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The American Psychiatric Association Is Actually The American Pill Association
May 25, 2005
by Tony Zizza

On May 17th, I walked briskly down Concourse B in Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International airport to catch a flight to Boston. The upcoming weekend series between the Braves and Red Sox would be to die for. Suddenly, a vast array of colorful advertisements mounted on the walls of Concourse B stopped me - dead in my tracks.

Otsuka American Pharmaceuticals and Bristol Myers Squibb welcomed everyone ahead of time to the May 21 - May 26, 2005, American Psychiatric Association conference. The makers of Lunesta announced in blue-green-white colors that everyone should hurry and grab their bags - Lunesta awaits. All you have to do is blink, and an advertisement for Ambien appears. After all, no one has the ability to "sleep" anymore. Does Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin want us all to feel like we're at the conference, or just being pimped for drugs? Come to think of it, is there any significant difference between the two?

Let's get something straight. Right now. Psychiatry has become the legalized practice of prescribing pills, rather than the purposeful practice of assisting us with problems of the heart and soul. In fact, The American Psychiatric Association ought to be renamed to better describe its position in our lives. Let's rename the APA: The American Pill Association.

Its iron clad links to Big Pharma and taxpayer funded agencies intent on screening the entire American population for mental illness are terribly dangerous. All the while, nothing is done to kill the Big Lie. Namely, that a stigma is attached to those who allegedly suffer from mental illness.

Consider this. You don't have to be a practicing psychiatrist to be outraged by what's happened to the mental health profession as a whole. If you're one of the millions of parents in this country who have weaned a loved one off psychotropic drugs, you're actually more qualified than most psychiatrists to comment on how psychiatry and its pal Big Pharma seek compliant, rather than courageous, souls.

Getting back to the asinine notion that there is a stigma attached to those who allegedly suffer from mental illness, exactly who is it that attaches an undefined stigma - to other people? I've never understood this obnoxious word game.

What I do understand is psychiatry attaches a stigma to those who question the use of psychotropic drugs on children. Dare speak out against the invention of "teen" depression, and you'll be smeared as a Scientologist. Advocate therapy as wonderfully exhibited in the classic movie, "Good Will Hunting", as more sane than popping Prozac, and you'll be branded as "uncompassionate."

Oh well. Families visiting Atlanta on May 21 - May 26, 2005, certainly need to be looking out for drug dealers selling their wares in the heart of downtown. It's just that the most dangerous drug dealers happen to be spewing nonsense safely inside the Georgia World Congress Center with prescription pads burning holes in their pockets full of - Big Pharma freebies.

Bold and colorful advertisements for drugs to treat the subjective diagnosis of depression and the inability to "sleep" blanket our International airports. A Presidential call to eventually screen every American for alleged mental illness. Good God. What's next?

Look at the bright side. At least we no longer have to worry about a Brave New World creeping ever so slowly toward us. It's already here. Were you trying to sleep?

So, what are you going to do about it?

Watch another episode of Desperate Housewives?

Zizza is a freelance writer based in the Atlanta area. He presently serves as Vice President for the State of Georgia for the non-profit organization, Parents For Label and Drug Free Education. Read Zizza's "Think Twice" column at http://www.ablechild.org/newsarchive.htm

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