Can't believe half the bollocks I'm reading in this thread...
Just a few points:
Theres a HUGE difference between a Psychologist and a Psychiatrist...for a start a Psychiatrist is a Medical Doctor first and foremost, who has then
gone on to specialise in mental health.
Why is that important? Simple. Theres a lot of physical symptomology that can present as a potential mental illness. Hence why any thorough assessment
needs to take into account a full physical assessment in order to narrow down the chances that what you're potentially seeing in the person before you
doesn't have a far more readily explainable and treatable physical basis.
Where a Psychologist potentially has the edge on a Psychiatrist is that again the Psychiatrist is primarily a medical doctor...as such their
perspectives tend to be medical modelled and few seem to factor in the equally - if not more so - important contextual influences such as
psycho-social influences, family, upbringing, economic, cultural, spiritual and the various other elements that can impact upon every persons
wellbeing and thus wellness.
To be upfront here and declare where I'm coming from;
I've worked in mental health now for over 18 years, principally as a Psychiatric Nurse, then as a Clinical Coordinator of both Acute Inpatient and
Community-based MH services.
I currently manage a community MH service where I live. Also a Duly Authorised Officer (DAO). The DAOs are the ones who tend to attend the crisis
callouts, do the assessments, and if needs be action the relevant sections of the MH Act to commit someone to a MH Facility for further assessment
I am also a Senior Nurse Specialist...my speciality: Psychotic Disorders / Schizophrenia.
I need to be very clear here though...the above doesn't guarantee that I know everything about the subject, I certainly don't...it does however
guarantee I know a ton more than some of the other rubbish that so often gets posted about psychotic disorders and/or schizophrenia.
So...just to clear some things up:
Schizophrenia has NOTHING to do with Multiple Personalities...thats a whole different kettle of fish, and its a common misinterpretation likely coming
from its misrepresentation in films, media etc
Medication is NOT the be-all and end-all option when it comes to assisting/treatment of Schizophrenia.
If it was there'd be far greater efficacy rates from anti-psychotic usage...there isn't.
Also, I personally know numerous people who experience Schizophrenia who have lived full, happy and successful lives for many years now without
medication. People who are in positions as Lawyers, one is actually a Clinical Psychologist, another I know is a teacher, many I know are your average
Joe and Jane Family Member...working and living right alongside you...heck, I know one guy who is an international airline pilot...chances are if
you're a regular traveller between the Pacific, UK and the States you've flown on a plane pilotted by him.
It is actually not at all uncommon to live a full life, with the experience of Schizophrenia, completely unmedicated...despite what Big Pharma and its
various fear-mongering merchants would have you believe.
Many people live with Schizophrenia and the various 'symptoms' of it actually quite happily - unmedicated. They aren't your boiler-plate tortured
individuals ready to go off on you at the drop of the hat.
Many people utilise other methods such as meditation, such as Voice Dialogue, such as many other therapy-based interventions, mindfulness,
CBT/DBT...simple awareness and self-management.
Simple basic power of personal will can be a potent thing.
Testing for Schizophrenia through looking in someones eyes?
If you honestly believe you can read that someone is psychotic by looking into their eyes then you must be the greatest diagnostic person who has ever
lived. That would be awesome...you should market your ability and make a fortune!
Sarcasm aside - no. No. For a start the perception that someone experiencing psychosis/schizophrenia is presenting with your stereotypical wide and
wild-eyed stare is complete and utter bollocks. Camel sized bollocks.
For sure, when someone is in a full-on florid state of psychotic crisis, then some - SOME - do have that whole stare thing going on...but really,
thats something that more happens in movies...don't believe the hype...
Additionally - how do these 'Scientists' factor in the fundamental basics that everyone...everyone...has individual ocular neurological processes,
which means every single person has an individual 'look' or 'stare' mental illness or not.
What about cultural/ethnic differences when it comes to eye contact?? For some cultures it is considered extremely rude to make eye-contact, for other
cultures it is considered rude not to.
...in short...the assumption that by simply examining a persons gaze you could accurately gauge their mental state? B-O-L-L-O-C-K-S.
edit on 3-11-2012 by alien because: (no reason given)