The real story of psychiatry
No causes, no cures
This is an examination of a subject that began around 150 years ago and promoted itself as the solution to mental health and yet in all that time psychiatry has found no causes for what they call ‘mental illness’ and offered no cures for any mental illness.
Lack of science or a dedicated fraud?
The really simple story of psychiatry
The really simple story of psychiatry could be said to be:
More and more persons are being diagnosed as mentally ill. More and more possible diagnoses are being created. None of the diagnosis types are based on any scientific discovery of the cause of any mental illness, they are merely speculative lists of agreed-upon opinions about symptoms.
More and more psychiatric drugs are being prescribed as the primary treatment for the diagnoses. The treatments being used are all designed to only hide symptoms, leaving people on often damaging treatments for years and never handling the actual cause of their mental travail.
Psychiatry did not evolve. An unscientific mix of ‘strange cults and theories’ was stage-managed into existence and foisted upon Medicine by the Rockefeller Foundation in the first half of the 20th century. This attempt to transform psychiatry into a vaguely valid science failed and was abandoned by the Foundation.
This failure and lack of scientific foundation for psychiatry was then obscured by the introduction of psychotropic drugs beginning in the 1950s – drugs that were developed by chance by industrial chemists. Pharmaceutical companies and psychiatry then colluded to get these drugs sold and used as their primary and extremely profitable but false solution to ‘mental health’.
Commercial interests have dominated the subject of mental health and the promise of cures for mental illness has been hijacked with more and more drugs as a solution. All attempts to provide an actual alternate science of mental health that would produce cures are either ignored or suppressed.
The United States, 1918 Statistical Manual for the Use of Institutions for the Insane contained 22 diagnosis categories. Its successor, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) when first released in 1952 had 102 diagnosis categories. Edition II had 182, edition III rocketed up to 265, and Edition IV had 297 diagnosis categories with Edition V (2013) 298. The size of DSM has gone from 130 pages with the first edition to 995 pages for version V. 1
Despite billions spent on psychiatry and its drugs over decades, the World Health Organization claimed in 2019 a continually worsening situation existed where 1 in every 8 people, or 970 million people around the world were living with a mental disorder. 2
Studies into the use of psychiatric drugs in the US found that in the 1988 -1994 period, the use of psychotropic drugs occurred in 6.1% of the population. In the 1999 to 2002 period that had shifted upward to 11.1% 3 A study using data from 2013 found that figures had gone up to 16.7% or roughly 1 in 6 Americans were using psychiatric drugs. 4
For Australia in the 2019 – 2020 period, 4.4 million patients (18% of the Australian population) filled a prescription for a mental health-related medication. 5
The consumption of antidepressant drugs doubled in Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries between 2000 and 2017. 6
In 2021 the global sales of antipsychotic drugs were estimated at $14.54 billion and predicted to grow at a yearly rate of 6.9%. 7
The global sales of psychiatric drugs for things such as depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder have been estimated at more than $27 billion in 2020 and growing at an annual rate of 8.4%. 8
At the same time, the number of suicides for both the USA and Australia, as representative countries, are soaring upward on 20-year statistical trends. 9
- Surís A, Holliday R, North CS. The Evolution of the Classification of Psychiatric Disorders. Behav Sci (Basel). 2016
- World Health Organization. Mental disorders
- Paulose-Ram R, Safran MA, Jonas BS, Gu Q, Orwig D. Trends in … medication use among U.S. adults. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2007.
- Thomas J. Moore, Donald R. Mattison. Adult Utilization of Psychiatric Drugs and Differences by Sex, Age, and Race JAMA Intern Med. 2017
- Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Mental health-related prescriptions
- OECD Library. Pharmaceutical consumption
- Fortune Business Insights. Antipsychotics drug market.
- Global Data. Global sales of psychiatric drugs could reach more than $40bn by 2025 due to coronavirus, says GlobalData
- Per Lanterna. And just how is psychiatry improving mental health?