WHO Says Newer Antipsychotics Most Costly, Least Effective Strategy

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In an analysis of neuropsychiatric conditions in sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia, the World Health Organization found that inpatient treatment of schizophrenia with newer antipsychotic drugs was the most costly and least effective strategy. The results are published in this month’s British Journal of Medicine.
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Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]

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  1. What I find horrifying about this article is the conclusion that those in power will use the older antipsychotics instead of the atypicals because they are cheaper in poorer countries. This is like asking if you want to be shot in the head or heart with both alternatives equally deadly. The book, CRAZY LIKE US, protests the dangers and arrogance of first world countries like the U.S. inflicting its view of so called mental illness and normality on various nations with vastly different cultures that proved far superior to ours when healing so called schizophrenia naturally with human support without lethal psych drugs. Of course, the fact that psychiatry is in bed with BIG PHARMA making global billions on its poison atypical antipsychotics due to their lies of efficacy and safety is the major reason in addition to being able to stigmatize and destroy any dissidents and whistleblowers while practing euthanasia with impunity.

    I was not able to comment on the story about the NYPD policeman whistleblower falsely committed to discredit him, but this is now all too typical in the workplace, academia, domestic disputes and elsewhere.

    http://www.bmartin.cc/dissent/documents/Lennane_battered.html

    The above article on psychiatric and legal abuse perpetrated against already mobbed and bullied traumatized whistleblowers is excellent and very accurate. But, per Dr. Peter Breggin, the last thing anyone would want to do is see a psychiatrist today for abuse related trauma especially inflicted by anyone in power or authority since biological psychiatry is already set up to blame the victim and lie and deny any social/environmental causes like work bullying and mobbing for reasons varying from jealousy, competition, psychopathy, narcissism or whistleblowing. Rather, they will collude with the authority to make the victim appear crazy and dangerous to destroy the person’s career and life often driving them to suicide per Dr. Heinz Leymann’s THE MOBBING ENCYCLOPEDIA online. Dr. Leymann also points out that mobbing/work bullying victims are all too often misdiagnosed with manic depressive illness or bipolar, paranoia, delusions and other insult stigmas since psychiatrists aren’t apt to check out the real circumstances. I read an article that points out that the so called professionals have less responsibility to investigate and find out the truth before accusing someone of being delusional or paranoid than the so called mental patient who has the full and only responsibility to prove that he is telling the truth mostly to no avail. The writer of the article showed that it is pretty pathetic that there is more pressure on the would be mental patient to prove the truth than the so called mental health professional operating under a much lower moral and evidence based standard. This is just more evidence of what a total sham exists in biological psychiatry today.

    Anyway, by globalizing the U.S. mental death system, if those against the medical model of psychiatry do not succeed in changing it, soon there will be no third world countries with the existing cultures of human supportive ties to heal so called psychosis without lethal psych drugs used in the WHO studies Robert Whitaker cited. Also, this shows the U.S. and other so called first world democracies for their total hypocrisy in using the same vicious psychiatric discrediting tactics in many job and other disputes with authorities used by Soviet Russia that the world condemned.

    Thus, this article is very depressing in its implications that because the old antipsychotics are cheaper, many poor third world countries will use them to further spread more misery, disease, poverty and early death as the U.S. continues to globalize its own mental death atrocities against humanity and democracies.