I remember when psychiatry started the grooming process with America back in the 1960’s as the age of the surgical lobotomy came to an end and the chemical lobotomy replaced it, although it would be decades before the use of polypharmacy and the term “serious mental illness” were acknowledged or even recognized as such. Heavy duty drugs were being used in state run mental institutions; the idea that anyone experiencing emotional extremes and behavioral problem were somehow biologically defective was the “quick fix” families and society were looking for. “Patients” became “consumers” (and consumers eventually became “peers” in the current model). For decades the general public did not fall for the idea that “mental illness is like diabetes” but over time the idea caught on and now something like 2 in 5 adults in America are taking these mind altering and brain numbing drugs each day.
Today a quick share from the blog by investigative journalist Jon Rappoport on how the pseudo science of psychiatry is slowly being unveiled. The most interesting and the thing that causes me to not quite yet do the victory dance? That those who have been at the center of creating the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) for and with the American Psychiatric Association are also key players in denouncing it concerns me as perhaps a bit of a smoke screen for other pseudo sciences that may be coming down the pipeline…but I guess that is more for another day.
An open secret has been slowly bleeding out into public consciousness for the past ten years.
THERE ARE NO DEFINITIVE LABORATORY TESTS FOR ANY SO-CALLED MENTAL DISORDER.
And along with that:
ALL SO-CALLED MENTAL DISORDERS ARE CONCOCTED, NAMED, LABELED, DESCRIBED, AND CATEGORIZED by a committee of psychiatrists, from menus of human behaviors.
Their findings are published in periodically updated editions of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), printed by the American Psychiatric Association.
For years, even psychiatrists have been blowing the whistle on this hazy crazy process of “research.”
Of course, pharmaceutical companies, who manufacture highly toxic drugs to treat every one of these “disorders,” are leading the charge to invent more and more mental-health categories, so they can sell more drugs and make more money.
But we have a mind-boggling twist. Under the radar, one of the great psychiatric stars, who has been out in front in inventing mental disorders, went public. He blew the whistle on himself and his colleagues. And for several years, almost no one noticed.
His name is Dr. Allen Frances, and he made VERY interesting statements to Gary Greenberg, author of a Wired article: “Inside the Battle to Define Mental Illness.”(Dec.27, 2010).
Major media never picked up on the interview in any serious way. It never became a scandal.
Dr. Allen Frances is the man who, in 1994, headed up the project to write the latest edition of the psychiatric bible, the DSM-IV. This tome defines and labels and describes every official mental disorder. The DSM-IV eventually listed 297 of them.
In an April 19, 1994, New York Times piece, “Scientist At Work,” Daniel Goleman called Frances “Perhaps the most powerful psychiatrist in America at the moment…”
Well, sure. If you’re sculpting the entire canon of diagnosable mental disorders for your colleagues, for insurers, for the government, for Pharma (who will sell the drugs matched up to the 297 DSM-IV diagnoses), you’re right up there in the pantheon.
Long after the DSM-IV had been put into print, Dr. Frances talked to Wired’s Greenberg and said the following:
“There is no definition of a mental disorder. It’s bullshit. I mean, you just can’t define it.”
Read the rest here: A whole branch of science turns out to be fake « Jon Rappoports Blog.