The Psychiatric Profession Is All About Generating Huge Profits.
Sometimes we all encounter times of trouble in our lives and find a need to talk to someone such as a psychotherapist or psychiatrist, but you need to be careful. During your visit you might feel that you’re sitting in the “hot seat” and after spilling out your problems at the end, you will make your payment. If you intend to use your insurance, your process will have a few more steps that produce records for insurances companies that will follow you for the rest of your life.
First the therapist will have to decide what’s wrong with you and assign a label or diagnosis on you in order to bill the insurance company based on whatever information you shared during the session. In order to make the diagnosis, most all mental health workers consult a book called the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychiatric Disorders” known by its acronym as the “DSM.” It is referred to as the “Bible of Psychiatry.” Professionals not only use the DSM for insurance purposes but it is also a guide they use for making medication decisions and to understand and categorize patient symptoms.
Ever since the first publication in 1952 the “DSM” has gone through five major revisions. Each new edition will have more new disorders and diagnosis’s that have been added, while the older disorders and diagnosis’s are routed out in order to keep increasing numbers of psychiatric conditions to the inventory. This is done so that medication can be developed and administered for profits for the psychiatrist, psychologists, or health care worker’s employer, which sometimes includes school districts and of course let’s don’t forget pharmaceutical companies.
The first “DSM” in 1952, listed only 102 disorders. At that time schizophrenia was lumped together with manic-depressive disorder under the heading of a “psychosis.” The new and latest edition of the “DSM -5” came out with over 300 disorders, including 15 brand new diagnoses. I found when anyone looks through the book, they will find a diagnosis that fits their peculiar lifestyle. What has actually happened is the group of doctors that get together to make up all the conditions and diagnosis in the “DSM” have taken everyday life issues that most people will encounter and respond to in a natural way and codified a myriad of conditions and diagnosis in order to justify their position and to make a large profit for themselves and pharmaceutical corporations. It really makes me wonder how mankind ever survived before psychiatrists identified and codified this myriad of conditions and diagnosis.
If you or someone you may have known has a child for example, that has been diagnosed with “attention deficit hyperactivity disorder” or ADHD, the truth is that that child was probably actually just fine. Dr. Leon Eisenberg, on his deathbed, a leading psychiatrist and autism pioneer, admitted that ADHD was essentially a “fictitious disease,” which means that millions and millions of young children even today are being needlessly prescribed severe, dangerous, mind-altering drugs that usually set them up for life of drug addiction, failure, and poor health. Look it up on “Snoops.”
Over 20 million American children today are taking dangerous, expensive, psychiatric drugs for made-up behavioral conditions like ADHD or ADD. Also, there is about a million or so children that have been blatantly and admittedly misdiagnosed with phony behavioral conditions for which psychiatric medication are being prescribed. I find it very interesting that the U.S. prescribes five times more Ritalin and Adderal to its children than the rest of the world combined. Also, kids know that if you don’t have money to buy street drugs and you want good drugs, just act out or misbehave so you will be placed in a hospital or institution, or special education program in school where there you’ll get your own doctor that will give you the new and best mind-bending drugs available. You wouldn’t believe how many thousands of children and teenagers that have told me this information in our sessions. Is it any wonder why methamphetamines or speed are the drugs of choice with college student and athletes?
There are two ways drug companies can make money: Invent new drugs, or reinvent new diseases already invented that drugs can treat. When you look back in the past you can find that pharmaceutical corporations have created no less than 10 new novel drugs per year. Just watch you TV commercials. People who have been diagnosis or told they suffer from ADHD or ADD actually suffer from a “bad design of consequences” by conventional social and educational systems that were unable and unwilling to recognize unique individuality and their behavior.
What do you thing about the new diagnosis of “caffeine withdrawal” which include headaches, sleep problems, and mood swings. How do you like “Disruptive mood deregulation disorder,” which is also known as “a brat with a temper tantrum?” Do you like “Binge Eating Disorder” where you pig-out 12 times within a three month period. I wonder if that includes while you’re on vacation for two weeks on a cruise?
How about “premenstrual dysphoric disorder,” or “PMDD,” for what women use to call, “that time of the month?” It is the normal symptoms of PMS but the “New DMS-5” says this if far worse. Symptoms include bloating, depression, despair, but when you say “I hate my partner and everyone else” instead of just being bitchy for a couple of day, now you have a full-blown psychiatric designation the I feel is very discriminating against women and a new way for pharmaceutical companies to recycle expensive, drugs with dangerous side-effects, including pain relievers, antidepressants, and other cancer causing medication. Is “PMDD” really a different condition than PMS? If it is, there is no real dividing line, and it’s a purely arbitrary diagnosis by the person making the diagnosis.
You can’t name psychiatric conditions with measurable indicators like something such as “diabetes,” where insulin levels can be determined or even cancer, where a tumor can be seen on an x-ray. Most all of the labels in the “DSM-5” describe groups of symptoms that span a wide range that may or may not have physiological manifestations. A diagnosis relies solely on the subjective judgment of the therapist, but as far as insurance companies go, a diagnosis is a sure thing, and again, a medication gets dispensed according to the diagnosis.
I believe we need to stop making the mistakes that words don’t matter. When you are defining a set of symptoms as a disease on any individual it matters! It matters because that diagnosis is going to follow that individual for the rest of their life. I have seen many clients who were mislabel or mis-diagnosis by psychiatrist, social workers and psychologist who were able to heal themselves by looking at their lifestyles and choices and making changing in their own life. Many people go through different life experiences during their life time. That shouldn’t qualify you to have a label stuck on you for the rest of your life if it is only a temporary situation.
If you feel you need therapy, make sure you stay in communication with your counselor about whet labels get assigned to you in your records, especially if you have concerns about that label following you around for the rest of your life. Look for someone who is more neutral or find yourself an off-the- radar clinician who won’t label you at all. You might even consider looking for a counselor that practices alternative holistic approaches first.
The final item I would suggest to you is watching the movie “The Marketing of Madness.” It is the story of high-income partnership between psychiatry and drug companies that has created over an $80 billion psychotropic drug profit center legally. It is a three-part documentary exposing the truth behind the marketing schemes and scientific deceit that conceal a very dangerous and often deadly sales campaign.
As always feel free to contact me at www.phoenixtransformational.com. You’re welcome to express your thoughts and comments, or if you have any questions I’ll be more than happy to answer them. Meanwhile I wish you great health, wealth, and happiness.