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 Psychiatric hospitals: German laws violate UN Convention

 In  Germany, people of whom medical experts think that they present a danger either to themselves or to others can be forced to go into psychiatric clinics. However, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities allows compulsory hospitalisation and treatment only if someone violates criminal law. The convention has been valid in Germany since 2009 but, in this point, has wrongfully been put into national law with the intention of maintaining practice. This behaviour has been criticised by human rights lawyers and interest groups of patients. The media show, in the main, no interest in the subject.

Schizophrenia, neuroleptic medication and mortality

By admin | Published: November 15, 2010

I am publishing here what is legally permissible to publish. i will include the reference. It is hard to access even when you cut and paste the name of the article and author in your search engine.

Schizophrenia, neuroleptic medications and mortality. Matti Joukamaa, Markku Heliovaara, Paul Knekt, Arpo Aromaa, Raimo Raitasalo, Ville Lehtinen, British Journal of Psychiatry (2006), 188, 122-127.

Background: There is an excess of death from natural causes among people

with schizophrenia.

Aims: Schizophrenia and its treatment with neuroleptics were studied for their prediction of mortality in a representative population sample of 7217 Finns aged >30 years.

Method:  A comprehensive health examination was carried out at baseline. Schizophrenia was determined using the Present State Examination and previous medical records.

Results:  During a 17-year follow-up, 39 of the 99 people with schizophrenia died. Adjusted for age and gender, the relative mortality risk between those with schizo- phrenia and others was 2.84 (95% CI 2.06^3.90), and was 2.25 (95% CI1.61^3.15) after further adjusting for somatic diseases, blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass index, smoking, exercise, alcohol intake and education.The number of neuro- leptics used at the time of the baseline survey showed a graded relation to mortality. Adjusted for age, gender, somatic diseases and other potential risk factors for premature death, the relative risk was 2.50 (95% CI1.46^4.30) per increment of one neuroleptic.

Conclusions:  There is an urgent need to ascertain whether the high mortality in schizophrenia is attributable to the disorder itself or the antipsychotic medication.

Declaration of interest None.

My comment: The principle argument that will be used against this is that the number of neuroleptics is an artifact and represents “severity of illness”. Also the small number in the sample. One should note to get such significant results from a small sample shows the power of the statistical association. It  is the only study with controls for lifestyle that i know of. Most don’t and therefore have attributed early death to lifestyle. It is also going to be argued that the early death is a result of a “disease” called ” schizophrenia”   Perhaps Harrow’s 20 year data will answer that since he has data on people who have and have not gotten off neuroleptic medications. It needs to be pointed out that  Aaron Beck in his book Schizophenia points out there are no consistent anatomical or physiological differences between people labeled with schizophrenia and people not labeled.  He also points out that the best candidates for genetic differences only account for from 6% to 15% of people so labeled. This hardly constitutes a biological basis for an underlying “disease” which can account for early death. H.Walter Heinrich in his book In Search of Madness concludes there is no evidence for the dopamine hypothesis. The original work on dopamine metabolites in spinal fluid showed no difference between people labeled and not drugged and people not labeled and of course not drugged. The work of Malcolm Bowers, Robert Post and the meta study of John Haracz “The dopamine hypothesis: an overview of studies with schizophrenic patients,” Schizophrenia Bulletin 8 (1982): 438 -58  has never been disproven. Their work disproves the dopamine hypothesis. All subsequent speculation on dopamine is vitiated. It is  now impossible to study non drugged labeled people. About 6 years ago NIMH sought but could not find non drugged labeled people. There are no ways in which early death could be biologically accounted for by a biology of underlying disease. There are however clear ways in which neuroleptic drugs can account for early death since we know they cause diabetes and also changes in the way people metabolize fat and hence irreversible weight gain.


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Dominik Ritter ‎50000 people in England subjected to restrictions under the Mental Health Act in just one year: According to the latest report by the Information Centre for Health and Social Care (NHS, UK, 2010) there were 30,774 formal admissions to mental hospitals (i.e. being locked up in psychiatric prisons) across England in 2009.../10 which represent an increase of 7.3 per cent from 2008/09. Only 7% of these formal admissions occurred via the criminal justice system, i.e. court and prison disposals, which of course means that 93% of people incarcerated in mental hospitals have not been charged with committing any actual crimes. This number of hospital admissions does not include the number of Place of Safety Orders (where the "place of safety" was a hospital) which rose to 12,300, an increase of 40.4 per cent since 2008/09 and over double the number reported in 2005/06 (when there were 5,877). It also does not include the number of 6237 Community Treatment Orders made since the introduction of supervised community treatment (SCT) in November 2008 (with only 31.5% of these orders having ended either via a revocation or a discharge by 31 March 2010, suggesting that many people are being kept on SCTs for long periods of time). Taken together the numbers amount to just under 50000 people in England having been subjected to restrictions under the Mental Health Act 1983 within just one year.Check out the full report here: http://www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/inpatientdetmha0910

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