This is a totally self-serving, industry serving article written for a fantasy group of graduates of Medical Schools that teach sciences related to empirical things like setting broken femurs and removing ruptured appendix. MD’s are great for acute injury and failure, but struggle with chronic disease and geriatrics. However, psychiatry is in a class of its own. Psychiatry, few realize, treats its patients 100% with drug presecritpions; based on theory that all mental impairments are produced by an imbalance of internal chemicals for which there are no tests. Psychotherapy is dead to psychiatry. Nor are any diagnoses based on testing or any kind of replicable results. Psychiatrists have become purveyors of patent drug manufacturers, of which some like Pfeizer and Merck, have been caught falsifying data in clinical testing. So, smartphones as promoted by David Gratzer serve this idea that all their ‘patients’ need are further drug fixes that can be adjusted electronically and totally impersonally just as the case with office call clients of their industry. It is so very convenient for psychiatrist as well as the burgeoning drug industry. Adjust this dosage, add yet another synthetic fix for undesirable side-effects of the first or twentieth in drug arsenal. Effectiveness and safety, the big yardstick of FDA is used to measure imaginary chemical imbalances that are not and cannot be known. Nor are results objectively testable; no laboratory test to say “chemical balance”has been restored (or not). The only effectiveness of phychotropic medicines are known by their side-effects, the same haphazard trial-and-error kinds of effects that lead to their spurious ‘discovery’ by innovators in the laboratories. The drug industry trade journal, Tan Sheet, provides a weekly revelaton of FDA recalls of drugs they formerly and blindly approved, based only on the manufacturer’s claims. Most readers have family or friends who have traded clinical depression as diagnosed by industry flacks, for the experience of induced manic depression by such drugs as Ritalin and Zoloft. What reader here does not have a friend or relative who has experienced “going off meds” because of unbearable side effects; the symptoms of which addictive dependency is worse than the original symptoms of their melacholy? No, I don’t speak of bipolar conditions but of drug induced simulacra. I personally have no stake in mental health care or Big Pharma activism, but critics like Samuel Epstein, MD and Jon Rappoport make much more sense than the pseudo-practice of ersatz psychiatry. Shame on UnDark to be so gullible as to promote such tobacco science even if it is camoflaged by digital trendiness.
Can we, for even a moment, concern ourselves with the environmental causes for clinical depression, anxiety, borderline personality, etc.? Socio-economic problems that seem to have no personal escape, such as plunging social mobility, Simkins style career disaffection, perpetual war and genocidal military; poor health do not have chemical solutions, only band-aids. The time is coming when a national cannabis legalization means non-criminal people can self-dose with rather begnign results. There are many other and diverse medicinal plants for emotional problems included in old U.S.Pharamcopaea so people can avoid becomeing ‘patients’ of the xenobiotic synthetic patent drugs pushed by Big Pharma.
This article is self-serving and drug industry serving. Psychiatry has become 100% treatment by drugs dominated by the apparently unprovable theory that all emotional disturbances stem from individual patient’s chemical imbalances. Yet these theorized physiological chemicals are not identified nor, of course, do tests exist upon which to base diagnoses. Drug industry market their wares with spurious clinical modelling and testing. Psychiatry is a sham that has repudiated psychology or any kind of human counseling or himan interaction. Hence, this kind of fantasy reliance on computers because personal visits are not needed because therapy is entirely impersonal and this author is hawking presecriptions. No wonder we have all time high addictions and concommitant suicides. Opiates are not the only drugs that are addicting. Side effects for mood altering drugs can be easily researched by reader/consumers of this idiocy. Look to the Tan Sheet that is the trade journal for the Pharmacy industry and you will see an average of one recall per week for formerly FDA approved drugs based on manufacturer’s own cooked up interpretation of their sometimes faked data. Buyer Beware !! Computers then have ability to duplicate a spurious service industry that masquerades under medical science that sets broken bones and removes burst appendixes, but solves few degenearative diseases. Do the readers have friends who have become physically dependent on drugs like Ritalin and Zoloft who vacillate between suffering depression and unbearable side effects of the drugs? Shame on UnDark for publishing such drivel. Can a depressed domestic violence mate get advice how to leave abuser from an effective parent or friend? Or as this charlatan suggests; just be happy to have a smartphone to futher their dependency on drugs to avoid changing their real life choices? Psychiatry is not scientific in the least. Own up!
Ideally, one would hope digital access could assist those in need. However, sites can be compromised, and realistically would those in need be willing to reach out? Most likely not.
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