Monday, November 28, 2022

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  • One more thing: There is an evidence-base to include Amino Acid Therapy to improve mental status of the psychiatric patient, of course under guidance of a knowledgeable doctor. Additionally, for mania, the psychiatric literature reports that the use of leucine, isoleucine, and valine have resolved mania in some patients. The combination of these three particular amino acids (there are others) is said to compete with tyrosine which has an activating effect on the Central Nervous System.

    Genetic testing is available which can provide some guidance of medications to avoid and others that may be kinder to the patient’s metabolic system. Genetic testing is not a panacea for all possible problems caused by toxic medications.

  • In addition to the importance to addressing the issue of diet and inflammation, the Functional Medicine approach would investigate and treat other underlying medical conditions that impact mental health. Any unresolved infections in the body fuel the inflammation that destabilizes mental health; this includes infections in the mouth such as from periodontal disease. The scholarly literature reports that admission to a psychiatric ward delays the diagnosis of treatable medical conditions. I have seen psychiatric patients become worse when suffering from a treatable infection and have informed hospital staff of the need to provide appropriate care.

  • Thank you, Hunttmila, for reaching out. I think it is possible for many patients to improve when their treatment includes help from functional medicine. I understand that when you don’t have guardianship and you don’t have your son’s cooperation then your son’s treatment team may not be motivated to change what they are doing. If your son’s treatment team is not responding to you then I would continue to gather information about the holistic approach to mental health treatment and to submit a letter to your son’s treatment team. Be prepared to follow-up. If the treatment team does not respond in a constructive way, be prepared to submit your concerns to an administrator and to the Office of Mental Health in your area, if necessary. I would encourage you to ask someone who has done this before to review your letter and make suggestions.

    How the treatment team responds may depend on the policies governing mental health in your state. In our area, hospitals have a list of approved “adjunct” treatments that can be used. You could ask the doctor about what adjunct treatments are available.

    You could inform yourself about anti-inflammatory supplements and the anti-inflammatory diet, and observe the quality of food being served to patients. Poor quality foods will have ingredients that raise inflammation factors that undermine mental stability.

    Psychiatric patients tend to have genetic vulnerability to inflammatory states that impact the Central Nervous System. It has been my observation that the psych ward does not do enough to reduce inflammatory factors in the diet and they neglect to educate the patients on a healthy diet that reduces inflammation.

    When we have no choice but to suffer the neglect and maltreatment of our children, we must bear down like a mother in labor and do the painful work to defend their right to humane care. I know this is not easy because I was not able to intervene effectively before our Catherine was injured by the psychiatric system. So we are left to do damage control and to try to create assets for them to have a chance to get better. By assets, I mean the improvement in care that does make a difference. May God Almighty bless your perseverance.

  • Hello, Richard, I can see the reasonableness for your suggestion for a pivot point in James article, however, I think that what followed in your suggestion would have been too much for most people to swallow. How about something more open-ended? On the other hand, I myself have trouble being straight-forward / direct. I think that in good faith it is important to stick to the topic that was agreed upon in advance. Dr. Healy knows that MIA is already a hornet’s nest of opposition to ECT. ….So how can we elicit from him his help and cooperation to address the contexts of harm from ECT?

  • I value your comments about OCD. Forced medication produced something horrible in our child that possibly fit the description of OCD , but it was not about excessive hand washing or things like that. I believe that it rapidly produced Super-Sensitivity (SS) of the Dopamine Receptors because behaviors that had not previously characterized her then developed. She developed excessive climbing preoccupation. You can imagine my remorse to read of climbing behaviors in rats in psychiatric research. The following is not necessarily about SS but you will read that clomipramine caused increased motor activity that in rats presented as climbing in a cage. Our poor daughter, it is painful to recall what she was forced to become with toxic drugging. Next is an excerpt of the study: “Frequency of climbing behavior as a predictor of altered motor activity in rat forced swimming test”

    October 2008Neuroscience Letters 445(2):170-3



    Project: Ethological evaluation of the forced swimming test (nÂş: 2008.0319)

  • A big thank you to Dr. Healy for this interview re: polypharmacy and for the specific analogy: ” Polluting Our Internal Environments”, which I think needs to be emphasized continually in creative ways such as he has done. Our revered Myth-Busters have been describing the problem of drug toxicity so patiently and faithfully for years, yet possibly the technical discussions alone remain daunting for many lay people who need a handle on basic truths that activate their sense of self-sovereignty and survival instinct, and that help them “spread the word” among peers and among the next tier above them which is their local service providers.

    I think that technical elucidation needs to be further translated into dialogue that the lay person can use. We need to be circumspect of the brainwashing and grooming that has taken place in public education and the community. Marketing “just-so” sound bites continually nudge stressed parents and youth in the direction of the allopathic psychiatric wards, and often under pressure from support-service providers that could result in Child Protective Referrals. We survivors and advocates are challenged to be heard. The delay to effect systemic change is beyond frustrating. Motivating others to see ourselves as part of the environment deserving of protection is wise and necessary.

  • Speaking of ECT: The culture surrounding the use of ECT has displayed to our family so much secrecy, betrayal, defamation of patients and family, exploitation, ignorance of the patient and therefore of her best interests, trauma, damage; presumably disconnectivity of important brain voxels needed for self awareness and integration of thought-feeling-will-self control that results in loss of the holistic person and her functional social life; and lucrative reward for the hospitals and staff and lack of accountability and professional advancement for the doctors; that I don’t see how it can be represented as a legitimate therapy. I would LOVE for Dr. Healy to be on a review board for my daughter’s case to give a totally objective review of what happened to her, if and only if we could both have total access to the sealed records and the doctors’ notes. Her case would be a bio-social autopsy of a hijacked kid who never had a chance among”hungry” (as John Grisham uses the word) and professionally ambitious so-called doctors with conflicts of interest.

  • How does psychiatry justify the following claim? ” Antidepressants of the tricyclic and monoamine oxidase inhibitor classes can induce mania in patients with pre-existing bipolar affective disorder.” (taken from an online search) How would you refute that claim? Are there any comparisons from the medical specialties that expose the faulting reasoning? Is the claim simply a deception that exploits the general ignorance of the toxicology and physiological changes that are possible among users who are genetically different in their metabolic processes? Has anyone provided laboratory evidence of what is really happening?

  • Late in the saga, the state hospital doctor told us that the type of gradual tapering we were requesting for our daughter would not be approved. What did we do next? That’s a good question; I don’t remember, but we had been generally discouraged and feeling obstructed by the system for years. It looks as if we lacked confidence, faith, hope… and love? Is it pure love that will not accept the negativity that must be the predisposition for failure? …Better information all along the way would have helped. Freedom of information is lacking in allopathic psychiatry.

  • Thank you very much for this crucially important interview with Dr. Healy. Quick question: Does anyone know the status of the freedom of compounding pharmacies to continue to do business in different states and the efforts to thwart them?

    The best interests of patients who have been damaged by allopathic psychiatry and who benefit from evidence-based-natural supplements are at risk. What arrangement can be introduced to improve this serious situation? Some type of business cooperative?

  • Maybe we should just stick to factual documentation and name names instead of using labels that create misunderstanding about who is doing what. It seems that every system that runs some portion of our life employs people from diverse political persuasions. These systems create collateral damage and people are complicit because they want to keep their jobs and to survive.

  • Admission to a psychiatric ward is reported to delay diagnosis of treatable medical conditions.
    The mute roommate of my daughter who stepped close to my face and opened her mouth for me to see her black teeth and putrid green periodontal disease is a memory that raises the question as to how long it took for her to get the antibiotics and periodontal care that would have been prerequisite for mental health. I did report that condition to the nurse who walked into the room.

  • May I digress and suggest some things that would be far better than the drugs? Physically induced inflammation plus stress-induced inflammation (whatever source of inflammation) equals onset of hypomania which usually escalates, in our lived experience. Our understanding is that lithium does have anti-inflammatory properties. However, I have not seen any research that evaluates a holistic and anti-inflammatory response to mania, using lab tests if necessary and the best definition of Differential Diagnosis. We have seen that lithium by itself is rarely used to disrupt mania because it takes too long, i.e, several weeks. To hasten stabilization, the trial and error use of antipsychotic is used and if you are one of The Unlucky Ones then you can be left in a state of akathisia for weeks while the doctor “proves” the drug to see if it is therapeutic at the highest level; this sounds like and looked like covert and cruel research to me. This orchestrated failure of trials of one or more antipsychotics may be followed by coercion for ECT. ]Therefore, to reduce harm, why not be kind and try something natural other than chancy and torturous antipsychotic drug trials and ECT? ] In 2003 and again more recently a study reported that a solution of amino acids valine, isoleucine and leucine resolved mania, but that the beverage had an unpleasant taste, so why not use capsules? Why not use kindness, nutritious food, anti-inflammatory therapies , amino acids and whatever natural or safer things are indicated by a Differential Investigation and Diagnosis? Our culture has vast wealth for whatever PLEASES us. When we take pleasure in kindness it will be more lucrative than Disney.

  • A well-thought, learner-friendly tool. You have anticipated the readers’ need for frames of reference. This would be a great seminar for first responders, anyone who is interested in people who take psychiatric medications, med-students doing rotations, parents, everybody.
    When one of my daughters was not so long ago in a mania, following stress and onset of an inflammatory condition, the police officers were calm, thoughtful and kind as they sought connection with her frame of mind. She chose to go with them cheerfully and calmly to the psych ward. As the gathering of officers left the scene, I responded to a question about medication compliance with my recently gained information that a person in the throes of mania will metabolize their lithium faster and the level will fall. The officer expressed thoughtful appreciation for that info re: lithium; my point being that I have found the police officers to be compassionate and wanting to learn more about the details of medication and the needs of patients. I have seen that when the first responders are given knowledge of the needs of patients , they respond well and do their best. I would like for your keen insights to be made available to first responders in our area….BTW, I would also like to lift your summary paragraph and use it to introduce your article when I repost it.

  • People who want to be humble and sympathetic to us will refer to the grief that we must be feeling. I wonder why they only talk about grief. I wonder if they presume that we are just “hung up” and can’t get over our daughter’s death. I don’t want to discuss grief with them. I want to generate interest in the injustice that directed cruel treatment of our daughter.

  • Thank you for your attention to this topic. I offer my thoughts about “GRIEF’ free of influence from experts on the topic. The pathologization of grief is a strategic tool to bury the sins of oppressors and to facilitate the rewriting of history and tryanny.

  • Medication-induced OCD can be horrible and totally mess up a once hopeful life. The psychiatrist wanted to quibble about whether a family history of OCD exists; that is an effort to blame the patient for the OCD. It is VERY clear when exposure to anti-psychotics causes bizarre behavior in your child. After hospital discharge, a trip to the pumpkin farm became a very prolonged search of the pumpkin bin. EVERY pumpkin had to be sought, handled, picked up, over and over again. This is a bitter sweet memory, to recall how our delightful daughter became distorted to this degree, during mistreatment with forced medication until all hope for a normal life was ruined. Back in 2017, around the time of a foolish and forced hospitalization, she said that she just wanted to be normal. That dream was smashed by forced medication with anti-psychotics.

  • L. Hansen, thank you for telling your story. I’m hoping for the best for you. I believe that your words will save others. I hope that you will find all the insights, and hope, and connections to keep going. It’s wonderful that you are standing on these hardships to speak life-saving words to others. You are an encouragement. You are making a difference. Thank You.

  • Alishia, Your story is beautifully and powerfully written. It resonated so much with me. I will encourage others to read it. You have described so well what we and our loved ones need to thrive.

  • I agree with you, Ryan, that we need to educate people. Alternatives need to be promoted, so that they are on the radar of people who are otherwise exposed to a lot of marketing, even subliminally, for the toxic drugs of the allopathic system.

  • We have given a condensed version of what happened when we reached out to professionals for care; that is not a search for a quick fix for anything. It is difficult, time consuming, expensive and often impossible to find personalized care. The three doctors of functional and holistic-integrative medicine, whom we paid for reviews of Catherine’s medical and hospital records, made important observations and recommendations which we followed. Their insights were valuable and helpful, but we didn’t find them until after Catherine had already been injured. Repeat hospitalizations added new trauma and injury and medical-legal layers of coercion for more of the same.
    Ethical professionals don’t make rash and toxic comments. Ethical professionals only comment after getting “the rest of the story”. A more accurate account is that: Catherine’s trajectory was sabotaged first by our ignorance of our family’s risk factors and the short-comings of allopathic medicine. Unfortunately, in the allopathic medical system, we early-on encountered doctors with conflicts of interest who acted unethically in word and deed.
    My greatest mistake was my naive assumption that the practice of research and medicine was still guided by the Hippocratic Oath and the Golden Rule. I wish I had known about Functional Medicine before Catherine had begun to develop any problems. There is no doubt that Catherine would still be here today if we had always been paying out of pocket for truly personalized care for our family. That’s MY story, that’s MY lived experience, and I’m sticking to it.
    Our article is not the full story of Catherine; we subtracted a great amount of supporting information in order to meet the maximum word count. One thing that I was prepared to face in the publishing of our article was the slinging of reckless remarks. I had already faced a few unethical, ignorant, and reckless remarks from certain doctors with conflicts of interest.

  • How horrible. I would guess that the plight of the mayor’s daughter is a sealed matter. We need a national focus on how children are betrayed by the medical system and end up institutionalized. Families need better information on prevention of illness, the anti-inflammatory lifestyle, the practice of functional medicine, emotional education for families, and changes in the Food and Drug Administration. My heart breaks for children who are exploited by allopathic psychiatry.

  • Excellent insights. My eyes lit up when I read, “Whether therapists or psychiatrists, researchers and clinicians have looked predominantly at symptom reduction, rather than whether treatment has provided added value to the client’s life. And all of this is usually rated by the clinician—rarely do we ask clients what they think about the treatment.” This is the crux of the matter, yet we feel an obligation to be conversant with all the other constructs that the mental health system expects us to respect and value, in order for us to get our foot in the door to convince the system of what they really should value, i.e, the consumer’s satisfaction and well-being.

  • A friend disclosed her intense anxiety in context of a high stress job and recovery from covid illness. She was over-sensitive to stimulation and would quickly become overwhelmed by conversation and things that didn’t use to bother her. People in her church were telling her to see a therapist and TO TRY AN ANTI-DEPEPRESSANT. However, I recommended that she find a doctor of holistic or functional medicine. The naturopath doctor she found ordered lab tests and discovered that my friend had Epstein Barr Virus counts that were “off the charts”. She was told that these high counts of Epstein Barr Virus can cause the anxiety. Lots of good nutrition, lysine, and other supplements and rest were prescribed. She took leave from her job. She has also been receiving counseling. She’s doing better.

  • Are you suggesting that people with psychotic mania should be left to take their chances on the streets? Do you think that pimps , rapists and sadists are going to see them as “off limits”? If you are not concerned about the collateral damage from your 100 % opposition to forced incarceration , just please state that clearly. In other words, there are those whose outcome you don’t care about. Right? Does their suffering and death in the hands of criminals mean nothing?
    Do you think that they will be a negligible minority compared to the number of those who are really not so bad off and could probably survive without forced incarceration? Please forgive me if I have overlooked some important point in your writing, but I just can’t fathom your thinking.

  • I’m glad to see some treatment of the nursing factor in psychiatric care. Nurses’ discretion with PRNs appears to have the power to neutralize doctors’ reassurances not to over-medicate patients. Do nurses find themselves in double -binds as to whether to contact attending physicians? How do nurses triage the patients on the nights that are described as “war zones”? Whose best interests are served in over-crowded and under-staffed wards? Which types of patients are subjected to the worst forms of chemical battery and what factors contribute to that? What are psychiatric nurses doing to expose human rights abuses and neglect of medical investigation in psychiatric wards?

  • Thank you, Dr. Hickey, for your expertise in the field and communicating the issues to us.
    Question: How many of these children would you estimate were first violated with forced drugging while still in the womb, ? …How would you address the epidemic of alcohol and street drug abuse and irresponsible procreation?
    ..I know of one case of an adult male born with fetal alcohol syndrome. He was also subjected to emotional , physical and sexual abuse during childhood. I notice that he is easily provoked and cannot seem to shake off something that arouses him emotionally. Addictive behavior and lack of empathy for the needs / interests of others marks his social relations. He has demonstrated predatory behavior. Not surprisingly, he has been diagnosed with Bi-Polar disorder.
    I’m not advocating for medication, just reporting what I’ve seen.

  • I apologize, Candace, for being unclear in my remark about the more mysterious cases. No, I don’t think mysterious cases go home. I suspect that mysterious cases are subjected to long hospital stays and subjected to medications which may make them worse, and as a last resort these mysterious cases may be coerced to have ECT, despite that ECT has caused mania in some patients. The more mysterious cases are possibly the more blatant proof that the psych “meds” are really not meds but poisons, anything other than chemical balancing agents. I’m advocating for greater understanding and respect of the physiology underlying mania and psychosis and for the use of natural and holistic means to improve the patient’s chances of stabilization. Medical literature states that among the possible causes for mania ( and some mania includes psychosis) is an infection or the antibiotics used to treat infections (both evidently have been implicated in the cortisol fluctuations known/thought to trigger mania). That possibility needs to be considered and discovered by the treatment team. I’ve been told that if a mania were caused by an infection , then the mania should subside with the resolution of the infection. How can we be sure that is really so in every case, since antibiotics themselves can cause mania? Perhaps some bodies don’t resolve mania as efficiently as others. I also want to ask someone about the possibility that the toxic meds themselves might cause fluctuations in cortisol levels and hence iatrogenic mania. This is one question that I would like included in open dialogue, but I doubt that psychiatrists want open dialogue because they really don’t have all the answers. Is it possible that what is labeled treatment resistant is really a very robust immune response against the toxic drugs? I’m not embarrassed to ask such questions at the risk of revealing ignorance. The doctors themselves should be asking more questions, and they are not. They have been too complacent. The failed system needs to go. Unfortunately , there are people who have been permanently maimed the drugs. At the very least they need support in weaning as much as possible. They are not to be thrown away.

  • This is a great starting point to untangle the complex factors which sabotage patient outcomes , beginning with the initial ER visit, where so many of us have sought help only to discover that there is NO safe place to go for an intervention that addresses underlying causes of mental “disorientation” . I do not want to offend anyone by saying that the neglect of services in the community to reduce dependence on the hospitals is hurting those patients who do need medical investigation or carefully nuanced treatment response that in times past we came to expect from a hospital. I observed an ER which appeared overwhelmed and noted a number of cases which did not involve psychosis or mania which one would think could be addressed in community by respite or peer support etc. It appears that the over dependence on the ER , the gate keeper of the acute care ward, approaches a degree of chaos that contributes to the risk of neglect of patients who need staff to take more time to listen and get the facts straight before they are actually admitted and treatment begins. I could describe conversations with care seekers in the ER to support my point, including the patient who was using the psych ER to evade the possibility of domestic abuse or lesser civil charges; this seemed to confirm the professional opinion of a psychiatrist who told us that there are people “who know how to use the system.” I’m sure I’ve seen more examples of that.

    However, we have seen some of these questionable cases admitted to the acute care ward. They came and went and I wondered why they were there at all, while our own daughter’s care seemed botched and doctors seemed reluctant, unprepared and ill-supported to interpret her symptoms as paradoxical and iatrogenic rather than “treatment resistant”. I believe there are other patients like her who need more in-depth medical investigation to discover issues which may be demonstrated one day to be highly treatable with a holistic approach rather than with toxic drugs. I wonder whether the insurance and medicaid reimbursement plans provide revenue more readily for these cases which superficially appear to be more manageable,in terms of the interests of the health care system-not the patient necessarily, and does that contribute to a neglect of appropriation of resources to the more difficult and esoteric patient-case challenges. Is there a DEFAULT discarding of patients with the more mysterious challenges? Are true breakthroughs in psychiatric knowledge hindered by exploitative use of a discriminatory and neglectful triage system? Does this neglect trace back to eugenic reasoning?

    There is no shortage of kind-hearted souls working in acute care wards who don’t have the knowledge and experience or the support to coordinate a care plan that incorporates input from the different medical specialties to bring about stabilization of a patient. The current system, while hurting patients the most, also defrauds and degrades those professionals who truly want to help people. The system needs to be unburdened. The proposals for outpatient services will hopefully free up resources in the hospitals for those who need them the most. I’m hoping for an articulation of reform that will resonate with noble hearts and outrun the machinations of power seekers and guild interests. Thank you to everyone who has devoted themselves to this work long before I knew anything about it or could imagine we would need it.

  • Russerford here, commenting on my wife’s account since for some reason I keep getting “bounced” on my own.

    My first thought was “Kudos, Massachusetts and outgoing governor Deval Patrick!” One of the most egregious aspects of our daughter’s last lengthy psychiatric hospitalization was the lack of these two very basic therapeutic things: fresh air and sunshine. Isn’t it ironic that even convicted felons are provided with these, but psychiatric patients can be denied them?

    However, as others of you have noted, the article goes on to point out that the bill still “lacks robust mechanisms to ensure its proper enforcement.” And that’s a huge problem in this “gulag psychipelago” we live in! There seems to be no one in any kind of authority with the guts, the knowledge or the clout to do anything about the errors and abusive practices that abound. We found that out when we tried to bring the psychiatric unit in a local hospital under some corrective scrutiny through the NY State Office of Mental Health. They allowed the hospital to do their own internal review, and did nothing independently to expose the whitewash job.

  • I haven’t read much about “hearing voices” among those who have been labelled by psychiatry, but I will approach the topic with the hypothesis that there is within the range of possible human experiences a continuum for hearing voices that cannot be accurately described from a purely reductionist stance which excludes
    meta-physical or spiritual types of dynamics. ” Naturally”, I base this on my own experience with hearing voices. For example, I once was awakened from my sleep by the sweet voice of my sister pleasantly calling for me, with a note of nearly music-like resonance, from over a dream context of social discord, as if she were searching for me. She was many miles away from me at the time. I responded with the thought that God must want me to pray for her-so I did. A few days later I inquired and discovered that she had been so sick with fever that my mother was praying over her. I conclude that I had participated in a spiritual dynamic which transcends reductionist explanations of life. To connect this thought to the larger topic, I would propose that all of human experience has spiritual significance and manifestation as some expression of our need or suffering or agency in a spiritually resonant world.

  • This is the critically important issue. What a nightmare it has been to stumble into psychiatry’s illegitimate enterprise, to discover that health is not the objective of today’s psychiatric treatment and that there is virtually no help to exit or find alternatives to the use of neuroleptics.

  • Our adult daughter was prescribed two anti-depressants , out of hospital, while she was reducing lithium and that sent her into a bad mania. Since the last hospital had failed to document her akathisia to Risperdal, it was given to her again, and that triggered a horrible state for an extended time until Risperdal was withdrawn. Why don’t hospitals keep better documentation of patients’ responses to medications? There is no incentive to improve the treatment as we have come to expect in other areas of American medicine.

  • As a family member who was suspect from the beginning of resorting to meds, please understand that everyone’s situation is unique. There is a wild card of sorts, used often by psych staff and some reformers to stigmatize family of patients, to neutralize them from having any influence, with no regard for the fact that the patient , in a temporary crisis, may have in his family the best asset and source of critical collateral information possible against psychiatric abuse. This “parentectomy” is one tool of a worldview that, like any worldview, is built upon faith-based assumptions. I try to give the benefit of the doubt to people I don’t know well. A bias against family may be based on personal lived experience, may be the product indoctrination-the same message often repeated, or may be politically motivated.

  • I appreciate the reasonable expectation for alternatives for everyone at every stage. Nevertheless, I still feel the sense of betrayal to discover that our daughter, whom we cherished, had become devalued the moment she walked through the psych ward door to be subjected to barbarism. We thought we lived in the shadow of ‘world class” medical professionalism; We were betrayed. It hurts to recall who she was and how she was torn from us, how our protective agency was neutralized while staff were licensed to brutalize our sweet daughter. I can’t turn back the clock. Supersensitivity may have set in already. She does need a chance to wean from the levels of medication she is using which are going to kill her. But, we’ve got to turn off the “machine” so it doesn’t keep pulling people in , like a corn chopper without a safety switch.

  • I have read in the literature that ECT may induce delirium which is dangerous and an ominous portent of Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome, yet ECT is foisted on patients for treatment-resistant mania which may in fact actually be delirium and iatrogenic. My understanding is that once a person has had delirium or NMS they are presumed to be at higher risk for it in the future; my point being that ECT and the anti-psychotics are a risky game of roulette and medical staff have nothing to lose, yet the patients are expendable.

  • Terrible. Bureaucracies demand statistics for changes which they don’t want to make, but no stats are collected where there is no incentive. Prison conditions surely contribute to the sleep problems for which addictive and debilitating psychotics are used. Lousy food and malnutrition alone can make you miserable and sleepless and may have contributed to school failure , crime , etc in the first place. My biggest hunch is that sleepy , drugged up inmates is just what prisons want.

  • I agree with you 100%. This is exactly what I’ve been thinking about. The sequence of grades and their content serves agendas other than the best interests of the diversity of children’s needs.

    For example: Teachers’ unions and institutions of learning comprise huge economic engines.

  • This sounds so misguided that I first thought that this could not be anything other than veiled eugenics. Psychotropics will only debilitate, marginalize, and curtail the pursuit of happiness of the targeted individuals. I would expect a new epidemic of mania among children given stimulants.

    No one should be surprised that many school children exhibit sluggish cognitive tempo and daydreaming in the current conditions of the public schools. Many children are suffering from poor quality sleep due to school schedules that exacerbate that , as well as social-emotional difficulties, and nutritional problems.. However, lately research on sleep hygiene is getting more attention and awareness is growing of the link between sleep disorders and poor school performance, which leads me to consider a second possibility, i.e, that this alleged newly discovered disorder with its need for pharmacological assistance sounds like a desperate move to neutralize the growing momentum for the use of natural means to address perceived needs, thus protecting the economic interests of the pharmacological companies.

  • Great article, Sera! Did you get the impression that this film was promoting the idea that we need to reach all the needy kids and give them drugs? Did you see this on TV? Hopefully, your article will reach some of the same audience who sees the movie. Your observation of the need to question the assumptions is so “right on”. I don’t think people are encouraged to think critically about what they read and hear, especially in school. Good for you to rock the boat!

  • In addition to multiple deployments, I would like to suggest that the millennial generation is demographically very different from the “Greatest Generation” (Tom Brokaw’s label). I am eager to see a thorough study of the data. I would speculate that the recruits of today are much less certain of themselves, their beliefs, their country, their purpose, the meaning of life. The overwhelming majority of young adults in America during the 40’s had been raised by a mom and a dad. Youth transitioned to adult responsibility sooner. I wager that they had more confidence. Today, it is much harder to find recruits who are not disqualified by drug use or a rap sheet. You don’t need me to tell you that the high incidence of broken homes , single parent families , latch-key childhoods, etc must take its toll on children and produce a type of young adult whose mental state may not be helped by the boot camp drill sergeant. Young recruits look to the military to help them “get it together”. How’s that been working for them?

  • When I consider how horribly certain members of my immediate and extended family respond to anti-depressants and anti-psychotics and that we seem to be gifted with an extra measure of adrenaline, (and who knows what else), I then wonder how would the population of military personnel compare to the general public in their pattern of response to psychotropics. Please consider that if someone is drawn to the military, could that not be related in part to their endocrine characteristics. We know so little of the research design and documentation. I doubt that Big Pharma found many aspiring , confident, energetic young men and women to be in their research trials. God surely sees how the noble hearts and brains of even the bravest are no match for the mid-eastern IED and shooting arcades, much less psychotropic poison. I am truly thankful for all those who have sacrificially given their time to expose the ongoing holocaust of the wounded whose trust has been betrayed. May the truth prevail. May justice be served.

  • I hope while you still have time on this earth that you will make sure that you
    tell your story, one way or another, to your local reps. I recently realized that I had not spoken to my representatives. The Murphy Bill helped to get me talking to them. I’m still working on follow-up letters.

  • Alix, I can see that you , like many, have considerable first hand testimony of how your child has been poorly served. I encourage you to write your story if you have not done so already. May we all be empowered to write our own version of Uncle Tom’s Psych Ward, or our own section of the “Psychiatric Holocaust “Wall”. While that is what Mad In America has been doing all along, I ‘m just wondering what could be accomplished if we ALL did that, and had that story ready to distribute. I’m speaking to myself because I also have been writing quite a bit, but I haven’t yet found a way to condense our story , yet retain some very important points. I wish you well in your efforts to continue to speak out, exposing the abuse and reclaiming freedom and decency for all.

  • Thank you for your research. I also have been very provoked to read of the military personnel having suffered death or life-wrecking changes from psychotropics. I have posted warnings on my social media account and shared it with colleagues of my son in the military. We also have a daughter with sensitivities to the psych meds who was almost killed in hospital by the use of additional meds that were contraindicated for the cocktail she was already taking. So, this topic really pushes my buttons.
    I consider there to be two sets of victims in the military. It was explained to me that the military takes pride in “pushing responsibility to the lowest level”. It occurs to me that if the civilian prescribers of meds are not recognizing symptoms of imminent death or delirium or whatever the case may be, then how could we expect the military medics to do any better. They have not been given the full story on the poisons , either. There is a true story on the internet of a military medic/psychologist who came home from war very troubled about all the suicides and he also eventually took his own life. That is so heartbreaking. These things are happening far too easily and too often.(Our government is supposed to protect citizens from harm. But the corporations and the bureaucracies are working together for profit. ) It sickens me as it sickened me to see my daughter in the hospital being assaulted with chemicals that took her to the door of death. There is something surreal about being a spectator to something that is so wrong and to feel so helpless in the power imbalance held by the so-called medical staff. There is a sense in which it made me feel defiled, to be there and not be able to stop it. I have a sense of shame for not risking to look like a fool to contact my senator, ANYBODY , once I had exhausted the local county authorities. I should have gone to the state much earlier than I did.
    I’m thinking about how to reach out to offices of veterans affairs with an approach that is professional and does the challenge justice. That’s not my area of experience so far. I’
    m sure that dealing with the military is a tightly controlled affair. The opportunities to spread the word are ripe for harvest. How to become or send the workers to the fields?
    Letter writing is one way to start.

  • A sleep specialist explained the relationship between sleep apnea and the symptoms of ADHD which resolve for some children when tonsils and adenoids are removed. A study is underway(see link in following post) and results are expected this year.

    It is a shame, that without advocates, these children in foster care will be diverted into the psychiatric system , rather than receive a medical screening and sleep test which could possibly make a difference for some of the children. However, there is no parity of medical care for adult patients, either, in psych wards.

  • Oldhead, i also do not wish to divert the discussion. Your first pejorative reference to “pro-life” did just that for me, and your follow-up comment really “begs the question”; that is, one is asked to agree with your implicit premise that a person in the fetal stage is nothing more than a part of a woman’s body–an assumption that flies in the face of current medical knowledge. In my view, the term “pro-choice” is at least as misleading and hypocritical as you seem to think “pro-life” is, for reasons I’d be glad to spell out if you wish to continue the discussion privately. I really didn’t want to incur the wrath of probably the majority of those on this site, but I’d rather out myself as “one of them” than let this cheap shot stand uncontested. I would prefer we not get side-tracked onto issues that will provoke unnecessary infighting when we need to direct our efforts toward standing against the ever-expanding Gulag Psychepelago that seems so poignantly illustrated in this Justina Pelletier fiasco. I certainly appreciate your many insightful comments on this blog and your efforts toward our common and very worthy goals!

    I would be glad to discuss the “pro-life”/”pro-choice” issue further with you, but would suggest we do that via e-mail. You can contact me at: [email protected] if you’d like.

  • Fox News has a psychiatrist on staff ,Dr. Ablow, who has written extensively on the abysmal condition of the American psychiatric system. One of his articles , in particular, was an excellent list of reforms for hospitalizations. I thought it was excellent and if those things had been done for our loved one, she probably would be experiencing a far better outcome now.

  • “Damage Control” – I called my local US Senators with the message from Jim Gottstein,Esq of that they dialogue with members of the psychiatric reform movement. I felt that the message was received warmly by the receptionist for Senator Gillibrand of NY and she was taking notes and mentioned other similar calls. I suggested names such as Dr. Sandra Steingard, Dr. Joanna Moncrief, and the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care as contacts to begin the process. I shared the most useful points of our personal story. The receptionist encouraged me to send a letter with as much contact information as possible for routing purposes. I conveyed that psychiatric survivors would greatly appreciate it for the Senator to get to know the names and faces of people who have been hurt by psychiatry. I had the strong impression that I WAS BEING HEARD.
    I think we all have a golden opportunity right now to present our testimonies of our interface with the psychiatric system and convert our suffering into something good.

  • A kind teacher and friend just enouraged me with this quote by Frederick Douglas:

    “Powerful organizations never espouse great reforms. Social reform begins in the heart of a solitary individual and grows strong among humble men and women, who, unknown to the community, without means, without power, without station, but perceiving the thing to be done and having faith in the triumph of what is true and just, engages in the work.”

    Here is another quote , of the teacher, Robert Babcock., I believe.
    “There is a wrong to make right, a chain to be broken and a burden to be removed.This, I truly believe, is the true mission of education. ” (Robert Babcock)

  • Ute_M_Kraemer,
    Thank you for your very good suggestion for social common spaces to share our life’s stories.. That is something to strive for and my understanding of the need for that is growing.

    Last night was the vote on the Murphy Bill. I sent out the word to a large group of contacts.
    But, the social forces for the bill had already gained the upper hand . Now we are left with an opportunity for “damage control”. I contacted my local US Senators with the suggested message from Jim Gottstein that they dialogue with members of the psychiatric reform movement. I called again this morning and I felt that the message was received warmly by the receptionist for Senator Gillibrand of NY. She was getting other similar calls. I suggested names such as Dr. Sandra Steingard, Dr. Joanna Moncrief, and the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care as contacts to begin the process. I shared our personal story. The receptionist encouraged me to write again with the points I had just shared with as much contact information as possible so that the information provided could be routed efficiently. I said that I believed that psychiatric survivors would greatly appreciate it for the Senator to get to know the names and faces of people who have been hurt by psychiatry. I had the strong impression that I WAS BEING HEARD.
    I think all of us have a golden opportunity right now to present our testimonies of our interface with the psychiatric system. Let’s stay positive and do as much good as we can.

  • One more thing, increasing social pathology creates the chaos that big-government, control freaks need and want to impose strict social control. So many of you are not connecting the dots, or else you are feigning ignorance of bureaucratic activism that is tightening control on every area of life and it WILL use psychotropics to repress dissent and freedom. The right and the left of the reform movement need to stop quibbling if they really want freedom.

  • To all of you who claim that all the mental illness is iatrogenic, I don’t agree. The anecdotal observations suggests some type of endocrine response or action. I would say that a culture of kindness that values the creation of healing communities, such as the Quakers started, could be very beneficial. Most of the research has been profit driven with the goal of neutralizing inconvenient people. Chronic stress from coercive public school routines with high mental stress , over-crowded social dynamics, and abnormal sleep rhythms has never been given adequate study, and I suspect is related to the BPD for those with more sensitive endocrine systems. Everyday life is divorced from nature and the physical interface for which our bodies are designed. Keyboards, plastic chairs, and cubicles are the equivalent of the old-school zoo cage. The concrete – asphalt jungles cannot be good for the mental health of the poor trapped there either. Our lousy economy saps the resources needed to create a healthy society. Governmental policies breed more social pathology and children suffer the worst and will send their pathology down the line. Many children are born with brain damage from drug and alcohol abuse. HOW are they going to find their way? The schools don’t know what to do with them, thus the drugging.

  • Oldhead, There is no one more pathetically vulnerable and endangered than a young woman who is rapid cycling in a state of mania. Their identities include their relationships to their families. Don’t buy the false liberal narrative that all patients need to be cut away from their families. These young women need protection from predators and pimps. They need supervision 24/7. Yes, I agree that it is mostly iatrogenic action. However, The masses of addicted patients need a functional infrastructure to make any progress toward health. Each of their lives has intrinsic value and must not be devalued as collateral damage in a sudden, rather Marxist, dismantling of services.

  • I empathize with your anger and frustration. This polarity underscores the need for reform before bad laws entrench a system that is deficient in parity of care. Problems with the medications themselves and with the lack of expertise to manage them has endangered our daughter both IN and OUT of the hospitals. If the Murphy Bill passes without modification, we will have MORE of the same “one size” , bungling practice. Unless the facts are made known about adverse/paradoxical reactions to these drugs and a more informed and personalized response is mandated, MORE patients will be hurt or killed. It made us sick knowing that our daughter had no place to go but to the hospital where they discounted critical information about her sensitivities to medication and almost killed her. Then they put her through hell, and much of it could have been avoided, but they were too proud and stubborn.
    I would like to see every patient who needs a bed , get one and THEN be given personalized care that is truly compassionate, informed , and cautious with the medications. But, the hospitals are overwhelmed and can run more like a corn-chopper without a safety switch, that just pulls you in and spits you out. No other field of medicine does this. Don’t let the Murphy Bill entrench standards of care that are FAR too LOW and even barbaric. I agree , Kate, that your voice is needed. We all bring different pieces of the puzzle to the table.

  • To modify my prior comment, the case can and should be made for independent scrutiny of patient’s response to medication by someone with no vested interests to the local hospital. Patients need to be able to find ‘safe haven” closer to their homes where their loved ones can see form themselves how they are doing. Patients should be able to choose their own advocates to dialogue re: issues of medication. The recommendations of Dr. Ablow of Fox News would do much to improve the system’s response to First Episode Psychosis as one point on the continuum of alternatives for patients.

  • Medications are poorly managed in and out of hospitals. Too few staff are adequately trained
    to recognize paradoxical reactions to medications and to respond appropriately. The psychiatric system is already overwhelmed with too many patients. This increase in forced drugging will result in a spike in deaths and preventable damages , yielding very poor outcomes for others.

  • I was wondering whether speaking out would make things worse. I wondered about other means of settling it. Mediation, etc. Wondering what concessions would be expected of Mr. and Mrs. Pelletier simply to have Justina come home.
    This feels like a punch in the gut. To feel powerless and morally outraged.
    It’s a new twist, but the same basic theme. Individuals don’t seem to matter. Why was Justina singled out? Does this have anything to do with eugenics? Is she considered expendable? Is this politically motivated as a test case to make clear that parents DON”T have rights? This is not the America to which I have pledged allegiance……………I remember how wrong things went when we took our daughter to the hospital thinking she would be helped, but things went very wrong. A Bad dream. Wish we could all wake up.

  • I am so sorry . I pray for you to have the victory in this matter.
    Your statements about the voice messages and how you’ve pieced together the evidence
    sounds SO familiar , it resonates with our situation. Would some kind
    of independent review service available to advocates when their loved one is in hospital, help to “sort things out” ? Like you, I am “thinking hard” to see how we can get more traction in these matters. I’m wondering, If we used a template to organize the warning symptoms of “hospitalizations-gone-wrong” so that we could present the evidence, of these repeat tragedies in a way that shows the “typical pattern” that occurs, to the ” powers -that-be”, perhaps they would begin to listen and respond better. I think the legislators stay clear of our pain because they perceive it as a confusing matter best left to the experts, which unfortunately amounts to trusting the fox in the hen house.