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Psychiatry’s Nice Little Earner

Psychiatry’s Nice Little Earner
I have mentioned in previous articles – with, admittedly, some disdain – psychiatry’s so-called Diagnostic Manual.

 

Its full title is: “The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).”

 

This sounds terribly impressive, scientific and medical, as well it must because it is this manual that comprises psychiatry’s “billing bible” of so-called mental disorders.

 

If a psychiatrist labels someone with one or more of the fancy sounding disorders listed in the manual, the label will stick and provide all the evidence needed for psychiatry to begin “treatment” for the “disorder” and bill the person’s insurance company, government or whatever sucker stumps up the dough.

 

The illness MUST of course be real because it (a) has a fancy name and (b) is mentioned in a book. The treatment to which the poor devil now stuck with a psychiatric label is subjected is almost always (a) a hit and miss drugging with various dangerous pills and potions or (b) electric shocks or (c) removing bits of his brain or (d) some combination of these.

 

The victim…..sorry, I mean patient….. usually deteriorates, which is hardly surprisingly considering the mistreatment to which he is subjected. The deterioration requires more expensive treatment, which causes further deterioration.

 

This is wonderful for psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry in that it enables them to rake in the lucre but rather less so for the patient, who could hardly have fared worse if one had merely put his head in a meat grinder and had done with it.

 

But what of the DSM upon which the whole money-making wheeze is based?

 

Well, have a look at it when you have a moment. It makes a fascinating read.

 

The first thing you will notice is that almost every nuance of human behavior is included in its list of “disorders” requiring treatment. Virtually any frame of mind south of total godlike perfection is, according to psychiatry, a mental illness, which means all of us are bonkers. Therefore all of us are candidates for a psychiatric label and expensive drugging or brain mincing, for which our medical  insurance or government will foot the bill.

 

For example, shyness—a common life situation—is now categorized as “Social Anxiety Disorder” (SAD). The shy person, already suffering from shaky self-confidence will no doubt be bolstered to discover that not only is he bashful but he has a diseased brain to boot.

 

The psychiatric drugging industry is already a money-spinning monster but no matter how huge it grows, psychiatrists are hard at work inventing new disorders to add to their manual and thus make their net even larger.

With the DSM, psychiatry has taken countless aspects of human behavior and reclassified them as a mental illness simply by adding the term “disorder” onto them. Believe it or not, that is the sum total of science that goes into the manual!

 

Even key DSM contributors admit that there is no scientific or medical validity to the disorders, yet the DSM nevertheless serves as a diagnostic tool, not only for individual treatment, but also for duping officialdom in child custody disputes, court testimony, and so forth.

 

Both the manual’s “disorders” and the psychiatric diagnosis that someone is suffering from the disorder completely lack scientific criteria. Anyone can be labeled mentally ill, and subjected to dangerous and life-threatening treatments based solely on opinion.

 

Imagine if you went to your doctor suffering from an itchy nose and the doctor took one look at you and made up a diagnosis off the top of his head: “Proboscis Disorder. Very serious. Here, take this drug. Don’t be alarmed by the side effects. That will be $500 please!”

 

Not very scientific is it? Well that is about the same order of science employed by psychiatry, except their “Proboscis Disorder” appears in an impressive-looking book.

 

Hard to grasp? What you are looking at here is a scam. Let me repeat how it works: observe some aspect of human behavior; call it a “disorder” quite arbitrarily and off the top of your head, no tests or experimentation involved; label some people as suffering from the disorder; start administering drugs, electro-shock or whatever; bill their insurance companies or government; and….well, that’s it!

 

Here by way of illustration is a fictitious example: Joe is lethargic due to bad diet. Observe sluggishness in Joe and similar behavious in a few other people, although reasons for lethargy might vary (bad diet, hangover, virus etc). Don’t investigate to discover why Joe and others are lethargic or even whether each lethargy case springs from the same cause. Merely invent a name for the symptoms that does not explain or establish understanding: “Sloth Disorder.” Enter “Sloth Disorder” in DSM with a description of symptoms, (“sloth…etc.”) Diagnose a few people as having Sloth Disorder. Write out prescription for brain damaging drugs. Bill insurance company. Due to drugs person becomes agitated. Invent “Agitation Disorder”. Diagnose. Drug. Bill.

 

“A nice little earner.” as we say in England.

 

At least, our criminals do.

 

About The Author

In The Public Interest – Kieron McFadden’s Mental Health Desk. Find the Citizens Commission on Human Rights and more of my articles and free books as well as other topics that might interest you at http://howdohub.com

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Find the Citizens Commission on Human Rights and more of my articles and free books as well as other topics that might interest you at http://www.howdohub.com

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