Sunday, March 26, 2023

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  • Since 90% of psychiatric drugs are prescribed by Internists, Psychologists (in some states & the military), NP’s and PA’s then the focus should be on the disaster that is unfolding due to the nonchalant complex poly-pharmacy prescribing-leaving the “consumer” worse off in the long run. This is in the United States!

    But in the business of psychiatry long term outcomes do not matter with these toxic repurposed drugs.

  • Stephen M. Stahl MD is one of the most prolific “contributors” and authors of these so-called Pharma textbooks with stick figure drawings and simplistic explanations on how these toxic destabilizing drugs “work”.

    In 2018 alone he took in $1,750,000 according to Dollars for Docs! He is chairman of Neuroscience Education Institute an pumps out all of these Pharma textbooks. Outcomes for patients do not matter and failure does not matter when it comes to patients. Ideology based “medicine” is what psychiatry is all about.

  • ” It also noted that steroids, birth control pills, and oestrogen-blocking drugs increase the risk of depression but there was no mention that psychiatric drugs, e.g. benzodiazepines, depression pills, and ADHD drugs, can also cause depression,7,8,11,34,44,45 even though this is highly relevant, given their widespread use.”

    With so many illegal and legal drug to indulge in it is quite convenient to ignore these drugs and the drug use and the rise in “instability’ plaguing America. All these psychotropic drugs change brain structure and alter the trajectory of millions of victims. This is just good business for Psychiatry since failure is success as you have patients for life and research that will go on and on forever with little discovered – the ultimate job program.

  • True! I.V. Ketamine should not be categorized in the same way that pharmaceutical versions, however the main question is what happens to these MI patients who get the IV treatment on a regular outpatient basis over years of “treatment” ? Ketamine is both sedating and stimulating at the same time which in the long run destabilizes the “patient”.

    All of these con artists M.D.’s who run these highly profitable Ketamine + psychedelic treatment centers or private for-profit practitioners will not report adverse events and patients harmed will simply stop going after paying typically $400 per session where the dose of Ketamine used costs less than $10. Many “clinicians” are just money grubbing psychiatrists who are racking in millions of dollars each year. Another fad of psychiatry likely to the trove of “treatment resistant” patient pool.

  • Ketamine is a controlled substance so how are these “clinics” and doctors getting a hold of such vast quantities? A pain management doctor told me that if he started ordering these large quantities it would alert the FDA to inquire about the reason and sources.

    As Psychiatry fails, and the drug model proves to be a complete utter failure they try these psychedelics and Deep Brain implants (brain stimulation) as well as damaging electro-
    shock “therapy”.

    Now the large population of patients that have been harmed and labeled “treatment resistant” are candidates for “medical implants” where thanks to a law passed by Congress you cannot sue any of the companies.

  • Sadly, Psychiatrists are taught that as long as the Lithium levels are carefully monitored then there is little chance that Lithium will damage organs however long term this is false since there are a lawsuits against psychiatrists where people are harmed and lose kidney function despite “careful” monitoring.

    I wonder how promoters of Lithium like Kay Redfield Jameison are doing based on her claims that Lithium saved her life. Wonder how her brain and other organs are holding up. Don’t hear anything from her in a long time.

  • Our “medical system” is based on charging for services and turning the patient into consumers who buy products or use products like medical devices and drugs. And psychiatric drugs have reached a wall and now you are seeing articles in major magazines and newspapers (funded and promoted by PR companies) is the next phase which is medical devices and implants for people suffering from failing to “respond” to psychiatric treatments who are in a much worse condition than when they entered the never ending treatment in psychiatry.

    Poor psychiatric outcomes will spawn the next profit center in psychiatry in the next few years. They will call it the “brain implant device revolution” stage with all the same claims and go through another 20 years of disaster and then admit to failure.

  • Thomas Szasz has proved himself relevant today as he did decades ago since with all the genetic research and all the studies of imaging under fMRI the experts have found NOTHING! In the 1960’s a great effort was made to push psychiatry into the realm of “standardized medicine”- that is streamlining and creating a treatment standard and efficient treatment protocols with guidelines. Think of it as what McDonalds did to the food industry- one size fits all no matter what city or state.

    But psychiatry is a poor lender of sorts, since human beings (and their behavior) do not fit a into any clear standardized model like with a wrist fracture in one person is likely to be the same or similar in the next person and the treatment the same. The Practice Based Evidence clinical setting in which the psychiatrist can do as he pleases individually patient to patient was eliminated. Now if a MI patient is labeled bipolar I then the psychiatrist MUST prescribe BOTH a mood stabilizer & and a anti-psychotic together due to guideline changes in 2003! Just as the roll out of the new atypicals second generation began. AND according to APA guidelines the practitioner must prescribe the NEWEST drug on the market!

  • Psychiatry has little to do with “science” or “medicine” but really is bound by the legal system as with other so called “mental health experts” they are deemed worthy and responsible for the actions of the patient- a point Szaz made over and over.

    A cancer patient can decide to stop chemo at any time and stop all treatment for the cancer, yet if a MI patient does then the “experts” can deem that MI as danger to themselves or others and incarcerate that MI; all for the benefit of the MI and for society. Psychiatry takes the humanity and the rights of the MI to make an informed decision.

  • If psychiatrists as well as psychologists would admit that they know little about the human brain and the human condition than they could no longer claim to be “mental health experts” and testify in court for big $$$ as well as charge $375 per 40 minute session!

    Psychiatry and its enablers like psychologists are LONG CONFIDENCE GAMES and they feed on the desperation and misery of the most vulnerable and the most helpless for profit!

  • Back in the day Life Insurance policies also asked pointed questions like if you are taking benzodiazepines and non-benzodiazepines in particular along with anti-depressants and other psychiatric drugs. Benzos and non-benzos like Zolpedim cut a persons life span by at least 10 years- so that is calculated in issuing a policy. Drugs like Klonipin and Zolpedim cause dependence, cause the person to become unstable in mood and sleep leading to a life of constant shifting of drug treatments. This can further reduce the life expectancy by 20 years. It is a one way ticket.

    Regarding the comment on the concentration of psychologists and psychiatrists in rich neighborhoods like Newton Mass. that is due to the fact that these so called “mental health experts” do not serve the poor or the insured but take cash, credit cards or checks. They are like vets who concentrate in cities and towns where people have lots of discretionary income.

  • This was the same tactic used in the 1990’s to discredit those who criticized psychiatry. Psychiatry is highly successful in making patients destabilized and to make their mood disorders worse than ever- changing the trajectory forever for the worse.

    Giving stimulants to children and adolescents (as well as adults) furthers the business model where psychiatry is the LONG CON where the ADHD patient quickly becomes the bipolar patient and then the treatment resistant patient and gets on the rollercoaster ride of complex psychopharmacology and the musical chairs game begins but eventually the music stops leaving the patient alone and on the floor with no exit to go to. Only those who pick up on the CON game early on and bail out survive. For the short run the CON works to some extent but as in any CON the end result is always bad for the “mark”.

  • Exactly! Long term these “street drugs” have a long history of causing harm. But in psychiatry failure is success since they more you need them since they have a monopoly on “mental health care”. Psychiatry is a LONG CON like in the movie “House of Games” where the psychiatrist is trapped in a Long Con. For most MI patients they realize it too late as the music stops and their are no chairs to sit on like a game of musical chairs.

    Psychiatry is very successful in destabilizing people so they become dependent or break free and stop “treatment” which is just intoxicating the person just like they so called miracle psychedelics.

  • Psychiatry’s failure is its success! Psychiatry is very successful in DESTABILIZING PATIENTS in the short and long term- this business model guarantees poor outcomes and worsening of symptoms. This leads to needing more heavy invasive “treatments” like ECT and brain implants. Now with no new “pipeline” of drugs they turn to “street drugs” to further destabilize patients as they promote false hope as this is “cutting edge”. Once a patient then a patient for life! And blame the patient’s illness for poor outcomes!

    Psychiatry and its enablers like psychologists, law enforcement, social workers, nurses, psychotherapists, judges etc. allow for this LONG CON to thrive as they rack in the $$$!

  • Marian fails to realize that unfortunately we live in a society where one person’s misery is another one’s profit and that in this world we live in where the attitude is “well if it didn’t happen to me then why should I care” – no one cares for the elderly and the MI. Psychiatry is a business opportunity to deprive people of their dignity and rights and almost always guarantees the patient poor long term outcomes- it is designed to fail for it is a business masquerading as a “medical specialty”.

    Guardianship provides for a legal framework that allows for the deprivation of a person’s rights and for the theft of property and assets. As a tsumani of people enter their 70’s, 80’s and 90’s this will provide a windfall of hundreds of billions of $ to steal. Guardianship is a scam like psychiatry where failure is success and guardianship is done “for the benefit of the AIP”. Britney was held hostage, drugged, robbed and deprived of her humanity all for “her protection and benefit”! No one spoke out from the entertainment industry during her 13 years of the nightmare and now the media has moved on to a new story. How does one recover from such a mind numbing, mind blowing idea of strangers and her family conspiring to enslave her for profit?

    Like in NYC where thousands of the elderly and infirmed (including MI) died for no reason- holding no one accountable and actually granting legal immunity to the perps. The same will occur with Spear’s perpetrators who will walk away as if nothing transpired since it was all done legally by the court. Psychiatry is a $50 billion dollar industry and like Guardianship is a wealth and job program that will never be conquered. Both are long cons and are criminal enterprises.

  • In Psychiatry’s failure is success for this industry- after all it is a Business. Psychiatric patients long term are destabilized, misdiagnosed, mistreated, deprived of their humanity and through “never ending ongoing treatment” WITHOUT IMPROVED OUTCOMES” get on this roller coaster merry-go-round “treatment” that guarantees that that patient will only get worse and the more services and more aggressive treatments are needed!

    There are NO medical reversals in Psychiatry as there are for say cardiology that recently reversed recommendations for daily 81mg of aspirin since it increased brain bleeds. No they are pushing psychedelics and medical devices from the brain! Bad outcomes are great for psychiatry since it is a business where you always need them and go back to “treatment” forever until the music stops and there are no chairs to sit down on.

  • The Opiate disaster and con is similar to the anti-depressant and anti-psychotic promotion and misinformation campaign of the past few decades. It is all about the $$$ and in the US profiting from others misery is a business! The worse patients get the better it is for psychiatry because the more you need their “expertise” and interventions.

    Right now it is silly psychedelics and now they are promoting medical devices and implants for the MI.

  • This is what happens when you threaten an industry and job and research program. With $50 billion + a year in the USA the racket will continue forever! Psychiatry is a LONG CON and when victims finally figure it out after the music stops it is too late.

    They use words speak like “treatment response” which is vague and malleable. Psychiatry is actually quite successful in DESTABLIZING PATIENTS during the course of “treatment”. Outcomes don’t matter just that the patient be “under treatment” FOREVER until the rollercoaster ride abruptly ends leaving the patient hanging in the air.

  • Psychiatry has more to do with the legal system than actual medicine. If a cancer patient suddenly decides that he or she does not want any more chemo and stops treatment that is allowable, but not so with patients labeled with MI. The “health expert” has a legal requirement and obligation to drag a MI person to a psychiatric ward and force treatment on the person if they are deemed a danger to themselves or unable to make decisions for themselves.

  • Psychiatry is highly successful at destabilizing patients and leading them onto a rollercoaster ride and musical chairs type of trajectory- a great business model. Never ending “meds adjustments”, hospitalizations and leading the patients to get worse over the long haul. Outcomes do not matter and these creatures can always say ” well these are difficult illnesses to treat, we did our best and don’t look at me”.

  • What is needed is a RICO case here. Oxycontin was approved by the FDA and claimed to be extended relief for 12 hours which was false and that it was non-addictive and it still is on the market. It was a conspiracy to harm and many actors worked to conspire to promulgate the SSRI’s. But the problem is proving harm since the package in the pharmacy inserts that are attached to the bottles actually list all the potential and actual harm. Psychiatry is a LONG CON and there are NO medical reversals- never mistakes were made etc.

    The system is set up to support, encourage and evade this type of fraud.

  • Peter should focus his attention to the so-called Psychiatric textbooks used in the USA.
    Stahl’s Essential Psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific Basis and Practical Applications 5th Edition by Stephen M. Stahl
    Stahl’s Essential Psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific Basis and Practical Applications and many other Stephen M. Stahl productions which are widely required in schools today. Stephen M. Stahl MD takes money from the Pharma companies and promotes this non-sense with childish stick figure pictures.

    Psychiatry is predicated on how the psychiatrist “feels” about the patient and not how the patient really feels. It is called OPINION BASED “Medicine”. Please don’t hurt my ego and feelings if you contradict me!

  • Psychiatry takes people who may have disturbances and difficulties label and apply complex psychopharmacology in order to “stabilize” the patient only to cause further erosion and destabilization. Package inserts by the Pharma companies absolve them of any liability and the psychiatrist can always blame the patient when there are “negative outcomes” and deterioration by claiming that it is due to ” the natural course of the illness”. There is no regard of outcomes- just endless treatment- after all it is just a business.

  • Nearly all “science articles” that cover mental illness and endless “treatment” arise from PR and branding firms, non-profits supported by Pharma and think tanks as well as interest groups. Editors are contacted and assignments are handed out to free lancers looking to make a buck.

    Journalists know little about science or the industry called Psychiatry. Journalists these days are stenographers.

  • Psychiatry is not a branch of “medicine” it is opinion based “medicine” if you can say that. If it was a business it would long out of business, exposed in the media, tons of lawsuits, bankruptcy etc. Since its inception it puts the cart before the horse and proposes theories and pushes services and “treatment” only to find out every sayy 40 years that opps we were “misguided”.

  • I bought this book on Amazon and paid nearly $35 to find that this really covers no new ground at all. Everything in here is old news and like 95% of his book deals with the distant past that he and others have covered over and over again.

    Prior to the biological revolution of widespread use and promotion of psychiatric drugs in the 70’s the population in the USA that was impacted was rather tiny. These days a large segment of the population is negatively impacted by these toxic drugs. The elderly in nursing homes, those deemed developmentally impeded, children, teens, prisoners are prime targets of this complex psychopharmacology that lead misery and premature death.

  • Megan Ophir leaves out Big Pharma and the sad history of how psychoanalysts failed their patients labeled with Schizophrenia since the early 1940’s in the US. Bizarre theories and false claims of treatment success. The author is a transplant from Israel where she was a licensed psychologist and her exposure to these types of people with that label was only during her training.
    In NYS the guidelines call for a TEAM to treat certain people labeled with these “disorders” through a hospital outpatient and ACT team. Sole practitioners are not supposed to treat these people in private practice. Psychoanalysts and psychologists in NYC & L.I. charge $350 and hour and rarely take any insurance. Also non-medical practitioners in the mental health field are not allowed to comment or advise a patient regarding drugs. So they are silent bystanders who know that these drugs often are the cause of their patient’s demise and cannot comment or advise.

    She and others like to focus on the distant past and not the current situation that people labeled Schizophrenics have to endure because it is a hellish existence and quite depressing. Chemically lobotomize them and warehouse them. So lets go back to the Bible and Joan of Arc. It is safe and supposedly scholarly with a University press publisher able to charge $35 instead of $27 for a book for lay people.

  • Sadly everyone profits for the misery of others. Not just psychiatrists and big Pharma are at fault, but it is the main stream media, PR firms, Internists that prescribe like 90% of psych meds, NP’s, Psych RN’s, Hospital staff, Unions, Administrators, Advertising firms, drug salesmen, Nursing homes, Jails, Generic Drug companies, Lawyer who sue Drug Companies, Patent lawyers, Psychotherapists, psychologists who can prescribe in some states, shareholders in drug companies, Private Mental Health hospitals, politicians, historians, book publishers, non-profits, lawyers who specialize in Mental Health Hygiene law, Judges, social workers, psychologists, researchers, counselors, Medical device companies, ECT & Brain stimulation practitioners and manufacturers etc.

    There is a large segment of the US population that sadly believe a that a cure or salvation comes in pills that you pop each day. Poor outcomes and endless “treatment” is the business plan as it keeps lots of people employed and brings in tens of billions a year.

  • This “new book” by Andrew Scull has nothing new in it! He and other authors critical of psychiatry have exposed the past and few want to focus on the horrific damaging effects that psychiatry and those who are involved in dispensing these toxic drugs. The population in the USA that is being exposed to these drugs is exponentially greater than the relatively small group the was victimized forty years ago.

    Like 25 pages toward the end deal with the current situation. This is a $35 money grab. Sad.

  • Hopefully when Scull gets old and foggy in the mind he will experience first hand how the most vulnerable are treated like in out prisons and nursing homes plied with “complex psycho-pharmacology” to manage and control their symptoms. I guess Scull will have to wait another 20 years so he can write a critical book about the period from 1995-2022. It is always safe to be critical of the distance past. This book is a money grab and about 95% of it is based in the distant past.

  • Scull’s book is largely a retread of old information that has in well known. The first 19 chapters go over history and ground he and others critical of psychiatry have gone over. Pages 321 to 379 cover newer ground but nothing worth forking over $35.

    Scull is critical and yet somewhat supportive of psychiatry and its overreliance on toxic drugs and destabilizing patients- making them forever patients. The real horror is that even after a long well documented history of harm, abuse and poor outcomes psychiatry still continues to exist!

  • Dismissing the patient and diminishing the patient is the key strategy of practitioners of psychiatry. The goal is to standardize “medicine” and streamline it like say ordering fries and a hamburger and coke in McDonalds. Same cookie cutter cost saving approach. One size fits all approach and no regard for history and circumstances regarding the patient’s presentation.

    It is an example of the cost effective delivery of psychiatry which is “opinion based” dare I should say “medicine”. It is a business where the patient who already is unstable guaranteed a lifetime of instability- a perfect business model for perpetuating profits and demand.

  • Psychiatry is highly successful in DESTABILIZING patients and with their endless complex polypharmacy patients become patients for LIFE! That is the business model and it is very lucrative for the industry.

    Many of us at times look up out high school classmates to see what has become of them after a few decades. Psychiatrists would never want to check and see where their former patients are after decades in the endless psychiatric “treatment” because they all know that it nearly always means POOR OUTCOMES.

  • The writer states ” To be fair, my psychiatrists were good, hard-working people who wanted to help.”

    If the writer wanted to really know the truth about how sincere and well meaning his psychiatrists were then he should get his patient files and see for himself. Any psychiatrist practicing for more than 20 years knows that these powerful drugs are just suppressing symptoms and not targeting anything. Psychiatry is a long con and after the patient gets on the endless rollercoaster, merry-go-round and finally musical chair the patient is left destabilized and worse off than before.

  • Psychiatrists are Con artists who play the long con rather than the short con. Once the patient gets on the merry go round and rollercoaster ride then they finally enter the musical chairs phase and the patient is left on the floor with no savings and more likely worse off than before they started off in “treatment”.
    Unlike Bernie Madoff who always knew he was conning people, Psychiatrists delude themselves into believing that they are not.

  • Psychiatry (and Psychology) is what’s known as a long Con. Once you engage with it at the beginning all his well, then comes the merrry go round and finally rollercoaster rides and then the musical chairs. At the end the target is left on the floor penniless as the con-artist “mental health care expert” moves on to the next victim and this goes over and over again.

    Opinion Based “medicine” is not medicine but just opinion.

  • Marian Kornicki is a kind, loving and dedicated person and this tragedy could not have happened unless her parents had money and assets to steal. That is Marian Kornicki’s “crime” that her family had assets and property that was built from hard work and sacrifice over four decades in the USA. Marian Kornicki is a victim of an organized criminal enterprise masquerading as Conservatorship/Guardianship which provides for a legal framework designed to rob innocent people of their humanity, rights and property all in the name of “benefitting the AIP”.

    Anyone can file a Guardianship claim against any person at any time no matter if it truthful of accurate in order for a judge to set aside all wills and estate planning. Once the process starts and there is conflict in the family then a lawyer is appointed from a list to isolate, overmedicate and liquidate all the assets and money. All of the fees are paid out from the AIP– the Alleged Incapacitated Person. Fees per hour are typically $400 an hour.
    Lawyers assigned to Marian Kornicki’s mother’s Guardianship have stolen nearly all of her parent’s money and are trying to steal her mother’s home! Even after her mother died over six years ago!

  • Lumateperone was a guaranteed money maker due to the psychiatric guidelines that are laid down by the APA which is that the newest drug gets used first in practice even though practitioners have much more experience with older drugs and the fact that anti-psychotics are largely funded by medicaid dollars which are tax payer money whether it is $900/ month or $1,200/month. The guideline itself guarantees instant market share to any new drug “discovered” and approved in the effort to “treat” the severely mentally ill.

    This was a win for everyone except the patients and the public. The patient does NOT matter anymore and outcomes don’t matter either.

  • So now I am even more confused. So what about all these patients who have been “treatment resistant” and are paying as much as $500 a session for a drug that is not patentable and costs the practitioner just $20 in drug costs per session? These patients are claiming that they got their lives back and are no longer depressed and are working. Are they delusional? What about all those hundreds and hundreds of studies worldwide that claim a 70% + response rate for varies afflictions? None of the studies using IV ketamine are drug company funded, so what is their incentive to exaggerate and lie? The scans do show greater connectivity after Ketamine sessions. The patients and the studies are lying for what purpose?

  • I am really confused. There are tons of studies on pubmed that show that IV Ketamine is highly effective for various impairments such as PTSD, people attempting suicide, depression and mood instability (bipolar) and in the USA there are tons of clinics owned by private psychiatrists that charge between $250 to $600 a session. The claims are that it is close to 90% effective for these maladies. IV ketamine is non patented and cheap at around $90 a vial that will last for 20 sessions. So am I wrong about Ketamine’s effectiveness and all the discussion of its ability to “reconnect” the brain wiring etc. as well as provide miracle relief for thousands for people?