Psychiatry – Practice of Medicine or Practice of Marketing?

Waking Times

Are we all entitled to be happy? If you are not, is a pill the answer?

Social anxiety disorder, depression, bi-polar disorder. It seems that these diseases now plague the American populous. The statistics behind psychiatric diseases and use of psychotropic drugs are staggering. Adult use of antidepressants almost tripled in the US between the periods 1988-1994 and 1999-2000. Between the term of 1994 and 2010, there was a 4000% increase of the diagnosis of bi-polar disorder in children. By 2007, antidepressants had become the most commonly prescribed drugs in the United States. Psychiatric drugs fuel a $330-billion industry without a single cure.

Unlike diagnoses for medical conditions, psychiatrists do not have blood tests or any other biological tests to ascertain the presence or absence of a mental illness. Psychiatrists rarely conduct thorough physical examinations to rule out medical conditions. – The Citizens Commission on Human Rights

The question arises: how much of this rise in mental diseases is driven by psychiatry and pharmaceutical industries? How many diagnoses are just people experiencing normal human emotions – yes, negative or unpleasant emotions, but distinctly human nevertheless.

This is a fairly lengthy but thorough documentary about psychotropic drugs and the for-profit industry behind psychiatry. It describes the myth of the tag “chemical imbalance” used to diagnose psychiatric diseases without any physical tests. It examines the role that the FDA has taken in speeding up the drug approval process. The video also examines the big business of psychotropic drugs, reporting that top prescription drugs generate revenues between $7 to $11 million per day for each major drug. It reveals how pharmaceutical companies market the same exact drugs under different names, for different psychotropic and physical conditions.

Making a Killing: The Untold Story of Psychotropic Drugging

Many of us have taken psychotropic drugs at one point or another, and if you have not, it is likely that you know of at least a couple of people that take psychotropics on a regular basis. Yet, there are other solutions, methods, approaches, that have been proven to help with mental ailments. Eating a healthy diet made up of raw and natural foods. Turning to ancient practices such as meditation or yoga. Individual or group counseling. Lifestyle changes. Acupuncture. The list goes on. Perhaps a pill is not necessarily the answer.

Oregon to get $4.2M in pharma settlement

Oregon will met about $4.2 million in a multi-state settlement with a pharmaceutical company over alleged deceptive marketing.
Oregon is among 36 states that will get a piece of a $181 million settlement with Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ). The states sued the company over alleged deceptive marketing of antipsychotic drugs used by children and seniors.

The deal is reportedly the largest multi-state consumer protection settlement ever with a pharmaceutical company.
The states claimed that Janssen broke federal law when it marketed its antipsychotic drug Risperdal to children and senior patients as treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, depression and anxiety. Doctors can prescribe drugs to treat conditions other than the drugs’ intended use, but drug manufacturers are not allowed to promote their products for alternative uses.

As part of the settlement, Janssen must also more clearly identify potential risks on product labels, refrain from marketing its drugs for specific symptoms, and have scientifically trained employees (instead of marketing employees) write the medical content of responses to doctor inquiries about the drugs.

The company cannot use grants to promote antipsychotic drugs or give bonuses to employees for promoting unapproved marketing.