Charles Konia, M.D.
Reprinted from the Journal of Orgonomy, Vol. 45 No. 1
The Collusion between the Psychiatrist and the Pharmaceutical and Insurance Industries
Because of its mechanistic orientation, the American psychiatric profession has developed into an economic collusion with the pharmaceutical and insurance industries. Psychiatrists use drugs to treat patients because they have no other way of treating them and the pharmaceutical industry tells the psychiatrist which psychotropic medications to prescribe because it relies on the sale of these products to survive while the insurance industry tells the psychiatrist how much they can charge for his therapeutic effort.
The psychiatrist is left with little or no opportunity to have emotional contact with the patient. To cement the collusion, some psychiatrists are paid large sums of money by pharmaceutical companies to promote their products by popularizing diagnostic categories such as bipolar disorder in adults and children so that antipsychotic drugs can be specifically developed to “target” their symptoms.
From a bio-energetic perspective, the effectiveness of all psychotropic drugs has one thing in common: they block the energy source behind the symptom and deaden the patient’s perceptual life and their liveliness. Despite what is claimed by many, they are not “tailor made” to treat a particular kind of disorder but are, in fact, a shotgun approach.
No longer is any attempt made to have a positive concept of emotional or mental health. What remains the goal of mechanistic psychiatric therapy is the elimination of troublesome symptoms. To fit into the mechanistic paradigm, psychiatrists have had to devise one diagnostic system after another to address the quantitative limitations of the older systems, Based on a more comprehensive version of the older system, the latest system, DSM V, is dressed up in a new package that is qualitatively no different than its predecessors. It only has complicated matters by adding more diagnostic categories of symptoms. Like the earlier systems, it is designed as a “how to” approach for the psychiatrist to address the increasing number of psychiatric symptoms of armored humans. Nothing has changed for the better.
The DSM system is based on the erroneous assumption that the source of psychiatric illnesses reside exclusively in the brain. Therefore, developing drugs that “target” the brain are designed to eliminate mental illness. Once the therapeutic process has been mechanized, the psychiatrist is no longer in charge of the emotional well-being of the patient and any “medical or psychiatric mechanic” can do the job. At this point, the drug and insurance company representatives enter into the doctor-patient relationship and dictate what drugs and how much should be prescribed.
Since the evidence for the brain centered hypothesis is not supported by clinical experience, why do so many psychiatrists and lay people alike, stubbornly cling to this belief? The reason must be that it functions as a powerful defense against recognizing the underlying emotional basis for psychiatric conditions.
A number of highly destructive consequences arise from this tragic situation: 1) It prevents patients from being in contact not only with the psychiatrist but also with their emotions, the source of their problems; 2) people mistakenly believe that they merely have a brain disorder they therefore do not have to be responsible for their emotional condition; 3) it prevents professionals and lay people from taking an honest look at the deplorable state of modern psychiatry and how this once prestigious psychiatric practitioner has been reduced to a dispenser of pills.
Thus, the collusion between today’s psychiatrist and the pharmaceutical and insurance industries is the necessary consequence of the distorted mechanistic understanding of the factors underlying mental illnesses.
A correct knowledge of the emotional factors has provided a functional diagnostic system and method of therapy. The American College of Orgonomy’s training programs in medical and social orgonomy is the only institution in the world that provides this vital knowledge to qualified physicians and other mental health professionals.
This issue of the Journal includes a reprint of an article on the Orgonomic concept of health which will serve as a sharp contrast to the current views on this subject.