I’ m getting well…I’m getting sick. I’m getting well. ..I’m getting sick..I’m getting well..I’m getting sick.. I feel better, but then again my therapist says I’m in ” denial“.
I’m now broke too. I think I am depressed. Maybe not, it could be the fact that my mother died recently and I am just feeling down. Its hopeless for me. I am so confused. I need to call my therapist. What the heck is ” indecisive disorder?”
I feel like dying . ..What does she mean “ Baker Act?” …
And so it goes with many people who are not educated on the business of mental health. If you have ever been to a ” quick lube ” or ” jiffy lube” for an oil change, you may have experienced the hated peek into the waiting room, when the technician tells you that he found some other major problems with your car.
Good news he says, we can fix it right here. That will be 79.95$ please. When we think about healthcare in general we need to have the same caution we do in those type situations. No matter whether your general practitioner, your dentist, or in this case we are talling mental health.
ITS A UNIVERSAL PROBLEM
On this particular page I chose to emphasize the area of Mental Health. However America’s healthcare in general is operating in the same way. We pay and reward providers of all types of care lots of “extra” cash for extending services, stacking services on patient”s plan of care which simply do not apply and are not needed. Does this mean that each member of the care giving community is purposely defrauding patients an payers? Of course not .
Its the product of a monster that we created. No accountability and the total reliance on one provider to dictate what will be need to care for any given purpose. If you compared the healthcare system in Canada to America (they have something like 3x the success rate that we do) and identify what is so different , the first thing to stand out is the careful process with which they go through before officially labeling/diagnosing anyone with anything.
If I remember correctly, before a diagnoses from one doctor for a serious condition can be made in any of the branches of healthcare, an outside and independent doctor must confirm the diagnoses without any compensation from the first provider.. It seems like common sense and it clearly works.
There are many honest and well meaning doctors, therapists and professionals in each of the branches of healthcare. However the amount of providers who utilize and take advantage of the ” pay to fail” or ” keep them sick ” model for financial gain -is significant enough that it has a great impact on the general population and is only getting more ridiculous.
My hope is that this brief overview using Mental Health as the example , we can stir up enough concern and interest on the subject to research it and move towards making a change. Its not just the money wasted, that’s actually the lowest on the list of problems. It is the damaging effect that ANY diagnoses from any health care professional can have on people in any arm of health care.
Over the years in this blog I have shared my personal and professional experiences in each area of healthcare. I have posted 500+ articles on 35 categories all falling under these umbrellas. We are educating, but also attempting to initiate change by meeting with people like the payers or insurance companies spending million annually for no reason. I have done numerous interviews on radio and other media just to help move this problem into a solution mode.
There are many buzz words going around these days about what is “normal” for my child to be doing or how they should be acting at their age. Sadly, people will often watch a popular talk show, and come to the conclusion that their child has a certain disorder…or a friend who just read a good article forwards it to you in an attempt to help diagnose your child with some disorder. I have even heard people discussing what they think their child “is” as they scan magazines in the lines at grocery stores….
How do you find a way to really know if this new obsession with diagnoses for children (and medications) even applies to you and your situation? You likely wont get any opposition 1 child psychiatrists, as their primary role is to identify a disorder and treat it. Their primary challenge is to find what the child could meet criteria for according to the DSM -V.
To give you an idea how easy that is, I once retyped the diagnostic criteria for Major Depressive disorder and asked 40 of my staff members to take the anonymous survey. When all was said and done, 75% of these Masters and Doctorate level staff met criteria.
In case you were unaware, that book the DSM, or Diagnostical and Statistical Manual that all psychiatrists use to find a diagnoses for their patient, contains ZERO statistics. After all every single ” disorder ” listed in there was totally made up . K.No evidence, no data, all theory. In a nutshell, 200 or so psychiatrists or so gather together anonymously every 4-5 years and toss their new ideas for ” disorders” in the hat and vote. Enough votes, and it is in the next version.
Here is a scenario as an example. A psychiatrist named Dr. Smith shops at a certain grocery each Friday and gets the same checkout girl each time. He notices after a long time shopm(kkkiii88qing there that she seems fine with all the customers in front of him but it never fails she gets nervous and red in the face whenever he goes through the line and gets to her. The only thing he notices other then that is her always glancing at his badge, which says ” Dr.Smith”
He spends a few days considering possible causes -when it strikes him. He is always wearing a suit and still has his doctor name tag on. Since it is a working class and blue collar area he deduces she has extreme anxiety do to the differences in education etc.. He coins his new DSM entry
Vocational Intimidation Syndrome ( VIS)
He tosses it in his briefcase with any others- and brings it to the next get together for a vote. Now remember, no studies or data required to submit for an add to the DSM. It is 100% theory.
Somehow and by an amazing coincidence -the major drug companies felt a need for a new drug to treat just such a ” disorder” and as the group of doctors make the trek down the mountain from their secret meeting place, the drug makers offer up some samples for a new ” designer” drug made for that purpose. The doctor writes for it and suddenly finds himself being rewarded for using that drug over any others. So another ” disorder is born, label given and medication issued.
The problem today, is we have a DSM now that is full of everyday life occurrences that we all experience at one time or another. One of latest laugh out loud ones was ” teenage rebellion syndrome” or – TRS ..teenagers who rebel,…hmm. Teenagers rebelling ? This really occurs ? Shocker! It has clearly gotten out of control.
By the way, I am aware mental illness is real. There is a need for treatment and in many cases medicine. In many cases however, the problem has to do with a totally different issue, such as a physical problem, some abuse that is going on, genetics, learning problems or lots of other scenarios. Sometimes seeing a psychiatrist is the best bet, or talking with a psychologist is best. However just as you are unlikely to stand in a Ford Dealership showroom and have the salesman say ” Sir I really recommend a Chevy for your needs” you are also unlikely to hear the Psychiatrist turn you away and hand your business to another.
The New Pills Keep Coming- At The Expense of Millions Of American Lives
Kids and adults alike are being labeled with countless disorders and prescribed medicines they do not need. It is disturbing to think that money would drive some doctors to over prescribe medicines, but it happens every single day. Not all doctors are doing this, but enough are.
Its gotten bad enough that one group of researchers say that up to 10% of those being treated for addiction to prescription drugs, inpatient and outpatient are physicians themselves.
Many providers are over -labeling (diagnosing) people, and keeping them in long, drawn out therapy sessions while loading them up with expensive medications. It pays VERY well.
America is one of only 2 countries in the world that even allows drug companies to advertise on television. The reason the rest of the world refuses to allow it, is that the power of suggestion combined with some misleading advertising can make people do about anything. One day you feel down, and a commercial pops up with a guy or woman smiling and laughing as the announcer describes how just weeks ago they were depressed. Almost everyone could be on some medication.
Almost Everyone On Medication?Well Thats Just Crazy! Right? Welcome To America.
So why is America. the superpower and one of the most intelligent countries in the world, not worried about what the other 168 countries or so in the world are? Simple.
Hard to believe but the profits of the drug makers actually outweigh the millions of needless deaths of own people.
Two important things to know here.
1-Many if not most of psychotropic medications they market not only don’t work, but they actually in some cases cause suicidal thoughts or actual suicides.
2- The Americans are smart. Greedy and smart can be dangerous. So here is what the main reasoning behind the continual pushing of their drugs- (It certainly is not to help anyone.) It is a pacifier so nobody important and with enough clout would even consider letting the cat out of the bag. You see there ARE cures for what they call ” cancer” and there are cures for ” terminal anything” …as a matter of fact that’s what they are doing in many other countries, using these remedies to cure disease. The problem ( to the drug makers) its that they are Gods own cures. Natural and not addictive.
Another problem is that they actually cure. They need ” treats symptoms”. America pays very well to keep people sick and in expensive treatment centers and on expensive drugs.
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Drug companies have to provide data to the FDA to get drugs approved. Without going into detail, lets just say that the data can be manipulated easily. For example if 5 of 50 adults in a depression medicine study said they felt better after a few weeks on the medicine, the drug company can say something like ” In clinical studies, some people reported a dramatic change for the better in mood after taking xxxx medicine.” Just as the maker of a butter brand can print on its label 80% less fat! ( what they do not disclose is that they may be comparing it to a 6 foot birthday cake. )
The “circle of love” as I call it starts at the top with the drug makers. They design drugs for every possible “disorder” that the psychiatrists create every few years. One problem with this is that they also compensate doctors for prescribing their drugs. Ironically, almost as soon as a new DSM comes out, the drug companies have a new drug already ready for use! Yet even worse and honestly is still hard for me to comprehend, is that the drug companies making anti-depressents for teens openly and without any appearance of regret announced that 13 out of the 14 drugs they had on the market actually increased the liklihood of suicidal thoughts rather then help the problem. Bad news right? Hold on, Im not finished. They still market the drugs today. Let that sink in . Ive been in this profession 20 years and seen it all. Until I learned about that. I still cant process that. Its been 2 years since I found out.
Disorders are becoming more and more likely to match everyday behavior in different stages of life. Personally I think DCC Disorder is more than likely the cause of all this reckless diagnosing. That is Doctors Craving Cash . Again, not all doctors are doing this, but enough that hundreds of thousands of people are needlessly taking medicine that could harm them, and struggling with self esteem issues due to their new label/identity.
It is only fair that every family is educated on what the options are when dealing with behavioral problems with their loved ones. Most people do not have a clue what the difference is if they take their child to a psychologist or psychiatrist. The difference is huge. One might say ” lay down and tell me what is underneath all this ” while analyzing you using whatever training they had. This would be the psychologist, and they do NOT prescribe medicine.
The psychiatrist however, will likely ask very few questions other than what the symptoms or behaviors of the person is, how frequent, and proceed to see where in the DSM it takes him. As I mentioned, there are enough disorders these days for us all to be a few kinds of crazy. Two avenues to go, with two very different methods of treatment. The average person goes to whoever or whatever type of doctor they were referred to. Most times not knowing the agenda of the doctor.
The point is, there are no cookie cutter answers to all problems, and not everyone is Bi-Polar , even if all the guests on Dr Phil today were. Mental health is big business, and the drug companies are BILLION dollar industries. It is critical to the future of each person struggling with something that they get effective treatment, whatever avenue that may be. In my time in Social Work, very few if any parents ever questioned taking their child to whatever kind of doctor the school, or therapist referred them to.The result is lifelong struggles for those who are not getting treated properly, and having to deal with this new identity/ label.
Inevitably over last the last 4 years this blog has evolved into many more issues that have a root in what is described above. As you scan through the categories and different posts, you’ll see that there’s probably an article that addresses just about any issue that we all face in life- not just mental health issues. But its a great place to start.
One area that needs to be emphasized that you will see weaved throughout this blog is the idea that remaining in a therapeutic setting for lengthy periods of time can often do more harm then good if it just continues to remind you of your darkest times.
Going weekly to remember those dark times in your life will not get you motivated to do anything.
By no means am I saying that there’s not a use for therapy or therapists, but there’s a balance and there needs to be a focus on what is positive -what is right.
We have stepped in to offer the services that the followers of this blog are asking for . Helping identify appropriate care and treatment – but without having to be tossed on the assembly line of labels, diagnoses, lots of medication etc. Oh, and that goes for you children too. You better think twice before toting junior in to discuss AD-HD- because guess what? If the doctor wants to make a diagnoses based on his time with your child. If he decides your 10 year old needs amphetamines then thats what he will get. If you decide to buck that and not comply, you can be reported to child welfare and some bad things can happen. All because you were not educated. So now you are aware.
We take your situation and get the treatment and help but giving you the choice which options you want to exercise for you or your child.
When you utilize Don’t Label My Kid! for your Needs, you get an entirely different perspective on things. My perspective. Perhaps the following illustration will make it clear as to just how valuable we can be for you..
We do play the song of our own people- YOU!
I’ve had a few questions about whether I am a therapist, counselor, psychologist, psychiatrist? Teacher ? Or what ?? Lol ..In other words, how have I been able to help thousands of people get the treatment they need while steering clear of all the labels and piles of drugs? Am I all those things?
My answer is YES! Sort of….
No, I cannot be all. As the image in this post says. I really do play the song of my own people -lol
When you use my service – it is to help you up and out of a rut, and to set in motion a long-term plan with backups in place in case of any problems. I want to make a few things clear about how what I do differs from other providers. I am 100% different .
As mentioned, I can’t be a doctor, lawyer, teacher, therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, all at once. Nobody can. But I can do something that none of them can do.
I can look at each provider, and assess with you who’s appropriate and who’s not. You see I am educated and trained to know what all of them do, but they each are only educated in their specific area of expertise.
I do think that I have a gift, and I think I’m pretty good at my job- but part of why I’m so successful is the strategic placement that my 23 years in the field has landed me in.
When I work with your family or you individually I’m looking with you at all the possibilities – just like everybody else right? No not like everybody else, just the opposite. When I work with you on what to do I already know all the other professionals jobs – and what they can and cannot do for you.
Look at it this way let’s say you’re shopping for a new car. There are 14 models of cars you can choose from.
You’re given two options to make your decision.
1-The first option is to drive each and every one of the 14 cars and listen to the sales pitch of each and every sales person for that car..
After you’re done with all 14 sales pitches you have to make a decision on what car is best for you, you hope.
2- Your other option is to go to an independent person who has driven all 14 cars.. they have actually owned them all. You could sit with them and discuss the pros and cons of each car. What would be the best vehicle ( or 2) for what your needs are and it doesn’t matter to that person at all what you choose, because they do not get paid for you choosing a certain service.
That’s me I’m the independent guy!!
The reason people like to work with me- is because I can very specifically dial in on what will work for them, and the results are always good! Why? Because I have already dealt with your scenario more times then I can rememeber and predicting outcomes has become very easy for me.
It beats the heck out of a long and lonely road test driving the 14 cars until you find one that you hope works.
The New Car Salesman Example…
Have any of you ever gone into a new car dealership? – Picture this;. You walk into a Ford dealership, the salesman listens to what you are looking for. A few minutes later the salesman comes over to you and says ” Sir/Ma’am you know what – I think I recommend a Chevy.. Thanks for stopping by but the Chevy will serve your family much better in this case. you for coming by the Ford dealership, but I think you’d be better off with a Chevy – they just have what you need more than we do.”
Happens all the time right?? Wrong – and it never will happen…lol.
That’s the same scenario. The cars represent your many choices on what to do for your child,, or for yourself. You want the independent guy, the neutral guy who doesn’t do any better for himself by steering you in any certain direction.
I hope this clears things up!
Welcome to Mr Independent. – contact me today to get your plan of care started.
I work with individuals on a first come first serve basis in any area of mental health or addiction to make sure you don’t end up just another victim of the system with a 30% success rate for helping people.
Whether it is just you , or your entire family, we will come up with a plan of care and have you up and out of your rut in no time.
Timothy J Petri BSW
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