This series of posts reviews the book, “Anatomy of an Epidemic” by Robert Whitaker, and explains where I see parallels between my own experience as a Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (MSbP) survivor and the argument Whitaker makes in the book.
In my first post in this series, I introduced the book and why it resonated with me. In this post, I will explain Whitaker’s main point in the paper, which is to point out what appears to have been psychiatry’s actual impact on the epidemiology of mental illness over the last two decades.
I have to first commend Whitaker’s book for being both well-researched and thorough. It explains, very comprehensively, how psychiatrists and consumers alike were duped. Whitaker establishes that both psychiatrists and consumers believe in the chemical imbalance theory of psychiatry. However, Whitaker makes the compelling argument twenty years’ worth of research conducted under this theory says the exact opposite: science has not yet found any evidence that chemical imbalances lead to depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or other common mood disorders.
Quite to the contrary, Whitaker points out that the pharmaceuticals themselves have been found to actually cause chemical imbalances in the brain, which then has to adapt to whatever imbalance is introduced by the drug. The brain then becomes dependent (due to it’s adaptation response) on the drug, and needs to take it to function normally.
Parallel to MSbP
So, what psychiatrists are doing is basically making people sick with the drugs, and then the sick patients need to take more drugs to deal with the side effects of the first drug and so on… This iatrogenic trend certainly is reminiscent of a Munchausen mom getting her kid sick with poisons, and then the kid is caught in the trap of doctors and hospitals, just like psychiatric patients!
Indeed, a higher frequency of published case studies more recently have suggested that there is an increase in the psychiatric manifestation of MSbP, because the infrastructure was created to foster it.
And it is just so easy!
- It was so easy for my mother to send me to this psychiatrist and that one, and to get me diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 11 or 12.
- It was so easy for her to get me diagnosed later with drug addiction, and even borderline personality disorder, when I was the age of 16! The diagnosis isn’t even supposed to be put on a person until they are 18 years old.
- It was so easy for her to get be put in Red Rock Canyon and in S.A.F.E., both part of the Troubled Teen Industry (TTI), which has been documented to torture teens and not actually be “therapy”.
In all of my experience with hospitals and psychiatrists I found that they were so eager to diagnose me and drug me up, and not look comprehensively at what was going on in my life. Monika writes about how easy it was for a doctor at Boston Children’s to essentially kidnap a teenager and put her in the psych ward while denying her treatment for her real disease.
The Child Angle
And this was when I was a child! As an adult, I suspect some symptoms I have are a result of this medication poisoning earlier in life. That is why, in my next post, I review what I found to be the most disheartening part of the book – Whitaker’s discussion of the drugging of children.
Were you drugged up as a child for some condition you don’t have?
If so, did it have any lasting effects on you? Comment below!