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Psychiatry, psychotropic drugs and emotional pain

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Gabriel Carrion Lopez
Gabriel Carrion Lopez
Investigative journalist, author

Peter Breggin, professor of psychiatry at several universities in the USA, private consultant as a doctor in Ithaca (New York), columnist for scientific journals and author of numerous books, once stated in public that if you have a psychiatric problem, you should not consult a psychiatrist, because it is too dangerous. Peter C. Gotzsche, a professor of medicine and a specialist in the analysis of medication, wrote in one of his books in 2018, addressing all those who take psychiatric medication and especially psychotropic drugs:

… You must not take psychotropic drugs. The only exception I can think of would be during an acute episode of severe derangement, but even then, medications should be tapered off quickly. If you are already taking one or more of them, you should seriously consider stopping…

… Warning! Psychotropic drugs are addictive. They should not be given up abruptly because withdrawal reactions can consist of severe emotional and physical symptoms that can be dangerous….

A few days ago I received an article in my inbox about the case of a girl in Murcia, a region of Spain, who had been diagnosed with BPD, Borderline Personality Disorder, at the age of 17 and at the age of 20 she could no longer cope.

Apparently this young girl went to the emergency room of a hospital, the Morales Meseguer, on the 4th of January with suicidal ideas, but far from being concerned about her condition, according to Cayetano Toledo, secretary of the TLP Cartagena Association, on a radio station: They had limited themselves to giving her an appointment with her psychiatrist for the 11th of March.

In response to this, the parents of the young woman began to exert pressure, as did the association, and the young woman received a call from her psychiatrist telling her that as she had BPD she should continue to take medication and receive a lot of psychotherapy. Do we think that this is the way to deal with helping a young woman in the prime of her life, by people who are supposed to be very well read?

An acquaintance of mine, J.T., was receiving psychiatric treatment for a serious anxiety problem, he had been prescribed so many pills that he was unable to get his life back on track in a normal way. Two months ago he went for a regular psychiatric consultation where his doctor told him categorically that all he was doing was drugging him, but that this did not solve the problem. He recommended an appointment with the Social Security psychologist, which she got several months later.

After the COVID, psychiatry seems to have been strengthened, but should we believe everything these doctors tell us, or should we doubt their diagnoses?

In 2010, Antonio Muro, a columnist in specialised journals, published an interesting article in which he argued the following:

… We are terrified of madness, we are frightened by delusions, by depressive states, we are disconcerted by what we cannot control … That is why, despite the fact that psychiatry’s knowledge is based on pure theories, society assumed at the beginning of the 19th century that its practitioners should become the guardians of our mental health. However, enough time has passed since then that it is legitimate to ask today, where is the scientific evidence that confirms the diagnoses of psychiatrists and the efficiency of their treatments. And we must say it clearly, there is none…

More and more personalities in the scientific world are against the use of psychotropic drugs on a regular basis. And they even conceive medicine as a business that globally absorbs us as mere statistical numbers to achieve deep-rooted economic objectives, without really caring about our own health. Antonio Sitges-Serra, Professor of Surgery at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, among many other activities, including that of scientific columnist for the newspaper El Periódico from 1997 to 2017, commented in one of his books:

… Medicine today is big business for a few and a growing economic burden for many, regardless of whether we all pay for it together or whether we pay for it separately. The corporate protagonists no longer plan medicine on the basis of a personal encounter between doctor and patient, which is what gives it its full meaning, but have organised it within a complex and unstable political, economic and scientific system in which the care and palliative purpose of healing has been lost … medicine is nowadays a predatory business perfectly assimilated into the deregulated neoliberal environment of our technological society.

And what is the trigger to be branded as mentally ill by one of these brainy doctors, to show that life, the things that happen to him, the fears that certain issues cause him, affect him on the level of emotions. But aren’t emotions part of who we are? I am not going to go into this area, but suffice it to say that if you go to a family doctor today and tell him that you have some strange moods, I would even encourage you to make them up, he will immediately diagnose you as depressive, prescribe you some dangerous medication, which I am sure will have in its contraindications that causes depression, If you exaggerate the “presumed delirium” he will discharge you or worse, he will make an appointment with a psychiatrist who will put you on a psychotropic medication wheel that will only lead you into the darkest of caves.

The author I quoted earlier, Antonio Sitges-Serra, wrote a book entitled Si puede, no vaya al médico (If you can, don’t go to the doctor). Another of the aforementioned doctors, Peter C. Gotzsche, a specialist in drug analysis, went even further in one of his books How to Survive in an Overmedicated World, where he stated:

… I wish patients who leave all decisions to their doctors luck, because they will need it. Doctors make many errors of judgement, often because they are ignorant and use too many drugs. We live in a world so overdiagnosed and overtreated that, in the richest countries, they are the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer … It has also been found that medical errors, such as those due to drug use and other reasons, are the third leading cause of death in the world, even if we count only hospital deaths, most of which are avoidable …

A few days ago in the Clinic of Valencia, Spain, a 12-year-old girl died, after going three times in eight days to the emergency room, where she was told that her abdominal and stomach pains were the result, among other misdiagnoses, of her menstruation. In the end she died of peritonitis, something that her parents had been warning might be happening to her. The arrogance and useless wisdom of some emergency doctors ended this girl’s life. Who puts a price on such a tragedy?

And to conclude, I would like to comment on what Thomas Dorman, a member of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom and Canada, said in the first decade of the 2000s about the DSM, a kind of bible for psychiatrists which, created by themselves, serves as a bedside book for them to argue their diagnoses in a shameful way without any scientific backing:

… In short, the whole business of creating psychiatric categories for “illnesses” by formalising them by consensus and then assigning them diagnostic codes which in turn leads to the use of charges to insurance companies, is nothing other than a scam that gives Psychiatry a pseudo-scientific aura. Those who participate in it are enriching themselves at the expense of the public …

It would be interesting if, in a coordinated way, different health-related, serious, committed and ethical bodies, i.e. not manipulated by the pharmaceutical industries, decided to permanently detoxify the millions of people who are being overmedicated and led into a dark forest where they are irreversibly lost in a tangle of sensations caused by the drugs they are taking, they are addicted and all they need is for someone to give them a hand to stop taking whatever they are taking. Let us remember that medicine today is a big industry that is driven solely by money, nothing more than money.

* DSALUD magazine, nº 128 – Art. Is psychiatry a scientific discipline or a swindle, author Antonio Muro, year 2010.
* Book: How to survive in an overmedicated world, author Peter C. Gotzsche, Roca Editorial, 2019.
* Book: Si Puede no vaya al médico, author Antonio Sitges-Serra, DEBATE, 2020.
* Onda Cero – https://amp.ondacero.es/emisoras/murcia/murcia/noticias/acude-urgencias-fuertes-ideas-suicidas-dan-cita-psiquiatra-referencia-dentro-tres-meses_2023020963e4e4e9308cc000010a5fb2.html

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