Australia, has become one of the worst countries in the developed world for the abuse of people suffering with mental health problems. According to the The United Nations Human Rights Commision, the field of mental disorder has been co-opted for purposes that suit the state and the psychiatric industry, not for purposes that suit the sufferers. It is not only the patients who are complaining. Many mental health practitioners are also fed up with the abuses they see on a daily basis. Most are afraid to speak out but some do. Here is what psychiatrist Dr Niall McLaren has to say about the human rights of "mental" people.
According To the World Health Organisation and the United Nations Human Rights Commision, the terrible way that Australia treats people with serious mental health issues continues unabated. Throughout history, with only a few exceptions, the treatment of the mentally-disturbed has been appalling. The issue is why?
Wherever we turn, we find another campaign to promote some new mental health problem as an impending catastrophe. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD) seems to be the current flavor of the month which controversial Australian psychiatrist, Niall McLaren, attributes to anxiety. Read more about what he has to say about the ADHD “epidemic".
One way that drug companies make money is to develop drugs for existing diseases. An even easier way is to just re-purpose old drugs for some new or existing mental health problem. Just tweak the old drug enough to get a new patent, give it a fancy name and spend a few million dollars telling everyone about this wonderful new invention. Voila… mega profits.
Psychedelic and hallucinogenic drugs are apparently back in vogue and legal in Australia, at least for experimental purposes by “suitably qualified people”. If it wasn’t for the fact that live humans will be used for experiments, probably without informed consent, this story would be a huge joke except that it is not really funny or perhaps it is. Decide for yourself.
This article reflects on the shenanigans and conflict of interests surrounding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP), and the way these activities impact peoples lives and the public purse.