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Patch Adams volunteers to test Bush for mental illness

Posted by thessa [112.20] on August 23, 2004 at 12:06:04:

President Bush Implements Plans To Screen All Americans for Mental Health Problems

Coalition of Advocacy Groups Says: "Start With the Top. Test President Bush for 'Mental Illness' First. "The "Real" Patch Adams Volunteers.

A plan by President Bush to screen all Americans for mental health problems is being opposed by a coalition of advocacy groups who say the plan was cooked up by the drug industry.
The real Patch Adams is ready to screen the President.
"President Bush wants to test all Americans for 'mental illness,'" said David Oaks, Director of MindFreedom International, which unites 100 advocacy groups, "We demand that President Bush start with himself first. We will provide the mental health professional to do the screening."

The real Patch Adams, a physician based in Arlington, VA, has volunteered to screen Preident Bush. "He needs a lot of help. I'll see him for free," said Patch, who has been a leader in MindFreedom since 1992, was played by Robin Williams in the film "Patch Adams." Patch promised that the symbolic screening of President Bush would be done voluntarily and humanely.

On its face, the idea of locating people, especially youngsters, with severe mental and emotional problems sounds humane. But critics - including the internationally prestigious British Medical Journal -- maintain the Bush plan originated with powerful psychiatric drug manufacturers and could result in many more Americans being placed on the most expensive psychiatric drugs.

The Bush initiative is the outcome of a year long task force called The President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. The task force recommended a nationwide screening program based on the Texas Medical Algorithm Project (TMAP), which was created in 1995 while President Bush was governor of Texas. Despite its technical-sounding name, TMAP is simply a series of flowcharts that directs doctors to a step by step treatment plan for their patients. Critics maintain that TMAP constricts doctors so that whether the patient is diagnosed with depression or schizophrenia, TMAP inevitably leads first to the most expensive psychiatric drugs currently manufactured.

In a series of articles in summer 2004, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) has drawn international attention to TMAP's dangers, and its links to the psychiatric drug industry.

The BMJ reported that Allen Jones, an investigator working for the Office of Inspector General in Pennsylvania, has claimed in court documents that pharmaceutical companies promoting TMAP were influencing politicians with "trips, perks, lavish meals, transportation to and first-class accommodations in major cities." Jones was fired and has filed a lawsuit against Pennsylvania maintaining that he is a whisteblower.

The BMJ also reported about Psychiatrist Stefan Kruszewski, who was fired on July 11, 2004 from his position at the Bureau of Program Integrity in the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, and who is also suing the state. Dr. Kruszewski was in charge of the state's mental health and substance misuse programs to protect against fraud and waste. He maintains that TMAP has led to the death of patients, some of whom were placed on five or more psychiatric drugs at the same time.

One of the main goals of the President's New Freedom Commission (Goal 4 of 10) is to ensure "Early mental health screening, assessment, and referral to services are common practice" with subsequent recommendations "to promote the mental health of young children, improve and expand school mental health programs,... screen for mental disorders in primary health care, across the life span, and connect to treatment and supports."

MindFreedom maintains that the President's New Freedom Commission tends to promote a "biomedical" approach to mental and emotional problems that relies on a theory that people's problems are caused by a "chemical imbalance." As yet, there has been no definitive, scientifically-valid evidence supporting the pervasive theory that conditions labeled as "mental illnesses" are biologically-based brain disorders treatable with medications. MindFreedom held a hunger strike last year demanding any evidence for a "chemical imbalance." Under the spotlight of national media, the American Psychiatric Association was unable to produce any such evidence. [see http://www.mindfreedom.org/hungerstrike.htm]

Critics of mainstream psychiatry state that the medical model tends to lead to chemical and electrical solutions, rather than other alternatives, such as conseling, psychosocial alternatives, peer support, housing, jobs, etc. Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT or shock therapy) also found its way into TMAP's treatment plan. If drugs fail to get the expected results, TMAP patients diagnosed with a wide range of "disorders" can expect to receive shock treatment.

MindFreedom also maintains that if Americans screened for "mental illness" refuse their drugs, they are vulnerable to laws in 42 USA states that allow for court ordered psychiatric drugging on an outpatient basis. Thousands of Americans are now under these programs, which require individuals to take psychiatric drugs against their will, even while living in their own homes out in the community.

Psychiatrist Sally Satel from the American Enterprise Institute, appointed by President Bush to a key federal mental health advisory committee, called for vastly increasing the amount of forced outpatient psychiatric drugging in the June 2004 meeting of the National Advisory Council for the US Center for Mental Health Services.

MindFreedom Support Coalition International unites 100 grassroots groups to campaign for human rights in the mental health system. While open to the public, a majority of members identify themselves as individuals who have experienced human rights violations in the mental health system. The group is the only one of its kind to have Non Governmental Organization status from the United Nations.

For more information see MindFreedom Ph: 541-345-9106. E-mail: office@mindfreedom.org.



Re: Patch Adams volunteers to test Bush for mental illness

Posted by thessa [112.20] on August 23, 2004 at 12:06:35:

In Reply to: Patch Adams volunteers to test Bush for mental illness posted by thessa [112.20] on August 23, 2004 at 12:06:04:

Oops, forgot the link.



Re: Patch Adams volunteers to test Bush for mental illness

Posted by D [20.1176] on August 23, 2004 at 17:43:35:

In Reply to: Re: Patch Adams volunteers to test Bush for mental illness posted by thessa [112.20] on August 23, 2004 at 12:06:35:

Maybe after Nov. he'll need the drugs himself.

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Re: Patch Adams volunteers to test Bush for mental illness (Archive.)

Posted by Walt Stoll [9.8] on August 24, 2004 at 07:15:50:

In Reply to: Patch Adams volunteers to test Bush for mental illness posted by thessa [112.20] on August 23, 2004 at 12:06:04:

Thanks, Thessa.

My friend "Patch" has never been afraid of tackeling the most difficult patients that all other docs had given up on.

He really has his work cut out for him on this one, though.

Walt



Re: Patch Adams volunteers to test Bush for mental illness (link archive)

Posted by Walt Stoll [9.8] on August 24, 2004 at 07:16:51:

In Reply to: Re: Patch Adams volunteers to test Bush for mental illness posted by thessa [112.20] on August 23, 2004 at 12:06:35:

NMI

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Re: Patch Adams volunteers to test Bush for mental illness (Archive.)

Posted by thessa [174.20] on August 24, 2004 at 08:02:29:

In Reply to: Re: Patch Adams volunteers to test Bush for mental illness (Archive.) posted by Walt Stoll [9.8] on August 24, 2004 at 07:15:50:

I thought you would like that article Walt ;)



Re: Patch Adams volunteers to test Bush for mental illness (Archive.)

Posted by WOW [1317.457] on August 24, 2004 at 10:19:30:

In Reply to: Re: Patch Adams volunteers to test Bush for mental illness (Archive.) posted by thessa [174.20] on August 24, 2004 at 08:02:29:

I like it too, Thessa! Thanks! I hope Patch can tackle this one :-)

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