Saturday, April 29, 2006

Antidepressants Increase Stillbirth Risks

Antidepressants Increase Stillbirth Risks

A Canadian study of almost 5,000 mothers found that those who used selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) as antidepressants were more likely to give birth to stillborn, premature, and low birth weight babies. SSRIs, which include Prozac, work by increasing levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin.

Women on SSRIs were twice as likely to have a stillbirth, and almost twice as likely to have a premature or low birth weight baby. The babies born to women using SSRIs also had a greater likelihood of experiencing seizures.

This bears out previous studies, which have shown a similar risk of birth defects. One study showed that use of the drugs during the first three months of pregnancy caused a 40 percent increased risk of birth defects such as cleft palate. Another found that babies whose mothers used SSRIs were at risk of being born with withdrawal symptoms.
BBC News April 7, 2006

Friday, April 28, 2006

The Litany of Psychiatrist Perversions Continues

Doctor 'groped his patients'
Amanda Crook
A PSYCHIATRIST has been accused of indecently touching two mentally ill patients in his care.

Dr Kayode Falodun is alleged to have kissed, cuddled and groped a 22-year-old woman with a history of sexual abuse and self-harming when he was employed at Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport.

A General Medical Council hearing was also told he had inappropriately touched a 44-year-old woman with borderline personality disorder, who was sexually abused as a child and suffered suicidal feelings.

Both women had been sectioned under the mental health act and were in-patients on the wards where Falodun was a staff grade psychiatrist from October 2003 to June 2004.

The 49-year-old from Church Lane, Moston, admits giving one of the patients his mobile phone number and taking her to his office, where he had covered the windows with paper, for a consultation on February 16, 2004. She alleges while there he touched her inappropriately.

However he denies all these allegations, saying he has not acted inappropriately, unprofessionally or indecently. He also denies acting dishonestly by failing to mention on his CV or during his interview for the job that he had been dismissed from three previous jobs in Rochdale, Bro Morgannwg and Hertfordshire.

Jane Sullivan, counsel for the GMC, described how Falodun built up a rapport with patient A by trying to make her laugh during ward rounds, and how initially she considered him to be a "nice doctor".

The panel heard that Patient A rang Falodun's mobile because she was upset after an argument with her mother and he took her to the office he shared with a colleague, rather than speaking to her on the ward or on one of the nearby consultation rooms.

She says he made her a cup to tea and they chatted before he held her hands in his and rested them on his knee.

She alleges he sat her on his knee and moved her up and down saying: "if you were fat I would not be able to do that" in reference to the fact she had complained of feeling fat and unattractive.

He is said to have cuddled her, kissed her on the mouth and moved his hands all over her.

Ms Sullivan said: "At best he crossed the boundaries of what was appropriate in the doctor patient relationship and at worst his behaviour was indecent."

Patient B reported that Falodun touched her breasts.

The hearing was told that Falodun approached her in the hospital's family room after he had been banned from hospital premises.

He was excluded from duties on February 17, 2004, after Patient A complained about his behaviour to the acting ward sister.

The panel was not told why Falodun had been dismissed from two previous permanent jobs and one as a locum doctor.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Head of Child Psychiatry Under Molestation Investigation

‘Distinguished psychiatrist William Ayres who served for four years as the president of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has had his patient files seized by San Mateo, California police.
Police are investigating Ayres after he settled out of court on a molestation charge by a former patient. At least four other adult males have approached police with complaints of molestastion whilst they were child patients of Ayres.
Police Captain Callagy confirmed that an investigation was under way.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Deputy Chairman of Association of European Psychiatrists Guilty of Rape

French police are seeking the extradition of psychiatrist Jean Hoareau from Russia. Hoareau, deputy chairman of the Association of European Psychiatrists and head of the European Center for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy is currently under house arrest.
He was found guilty in France last May of rape and gross misconduct.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Couldn't Have Said it Better Myself

Was just sent this. It is a psych based 'therapy' site.
http://www.therapistfinder.com

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Psychiatrist... "Threat to Public Safety"

Psychiatrist Howard Mitchell has had his license suspended by the Arizonal Medical Board. He was found guilty of over prescribing controlled substances and was described by the board as representing an imminent threat to public safety.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

DSM Again Exposed as Bogus

The Diagnostic and Statistic Manual (DSM) which is the bible of psychiatrists contains all the 'diseases' and 'treatments' in the field of psychiatry. It is the sole reference point for all practising bio-psychiatrists.

Lisa Cosgrove is a clinical psychologist at the U of Massachusetts in Boston. She has just completed an analysis which shows that every psychiatric expert involved in the writing of the DSM section on mood disorders such as depression, and psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia are or were paid stooges of the drug companies.

"I don't think the public is aware of how egregious the financial ties are in the field of psychiatry," said Lisa Cosgrove, a clinical psychologist at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, who is publishing her analysis Thursday in the peer-reviewed journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics.

"It shouldn't be assumed there is a true conflict of interest," said John Kane who worked on the last edition of DSM. He said his panel's conclusions were driven only by science. Right John.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Sex Beast Psychiatrist is Out of Jail

From the U.K. Sunday Mail
16 April 2006
SEX BEAST DOCTOR IS BACK OUT
EXCLUSIVE Judges slash attacker's sentence
By Charles Lavery
A SEX attacker psychiatrist has been freed by the appeal court after serving just seven months for an assault on a teenage girl.

Judges reduced Darren Holdsworth's sentence from three years to 13 months.

Because he had already served seven months in prison - more than half his sentence - he is now a free man.

Holdsworth faces a disciplinary hearing before the General Medical Council. But he could avoid being struck off because the offence was not related to his work.

Holdsworth persuaded the young woman to live with him then virtually starved her so she looked more child-like.

During one humiliating attack he thrashed her with a wire coat-hanger and committed a degrading sex act.

Holdsworth was jailed in November 2002 by Lord McEwan at the High Court in Edinburgh for three years, with a two-year supervision order to follow.

But just seven months later, Holdsworth was freed pending an appeal against his sentence.

He then committed a sickening attack on a mum-of-one in a Glasgow bar. He was convicted but not jailed.

Holdsworth's appeal over the first offence was heard by Lords Osborne, Macfadyen and Marnoch. They have not yet released reasons for their decision.

Detectives found disturbing and violent pornography in Holdsworth's flat.

A police insider said: "The material was so sick that he was put down as a potential offender in the highest risk category."

When he was freed on bail pending his appeal, his victim said: "If I'd known he would receive such a paltry sentence I would never have put myself through the ordeal of the justice system."

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Comparison of drugs often favors firm funding study

Comparison of drugs often favors firm funding study
(from ContraCostaTimes.com... click heading to see whole story)
Some suggest research should be publicly funded to better guide clinical decisions, the billions of dollars spent on treatment
By Shankar Vedantam
WASHINGTON POST
Pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Co. recently funded five studies that compared its antipsychotic drug Zyprexa with Risperdal, a competing drug made by Janssen. All five showed Zyprexa was superior in treating schizophrenia.

But when Janssen sponsored its own studies comparing the two drugs, Risperdal came out ahead in three out of four.

In fact, when psychiatrist John Davis analyzed every publicly available trial funded by the pharmaceutical industry pitting five new antipsychotic drugs against one another, nine in 10 showed that the best drug was the one made by the company funding the study.

"On the basis of these contrasting findings in head-to-head trials, it appears that whichever company sponsors the trial produces the better antipsychotic drug," Davis and others wrote in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Another Tom Cruise Interview

The actor Tom Cruise has, according to a report I have just read in the Hindustani Times (!), again given an interview on the subject of psychiatry. It is in a magazine called 'GQ' and apparently again rails against this rotten to the core profession.

The magazine is due out on April 25th 2006. As a blogger on the subject of psychiatric crimes I am very aware of how much Mr Cruise has raised awareness of this issue in the public mind... and the media who had up to that point had mostly steadfastly ignored the atrocious human rights violations of this "pseudo science". The number of exposures of psychiatric crimes and human rights violations in the mainstream media boomed from almost none to being a daily occurrence.

Mr Cruise truly does understand that the greatest crime of all is to remain silent.

For once in my life I shall read a magazine other than the UK Spectator... providing that 'GQ' is sold in Australia that is.

"The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody has decided not to see."
Ayn Rand

Monday, April 10, 2006

Prove-’em-mad, a deeper racket!

Prove-’em-mad, a deeper racket!
Gaurav Saigal
April 9

PSYCHIATRISTS PLAYING foul to mint money and help customers get legal hold over property by proving the owner insane, is just a tip of the iceberg.
There could be many angles to the crazy story, which smells of a deeper nexus than what Wasiha-Amrina case throws up.

This is evident from the fact that the State Mental Health Authority (SMHA), powered to investigate cases of misdeeds by psychiatrists (like the recent Wasiha and Amrina’s case) reports no complaints after 2004!

Sample this. In the recent case of fallacy by a psychiatrist mother and daughter duo Wasiha Khan and Amrina Fatima Khan were victimised. Dr Ashutosh of the Noor Manzil Psychiatry Hospital has been arrested while his senior Dr Hemant Naidu was reported absconding. But, what would make the case strong against offenders is yet to begin. The investigations into the line of treatment given to ladies.

Investigations could only begin when the case would officially be handed over to SMHA by the police.

“There is a hairline difference between a normal person and a mentally ill one and anybody can take advantage in connivance of the doctor to settle scores. Investigation in such offences is dependent and even SMHA’s role comes after a police initiative,” said the honorary secretary of SMHA Dr SC Tiwari.

Perhaps this was evident fact that persuaded the trap for mother and daughter duo Wasiha Khan and Amrina Fatima Khan by their own relative Sahiba. They were forcibly given sedative and admitted to Noor Manzil Psychiatry Hospital as a referral case, the third option for admitting any patient of mental illness.

As per the Mental Health Act 1987, a person may be admitted to a mental hospital or clinic voluntarily or by the order of the court. The third option is that the family members or the relatives ask the doctor to do so if they feel the person is mentally sick and is dangerous. City’s physiatrists when contacted told on anonymity that such cases are rare but they take advantage of the hairline difference in the mental status. However, checking such acts is a difficult task.
“Nothing can be said about Wasiha’s case without proper investigation,” said Dr Tiwari, who heads the Geriatric Mental Health Department at King George’s Medical University.

Dr Harjit Singh of the Department of Psychiatry at KGMU said there was a protocol for psychiatrists to follow before visiting a patient’s house and bringing him to the hospital.

“More so the patient has to be kept under observation for two weeks and then a certificate is issued about his mental health,” he said.
The last case that came to SMHA for investigation in the year 2004 was about general functioning at the Noor Manzil Hospital only.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Convicted French psychiatrist asks Russia for political asylum

Convicted French psychiatrist asks Russia for political asylum
21:33 | 07/ 04/ 2006

MOSCOW, April 7 (RIA Novosti) - A senior European psychiatrist arrested in Moscow by the Interpol on sexual abuse charges has asked for political asylum in Russia, his attorney said Friday.

In May 2005, a French court sentenced Dr. Jean Andres Hoareau, a specialist in forensic psychiatry and sexual disorders and deputy chairman of the Association of European Psychiatrists, to 15 years in jail for raping a client while she was under hypnosis. The verdict was passed in Hoareau's absence.

"My client has been detained by the international department of Interpol, which acted on the decision of French justice," Igor Trunov said, adding that Hoareau was being kept in a detention center for foreigners.

Trunov said the detention of his client in Moscow was a "political decision."

He said Hoareau, also the founder of the European Center for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy in Moscow, had been living in the Russian capital for 15 years. He also said his client was married with three children.

"We are going to appeal the detention decision, most likely with the Moscow City Court," Trunov said.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Anti-Depressants Causing Stillbirth

A study just published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology says that SSRI anti-depressant drugs double the risk of stillborn births and cause an increase in premature and low birth weight babies.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Kentucky Psychiatrist Sentenced for Over Billing Fraud

Kentucky Psychiatrist Sentenced for Over Billing Fraud
April 3, 2006

Kentucky Attorney General Greg Stumbo announced that Dr. Arthur Daus, a psychiatrist who had been practicing in the Louisville area, has been sentenced in Jefferson Circuit Court for illegally over billing Medicaid and Medicare for multiple office visits even though patients made only single visits.

Daus, 71, received a sentence of one year, probated for a period of two years on the felony count of Devising or Engaging in a Scheme to Defraud the Kentucky Medicaid program, and 12 months probated for two years on the misdemeanor count of Theft by Deception for improperly obtaining funds from the federal Medicare program.

The case was handled by the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud & Abuse Control Division and the Kentucky Bureau of Investigation in cooperation with Special Agent Linda Carrithers with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Special Agent Mark Bartley with Health and Human Services.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Psychiatric Scandal

The following is a follow up from the previous Blog. It was published in the UK... click the heading for the link.
Ministers set date for health scandals report
Simon McGee
Political Editor
MINISTERS will publish their formal response to inquiries into a series of medical scandals in the spring.
As well as the independent public inquiry into the serial killings by GP Harold Shipman there have been the cases of North Yorkshire psychiatrists William Kerr and Michael Haslam, who sexually assaulted patients, and disgraced Yorkshire gynaecologist Richard Neale.
The Department of Health has promised a "comprehensive programme of action" to "take forward" the hundreds of recommendations which arose from these inquiries and the investigation into Kent GP Clifford Ayling, another sex abuser.
In a letter to Richmond MP William Hague, Health Minister Jane Kennedy said: "We have made good progress in developing our thinking on the key proposals."
She added that the Government's response would be published after Chief Medical Officer Sir Liam Donaldson had given his views and its implications considered with interested parties.
The revelation of the timing of the long-awaited response came as victims of Kerr and Haslam, representatives of campaign group Witness and MPs gathered in the Commons to underline their demand that the Department of Health take up the recommendations of the inquiries in full.
The Kerr Haslam inquiry, which reported last July, found that between 1965 and 1989 almost 50 different patients had raised concerns about the doctors' behaviour.
The 1,000-page report, commissioned by the Government, proposed 74 safeguards including better training for doctors and nurses on handling complaints of sexual assault and the availability of independent advocacy to all patients.
Last night Kathy Haq, spokeswoman for victims of the two doctors, said: "These recommendations have to be put in place.
"The inquiry itself was part of the healing process for many of us and of course all these things happened a long time ago, but the point is that patients are still being abused today.
"It may no longer be as widespread, but as far as we're concerned just one abuser is one too many."
Harrogate MP Phil Willis added: "So far nothing has happened with regard to Kerr and Haslam, Neale and Shipman.
"We need to see some new legislation and changes in procedures happen soon."
Graham Maloney, spokes-man for a group of Richard Neale's former patients, said it was time the recommendations made by the inquiry teams were put in place to make hospitals safer.
"It's good to talk but better to act and it's about time the Government did," he said.
01 February 2006