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I read the Feb. 3 Forum piece by Karen Wolk Feinstein of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation ("Primary care providers can do better at identifying patients with behavioral problems")and concluded that the psychiatric industry smells a bonanza of cash as a result of the Sandy Hook tragedy.

Ms. Feinstein advocates vigorously for what she calls "collaborative care," described as stationing a psychiatrist alongside every primary care physician. Would a patient with the flu then have to prove his/her sanity to the psychiatrist, who would function as judge/jury/jailer? All this would require extra funding, which Ms. Feinstein encourages.

Given that the diagnostic handbook for American psychiatry has recently been changed (by psychiatrists) to label temper tantrums in children as "disruptive mood dysregulation disorder" (a new mental illness) and that in the last decade the number of diagnoses of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have soared in proportion to the ever increasing funding for treatment, we should proceed with caution.

President Dwight Eisenhower's famous warning about the influence of the "military industrial complex" could be rewritten today as a warning against the "psychiatric/drug industry complex."

Lastly, there have been proposals in the last decade to label racism as a mental illness. To some in today's political arena, any opposition of any kind to the president and his policies is labeled as racism. Couple this with new electronic medical record systems, which extinguish privacy, and the potential exists to turn the psychiatric industry into a political weapon. Joseph Stalin did so; it's in history books.



First Published February 10, 2013 12:00 AM


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