So you’ve been diagnosed with depression. Or bipolar disorder. Or ADHD.
You believe your doctor when he says your psychiatric disorder is a disease “just like cancer or diabetes.” Why wouldn’t you? After all, you trust your doctor and believe he is in tune with all the latest scientific advancements in medicine.
Before you resign yourself to his diagnosis and start your daily (and most likely lifelong) habit of popping pills, there is one more question you should be asking:
“Where’s the science?”
In other words, “Prove it!”
You see, he can’t. If you’ve been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder, there is not a single test your doctor — or any doctor — can do to show you have a confirmable abnormality in your brain.
“Okay, well, maybe it’s not a psychical abnormality like a tumor,” you say. “He said it was likely the result of a chemical imbalance.”
And what test exactly did he give you to confirm that?
The truth is, no one knows what a correct chemical balance looks like, so there’s no way to know what an imbalance, if there were one, would look like.
In fact, the chemical imbalance theory was disproven over 50 years ago. But it still makes a great story — one the pharmaceutical companies are more than happy to keep alive for their marketing departments to use when they try to convince the unsuspecting public (me and you) that we are mentally ill.
Since there is no blood test — in fact, no objective test of any kind for any psychiatric disorder — there is only one thing your doctor can use to diagnose you: Words.
That’s right. Words.
Your own words, if you’re old enough to implicate yourself.
Or, if you’re 1 or 2 years old without the vocabulary to describe your “symptoms,” then an adult will be happy to interpret your behavior and give a psychiatric explanation for why you act the way you do.
In the absence of a scientific test, the only way a disorder can be diagnosed in by … guessing. You see, the doctor compares the words you just used to describe yourself with the checklists provided in the DSM.
DSM stands for Diagnostics and Statistics Manual (never mind that it contains neither). It’s psychiatry’s bible — the go-to book used by psychiatrists and doctors when it’s time to label 25 out of every 100 people with a mental disorder.
Whichever checklist most closely matches your “symptoms” (behaviors deemed by you or someone else as not socially acceptable in this time or place) determines your “disorder.” There is a high likelihood that visiting five psychiatrists and presenting the exact same “symptoms” will get you five different diagnoses. (Or check out the Rosenhan study — not even psychiatric hospitals know how to reliably distinguish the sane from the insane!)
As soon as your doctor arrives at his all-knowing conclusion and presents you with your brand new label (often in as little as 5 minutes), your psychotropic drugs are dispensed by the stroke of a pen.
Then, if you get the desired result — less emotional discomfort, more energy, a more compliant child who will sit still and do his math — you can say, “See? The doctor was right. That was my problem!”
The fact that you feel relief becomes “proof” that your “diagnosis” was accurate, even though there is no scientific validity to what just happened.
Keep in mind that mind-altering drugs have their effect on everyone, whether it’s the high-strung, self-medicating pothead down the street or the school children taking their daily dose of kiddie cocaine so can concentrate on the monotony of the classroom.
The fact is that mind-altering drugs — whether legal or illegal — affect everyone’s moods and feelings, whether we consider ourselves mentally ill or well.
And if you find your new drug affects you negatively, instead of in the way you had hoped, it’s back to the drawing board. Your doctor may change your diagnosis and let you test drive a new drug. (What? Didn’t the doctor say this was based on science?)
Or, more likely (since after all it’s human nature not to want to admit a mistake), your doctor will give you an additional disorder on top of the one you already have.
Which of course leads to additional medications to manage your new “disorder.”
But don’t worry — if you have side effects from one drug or from the cocktail of new drugs, there are more medications to manage those.
In the name of informed consent, patients and parents should be in on the secret: The psychiatric labels given by doctors are not scientific, and all of the drugs being peddled for mental disorders have serious side effects.
Far from being safe and effective, these psychotropic drugs have been proven to cause the very symptoms they are marketed to treat — plus suicide, violence, and a host of side effects including diabetes, heart failure, and even death.
Yet we continue to pump our children full of these synthetic chemicals, often while their brains are still developing, without any clue what the long-term effects will be.
And for what? Every mental illness listed in the DSM has been voted into existence!
“A roomful of psychiatrists gets together, listens to talks about each potential entry, and then they vote on whether to include it. No science. No studies. No genuine research. Every entry gets into the DSM through a popularity contest.”
—Heidi Stevenson, Psychiatrists expose the fraud of psychiatry
“There are no objective tests in psychiatry — no X-ray, laboratory, or exam finding that says definitively that someone does or does not have a mental disorder.”
—Allen Frances, Former DSM-IV Task Force Chairman
“In 1987, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) was literally voted into existence by the American Psychiatric Association and inserted in the DSM-IV. Within one year, 500,000 children in the U.S. were diagnosed with the disorder.”
—Death from Ritalin: The Truth Behind ADHD
“Psychiatry is not science; it’s observations of human behavior, without any scientific backup. For example, diagnosing someone with a ‘chemical imbalance’ is a fabricated diagnosis. They have no evidence whatsoever of any chemical imbalance. … Psychiatric evaluations aren’t based on science — period! They’re just made up, and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual is growing with more and more fabricated ‘mental illnesses.’”
—Dr. Julian Whitaker
Truth cannot be determined by a show of hands, and science is based on confirmable, objective evidence, not subjective feelings, words, or guesses.
Yet there is not a single scientific piece of evidence or test that any of these disorders exist. The DSM is a shifting political document, and its “disorders” come and go like fashion.
For example, homosexuality was listed as a mental disorder until 1974, after the American Psychiatric Association (APA) held a legislative vote and changed its mind.
“If mental illness were really an illness in the same sense that physical illnesses are illnesses, the idea of deleting homosexuality or anything else from the categories of illness by having a vote would be as absurd as a group of physicians voting to delete cancer or measles from the concept of disease.”
—Lawrence Stevens, former Assistant District Attorney in California
In May 2013, the DSM-5 was released. There has been much public criticism about this new volume, with even industry insiders calling the book exactly what is is: a sham and the highest form of fraud perpetuated on the American public.
The lead editor of the DSM-IV was Allen Frances, who has now come out of retirement to accuse his colleagues working on the DSM-5 of “bad science” and “making diseases out of everyday suffering.”
In fact, he now regrets the inclusion of various disorders in the DSM-IV and has decided to speak out: “We have made mistakes that had terrible consequences,” he said. Mental disorders are “most certainly not diseases,” Frances says. Rather, they are “constructs” that may justify treating people against their will as a “last resort.”
Lauren Mosher, M.D., in his resignation letter from the American Psychiatric Association, wrote,
“Finally, why must the APA pretend to know more than it does? DSM-IV is the fabrication upon which psychiatry seeks acceptance by medicine in general. Insiders know it is more a political than scientific document. … DSM-IV has become a bible and a money making best seller — its major failings notwithstanding. … It is the way to get paid.”
Don’t get me wrong. Madness exists; people can and do lose touch with reality. And true, confirmable brain abnormalities do exist too, which can be diagnosed by a neurologist and confirmed with actual laboratory tests (if they haven’t been missed by a psychiatrist claiming they were mentally ill).
People can also suffer from nutritional deficiencies and the effects of viruses, toxins, and other substances taken into the body. (See Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, by Susannah Cahalan, as just one example.) But once a person is medicated for a mental illness, chances are very few doctors are going to take take time to look for the true cause, if in fact it’s physical.
People can also become depressed, rebel against authority figures, struggle with math, or go into a rage when things don’t go their way. Toddlers can — and will — throw temper tantrums. But that doesn’t mean they have a chemical imbalance or any of the hundreds of made-up disorders that psychiatry has named.
And when an entire industry pretends its understanding and “treatment” of human behavior is “scientific” and “medical” — when in fact it is neither — it’s time for the rest of us to wake up, pull back the black curtain, and expose it for the fraud that it is.
Copyright 2012 by Michele Blake