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Dr. Jeffrey Schaler’s incisive speech on psychiatry upon accepting the Thomas S. Szasz Award at CCHR International’s 37th Anniversary and Human Rights Awards Ceremony. Jeffrey A. Schaler, Ph.D., is a psychologist and professor in the Department of Justice, Law and Society at American University’s School of Public Affairs in Washington, D.C. An expert in legal, social, clinical and public policy matters concerning psychiatry and psychology, Professor Schaler is also the editor of Current Psychology, a journal for diverse perspectives on diverse psychological issues. Professor Schaler is a frequent guest on national and international television and radio. Psychiatry is All About Control
originally posted by: Snoopy1978
A sunlamp, exercise and chocolate will give you the same serotonin boost a SSRI does? No.
Chocolate and exercise give you a small bump of dopamine, not serotonin. There is another class of meds like wellbutrin that act as dopamine reuptake inhibitors. I bet you knew that, though, being a doctor in psychiatry/neurology and all. I mean, you go online and tell people matter-of-factly that antidepressants are basically poison. Futhermore, via your rant, you not so subtly suggest people disregard their personal physician's advice and stop use of their medication. Well then, you must certainly be a trained medical professional and not a know-nothing internet bigot, right? Riiight?
originally posted by: GetHyped
This is not true at all. I suggest you do some further reading on the topic from actual scientific sources (i.e. not biased blogs).
originally posted by: GetHyped
No, a paper in a peer-reviewed journal would be a scientific source. Not a biased blog.
originally posted by: CircleOfDust
If we ever needed evidence that peer review is an empty ritual, this episode provides it. Many studies have shown that peer review does not improve the quality of scientific papers. Scientists themselves know it doesn‘t work. Yet the public still regards it as a sign of quality, and says, This paper was peer-reviewed,‘ or ;This paper was not peer-reviewed,‘ as if that meant something. It doesn‘t.
Many studies have shown that peer review does not improve the quality of scientific papers. Scientists themselves know it doesn't work. Yet the public still regards it as a sign of quality... as if that meant something. It doesn't. The whole concept of scientific "peer review" is suspect. Peer review has not been and never has been a meaningful guage of the validity of scientific conclusions. It has been hijacked to stifle debate and filter out conclusions that disagree with a particular dogma. To a real scientist it is meaningless.
What Would We Do Without Peer Review?
Despite its importance as the ultimate gatekeeper of scientific publication and funding, peer review is known to engender bias, incompetence, excessive expense, ineffectiveness, and corruption. A surfeit of publications has documented the deficiencies of this system.
How to Fix Peer Review
originally posted by: Loveaduck
Who treats the schizophrenic?
Or people with OCD? Or The Man Who Thought He Was a Hat?
These are genuine conditions.
“Biological psychiatry is a total fraud.” ~ Fred Baughman
originally posted by: pl3bscheese
That is a false assumption. I regurally read a variety of scientific literature. Psychiatry is pseudoscience, plain and simple. reply to: GetHyped
Psychiatry is the medical specialty devoted to the study, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders. These include various affective, behavioural, cognitive and perceptual abnormalities. The term "psychiatry" was first coined by the German physician Johann Christian Reil in 1808 and literally means the 'medical treatment of the soul' (psych- "soul" from Ancient Greek psykhē "soul"; -iatry "medical treatment" from Gk. iātrikos "medical" from iāsthai "to heal"). A medical doctor specializing in psychiatry is a psychiatrist. (For a historical overview, see Timeline of psychiatry.)
Psychology is an academic and applied discipline that involves the scientific study of mental functions and behaviors. Psychology has the immediate goal of understanding individuals and groups by both establishing general principles and researching specific cases, and by many accounts it ultimately aims to benefit society. In this field, a professional practitioner or researcher is called a psychologist and can be classified as a social, behavioral, or cognitive scientist. Psychologists attempt to understand the role of mental functions in individual and social behavior, while also exploring the physiological and biological processes that underlie cognitive functions and behaviors.