Babies’ Mental Health

BabyParents 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

http://blogs.wsj.com/experts/2015/02/19/why-are-so-many-toddlers-taking-psychiatric-drugs/

Wayne Ramsay, Attorney at Law

http://www.wayneramsay.com/drugs.htm

Jon Rappoport

https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/babies-on-psychiatric-drugs-crime-with-no-punishment/

 

 

 

Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal is an Adverse Drug Reaction

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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 [1]. 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.

Sources
Federal Law:
https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/21/355-1

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

How to fight the Baker Act

How to Fight the Baker ActMost 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.

My child, my husband, my daughter, my friend, my mother, my father, my sister, my brother was Baker Acted

My friend was Baker ActedMy child, my husband, my daughter, my friend, my mother, my father, my sister, my brother was Baker Acted and what do I do?

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.

 

 

College Students Mental Health Problems

College Students Mental HealthCollege 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.

  1. 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.
  2. The FDA clinical trials reveal that mental health drugs do carry adverse effects of mania, delusions, hallucinations, psychosis, violence, aggression, homicidal ideation and more.
  3. 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.

 

Source: http://flbog.edu/documents_meetings/0193_0888_6676_5.7.2%20ASA%2007b_Campus%20Security_InfoBRIEF.pdf

ADHD Symptoms

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAFor 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.

 

Sources:

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

 

 

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…”

 

 

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.