Like you and your friend, Mr. Jaffe, I am also a strong supporter of The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (HR2646).
However, I do not support the use of forced psychiatric drug treatment and I question the constitutionality of this action.
I do support medical treatment based on the use of testing for underlying conditions that are known to manifest as symptoms of severe mental illness.
Individuals suffering from symptoms of severe mental illness are among the most stigmatized, discriminated against, marginalized, disadvantaged and vulnerable members of our society.
Because of widely-publicized, horrific crimes committed by individuals labeled “mentally ill”, they have also become our society’s most hated and despised population.
Those who exhibit symptoms of severe mental illness are in need of compassionate advocates who will adhere to the highest standards of integrity and ethical principles
Mental health advocates must honor their responsibility to hold paramount the welfare of all persons considered “mentally ill” and their families whose lives are also impacted.
Individuals who take on the role of a mental health advocacy should use every available resource to ensure they are knowledgeable and their efforts will enhance the quality of life in society by supporting best practice standards of care and treatment.
A serious flaw in our mental health care system exists in that psychiatrists commonly use the DSM-5: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders with what they refer to as a “Chinese Menu” approach.
Patients are quickly labeled with a mental disorder based on the description of their abnormal behavior, mood, emotion, actions, expressions, appearance, etc. and then prescribed dangerous drugs that will hopefully make them “normal”.
Most professionals fail to test for the many underlying conditions that are known to manifest as symptoms of a mental disorder.
What you write below is the typical information psychiatrists provide families about “mental illness”:
The psychiatrist told me that my son either was using hallucinatory drugs or he had a mental illness. He added that we would be better off if he were taking drugs. Bipolar Disorder was described to me as an incurable mental illness. My son would have to take medication for the rest of his life. Medication that would make him constantly hungry, prevent him from a long list of activities that others his age would be participating in, possibly keep him from ever working and limit his chances of marrying, having children and living a productive life. Oh yeah, people with mental illnesses die 25 years sooner than everyone else.
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Like most psychiatrists, Kevin’s doctor was willing to pass out dangerous drugs like candy, while ignoring the many common underlying causes like an infected tooth, lead poisoning, B vitamin deficiencies, etc.
All mental health advocates should work to ensure patients receive best practice standard of care that includes thorough testing for underlying causes and individualized treatment plans.
Our current mental health care system has created a one-size-fits-all, Medication Management Monopoly.
Although the British Medical Journal published guidelines for doctors to follow for Best Practice Assessment of Psychosis, this information goes ignored.
Mental health advocates who are working to advance a forced medication management treatment agenda that is based on psychiatry’s rubber-stamp labeling process, are not working in the best interest of the mental health patient. They are working for Big Pharma.
In the decision of Wyatt v. Stickney 325 F.Supp. 781 (M.D.Ala. 1971), a key issue was that patients have a “constitutional right to receive such individual treatment as will give each of them a realistic opportunity to be cured or to improve his or her mental condition.”
Mental health patients have the fundamental right to know their diagnosis based on Best Practice Assessment standards and receive the most effective treatment for the underlying cause.
Treating the underlying medical conditions that induces symptoms of “mental illness”, not only provides the patient with optimum recovery, it is cost effective for both the patient and the taxpayer.
Ignoring the underlying cause and advancing an agenda that promotes drug therapy treatment, is not only unethical, it jeopardizes the health, safety and welfare of the public. Forced psychiatric treatment, without best practice assessment, should be considered unconstitutional.
A uniform advocacy agenda that supports best practice standards of care is greatly needed in our country.
The epidemic of “severe mental illness” and violent behavior is being caused by many different underlying causes, including the side effects of psychiatric medications.
I do not understand how advocates can turn a blind eye towards the misdiagnosis and mistreatment of those suffering from symptoms of severe mental illness, as it is a travesty to humanity.