(PRWEB) October 20, 2006
The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a psychiatric watchdog group, says that a recent psychiatric study which claims people who do binge shopping arent responsible for their actions but are suffering from some sort of nebulous mental disorder is just another psychiatric myth.
The group maintains that the invention of so-called binge shopping is simply another ploy to include yet another bogus disorder in the psychiatric billing bible, The Diagnostic and Statistical manual of Mental disorders and an attempt to get more unearned billions from insurance companies and medical health plans.
For over a decade CCHR has called on governments to eliminate the DSM as a valid diagnostic manual for insurance reimbursement, medical plan payments or for the basis of any legislation or court testimony. It is an unreliable, pseudo-scientific document with enormous power to damage lives, while being used to rake in $ 76 billion a year in international psychiatric drug sales, Said Brian Beaumont, the president of the Vancouver Chapter of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights.
Scores of new disorders are literally voted in with each new edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostics and Statistical Manual. One of this manual’s main uses is billing insurance companies an bilking medical health plans. If the syndrome is in the book, the label can be applied to a person, drugs administered, and the insurance company billed.
Many people have been made to believe that invented psychiatric disorders as are actual medical conditions based on chemical imbalances in the blood or brain. However, there is no scientific evidence to support this. Psychiatric studies simply find percentages of people who behave in certain ways. Then labels are given to the behaviors and they’re classified as diseases or mental disorders.
Beaumont said The current manual contains some 370 made- up mental disorders, including such things as Sibling Rivalry Disorder, Mathematics Disorder, Caffeine Related Disorder , Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder the latest term for PMS, Attention Deficit Disorder and Expressive Writing Disorder to name a few. There are enough disorders to label and drug every man woman and child on earth.
A recent study by Lisa Cosgrove, a psychologist from the University of Massachusetts and Sheldon Krimsky, a Tuft University professor, documents how pharmaceutical companies who manufacture drugs for mental disorders funded psychiatrists who defined the disorders for the manual. One hundred percent of the experts on DSM-IV panels overseeing so-called mood disorders (which includes depression) and schizophrenia/psychotic disorders were financially involved with drug companies. These are the largest categories of psychiatric drugs in the world: 2004 sales of $ 20.3 billion for antidepressants and $ 14.4 billion for antipsychotic drugs alone.
These labels are also used in the legal arena. A psychiatric label can be used to deny you custody of your children, overrule your wishes in business or property dealings or in your will. It can be used to hold you indefinitely in an institution without your consent and without charges or trial, or force you to continue taking drugs regardless of how they’re affecting your life or well-being.
The Citizens Commission on Human Rights was established by the Church of Scientology to investigate and expose psychiatric violations of human rights.
If you know anyone, including a child, who has been abused or harmed by a psychiatrist call The Citizens Commission on Human Rights at 1 800 670 2247. Complete confidentiality assured.