For the heck of it, I’ve looked up psych facilities at random, seeing all the deception put up on their sites. I got no further than the good ole General, that is, the Massachusetts General Hospital Corporation.
Here’s the first one I found:
“Specialized Treatment Programs for Every Disorder.”
Okay, that’s nice. So they have hundreds of programs? There are hundreds of diagnoses now in the latest DSM. That’s a mighty big hospital! How do they fit them all in? Maybe they have to push the less popular “programs” out onto the sidewalk outside, or they hold “group” in the subway station.
“We have found that patient interests are best served when primary care and mental health clinicians practice within the same hospital system and can communicate easily with one another about treatment progress and planning.”
What does this really mean? It means, “We have no intention of keeping patient confidentiality nor following HIPAA laws.” It also means, if you read further, that they limit the services they’ll provide to you unless they have a monopoly on your body.
Here’s another lie about their eating disoders program: “Please note that we are an exclusively outpatient service.” I guess they want to keep their rather slipshod inpatient eating disorders “treatment program” out of the public eye, eh? I’m sure they aren’t particularly proud of it.
Here is a lie of omission:
“What is Trichotillomania?
The current diagnostic criteria include:
- Recurrent pulling out of one’s hair, resulting in hair loss.
- Repeated attempts to decrease or stop hair pulling.
- The hair pulling causes clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
- The hair pulling or hair loss is not attributable to another medical condition (e.g., a dermatological condition).
- The hair pulling is not better explained by the symptoms of another mental disorder (e.g., attempts to improve a perceived defect or flaw in appearance in body dysmorphic disorder).”
Note that this facility rather carefully left out one of the main causes of hair-pulling: SSRI drugs. They mention “other medical condition” but carefully avoid hide that this disorder is usually caused by psych meds. “Taking psych meds” is certainly a medical disorder, because taking these drugs can certainly make a person unemployable or otherwise unable to function. However, since SSRI use is so often the cause, don’t you think they should be mentioning this? Trichotillomania was just “discovered” in the past 20 years, eh? Let’s see, when did Prozac come out?……
Okay, I am still looking randomly for deceptive information about this facility…..
Here’s an interesting quote:
“Psychiatry is a field of brain study and repair,” notes Jerrold F. Rosenbaum, MD, the department’s seventh and current chief of Psychiatry. “In decades past, the mind and body, or should I say mind and brain, were seen as different and distinct. Modern psychiatry sees them as one. Our organ of interest in psychiatry is the brain, and what a marvelously and infinitely complex one it is.”
Interpretation: The facility is receiving massive funding from the producers of mind-altering prescription drugs, misnamed as “medications.” These drugs aren’t any more safe than cocaine or heroin, yet millions of patients worldwide are coerced into taking them. That I know of, this facility treats thousands of patients that could be adversely affected by unnecessary drugging. The above statement by Rosenbaum sure makes these multi-billion dollar drug factories very happy. If you make the drug companies happy, you might get sizable donations, or, rather, bribes. Keep it up, Rosenbaum. (ProPublica found that Rosenbaum accepted a $15 bribe from Pfizer, at the same time, ProPublica states that a large amount of drug bribery information is being withheld by the government, therefore, this $15 “meal” could be the tip of a huge iceberg. Meanwhile, millions of drug company money is being poured into this facility. I noticed they accepted a huge sum from AstraZeneca. These are reworded vaguely, as “generous donations,” all over their site.)
Just looking at random, I see David Carlton Henderson, psychiatrist at this facility, took a bribe of nearly $100,ooo from Novartis, the makers of Clozaril. Janet Wozniak, child psychiatrist, took a bribe of $3,500 from Merck, makers of multiple vaccines, Remeron, and the sleeping pill Belsomra, among other drugs. This was one of the many bribes under her name listed. Psychiatrist Maurizio Fava from this facility took over half a million dollars in bribes from Pfizer, maker of Effexor and Zoloft, among others. Here’s some information about Pfizer: http://www.drugwatch.com/manufacturer/pfizer/
Fava is listed multiple times as having accepted sizable payments.
Darin Doherty took large bribes from Lilly, makers of Zyprexa, Stattera, and Amvid.
These are only a few I found at random. I don’t know those doctors, or shall I say, wasn’t their patient. Not directly, anyway. One never knows what’s going on behind the scenes. There are hundreds of such bribes listed. Not only that, ProPublica tells us the information that they were able to obtain was only a partial listing (so far).
Here’s a lie about their inpatient psych facility, Blake 11: “One reason we receive so many referrals is our ability to treat psychiatric patients who are also medically ill. We are located on Mass General’s main campus and have 24/7 access to many of the world’s experts in virtually every medical and surgical specialty and subspecialty.”
So if they treat ALL disorders inpatient on this unit, then they treat ED. But wait, didn’t I read on another part of the site that they don’t provide inpatient ED treatment? Wow, they need to get their story straight, eh?
I personally didn’t observe a patient population there that was any more medically sick than on any other psych unit I’ve been on. In fact, the staff’s actual medical knowledge seemed marginal. I cannot find any mention of their inner unit inside the unit as a whole. I can tell you it does exist, and it’s located beyond swinging doors that have are locked electronically. The staff use their ID cards as door key. Does “24 beds” include the single rooms inside the inner unit? Or is the hospital too ashamed to admit to the inner unit’s existence?
This facility might make the statement, “If we disclosed all that, no one would want to use our services.”
Hmm…Maybe no one should go there. I wouldn’t trust them. This was the first facility I looked at just now online. I never made it to other sites. The lies here are a goldmine for whistelblowers like me.