Monday, December 29, 2008

DSM 5 is a Giant Hoax and Who is running the Peep Show

Dr. Darrel A. Regier - This Dr. needs to be Fired
DSM 5 is a Giant Hoax and Who's running the Peep Show!





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.
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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
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ACTIONS:
** 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.
** Join MindFreedom! For information about joining MindFreedom today,click here:
http://www.mindfreedom.org/join-donate
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PLEASE FORWARD THIS NEWS!
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MindFreedom International Office:
454 Willamette, Suite 216 - POB 11284; Eugene, OR 97440-3484 USA
web site: http://www.mindfreedom.org/e-mail: office@mindfreedom.org MFI member services phone: (541) 345-9106MFI member services toll free: 1-877-MAD-PRIDE or 1-877-623-7743 fax: (480) 287-8833
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MindFreedom International is a 100 percent independent nonprofit united to win activist campaigns for human rights and alternatives in mental health.
Open to the public, most members identify themselves as individuals who have personally experienced human rights violations in the mental health system.
Support voices for choices in mental health. Mind your freedom!
Join now or renew early here:
http://www.mindfreedom.org/join-donate

Friday, December 5, 2008

Ray Sandford Alert


Ray's Next Scheduled Involuntary Outpatient Electroshock is: 10 December -- International Human Rights Day!
The Voice from the people has gone unanswered? WHY?



This Wednesday, 10 December 2008, human rights activists all over the world will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
10 December is the UN's official International Human Rights Day.

10 December is also the day that Ray Sandford is scheduled to receive his 35th involuntary outpatient electroshock.

Unless action is taken swiftly, then this Wednesday morning, as he has been for most mornings in the last few months, Ray will be awakened early by staff in his room at the group residence VictoryHouse near Minneapolis.


Once more an escort will bring him against his will the 15 miles to Mercy Hospital, where once more -- under court order -- doctors will place electrodes on his head for another electroconvulsive therapy(ECT), or electroshock, that can and has wiped out precious memories and cognitive abilities from Ray.

The Good News About Ray Campaign:


Because of MindFreedom's campaign to support Ray Sandford:


* The Minnesota Governor's office reports receiving "hundreds" of complaints. Thank you everyone!
* Three agencies are now working to replace Ray's non-responsive court-appointed attorney with a new attorney.
* National media has finally interviewed Ray for an upcoming broadcast.


The Bad News: It is Not Enough! Speak Out Now!
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** ACTION ** ACTION ** ACTION **
It is time to take the Ray Campaign up a notch, peacefully but strongly!


Let this become a top issue in the Governor's office.
Telephone Governor Pawlenty's office *NOW*:
Call any day, but especially call *before* Ray's scheduledelectroshock next Wednesday, 10 December 2008.
Call from anywhere in the world phone (651) 296-3391.
From inside Minnesota phone toll free (800) 657-3717.
You have the best chance of reaching staff from 8:00 am to 4:30 pmCentral Time weekdays.
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WHY WON'T GOVERNOR PAWLENTY REPLY? Find out! Ask!
Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has completely stone-walled!


* His office refuses to issue any statement on the policy of forcedelectroshock.
* He claims he can do nothing, that the courts are in charge, when hecould at least make sure Ray gets better legal representation for a stay or appeal.
* His office operators have been instructed to immediately redirect calls about Ray into a voice mail. No one we know of has ever heardback. Some operators have hung up on callers.
* Meanwhile, the Governor is sponsoring a $200-a-head luxury hotelconference about International Human Rights Day!
It is time to get creative!
* Ray will not give up!
* We will not give up!
* Don't you give up!
Please be peaceful, but be CREATIVELY MALADJUSTED in your next phone calls to Governor Pawlenty's office.
First, get the name of the operator and write it down. Then start by asking polite but firm questions about advocacy...
* about citizen input...
* about who to talk to about mental health policy...
* about the names and phone numbers of the Ombudsman office
* about mental health policy and the mental health division...
* about how poor people can have adequate legal representation...


And only then ask about why the Governor is refusing to speak outabout Involuntary Outpatient Electroshock (IOE)?
Insist on speaking to a live real person about this issue.
If you do not get a real person with a real reply, CALL BACK.
If an operator hangs up on you, call back and ask to speak to a manager and complain.

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