Chris Goodwin: Psychiatry as Industry

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A recent study on personality disorders showed that 5.9% of the population has borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and 6.2% has Narcissistic Personality Disorder, some people have both but the average is 10% of the population with one or the other or both. Women made up 53% of those with Borderline Personality Disorder and men made up 62% of those with Narcissistic Personality Disorder. 6.7% of the population had Persistent Depressive Disorder, 2.6% have Bipolar Personality Disorder, 1% have Manic-depressive illness, 11% have ADHD, 1% are Sociopaths, 1% suffer from Schizophrenia, 1% has Histrionic Personality Disorders, and the list goes on and on.

It appears that nearly 50% of the population has some disorder and 20% one serious enough to be considered a Serious Mental Disorder. Now I may not be terribly familiar with the Bell Shaped Curve but percentages like 50 and 20 see awfully high to me. Does one suppose that the country is losing it’s mind or that the psychiatrists are lowering the bar to improve client base? Or is it possible that mental illness is the new individualism?

Kids use to claim to be allergic react to something or to have some special condition, today they claim allergies, mental conditions and gender fluidity. Is it possible that as adults these children and bouncing from one Disorder de jour to another? Or are all the kids who were raised to believe that they were special and unique flowers and worthy of the world’s love and admiration, now finding that reality is quite a bit different?

Either way I think it is becoming increasingly clear that our psychiatric industry is not helping. You can’t swing a Narcissist without hitting a therapist and at least half the country is one xanax, prozac, SSRI’s, benzodiazepines, stimulants, Antipsychotics, or some psychoactive drug and the other half is on an opiate prescribed by a medical doctor for everything from a sore back to a twisted ankle and both are spiking every other evening with Ambien or Lunesta.

Perhaps what we really need is a national “Back to zero” year where all but the most serious conditions are cut off from this pharmacopia and we can see how things pan out. From 1999-2010 the national suicide rate went up 30%, yep 30%.(U.S. Suicide Rate Increases”. 2009-09-03. Retrieved 2011-08-06.) We are prescribing more and more medications for an ever increasing mentally ill population and more and more people are killing themselves.

Did you know that lobbyists have for decades been blocking the establishment of a database showing what medications people were on when they committed suicide? Why do you suppose that is?

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