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Is Bipolar Disorder real?

March 1, 2008 14 comments

Fifty-one year old Anne, a mother of five, was prescribed antidepressants for bipolar disorder, after experiencing recurrent emotional struggles.  However, her decelerating menstrual cycle was never medically explored and, as was established with a competent physical examination, she really suffered from menopause.

Today, millions of people are wrongly diagnosed with a disorder from the American Psychiatric Associations Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, without ever being properly physically examined or having the disorder scientifically or medically confirmed.  The quick fix drug response to behavioral or emotional problems is turning Aldous Huxleys Brave New World into reality.

Facts:

Studies confirm that undiagnosed and untreated medical conditions manifest as psychiatric symptoms, yet patients presented to a psychiatrist are automatically labeled as mentally ill.  One study determined that 83% of people referred by clinics and social workers to psychiatrists had undiagnosed physical illnesses.

Dr. Loren Mosher, the former head of schizophrenia studies at the National Institute of Mental Health developed a successful non-drug approach to treating schizophrenia. Its success, however, was a threat to a pharmaceutical-run mental health industry and funding was subsequently cut.

In an eight-year study, the World Health Organization found that patients in economically disadvantaged countries that didnt have access to unlimited supplies of psychotropic drugs, fared dramatically better than patients in the U.S. and other developed countries that relied upon psychotropic drugs.  After five years, 64% of the patients in the poor countries were without symptoms of schizophrenia and functioning well.  In contrast, only 18% of the patients in the prosperous countries did well.

Psychiatric drug sales are a $27 billion a year industry in the United States alone, often thwarting any attempts to provide workable medical care for people suffering mental or emotional problems.

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