"The squeaky wheel gets the grease." Why is that? Advertisers know. That's why they spend millions to keep their stuff perpetually in your face. It's about getting attention.
We have just enough attention to care about who and what is close to us; but wars of aggression, which kill millions, cause most of us less angst than being stuck in traffic. Swine flu, which has killed fewer than 200 people is "pandemic" and lucrative, but everyday flu that kills 500,000 annually is a nonissue.
Many ills, such as mental distress, don't register until they get close to us; and when they do, our preparation too often is limited to commercial jingles and advice from sit-coms, Oprah and friends, relatives, even doctors, whose preparation is similar. To say that drug companies spend fortunes grooming and pitching to doctors to sell their wares does not disparage doctors unless they cave in and abandon ethics, as is perfectly normal in psychiatry. Why else would a "doctor" classify a normal person as "chemically imbalanced" (physically defective), then prescribe toxic drugs that cause real physical and mental damage and then offer up the results as proof of damage requiring further "therapy"?
Toxic? The lists of drug side effects are extensive and consist mostly of effects regarded as symptoms of mental illness. Restated, these drugs make normal people physically and mentally sick. Couldn't be! Not doctors!
Why haven't we heard about it? Because we don't want to. Or we've heard it, but the jingles and advice say it's OK. They once said that about tobacco and plutonium.
Yet perhaps we might want to know that Teen Screen, a seductive and virulent drug marketing scheme, can strike our children like a rattlesnake, just for giving the right answers on a quiz. The quiz is seductive. The invasion of schools and private lives is virulent.
In the short term, psychiatry's benefits are rare, incidental and temporary. Long-term results are deadly, from physical deterioration, suicide or a blaze of drug-induced gunfire.
Learn the facts, and what real doctors think of psychiatry, by visiting http://WelcomeWorld.
Greg Lauver, WelcomeWorld.org, Durango