Misdiagnosis is Malpractice. Psychiatry is Misdiagnosis.
Psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health practitioners use the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) to "diagnose" people as having mental illnesses. However, not a single "mental disorder" label in the DSM is representative of an actual disease or condition that can be shown to exist by physical evidence or test results. There is no science behind it. It is therefore clear that any diagnosis based on the DSM is misdiagnosis.
(DSM's writers and developers are not so much scientists as they are marketing men, seeking to increase sales of psychiatric pharmaceuticals made by companies from which they have benefited financially.*)
SUPREME COURT JUDGES PSYCHIATRY AS LACKING
Even the United States Supreme Court recognizes that psychiatry is not scienceit is opinion. A recent Supreme Court decision stated that a psychiatrist or psychologist is no more qualified than any other person to give an opinion about someone's mental condition.**
Though they are classified as physicians, psychiatristsunlike real medical doctorsdon't conduct any tests to substantiate the use of a mental disorder label; they possess no more skill or knowledge than the man on the street when it comes to diagnosing the causes of patients' problems.
In spite of this medical and scientific void, psychiatrists continue to treat patients as though they were mentally ill. As a result, patients suffer harm, reduced health, loss of time, and in some cases, loss of family, home and career.
Ultimately, by luck or by tragedy, the cases you are about to read discovered they had real physical illnesses or conditions that manifested as mental or emotional suffering. When the real physical cause was treated, they returned to health and were no longer "mentally ill."
All of them were misdiagnosed by psychiatrists. All of them were victims of malpractice.
* Lisa Cosgrove, et al, "Financial Ties Between DSM-IV Panel Members and the Pharmaceutical Industry," Psychotherapy & Psychosomatics, Vol. 75, 2006.
** Supreme Court Decision in Eric Michael Clark v. Arizona, case #05-5966.
ALLERGIES TREATED AS "BIPOLAR" RESULT IN WOMAN'S INABILITY TO WORK
Marta Urbaniak of Michigan, had been referred to Henry Ford Hospital's behavior health department for treatment due to a difficult merger at work. She was labeled "bipolar" by one of the many psychiatrists who treated her. She was in her third year of psychiatric treatment when she realized she was only getting worse with each new psychiatric drug prescribed. Marta went from being active and employed to having to take a leave of absence from her work due to inability to function in a drug-induced stupor. When she questioned this drug approach to mental health, her psychiatrist assured her that alternatives didn't work and told her it could take 20 years to see an improvement in her condition. Urbaniak was smart enough to get a second opinion from a real medical doctor who detected severe food and environmental allergies on her first visit. Once properly treated, her physical and mental health quickly returned to normal.
MENTAL HEALTH CENTER'S PSYCHIATRIC DIAGNOSIS PROVEN WRONG BY BRAIN TUMOR
In 1996, mother-of-five Kathy Nisley of Mishawaka, Indiana, began to feel depressed following the birth of her twins (her fifth pregnancy). She went to Madison Center, a psychiatric facility, for treatment. From June 1996 to October 2003, she was labeled with "severe depression," then "bipolar," then "borderline personality disorder" and finally "post-traumatic stress disorder." Kathy was given psychotropic drugs in increasing doses and combinations that caused her to become psychotic. She ended up being hospitalized five times in a psychiatric ward. Her family witnessed her psychiatric drug-induced psychosis and self-mutilation. In November 2004, she experienced a grand mal seizure. A few days later, a neurosurgeon removed a tennis ball-sized meningioma (tumor) from her left frontal lobe. Her depression subsequently disappeared. Her surgeon estimated it to have been growing in her skull for between 10 and 15 years.
BOY'S BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS DISAPPEAR WHEN MOM DISCOVERS REAL CAUSE
As a young boy, Johnnie Tillson of Wisconsin had allergies to several medications, including penicillin. By the age of five, he had become a difficult child and his mother tried to find out why. Her pediatrician could find no reason. She sought a second and third opinion. She was told Johnnie had a "conduct disorder." She was referred to Milwaukee psychiatrist Eric Schwietering, who interviewed Johnnie (with no medical exam) and diagnosed him with "bipolar disorder" and prescribed him the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal (which was not then or now approved for use in children). The drug made Johnnie very tired and caused horrible, abnormal weight gain. During the period he was on this drug, Mrs. Tillson often complained to Dr. Schwietering about the side effects of the drug and asked about alternatives: "Isn't there another route besides the drug? Couldn't it be allergies or something?" Dr. Schwietering assured her that Johnnie's behavior and attention problems in school were not allergy related, even despite Johnnie's previous medical history of allergies to drugs. Johnnie's schoolwork and his behavior declined as he continued on the drug. Whenever she would inquire of Dr. Schwietering about it, he assured her that Johnnie's problems were characteristic of "bipolar disorder" and that if it were not treated with psychiatric drugs, Johnnie would grow up to be a drug or alcohol abuser. Schwietering switched him to the psychiatric anti-seizure drug Trileptal, to which Johnnie had a severe adverse reaction known as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome: full body rash and ulcers in his mouth and throat and in the mucous membranes of his eyes (3-15% of patients die from this reaction). He was taken off all psychiatric drugs but continued to have rashes, especially on the parts of his body covered by clothing. Through some admirable research and testing by his mother, it was ultimately discovered that Johnnie was allergic to chlorine. When it was eliminated from the household, his problems vanished.
PSYCHIATRISTS CAUSE PSYCHOSIS BY TREATING HEAVY METAL TOXICITY AS SCHIZOPHRENIA
In March 2002, Brad Ammerman was in his early 20s. He'd worked for the last two years as a metal parts grinder in a factory in upstate New York. He was making good money, had bought a car, and was getting ready to move in to his own apartment. Without warning, he began hallucinating. Over the next four or five days, he began to feel increasingly strange and started hearing voices. His father took him to the local emergency room and told the doctor that Brad worked with metals and felt that contact with metal could be the cause of his son's condition (Mr. Ammerman himself had experience with metal toxicity). The blood test showed higher than usual levels of aluminum in his blood. However, due to his behavior, Brad was sent to a psychiatric unit where he was labeled schizophrenic and placed on antipsychotic drugs. He remained on outpatient psychiatric treatment but the drugs did not help and in fact, caused him to have psychotic episodes that resulted in him being hospitalized. It was later found that work conditions were such that Brad was inhaling vapor from the metal he was grinding, as well as from the metal coolants. A neurologist confirmed that his apparent "schizophrenia" was indeed due to heavy metal toxicity. Though he suffered brain damage from the metal, he was weaned off all psychiatric drugs and has been put on high doses of fish oils and vitamin B, which have improved his condition.
Psychiatrists admit that there is no science to psychiatry and that they cannot cure their patients. But they prescribe heavy mind-altering drugs with a reckless abandon that has become a growing concern to the FDA and similar agencies abroad. The foregoing cases and thousands of others like them bear testament to the fact that psychiatry is a profession of willful negligence, refusing at nearly every turn to search out and treat the actual conditions that manifest as "mental illness."
It is possible that you know someone who has been given a psychiatric diagnosis but was never checked for underlying physical causes or conditions. They may have been prescribed a mind-altering drug that they don't need and which is harming them. A thorough physical examination by a non-psychiatric medical doctor, who will run tests and check conditions in the body, can locate the true causes of the condition and perhaps spare a great deal of suffering and loss.
If you have been harmed due to psychiatric misdiagnosis, report your abuse and find out what can be done about it.
If you are a medical malpractice or personal injury attorney, it is likely that you are frequently contacted by cases that have been harmed due to psychiatric misdiagnosis. There is a world of opportunity in such cases. No psychiatrist defendant could stand up to a plaintiff's attorney who truly understood the intellectual and scientific deficit and pretense of the DSM.
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