Alison Hymes, who I wrote about a couple days ago, is having a CAT scan at UVA hospital today. UVA is the same hospital which nearly killed Alison after they put her on psych drugs after a kidney transplant (when psychiatry destroyed her kidneys and bladder with longterm Lithium use). The CAT scan is going to monitor the brain aueurysm. Supposedly, Alison's aneurysm is too small to operate on. However, WE STILL NEED to ask the doctors at Western State to take her OFF of the psych drugs which cause strokes.
The arguments against DSM 5 are really quite simple and straightforward—and to me seem absolutely compelling. DSM 5 has failed to allow an open, independent and rigorous scientific review of the evidence supporting its suggestions. It is the result of a secretive and closed process that has lost touch with clinical reality. Its suggestions for new diagnoses and for reducing thresholds on old ones will promote a radical explosion in the rates of psychiatric diagnosis that will worsen our country's already excessive use of medication. Finally, the DSM 5 preoccupation with diagnosing people who are not really ill will result in a misallocation of resources that disadvantages those most clearly in need them.
Well, it's true that many people on psychiatric drugs have IBS, as I've written about many times on this blog. But I think we're looking at a chicken or the egg situation here. There is A LOT of evidence that an unhealthy gut flora can make someone more susceptible to psychiatric issues. This does NOT make the IBS, which has a distinct physical manifestation, psychiatric!! IBS is actually a physical illness that can be measured and observed, unlike all psychiatric issues for which there are no labs or physical reality clearly marking them as a disease.
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