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Is the shrink's manual just plain madness? - Vancouverite
22 May 2010, 11:55 pm

Is the shrink’s manual just plain madness?
By Carol Forsloff

A psychiatric diagnostic manual widely used by shrinks is a “fraud” claims a group calling itself the Citizen Commission on Human rights, in reference to the DSM IV.

CCHR issued a statement calling the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or DSMIV a “fraud perpetrated on society for the sole purpose of enormously increasing their income base by labeling and drugging individuals, particularly helpless little children, for profit.”

The group says “this fraudulent labeling and drugging of little children is a gross violation of human rights and child abuse.”

The DSMIII has long been the reference guide for mental health professionals, especially psychiatrists, in defining certain mental health conditions in clinics throughout the world.

“Across Canada, pharmacies last year dispensed 61.2 million prescriptions for psychotherapeutics, worth nearly $2.4 billion,” it said.

“The most potent, mood-altering drugs are going to children,” the group said. They substantiate these claims by citing statistics between 2005 and 2009 where children were given psychotropic drugs in increasing numbers.

“Every expert involved in writing the DSM standard diagnostic criteria for disorders such as depression and schizophrenia has had financial ties to drug companies that sell medications for those illnesses.”claims CCHR, in support of its contentions.

The organization quotes, British Columbia psychologist, Dr. Tana Dineen, the author of Manufacturing Victims, a book that debunks the DSM, who says “unlike medical diagnoses, DSM disorders are ‘voted’ into existence by APA members. They can also be removed if they are too much trouble. In 1973, the APA voted—5,584 to 3,810—to cease calling homosexuality a mental disorder after gay activists picketed an APA conference”.

The fifth edition of DSM IV is planned for release in 2013.

These critics say many of the behaviors listed in the new DSM IV are only quirks and not mental illnesses worthy of classification or prescription drugs. They also claim mental health experts are doing this solely to increase an income base.

What’s the other side of the story?

At first CCHR’s claims might sound good to some folks, but a second look raises some question. The Church of Scientology founded the CCHR.

The position about psychiatry of CCHR is the same one expressed by Scientologists worldwide, including on the Today Show in a well-publicized debate between the host, Matt Lauer, and Tom Cruise in November 2008. Cruise defended Scientologist’s position against psychiatry, saying he knew more than psychiatrists. He, and the group, declare “It’s a fraud.”

CCHR explains its position like this, “CCHR does not provide medical or legal advice. However, it works closely with attorneys and medical doctors and supports medical, but not psychiatric, practices.

Anyone who feels he or she is mentally ill should see a competent non-psychiatric medical doctor as numerous medical studies show undiagnosed and untreated physical complaints can manifest as a psychiatric problem. In many cases, once the physical condition is treated, the mental disorder symptoms disappear.”

Scientology has argued against the use of psychiatry since it was founded by Ron L. Hubbard in the the issues of Scientology and psychiatry have been an ongoing part of the religious group’s particular stance, from its inception with L.Ron Hubbard and the publication of his famous book, Dianetics.

The critics of Scientology call the religion a cult. L. Ron Hubbard Jr., son of its founder, said his father was a wild drinker and a charlatan in a 1983 interview with Penthouse Magazine.

Scientologists have been disparaged because of their beliefs in different countries around the world and have been under investigation for everything from alleged brain washing of members to viciously attacking their critics.

CCHR claims the DSMIV is a fraud. Other people say Scientology is that.
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