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[Bala Cynwyd, PA – December 2015/January 2016] – One of the world’s foremost experts on schizophrenia and mental health has turned the psychiatric and pharmaceutical worlds upside down in his assertion that biological psychiatry is a myth disproven, and that biological change is the result and not the cause of the mental disease process. Dr. Clancy McKenzie, author and founder/director of The Alternative American Psychiatric Association, said the new and comprehensive informational web portal (www.AlternativeAPA.com) for individuals seeking an alternative understanding of the causes and treatments for mental/emotional disorders, offers new possibility and new hope.
“We have identified unsuspected infant separation traumas in the first two years of life – traumatic events reflecting some unsuspected infant separation traumas, which correlate with the later development of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. In the case of schizophrenia, this has been confirmed through independent research on the data from thousands of people who have suffered from the illness,” said Dr. McKenzie.
“Our cumulative findings gathered over 45 years have shown us that schizophrenia has its origins in the first 18 months of life. Schizoaffective disorder has its origin between 19 and 21 months, bipolar disorder peaks at 22 months, and other depressions with psychotic features extend up to 24 months. Non-psychotic depression has an age range-of-origin from 24 through 34 months.”
Dr. McKenzie also notes that the tragic episodes of violence in our schools, college campuses, movie houses and places of employment are often caused by SSRI anti-depressants and other psychotropic drugs that were developed under the false assumption that biological change is the cause and not the result of the disease process. These conditions are better treated through correct understanding of the early origin and mechanism involved.
“At the Alternative APA site we teach three levels of prevention,” said Dr. McKenzie. “First, prevention of origin, during infancy; second, prevention of onset, usually during adolescence (when a first romance ends); and third, prevention of a recurrence after initial recovery.”
He states that while it is easy to identify biological change, there have been no attempts to determine whether that change is the cause or the result of the disease process. “This is an egregious scientific error,” he said. “No scientist would presume that correlation means causation! Yet all biological psychiatry is predicated upon making that mistake!”
Dr. McKenzie said that pharmacological treatments of mental disorders that have been attributed to biological change have been a disaster. “Neuroleptic medications shorten the life span by 25 years on average, and instead of 5% developing Alzheimer’s, it’s tragically 50 to 85%, and with SSRI antidepressants, there are 3 to 4 times as many committing suicide,” he said.
According to Dr. McKenzie: “More overwhelming than war trauma to a soldier is separation from mother to a baby, because for as long as mammals populated the earth, separation from mother has meant death! Then instead of a loud noise precipitating the flashback, it is separation from some other “most important person” (husband, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend or group) which precipitates the initial step back in time, and instead of combat reality and behavior, it is infant reality and behavior that we see. This represents a partial return to the earlier mind/brain/reality/ feelings/behavior/chemistry/physiology/body movements level of affective expression and anatomic sites in the brain that were active and developing at the precise time of the original traumas. Thus the earlier developmental brain structures become reactivated, while the later developmental ones undergo disuse atrophy.”
Dr. McKenzie emphasized that at The Alternative APA, the approach to treatment utilizes correct understanding and a simple means of healing serious disorders and resolving life challenges. “These conditions are unnecessary, and your challenges can be met swiftly and effectively, if you follow our treatment protocol,” said McKenzie.
“For example, treatment may include temporary separation,” said Dr. McKenzie. “The problem is that after a shift to infant mind/brain reality, any interaction with original, nuclear family is in a parent-to-infant relationship and keeps the person locked into the infant mind. But with total separation – for a period of time – the whole process can simply disappear!”
Dr. Clancy McKenzie is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School, and trained at the Menninger School of Psychiatry, the Philadelphia Psychiatric Center, the Irving Schwartz Institute, and the Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Institute for Adult and Child Psychoanalysis. He also earned a Doctor of Integrative Medicine degree at Capital University of Integrative Medicine and was Full Professor and Department Chair of Integrative Psychiatry at the same university.
He is the author of two breakthrough books: “Delayed Posttraumatic Stress Disorders From Infancy” [with Dr. Lance Wright] (Harwood Academic Publishers) and “Babies Need Mothers: How Mothers Can Prevent Mental Illness In Their Children” (Xlibris, a subsidiary of Random House). He developed the Unification Theory of Mental Illness, identifying the mechanism by which early emotional trauma produces change in brain chemistry and structure.
The disorders that come under the purview of the Alternative APA’s range of treatments are:
Psychotic disorders: delayed PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), from infancy through 24 months age of origin. They include: Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and other Depression with Psychotic Features, as well as Addictions. Acute PTSD from Infancy includes Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and Symbiosis.
Non-Psychotic Disorders: includes Depression (delayed PTSD from 24 through 34 months age of origin); Anxiety, Phobias and Panic Attacks, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD); and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from Adult Life.
Life Challenges: Loss and Grief; Motherhood and Parenting Preparedness; Decisions about Pregnancy; Conflicts with Children; Relationships; Marital Conflict; Physical Ailments; Medical Problems (like cancer treatment and surgical decisions; Financial Difficulties; Employment Issues; and Lifestyle and Career Decisions.
In 1986, Clancy McKenzie was nominated by Bob Rodale, founder of Prevention Magazine, for the Dana Award for pioneering achievements in health. In 1996, he was nominated by Gordon and Breach Publishers for a Pulitzer Prize for his book,“Delayed Post Traumatic Stress Disorders From Infancy.” In 2001, he was awarded Temple University’s Nelsen and Winnie Mandela’s Humanitarian Award for his outstanding devotion to patients suffering from the effects of schizophrenia.
Dr. McKenzie has been cited by many of his peers for his revolutionary findings in mental illness considered to represent one of the greatest breakthroughs in modern psychiatry.
Here are just several of many testimonials he has received:
“I am struck that you have uncovered something quite profound and that goes further than Dr. Margaret Mahler in her “Childhood-Development” theory.”
“For nearly three decades I have followed the development of Dr.McKenzie’s work in the understanding and treatment of serious emotional disorders. I have always admired his courageous tenacity in his pursuit of ideas that were beyond the boundaries of conventional psychiatry, which is where the greatest achievements invariably occur.” (from Forward to Delayed Posttraumatic Stress Disorders From Infancy)
“Old theories of modern science literally melt away before the riveting and crystal clear logic that erases any thought of current hypotheses.”
“Dr. McKenzie’s new book is a rare example of careful conceptual reasoning about basic categories in medicine. Ultimately this is what is sorely needed in rational thinking about the mysteries of mental illness. This book is a fascinating contribution and well worth reading, precisely because it upsets the applecart. I recommend it to anyone who wants to get beyond rigid categorization in psychiatry and look at enduring problems of the mind in new ways.”
“Psychiatry has become, in my opinion, too much of the idea of merely ‘drugs and observations,’ and of course this pattern can be considered in relation to the profits made by the companies developing and selling the drugs. I endorse broader considerations in psychiatry, such as Dr. McKenzie proposes.”
“My research for a movie brought my attention to Dr. McKenzie. Like many persons ahead of their time, Dr. McKenzie is sometimes viewed as a threat to others in his field. This is unfortunate because clearly his means of prevention could eliminate a very large portion of mental illness in this country and worldwide. His work is readily understood by professionals and laypersons alike. He has received high endorsements from members of the US Senate and Congress. A number of top professionals, who thoroughly reviewed his work, consider his findings to represent one of the greatest breakthroughs in psychiatry in the second half of the 20th Century.”
“Dr. McKenzie’s book is revolutionary. Some long sought answers to causes of psychosis and other several mental illnesses are explained in clear and understandable language. He not only describes cause and effect, but also provides remedies for healing that are unique and long lasting. He shows clearly and unmistakably the way to recover health, and his findings could change the prevailing way of treating chronic mental difficulties.”
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