Phillip Sinaikin, M.D., 'Psychiatryland' Author, Explains How Psychiatry is Broken
In Psychiatryland , Dr. Phillip Sinaikin teaches you why mental healthcare in America has come to be totally dominated by the so-called medical model of mental illness and how this can be dangerous to both your mental and physical health.
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Geared toward consumers, Sinaikin shows that psychiatry as it is practiced today is not a progressive medical science, but rather a multibillion-dollar business, run for profit by pharmaceutical companies, the insurance industry, and mainstream psychiatry. Sinaikin provides the tools to empower you and to help you learn how to take personal control of your mental healthcare and begin to make well-informed and rational decisions about the emotional well-being of yourself and the people you love.
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Another example, of course, is falling in and out of love. You document in "Psychiatryland" the creation of new diseases to sell drugs, including adults now diagnosed with childhood disorders like ADD, and children with adult disorders like bipolar and depression. One scientific article I read about the new childhood disorders sounds like a satire. Two well-respected "thought leaders" in psychiatry were debating the underlying pathology of a 3-year-old girl who ran out in traffic.
The first doctor believed her dangerous behavior was indicative of an Oppositional-Defiant disorder. The other doctor argued her impulsive act represented grandiose delusions where this girl believed she was special and cars could not harm her.
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She was, therefore, bipolar. Another shocker in your book is how everyday drug and alcohol addicts were recast as having psychiatric conditions for money. The insurance companies told the rehabs they would no longer pay for inpatient rehab for heroin, cocaine or alcohol unless there was also another Axis 1 psychiatric disorder like bipolar disorder or major depression. I was working in a drug treatment facility when the change happened. Since addicts typically complain of anxiety and depression, a completely understandable emotional response to their toxic lifestyles, it was "no problem" to add a new label and throw a few psychiatric drugs at their now relabeled "dual diagnosis.
Treating addiction with psychiatric drugs before or instead of seeking a higher power is antithetical to the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. As I say throughout my book, human beings are indescribably complex. There are times when the dual-diagnosis concept is necessary and helpful but clearly not applicable to percent of the cases of addiction as it is now applied.
I believe that the step model is an ideal model of recovery.