Psychiatry Misusing the Political Process

On March 27, the US House of Representatives approved by a voice vote with no debate a Medicare bill, HR 4302, Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014.  The purpose of the bill is to avoid cutting Medicare payments to physicians, and there was, and is, general agreement on both side of the aisle that the bill needed to pass.

However, tacked onto the bill was a rider which authorized $60 million to expand involuntary outpatient commitment (IOC) in states that already have provision for commitments of this sort.

Involuntary Outpatient Commitment is widely advocated by organized psychiatry.  Their general position is that people who are seriously “mentally ill” are often incapable of making prudent decisions, particularly with regards to the ingestion of neuroleptic drugs.  For this reason, they contend, there needs to be legal compulsion to ensure “treatment” adherence, which usually means forced ingestion of neuroleptic drugs (sometimes in long-lasting injectable form.).

In this debate, psychiatry routinely ignores the truly devastating side effects of these products and the fact that their long-term use is associated with increased neurological damage, deterioration in quality of life, and reduced life expectancy.  They also ignore the well-established fact that forced treatment is simply not effective.

There are also some very obvious civil rights issues involved.

The National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery has taken a strong position on this bill and have posted a press release.

The Senate is due to vote on this bill tomorrow (March 31).  If you oppose this rider to the bill, please ask your Senators to reject this counter-productive amendment.  You can contact your Senators through this link.

The APA has been developing their political lobbying machine in recent years.  On their website you will find the following tabs: Congressional Action Network; Government Relations; State Relations; and Legislative Action Center.  Obviously they’re taking this seriously.  Psychiatry has received a good deal of criticism in recent years, but have consistently refused to take any of this on board.  Instead, they have relied on spin, tawdry PR promotions, and now stealth legislation to promote their expansionist and destructive agenda.

Please contact your Senators today.

  • cannotsay

    The APA surely knows how to play hard ball. Unfortunately for them, people are watching and not silent anymore.

  • Anonymous

    One weekend’s notice to mount a political campaign and sway the Senators. I don’t think so. The forced drugging brain rapists will get their way. There is no real democracy going on.

  • Francesca Allan

    Any stats available on how many patients are on these orders (extended leaves, we call them up here)? It must be orders of magnitude higher than would fit in the nation’s psych wards. Same situation up here and it’s ripe for civil disobedience. If everybody declined the drug squads’ access to their homes at the same time, the psychiatric machine could only hospitalize a small percentage of them.

  • T.A. Anderson

    I tried to warn you Hickey. Hope you got that mountain shack fully stocked.

    “And they’re coming to take you away ha-haaa
    They’re coming to take you away ho ho hee hee ha haaa
    To the funny farm
    Where life is beautiful all the time
    And you’ll be happy to see those nice young men
    In their clean white coats
    And they’re coming to take you away ha haaa”

    Oh sheet!!! This really isn’t funny. The potential for abuse here is huge and very real. “Concerned” yet estranged relatives, coworkers, ex-spouses, ex-partners, etc. Even when
    the intentions are good the reason will often be wrong, and severe damage will
    result. The problem is what some people see as delusional thinking is really the result of their relative lack of imagination.

  • Anonymous

    Every single act of the forced administration of psychiatric drugs into the bodies of the unwilling, in the history of the world has been an abuse.

    Update I’ve been watching C-SPAN, the bill will definitely pass. It’s 60 million bucks more for brain rape, coming right up.

  • T.A. Anderson

    You know what they say about statistics, “Lies, damned lies, and statistics,” but what are we to make of the better impact numbers in places like Australia and in the U.S. ? The suggestion is that medicination is working with the result being lower impact costs (disability) in those who have the condition. Please explain.

    http://www.who.int/mental_health/management/schizophrenia/en/

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epidemiology_of_schizophrenia

  • Anonymous

    The numbers of people on welfare for so called “mental illness” have never been higher. Wikipedia is absolute trash when it comes to any controversial issue. It’s good for anything that isn’t controversial. Just because a profession of would-be neurologist quacks by fiat declared a state of mind a “condition” doesn’t mean they’ve magically discovered any bona fide medical condition, or that they deal in bona fide medical conditions.

  • Anonymous

    Oh look the bill passed. And you think you live in a democracy, anybody??? Where completely unrelated things are tacked on to bills, that aren’t even read, by the lobbyist bought and paid for fat cats with golden pensions and healthcare in Washington, people that vote for NSA spying, vote for Drone wars, drugs wars, and everything else.

    Basically, the government is the enemy of the people, and there is no reason to expect it to do anything right. Expect freedom after freedom to be stripped away until totalitarianism comes to all people, not just those that wake up and go to sleep with government drugs coursing through their veins.

  • Francesca Allan

    Actually, T.A., the evidence is pretty clear that in the long run patients do better without medication. Standard psychiatric treatment tends to promote chronic disability.

  • Phil_Hickey

    Francesca,

    I haven’t been able to find any numbers. What you describe would be interesting. As the survivors’ movement continues to gain voice, it might even happen!

  • Phil_Hickey

    T.A.,

    Thanks for coming in. You’re asking a valid question and it would take me a long time to research the matter and give you a considered response. I will try to find time to do this because it is important. Meanwhile, a confounding variable that immediately comes to mind is the fact that neuroleptic drugs reduce life expectancy by as much as 25 years. It may be that these individuals aren’t showing up on the disability figures in developed countries because they’re dead!

  • T.A. Anderson

    There is support for what you say. I took a closer look at some the WHO stats. WHO numbers from Nigeria and India suggest significantly better course and outcome for newly diagnosed schizophrenics in developing countries ie patients do better without modern medicine.

    http://schizophreniabulletin.oxfordjournals.org/content/34/2/253.full.pdf+html http://robertwhitaker.org/robertwhitaker.org/Antipsychotic%20drugs%20and%20chronic%20illness_files/who2.pdf

    The very idea that we can do a cross cultural statistical analysis of something as ill-defined as schizophrenia seems like fanciful if not delusional thinking to me. Hopefully the recognition of schizotypy as creative thought process will lead to greater societal acceptance, and less, not more, treatment, for some thought to be schizophrenic. I seriously doubt Albert Einstein would have schizotippied his way to the theory of relativity had he been on Risperdal.

  • Phil_Hickey

    TA,
    Wasn’t he the guy who didn’t wear socks?