Tracking the American Epidemic of Mental Illness: Part I

Over a twenty year span, starting when Prozac came on the market in 1987, the number of people on government disability due to mental illness went from 1.25 million to more than 4 million today. There has been a 35-fold increase in the number of children disabled by mental illness who receive federal disability payments, rising from 16,200 in 1987, to 561,569 in 2007.

These statistics come from a new book titled, Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America, by award winning journalist, Robert Whitaker, who also authored Mad in America.

For the book, Whitaker reviewed 50 years of outcomes in the medical literature, for adults with schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, and bipolar illness, and the childhood disorders of ADHD, depression and juvenile bipolar disorder, to see whether medications had altered the long-term course of the disorders and whether drugs could bring on new or more severe psychiatric symptoms.

His intent was to assess whether this paradigm of care increased the risk that a person would become chronically ill, or ill with disabling symptoms, he reports in his Mad in America blog, on the Psychology Today website.

“Although we, as a society, believe that psychiatric medications have “revolutionized” the treatment of mental illness, the disability numbers suggest a very different possibility,” he wrote in the April 28, 2010, Huffington Post.

On April 29, 2010, Alternet published an interview with Whitaker by Dr Bruce Levine, with the headline question of, “Are Prozac and Other Psychiatric Drugs Causing the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America?”

The “literature is remarkably consistent in the story it tells,” Whitaker told Levine. “Although psychiatric medications may be effective over the short term, they increase the likelihood that a person will become chronically ill over the long term.”

“In addition, the scientific literature shows that many patients treated for a milder problem will worsen in response to a drug — say have a manic episode after taking an antidepressant — and that can lead to a new and more severe diagnosis like bipolar disorder,” he said. “That is a well-documented iatrogenic pathway that is helping to fuel the increase in the disability numbers.”

During the interview, Whitaker discusses his research on the increase of juvenile bipolar disorder in the US, as an example of how prescribing psychiatric drugs to children can actually cause mental illness.

“When you research the rise of juvenile bipolar illness in this country, you see that it appears in lockstep with the prescribing of stimulants for ADHD and antidepressants for depression,” he reports.

“Prior to the use of those medications, you find that researchers reported that manic-depressive illness, which is what bipolar illness was called at the time, virtually never occurred in prepubertal children,” he explains.

“But once psychiatrists started putting “hyperactive” children on Ritalin, they started to see prepubertal children with manic symptoms,” he reports.

“Same thing happened when psychiatrists started prescribing antidepressants to children and teenagers,” Whitaker says. “A significant percentage had manic or hypomanic reactions to the antidepressants.”

“Thus, we see these two iatrogenic pathways to a juvenile bipolar diagnosis documented in the medical literature,” he states.

The bipolar kids often end up on cocktails of heavy-duty drugs, including antipsychotics such as Zyprexa, Risperdal, Invega, Seroquel, Abilify and Geodon, which cause a host of physical problems and possible cognitive decline over the long term, he told Levine.

“When you add up all this information, you end up documenting a story of how the lives of hundreds of thousands of children in the United States have been destroyed in this way,” Whitaker says.

In fact, he thinks that “the number of children and teenagers that have ended up “bipolar” after being treated with a stimulant or an antidepressant is now well over one million.”

“This is a story of harm done on an unimaginable scale,” he told Levine.

Levine, an author himself of Surviving America’s Depression Epidemic, describes Anatomy of an Epidemic as the “most important book on psychiatric treatment in a generation.”

Role of American Psychiatric Association

In 2006, the 38,000 member strong, American Psychiatric Association, received 30% of their funding, or more than $20 million, from the pharmaceutical industry.

This year’s attendees at the group’s annual meeting last month in New Orleans “had to brave 200 protestors chanting ‘no drugging kids for money’ and ‘no conflicts of interest’ to get into the convention hall,” according to Martha Rosenberg’s May 30, 2010 report in OpEd News.

“If there were a take home message at the APA meeting about the blizzard of ADHD, bipolar and personality disorders threatening adults and children, it was don’t wait,” Rosenberg says. “These dangerous conditions, likened to cancer and diabetes, won’t go away.”

“Thanks to genetic advancements, psychiatric disease risks can now be detected and treated before symptoms surface, said presenters, fostering early treatment paradigms that are pretty Brave New World: People being told they have a disease they can’t feel that needs immediate and lifelong treatment at hundreds of dollars a month or their health will suffer,” she reports.

“Preemptive psychiatric drugging is likely the most dangerous idea that has come along since lobotomy,” warns the prolific anti-drugging activist, Vince Boehm.

As far as drugs, there was no star of the show, Rosenberg says. “The Next Big Thing was not a new drug at all but adjunctive therapy also known as adding existing drugs to existing drugs because they don’t work right.”

“Throwing good drugs after bad, popularized with the antipsychotic Abilify,” she explains, “has only been enhanced by a study in the January JAMA that found antidepressants don’t work for mild depression at all.”

“Antipsychotics are also being “enhanced” by adding drugs to offset weight gain and lethargic side effects,” she reports.

“The pharmaco-fraudulence which has taken over psychiatry today is absolutely breathtaking,” says Dr Nathaniel Lehrman, former Clinical Director of Kingsboro Psychiatric Center, Brooklyn NY.

“There is absolutely no rationale for adding antipsychotics to antidepressants in the treatment of depression other than the hope that somehow the patient will feel better when new medication is added when the old is not enough,” he reports.

Lehrman can think of no medication “which is really specific for anything in psychiatry.”

“The effect of all these medications is largely happenstance,” he says. “If something happens to make the patient feel better while taking a particular medication, the latter will be credited.”

Catalog of Mental Disorders

In January 2010, the APA released a draft for the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, or DSM-V, also known as the Billing Bible of psychiatry, with the official definitions of normal and abnormal. Criticisms of the revisions and the task force have been non-stop.

In a March, 2010 analysis in Psychiatric Times, Lisa Cosgrove and Harold Bursztajn reported that approximately 68% of the members of the DSM5 task force had financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry, a 2% increase over the task force members of the DSM4 with such ties.

The draft criteria for “Temper Dysregulation Disorder with Dysphoria,” has specifically come under attack as “one of the most dangerous and poorly conceived suggestions for DSM5,” by Dr Allen Frances, who was chairman of the DSM-IV Task Force, in his “DSM5 in Distress” blog on the Psychology Today Website.

“Apparently, the Work Group was trying to correct excessive diagnosis of childhood bipolar disorder—but its suggestion is so poorly written that it could not possibly accomplish this goal and instead would it would create a new monster,” he advises.

“The ‘diagnosis’ would be very common at every age in the general population and would promote a large expansion in the use of antipsychotic medications, with all of the serious attendant risks,” he warns.

“While trying to rescue kids who are now misdiagnosed as bipolar,” Frances says, “it will undoubtedly open the door to the misdiagnosis of normal kids who happen to be temperamental or in difficult family circumstances.”

The syndrome was first called “severe mood dysregulation (SMD),” but the Childhood Disorders Work Group decided to rename it “temper dysregulation with dysphoria (TDD),” because (a) the new name is more descriptive; and (b) the name of DSM diagnoses does not typically include a denotation of severity, according to the group’s report.

In any event, the prescribing of psychiatric drug cocktails will continue no matter what they end up calling the new disorder. If TDD is a form of BD, “first-line treatment would consist of atypical antipsychotic medication and/or mood stabilizers,” the group states in the report. “On the other hand, if TDD is on a continuum with unipolar depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, and ADHD, first-line treatment would consist of serotonergic reuptake inhibitor antidepressants (SSRI’s) and stimulants.”

In a March 8, 2010 article in Skeptic Magazine, Dr John Sorboro warned that the “folks writing the new DSM-V are even considering a new classification of ‘prodromal’ disorders, which means you may qualify for diagnosis of a mental disorder just based on the hunch of your psychiatrist.”

“Psychiatrists get paid for treating mental illness,” he says. “There is a strong motivation for them to look at things they used to attribute to chronic personality, or just life, and see them as psychiatric illness.”

“These changes have nothing to do with any real definitive science or specific tests that can effectively demonstrate who has a disorder,” Sorbora notes. “It’s little more than psychiatry repackaging people with different labels.”

“Who gets what label has a lot more to do with politics and the economics of psychiatry than it does with any true understanding of the developmental or biologic underpinnings of specific behavior let alone whether we choose to see ‘different’ as ‘disordered,’ he points out.

Sorboro says following the money has led many people to seriously question “the motivations of some of psychiatry’s most prolific researchers who shape how people get diagnosed, what disorder label they are given, and what drugs they are prescribed.”

He notes Senator Charles Grassley’s ongoing investigation to determine the full extent of industry fees paid to psychiatric researchers, and that “some of the biggest names in the business have been accused of misconduct.”

The “biggest names in the business,” identified by Grassley thus far, include Harvard University’s Joseph Biederman, Thomas Spencer and Timothy Wilens; Charles Nemeroff and Zachery Stowe from Emory University; Melissa DelBello at the University of Cincinnati; Alan Schatzberg, the president of the American Psychiatric Association from Stanford University; Martin Keller at Brown University; Karen Wagner and A John Rush from the University of Texas; and Fredrick Goodwin, the former host of a radio show called Infinite Minds, broadcast for years by National Pubic Radio.

“Among all the problematic suggestions for DSM5, the proposal for a ‘Psychosis Risk Syndrome’ stands out as the most ill conceived and potentially harmful,” according to Dr Frances, in his “DSM5 in Distress” blog on the Psychology Today Website.

“This is a clearly the prescription for an iatrogenic public health disaster,” he warns.

“The whole concept of early intervention rests on three fundamental pillars — being able to diagnose the right people and then providing them with a treatment that is effective and safe,” he explains. “Psychosis Risk Syndrome” fails badly on all three counts, he warns.

“The false positive rate would be alarming,” he says, “70% to 75% in the most careful studies and likely to be much higher once the diagnosis is official, in general use, and becomes a target for drug companies.”

“Hundreds of thousands of teenagers and young adults (especially, it turns out, those on Medicaid) would receive the unnecessary prescription of atypical antipsychotic drugs,” he warns.

“There is no proof that the atypical antipsychotics prevent psychotic episodes,” he says, “but they do most certainly cause large and rapid weight gains (see the recent FDA warning) and are associated with reduced life expectancy—to say nothing about their high cost, other side effects, and stigma.”

“Imagine the human tragedies that follow the mislabeling of 70% of children as severely mentally ill, who are then exposed to extremely toxic drugs that induce diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and a host of other severe adverse effects,” warned Vera Hassner Sharav, founder and president of the Alliance for Human Research Protection, in a February 10, 2010 Infomail.

Unnecessary Drugging

“We are going to have an epidemic of young adults with yet-to-be-determined neurological problems due to the long term use of psychotropic drugs,” warns Washington DC psychiatrist Dr Joseph Tarantolo, Board Chairperson of the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology.

An epidemic is defined as 1% of the population and there will be far more than 1% injured by these drugs, he says.

Every human being is at risk of becoming “psychotic,” he states. “It has been said that in the Nazi Germany concentration camps psychosis was 100%.”

“Once one agrees that something is universal, one is simply trying to describe the human condition, not make a medical diagnosis,” Tarantolo advises.

Dr Stefan Kruszewski, a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Medical School, has seen many patients who experienced one or more episodes of psychosis from medications, illicit drug withdrawal, acute stress, metabolic conditions, PTSD or other psychiatric diagnoses, “who recovered and did not re-experience problems later in life.”

In his extensive clinical experience with psychotic individuals, “recovery after psychosis has been the “norm,” not the exception,” he says

“More significantly, and somewhat contrary to the prevailing psychiatric professional view,” he notes, “the overwhelming majority of my clients in who I observed this ‘norm’ did NOT require psychiatric medicines to sustain them.”

“And, many of them who were prescribed antipsychotic medications to ‘thwart’ another psychotic episode fared somewhat worse than those who were not prescribed any combination of antipsychotics and mood stabilizers,” he adds.

Dr Thomas Edward Bratter is president and founder of the John Dewey Academy in Massachusetts, a residential, voluntary, educational-treatment school for gifted but self-destructive adolescents. This drug and medicine-free facility uses compassionate psychotherapy.

Most students arrive at the Academy with multi DSM-IV labels to justify prescribing psychotropic poisons and receiving third party payments, Bratter says, and have been “raped by the pejorative psychiatric cartel.”

He calls the “Psychosis Risk Syndrome” criminal because “such a diagnosis ignores the awesome toxic power of a negative self-fulfilling prophesy which maximizes failure by perpetrating the unproven myth of mental illness.”

“There needs to be a class action against those who would endorse this movement,” he says, and Bratter would gladly testify on behalf of children and adolescents who need to be protected from such a toxic and damaging conspiracy.

Toxicology expert, Dr Lawrence Plumlee, is president of the Chemical Sensitivities Disorders Association, and editor of The Environmental Physician of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine.

The Chemical Sensitivity Disorders Association was established to provide information and support to chemically sensitive people; to disseminate information to physicians, scientists and other interested persons; and to encourage research on chemical sensitivity disorders and minimizing hazards to human health.

Plumlee is concerned about the DSM5 proposal by the Somatic Symptom Disorders Work Group, to change the name of the category “Somatic Symptom Disorders,” to “Complex Somatic Symptom Disorder.”

“The new draft DSM manual proposes that chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and multiple chemical sensitivity are ‘somatiform’ disorders requiring psychiatric consultation,” he says. “It’s the same old story of psychiatry trying to extend its diagnostic labels and drug treatments to new populations.”

This is “an effort by psychiatry to psychiatrize physical illnesses and to try to suppress the complaints of these patients by prescribing psychiatric drugs,” Plumlee says.

“But experience is showing that the psychiatric procedures and drugs are making patients worse,” he advises.

Using psychiatric diagnoses and drugs on diseases of neurotoxicity helps the chemical companies in two ways, he reports. “It fools some people into thinking that poisoned people are crazy, thus getting the poisoners (chemical companies) off the hook,” and two, “it sells more chemicals (psychiatric drugs) to treat those who really need detoxification, not more chemicals in their bodies. ”

• Part II of this series with show how tax dollars are being used to fuel the American Epidemic of Mental Illness

• This series is sponsored by the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology.

Evelyn Pringle is an investigative journalist focused on exposing corruption in government and corporate America. She can be reached at: Read other articles by Evelyn, or visit Evelyn's website.

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  1. DannyHaszard said on June 3rd, 2010 at 9:19am #

    Eli Lilly promotes sales of their #1 drug (Zyprexa $4.8 billion per year) that can *cause* diabetes and then turns around and makes billions selling more drugs to treat the diabetes.
    Lilly’s cash cow Zyprexa has been over-prescribed and linked to a 10-times greater risk of causing type 2 diabetes and increased risk of heart attack.
    At 5 to ten times the cost of the old standby thorazine,recent comparative studies show the diabetes inducing zyprexa class of drugs are only borderline better in controlling symptoms.
    Only 9 percent of adult Americans think the pharmaceutical industry can be trusted right around the same rating as big tobacco. No Wonder!
    Daniel Haszard Zyprexa whistle-blower

    If a drug (Zyprexa) lists anything about the pancreas among the side effects, it probably means it can cause diabetes.
    Unlike your liver, the pancreas does not regenerate itself. If it gets damaged, diabetes is very likely.

  2. Don Hawkins said on June 3rd, 2010 at 3:20pm #

    “The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they’re okay, then it’s you.”
    Rita Mae Brown

    …the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!” –Jack Kerouac, On the Road

    Beneath the seemingly rational exterior of our lives is a fear of insanity. We dare not question the values by which we live or rebel against the roles we play for fear of putting our sanity in doubt. –Alexander Lowen

    I read somewhere that 77 per cent of all the mentally ill live in poverty. Actually, I’m more intrigued by the 23 per cent who are apparently doing quite well for themselves. – (?)

    Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. … I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends … and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it. –John Lennon

    We peck at you like vultures
    To pick you clean of madness
    With pills and potions
    And psychoanalytic thought.

    In a mad world, only the mad are sane. –Akiro Kurosarva

    What happens to the wide-eyed observer when the window between reality and unreality breaks and the glass begins to fly? –Stephen King

    Just because you’re paranoid
    don’t mean they’re not after you.

    I used to be sane, but I got better. –ditto

    Drill baby drill, call call now, buy gold, Obama is a Socialist, fair and balanced, the truth, lies, I want my life back, the ice is not melting, Capitalism is the best path to prosperity, war is peace, ignorance is strength, stop the World and let me off, more is better, have and have more, the meek shall inherit the Earth,what happens to the wide-eyed observer when the window between reality and unreality breaks and the glass begins to fly and just because you’re paranoid don’t mean they’re not after you going through the motions all just for show and last one and one is thirty go shopping. May the force be with you.

  3. jaggermeister said on June 3rd, 2010 at 9:06pm #

    @Don Hawkins…that was beautiful!!

    I am one of those patients that Dr Stefan talks about when he says, “More significantly, and somewhat contrary to the prevailing psychiatric professional view,” he notes, “the overwhelming majority of my clients in who I observed this ‘norm’ did NOT require psychiatric medicines to sustain them.” and I can vouch for the veracity of this statement.

    After a few months of taking a drug cocktail and feeling miserable, I decided to take things in my own hands, and gave up the medications prescribed for me (Lithium and Seroquel). I started a self-medication program that basically involved detoxification, lots of yoga, physical activities, rest and sleep and giving up alcohol, drugs and tobacco. Within a few weeks my psychiatrist said that my recovery was “phenomenal”. But as Dr. Stefan mentions, there’s nothing phenomenal about this – it is the NORM. I have had minor mood swings since giving up my meds, but NO psychotic incident and NO manic episodes.
    And oh yes, I almost forgot, I discovered unconditional love in the form of a woman who healed me.
    Get back to basics – healthy food, exercise, avoid tobacco, and most importantly – find love. And you shall be healed.

  4. GLebowski said on June 4th, 2010 at 1:51am #

    Having been in the system, and through the system, it’s clear to me that the one reason prescriptions are prescribed is so that the doctor’s diagnosis is legitimized. A prescription PUTS you in the system. No prescription, no track record, no insurance, no treatment, you’re toast. Quite simple, really.

    Prozac and many of the SSRIs are shotgun approach medication management. They don’t address the problem, unlike statins, for example, address the problem. They address the solution, which is to make the medical management of mental illness something that can be tracked outside of doctor-patient confidentiality. (Psychiatry is particularly jealous of doctor-patient confidentiality, and really really fight anybody knowing about your mental illness treatment. Insurance doesn’t like that.) It is the INSURANCE racket that is to blame for all this roughshod overmedication and malmedication of mental health patients.

    Prozac helps some people. It quickly wears off and doesn’t help. You have to boost the doses until you reach saturation level, then you’re switched to some other drug like Effexor or Wellbutrin. They wear off after a while, and you’re back to square one. This is because they don’t address the problem: anxiety and torn up lives.

    In the cases of severe disorders such as schizophrenia or manic-depressive/bipolarity, other cocktails have to be used. It’s simple kitchen chemistry to figure out that SSRI antidepressants, behaving as they do, cloud the issue tremendously.

    ADD really does exist. I attest tto that. Ritalin fixes ADD. I attest to that too. Kids suffer from ADD. I attest to that also. What I vehemently reject are idiots who say “don’t drug your kids” when the kid is drowning. Stupidity is really astonishing. This isn’t witchcraft.

    ADD medications absolutely help major depression. Better, far better, than antidepressants do. ADD medications are formulated so that the dosages can be controlled now. But stupid people believe in witchcraft, and think that ADD medications are dangerous. More stupidity.

    About the get back to basics kick, get real. That doesn’t help people with mental illness. More stupidity.

    Enjoy your tobacco. Life is too short as it is. Don’t over-do it, and you’ll be OK. Paranoid people just make life miserable. Tobacko woo woo woooooo. Get a life.

  5. Don Hawkins said on June 4th, 2010 at 2:08am #

    What happens to the wide-eyed observer when the window between reality and
    unreality breaks and the glass begins to fly?

    This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take
    the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever
    you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I
    show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.

    It’s everywhere. It is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can
    see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television.
    You can feel it when you go to work… when you go to church… when you
    pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind
    you from the truth.
    What truth?
    That you are a slave, Like everyone else you were born into bondage. Into
    a prison that you cannot taste or see or touch. A prison for your mind.

    I know you’re out there. I can feel you now. I know that you’re afraid,
    You’re afraid of change. I don’t know the future. I didn’t come here to tell
    you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it’s going to

    We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate
    from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion
    is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to
    affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves
    from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living
    creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. The true value of a human
    being is determined by the measure and the sense in which they have
    obtained liberation from the self. We shall require a substantially new manner of
    thinking if humanity is to survive. (Albert Einstein, 1954)

    Palin tweeted to her 160,000+ followers:

    Extreme Greenies:see now why we push”drill,baby,drill”of known
    reserves&promising finds in safe onshore places like ANWR? Now do you get it?

    Sarah Sarah Sarah yes I think we get it and let me add not one thin dime
    for Goldman Sachs.

  6. Don Hawkins said on June 4th, 2010 at 2:57am #

    For those who have dwelt in depression’s dark wood, and know its inexplicable agony, their return from the upward out of hell’s black depths and at last emerging into what he saw as “the shining world”.
    ~William Styron

    Not one thin dime for Goldman Sachs and you can’t eat Gold the last time I checked so far it’s just going through the motions all for show not from people who are insane as when insane at least you except a different result. So the crap we hear now day’s from these few so called leaders what is it who the hell knows they probably don’t know themselves. Turn on your TV and what will you see really see the shining world will no foolishness, nonsense going through the motions all for show. What we all face will take an enormous effort and part of that effort will be cup of coffee nice game of checkers. It’s a tuff one and boring it will not be.

  7. GLebowski said on June 4th, 2010 at 3:02am #

    Don Hawkins,
    Huh? Need a nice cuppa tea there?

  8. jaggermeister said on June 4th, 2010 at 3:54am #

    @Glebowski: “About the get back to basics kick, get real. That doesn’t help people with mental illness.”

    Oh yeah, go ahead, regale me with your kind of stupidity…

    “Enjoy your tobacco. Life is too short as it is. Don’t over-do it, and you’ll be OK. Paranoid people just make life miserable. Tobacko woo woo woooooo. Get a life.”

    oh really, you’ll be okay? Thanks a lot buddy. I needed that endorsement from you, if not the tobacco lobby!
    Do you have any evidence that it will be okay, or should I just take your word for it?

  9. GLebowski said on June 4th, 2010 at 5:08am #

    ahh, jagermeister, such a lush, eh? celebrating alcohol, are we?

    absolutely take my word for it. there is no evidence to be had. I never claimed there was. I merely say, “live life.” What more evidence do you need.

    Bitter man.

  10. Don Hawkins said on June 5th, 2010 at 4:00am #

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
    John Dryden

    You see expecting a different result. I always’ spell expecting wrong the last time I spelled it except I must be insane as I wanted to spell in right.

    “I’m conservative, but I’m not a nut about it.”
    George Bush

    Doing the same thing over and over again and not expecting different results is nut’s. The courage to do nothing while going through the motions the big show.

    I’m always amazed when I hear people saying; “That George Bush, he’s a great leader”. And I wonder, where can one find a drug that would make one so delusional? Lewis Black

  11. Don Hawkins said on June 5th, 2010 at 5:42am #

    Let’s see the boat headed to Gaza this last one no one was killed oh goody back to normal and normal for the people who live in Gaza is not only a prison for there mind but there body. Now is that insane or nut’s. On CNN the oil spill the main man from the Coast Guard said yesterday he is careful who he let’s rent space in his head and is BP winning the PR war a topic of delusion and CNN is now saying hundreds of people on the beach picking up tar ball’s and hundred’s of boat’s in the Gulf or is that thousand’s of boat’s in the Gulf skimming the water. Insane or nut’s or dare we say it just normal. Here’s sort of a big one in just a few years the human’s on planet Earth will start to run out of food and water because of climate change if you look you can already see this starting to happen and from PR people they are trying to make us believe it’s a hoax not real is that insane or nut’s or just normal.

    In 2006, the 38,000 member strong, American Psychiatric Association, received 30% of their funding, or more than $20 million, from the pharmaceutical industry.

    I get it a pill to help with insane and nut’s back to normal brilliant in it’s complexity. When I watch Fox New’s not so much on the life forms being destroyed in the dead Sea I mean the Gulf of Mexico a little to make it seem normal sort of but Obama it’s all his fault. Insane, nut’s or just normal? I guess if we take pill’s we don’t need to ask ourselves these questions leave it to the pro’s. I wonder, where can one find a drug that would make one so delusional?

  12. bozh said on June 5th, 2010 at 8:08am #

    Insanity= 10-50 pairs of shoes, pants, panties; eating french fries, having one wife; one steady mind;watching CNN; smiling at a crocodile!; riding horses; searching for pequots and zunis,etcetc. tnx

  13. franco_american1962 said on June 9th, 2010 at 9:37am #

    “Although we, as a society, believe that psychiatric medications have “revolutionized” the treatment of mental illness, the disability numbers suggest a very different possibility”

    No doubt, the “we” does not include your’s truly. The propagadistic tour de force of psychiatry in setting up its empire of the mind (and soul) of man has been accomplished. I dare venture to look into the crystal ball to see where this will take the American-drugged up culture. This socialist-collectivist experiment is working to make more of us “disabled” on the tax payer’s dime. Cui bono?

    From those who brought you the community mental health movement and outpatient coerced drugging, and the “right to treatment” law, the American public is offered equivocation and apologetics in the form of “troubling statistics”. The very left-leaning do-gooders blame everyone but themselves for this peculiar American institution of medicalizing all manner of human conduct and affect, and drugging same. I can hardly appreciate any moral high ground in the latter. Have the eggs already been cracked? Is the omelette already cooked? Stay tuned.

  14. franco_american1962 said on June 11th, 2010 at 4:02pm #

    Beneath the seemingly rational exterior of our lives is a fear of insanity. We dare not question the values by which we live or rebel against the roles we play for fear of putting our sanity in doubt. –Alexander Lowen

    Thomas Szasz said it best when he said that much of life is about playing the game of roles. The so-called insane are the last to loose their sanity, to paraphrase, and these same “disabled” people manage to exact what they need through the role as mentally ill, and to work the system. The latter is not my idea of loosing one’s marbles, that is crafty and calculating, and not the hallmark of a “diseased” mind. Still, the notion of mental illness serves our culture well, and often serves to answer many of life’s incongruous events.

  15. Don Hawkins said on June 11th, 2010 at 5:32pm #

    We dare not question the values by which we live or rebel against the roles we play for fear of putting our sanity in doubt.

    Franco I question my sanity everyday as in old twenty ten it’s a must I guess I could hide from what I see but seems so boring. I have to admit the crazy stuff I see from most of the so called leaders in there many forms is well third grade crazy and oh so boring. Somebody make some coffee are the best minds we have here yet, ok it looks like an all nighter. Mr. President are you sure you want to start the speech off with, “People of Earth we are in deep do do”? Ok but you must know what Fox New’s will do with that? Very well your the President. Question those values we live by a must in this age of deceit and Glenn Beck just in case you read DV don’t get any ideas baby steps Glenn baby steps. I wonder after witting this and a good nights sleep what tomorrow will be like? Tomorrow tomorrow it’s only a day away. Now a quote from a man that scares the shit out of some.

    “[The skeptic community overwhelmingly embraced what they formerly dismissed as] New Age claptrap … We give up! The nuts were right.”

  16. franco_american1962 said on June 12th, 2010 at 8:23am #

    I suggest that you pay everyone the courtesy of being a little less (intentionally?) muddled in your thinking. Mental illness doesn’t have to be regarded-and passed off- as disease, in the physical sense, because its metaphorical currency, ie, its power over the language of morality and human conduct, is most powerful.