Prior to the 1960s, the psychology profession had what it perceived to be a problem- a lack of relative rigor and authority when compared to the medical industry. Not only that, but the major psychiatric institutions were quickly falling into disrepute as stories of the horrors of asylums were being consistently leaked out to the public.
The cultural shift away from asylums manifested in popular books and films like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, which portrayed these facilities as cruel and oppressive places where little in the way of actual treatment took place.
By the early 80s, lock-down mental institutions were all but a thing of the past. The upper end of the mental health community needed a remedy to keep the revenues flowing without the benefit of these padded-wall laden cash cows. Fortunately, the psychiatric medication industry had been in the works since the late 1950s.
The 1950s were seen as a particularly oppressive time for women- many of whom felt like prisoners in their homes. A host of medications were rapidly created to help women to overcome their ‘domestic dysphoria.’ The Rolling Stones song, Mother’s Little Helper stands as a marker for the time.
Toward the late 80s and early 90s, the public was inundated with advertisements for psychiatric medications making claims that a person can have what they called a chemical imbalance in the brain. We were told these imbalances can cause all manner of mental and psychiatric disorders. It became exceedingly common to ignore the circumstances of a person’s life and outlook in the treatment of mental conditions- and to simply prescribe a psychiatric medication that would tweak and alter the patient’s behavior and energy level.
Up until today, psychiatric professionals have enjoyed a reputation and authority equal to medical doctors- and the psychiatric community, between its medications and other interventions, has grown to become a $40 billion per year industry.
But all of this success and power has been predicated on a lie- a lie that has cost the American people billions of dollars, and hundreds of thousands of lives. Today, psychiatric medications kill more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined.
Despite all of their success, the greatest secret of the psychiatric industry is the fact that their cash-cow-claim- the claim that mental disorders can be caused by chemical imbalances in the brain – is based on zero evidence. There is no empirical way to measure for brain-chemical imbalances.
You may be thinking, ‘Wait, don’t they do blood tests and check for the levels of certain chemicals?’ Patients are tested for blood levels of certain medicines after they have started a regimen of pills. But there is no way to say that patient X has deficiency Y. There is no test that can determine the right amount of serotonin, or other brain chemicals for any single patient. Every brain, every personality, and every metabolism is different far too different to say whether or not a tiny chemical difference between one patient and another could cause depression, mania, or some other mental illness.
The science this deadly industry is based on does not exist.
But it is supremely seductive to believe that the human body is simply a machine that can be tweaked this way or that for predictable results. Now we are dealing with an epidemic of brain damage, permanent dysfunction, deaths, and violence that is powerfully associated with psychotropic drugs.
Today we are seeing an undeniable link between serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) and the mass shooting epidemic that the media prefers to blame on guns. Since the 1980s, there has been a 43% increase in violent crime for males between the ages of 15 and 24- a fact that is powerfully linked to the use of SSRI drugs.
Between 1999 and 2012, seven mass shootings were committed by patients who were prescribed Prozac, Luvox, Ritalin, anti-depressants, Vicodin, or anti-psychotics.
SSRI drugs are also associated with an increased risk of suicide in all age groups. While some say that the underlying diagnosis is responsible- the data shows that suicides are higher in medicated groups than in unmedicated groups.
It bears mentioning that not all school shooters are taking SSRI drugs, but a high percentage are. On top of this, mass shootings and the high rates of diagnosis of conditions like autism spectrum disorders are unique to the U.S.
We need to change the way we think about what we now call “side effects.” If a drug comes with a predictable outcome- then it is not a side effect- it is an effect.
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