Head-in-the-sand syndrome is a “mental disorder” that has reached pandemic proportions among members of the psychiatric profession. Psychiatric drugs are known to cause a metabolic syndrome associated with a number of potentially lethal ill health conditions. Rather than accepting this fact, and dealing with it, the majority of psychiatrists have tended to minimize their own role in the development of these physical maladies. They have started to devise a number of disingenuous schemes and strategies for concealing their role in this injury altogether.
1. Blaming lifestyle factors (smoking, diet, etc.)
2. Blaming the impugned “mental disorder”
3. Turning a blind eye to the effects of the drugs they dole out
There is a sleight of hand at work here. While they are blaming “mental illness” and lifestyle factors on the rising mortality rate, they continue to over-diagnose and over-drug patients in their charge. Often this over-diagnosing and over-drugging involves the attaching of multiple psychiatric labels to individual patients, and then the maintaining of those individuals on a different drugs for each psychiatric label. These drug cocktails are notorious for being ineffective therapeutically, and for causing a great deal of physical damage to the person so sedated over the long term.
Damaging people through drug abuse is not the kind of behavior we want to see in our health care providers. Injuring people in treatment in this manner is at least as irresponsible as playing hooky from school is for the average adolescent, if not very much more severe. Doctors need to be held accountable. Continuing to allow them to lie, and to get away with murder, is not holding them accountable for the damage that they are causing, and that they have caused. As long as no one is held accountable, the blame is projected onto other causes, and the professional walks away with a smug sense of his or her own self-importance.
This sense self importance is achieved at the expense of the health and welfare of a great many people. Should remorse and regret be demanded of them by the general public, you would see remorse and regret. If the only way to retrieve a conscience for psychiatry is to prosecute a number of psychiatrists, then we need to get down to the business of prosecuting a few psychiatrists for their crimes. When we remind psychiatrists of the medical maxim, ‘first do no harm’, we don’t want them to get the conflicting message that they are beyond the law.
The law doesn’t exist for people with head-in-the-sand syndrome. The law doesn’t exist for them not because there is no law; the law doesn’t exist for them because they don’t think the law should be applied equally to them in the same way that it is applied to everybody else. Head-in-the-sand blindness can go on forever if it is not immediately caught and corrected. We need to help these arrogant erring doctors recover the social conscience that they have collectively lost. I submit that it is time we revealed to them the extent of the crimes that they are so intent on keeping the general public in the dark about.
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