posted on Jul, 25 2012 @ 05:54 AM
reply to post by Tetrarch42
This is so wrong I question whether it should even be dignified with a response. Could you please show evidence of any of these assertions,
starting with "It is a pseudo science based on observation and subjective opinion - does not concern itself with any trauma the individual before
them may have been through which may have caused them to become depressed/manic/psychotic in the first place."?
You know that research has already been carried out which has identified Cognitive Therapy as being more effective than psychotropic medications in
depressed people right? Cognitive Therapy is presently the most commonly used form of psychological intervention.
Open. A. Book. And read it. Please.
Well lucky for me you did dignify it with a response. Psychiatry deals with drug treatments NOT cognitive therapies - that's the psychologists
remit. Cognitive therapy is indeed a psychological intervention it is NOT a psychiatric intervention. They are two separate disciplines.
'observation and subjective opinion'? Why would you find that to be a controversial statement? Of course its subjective opinion and observation.
There is no medical test to determine ANY psychiatric diagnosis. There are, instead, tick lists of symptoms. These symptoms being determined by
consensus by a group of psychiatrists not objective testing and will be different in accordance with diverse cultures around the globe. For goodness
sake ADD is the perfect example - they have grouped the behaviours that annoy parents and teachers and called it an illness - it is not. It is
Psychiatry disorders are not like real diseases which, no matter where you are on the globe, will always be recognised by different doctors. A
diabetic in New York is still a diabetic in Kenya..
There is no evidence for the chemical imbalance theory. Smile - go on it won't kill you - but the very act of raising the corners of your mouth has
just altered your brain chemistry. Something that transient can be measured? No - it can't.
Do you think psychiatry carefully considers brain chemistry prior to prescribing those drugs? It does not. It is a game of trial and error. Let's
take lithium for example. It occurs naturally in the body at a level of 0.0000000001/1L. Psychiatry reckons a therapeutic dosage is in the region of
0.7-1.5/1L. Now would you like to work out the percentage increase in that delicate chemical balance?
Side effects of lithium include physical tremors, stutters and if the levels reach toxic levels they become coma and death. Now a person on lithium
can reach toxic levels simply by failing to drink enough water - or undertaking exercise that causes perspiring. But hey - worth it to curb those
mood swings huh?
And for the record - I have no issue with cognitive therapies - they're not lethal treatments for non-fatal conditions. I have issues with the very
widespread use of drugs.