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NAMI: Whoring for Shrinks and the Drug Industry
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    Miles is offline Member
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    Default NAMI: Whoring for Shrinks and the Drug Industry

    The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) portrays themselves as an advocacy group for mental patients and their families. But NAMI is actually an organization that serves the interests of the psychiatric industry by presenting dangerous mind-altering psychiatric drugs as the solution for "disorders" that psychiatry has never proven actually exist.

    No one questions that people get depressed and suffer other emotional upsets. But these conditions have never been—and never will be—proven to be due to a "chemical imbalance" or other condition in the brain. NAMI continues however to pass off psychiatric theory as medical fact to an unwitting public.

    For instance, the page "About Mental Illness," on NAMI's website, states, "Mental illnesses are biologically based brain disorders." This is a lie. There are no scientific studies that back up this theory. On the contrary, it has been discredited time and again by authorities such as psychiatrist David Kaiser: "...[M]odern psychiatry has yet to convincingly prove the genetic/biologic cause of any single mental illness.…Patients [have] been diagnosed with 'chemical imbalances' despite the fact that no test exists to support such a claim, and...there is no real conception of what a correct chemical balance would look like."

    Obviously, NAMI is not so much concerned with patients and their families as with doing the right thing for the interests they actually represent.

    According to documents obtained by Mother Jones magazine, "…18 drug firms gave NAMI a total of $11.72 million between 1996 and mid-1999. These include Janssen ($2.08 million), Novartis ($1.87 million), Pfizer ($1.3 million)…and Eli Lilly and Company, which gave $2.87 million during that period."

    No surprise, a visit to their website reveals that they nearly exclusively present psychiatric drugs as the solution to so-called mental disorders. The section "Specific medications" even has information for several of the drugs that the FDA ordered in October 2004 must carry a "black box" warning—the FDA's strongest—about suicidal side effects. Also no surprise is that they count among their membership 1,100 members of the American Psychiatric Association, who have the same agenda — fraudulent psychiatric diagnoses followed by the use of dangerous, addictive and mind-altering drugs.

    With all this deception, it is no surprise then that NAMI would honor unethical and criminal psychiatrists.

    On July 26, 2005 Vermont psychiatrist Peter J. McKenna admitted that he sexually abused a fragile young female patient for several months during "therapy" sessions with her.

    On the witness stand Robyn Levy, who suffers from a variety of emotional problems, told the judge that McKenna had sexually abused her for months: "He knew I'd succumb to any wish or sick desire, no matter how disgusting or perverted…. He abused his credentials, and his license to treat people. He realized how alone I was and he played that card for all it was worth."

    He was sentenced to 60 days in a work camp and indefinite probation and was also ordered to donate $1,000 to a center for adolescent girls—something Levy wanted—and to return $6,000 in fees he charged for Levy's care.

    In 1992 McKenna was named an "Exemplary Psychiatrist" by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), in their annual award ceremony. This honor, according to NAMI's Acting National Executive Director, Michael J. Fitzpatrick, is bestowed on psychiatrists who "are caring professionals who go the extra mile to help their communities. They share NAMI's commitment to ensuring individual dignity…. The awards…come from people who need their help the most—consumers and their families."

    NAMI has honored other unethical psychiatrists through the years as well:

    New Jersey psychiatrist Henry Wijaya was a 1994 NAMI "exemplary." In 1997 the state Attorney General charged him with two counts of gross and repeated acts of malpractice and professional misconduct for sexual intercourse with a female patient a dozen times between 1981 to 1984 and again from July 1993 to August 1994. Citing credible evidence, the state revoked his license in 2002. Wijaya was granted an appeal but In February 2004, the Superior Court ruled in favor of revocation.

    Georgia psychiatrist Todd W. Estroff was one of NAMI's honorees in 1992. In February 1995, he was sentenced to 7 ½ months of house arrest and three years supervised release for defrauding both private insurers and the US Defense Department's military insurance for over $365,000.

    These three are truly exemplary (in the sense of "serving as an example") of the profession of psychiatry as a whole. NAMI, in their "commitment to ensuring individual dignity," should consider the dignity of the patients violated by their "exemplary psychiatrists" and formally announce the removal of their names from the list of past awardees and the reasons why.

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    bn7 is offline Member
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    NAMI Watch!
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