Thank You Stephany for the New Award. I used it in this post as a symbol of what we have to be careful and watching out for as Psychiatry tries to sell us all on another crock of nonsense and bullshit!
THE BIG DEADLY SECRET BIG PHARMACEUTICAL AND THE APA DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT!
With the DSM 5 Psychiatry is selling us more Tainted Cool Aid without our input (WHAT A SURPRISE)!
The Kind Folks over at MINDFREEDOM having been working hard to gain some patient input for the new and unimproved label maker and drug pimp loved DSM-5.
I give MindFreedom full credit and acknowledgement for the content in this article:
BELOW, the main weekly newspaper in Eugene, Oregon, USA -- home of MindFreedom International -- published a brief article about how psychiatrist Darrel A. Regier is a link between revising the "label bible" of psychiatry and the drug industry.
Dr. Regier is in charge of preparing the new, fifth version of the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) powerful "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual" (DSM). Dr. Regier has forced psychiatrists participating in the DSM process sign a secrecy agreement, and he has refused to respond to contacts from organizations such as MindFreedom, despite encouragement from World Health Organization.
Dr. Regier is also head of the APA's "APIRE," their research arm that collects millions of dollars in psychiatric drug company donations to psychiatry.
In the article, MindFreedom's director David W. Oaks says that democracy needs to get hands on with psychiatry in order to "green"the mental health system.
AT BOTTOM is more info, including a web page of links to how Dr.Regier connects the dots between the DSM and psychiatric drug industry corruption.
Eugene Weekly, Oregon, USA - 24 December 2008
Greening of Mental Health?
by Ted Taylor, Editor
Psychiatrists are wrestling with changes in definitions and diagnoses that will be included in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). The final edition will have consequences for insurance reimbursement, research and individuals' psychological identity for years to come, according to a Dec. 18 story by Benedict Carey in The New York Times. But will the content reflect any input from millions of mental health patients?
"We definitely tried to have input and dialogue, and there was none allowed. Period," says David Oaks, executive director of MindFreedom International, based in Eugene.
MindFreedom was founded [in 1986] to advocate against forced medication, physical restraints and involuntary electro convulsive therapy, says Oaks. Members worldwide identify themselves as survivors of human rights violations in a mental health system heavily influenced by outdated practices and pharmaceutical interests.
[Oaks] says Dr. Darrel A. Regier, a key figure in the new DSM, is also head of the special "research" wing of the American Psychiatric Association. APIRE, an independent component of the APA, [led initial planning for] the DSM and "tends to get millions upon millions of drug company dollars."
"Even though Dr. Regier got federal money to hold international seminars on the 'future of psychiatric diagnosis,' he has absolutely refused to even respond to civil inquiries from anyone outside his closed-door process," says Oaks.
Oaks says a prominent official with the World Health Organization's mental health section, "has twice personally asked Dr. Regier to respond to requests from MindFreedom about having mental health consumer input in the re-writing of the DSM," and was told "no." "So these few hundred unelected mainly rich, mainly white males are cooking up behavioral guidelines for us all, with zero input from the public who is impacted by these rules."
MindFreedom is working to break the undemocratic domination of mental health care by the medical establishment, says Oaks. "Our issue is kind of like where energy policy was in the 1950s, totally dominated by the system. Now we're pushing for 'greening of mental health,' to allow for more holistic, empowering, non-chemical approaches, and especially direct involvement by citizens in helping to plan mental and emotional well-being programs."
The revised DSM, due out in about three years, is expected to reflect some public pressures. Early editions of the book defined homosexuality as a mental disorder. Protests by gay activists provoked a scientific review, and the diagnosis was dropped in 1973,replaced by "sexual orientation disturbance," and then "ego-dystonichomosexuality." Homosexuality as a disorder was dropped from the book in 1987. Some GLBTQ activists are now lobbying for similar changes regarding gender identity issues, but others are wanting to keep transgender identity as a formal diagnosis so that treatment or surgery can be covered by insurance.
The story can be found by a web search for "NYTimes DSM," and MindFreedom International's website is http://www.mindfreedom.org/ -- Ted Taylor, Editor, Eugene Weekly
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original article [corrections bracketed]http://www.eugeneweekly.com/2008/12/24/news.html#1
APIRE is the repository for much of the millions of dollars that the psychiatric drug industry pours into the American Psychiatric Association and its related organizations. As director of APIRE, Dr.Regier also is in charge of the new DSM.
For a version of above with links at bottom to more info about APA,DSM, Dr. Regier and APIRE:http://www.mindfreedom.org/campaign/media/mf/greening-mental-health
** Ask your Congressperson to investigate the links between Dr.Regier, APIRE, APA, psychiatric drug industry, and DSM.
** Mark your calendar: MindFreedom plans another protest of APA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, May 2009! Attend, or plan actions where ever you are from May to July.
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