Sunday, July 17, 2005

Press Release re Psychiatry

Since Hollywood phenom, Tom Cruise, has stepped to the plate battling psychiatry, questions have been asked as to the validity of the field. But, is there really a risk? Should I really be concerned with my kids being on psychiatric drugs?

Psychiatrists claim the attacks are completely unfounded. While we can all ask the opinion of anyone we’d like, the truth is that the only way to solve this debate is with hard evidence. In all fairness, that would be the proper way to resolve this.

So, let’s review a couple of facts:

- PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS CARRY BLACK WARNING LABELS. Not warning labels that you might get a stomach ache. Nor the other familiar warning labels of possible drowsiness. On the other hand, psychiatric drugs carry a black warning label warning of possible suicide risks. That is, your kid may go out an hang himself if you put him on these drugs. Is that really a risk worth taking?

And while we aren’t looking for opinion here, it may be worth asking that exact question to the parents of Matt Miller. – the young boy who, in 2001, hung himself in his bedroom closet; just one week after being prescribed anti-depressant drugs.

Or, we could ask the parents of Raymond Perrone or Brad Eckstein two other children who both hung themselves while in the throes of withdrawal from a prescribed stimulant. Or, we could ask the question to the hundreds of other parents who have lost children to these psychiatric drugs.

- HOMICIDAL TENDENCIES. As though that isn’t enough, school shootings have practically become an annual occurance; and yes, in most cases they too are on psychiatric, mind-altering drugs. Such as Eric Harris who went on a killing spree in Columbine Colorado, killing 12 students, a teacher and wounding 23 others.

We could also take the example of Kip Kinkel, 14, who killed 2 and injured 22 after opening fire at his Springfield, Oregon, high school in 1998. He too was on psychiatric drugs when committing this act.

- LUDICROUS DIAGNOSIS. Psychiatrists base their diagnosis off of a book known as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). This book contains such classifications as “Caffeine-Related Disorder” (can be found on page 212 of this book); “Mathematics Disorder” (can be found on page 50 of this book); “Expressive Language Disorder” (can be found on page 55 of this book); or even “Disorder of Written Expression” (which can be found on page 51 of this book). ANY of these “diseases” are cause, per the Diagnostics and Statistical Manual for a person to be put on powerful, mind-altering psychiatric drugs.


Okay, we don’t need to belabor the point. But, let’s face it, is this really a risk worth taking? When I was growing up, I don’t remember reading in the history books about the children shooting up their schools or going to their bedrooms and hanging themselves. In fact, I don’t remember reading about psychiatry then either. Coincidence? We seemed to get along just fine without psychiatrists then, what makes it so necessary now?

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