Monday, May 20, 2013

Monday Memos

Is Autism the result of the measles vaccine? No!

Measles surges in UK years after vaccine scare   AP - May 20, 2013
More than a decade ago, British parents refused to give measles shots to at least a million children because of a vaccine scare that raised the specter of autism. Now, health officials are scrambling to catch up and stop a growing epidemic of the contagious disease. This year, the U.K. has had more than 1,200 cases of measles, after a record number of nearly 2,000 cases last year. The country once recorded only several dozen cases every year. It now ranks second in Europe, behind only Romania.

Are natural disasters escalating in more populated areas? Yes!
Are there powerful earthquakes in eclipse energies? Yes!

Powerful earthquake hits off coast of Chile   CNN - May 20, 2013
A magnitude 6.8 earthquake rattled the coast of southern Chile early Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The powerful quake was centered about 626 kilometers (388 mi) west of Puerto Aisen, Chile. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. No tsunami warning was issued.

Did you watch the Billboard Music Awards? They were better than the Grammys.
The big winner was ... take a guess ... then Click

Is Buddha (see Wesak below) returning to help us? God, No. No one is.

Is it all going somewhere now? Yes!
When? You are already there.

Is mental illness increasing? No!
Humans were always a crazy lot.
You find the cause of the problems in their genes/jeans.

Psychiatry's Updated Manual

For the endless number of burned out and mentally ill people in the world, most of whom hope to get disability insurance, things are changing. Did you ever think about what defines mental illness and what treatment is correct? Much of it is guess work on the part of practitioners, who hopefully get it right. Anxiety, fear, and depression still rule with endless treatments available. People under pressure have always been violent, but seem more adept at carrying out destructive behavior than ever before.

Normal or Not? New Psychiatric Manual Stirs Controversy   Live Science - May 20, 2013
As of May 22, many mental disorders will never be the same. The full nature of the changes - some quite controversial - will become apparent with the publication of the latest edition of the mental health manual that classifies these disorders. This guidebook, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), is an influential document. By setting forth the criteria used to diagnose disorders, it draws the line between what is normal and what is not. This diagnostic line can have many implications for people's lives; for instance, a diagnosis based on its criteria can determine whether or not someone qualifies for special education services or disability benefits.

US mental health 'bible' DSM-5 updated   BBC - May 20, 2013
An update to one of the most important manuals in mental health - known as the bible of psychiatry - has been unveiled. Controversy and criticism has surrounded work on the fifth version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Critics say the rulebook turns normal behavior, like grief or childhood temper tantrums, into mental illness. It is used mainly in the US, but is influential around the world.

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders   Wikipedia
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) published by the American Psychiatric Association provides a common language and standard criteria for the classification of mental disorders. The DSM is used in the United States and to various degrees around the world. It is used or relied upon by clinicians, researchers, psychiatric drug regulation agencies, health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, and policy makers. The current version is the DSM-IV-TR (fourth edition, text revision). The current DSM is organized into a five-part axial system. The first axis incorporates clinical disorders. The second axis covers personality disorders and intellectual disabilities. The remaining axes cover medical, psychosocial, environmental, and childhood factors functionally necessary to provide diagnostic criteria for health care assessments.

Blog: Psychiatry's Weapon of Mental Destruction (WMD) - The Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - March 28, 2013
In 1952, the first hydrogen bomb was detonated and the American Psychiatric Association, APA, published its first book of mental illnesses: the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM . No one, then, could have imagined that this seemingly innocuous manual would be more destructive, and result in producing more victims, than a nuclear weapon. Since then the DSM has mushroomed and with each revised DSM untold millions carry the scars from its devastating effects. Oddly enough, governments seem oblivious to the fallout of psychiatryÕs arbitrary and devastating mental illness labels. Why? Could the answer lie in the extraordinarily profitable relationship between psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industrial complex.