Introducing Psychiatric Drug Toxicity Syndrome

The Washington Post recently published an article, Government survey finds that 5 percent of Americans suffer from a ‘serious mental illness’, on a Government survey of emotional disturbance.

About 20 percent of American adults suffer some sort of mental illness each year, and about 5 percent experience a serious disorder that disrupts work, family or social life, according to a government report released Thursday.

Both Allen Frances and Daniel Carlat were consulted by The Washington Post for this article, and both of these doctors had similar takes on this survey. Both were skeptical about the non-serious mental disturbance rate, but both showed themselves to be fervent zealots when it came to the serious “mental disorder” faith.

“There is a stigma about ‘mental illness’ that as soon as you hear the term people assume that it’s something quite severe. The nuances of this type of data tend to be lost on people,” he said. He added, however, that he doesn’t doubt that 5 percent of the population has a serious mental disorder.

Concluded Daniel J. Carlat in this article in The Washington Post.

“Whoa, Nelly! We have a true believer here”, said I.

I suggest instead that the great majority of that 5 % are actually sufferers of Psychiatric Drug Toxicity Syndrome, or PDTS for short. We get a lot of statistics dealing with present statistics. What we don’t get a lot of are statistics from the past. If the so called serious “mental illness” rate has risen sharply in modern times, such a rise supports the existence of PDTS.

We do know that serious “mental illness” rates have risen in recent years, and that this rise in serious “mental illness” rates has something to do with the corresponding quick rise of the big pharmaceutical companies. It is my contention that if this rise has been substantial, such a rise supports the existence of PDTS.

We also know that the recovery rates for people with serious “mental disorder” labels are not very good.  There is some evidence to suggest that those recovery rates  may have been better in the past. There is also some evidence of better outcomes where experimentation with less conventional forms of non-drug treatment have been tried. I suggest that this lack of good outcomes on the part of drug treatment is also a result of PDTS.

The cure for PDTS is achieved through psychiatric drug withdrawal (detoxification) under the care and guidance of an acknowledged, experienced, and trained professional.

Although do-it-yourself detoxification treatment programs are not out of the question, it has been suggested that individuals who chose this form of treatment educate themselves thoroughly on the subject first before they commence with treatment. This is especially true where the subject has been taking prescription psychiatric drugs over the course of many years.  There is a great deal of fear that quitting cold turkey after years of drug treatment adherence could exascerbate the PDTS.

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