People do sometimes suffer from physical illnesses or spiritual distress, which causes the symptoms that are falsely termed "mental illness". That's what sanitariums were originally set up for - A small percentage of people do need this kind of help and should have the right kind of help. I have helped many people and many have helped me. There are groups that help others. Look at all of the volunteers on Sept. 11th, for example. Yet some groups actually pretend to provide help but actually do harm to others or take advantage of others for their own gain.
We've all been told from various sources that we must face life head-on. Well, it seems to be true. The truth shall set you free. But free from what? Ignorance. Keeping others ignorant throughout history has made them very easy to control.
All of us face daily stress. All of us have experienced feelings of depression at some point in time. You lose a pet, a job, a friend, a spouse or partner. It makes sense to feel sad under those circumstances. If you're human, you have human emotions and reactions to things. Just getting up in the morning and facing a workday can be stressful, especially with corporate downsizing, skyrocketing gas prices, our nation at war. Fear surrounds us with the constant bombardment of impending threats of terrorist orange alerts in our cities; fear that our children may be shot in public school, fear for our financial security and that of our children.
Lesson Plan: Part One:
I've been an educator. Today's lesson is in learning the truth about how you're being betrayed by psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry. You may react with anger, grief, hostility. Good! You're human.
No one can deny that people suffer from spiritual or physical distress, but symptoms do not a mental illness make. In fact, studies done for the State of California in the early '80's showed that the majority of psychiatric symptoms were caused by underlying real physical illnesses that were never properly diagnosed.
Fact 2: Dr. Steven Sharfstein, Psychiatrist and President of the American Psychiatric Association, was quoted in the National Journal in May 2006 as stating, "There is no laboratory test that establishes a specific diagnosis." Dr. Joseph Glenmullen of Harvard Medical School stated on the Today Show in June 2005, in response to a question about whether psychiatric drugs work by helping brain chemistry, he said, "Well, we don't know that. It's never been proven."
Fact 3: Psychotropic drugs cause chemical imbalances in the brain that are irreversible.
Fact 4: The Food and Drug Administration has ordered a "black box warning" on antidepressant drugs, stating they can cause suicidal thoughts, suicide, and violence. The listed side effects of many of these drugs include depression, headaches, hallucinations, and more.
Fact 5: The majority of public school shootings are perpetrated by students on psychotropic drugs.
Fact 6: Screening for Mental Health, Inc., the organizer of National Mental Health Screening Day, is funded by Lilly, Pfizer, Solvay, Abbott Laboratories, Wyeth, Forest Labs, AstraZeneca, and GSK who all make psychotropic drugs. You can find this corporation's tax records at
Go to: http://www.petitiononline.com/TScreen/petition.html
1. If you, a child or family member are under the care of a psychiatrist or on any psychotropic medication, find a competent medical doctor for real medical help to safely get off of the drugs. Demand medical tests from a competent medical doctor and dentist to search out hidden diseases, infections, bacteria, environmental poisoning that may be causing you to feel depressed. Physically ill people feel depressed.
2. Decide that you want to live and be healthy and know that you are not alone and can get competent care.