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The Texas Medication Algorithm Project (TMAP) is a controversial corporate-sponsored set of psychiatric management guidelines designed to enable doctors to systematically screen and treat patients for diagnosed mental disorders within Texas' publicly-funded mental health care system. TMAP was initiated in the fall of 1997 to provide more uniform early intervention screening and treatment for Texas children.

Opponents of TMAP and similar mental health screening programs view them as mind control techniques.

In 1994 MAP was recommended as a model for implementing similar mental health screening programs throughout the United States, by the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. Similar programs have been implemented in about a dozen States, according to a 2004 report in the British Medical Journal.

TMAP arose from a collaboration that began in 1995 between pharmaceutical companies, the University of Texas Southwestern, and the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation (TDMHMR). According to the British Medical Journal, "the project (TMAP) was funded by a Robert Wood Johnson grant (along with several drug companies)." The pharmaceutical companies who funded the development of TMAP include Janssen Pharmaceutica, Johnson & Johnson, Eli Lilly, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Novartis, Janssen-Ortho-McNeil, GlaxoSmithKline, Abbott Laboratories, Bristol Myers Squibb, Wyeth-Ayerst and Forrest Laboratories.

TMAP is a decision-tree medical algorithm, the design of which was based on the expert opinions of prescribers. The drugs recommended as "first line treatment", are produced by the sponsors of the guidelines: Risperdal, Zyprexa, Seroquel, Geodon, Depakote, Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa, Wellbutrin, Zyban, Remeron, Serzone, Effexor, Buspar, Adderall and Prozac.

See also

External links

  • DSHS.state.tx.us - Texas Medication Algorithm Project (official site), Texas Department of State Health Services
  • MentalHealthCommission.gov - President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health (official US government website)
  • MindFreedom.org - 'President Bush and the Shrinking of the USA' (press release)
  • NewMediaExplorer.org - 'Bush To Impose Psychiatric Drug Regime: Plans to screen whole US population for mental illness', Sepp Hasslberger (June 23, 2004)
  • News-Medical.net - 'Texas Medication Algorithm Project guidelines produce improvements in patients with major depressive disorder' (July 5, 2004)
  • NewsWithViews.com - 'Shut Up and Take Your Drugs', Mary Starrett (August 22, 2004)
  • NewsWithViews.com - 'New Mental Health Program Alarms Parents in Illinois' (July 28, 2004)
  • SSRICitizen.org - 'Unholy Alliance: George Bush Jr. And Big Pharma: The Texas Medication Algorithm Project'
  • ZMag.org - 'Eli Lilly, Zyprexa & the Bush Family: The Diseasing of our Malaise', Bruce Levine (May, 2004)
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