New Mental Disorder Naming Tool Invented

Want a psychiatric disorder? Now you can have one!

Thanks to Mike Adams, editor of the website, its inventor, we now have The Disease Mongering Engine. There is a great need for an engine of this sort. You, or someone you know, may have it, right, and now you need to know what it is. A web page exists where you can find that information. What with the present revising process of the DSM going on, I envision a great future for this Disease Mongering Engine. Why, after all, should the committee making revisions to what is often referred to as the Bible of psychiatry have all the fun? Those demented bozos desparately need help! Do your part to help them. Just click the hyperlink below and you, too, can have the mental disorder label to lay on a client, or yourself, right at your fingertips.

The Disease Mongering Engine


AstraZeneca To End Psychiatric Drug Research

The good news is that AstraZenica, the company that brought you Seroquel, is dropping its psychiatric drug research.

This just out from Reuter’s New Service.

AstraZeneca (AZN.L) is to stop researching some disease areas that form the backbone of its current business — including schizophrenia and acid reflux — in a drive to focus R&D efforts and cut costs.

Acid reflux disease, or indigestion as it is called in layman’s terms, could only be so high a priority for the company in the first place.

I can’t help thinking that this decision of AstraZenica’s had something to do with the suppressed evidence of ill health complications caused by these psychiatric drugs that are being so aggressively marketed. There also can be little doubt but that the litigation brought by people who have been harmed by their drugs must have had some influence as well.

This move will not prevent AstraZeneca from releasing a new antidepressant drug that is in the final stages of testing.

[Anders] Ekblom said he remained confident about the Targacept drug, which is shortly to start final Phase III tests, but saw limited longer-term opportunities in the psychiatric field.

His views echo those of Glaxo CEO Andrew Witty, who last month said Glaxo would stop researching antidepressants because of uncertain returns.

GlaxoSmithKline’s declining antidepressant returns may have had something to do with a recent feature in Newsweek Magazine reporting that antidepressants as a rule work no better than sugar pills. Powered sugar, I would imagine, is much more affordable than are SSRI antidepressants.

The bad news is that this closure probably opens up new money making opportunities for some relatively unknown company to break into the chemical oil boom the psychiatric drug trade represents.

Florida Legislators Act On Over Drugging of Children in Foster Care

A bill has been introduced in an effort to try and put a lid on the over drugging of foster children in Florida.

We get the the following from an article, Regulations sought for foster kids prescribed psychiatric drugs, in today’s Miami Herald.

A new bill, filed Friday by state Sen. Ronda Storms, a Brandon Republican, would, among other things, require that foster children assent to the use of psychiatric drugs. The proposed law would require caseworkers to explain to children, in a manner they can understand, why the drugs are necessary and what risks they carry.

Sounds good thus far, but we will have to see if this bill passes, and then we will have to see if it is enforced.

Storms’ bill requires the state to appoint guardians ad litem, or volunteer lay guardians. Storms said the guardians are qualified for the role because they already are involved in the children’s lives.

Rosenberg, who was a member of the Gabriel Myers Work Group, said “the work group concluded that attorneys are best suited to protect children’s interests when prescribing medication,” she said.

The bill would also:

• Prohibit children in state care from being involved in clinical trials designed to determine the safety or efficacy of drugs that have not yet been approved by the FDA.

• Require an independent medication review before psychiatric drugs can be administered to children 10 or younger.

• Require mental-health professionals to prepare an overall treatment plan, including the use of counseling and therapy, when children are prescribed psychiatric drugs.

I have a problem with this legislation already. The problem with the previous bill that was passed into law in 2005 is that the law was being circumvented by mental health professionals and the Department of Children and Families. The result of this lack of regulation was Gabriel Myers death and a further round legislative haggling. Without penalties being exacted against law breakers, how are we going to insure that the law is being kept? Do we rely on the good word of the DCF alone? The DCF was one of the parties getting around the letter of the law!

Storms said she thought the prescribing of such drugs has become a crutch for therapists, who are eschewing traditional couch chats with children. Research shows, she said, that some doctors are writing one prescription for a child every three minutes.

Obviously we need to get doctors to stop prescribing drugs to so many children. I don’t see how this is going to be done without going after doctors who over prescribe drugs to children in foster care. Taking a doctor’s license to practice medicine away is a good beginning, putting the offending doctor behind bars is an even more effective deterrent.

Legislators have pointed out that this bill will fail if money isn’t set aside to pay for it.