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A message from a Grassroots Group to End Harm from Psychiatric Diagnosis

 

original link: http://wp.me/p5nnb-7sx

I’m passing on this email I received. Feel free to do the same:

 

If you or someone you love or care about has been harmed because of getting a psychiatric diagnosis, or if you are a therapist, member of the clergy, attorney, nurse, orderly, aide, teacher, or anyone else who works in the mental health system or has observed it and has been upset because of seeing people harmed because of getting psychiatric diagnoses, or even if you are “just” a neighbor or concerned citizen, please read this.

 

Recently, in a history-making action, nine people filed complaints about being harmed by being given psychiatric diagnoses. They filed the complaints with the Ethics Department of the American Psychiatric Association, which publishes and earns the profits from the widely used psychiatric handbook called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Seven of those filing complaints were people who had been harmed because of receiving one or more DSM diagnoses. The eighth had seen a loved one seriously harmed because of being diagnosed. The ninth was psychologist Paula J. Caplan, who filed a complaint as an “interested party,” because in her work in the mental health system, she for decades had seen the harm done by psychiatric diagnoses.

 

If you are interested in exploring the possibility of filing your own complaint, please send an email with this in the subject line: “Filing a Complaint about Harm from Psychiatric Diagnosis” through the Contact Form at www.psychdiagnosis.weebly.com

 

The original complainants — sometimes known colloquially as “The DSM-9” — put a great deal of work into preparing their complaints, which were filed against a great many people who could have prevented or reduced the harm, redressed past harm, and/or made known to professionals and the public that psychiatric diagnoses are not scientifically grounded, rarely lead the way to alleviation of suffering any more than could be done without the labels, and often cause harm.

 

As a result of this work, it is now much easier for others to file their own complaints, and materials have been prepared for this purpose.

 

This particular complaint would not be against the practitioner(s) who assigned particular labels to you or someone else. Rather, it would be against those responsible for creating the manual and failing to warn about its limitations and dangers. Filing this complaint would not prevent you from also filing a complaint against a particular practitioner, but this is an all-volunteer group that is not set up to help with the latter at this time.

 

Most of the work you will have to do will consist simply of writing a very brief version of your story in a very structured way that we will suggest. Many of those who filed the complaints said that although it was of course painful to think back through what happened to them, the act of preparing their complaints, of writing their truth and simply at last making some attempt to hold accountable some of those responsible for the harm (regardless of whether the APA chooses to take appropriate and adequate actions), was empowering and healing for them.

 

Sending an initial inquiry commits you to absolutely nothing, and we will never disclose your name to anyone. You can proceed with learning about this process and starting to prepare your complaint, but there will be nothing to stop you from ending the process at any time before filing it with the APA’s Ethics Department.

 

If you know others who might be interested, please let them know.

 

You might also wish to join the Facebook page called Stop Psychiatric Diagnosis Harm in order to see what others are writing about this subject or even perhaps to tell your own story (anonymously or otherwise). For further information about the history of this matter and a variety of actions that have been proposed, as well as some suggested reading materials, you might want to look at psychdiagnosis.net. If you would like to sign action petitions aimed to reduce the harm, go to change.org and see the petition called Boycott the DSM and the petition called Call for Congressional Hearings about Psychiatric Diagnosis.

 

From time to time, reports will be posted at psychdiagnosis.weebly.com about how what, if anything, the APA’s Ethics Department is doing about the complaints that have been filed.

Just one more thing: Given the technological problems that can occur at your end or ours, if you send a message about filing a complaint at the URL listed above, and you do not receive a reply from us within ten days, please be sure to resend your message, to make sure it reached us. Thank you.

 

Best wishes,

Grassroots Group to End Harm from Psychiatric Diagnosis

 

original link: http://wp.me/p5nnb-7sx (there are some hyperlinks I didn't transfer over to here)

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds 

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withdrawn from a cocktail of 6 psychiatric drugs that included every class of psych drug.
 

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I think this is great. It makes me wonder though...Has anyone ever tried or thought to try suing the APA for fraud? After all, we all know the chemical imbalance is a myth. How then can they hand out the drugs if it has been discounted?

I am not a medical professional and nothing I say is a medical opinion or meant to be medical advice, please seek a competent and trusted medical professional to consult for all medical decisions.

 

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update on that action here:

The APA Refuses to Listen to Voices of People Harmed by Diagnosis … and Refuses and Refuses and Refuses

http://www.madinamerica.com/2012/11/the-apa-refuses-to-listen-to-voices-of-people-harmed-by-diagnosis-and-refuses-and-refuses-and-refuses/

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds 

https://beyondmeds.com/

withdrawn from a cocktail of 6 psychiatric drugs that included every class of psych drug.
 

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Sad, chilling, and yet not the least bit surprising to me. I am glad I didn't bother to file a complaint only to have my hopes utterly smashed yet again.

I am not a medical professional and nothing I say is a medical opinion or meant to be medical advice, please seek a competent and trusted medical professional to consult for all medical decisions.

 

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update on that action here:

The APA Refuses to Listen to Voices of People Harmed by Diagnosis … and Refuses and Refuses and Refuses

http://www.madinamer...es-and-refuses/

 

Just more of what is expected under the corporatocarcy. They will stop only when they have undermined the last vestiges of our civilization. I have the highest regard for those who protest, even though such action will be forever discounted. We have no other recourse and can thereby save our dignity and self-respect.

As always, LISTEN TO YOUR BODY! A proud supporter of the 10% (or slower) rule.

 

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The APA nearing the end of its existence? I saw this in an email. from GRASP when NIMH is moving away from the DSM

 

http://mindhacks.com/2013/05/03/national-institute-of-mental-health-abandoning-the-dsm/?utm_source=feedly

History:

1995--Prozac--Quit CT by GP

1995--Effexor--Quit per my GP

1996--Amitriphene--Quit CT when changed GP

2005--Citalopram and BusPar. Prescribed when I decompensated in my GP's office. GP referred me to behavior health. Psychiatrist prescibed these drugs. Taken off citalopram in 2011 due to FDA warning. Quit Buspar during transition to viibryd.

Viibryd--2011 to present. Had a severe reaction in March 2012. Advised both GP and Psychiatrist I was trying to get off these drugs.

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Wow! Not the end of the APA but maybe of the DSM-5.

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

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uh...well...it's not really such good news...I made comments here:

 

http://beyondmeds.com/2013/05/03/nimh-is-abandoning-the-dsm/

 

these are the particular comments I added...

 

UPDATE: I read the NIMH announcement. (when I first posted this I had just woken up) As I said above, Insel is hardly an enlightened sort. This probably isn’t as positive as it sounds. Although acknowledging the limitations of DSM is good, what will eventually replace it is likely to be even more reductive, i.e. the criteria for diagnosis will likely become all biological based on genetics, scans and other kinds of testing without reference to anything involved outside the patient’s body.

 

That’s not to diminish the value of discarding conceptual categories. It’s not that long ago that mental illness was mostly classified as hysteria.

 

The bottom line is that there is no understanding, still, of our deeply holistic natures and how EVERYTHING matters in our lives. Not just the biological.

there is more to the post but that is the part that counts.

 

I've seen other people make the same argument in more convincing terms since I posted my bit too...

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds 

https://beyondmeds.com/

withdrawn from a cocktail of 6 psychiatric drugs that included every class of psych drug.
 

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I like this part:

In the announcement, NIMH Director Thomas Insel says the DSM lacks validity and that “patients with mental disorders deserve better”.

Agree that Insel is speaking as a competitor with his own product to flog.

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has surpassed our humanity." -- Albert Einstein

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