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What’s Wrong with Teen Screen?

August 12, 2010 Leave a comment

In the last four weeks: Have you had trouble sleeping, that is, trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up too early?  Have you had less energy than you usually do? Has doing even little things made you feel really tired?  Has it often been hard for you to make up your mind or to make decisions?  Have you often had trouble keeping your mind on your schoolwork/work or other things? Have you often felt grouchy or irritable and often in a bad mood, when even little things would make you mad?  Have you gained a lot of weight, more than just a few pounds?  Have you lost weight, more than just a few pounds?

These are a few of the questions being asked to adolescents in a mental health screening program used in schools across the nation.  If a child answers ‘yes’ to these or a set number of other equally inane questions, they’re considered likely to be depressed-or worse.

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My Friend the Scientologist

November 4, 2008 Leave a comment

Hey I just saw my good friend Sean was just put on the main Church of Scientology site. Its a short candid video of him at home w/ his wife and pugs. I guess it just proves that these are everyday real people, on this site and proud to call themselves Scientologists. watch video

It’s great that they just put random people like you or me on the site and let them explain, in their own words, what Scientology means to them.

Let me know what you think…:)

Have you ever wondered why more and more people are being prescribed psychiatric medications for disorders?

April 19, 2008 Leave a comment

Where did these disorders come from? Did they always exist and we never had a way to deal with them in the past? Are they something new as a result of something about our current lifestyles? Is it just a new way to make money? Is it a legalization of drugs that somehow slipped into the medical profession? Is there any validity to taking drugs for your problems or are you masking your problems? Are legal drugs fine to take because they make you feel better? What’s the difference between legal drugs and illegal drugs? Are there any long term negative effects from taking psychotropic medication? Why did Americans pay $11.9 billion for antidepressants, just in the U.S., in 2007? Are there other solutions to taking antidepressants that we don’t even know about? Is it a secret that a placebo is more effective in treating bipolar disorder than an antidepressant? And does that mean that because 20 percent of all antidepressant sales are to treat bipolar disorder that billions of American dollars are spent needlessly? Do people that have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder know how effective antidepressants are to treat it? Does the medical profession accurately explain the side effects of antidepressants for new patients? Do psychiatrists have any other solution for their patients other than prescribing psychiatric medication? Are your “problems” somebody else’s profit? Are consumers really being protected by the medical profession? Are medical students taught anything else but to prescribe drugs? Are there alternate methods for treating “disorders”? Taking psychotropics drugs must work or there wouldn’t be so many people taking it, right? Than why can’t any psychiatrist say they’ve ever cured anyone?

Is it all just a big marketing campaign?

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.