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Thursday, July 20, 2006
- Between 1950 and 1964, more people died in U.S. psychiatric hospitals than were killed in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Persian Gulf War combined. In fact, between 1950 and 1990, the total number of psychiatric inpatient deaths exceeded the cumulative number of war casualties by at least 70%.
- Between 1998 and 1999, 150 people died from restraint procedures in psychiatric facilities in the United States. Thirteen of these deaths over a two-year period were of teenagers and children placed under psychiatric care.
The above are some facts I found on restraints from www.cchr.com. You would think that a mental hospital would be a caring place where mental patients get the help they need to get better. This is not so. Virtually every day through psychiatric drugs, restraints, brutality, assault and neglect, mental patients are tortured and killed.
Horror stories have recently emerged of children dying strapped to beds and chairs. Others were pinned to floors by hospital staff, crying out that they couldn't breathe. One six-year-old boy, for instance, died alone of asphyxiation while strapped to a wheelchair. Another teenager died of the same cause, while staffers shoved a towel over his mouth and wrapped a sheet around his head. Far from being told the circumstances under which their children died, family members were frequently told that these deaths were due to natural causes or unfortunate accidents.
Due to exposure of these needless and tragic deaths, federal regulations in the United States now prohibit the use of physical and chemical restraints to coerce or discipline psychiatric patients. The regulation, passed in 1999, also ordered a national reporting system to be implemented and for government funding to be cut to any facility that fails to abide by the regulations.
Yet despite these federal regulations, the deaths continue. The Citizen's Commission on Human Rights is partnering with state and federal agencies to abolish this deadly practice.
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
The roots of psychosurgery can be traced to a medieval treatment called “trepanning” (cutting out circular sections of the skull). Ancient doctors believed this liberated demons and bad spirits from a person.
However, modern psychosurgery can be traced to an incident in 1848 when an explosion drove an iron rod through the cheek and out the top of the head of railway worker Phineas Gage. Before the accident, Gage had been a capable foreman, a religious man with a well-balanced mind and a shrewd business sense. After the rod was removed and he recovered, Gage became fitful, irreverent, grossly profane, impatient and obstinate.
That an alteration in behavior could be achieved by damaging parts of the brain without killing a person did not go unnoticed, and in 1882 Swiss asylum superintendent Gottlieb Burckhardt became the first known psychosurgeon. He removed cerebral tissue from six patients, hoping “the patient might be transformed from a disturbed to a quiet dement.” Although one died and others developed epilepsy, paralysis and aphasia (loss of ability to use or understand words), Burckhardt was pleased with his now quiet patients.
So was born a new mental “treatment.”
On November 12, 1935, Egas Moniz, a professor of neurology in Lisbon, Portugal, performed the first lobotomy inspired by an experiment in which the frontal lobes of two chimpanzees were removed. Moniz conducted the same operation on humans, theorizing that the source of mental disorders was this part of the brain.
A 12-year follow-up study observed that Moniz’s patients suffered relapses, seizures and deaths. Yet this did not deter others from following in his footsteps.
On September 14, 1936, U.S. psychiatrist Walter J. Freeman performed his first lobotomy. Using electric shock as an anesthetic, he inserted an ice pick beneath the eye socket bone into the brain with a surgical mallet. Movement of the instrument then severed the fibers of the frontal brain lobes, causing irreversible brain damage.
Between 1946 and 1949 the lobotomies increased tenfold. Freeman himself performed or supervised approximately 3,500 procedures, producing armies of zombies. By 1948, the death rate from lobotomies was 3%. Yet Freeman toured from city to city, promoting his procedure by lecturing and publicly lobotomizing patients in theatrical fashion. The press dubbed his tour “Operation Ice Pick.”
Today, under the sanitized name of “neurosurgery” for mental disorders (NMD), psychosurgery advocates such as the Scottish Health Secretary propose that lobotomies — performed by burning out the frontal lobes — be used on patients without their consent. In Russia between 1997 and 1999, Dr. Sviatoslav Medvedec, director of St. Petersburg’s Institute of the Human Brain, admitted to overseeing more than 100 psychosurgery operations given mainly to teenagers for drug addiction. “I think the West is too cautious about neurosurgery because of the obsession with human rights...” he said.
In 1999, Alexander Lusikian was admitted to the “Brain Institute” at St. Petersburg, Russia, where he was to receive psychosurgery to cure his drug addiction. The operation was performed without anesthesia. Four holes were drilled into his head during a four-hour operation and sections of the brain were cauterized (burned) with liquid nitrogen, causing excruciating pain. After he was released, the wounds on his scalp festered so badly that he needed to be re-hospitalized. Within a week of the psychosurgery, Lusikian was craving drugs and within two months, he had completely reverted to drugs.
Frances Farmer 1914-1970
Upset over a string of failed relationships, Hollywood actress Frances Farmer was arrested in January 1943, after a bout of heavy drinking. Refusing to cooperate with psychiatrist Thomas H. Leonard, she was committed to an institution. For the next seven years, she was subjected to 90 insulin shock treatments and numerous bouts of electroshock. She later told of being “raped by orderlies, gnawed on by rats, poisoned by tainted food, chained in padded cells, strapped in strait jackets and half drowned in ice baths.” By the time of her release, she was withdrawn and terrified of people. After three years, she was up to working again—sorting dirty laundry. Her career and life were ruined.
This was exerpted from this Citizen's Commission for Human Rights link.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Second of all, this treatment actually causes irreversable damage to the brain, memory loss, and sometimes death - either by suicide or by shock. The general result of such a treatment is that the patient is made into a vegatable, while psychiatrists rake in an estimated $3 billion annually in the United States alone.
The brilliant writer and Nobel Prize winner, Mr. Ernest Hemmingway, was given electric shock treatment. He told his friend, “Well, what is the sense of ruining my head and erasing my memory, which is my capital, and putting me out of business? It was a brilliant cure but we lost the patient....” and indeed we did, Mr. Hemmingway committed suicide shortly afterward in 1961.
For more information on this terrible and deadly "treatment", check out this link.
Monday, July 17, 2006
The safety of the drug came into question following a 2004 U.S. review that linked the stimulant drug to the sudden death of 25 people, including 19 children, between 1999 and 2003.
A recent survey by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates the stimulant drugs send nearly 3,100 people to the emergency rooms every year from overdoses, accidental use and serious side effects ranging from racing hearts to strokes.
The federal health agency gave no reason for reinstating the drug, no changes to it where made and these side effects and problems remain unaddressed.
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Some oof the street names for it are:
Poor man's cocaine
Ritalin is the common name for methylphenidate, classified by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a Schedule II narcotic — the same classification as cocaine, morphine and amphetamines. It is abused by kids and teens for its stimulant effects.
While the law forbids unrestricted distribution of these powerful stimulants, the sad fact remains that these substances are freely available almost anywhere. “Kiddie cocaine,” as it has been called, is handed out like candy. In some schools as many as 20 percent of the students take Ritalin regularly.
Its severest effects include nervousness, insomnia, pulse changes and heart problems. In June 2005, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned that Ritalin and its sister drugs may cause visual hallucinations, suicidal thoughts, psychotic behavior, as well as aggression or violent behavior. Hazards multiply as users up their quantity, grind and snort it, liquefy or inject it, and use it along with ecstasy and other drugs. Abuse in larger doses puts stress on the heart, which can be fatal, and injection causes serious damage to the lungs and eyes.
Long Term Effects:
The manufacturer says methylphenidate is a drug of dependency. Children on stimulant medications have twice the future rate of drug abuse. One-third of all child anorexia (eating disorders) are linked to use of this drug, as are symptoms of obsessive compulsive behavior — within the first year of use.
A Texas researcher has also found that after only three months of Ritalin use, one out of twelve children treated with it had genetic abnormalities associated with an increased risk of cancer.
Those are the facts on this vile substance. I got this information from www.drugsalvage.org. Before opening your kid up to a world of drug abuse and horror, check out the facts. Additional information can be found at www.cchr.com.
Friday, July 14, 2006
Another really good site to find info about psychiatry is www.cchr.com and the sites that this blog links to.
Just thought you may want to know!
Thursday, July 13, 2006
I have spoken to people who have taken Ritalin and Prozac. It made them either incredibly irritable, or numb. They were unable to feel happy or sad, and unable to appropriately react to situations in life. Not letting a young child be a young child, and instead putting them on mind altering drugs is not right.
Check out this site for more information on what these drugs do to a person.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Monday, July 10, 2006
For more information on the adverse effects of psychiatric drugs, check out www.cchr.com.
Friday, July 07, 2006
One “teen screen” program in the United States claims that if youth were found to be “at risk” and were treated, suicides could be prevented. The “health” survey asks students questions such as, “Has there been a time when nothing was fun for you and you just weren’t interested in anything?” “Has there been a time when you felt you couldn’t do anything well or that you weren’t as good-looking or as smart as other people?” With enough checks against the question, the next questionnaire, called the “Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children” (DISC), purportedly checks for 18 psychiatric disorders. Voila! The child is referred to a psychologist or psychiatrist and, usually, prescribed drugs.
Harvard University psychiatrist Joseph Glenmullen says the questionnaire of symptoms used to “diagnose” depression “may look scientific,” but “when one examines the questions asked and the scales used, they are utterly subjective measures….”
Such “depression screening” in the general community has undoubtedly influenced the 60 million prescriptions for antidepressants written in the U.S.—about 10% of the American population, including 1.5 million children. England’s “Defeat Depression Campaign” resulted in the “prescribing of antidepressants by general practitioners rising substantially.”
For more info about Teen screening, check out www.cchr.com.
Thursday, July 06, 2006
Did you know that when a child exhibits side effects of ADHD drugs- which include demonstrating paranoia or schizophrenia, they are just given more drugs instead of weaning them off of the ADHD drug and/or discovering if the drug they are currently using is causing these symptoms? Did you know that the FDA is looking at issuing a black box warning on such drugs?
If you want more information about the harmful effects of psychiatric drugs on both children and adults, go to www.cchr.com.