Dr. Dan L. Edmunds, Ed.D,B.C.S.A.,DAPA.

Dr. Dan L. Edmunds, Ed.D,B.C.S.A.,DAPA.
e-mail: batushkad@yahoo.com

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

THE MEDICALIZATION OF HUMAN EXPERIENCE

The president of the American Psychiatric Association, Sharfstein had made the admission that there are no clear cut tests for any mental illness. This being the case, we must truly examine what the definition of 'mental illness' actually is. We cannot deny that individuals undergo emotional distress and that many cope in unproductive ways. However- what we cannot conclusively state is that this experience is the result of some chemical or biological problem. Even if we were to see some change in how the brain functions does not imply a chemical imbalance or something biologically wrong. If I go to the physician and he measures my heart rate, the nurse then startles me, measures my heart rate again, it is elevated, and the physician says, "heart disease", we would find this absurd. However, a person undergoing trauma, distressing situations, or other problems of life who reacts to these circumstances are then labeled as having a 'chemical imbalance.'. This is a profitable concept for pharmaceutical companies, a convenience for an education system unwilling to understand children's learning styles and meet their true needs, and for some parents who want to cash in on their child's so called 'disability.'
It is necessary for us to return to understanding experiences, to understand suffering as part of the human condition, and for our solutions to be based on the values of dignity and compassion. The medicalization of all human experience has led to devastating consequences. We are labeling the vulnerable as disordered rather than seeing our society as disordered and seeking to address the core problem.

-Dr. Dan L. Edmunds, Ed.D.

1 comment:

Fiddy said...

A Chemical Imbalance

Neither GlaxoSmithKline or the MHRA can give answers as to what constitutes a proper chemical imbalance of serotonin in the brain - weird because Seroxat is prescribed for this 'disorder'

The only thing that I can see is that Seroxat actually causes the chemical imbalance rather than rectifies it - A genius piece of marketing by GSK.

Prescribe a drug

Let the patient get hooked on the drug

Play down the risks by producing clinical trial studies beneficial to GSK

Employ ghost writers and patient support groups to back up the benefits of taking Seroxat

Robustly deny Seroxat causes aggression, suicidal tendancies etc

Always settle out of court for any litigation

Infiltrate the Medicines Regulatory Agency with former employees of GSK

Fund the government

Financially secure to research and market more SSRi type drugs

Credit where it is due, the marketing team at GlaxoSmithKline are without doubt highly skilled at manipulating doctors and the general public.

They don't even klnow how Seroxat works - they are just pleased that it does work. Cases where it hasn't worked - infact quite the reverse, seem to go unoticed - until the invention of the internet that is.

The MHRA are proud of the Yellow Card system - Why?

It is a completely flawed system and they only act on less than half of the Yellow Card reports.

A more robust system would be for the MHRA to employ a person or persons with a basic grasp of internet seaching. Then, they will see the REAL suffering from the REAL people.

Alas, they have ties to GlaxoSmithKline, namely Alistair Breckenridge and Ian Hudson. If they see GlaxoSmithKline have duped the public then they themselves have been duped by messrs Breckenridge and Hudson and that would cast a serious dark shadow on the MHRA's integerity.

They (The MHRA) have been investigating GlaxoSmithKline for nigh on four years now - my guess is they are waiting for a 'busy news day' until they release their findings. This way the story will be pushed to some small article in the tabloids.

It is utterly shameful of any human being to cause human suffering. Both GlaxoSmithKline and The MHRA have continued to deny Seroxat is harmful in the adult population - forget the clever spin 'dangerous in young adults'.

GlaxoSmithKline are currently being sued through the courts both here in the UK and in the United States. It now needs a firm of solicitors with huge balls to sue the MHRA. There is enough evidence I'm sure to successfully bring them to trial.

It will happen


Bob

Seroxat Sufferers
http://fiddaman.blogspot.com