Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Soldier Who Killed 16 Afghans Would have been Reviewed by Military Psychiatrist. Are Psychotropic Drugs to Blame for PTSD?

There should have been many signals for some period of time that this soldier was possible cracking under stress on the frontline. Every Soldiers commander is supposed to know what their soldiers are doing, and how they are feeling and operating while on the frontlines. We will be surprised if there wasn't some kind of psychiatrist involved with this soldier. Also it is likely psychotropic drugs may have been administered and or a combination of recreational drugs or alcohol abuse. If a soldier is considered to be PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) they are giving an SSRI Antidepressant such as Prozac, Celexa, Paxil, Luvox, and Zoloft.
These PTSD soldiers are also given morphine and other painkillers as physical pain is associated with PTSD according to psychiatrists who push these drugs. They are also at high risk for drug and alcohol abuse.

The soldier had been stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma Washington, a large military installation. There are reports from last month that Army officials indicated a forensic psychiatric review process at the base's Madigan Army Medical Center was itself being reviewed. In December 2010, the Stars and Stripes military newspaper said the facility had gained a reputation as "the most troubled base in the military." It also reported that year that multiple investigations were under way into the conduct of troops at the base and the mental health and medical care soldiers were receiving upon their return home.

So Madigan Army Medical Center maybe under further investigation as psychiatry should be. The only remedy that psychiatry can muster is take this pill, and if that doesn’t work take this one. If you can’t sleep because of these pills then take a few of these other pills. Just give the patient as many pills as we can bill for and if they patient goes off the rails then say they were off their meds. Psychiatry never has to take the blame. No government official, no institution wants to address the “doctor” for the problem. The media can’t blame Pharma as they will lose all that wonderful advertising.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Suspect in Killing of Berkeley, Ca. Senior had Mental Problem History and Psychiatry Failed Once Again

The mother of a man accused of beating a 67 year-old Berkeley homeowner to death last month was quoted in the media as saying her son suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. She said her son has been neglected by a broken mental heath care system that fails to properly treat those with serious needs. The suspect Daniel Jordan Dewitt has been to numerous hospitals since he was a teenager according to reports. Dewitt is the grandson of the late former Alameda city councilman and interim Alameda Mayor Al Dewitt, who died in 2003. He has been arraigned on murder charges. He physically beat and dragged the 67 year old homeowner with a planter pot.

The suspect’s mother has contacted Judges, mental health facilities; victim rights advocates, prosecutor’s to no avail. He has been on and off his meds recently.
"We have been trying for more than four and a half years to get our son help," Candy Dewitt said.

The key to this story to us is the medication which Daniel Jordan Dewitt was taking and not taking and the psychiatrist. A psychiatrist has been treating him for years and has accomplished nothing but this devastating end result to a senior citizen who most likely looked forward to retirement. There has been questions to how quickly the police responded, but you will not hear from the media that medications played a role in the murder or that a psychiatrist and a failing mental health system has no positive results for decades. If there was a gun involved then the media and government would blame the gun. What you may hear in the future is that the mental health facilities will need more funds, or more people need to be medicated longer. You never hear that psychiatry is a failure from its inception. Shock treatments, strait jackets, lobotomies, enforced confinement, kids killing kids while on medications, medications that cause suicides.

The system in the US and Western world has been to fund failure and death and no results and blame lack of money, or not enough medications. Funding and reinforcing failure is the norm. Why would you continue to fund a failed mental health system? Why call or listen to a psychiatrist? Why put your kids or young adult on psychotropic drugs when the main side effects are aggressive behavior or suicide.

You the citizen can stop this nonsense! You the consumer can disagree with this madness. This persists because the tax payer allows this history of loss to continue.