Speaking of stretching, it really shouldn’t be such a stretch to think that one of the biggest businesses in the world should have humanity’s best interests at heart when it comes to our health and wellbeing. Well surprise, surprise, they don’t!
As it relates to mental health, I would like to give you a little history. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of Mental Disorders (with very few statistics) is the way mental illness is categorized and diagnosed. “Disorder” is really used as a euphemism for illness.
The first DSM was created in the early 1950s. It was 130 pages with 112 mental disorders.
DSM II was created in 1968 and contained 178 disorders. By defining more and more of life as abnormal, psychiatrists could get their hands on a huge amount of government money. This one was specifically written to align with the ICD (International Classification of Disease) that doctors use to code conditions so they can collect payment from the insurance companies.
DSM III, created in 1980 had 259 disorders where it redefined psychiatric disorders more carefully and as “medical conditions”. This was based on the recommendations of Dr. Robert Spitzer who threw out Freudian Psychology saying that psychiatric disorders were now biological. This is how chemical imbalance theory was invented, i.e., since the drugs create an alteration in brain chemicals, then mental illness must be caused by too much or too little of them. This is like saying that since an aspirin helps a headache, when you have a headache it’s caused by the deficiency of aspirin. This was so convincing that psychiatrists and the pharmaceutical industry have relentlessly promoted this theory to the medical field and the general public through the media in every way, shape, and form imaginable.
DSM IV, produced in 1994 with 374 disorders - This 886 page book weighs in at 5 lbs.
Isn’t it a travesty that this is the method by which patients are assigned a diagnosis and subsequent treatment? Yet even many psychiatrists would say that most of the disorders have not been rigorously validated. It’s been called a sham and a house of cards that is not based on scientific evidence and yet this is the way mental illness is categorized and treated here in the US and in many other countries. And the possibilities for the mongering of disease knows no bounds. In children, psychiatric disorders went from 3 in 1952 to over 44 disorders today where children as young as 3 can be put on these poisons to “correct” behavior.
The most current DSM V published in 2013 is 943 pages which of course, corresponds to the most recent ICD-10. The ICD’s Mental and Behavioral Disorder section almost parallels the DSM, so whatever happens in the DSM appears there too. And by the way, the APA (American Psychiatric Association) makes a great deal of money by publishing & selling it…. about $6.5 Million in sales/year.
For everything you can think of that might seem to be odd behavior, psychiatry has a name for it, and then for every name, there is pharmacology behind it providing a pill for it. With that comes a follow up appointment and a life-time patient. The DSM is truly only there to justify drug treatment since the time you might spend in a psychiatrist’s office has become less and less over the years as actual “therapy” has gone down and the use of psychopharmacology has gone up. It doesn’t take too long to ask a few questions and write a script to alleviate some symptoms.
Mental illness are not discovered, they are invented; many times as a way to create what is called “expanded uses for existing pharmaceuticals”, and usually it’s around that time when the patent is about to expire. The DSM is not scientific, it is political, and every time it is used by psychiatrists and drug companies, it makes money. It is truly the ultimate money making machine and this inherent conflict of interest is driven only by the desire to make money. If you really did the research on these “diagnoses”, you would see that that substantial reimbursement would disappear. Follow the money and you will always get your answer.
Did you know that over 120 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with a mental illness? A psychiatric diagnosis means a prescription for a psychiatric drug and over 600 Million scripts are written for psych meds each year. Even for people who don’t want meds, there is a diagnosis in the DSM for them too called; “Non-compliance with treatment”.
The definition of Disease Mongering is this: “it is a pejorative term for the practice of widening the diagnostic boundaries of illnesses and aggressively promoting their public awareness in order to expand the markets for treatment.” They do this through the marketing of illness in print, on TV, radio, and on the internet. It’s everywhere and the message that you need some type of a drug, psychiatric or otherwise, is getting in, whether you are consciously aware of it or not.
There is no test out there that can tell you that you have a chemical imbalance. And without an X-Ray, MRI, CT Scan, Blood work, a diagnostic test of any type, how does one arrive at a chemical imbalance of the brain simply by observation?
Perhaps you’ve been told your chemical imbalance is just like needing insulin to treat diabetes. It’s not….
“Ask your doctor!”
(adapted in part from the CCHR (Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights) movie, “DSM: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual”. Visit www.cchr.org for more information.
Dr. Joanna Carmichael is an RN, Dr. of Metaphysics, Divinity, Interfaith Minister, Ayurveda Practitioner, Spiritual Teacher and Founder & CEO of the Kalyana Centre in Narberth, PA