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Author: John Backster

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John Backster is an advocate for the mentally ill and an activist for reform in the behavioral health system. Mr. Backster believes that the over reliance on medication as a primary treatment for psychiatric illness has led to a decline in the quality of mental health care nationwide. He is employed as an advocacy speaker for the National Action Committee for Mental Health Care Reform. He considers himself an activist for the rights of the mental ill. Mr. Backster is dedicated to bringing awareness to the alarming deficiencies that exist within the behavioral health care system. His goal is to curb the over-reliance on dangerous pharmaceutical drugs as the preferred treatment for patients with debilitating psychiatric disorders.

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1. How to Add a Letter of Disagreement to Your Medical Record
August 19, 2013

As per the provisions of the Federal Health Insurance and Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA) and applicable state law, I am requesting an amendment to my mental health medical record held by your facility. Please include this letter and the information contained in it as part of my medical hist...

2. What Happens to a Misdiagnosed Patient in the Mental Health Care System?
August 11, 2013

The mental health care system is a unique culture. Psychiatry itself is unlike any other medical specialty. The psychiatric community is an enclosed system. This means that it is a world within a world. The doctors, therapists, patients, and support workers play roles. It’s a reciprocal environ...

3. The Personal Testimony of a Psychiatric Patient
July 27, 2013

In the mid 90's, I complained to my PCP about memory difficulties. He mentioned adult attention disorder. He sent me to a psychiatrist who started me on a series of stimulants. There was no discussion of symptoms or tests involved before starting this experiment. Of course, none of these medicat...

4. One Consumer's Observations of the Mental Health Care System in America
June 08, 2013

The Mental health system is a unique culture. Psychiatry itself is, unlike any other medical specialty. Mental health is an enclosed system. That means it is a world within a world. The doctors, therapists, patients, and support workers play roles. It’s a reciprocal environment. Each player in...

5. My Personal Experience with the Mental Health System
May 25, 2013

What follows is my journey into madness with the help of so-called mental health professionals. Keep in mind these events took place in Massachusetts. You will find this story somewhat amusing, and yet undeniably disturbing.

In the early to mid-1990s, I mentioned to my PCP that I was experie...

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