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70% of DSM Psychiatrists Financially Tied to Drug Companies

Mike Barrett
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March 14th, 2012
Updated 03/18/2013 at 2:59 pm
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The psychiatric bible, known as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, is hailed by psychiatrists and psychiatry supporters alike. The 5th edition of the manual, scheduled for publication in May of 2013, is stirring up massive controversy. Being the go-to text for diagnosing every mental disorder known to (and created by) man while ultimately leading to widespread medicating of the population, the 900-page bible is now being pegged for financial conflicts of interests.

Psychiatric ‘Bible’ Pegged for Conflicts of Interest

In 1994, DSM-4, the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, was published. Shortly following the publication, the American Psychiatric Association implemented a new policy which would force expert advisors to divulge any ties with drug industries in order to cut down on potential conflicts of interests. Despite the newly instituted policy, an astonishing 70 percent of the panel members of the newest edition, DSM-5, reported having financial relationships with pharmaceutical companies. About 57 percent reported ties in the previous edition.

“Organizations like the APA have embraced transparency too quickly as the solution…Our data show that transparency has not changed the dynamic.” said Lisa Cosgrove, associate professor of clinical psychology at the University of Massachusetts-Boston and lead author of the study.

Ultimately leading to millions of people being labeled as ‘mentally ill’, the DSM-5 is also criticized greatly for the addition of new, quite startling diagnoses. With the new criteria, the following situations would cause someone to have a mental or psychiatric disorder.

  • Grief following the loss of a loved one
  • Mild memory loss in the elderly
  • Frequent temper tantrums in kids

“They’re [the new diagnoses] at the boundary of normality…And these days, most diagnostic decisions are not made by psychiatrists trained to distinguish between the two. Most are made by primary care doctors who see a patient for about seven minutes and write a prescription…” said Frances, who is professor emeritus of psychiatry at Duke University. He also states that the new additions would ‘radically and recklessly’ expand psychiatric boundaries.

As decades pass, the number of diagnosable disorders has gone up by the hundreds. In the past, homosexuality was even battled for inclusion, describing people as having a “sociopathic personality disturbance.” Later, it was replaced with a disorder called “ego-dystonic homosexuality,” a problem specifically surfacing from a source of distress.

As the DSM editions continue to be released, the criteria for labeling a person for many disorders becomes much lower. Psychiatrists, the pharmaceutical industry and all of their ties love these changes, as medications are prescribed with even less effort on the medical establishment’s part — thus feeding the destructive disease machine severely impacting much of the population. With a few simple strokes in this book, every single person in the country could soon be labeled as having a disorder, whether caught by medical “professionals” or not.

About Mike Barrett:
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  • Avanti

    Also I would like to suggest to this web to have some specific area to show many quotes of relevant people. To emphasize analyzes, arguments, conclusions e possible actions. E.g.:

    John Adams, 2nd. Pres.: "There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live."

    Louis D. Brandeis, Supreme Court Justice: "The greatest menace to freedom is an inert people."

    James Garfield, 20th Pres.: "I love agitation and investigation and glory in defending unpopular truth against popular error."

    Abraham Lincoln, 16th Pres.: "To sin by silence when should protest makes cowards of men."

    Martin Luther King Jr.: "Just as it is the duty of all men to obey just laws, so it is the duty of all men to disobey unjust laws."

    Albert Einstein: "Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."

    Ronald Reagan: "The government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other."

    J. Edgar Hoover, former head of the FBI: "The individual is handicapped by coming face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists."

  • bea41660

    Greetings, I am only 1 person. I am 51years & 11months old. For 41 of those years I was on psychiatric medication. Several at a time. It has been 1 long ride. I weened myself off all meds in 8/2011. I told my psychiatrist & therapist I had done so. I wanted to try live the 2nd half of my life without having all these chemicals in my body. Plus we had a couple of storms in Connecticut which shut down most pharmacies. One storm shut them down for days. Many pepole I know couldn't get their meds. A couple ended up in the E.R. from withdrawl sickness. I was glad I was off meds by then. I wonder how wealthy {$ figure] these doctors became just off 1 patient like me over the years ?

    Just 1 person, one story, x's ?????

    Be Blessed !

    • bea41660

      OOPS ! {many people} Sorry bout that ! lol

  • warbaby

    This is not surprising, everyone else is on the take. Most of these shrinks need to be on medicine themselves.

    • Anonymous

      Yes I agree with you!