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Judith Warner Writes About Her Book

She talks, she walks, and now we have her side of the story. Judith Warner has posted an article, “We’ve Got Issues”: The Myth of The Overmedicated Child, on her book of the same title in The Huffington Post.

I learned, too, as I started digging for numbers, that the statistics on mental disorder prevalence and the use of psychotropic meds didn’t bear out the overmedication story: Five to 20 percent of kids in our country are believed to have mental health disorders, I discovered (the five percent being those with “extreme functional impairment,” according to U.S. government statistics, the 20 percent being those with “at least minimum impairment.) Five percent of kids take psychotropic medication.

1/5 is a lotta fucked up kids, and 5% serious fuck ups. Okay, we’re talking degree of fuck up here, but this rate rivals the rate of adult ‘mental disorder’, and most of the adults had time to develop. I think we call it growing up, or maturing before you fuck up. Very disturbing. If the child rate is so high, I see a great potential for the adult rate to rise. Oh, but it has risen. Just take a look at the 40-fold rise in the bipolar rate that occurred after Harvard psychiatrist Dr. Joseph Biederman said all these ADHD babies were actually early onset bipolar disorder babies. Are we talking misdiagnosis here, or something a little bit more sinister? We could have misdiagnosed healthy behavior diseased behavior rather than just come up with another disease. If not so seriously fucked up adolescents can be mistaken for seriously fucked up adolescents, I think that there is a great potential for some unfucked up adolescents getting mixed up in the brackets with the fucked up ones. Likewise, if unfucked up adolescents can get mixed up with fucked up adolescents, maybe some of the fucked up adolescents can slip out of the fucked up category.

When, at one time, the labels of childhood schizophrenia and childhood bipolar disorder were virtually non-existent, a 5-20% childhood mental illness rate is overdiagnosis. Where you have this diagnosis rate, previously undiagnosed, that is going to mean overmedication on top of it.

The point I’m trying to make here is that somebody, or some bodies, does the fucking up.

“Brave new world” is defined by the American Heritage Dictionary not as the drug-hazed dystopia of Aldous Huxley’s imagining, but as “A world or realm of radically transformed existence, especially one in which technological progress has both positive and negative results.” The description perfectly matches our time. More is known than ever before about children’s mental health issues. More and better treatments exist (including treatments, of course, that don’t involve medication). More children are being identified and helped than at any other time in history. And yet science has advanced faster than our ability to use it well. Relatively few children have access to the best possible care. Most of those who need mental health services don’t get any care at all. Too much power and influence has been given to drug makers, rendering the science the public relies upon for information highly unreliable. Too much stigma remains. We tend to believe that, today, we have moved beyond the age-old prejudices against people with mental illness. But, in fact, that prejudice is alive and well in our time and has a new and socially acceptable face: it expresses itself in the eye-rolling laments about “pushy parents” and “drugged-up kids.”

I don’t care how the American Heritage Dictionary defines ‘brave new world’. The expression was lifted to good purpose by Aldous Huxley from Willliam Shakespeare’s The Tempest as a title for his polemical novel. Ronald Reagan, and other political goons, may have since twisted the expression to suit their own agendas. I think there is a good chance, as is so often the case, Judith Warner may be mistaking some of the negative results she finds for positive results, and vice versa. I wouldn’t exonerate any guilty party, in other words, because it made the guilty party feel better about themselves. Innocence was once a term we used to describe the young. The young were characterized as innocent, at least in so far as the indiscretions of their elders were concerned. I’m not the person, unlike Judith Warner, to approve of the wholesale licensing of such indiscretions. When effective mental health recovery takes place the mental illness excuse becomes less viable. Likewise, when people admit their part in the predicaments other people find themselves in, situational change becomes more possible. I still think personal responsibility and accountability are virtuous traits to be desired and fostered, and I don’t think they should be evaded.

Pardon me, if I over indulged my use of the F word a wee little bit, but some days are like that.

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The Kind Of Histories We Can Do Without

Oregon Gives Psychologists Power to Drug

Psychologists in the state of Oregon may soon be licensed to prescribe powerful, often damaging, psychiatric drugs.

According to an article, Psychologists Win Prescribing Rights, on the recent Senate vote.

Senate Bill 1046 passed the House today on a 38-9 vote and the Senate (Feb. 22) on a 18-11 vote. The bill sets up training and certification requirements for prescribing psychologists. While the bill marks the culmination of a longstanding debate at the state capitol, this issue is by no means resolved.

The Oregon law will be even looser than that for the other two states that allow psychologists to prescribe these pills.

Patient safety could be at risk, said John McCulley, lobbyist for the Oregon Psychiatric Association. In just two other states that grant similar privileges, New Mexico and Louisiana, a medical doctor must directly supervise a prescribing psychologist for at least two years after receiving a license, McCulley said. The Oregon bill, in contrast, requires “collaboration” with a healthcare provider.

Hopefully this isn’t the start of an unfortunate trend among state legislatures. The long term consequences of any such national trend could be devestating for people undergoing mental health treatment. We know very well from the statistics that these psychiatric drugs can have a ruinous effect on people’s overall physical health.

A national group, Psychologists Opposed to Prescription Privileges for Psychologists, also opposed the bill because it “allowed psychologists to prescribe medication with less than half of the medical training required of all other prescribing professionals.”

The reasoning behind this legislation has to do with providing for rural areas that lack basic mental health services. I feel certain that if the Oregon state legislators had looked, they could have found a better way to treat their rural residents than by allowing less than qualified professionals to deal with their psychiatric needs.

Seroquel Number Two At Generating Adverse Reaction Complaints

Adverse reaction event complaints to drugs are rising according to the quarterly report of complaints for 2009.

Take the following information from a post, These Drugs Generated Most Adverse Event Reports, in the Pharmalot blog on the quarterly reports of complaints:

In the third quarter of 2009, the number of serious, disabling and fatal adverse drug events reported to the FDA numbered 29,065, compared to 26,809 in the same quarter a year earlier, an 8.4 percent rise, according to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices. For the first three quarters of 2009 combined, the total number of reports was 8.1 percent higher than in the same period of 2008.

Seroquel, a neuroleptic drug, is number 2 among drugs that elicited adverse reaction complaints.

In the third quarter of 2009, AstraZeneca’s Seroquel antipsychotic, was the suspect drug in more possible cases of diabetes than all other drugs combined. The drugmaker explained this by saying the cases were related to lawsuits.

Interestingly enough, the numero uno adverse reaction event drug is Avantia used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

I guess the message folks in mental health treatment can take home with them from these quarterly reports is that if the Seroquel you are taking for psychosis or bipolar mania doesn’t kill you, the Avantia you are taking for the diabetes you developed while on the Seroquel will.

The Kind Of Histories We Can Do Without

On the defending end of the biological medical model of psychiatry and its apologists a new book has just hit the bookshelves. The following snippet was lifted from a New York Times review, Is Medicating Your Child A Cop Out, on this new book.

“I have found that many people think they understand depression because they have been sad,” a mother of a boy diagnosed with high-functioning autism, sensory-integration issues and obsessive-compulsive behavior tells Judith Warner in the early pages of her new book, “We’ve Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication.”

Struck by 2 things here, I have to register a skin reaction. If this kid has 3 diagnoses, I’m hearing “high-functioning autism, sensory-integration issues and obsessive-compulsive” disorder, maybe somebody is indeed over-diagnosing. Psychiatrists have a way of over doing it when it comes to coming up with weird and inventive co-occurring disorders. If somebody is over-diagnosing, then the possibility is also great that they are over-medicating. Then when Judith Warner has the Age of Medication in her title, I’m flashing back to W. H. Auden’s The Age of Anxiety. Is this really the solution? The magic bullet? Some of us have already fast-forwarded to the post-medication mode of The Age of Prevention and The Age of Recovery, and we are managing with the retort, ‘And so can you.”

The point I’m trying to make here is that some of the people diagnosed ‘mentally ill’ as children that I have encountered have never made their way to the post-medication mode of The Age of Prevention and The Age of Recovery. One of the reasons for this is that somebody labeled this person ‘mentally ill’ as a kid, and put that kid on a prescription of pills, and left the kid there. Everybody else is left picking up the tab.

Another review in the online Salon Magazine of the same book, “We’ve Got Issues”: Big Pharma might not be lying, starts by using a cancer analogy, and that’s at least as bad, if not worse.

A hundred years ago it was rarely diagnosed in children. In the intervening timespan the number and type of diagnoses have exploded. Moreover, the number and type of treatments have also exploded. The favored treatment usually involves powerful medications with serious side effects. Big Pharma has made a fortune from these medications and is constantly searching for new variations to patent and sell.

I’m talking about childhood cancer, but I bet you thought I was talking about childhood mental illness. After all, everyone in contemporary society knows that childhood mental illness is over-diagnosed, that drugging children is the preferred method for dealing with the normal problems of childhood, and that normal children are being treated with powerful psychotropic medications simply because they are quirky and authentic.

A hundred years ago children would have been much more likely to get typhoid fever, or tuberculosis say, than they would have been to have gotten cancer. When you throw chemical compounds into the mix, well, you’ve increased a person’s chances of getting cancer. The pharmaceutical products used to treat these mythological illnesses are chemical compounds, and I don’t know of anyone researching the extent to which any of them might be carcinogens. Just wait, what with people in mental health treatment dying 25 years earlier than the rest of the population, maybe we will get around to it eventually, if any of them live long enough.

Given those odds, are you really, really sure you want to have your kid so labeled?

Ireland Loses A Champion For Human Rights

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2010/0224/breaking48.html

irishtimes.com – Last Updated: Wednesday, February 24, 2010, 14:00

Death of controversial psychiatrist

CHARLIE TAYLOR

The death has taken place of the controversial psychiatrist and psychotherapist Dr Michael Corry, who caused anger last year over comments he made about the dangers of antidepressants. He was aged 60.

Dr Corry was reported to the Medical Council following an appearance on the Late Late Show in October 2009 in which he said side effects from antidepressants could tip somebody into suicidal behaviour and homicidal behaviour.

He was speaking following the fatal stabbing of 22-year-old Sebastian Creane by Shane Clancy in Bray, Co Wicklow last August. On the show, Clancy’s mother and stepfather alleged that antidepressants had caused him to stab three people and then himself.

Dr Corry was heavily criticised for his comments on the show and a formal complaint was made by senior psychiatrist Professor Timothy Dinan of University College, Cork, to the Medical Council accusing him of “publicity seeking of an appalling kind.”

Dr Corry, a co-founder of the Institute of Psychosocial Medicine in Dun Laoghaire and of the privately-funded Clane Hospital in Co Kildare, also established the Wellbeing Foundation, an organisation which campaigns for psychiatric patients’ rights.

He was a long-term campaigner for the abolition of electro convulsive therapy (ECT) and in 2008 led a campaign to introduce a private members Bill in the Seanad which would prohibit the involuntary administration of ECT to patients without their informed consent.

Dr Corry died at his home in Claravale Co Wicklow on Monday following a short illness. He is survived by his partner Áine, children Louise, Amelia and Julian, their mother Anne, his brothers Martin and John, and sisters Anne and Sr. Premula,

His funeral service will take place at the Victorian Chapel at Mount Jerome Crematorium, Harold’s Cross in Dublin at 2.30pm tomorrow.

Is it iatrogenic, or is it the result of trauma?

Here’s a weird one. This doctor responds to the question, Is dissociative identity disorder real? He claims that other doctors have suggested that “dissociate identity disorder”, or what used to be referred to as “multiple personality disorder”, is often an iatrogenic condition.

Many biological psychiatrists who base their practices around medication management will tell you the condition doesn’t exist, or that if it exists it is “iatrogenic,” meaning it is caused by therapists training their patients to interpret their symptoms as if they have a whole set of distinct personalities. On the other hand, there are clinicians who specialize in the condition and they take the presence of multiple personalities so seriously that they will separate therapeutic meetings with each of a patient’s “alters” (i.e. individual personalities). True believers will point to data that different personalities have different electroencephalogram tracings. Cynics will point out that actors can generate different EEG tracings when they switch characters.

Iatrogenic is not so much a matter of interpretation, iatrogenic means physician caused, and thus an iatrogenic disease is a disease caused by the treating physician. We seldom refer to “schizophrenia” or “bipolar disorder” as iatrogenic conditions, but when you make the claim that “dissociate identity disorder” may be such a disorder you are opening up the flood gates for doing so. The implication being made is that this “mental disorder” development is based upon the power of suggestion, but the problem here is that there are real and physical iatrogenic diseases that exist beyond the confines of any individual’s head.

By biological psychiatrists Dr. Charles Raison means psychiatrists who subscribe to the biological medical theory of psychiatry. Non-biomedical minded psychiatrists like to point out that there are iatrogenic diseases that are not psychiatric in the slightest that can be laid at the feet of these biological medical minded psychiatrists. There is no doubt involved that these conditions are real, unlike in the case of DID, and there is no doubt as to the doctors culpability. These are the neurological conditions and the metabolic changes that develop due to the cumulative effect of neuroleptic drug use.

Neuroleptic drugs, the drugs most often used to treat schizophrenia and sometimes bipolar disorder, have long been known to cause movement disorders indicative of brain disease. These brain diseases, progressive and often irreversible, are the tardive, which in latin means ‘late forming’, syndrome of diseases. The most notorious manifestation of this brain disease is known as tardive dyskinesia, but there is also a tardive dystonia, and a tardive akathesia, and other related illnesses that may develop as a consequence of the taking of these drugs. Tardive dyskinesia is a crippling condition that manifests itself in involuntary facial twitches, torso twistings, and tongue curlings.

The atypical neuroleptic drugs, developed in the 90s in an effort to lessen some of the more pernicious effects of the original neuroleptic drugs, have been found to cause excessive weight gain and a slew of associated health problems, such as heart disease and diabetes, any one of which has the potential of cutting short a life. The metabolic changes associated with these drugs are the primary reason why the average age at death for people in psychiatric treatment has been shown by some recents studies to be 25 years younger than that of the general population.

This doctor is not very optimistic about the prospects for treating patients labeled with dissociate identity disorder. He sees the source of the dissociation phenomenon as origining in traumas experienced early in life.

Scrounging For News

Cry baby cry
Make your mother sigh
She’s old enough to know better
So cry baby cry.

~The Beatles

I’ve been looking for the latest mental patient poster child and ventriloquist dummy of the bio-medical model of psychiatry to state their case publicly in the media. You know the pitch. I have a mental illness. There is nothing anybody could have done, even myself, to stop this thing from striking me. It’s not a matter of weakness. It strikes athletes, too. Whatever? Mommy and daddy didn’t have anything to do with it. I didn’t have bad parents. If I was bullied by school mates, you’re changing the subject. It’s a chemical imbalance. Without psychiatric drugs I’d be in the Looney Bin. The problem is stigma; people don’t understand that mental illness is real.

Nothing is popping up at me in the search engine right away, and I’m wondering why. Maybe it has something to do with this Amy Bishop business in Huntsville, Alabama. Speaking right after a multiple murder is bad timing, especially when you’re a nut and the killer was a nut, too. It could be the absurdity of the DSM-V, too. This thing is 3 years off, and people can’t stop commenting on it. When a person comes forward with a mental illness, it doesn’t help to have people discussing possible future diagnoses. It makes your own diagnosis look kind of illusory. Doctors are inventing this stuff? Naw, not really. My condition is real anyway. So you say.

Perhaps it has something to do with the number of professionals questioning the benefit of psychiatric drugs. Perhaps the compliant patient type has grown tired of taking abuse. There could be a thousand reasons, and your guess is as good as mine as to what exactly it is. The subject is not a popular one with the media. The media is more taken with crime and disaster. They get their poster children from the professionals who have cultivated a relationship with the media, and who now have a token case who will say just what they want people to hear. The mainstream media, in large measure, is why there is an internet with blogs, zines, and You Tube videos. Noncompliant ex-patients have a story to tell, too, and you can find that one also if you search for it.

I will keep at the matter. Something’s going to come up eventually. It always does. I want to take the subject on right out of the horse’s mouth. I want to turn his or her words around on him or herself. There are other avenues beside the street of perpetual treatment. All you have to do is hop on a different bus, and it will take you to a different location. There is no reason on earth why you should spend your entire life pretending that you can’t do what you can do. Shed the carapace of the sick patient role, and reenter the world of the living if you like. You’d not be the first person to have reentered that world. It has been done before. Nobody will do it quite the way that you do it, nonetheless, if you succeed in doing it. Just one more thing, there is that little hurdle of making the decision to dispense with the invalid tag. Maybe it would help if you thought of it as a plastic nipple.

The Low Down On Post-Avatar Depression Disorder, Alternately Titled Get A Life

Here’s one from the Now I’ve Heard Everything Department. Um, ever hear mention of Post-Avatar Depression Disorder, or PADD? That’s right. I just found a blog featuring a post about this Post-Avatar Depression Epidemic we were recently smack dab in the middle of.

Thousands of moviegoers are experiencing severe depression and suicidal thoughts after seeing the James Cameron blockbuster film Avatar. Some have become so immersed in the film’s mythical land of Pandora, that they find themselves obsessing over it, and shunning the “real” world.

The claim is that the epidemic scare started on a number of conspiracy websites spread to CNN and other mainstream media outlets. After the recent world wide economic collapse we’ve experienced, who could be all that surprised about this wish to escape to Pandora, nonetheless…

Other moviegoers, according to CNN, have expressed feelings of disgust with the human race because of the film’s effect on them. Others report a total disengagement with reality. And another said:

“When I woke up this morning after watching Avatar for the first time yesterday, the world seemed … gray. It was like my whole life, everything I’ve done and worked for, lost its meaning. It just seems so… meaningless. I still don’t really see any reason to keep… doing things at all. I live in a dying world.”

I’ve never been as impressed by the movies I’ve seen as some of these people seem to have been taken with Avatar. I imagine it would help if we kept beautiful nurses in the closet. These guys and gals could come out every time someone got lost in their fantasies in this fashion to take a pulse. If that doesn’t work, maybe they’re better off in the movie theater anyway. She or he must be just another lost cause.

Perhaps this whole thing has something to do with the Total Lack of Imagination Disorder that has afflicted large segments of our population of late. Show a little bit of it and some searching people are just going find themselves at wits end. There are fascinating pieces of this world that some people have seemed to ignore, if it isn’t a case of those pieces of the world ignoring them.

The celebrated just love it when they have something to celebrate. It’s all just the big mansions, the wild parties, and the fat wallets or purses you offer to every God and Goddess of the silver screen, fool! Keep going. Somebody’s laughing all the way to the bank.

Adding to the bad news, Shutter Island, the latest in a long, long chain of brain numbing psycho-killer thrillers should be contributing to the stigma accorded to your new found disorder. You got it! Maybe a few more months in the sack are just what the quack doctor ordered.

“Mental Illness” Labeling Has A Future

The line between disability and welfare fraud seems to be growing thinner all the time. One finds oneself chuckling over the disingenous techniques today’s professional panhandlers have developed for faking an injury. How far, one may wonder, we haven’t progressed from absolutely medieval times!

In Point/Counterpoint: Progress V. Politics from the University of Arizona’s statepress.com, the up and coming DSM-V is taken on…again. (Don’t worry; I’m just trying to get this whole boring business out of my system, a little bit at a time, outrage after outrage.)

Question: Are personality quirks turning into disorders?

Asks this author who goes on to question the sense of the book with its continual revisions altogether.

“Strong sentiments will always accompany changes in the diagnosis of mental disorders,” said Barrera, “Mental illness diagnosis is controversial even without changes to the diagnostic system. I am suspicious of claims that the sky is falling, particularly since information up to this point has not been good.”

As I’ve been trying to point out, over-diagnosis is a problem whereever ‘mental illnesses’ are being diagnosed. When the disease is being determined by a checklist of unwanted behaviors rather than by a microscope slide accidents in the conventional sense of the word cannot take place.

One of the largest concerns of such individuals is that the updates could even further inflate America’s daunting rate of psychiatric over-diagnosis through the inclusion of such new disorders as binge eating.

This editorial opinion piece that begins in such a critical fashion, after making a case for scrapping the DSM entirely, ends amazingly by erring on the side of the DSM-V. Binge eating disorder, after all, isn’t exactly Coo Coo for Cocoa Puffs. Or is it?

From a Fort Lauderdale television show, Faces of Fort Lauderdale’s homeless: From one shelter to another, covering people in the homeless community there, we get this:

Amanda Cephus, 26, says being homeless in Fort Lauderdale is “pretty good.” She’s gone from one homeless shelter to another for the last couple of years.

Her aunt kicked her out of the house in 2008, she says. She’s been homeless since then.

When I caught up with her last week she’d just been put into another shelter for 90 days. She said it was a drug addiction program; she said she used to smoke marijuana and take Ecstacy. She’s hoping to get housing and start receiving checks for her disability soon. She says she’s got Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and is bipolar schizophrenic.

Whatever happened to the work ethic????

Oh, I know. If you can say, “I’m a recovering drug addict with ADHD, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia”, your future course in life is set, baby! Love them government checks!

The situation wouldn’t be so very sad if there were treatment programs that led to recovery, and job training programs that led to work. There don’t tend to be any such programs. The essential problem here, as I see it, is that our human service workers are more intent on pursuing their own ambitions than they are at seeing that their clients do well. Otherwise, they’d make the obvious connection that you’ve scripted a personal tragedy for somebody, and to have another outcome, you need to change the script that that person carries around with him or her everywhere he or she goes. If there is prejudice in other people’s scripts, those scripts will need revisions as well. In fact, that is where the most important changes have to be made.

Wouldn’t you know it? Some asinine Russ Limbaugh addict has his own addition to make to the DSM-V. Family Security Matters has published an Exclusive: The Airhead Liberal Political Disorder.

On Wednesday, February 10th, the American Psychiatric Association proposed its latest Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the Association’s official, encyclopedia-like catalogue of psychiatric disorders. The DSM’s certification has enormous consequences for dispensing therapy, insurance payments, future research and peoples’ self-definition. This latest DSM is, however, only a proposal designed to solicit public feedback and after preliminary trials, the final version will be published in 2013. Inclusion or exclusion can be tricky business, often reflecting both shifting politics and social conditions. DSM’s mental illness catalogue once included homosexuality; today, “Internet Addiction” and “lack of sexual interest” are candidates for admission.

Still some of the points the author of this story makes about the DSM are very astute. It has consequences for dispensing therapy—especially when therapy usually means brain damaging health destroying drugs. Also insurance payments, and with public insurance companies like Medi-this and Medi-that, that’s where the taxpayer, Joe Public, foots the bill. Future research—you can just imagine the diseases, non-existent now, that we will be studying in detail in the not so distant future. Concluding with people’s self-definition—he or she introducing him or herself by disorder as in, “Hi, I’m bipolar. What sort of disorder do you have?”

Unfortunately he has to continue.

Despite these labors, opportunities for adjustments remain and this may be a once-in-a-generation opportunity for right thinking people to confront a specific, widespread mental disorder that has long driven us crazy: what I call Airhead Liberalism Political Disorder or ALPD for short. This is not a coherent ideology like Socialism or Marxism. Rather, it is a style of political engagement whose purpose is psychological satisfaction independent of actual of costs or benefits. In a nutshell: if advocating a policy makes me feel good about myself, it’s a good policy. The disorder resembles self-medicating drug addiction where addicts will do anything, no matter how injurious, to achieve transitory “highs.” What especially drives right-thinking people to buy Maalox at Costco or take Valium is that Airhead Liberals sufferers are impervious to reason or evidence, no matter how persuasive.

I’m sure that anybody who wants to, from the other side of the political spectrum, can respond to this kind of thing with a label of their own. He claims, after all, that people with this disorder have driven “us” crazy. Perhaps the DSM-V needs a Reactive Myopic Bigot Disorder, but don’t let me go there. Pulleeeze.

Enough. I should be able to lay off now until preparations for the revisions that will become the DSM-VI begin.

Husband puts wife in the hospital

There was an disturbing story heard over BBC radio about a man who had his wife force treated under Great Britain’s notorious Mental Health Act. The piece was called, ‘Why I sectioned my wife over her bipolar disorder’. It involves the relationship of William and Kate Lyons.

He had Kate ‘sectioned’ – this is where an individual is placed in a psychiatric hospital under Section 4 of the Mental Health Act, 1983 – when he felt he could no longer cope with the situation.

William had his ‘reasons’ I suppose.

Kate, on a high, had literally not slept for four days, and was exhibiting very eccentric behaviour. A friend advised William to take her to the doctor, who in turn recommended the hospital.

Here’s where it gets sticky.

The breakdown came after Kate had stopped taking her anti-psychotic drugs. Several years of living symptom-free, while on medication, had led them to think that perhaps she was no longer ill.

Note: “anti-psychotic” drugs?! Incredibly somebody is admitting neuroleptic drugs are, well, drugs.

If the girl had been taking neuroleptic drugs for years, as we learn from the above, the body adjusts to functioning under those drugs, and when the body then has to function without the chemicals, it is unable to do so. All the information I have ever read on the subject suggests that nobody who has been on these drugs for any substantial length of time should quit cold turkey. The way to detoxify from neuroleptic drugs is to lower the dose gradually until you are capable of functioning without the drugs. Should one quit suddenly, just like Kate, one is likely to end up in the nut house. Neuroleptic drugs have addictive qualities, and I submit that the behaviors exhibited by Kate were probably withdrawal effects from the drugs rather than a recurrence of any mental disorder.

Her husband William didn’t know this apparently, and whether or not he could have had the patience, the courage, and the presence of mind to deal with the matter in another fashion represents a completely hypothetical circumstance, given this hospitalization.

Kate nonetheless obviously still has many issues with the psychiatric drugs she is taking.

“But I would say that my thoughts on the drugs generally are that they’re very, very unsophisticated for mental illness. They seem to be very, very, very strong. You see people with mental illnesses, you know, on the streets, wherever – inside hospitals, who are just completely zombified. They’re not able to function because this drug’s just crushing them.”

Her husband and his associates unfortunately have this idea that what actually might have been withdrawal effects from the drugs taken was a recurrence of symptoms of the disease. I don’t see a good resolution to this dilemma until that kind of leap of intelligent thought, not faith, can be made. In other words, it’s drug maintenance for Kate rather than complete recovery as long as this over reliance on chemicals rather than on human will power and ingenuity is promoted and fostered.

There is another way, and if only William and Kate knew such to be the case, Kate might now be on the road to fully recovering her mental stability and self-determination.