- Hardcover: 232 pages
- Publisher: AuthorHouse (May 16, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1425926614
- ISBN-13: 978-1425926618
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,079,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
There is zero scientific evidence to prove that chemical imbalances in the brain exist and have any affect on the mood or emotional state of an individual. On the other hand, the drugs given to supposedly "fix" this nonexistent imbalance do produce side effects that change the mood and/or emotional state of an individual taking these drugs.
And, here's the "killer," literally:
All of the past 31 mass shootings were perpetrated by adolescent males, and in at least 17 of them, the shooters were on one or more psychotropic drugs of the SSRI or SNRI variety, including Prozac, Effexor, Luvox, Elavil, and others OR were coming off of them that were prescribed for depression or bipolar disorder.
It is more than hiughly likely that all 31 mass shootings involved drugged shooters, but the investigating agencies refuse to release the results of tox screens - like in the case of Adam Lanza where the state of Connecticut is fighting tooth and nail to cover this information up.
O'Meara's work has direct implications for the anti-gun movement who want to confiscate the guns oif all adult, law-abiding citizens because they, personally, do not like guns, and not because they are killing kids. Last year, four times more children were killed by drunk drivers than were killed by guns. Ten times more children were killed by backyard pools than by guns. By the antio-gun logic, pools and cars should be confiscated. Or maybe outlaw booze. That worked out well in the 1920's - it produced organized crime.
I highly recommend that every American read this book and enlightyen themselves on an epidemic worse than any chidhood disease: the phony selling of mental illness by Big Pharma, the FDA, and our Government in Washington who want gun control.
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.