more tragic consequences. The medical test is available through your physician and you have the right to ask for it. Mental health treatment is, by law, under the established legal boundaries of Informed Consent (the right to know the risks of the treatment and the right to know about the alternative treatment).
The scientific study of drugs (pharma) and genetics (inherited characteristics) is called “Pharacogenomics”. This study looks at how genetic characteristics influence medication response and can evidence the inability of a person’s body, to absorb and utilize a drug.
Individual’s responses to drugs are largely influenced by drug metabolism and the ability to metabolize is influenced by the activity of enzymes (electron transfer agents in pathways of the body that are responsible for metabolism). Added variables are the more than fifty different genes that affect the behavior of the metabolic enzymes. Even more variables exist and they include a group of enzymes that have several different versions of each enzyme due to one’s genetic make-up. There are, also, proteins, within the body that play a role in whether the body can break down and assimilate a drug or whether the drug will simply act as a toxin
Medical science has known about these variables for years and has had a way to test these variables to determine the dangers that the drugs may cause to the individual patient. The public is not made aware that this test exists. This includes testing for drugs that are prescribed for physical ailments as well as mental health symptoms
Ones hereditary characteristics adds up to a lot of variables that determine whether an individual can predict that they are likely to experience the FDA adverse effect warnings of mania, psychosis, hallucinations, sudden death, paranoia, delusions, suicidal thoughts and homicidal thoughts and more.
The absorption, distribution, metabolism or elimination of the drug is all influenced by hereditary factors.
Mental health treatment has no medical test done, prior to the prescribing of the drugs, to determine that an individual needs that drug. It is unlike medical science used for determining a physical ailment and this, most definitely, excludes mental health treatment from the realm of scientific fact. It is a field strewn with opinion. Individuals have the right to full factual information so that they can better their lives. (search through the site www.mentalhealthrights.org to find out more)
The following is a table, from the FDA, of the many factors that can influence whether a drug will cause an adverse response.
Factors Influencing Drug Response
|Absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion|
|Genetic polymorphism of drug-metabolizing enzymes|
|Absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion|
Source of Table: Adapted from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. International Conference on Harmonisation: guidance on ethnic factors in the acceptability of foreign clinical data; availability. Federal Register 1998;63(111):31790–31796. http://www.fda.gov/cder/guidance/2293fnl.pdf. Accessed October 17, 2007.
Other source of information: Drugs and Genes
Coriell personalized medicine collaborative https://cpmc.coriell.org/Sections/Medical/DrugsAndGenes_mp.aspx?PgId=216
Parents who are concerned about their babies’ mental health, please be aware that there are severe risks in the use of mental health drugs and infants. The drugs carry warnings such as hallucinations, delusions, mania, psychosis, aggression, suicidal thoughts and more. Babies’ mental health is an entire revenue source for prescribing doctors and for pharmaceutical companies. Yet, parents are nearly never told of the true harms that these drugs carry. Nor are they told of the fact that traditional, non-mental health doctors, can perform medical tests to evidence what physical ailment is causing the unwanted behavior in the infant, toddler, child and even adult.
In an article from the Wall Street Journal, titled, “Why Are So Many Toddlers Taking Psychiatric Drugs?”, it is cited that, in 2013, that “over 274,000 infants (0-1 year olds) and some 370,000 toddlers (1-3 years age) in the U.S. were on antianxiety (e.g. Xanax) and antidepressant (e.g. Prozac) drugs. This report also found that over 1,400 infants were on ADHD drugs.” Additionally, in 2014, The New York Times published the figure of over 10,000 toddlers on ADHD drugs.
The article continues to shock the reader by reporting that children going to doctor’s offices for the diagnosis of bipolar disorder had risen 40 fold over the past decade.
One of the most important points, made in this article, written by Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy, Professor of Psychiatry and medicine at Duke University Medical Center, is that there are alternative treatments that are not made available due to the lack of incentives for doctor’s to steer parents in the direction of less harm. Babies’ mental health is being compromised by these mental health drugs and parents are not given full information on the FDA warnings nor the alternative treatments.
Wayne Ramsay, Attorney at Law, published an article, titled “Psychiatric Drugs: Cure or Quackery?” and in this article, he quotes multiple doctors who give their statements on the harms of psychiatric drugs. Among their statements are the following:
“…all psychiatric drugs have serious long-term adverse effects and tend to produce chronic brain impairment (CBI).” Psychiatrist Peter R. Breggin, M.D.,
As well as this, “There is no evidence that any class of psychiatric drug acts by reversing or partially reversing an underlying physical process that is responsible for producing symptoms.” Joanna Moncrieff, MBBS, MSc, MRCPsych, MD — Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Sciences, University College, London
Mr. Ramsay brings up the point that psychiatric drugs harm the brain and often permanently. He quotes Dr. Breggin as having written that “…except for the brain dysfunction and biochemical imbalances caused by psychiatric drugs, there are no known abnormalities in the brains of people who routinely seek help from psychiatrists…”
Mr. Ramsay’s article discusses nearly every aspect of psychiatric drugs, from the fact that the drugs are harmful, to the fact that there are alternative treatments, that psychiatric drugs do cause harm to the brain, disturb sleep, specifically dreams, deep sleep, how the drugs cause disease, how the FDA is in bed with pharmaceutical companies, the violent effects of the drugs, a review of each class of drugs and more. It is highly informational and factual and quotes leading doctors throughout.
In an article, titled, “Babies on psychiatric drugs: crime with no punishment, by Jon Rappoport, he cites statistics of babies on drugs in 2013, as:
“In the US, babies 0-1 years old are ingesting psychiatric drugs at these rates (for the year 2013):
Anti-anxiety drugs (e.g., Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan)—249,669 babies.
Antidepressants (e.g., Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil)—26,406 babies.
ADHD drugs (e.g., Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta)—1,422 babies.
Anti-psychotic drugs (e.g., Risperdal, Seroquel, Zyprexa)—654 babies.
Meanwhile, major media outlets waffle and wobble about the crime, experts in journals debate the crime, no one in the mainstream calls it a crime, the Department of Justice does nothing, and the pharmaceutical companies make billions.”
The long and short of it, for parents, is to do your homework! Babies’ mental health depends upon parents’ being fully informed. Take a look at the facts that are published all over the net. Look at the actual facts, not conjectures or hypotheses. The bottom line is that there are non medical tests, no brain scan, no chemical imbalance test, no blood test that can evidence one-single mental health disorder. The diagnoses are voted into existence by
Sources: Wall Street Journal
Wayne Ramsay, Attorney at Law
Federal law recognizes that psychiatric drug withdrawal is an adverse drug reaction. According to, 21 U.S. Code § 355–1 an adverse drug experience is defined as “any adverse event associated with the use of a drug in humans, whether or not considered drug related, including:
(A) an adverse event occurring in the course of the use of the drug in professional practice;
(B) an adverse event occurring from an overdose of the drug, whether accidental or intentional;
(C) an adverse event occurring from abuse of the drug;
(D) an adverse event occurring from withdrawal of the drug; and
(E) any failure of expected pharmacological action of the drug.”
For more than 20 years, World-wide media has reported about adverse effects of psychiatric drugs including suicidal ideation, homicidal ideation, mania, paranoia, delusions, psychosis, worsening depression and/or anxiety, and more. Yet, it is not widely known that withdrawal from the drugs include equally severe effects. This is one reason why it is vital to always consult and work with a qualified physician when considering to taper off a mental health drug.
Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal is an Adverse Drug Reaction and so are the horrific results of one’s actions while on the drug, even if the drug was prescribed by a doctor. Adverse events are classified as such and statistics are monitored throughout the world, yet this doesn’t help the millions of individuals and families who suffer as a result of the adverse reactions. Unfortunate as this is, it can be prevented with the use of medical testing.
According to the FDA report, Preventable Adverse Drug Reactions: A Focus on Drug Interactions, “ADRs are one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in health care. The Institute of Medicine reported in January of 2000 that from 44,000 to 98,000 deaths occur annually from medical errors.1 Of this total, an estimated 7,000 deaths occur due to ADRs. To put this in perspective, consider that 6,000 Americans die each year from workplace injuries.”
More currently, and according to a medical journal report, written by Xiao-Wu Chen, Wanging Liu and Shu-Feng Zhou “
Adverse drug reactions (ADRs) are one of the major causes of patient morbidity and mortality”, and that “A meta-analysis of 39 prospective studies from hospitals in the United States suggests that approximately 6.7% of hospitalized patients have serious ADRs and 0.32% of them have fatal reactions, and thus there are probably more than 2,216,000 serious ADRs in hospitalized patients, causing over 106,000 per year in the US . This figure appoints ADRs between the 4th and 6th leading causes of death in patients.” This article continues by relaying the long-known information about genetic testing. Testing that can be done prior to anyone ever taking a drug, revealing the likelihood of the person experiencing an adverse reaction. This test is available to the public and unfortunately most people don’t know it exists and, therefore, do not know to ask there doctor for this test prior to taking the prescribed drug. The medical report states that, “There are numerous factors which contribute to the occurrence of ADRs and variation in drug responses in different individuals. Some of these factors include patient age, sex, body weight, nutrition, organ function, infections and co-medications. Also, poor prescribing behaviour, for example, prescribing inappropriate doses in the presence of a contraindication or co-prescribing two drugs with a potential interaction may also result in an ADR. “
Important to note, that despite removing these factors, “a substantial proportion of ADRs remain present due to a genetic predisposition. It has become evident in recent years that genetic factors may also significantly alter drug responses or increase the risk for ADRs.”
Psychiatric drug withdrawal is considered an adverse effect and can be reported to the FDA. More importantly, working with a non-mental health doctor to get the genetic testing prior to taking any mental health drug, can possibly save lives.
Pharmacogenomics-Guided Approaches to Avoiding Adverse Drug Reactions http://www.omicsgroup.org/journals/pharmacogenomics-guided-approaches-to-avoiding-adverse-drug-reactions-2167-065X.1000104.php?aid=10081
Most people who contact a Mental Health Rights Advocate or a Baker Act attorney wonder how to fight the Baker Act. There are those who meet the criteria for involuntary examination and the legislator who enacted this law, Maxine Baker, had in mind to assist those individuals and to prevent any harm. Yet there are many who do not meet the criteria and still, they are Baker Acted.
How to fight the Baker Act, has everything to do with understanding the criteria as stated in the Florida Law. When that is understood, then the individual and their friends or family members can understand whether they have grounds to fight it or not.
Sometimes, individuals are perceived as having a disability or a mental illness because they have just received bad news and have a strong emotional reaction; or some people have had too much alcohol and start talking in a depressed manner; others may have a medical illness which symptoms are taken for mental health symptoms instead of physical. The individuals who do not meet the criteria are placed under the 72 hour hold and they cannot leave the facility just because they don’t think they belong there. It’s a law, and the law is very specific on this. To assist yourself in fighting the Baker Act, first get familiar with the criteria and then it may be very beneficial to work with a Mental Health Rights Advocate and/or a Baker Act attorney.
Involuntary commitment law exists in every state across the country and while some aspects of the law vary state-to-state, they all have commonalities such as the length of stay, the mandatory aspect of the stay and the fact that only a qualified mental health professional can grant release of the patient.
Afterwards, the involuntary examination becomes a part of the individual’s medical records and will follow them throughout their life. This is one aspect that should be considered when in the situation. Of course, if the person didn’t meet the criteria, it is a very irritating aspect. There is not a lot that can be done about it after the fact. You always have the right to file appropriate complaints to state agencies in regards to the Baker Act and specific aspects that you feel violated Florida law. Again, this is best accomplished with the help of an advocate or attorney.
Disabilities and/or abilities are determined by majority opinion in the field of mental health. They are not evidenced by medical tests in the way that Diabetes, Cancer or any other physical ailment is diagnosed. If an individual is “regarded as having a disability” there are certain legal actions that can be taken if the person is treated in an unfair way that violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. That’s interesting because the disabilities law allows for the fact that some people are “regarded as having disabilities” when they don’t and yet, the Baker Act law does not take this into consideration at all. Once someone is deemed to meet the criteria, they are determined to have a mental illness, per the criteria.
In a report, written by Risa M. Mish, titled, “Regarded As Disabled” Claims under the ADA: Safety Net or Catch-all?, Ms. Mish enlightens us as to what this legal concept of “regarded as disabled” actually means. On a rare occasion if someone was Baker Acted and during the stay at the facility, was treated in a way that violates the Americans With Disabilities Act, then a Disabilities Attorney might have reason to file suit on the patient’s behalf.
Per Ms. Mish’s report, “The ADA regulations provide that an individual is “regarded as disabled” if she: (1) has a physical or mental impairment that does not substantially limit major life activities but is treated by an employer as constituting such limitation; (2) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits major life activities only as a result of the attitudes of others toward such impairment; or (3) has none of the impairments specified in the ADA subsection, but is treated by an employer as having a substantially limiting impairment. Therefore, an individual will be “regarded as disabled” when others behave toward that individual as if she had a substantially limiting impairment, regardless of whether the individual actually has such an impairment.
This is offered as food for thought! If you find yourself in a situation where a friend of family member has been Baker Acted, you can keep this in mind. Additionally, there is a lot of information on this site that you may find helpful in asserting your rights and fighting the Baker Act.
First and foremost, know that your friend or relative has all constitutional rights despite having been involuntarily committed. This right is assured by the Baker Act law, Florida Statute394.459 Rights of patients.
The law states: RIGHT TO INDIVIDUAL DIGNITY. A person who is receiving treatment for mental illness shall not be deprived of any constitutional rights.
The circumstances just prior to the person being taken to the psychiatric facility, largely determine if he or she met the criteria or were perceived to have met the criteria. An experienced Mental Health Rights Advocate or a Baker Act attorney can help you to sort that out. Each year, the state publishes an annual report in regards to how many Baker Acts there were, statewide, during the year. Startling as it may be, there were over 170,000, per the most recent annual report. That leaves a lot of people wondering what their rights are if their child, husband, daughter, friend, mother, father, sister or brother was Baker Acted. Family members have rights as well as the individual who is being examined.
Those rights include the right to visit their loved one during visiting hours. Visiting hours vary per facility and it may be one of the first things you want to find out so that you can ensure your right to see your loved one as soon as possible. The rights of the patient are, by law, supposed to be posted in a visible place within the facility and you can mention that to the person being held. They can get familiar with what options they have at the point they are admitted.
Additionally, you have the right to communicate with your friend or family member, at “reasonable times”. Again, this varies according to policies at each individual facility and you may want to find out when it is you can speak to your loved one over the phone.
You have the right to file a Writ of Habeas Corpus on behalf of the individual being held and that gets filed in the courthouse of the county where the facility is. The Writ is a formal request to find out why the person is being detained. You, also, have the right to help your friend or family member to report any violations of rights and privileges of the patient.
The law states:
VIOLATIONS.—The department shall report to the Agency for Health Care Administration any violation of the rights or privileges of patients, or of any procedures provided under this part, by any facility or professional licensed or regulated by the agency.
POSTING OF NOTICE OF RIGHTS OF PATIENTS.—Each facility shall post a notice listing and describing, in the language and terminology that the persons to whom the notice is addressed can understand, the rights provided in this section. This notice shall include a statement that provisions of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act apply and the name and telephone number of a person to contact for further information. This notice shall be posted in a place readily accessible to patients and in a format easily seen by patients. This notice shall include the telephone numbers of the Florida local advocacy council and Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities, Inc.
Drew Lynch is the young, 20 something comedian who hit it big on the talent show, “America’s Got Talent”, with his incredibly inspiring personal story of how to dismiss your disability and create a positive, and with his truly humorous comedy act. Drew Lynch has a story that could have been tragic, but he found a way and a will to make sure it wasn’t. Instead of focusing on a changed ability, and giving up on his dreams, he used his strong ability to make people laugh and creates a joyous and successful life for himself. That is what it is to dismiss your disability and create a positive.
According to his website, he was hit in the throat by a softball at the age of 20 years old. The damage created by this impact was to his vocal cords and it caused Drew to have a stutter. Where once he was aspiring to be a successful actor, and per his own words, on television, the guy he used to be would not have spent time with the guy he is now, he went through many life changes that only some of us might be able to understand.
Drew Lynch is not alone in his journey. So many people have an ability that has been taken from them, due to medical illness, injury or trauma. If it were more acceptable in society to be unique and different, these injured abilities would not be referred to as a disability with the same connotation that they dream up for us in our current day. Whether it is the inability to hear, or see, or walk, or talk, or to travel, or to go in an airplane, to swim in the ocean, to focus on our work, or any other ability that is not necessarily like others, what we call a disability, is an opportunity to reach bigger and higher and it is individuals like Drew who help to inspire us to do so.
At times, Drew performs with Samuel J. Comroe, a fellow comedian who has had Tourette’s all of his life. Together they make people laugh, they inspire and help to show them a positive slant to all that happens in life. This is true art and talent and leadership on their parts.
Additionally, it is often said that someone who cannot hear or cannot see, has heightened abilities in other areas. Scientific American published an article on this exact subject. In their report they referred to The Journal of Neuroscience and a study that was done that shows that there is “mounting evidence that people missing one sense don’t just learn to use the others better. The brain adapts to the loss by giving itself a makeover. If one sense is lost, the areas of the brain normally devoted to handling that sensory information do not go unused—They get rewired and put to work processing other senses.”
Perhaps we each have stronger abilities in one area because of a lesser ability in other areas. We do have the choice to use our stronger abilities for the good of many, including ourselves.
Too often, the American public and in fact the public, worldwide, are told that an ability that doesn’t function like others, a disability, is a mental health or behavioral health problem that can only be treated by pharmaceuticals. How untrue this is and in each of our own way, we can take a page from the book of these two young men and many other heroic athletes, performers and individuals who go beyond the expectations of the mental health community and take charge of their lives.
Easier said then done! To dismiss your disability and create a positive! This is the genuine challenge each of us has. Imagine the possibility of first, working with a qualified medical professional to accurately and precisely discover the potential physical cause of your unwanted condition, your disability, and then working with the traditional, non mental health professional, to treat that physical ailment to create a marked improvement in life. Then, to look at your strengths, the abilities you excel at, that bring joy to others, and to use that ability for good. Such as Drew Lynch has done! This is the challenge we all face and with help perhaps the more individuals who choose to do this, the more we can help each other to succeed at it.
College students mental health problems are the focus of the mental health community and have been for over 7 years. While some may think this is a positive thing, others do not. In the Report to the Mental Health Issues Subcommittee, 2008, college students mental health is the topic and in the wake of the Virginia Tech mass shooting, the State University System of Florida addresses the subcommittee by, of course, asking State Universities to ask for more funding for their mental health programs.
What does that mean for college students mental health problems? It means that each institution in the State University System was advised to come up with policies and procedures for reporting any student who exhibits “at-risk behavior”. College students now, and for many decades, experience a new set of pressures that, at times, brings anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, and more. This is not new and had been addressed, long ago, by the family physician that would perform medical tests to understand why the young man or woman was responding in such a way to stress. There is much medical research in regards to physical ailments and deficiencies and how these things adversely affect the way a person can or cannot handle stress. With the stress and ensuing mental health symptoms, a college student is placed in the position, in our current era, of having mental health counselors right on campus.
While you may feel it is appropriate to relay your symptoms to those counselors, be aware that most campuses are now under the recommendations that were given at this Subcommittee meeting. That does not mean that it is not appropriate to speak with a counselor, it simply means to be aware and that you may want to additionally and/or initially speak with your parents about your troubles. Under the 2008 report this is the recommendation that was issued and followed, “All institutions reported that they initially attempt to assist the student on campus. However, institutions reported that they will either refer a student for an outside evaluation or initiate hospitalization if the student presents an imminent threat to self or others.” This is referred to in the report, as using the Baker Act, the Florida involuntary commitment law.
This is a subject with many parts and at this juncture, let’s examine those parts simply and with factual information.
There have been a number of mass-shootings in public and on college campuses over the last decade.
- There is evidence that the majority of those individuals who committed those mass shootings were on mental health drugs at some point in their lives.
- The FDA clinical trials reveal that mental health drugs do carry adverse effects of mania, delusions, hallucinations, psychosis, violence, aggression, homicidal ideation and more.
- There are medical professionals throughout the state and the country who specialize in the field of mental health and utilize medical testing to evidence the potential physical cause for unwanted mental health symptoms. (I.e. nutritional deficiencies, allergies, hormone problems, thyroid problems, tumors and more)
College students are asked, throughout their education, to analyze and evaluate facts, theories and hypotheses. This is possibly one of the most important sets of data that a college student could evaluate. Our culture is ridden with direct-to-consumer advertising that encourages the use of mental health drugs. Pharma vested dollars are spent in the billions to ensure that names of drugs and promotional campaigns are in the face of every American. Media perpetuates fear and often false information in terms of this issue. They help to drive the one thought process that the individuals who perpetuated these horrendous mass-killings, were in need of more mental health drugs or different ones.
Ask yourself this question: Is anyone deficient in drugs that are in the same class as cocaine? The medical answer, of course, is “No”. No one is deficient in these drugs. They are chemical restraints that when the adverse effects start to take place, create more mental health symptoms for the individual. The adverse effects begin at different times and in different ways for each person taking them. Similar to any other drug, the body needs to metabolize the drug, otherwise toxicity occurs.
Returning to the recommendation given to the Subcommittee, be aware that if the school does initiate the Baker Act on you or on one of your friends, this may halt your ability to complete your college education. Another recommendation in this report is “mandating a one-time assessment for a student who has been involuntarily committed under the Baker Act, to be done prior to allowing the student to return to class.” Again, this report is making recommendations for all State Universities to adopt policy in relationship to this. Perhaps it may be beneficial for you to ask to get a copy of your college’s policy. In relation to a mandatory assessment, this assessment is by a mental health professional and is done based upon a list of symptoms, only, and does not rely on medical science. Mental health professionals have no trouble admitting that fact and in fact, the Diagnostical Manual used for billing purposes has been cited as having a majority of its contributors with financial ties to pharmaceutical companies.
Some college students experiment with the mental health drugs and use them to stay awake and study or to calm themselves down or a variety of uses. What is at stake here is a college student’s entire future. With a record as having been diagnosed with mental illness; or a history of mental health problems; or a Baker Act, will most definitely carry forward in the future of that individual’s career and personal life. The records are private medical records, but the history carries forward and if you are ever asked if you have been diagnosed or committed, at say the Department of Motor Vehicles or elsewhere, you would have to answer affirmatively. For anyone that is held past the 72 hour hold, on a Baker Act, if a petition to keep the individual in the facility, reaches the court, there will be a court record of this forever more and is available as a public record. Every medical practitioner who accesses your records will take into consideration all the stigma and rhetoric that is attached to the mental health history, as well.
People of all ages, throughout Florida, face this situation every single day. Unfortunately, it is often after the fact. Again, think through the facts and perhaps you want to get more information as to the medical testing that can be done to assist an individual in finding out the true cause of any unwanted mental health symptom.
Never fear, the media will have you think you are mentally ill or at least at risk of being so. In a 2015 updated report regarding State Universities,”Campus Safety and Security: Critical Issues”, there shows an increase of 16% in the amount of college students who are experiencing severe psychological problems since the year 2000 and a consistent and steady “increase in the number of students arriving on campus that are already on psychiatric medication.”
All the “buzz words” are cited as being surveyed with college students these days (the same words that are issued in the media on a continual basis); “overwhelming anxiety”, “difficulty functioning”, “depression”, and more. With a 48% increase in college students going to college campus mental health centers since 2008-2009, you know that the media, advertising and rhetoric is winning the race to get young people diagnosed and on costly mental health drugs. College student mental health problems are big money for some and costly in terms of dollars and futures, for others.
Your right, foremost, is to always be given the full factual information in regards to the risks of any proposed treatment and the alternative treatment. Your right is to know that alternative treatment does exist and that medical testing is available to help identify any genuine and physical cause, ailment, disease, deficiency, that may be causing you to experience anxiety, depression, lack of focus, etcetera.
For those parents who have been told their child has ADHD symptoms and needs to take medication (i.e. Mental health drugs), there is hope. A new book, written by the mother of a six year-old boy who was diagnosed with ADHD, documents the success of treating those symptoms through nutrition. ADHD symptoms can be daunting for parents, teachers and children, such as the ones described in the East Hampton Star article on this new book. The Star reports that the child’s symptoms included troubling behavior, violent, lack of focus on schoolwork and other areas, difficulty playing quietly and fidgety.
This six year old had even been sent to the principal for kicking a teacher. At home, it was no better as one incident was described when “her son repeatedly smashed his baseball bat into his bedroom door.” These types of violent situations are not unfamiliar to parents in this day in age. Unfortunate as it may be to hear, parents across the country are experiencing this kind of trauma and they often feel that the only resort is to listen to the medical authorities and Pharma who tell them their child needs to be given mental health drugs. Those drugs carry adverse effects, documented by FDA clinical trials that include sudden cardiac arrest, suicidal thoughts, homicidal actions, diabetes, hallucinations and more.
Soozy Miller, author of “ADHD to Honor Roll”, offers her real-life experience with the difficult choice of what can be done to help a child with ADHD symptoms that doesn’t put him at risk for the adverse effects of the drugs. First, she needed to find the correct kind of medical help. Meaning, a doctor who was willing to look for a medical cause for her son’s behavior. The doctor she worked with is a functional medicine doctor who approached the situation as a true doctor, in terms of medical testing and evidence of physical weaknesses. In the case of Mrs. Miller’s child, he was becoming toxic from sugar.
Dr. Doris Rapp broke ground on this area in the 1960s as she evidenced the dramatic change in child behavior when nutritional deficiencies, intolerances and allergies were evidenced by medical test and remedied through dietary and environmental changes. For any parent who is interested in witnessing the severe change in behavior that can be caused by nutrition and environment, go to YouTube and search for “Dr. Doris Rapp, Phil Donahue show” and watch this video interview with the children, right there, on film, exhibiting the violent, manic and troubling behavior when either given the food that makes them toxic or exposed to environmental factors that affect them adversely. There is proof-positive, with medical testing and the simplicity of helping the child change his eating habits, that there is help that can last a lifetime and bring a lot of positive future for the child; whereas, the use of the mental health meds can prevent the child from having a future.
Loving parents have the right to this information and Mrs. Miller’s new book offers parents a way to benefit from another family’s struggle to help their child and a chance to share in this family’s success in having helped their son change his behavior and to do better in school. Her son is now able to do his homework on his own and he even made honor roll at school.
For some parents, it may seem as though your child’s doctor would have already discussed this type of alternative treatment with you, but according to a U.S. News & World Report, that is not necessarily the case. In a recent article, David Magnus, director of the Stanford Center of Biomedical Ethics in Stanford, California, is quoted as saying “Risks are not being adequately discussed by physicians with their patients”.
The article continues by letting us know that even research shows that doctors are not talking enough to patients about the risks and potential harms of treatment, to their patients. Financial pressures on the doctors is mentioned as a possible reason for why doctors are “glossing risk” factors of medical treatment when they discuss the treatment with their patients. Dr. David Newman, an emergency room doctor and director of clinical research at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, New York, says, “There’s good data to tell us that when patients are engaged in their decisions about their medical care and informed appropriately about harms, benefits and alternatives, they chose less care, not more — and they usually chose it in a way that actually improves their outcome,”
What Dr. Newman is talking about is covered under the legal concept of Informed Consent. Every individual, worldwide, has the right to know the risks and alternatives to any proposed treatment. That right is assured to you by law and with the love that you have for your child and for your family, you deserve full information, prior to any decision-making.
East Hampton Star, “Mother’s Book Offers Hope for Managing ADHD”, http://easthamptonstar.com/Education/2015507/Mothers-Book-Offers-Hope-Managing-ADHD
U.S. News & World Report, “Talking to the Doctor About Treatment Harms”, http://news.yahoo.com/talking-doctor-treatment-harms-143750319.html
Key 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:
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/