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Mental Health First Aid: Another Psychiatric Expansionist Tool http://buff.ly/2jIWbP5

In a 1995 survey, the general public in Australia, as represented by a sample of 2031 individuals, had some interesting views concerning psychiatry.

1. They rated GP’s and counselors as more helpful than psychiatrists and psychologists for problems of “depression” and “schizophrenia”;
2. They rated many “standard psychiatric treatments” (antidepressants, neuroleptics, electric shocks, and psychiatric wards) harmful, more often than helpful.
3. They rated some “nonstandard treatments” (increased physical or social activity, relaxation, stress management, reading about people with similar problems) highly.
4. They rated vitamins and special diets helpful more often than antidepressant and neuroleptic drugs.

MHFA was founded to change people's views on psychiatric treatment. And so the tentacles of psychiatric destruction, disempowerment, and, ultimately, despair, are spread to all parts and segments of our society, and people of all ages and all walks of life are shoveled indiscriminately into the insatiable maw of psychiatric dependency and premature death.
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Allen Frances and the “Overdiagnosing” of Children http://buff.ly/2iIh76Z

I take a look at a recent article by psychiatrist Allen Frances, MD, on the over-diagnosing of children.

The term “accurate diagnosis of ADHD” is a logical absurdity. If one invents illnesses with no identifiable pathology, to be diagnosed on the basis of inherently vague checklists, the concept of true prevalence is meaningless. The problem is not over-diagnosing. The problem is the spurious medicalization of problems that are not medical in nature.
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Domestic Homicide Reviews – AntiDepAware http://buff.ly/2iAG1s7 Another of Brian's posts worth reading.
A Domestic Homicide Review (DHR) is defined as “a locally conducted multi-agency review of the circumstances in which the death of a person aged 16 or over has, or appears to have, resulted from violence, abuse or neglect by a person to whom he or she was related, or with whom he or she was or ...
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Antipsychotics Linked to Mortality Risks in Alzheimer’s Patients - Mad In America
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The Lost Children (2016) – AntiDepAware http://buff.ly/2iEyLts From Brian. Very compelling article.
Following on from The Lost Children (2014 & 2015), this is the third in the annual series of posts in which I recall the children of England and Wales who lost their lives after being prescribed antidepressants, and whose inquests have been reported during the past year.
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The Real "Mental Illness" Epidemic: Withdrawal from Antidepressants - Mad In America
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NEW POST: Book Review: The Power of the Double Circle http://buff.ly/2jUc45e
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Narcissistic Personality Disorder and the President-Elect http://buff.ly/2jqNV8i

This post is a critique of psychiatry’s spurious personality disorder diagnoses. It is neither a defense, nor a condemnation, of Mr. Trump. The point is not whether Mr. Trump “has narcissistic personality disorder”, but rather that there is no such thing as narcissistic personality disorder.

Psychiatry’s “personality disorders” are not valid ways to conceptualize or categorize behavior. Although we are usually willing servants to our habits, we are not their slaves.
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NEW POST: The Biological Evidence for “Mental Illness” http://buff.ly/2j3uFhq

In last week's post, Carrie Fisher Dead at Age 60, there was a response loaded in the comment string (both on my site and Mad in America) strongly disagreeing with my post.

In today's post, I take a look at the various points the commenter made.
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NEW POST: Carrie Fisher, Dead at Age 60 http://buff.ly/2ipFM3B

A look at psychiatry's modus operandi.

There is truly no human problem that psychiatry does not make ten times worse. How much longer must this carnage continue? How many more lives will be ruined?
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Why Do We Doctors So Often Fail To See Symptoms Are Drug Side Effects? http://buff.ly/2iQB3Je Dr. Marlene Beggelman, on WBUR Boston
As both a patient and physician, Dr. Marlene Beggelman wondered: Why didn’t my doctors recognize the side effect? Why didn't they choose a safer drug? Why didn’t I do my homework before agreeing to this medication?
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Tell Me About Despair http://buff.ly/2hCOBo4 Please take a look at this new blog, and pass on.
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An alternative perspective on mental disorders | PHILIP HICKEY, PH.D.
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I am a licensed psychologist, presently retired.  I have worked in clinical and managerial positions in the mental health, corrections, and addictions fields in the United States and England.  My wife Nancy and I have been married since 1970 and have four grown children.
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