(PRWEB) September 30, 2005
ÂWeÂve been led to assume by the psychiatric Âcrisis teamsÂ sent almost immediately to any disaster scene, that people suffer severe psychic wounds from experiencing such traumas Â or even from being in the general vicinity when they occurÂ. Says Dr Sydney Walker III neurologist and author of A Dose of Sanity.
He goes on to state that according to the reference book that psychiatrists use to determine these spurious disorders the, ÂDSM IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Edition IV) categorizes the symptoms most survivors experience following a disaster as Âacute stress disorderÂ, suggesting that they are pathological and require treatment. But are these people really suffering from a disorder requiring the use of potentially addictive medications?Â
An alarming report that 71% of Americans suffered from depression following the 9/11 attack was based on a psychiatric survey of only 1,200 people within several days of the attack. Psychiatrists predicted ÂPost Traumatic Stress DisorderÂ (PTSD) in 30% of New Yorkers following the attacks, demanding $3 billion to ÂtreatÂ it.
However, a 2003 study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry found the use of mental health services in New York and Washington, the cities most affected by the attacks, did not increase.
Three psychiatrists first invented the term ÂPTSDÂ to describe difficulties suffered by Vietnam War Veterans. While the effects of war are devastating, experts reviewing the psychiatric treatment often provided to victims of terrorism or tragedies conclude it is Âat best uselessÂ. Recipients have done Âworse than those who received nothing at allÂ.
Dr Thomas Dorman, a member of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom and Canada, stated, ÂThe whole business of creating psychiatric categories of ÂdiseaseÂ formalizing them with consensus, and subsequently ascribing diagnostic codes to them, which in turn leads to their use for insurance billing, is nothing but an extended racket furnishing psychiatry a pseudo-scientific aura. The perpetrators are, of course, feeding at the public troughÂ
Chris Wrapson (Volunteer)
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Citizens Commission on Human Rights Birmingham
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