Another anti-pscychiatry rant. Psychiatry has managed to firmly established itself in universities, hospitals, the court system. Young people choosing
psychiatry get the messages
"Label all individuals, identify all weak elements in society and treat them"
"Psychiatry is a system of healing, using scientific methods"
"Psychiatrists are sane people who are capable of identifying and diagnosing another's sanity"
However psychiatry has used a lot of ghostwriting to become so influential, in which 'scientific' studies are presented in a way that is to the
advantage of psychiatry. Certain drugs are proven to be cheaper and more effective, but the old drug just wasn't good enough to begin with, overpriced
and ideal candidates were used for trials.
Psychiatry is presented as being scientific and by stating this the listener, or rather the brain of the listener automatically associates psychiatry
with other sciences like math, physics, biology, which are all valid, except a lot of the notions in psychiatry are merely assumptions and
interpretations, not proven facts. Upon associating psychiatry with undeniable truths belonging to other fields of science, all critical thinking
comes to a grinding halt. Because of this psychiatry is leeching off other scientist's hard work and gets away with it every time.
Those interpretations found in DSMIV are based on real observed data about the brain but the explanation given is basically what all agree is the most
likely one. It isn't set in stone but they need people to believe it is truth because the diagnosis depends on it and also the treatment (usually
prescription drugs) and because there isn't any other explanation besides DSMIV. It would cost them their jobs if people would seek help elsewhere,
they need patients just like any other company, they also need to eliminate their competition, even if other treatments would be better for the
Another problem with this image of psychiatry being scientific is that there are still a lot of mysteries about the brain, overtime with the
advancement of technology all mysteries will be unraveled but as it is, there is no way to measure certain types of chemicals in the brain, which is
usually identified as the cause of the problem.
To say a diagnosis is scientific, empirical evidence must be gathered, for example let's say a person complains about a painful feeling in the arm.
The physicians examine the body and finds a broken bone and begins treatment for the broken bone, there are Xrays to show the broken bone, depending
on the fracture the patient might even feel it himself by touch, it is a fact a bone should not be broken like that.
Now let's say a person is feeling depressed, the psychiatrist would explain how it's all imbalanced chemicals and prescribes medication. There isn't
any scientific evidence for this assumption for this patient, except information gathered from totally different people through trials, "If it looks
like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck...".
If technology allowed for high resolution scanning of the brain identifying and counting all different chemicals produced by the brain (there are many
different types of neurotransmitters), all the synapses, neural pathways then the physician could determine the cause of feeling depressed and start
treatment, then it would be called scientific.
But as it is, it's still all very primitive, there is corruption like ghostwriting, trials presented favorable to sell a drug rather than help cure a
disease. But the public has the impression it's all like rocket science with saint like genius scientists working with hightech sciencefiction methods
only seen in Hollywood movies. But there just isn't anything better which is why this movement has free reign over the mental health of the population
and continues to expand and dominate the world.
Instead of empowering a patient to overcome one's mental problems, psychiatry suggests the patient just isn't mentally strong enough to begin with,
otherwise they would not have mental problems and they would not need to take drugs, which also might worsen the patients situation because of a
plethora of side effects. If psychiatrists were able to teach people how to deal with their problems they wouldn't need to prescribe drugs, but fact
is, they just can't teach people because they lack that knowledge themselves, they can't make a person understand, if they were so intelligent they
would be able to. But that notion is turned around and it is suggested/assumed the patient is 'just too dumb to understand' closely followed by the
notion IQ is something determined by physical causes and nothing can be done. It is one thing to be able to grasp complex theories, it is another how
those theories are taught, the better they are taught the easier it would be to grasp.
And that's the root of the problem - education, people lacking coping mechanisms, having lower wages so they can't afford better education, people
with working coping mechanisms charging money to teach others, it's a vicious circle. A society of specializations where individuals only know about
their own expertise and so need to rely on psychiatrists because they've never learned how their bodies and mind works and don't have much of a chance
to learn later in life due to having to spend time on their own jobs, family, hobbies.
edit on 13/5/2011 by Dragonfly79 because: (no reason