Beautiful Mind; 'Cinematic Glorification of Psychiatric Drugs'?
March 19, 2002
- Source: boston.com
Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), an international psychiatric
watchdog group, says that underlying the controversy about ''A Beautiful
Mind'' is an ugly agenda, one aimed at garnering billions more in
drug sales and research funds.
The movie alters
the most remarkable element that led to John Nash's recovery from
schizophrenia -- his refusal to continue psychiatric treatment and
drugs, thereby changing the entire success of what Nash was able
to accomplish. The film portrays Nash as taking ''newer medications''
at the time of his Nobel Prize.
says this is pure fiction; he hadn't take psychiatric drugs for
24 years and recovered naturally from his disturbed state. The fact
that the screenwriter's mother is a psychiatrist may have had something
to do with the film's distortion, Nash said.
Two of the ''newer
medications'' that dominate the treatment of ''schizophrenia'' are
a more than $5 billion a year industry. The consequences of this
current cinematic glorification of psychiatric drugs will inevitably
lead, as it has in the past, to escalating psychotropic drug consumption
in the community.
has been attacked for its ''violent movies begetting violence,''
more recently the target has changed to demanding that its portrayal
of ''mental illness'' fits rigidly within the psychiatric drug model.
In March, 2000,
a coalition of psychiatric community groups formed as the Mental
Health Coalition Against Stigma in Hollywood, calling on the White
House to ''use its influence with the entertainment industry to
help lead a challenge to the stigmatization of mental illness in
movies and television shows.''
approached the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign, headed
by Tipper Gore and liberally funded by pharmaceutical interests.
Gore awarded director Ron Howard with its Awareness Award for ''A
Members of the
Coalition group, along with NARSAD (The National Alliance for Research
on Schizophrenia) -- groups that have been acknowledged in relation
to the story -- are heavily funded by drug interests.
long refused to accept and suppressed workable non-drug treatments
to overcome mental difficulties, even of the severity experienced
by John Nash. In the 1970's, psychiatrist Loren Mosher, Chief of
Schizophrenic Research for the National Institute of Mental Health,
established a drug-free program --Soteria House -- for schizophrenic
patients. ''The idea was that schizophrenia can often be overcome
with the help of meaningful relationships, rather than with drugs,
and such treatment would eventually lead to unquestionable healthier
lives,'' Mosher said. Between 85 percent and 90 percent of the acute
and long-term clients were able to return to the community without
use of conventional hospital treatment.
But like ''A
Beautiful Mind,'' this amazing accomplishment was buried and discredited.
According to Mosher, ''By 1980, I was removed from my post altogether.
All of this occurred because of my strong stand against the overuse
of medication and disregard for drug-free, psychological interventions
to treat psychological disorders.''
Too many psychiatrists
and pharmaceutical interests were allowed input and special access
to this movie. Psychiatrists and their front organizations have
their own agenda in utilizing the Hollywood set as a means of financing
their movement. This propaganda covers up psychiatry's created problem:
the growing dependency our culture has on prescribed psychotropic
drugs that can cause violent and suicidal tendencies, depression,
impotence, and at least one of the ''newer antipsychotics,'' can
cause a deadly blood disorder.
that he willed his own recovery. So why invent a fictitious ending
when the truth is so much more inspiring? Certainly John Nash deserves
better than that.
CCHR is a social
reform group established by the Church of Scientology with 33 years
of exposing psychiatric abuses and reforming the field of mental
health. Jan Eastgate, international president.
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