One of the reasons I started this blog was because after 20 years in the field of Social Work and Mental Health I learned information that was shocking to me. One piece of that information I got just out of college was that the DSM or the psychiatrist”s bible from which they diagnose patients is 100% theory with no scientific backing whatsoever.
As a matter of fact every single diagnosis in there is made up by a group of psychiatrists that get together every few years and vote on something. One guy may come to the table with a new idea and they all take a look. Soon a vote takes place and if its yes then we have yet another diagnoses. That’s all it takes to pass the new diagnosis.
Although the title DSM says Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, you will not find any statistics in there. So what does it mean for everybody .It means two things .
First, it means that many, many kids and adults are being over prescribed medication
Second the FDA who regulates drugs ( allegedly) makes sure drug makers prove that the drug passed trials and tested out.More and more evidence of loopholes in that process comes out everyday.
Pharmaceutical companies are allowed to pay doctors to write prescriptions , and you bet they are right behind those doctors after they have their disorder vote. The drug companies need to get back to the lab right? Not really.
Recently a huge pharmaceutical company just revealed that 13/15 prescription antidepressants that they marketed over the last 4 years for teenagers who have suicidal thoughts- actually cause the suicidal thoughts
Did they get punished or stop marketing it? Absolutely not.
. So you see there’s a big problem.. Whenever I read or hear somebody here describe their torture from about how tormenting the disorder label is – PTSD,AD/HD, ODD or whatever it is- I hate seeing that a label owns the person. Owns them psychologically which leads to physical and other things as well.There’s no denying that people have symptoms of problems in their life .Many need treatment to work through the symptims and pain. Who though? Yellow pages?
If you’ve ever read the first page of this blog or any articles on the site you would have known that the key to getting help with things like PTSD or different disorders is about finding the correct person who can help you up and out. Today’s therapeutic model is pathetic. You go in with PTSD and on a weekly basis you sit and you rehash it over and over until it’s so ingrained in you can never get rid of it
That’s not therapy, that’s job security.
Before you go off and get a prescription for medication and get a label for life have make sure you’re aware of all of the repercussions that are possible
If you were standing in front of me right now and I said “define the difference and job descriptions between a psychiatrist, psychologist, clinician and a therapist” would you be able to tell me?
If not – you’re already behind the eight ball. If you do suffer from symptoms of traumatic events or any major issues , they don’t go away. .Any symptoms of major trauma are real. But you need to be educated in knowing the right person to go to for help, otherwise you’re going to lock yourself into a lifetime of that.
Contact me if you need any more information on this subject.