In the next few weeks we are running the following events - (click on the green wording for more detailed information on related website pages.)
|Psychosomatics and Psychogenic Illness Seminar||Tuesday Sept 18|
|Body Reading Workshop||Saturday & Sunday Sept 22 & 23|
|Entrepreneurs Course||Friday Sept 28 to Sunday Oct 7|
|Borderline Personality Seminar||Monday Oct 8|
Please feel free to contact us if you wish to enquire or book into any events.
The Disorder disorder - Conflicts of Interest in the Medical/Mental Health Arena
Recently in the media it was announced that there is now a new mental health disorder called ODD being used in the diagnosis of children. This so called disorder equates to Oppositional Defiant Disorder. The condition could be identified where a child has a repetitive pattern of disobedient and disruptive behaviours towards authority figures, which persists for at least 6 months.
ODD is what you and I as parents, adults, and even once children ourself would have called naughty behaviour which has now been quantified into a major mental health disorder. Quite a few of us may consider we had ODD at some stage in our childhood but we emerged and evolved through any such stage of disruptive behaviour.
If children's disruptive behaviour is a continuum then at the worse end of that spectrum is another disorder known as Conduct Disorder (CD). The Cluster of behaviours under CD includes vandalism, lighting fires and cruelty to animals. It starts to look like anti-social and psychopathic disorder behaviours when you read the description of these other disorders.
This alarming trend at Psychiatry in particular, and psychology in general, to apply reductionistic thinking in breaking down the spectrum of human behaviours into behavioural clusters, and naming them as conditions and disorders, matches the physical equivalent in medicine. Both fields are rooted in the same scientific principles of quantifiable and measurable empirical sciences.
A more recent enabler of condition naming has been the gradual evolution of a psychiatric "bible" of mental health conditions which is known as the "DSM-IV". This reference manual has the full name of Diagnostic and Services Manual – Release IV (4)" and is the standard and hence "bible" of both psychiatry and psychology.
In recent time the DSM-IV has blossomed with a range of new disorders such as ODD and CD that start to question the real agenda behind such disorder creation in Psychiatry. This then calls into question the wider ethics and impartiality of the industry.
There is now a common view that the medical model triangle of GP, Psychologist and Psychiatrist live and work in a major conflict of interest. These 3 professions are now considered by numerous commentators as being compromised by the funding and marketing techniques of major drug companies.
Each of these 3 professions has a basic dictum to "do no harm" and the old symbol of the two entwined snakes around the rod is a symbology that reinforces the "Hippocratic Oath". However the rise of the multinational reach and incomes of drug companies has seen these 3 professions potentially beholden in varying degrees.
Drug companies are capitalist profit motive entities who do not have a social responsibility ethic nor a "do no harm" ethic. Think of drug companies as being like cigarette companies. Their sole responsibility in their own minds is to make profits for shareholders. There are no other real stakeholders to such companies and their impact and effect on the community is met with a narcissistic indifference.
The impact of their products and services on society and its members is not their concern and they fight aggressively when others try to make them accountable for their conduct or efficacy of their products. The drug companies and some medical technology companies are no different. It's just that their product is different and the market segment they occupy is different.
Drug companies have worked out long ago that the "black mail" point for GP's, Psychologists, and Psychiatry is in the area of funded professional training and conferences. These 3 professions have a professional ethic of continuous training and professional development. The rapid advances in medical technology, drugs, and psychology/neurosciences make that a must in order for any professional within these 3 professions to keep up.
The 3 professions (GP's, Psychologists and Psychiatrists), would normally find such training expensive to attend. They must attend to satisfy the professional development criteria that if not met may render them unable to meet their legal requirements to get professional insurance, to be part of their industry professional bodies, or to practice with competency with these new technologies and drugs.
The drug companies and technology providers know this and the evidence has been that the Sales Representatives who leave company branded note pads, pens, gimmicks and incentives with these 3 professions as they work their rounds are also those who can get the same professionals onto "conferences" and events.
There is an implied loyalty or mutuality here that creates in my and others minds a conflict of interest. GP's are under pressure to prescribe drugs and they also are often a primary referral source for psychologists and psychiatrists.
Many members of the public cannot get into seeing a Psychologist or Psychiatrist without a GP referral, and are increasingly referred to specialists for more tests of various kinds. More and more the general public is becoming cynical with these self serving behaviours and believe that many in the 3 professions are working to a "Hippocritic Oath" more so than a "Hippocratic Oath".
The GP gets paid for the non medical act of writing a referral to another specialist. In addition, most GP's I know are not trained to work with anxiety, depression or mental health issues but regularly write prescriptions for drugs along the DSM-IV categories of some of these conditions.
The various classes of drugs often produce a stunning array of side effects depending on the chemistry of the patient. This is known as the "iatrogenic effect" and means how medicine makes you sick through its side effects. Drug companies produce an origami like folded brochure stuffed inside the packaging of their drugs.
The SSRI Anti-Depressant medication ones I have been given by clients are of such a small font as to be almost unreadable, and the list of possible side effects is such that the cure may be worse than the disorder!! I have yet to meet a client to whom this leaflet was taken out and read to, and explained to them, by anyone in the 3 professions who prescribed them in the first place.
The drug and some medical technology companies sit outside this system feeding everyone inside with samples, trainings, paid for trips, holidays, and incentives. If one thinks this is not true then just look to the Western Australian Health Department scandals of recent years.
This was reported by commentators as being the tip of the iceberg in terms of the manner in which Drug and Medical technology companies pursue their aggressive marketing agendas with stakeholders and market "touchpoints". The 3 professions are "touchpoints" under this marketing speak
There is no leap of faith here required to think that Drug companies would not exploit their relationships with the 3 mentioned professions if they could. The evidence is that this has been occurring for many years in other countries and within Australia.
The tie-in with the DSM-IV manual and the rise of disorders is seen by concerned commentators as being yet another strategy to legitimise the selling of more drugs to a wider population over time. A global strategy of drug companies is to normalise the lifestyle and behaviour of taking drugs and medication as part of a "normal lifestyle".
The goal then becomes to get as many members of a population as possible being medicated under some legitimate guise. The 3 professions are the camouflage and delivery channels that execute this strategy.
The American experience and commentary is that for some time there has been a widening number of new disorders being coined within the 3 professions. The logic is that the more disorders that exist means the more new drugs that can be created or the number of existing drugs that can be associated with new disorders. This legitimises their existence.
Psychologists are saying that ODD does not involve the prescribing of drugs but it does normalise the labelling of children as they having something wrong with them. Some senior psychologists claim ODD "is not rare" and may represent 6 to 10% of the population of children. It is also not considered a serious mental health problem by the same senior psychologists.
Why then do we create a negative label over our vulnerable children and start to shape their emerging identities in a negative way so young. Research has repeatedly shown that children give negative nicknames, labels and outcomes such as ugly, stupid or bad, then are likely to go onto have social adjustment issues, low self esteem issues, depression, addictions and suicidal ideation issues as adults.
Why then would we create and impose another negative label over our children. The condition is considered not to be a serious mental health disorder but the outcome of being negatively labelled can in fact produce later serious mental health disorders and low happiness and achievement outcomes.
Could we just be paving the way for normalising more of us to be in need of drugs or medication because we are found to be medically having a disorder of some type? It is far easier to start with a less severe disorder and then shape and shift perceptions over time towards a more severe outcome. The negative label may be the agent that creates that real outcome and so is the gateway to a true later mental health issue.
There are certain business sectors that deal with customers in emotional or vulnerable circumstances and so can effectively exploit their customer base in these emotional or vulnerable moments. Think of funeral services.
Patients at Doctors' surgeries or with Mental Health Professionals are also in an "emotional contract" with their clients. What I mean is that when we go to the doctor or a mental health professional our physical or mental health brings emotionally to a place of vulnerability and concern. We are ripe emotionally for exploitation.
A simple raised eyebrow by a doctor, a simple "tut-tut" while he looks down our throat with his torch, a pronouncement of a disorder by a mental health professional, and we are rushing to get out our Medicare and HBF cards to pay for and line up for those battery of tests or take the drugs s/he now feels we better take in case it is something serious.
In many cases the drugs serve a useful purpose in a short term setting. One may need to stabilise and become functional and in present time consciousness. The severe disorders and the severe drugs have a place in our understanding and treatment of human bodymind disorders and conditions.
The growth of new disorders and the growth industry of medication of the masses based on suspect motives and justifications is the elephant in the room very few speak about. There are too many benefitting from a system that sloshes with billions of dollars in federal and state funding, private health care and consumer dollars.
The whole industry has degenerated into a morass of conflict of interest. Just watch out for when you next mention to your GP or your psych that your 5 year old son and your 4 year old daughter were fighting over crayons.
You may get that feigned look of concern and the writing of a referral to your local psychiatrist or a script for some form of drug for your now ODD or CD labelled children. For the full version of this article click The Disorder disorder
September 2012 Events
On the weekend of September 22 & 23 we run one of our most fascinating courses titled The Art and Science of Body Reading. This 2 day course offers the best of both conceptual and experiential work in exploring how our bodymind is shaped into 5 broad archetypal outcomes. This course is based in part on Reich's Characterology, Lowen's Bionergetic Character Analysis, and more recent work by us to map these character structures to trauma and developmental frameworks, as well as Buddhist psychology frameworks. This workshop has limited seats. Do not let the chance to attend this workshop slip and the past has seen a few late enquiries disappointed by not being able to attend.
Richard has also just returned from London where he was personally part of 20 select individuals from around the planet who were trained in New Economy thinking, business practice, service design, and methodologies for the right brain entrepreneur.
Richard is co-hosting the first New Economy Entrepreneur course over 6 days/evenings starting on Friday evening September 28. This event is not one of those old tired left brain formula/template based events we see trotted out and practiced by old economy trained coaches and trainers.
This information is to prepare a new generation of entrepreneurs who would learn the mindset and methodology of how to think, act and be in the new economy where the total customer or user experience is king.
A summary of what will be covered in this Entrepreneur Master Class intensive:
- Knowledge of Conscious Business and how to infuse and demonstrate soul in your business. We will review a business system that covers a ten year study revealing a model that has proven to create profits exceeding a ratio of 8 to 1. Learn the differences that make the difference.
- Learn what are the drivers creating the New Economy and what you need to do to be at the leading edge of the transition now underway away from Old Economy ways of being and doing.
- Knowledge about how to Find Your Flow through one of the most researched behavioural assessment tools that exist today the Extended DISC and Wealth Dynamics profiling systems that reveal your natural talents, strengths and weakness.
- The knowledge of how to Self-Actualization is one of the most essential tools the Entrepreneur must acquire. Life does not happen to you it happens from you, from your thinking, your biology of emotions and your emotional driven behaviour.
- The sign of true genius is Innovative Thinking and the ability to think from multiple perceptual perspectives to innovate solutions to seemingly difficult problems. Gain the knowledge of how to begin solving the irresolvable problems.
- The knowledge of Relationships is the heart of self leadership and emotional management. Learn systems to manage yourself and your relationships masterfully. The quality of your relationships shall always be the measure of success you will achieve.
- The Brand experience – Learn the 3 types of brands that the entrepreneur must create to be successful and how the dynamics of marketing have been totally transformed in the new economy. Learn the elements of designing your brand with the User experience and service design principles at the heart.
- Business structure and Legal Requirements - Learn the appropriate structure for your business ideas and gain clarity on the complexities of the laws governing business so you build a strong foundation for a successful venture.
Where most Entrepreneurs have fallen down, wasted time and money is in the lack of vision, strategy and the execution of their ideas. In order for a vision to become a reality we must know how to take our ideas from inside our heart and heads and make it a working, breathing, contributing, alive entity. Even if you don't have a business or have a vague idea about becoming an entrepreneur part time, then we have the educational manual, with a system and to help you along your Hero's journey. Stop the excuses and become all you have dreamt of being, leaving your legacy that can touch millions. Ring or email Richard directly on 0407577793 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any queries or wish to make a booking for private therapy or a group event.
Enjoy your month!
Director, Energetics Institute