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Psyched Out: How Psychiatry Sells Mental Illness and Pushes Pills That Kill

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About the Author

An award winning investigative reporter, Kelly O'Meara covered the psycho-pharma debate for The Washington Times' Insight on the News magazine, writing more than two-dozen articles focusing on the fraud of psychiatric diagnosing and the connection between psychiatric mind-altering drugs and violent behavior associated with them. Prior to working as an investigative journalist, O'Meara spent sixteen years on Capitol Hill as a congressional staffer to four Members of Congress. She holds a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Maryland and makes her home in Alexandria Virginia.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (May 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1425926622
  • ISBN-13: 978-1425926625
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,134,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kelly O'Meara is a woman after my own heart. This book really grabbed me with its outrage, the response that matches my own to the insidious collusion of interests between psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry. She is so right to point out that the problem really starts with the flawed diagnostic paradigm arrived at through consensus rather than science that is designed to sell mental illness rather than alleviate suffering. The psycho-pharma grip on our society all stems from this. This is an outstanding primer on the whole issue of how terribly fooled we are regarding "brain disease" and the treatments we have embraced that are in fact so dangerous and toxic to our health. I hope this book will be widely read and absorbed.
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Investigative reporter Kelly Patricia O'Meara focuses a spotlight on the incredible proliferation of mental disorders and the widespread use of psychiatric drugs in our country.

Mincing no words and pulling no punches, O'Meara observes, "America, the nation of tough, indefatigable people that tamed the West and were first to land a man on the moon, has become an ever-increasing population of mentally ill patients."

How is this possible and who's to blame? "Psyched Out" provides the answers with a page-by-page critique of the main culprits:

* mental health professionals -- especially psychiatrists, led by the American Psychiatric Association and its DSM bible of fictitious mental disorders;

* the multi-billion dollar drug industry, whose clever marketing schemes promote the myth of "chemical imbalance" without a shred of scientific or medical evidence;

* front groups like the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) and Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD), funded by pharmaceutical profits;

* corrupt government agencies like the FDA and National Institute for Mental Health, catering to drug companies at the expense of citizens and taxpayers;

* journalists and news organizations who treat industry propaganda as fact, without questioning the lack of science behind it.

"Psyched Out" is a hard-hitting book that raises important questions and reaches some disturbing conclusions. Read it, and you'll think twice before paying a visit to a shrink.
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Omeara has gathered a fabulous body of evidence that would definitely convict the pseudo-science of psychiatry. Her style is incisive, and her research is impressive. Her expose of the American Psychiatric Association, the FDA, the pharmaceutical companies, and psychiatry in general delivers a stake in the heart to this corrupt trio that has been manipulating the public and preying on their vulnerabilities. Unfortunately, The FDA has become lapdog for the pharmaceutical companies instead of a watchdog, since the passing of the PDUFA Act that has enabled them to receive money ($500,000 worth per drug) from the pharmaceutical companies to have the medication rapidly approved. They are in cahoots with these global corporations and the APA, in a concerted effort to pathologize everyone, medicalize behavior, and sell a $3.00 pill for a consumeristic society seeking immediate gratification and looking for a fast fix. The American Psychiatric Association has created a bogus consensual manual, the DSM that promotes alleged mental illnesses, which fit the armament of medications available on the market. Many of the consultants and designers of this manual are on the payroll of the pharmaceutical companies (according to a recent and elaborate study in the journal of psychotherapy and pychosomatics). This fraud has engendered billions of dollars in profits for the corporations involved as well as for the APA and the field of psychiatry.
From personal experience, I know that the senate and congress will never take any action against these culprits that have caused thousands of death as a result of their pseudo-diagnosis and their pseudo-treatment with deadly medications, due to the continuous large contributions provided by these organizations toward their political campaigns.
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This book was purchased because it was referenced in another book that I found of tremendous importance, Susan Lindauer's "Extreme Prejudice". O'Meara verifies in great detail what Lindauer experienced - the incredible abuse perpetrated by the psychological/psychiatric community with psychotropic drugs.

O'Meara begins with the extremely vital point that these powerful mind-altering chemicals cannot be proved by scientific testing to have any salutary effects, because there are no tests to determine "balanced" (or any other type) of chemistry in the living human brain. However, there is plenty of clinical evidence that indicates the drugs are being tragically destructive, especially antidepressants like Prozac and Zoloft, which are statistically connected with much greater incidence of suicide and other violence. One cannot help but wonder, as the news is filled with the story of the young man who was killed after a mass shooting at the Naval Yard in Washington DC, whether in fact he was either taking, or withdrawing from, one such drug.

Another vital area, which concerned me a great deal when I was teaching, is the extreme overemphasis and shoddy diagnosis of ADHD in children, and the resulting tendency to medicate rather than to try to deal with actual environmental issues that might be much more profitably addressed with much less potential damage to developing kids.

I am hoping to share this book with several of my friends and relatives who, I believe, really have a "need to know" some of this vital information.
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