Psychiatry versus Medicine

Psychiatry is one of the very few professions that has to continually advertise its failures in order to get more Government funding.

An example of this occurred recently when a documentary revealed a 50% increase in the number of unexpected patient deaths reported by England’s mental health trusts. These included deaths by suicide, neglect and misadventure. While advertising the failures, the finger of blame was pointed at decreased funding for mental health trusts.

While there will always be a need for funding, it is vital to look at how the money is spent when ‘treating’ psychiatric patients and what results are obtained in order to gain a greater understanding of why there could be a 50% increase in unexpected deaths.

Psychiatric treatments are blighted by controversy. People do experience problems and upsets in life that may result in mental troubles, that are sometimes very serious. Psychiatrists claim that these troubles are caused by incurable ‘brain diseases’ that can only be alleviated with dangerous chemicals. These drugs however are often more potent than a narcotic and capable of driving one to violence and suicide.

Psychiatric drugs can have effects that include mental disturbance, suicide and violence. These can be misdiagnosed as new psychiatric presentations, for which additional drugs may be prescribed, sometimes leading to long-term use of multiple different psychiatric drugs in the same person.

In 2015, over 61 million prescription items for antidepressants, commonly known as SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) were dispensed in England at a cost of over £284 million, and 10.9 million prescription items were dispensed for antipsychotic drugs costing over £146 million. Now consider a condition called akathisia,  a state of inner restlessness, where a patient’s behaviour may be disturbed, or the patient may be suicidal. Akathisia is known to be a common side effect of both SSRIs and antipsychotics.

The point is psychiatric treatments can cause the very difficulties and mental troubles that patients are experiencing. The revolving-door mental health system is thus conceived, where iatrogenic illness allows for a continual flow of patients and ultimately leads to a call for more funding. It’s good business, but bad medicine.

To add weight to the argument, psychiatrists openly admit they cannot cure their patients. A past president of the World Psychiatric Association stated, “The time when psychiatrists considered  they could cure the mentally ill is gone. In the future, the mentally ill have to learn to live with their illness.”

One answer to the psychiatric merry-go-round is to find the undiagnosed physical conditions that can and do manifest as so-called mental illnesses. This is where real medicine is recognised. Many primary care doctors have acknowledged there are numerous physical conditions that can cause emotional and behavioural problems, and the vital need to check for them first. It follows then that relying on a psychiatric drug to suppress emotional symptoms, without first looking for and correcting a possible underlying physical illness, could simply be giving patients a chemical fix, while leaving them with an illness that could worsen.

Investment therefore in the pursuit of underlying physical causes for mental problems would perhaps be a better route, leading to real recovery, rather than the psychiatric route which is nothing more than an expensive merry-go-round.

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  1. Someone in a low secure mental illness Hospital, with no income to spare isn’t able to get a free bus pass so that they can carry out the requirements of the Tribunal & Dr’s to show they are able to go into the community, because a mental illness doesn’t come under the criteria to get a bus pass, although the patient is on medication & is diagnosed with a mental illness although for 4 yrs on & off Meds hasn’t shown any signs of illness, but the Dr’s who diagnose the illness say you are too well to be able to get a bus pass ???
    It seems a shambles with all this money going into mental health that a patient can’t go about his rehabilitation because certain hospitals are too far out to be able to get into the community with out transport, & with no money how is it possible

    • bus pass? i was so physically disabled i couldnt take a bus when i was on the drugs . I think we should be more demanding after being so harmed demand a private cab .

  2. Psychiatry is just nothing more than a subject or pseudo science perpetrated for financial gain and a created catch 22 with the drug industry.
    Psychiatrists are no more than ‘cowboys’ are within the building trade. Fruadulant Criminals that need locking away from normal people living normal lives, experiencing a gamut of normal emotions.

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