Monday, May 07, 2007

Study gives an answer to the question "Is Psychiatry a Pseudoscience?"

It seems a study done last year found that the people who define mental illnesses and the treatments for those illnesses they defined have strong financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry. Hmm. What a coincidence that the most common "treatment" for mental illness is drugs. Is it possible there is a connection?

Tufts University study shows more than half of psychiatric DSM-IV authors have financial links to Big Pharma

Is psychiatry a genuine field made up of doctors who are helping the mentally ill with safe drugs, or is it truly a "pseudoscience" that exists only to sell dangerous prescription drugs to unsuspecting patients -- all in the name of making money for the pharmaceutical industry? That question may have been answered, thanks to the results of a University of Massachusetts and Tufts University study that was released in April 2006. According to an April 22 Reuters article, the study found that 56 percent of 170 psychiatric "experts" who helped work on the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) -- considered the "bible" of the psychiatric field -- had financial links to drug makers at some point from 1989 to 1994, when the most recent edition of the DSM was released.


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