Mental health awareness

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As its Mental Health Awareness Week, it is worth knowing what can bring about the quality of mental health.

When people feel low and experience mental troubles, it has become accepted that so-called experts in the psychiatric industry are the go-to people as the custodians of mental wellness.

However, for many people who see a psychiatrist, their mental troubles are exacerbated after being diagnosed with spurious ‘disorders’ and who then start taking prescribed psychiatric drugs.

Those people end up in a revolving-door system that generates huge sales that ultimately feed a profit-driven pharmaceutical agenda.

In creating and promoting mental health awareness, it should be understood that undiagnosed physical conditions can and do manifest as so-called mental illnesses. This is a datum that cannot be stressed enough. It is a matter of sound medical fact that undiagnosed physical illness or injury can trigger emotional difficulties.

Dr Thomas Dorman, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians says: “Please remember that the majority of people suffer from organic disease. Clinicians should, first of all, remember emotional stress associated with a chronic illness or a painful condition can alter the patient’s temperament.”

The true resolution of many mental difficulties begins, not with a checklist of symptoms, but with ensuring that a competent, non-psychiatric physician completes a thorough physical examination. Take the psychiatric label known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD. Psychiatrist and neurologist Dr Sydney Walker said: “Children with early-stage brain tumours can develop symptoms of hyperactivity or poor attention. So can lead or pesticide-poisoned children. So can children with early-onset diabetes, heart disease, worms, viral or bacterial infections, malnutrition, head injuries, genetic disorders, allergies… and hundreds, yes hundreds, of other minor, major, or even life-threatening problems.”

In summary, normal behaviour as well as everyday life problems have been redefined as mental illnesses when in fact a physical examination could detect the cause of the problem, thus preventing the use of expensive, dangerous drugs to supposedly ‘treat’ the redefined conditions. Taking the psychiatric route might be good business, but it’s bad medicine.

We must not resign ourselves to this deception and submit to the psychobabble and waffle.

Promote mental health by finding out the real cause of the problem rather than getting caught up in the revolving door of the profit-driven psychiatric industry.

Brian Daniels

National Spokesperson

Citizens Commission on Human Rights (United Kingdom)