“Labeling a child as mentally ill is stigmatization, not diagnosis. Giving a child a psychiatric drug is poisoning, not treatment.” —Thomas Szasz, Professor of Psychiatry & co-founder of CCHR
Of the pharmaceutical industry: ”This is standard therapy. It doesn’t work. This is fraud! When you take people’s money and you hurt them that is criminal behavior in my mind. But they get away with it because they’ve got all the cash.” . . . Dr. John McDougall, MD
With many highly educated scientists and medical professionals such as Dr. Peter Breggin, Dr. Thomas Szasz, Ann Blake-Tracy, Dr. Fred Baughman and Dr. Mary Ann Block questioning the effectiveness and safety of giving prescription psychiatric drugs to children why do we still label and medicate our children?
The answer is really quite simple. The pharmaceutical industry is a for-profit industry. The companies that manufacture and sell prescription medications are giant corporations with stockholders and highly paid executives, thousands of employees, sales people and lobbyists. It is an industry driven by profits with marketing, advertising and lobbying budgets of billions and billions of dollars.
And it spends those billions and billions of dollars each year convincing the legislature, healthcare professionals and individuals that the widest possible range of human emotions and conditions are medical ailments requiring the continuous and constant use of their products. For their part psychiatrists seem happy to give their support to this pharmaceutical marketing – sometimes called “disease mongering”.
Pharmaceutical companies spend more on lobbying our government to protect their needs and profits than any other group in America.
“A new study by two York University researchers estimates the U.S. pharmaceutical industry spends almost twice as much on promotion as it does on research and development, contrary to the industry’s claim.”
Here are some ways “Big Pharma” uses its money and influence to persuade us all that their products (preferably the ones still protected by patent) are important and necessary to our survival.
A very important factor in any marketing plan is to create a demand for one’s product. When it comes to children’s behavior and mood difficulties the pharmaceutical industry turns to its friends in the psychiatric establishment to give labels to all sorts of emotions and behaviors so they can then be labeled “disorders”. Once the condition is named it can then be treated. For just about every “disorder” there is at least one drug that can be prescribed.
The “disorders” and the drugs to treat them are advertised to consumers in magazines and newspapers, on television and the radio and all over the Internet. We are pounded and pounded with this advertising and the specious theory that these drugs will cure a “chemical imbalance”.
Meanwhile doctors are bombarded with important and educational sounding articles in their magazines and journals which are simply drug advertisements made to seem like journalism. Many of these same publications also carry full page advertisements for the same drugs about which the articles have been written.
Just in case doctors are still missing the point pharmaceutical companies can rely on the services of their ever-faithful drug reps. These sales people plying doctors and office personnel with food and free gifts get into medical offices to hawk their wares, briefing busy doctors on the advantages of prescribing the medications manufactured and sold by their companies. Many busy doctors take advice and prescribing information from these reps.
One of the trickier ways pharmaceutical firms convince us of the severity of our problems and symptoms and therefore the urgency of getting medical attention is by a marketing technique sometimes referred to as “astro turfing”. By “astroturfing” is meant “political, advertising, or public relations campaigns that are formally planned by an organization, but are disguised as spontaneous, popular “grassroots” behavior.” The goal of astroturfing is to disguise the fact that a particular campaign or organization is funded and / or planned by a corporation or political organization and is not an independent outgrowth of public concern or demand.
Two of the more famous of these astroturfed pharmaceutical front groups are the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) or the myriad of bipolar, depression or ADHD “support groups” that are inundating the internet. You can find out a lot more about this at: http://www.cchrint.org/psycho-pharmaceutical-front-groups/
When you hear on the radio or see in a magazine, on television or on the radio anything that seems like a public service announcement or like it’s coming from a support group pay particular attention to the quick little announcement at the end or the fine print of the ad. More often than not you will find that it has been sponsored by a major pharmaceutical company that sells a drug to treat that condition. For our purposes with this website pay particular attention to anything having to do with mental “disorders” or with children. You will be amazed.
Video of psychiatrists and doctors admitting that ADHD has no science. You have to see this to believe it!