Recoverring from the Hurricanes
Added: (Tue Sep 27 2005)
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The recent natural disasters have all left a trail of destruction, torment and confusion behind them, Hurricanes Rita, and Katrina in the US, and also here in the UK with the freak Tornado wreaking havoc in local Birmingham communities, some may seek “therapy” to recover from this, but do we really need to subject ourselves to such measures?
“We’ve been led to assume by the psychiatric “crisis teams” sent almost immediately to any disaster scene, that people suffer severe psychic wounds from experiencing such traumas – or even from being in the general vicinity when they occur”. Says Dr Sydney Walker III neurologist and author of A Dose of Sanity.
He goes on to state that according to the reference book that psychiatrists use to determine these spurious disorders the, “DSM IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Edition IV) categorizes the symptoms most survivors experience following a disaster as “acute stress disorder”, suggesting that they are pathological and require treatment. But are these people really suffering from a disorder requiring the use of potentially addictive medications?”
An alarming report that 71% of Americans suffered from depression following the 9/11 attack was based on a psychiatric survey of only 1,200 people within several days of the attack. Psychiatrists predicted “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” (PTSD) in 30% of New Yorkers following the attacks, demanding $3 billion to “treat” it.
However, a 2003 study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry found the use of mental health services in New York and Washington, the cities most affected by the attacks, did not increase.
Three psychiatrists first invented the term “PTSD” to describe difficulties suffered by Vietnam War Veterans. While the effects of war are devastating, experts reviewing the psychiatric treatment often provided to victims of terrorism or tragedies conclude it is “at best useless”. Recipients have done “worse than those who received nothing at all”.
Dr Thomas Dorman, a member of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom and Canada, stated, “The whole business of creating psychiatric categories of ‘disease’ formalising them with consensus, and subsequently ascribing diagnostic codes to them, which in turn leads to their use for insurance billing, is nothing but an extended racket furnishing psychiatry a pseudo-scientific aura. The perpetrators are, of course, feeding at the public trough”
Chris Wrapson (Volunteer)
Media Relations Officer
Citizens Commission on Human Rights Birmingham