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27 april 2010

 

ME: On "bodily distress syndrome" a.k.a. "psychiatric idiocy"

 

Again, I wrote rather a lot on the Phoenix Forums about ME - where one can find what I wrote here, if it works

Also, you'll find The Real ME (as envisaged by my father) in My Profile:

It's quite true, historically speaking, as I'll explain below.

Sections:

1.    On "bodily distress syndrome" a.k.a. "psychiatric idiocy"
2. 
  Dreambirdie diagnoses
3.    Maarten QUITE agrees
4.    Dreambirdie sums it up in A Scientific Evidence Based Paper
5.    Maarten is a bit puzzled, but praises and turns logical in the end
6.    Dreambirdie is somewhat relieved...
7.    Maarten assures AND logically PROVES Dreambirdie is quite right

8.    A little logic is a joy forever...

9.    Sick KCL-Logic - On the LOGICAL INTERMISSION
10. The Real ME

Also I am not well, but I did write yesterday and today on the Forums, and among other things about one of the most recent advantages in Modern Psychiatry, that emanates from Aarhus University (were Rudi Dutschke, who'd loved to look like The Real ME, also worked as Member of the Scientific Staff): Dr. Yes found it, and it starts here on Phoenix Rising:



This is Serious Science in Psycho-Cuckoo-Land: Kim found the full reference, which bears the following title (and if you can't get The Full Reference - highly recommend to masochists, by the way, it's because you're not A Senior Member of Phoenix Rising, like me:

This psychiatric beaut set off some discussion, and here is Dreambirdie's completely adequate sum-up of content and motivation:


2. Dreambirdie diagnoses:


It's so stupid, it's UN-believable.

They definitely could use some yodeling therapy. Come to think of it, we could write a paper about THAT.


3. Maarten QUITE agrees:


Hi Dreambirdie,


 Originally Posted by Dreambirdie
It's so stupid, it's UN-believable.

They definitely could use some yodeling therapy. Come to think of it, we could write a paper about THAT.

Indeed. I wonder if one takes the whole paper - just downlooaded it: thanks _Kim_ ! - and just replace 'bodily stress syndrome' by 'psychiatric idiocy' what one would get... I'll try it out, also since the man has such a nice name:


One single diagnosis, psychiatric idiocy, succeeded to capture 10 diagnostic categories of functional somatic syndromes and somatoform disorders

Just a thought - the actual paper is in fact a hodgepodge of 'data', but I do like the new title.

Maarten.


4. Dreambirdie sums it up in A Scientific Evidence Based Paper:


Hey Maarten, here's my new research paper:

"Graded Yodeling Therapy to Restore Cognitive Functioning In Bored Academics With Too-Much-Time-On-Their-Hands Syndrome." (Creating An Effectual Yodeling Treatment Plan For Smart People Gone Wrong.)
 


5. Maarten is a bit puzzled, but praises and turns logical in the end:


Hey Dreambirdie:


 Originally Posted by Dreambirdie 
Hey Maarten, here's my new research paper:

"Graded Yodeling Therapy to Restore Cognitive Functioning In Bored Academics With Too-Much-Time-On-Their-Hands Syndrome." (Creating An Effectual Yodeling Treatment Plan For Smart People Gone Wrong.)

Is that the WHOLE paper, the title, the outline, the paper + 'The Discussion', or a sketch for a project?

A++ anyway - and do I smelll a whiff of basement-perfurmes, or what...but just asking to see what it all might end up as...

... and indeed - personal anecdotal evidence - I laughed a lot due to - i.a. - your 'added weridness':

Much appreciated, most restorative, very wellness-producing&enhancing AND calculated by Real Scientists to be a Laughter Process (tm) that is aleph^aleph times as effective as the Lightning Process for ALL deeply researched patients with Medically Warranted ME/CFS/FM...

...Dreambirdie...


The Therapy Designed by the brilliant Dr. Yes and
You and Other Medical Specialists On This List.....
*****WORKS*****

Now you may praise The Doctor and The Choir may Hymnify! (If thus disposed, of course.)

Maarten.

P.S. (...)
------------------------------LOGICAL INTERMISSION-------------------------
{Here the server gave up briefly, so I wrote a little more, selfabsorbedly }

--- Basic Science & Philosophy:

1. All humans have great problems, especially if they don't believe this.
2. All human problems can be solved by studying Cant and paying a Fraudian half of your income, unless your are young and attractive, in which case therapeutical miracles are wrought on the couch, by administrations to a member of the Fraudian brotherhood.
3. Whoever refutes Cant or Fraud thereby proves the truth of these doctrines.

( http://www.maartensz.org/meinadam/spyahoos.htm )

--- KCL-Axioms & Definitions

There is a body and there is a soul.
Psychiatry =df Science Of The Soul.
Medicine =df Science Of The Body
There is - in Scientific Principle - nothing in the soul Modern Psychiatry does not know of.
There is - in Scientific Principle - nothing in the body Modern Medicine does not know of.

All Psychiatrists are Geniuses.
All Medical Doctors are Geniuses.
All Geniuses Mean Well.

--- Theorems

What is not known to have a medical cause has a mental cause.
What has a mental cause is subject to psychiatric intervention.
Who objects to Psychiatry, must be mad.

No disease is ever medically misdiagnosed.
CBT =df Jedem das Seine
GET =df Arbeit Macht Frei
No madness is not cured or alleviated by CBT+GET

DFB=df Dysfunctional Belief System (KCL Evidence-Based)

There be succubi =df ME-DFBs
There be incubi =df FM-DFBs

All Psychiatrists Mean Well.
All Medical Doctors Are Benevolent And Intelligent.

CBT is 200% effective in 100% of the cases it is applied to by Psychiatrists.
GET cures everyone of everything (if the patient Means Well And Is Sane).

{And the server works again, so I leave these as exercises for you, inbetween Jungian sessions & CYT sessions, sic nihil obstat, of course... }

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Ooh, and I finally unshrined The Picture Of My Soul As Envisaged By My Father... (when I was very young and showed talent for Dialectical Logic ) -> My Profile: The Real ME, smiling sagely & dialectically... ;)


6. Dreambirdie is somewhat relieved...



 


 Originally Posted by Maarten Maartensz

1. All humans have great problems, especially if they don't believe this.

 

Thanks Maarten. Now I finally understand what my problem really is.


7. Maarten assures AND logically PROVES Dreambirdie is quite right


 
 


Quote Originally Posted by Maarten Maartensz
1. All humans have great problems, especially if they don't believe this.


 

 
Originally Posted by Dreambirdie

Thanks Maarten. Now I finally understand what my problem really is.

And right you are, Dreambirdie. Proof?

Proof:

Either you believe this or you don't. If you believe this, then believing all humans have great problems, by (1) you have great problems. If you don't believe this, clearly by (1) again especially, you have great problems.

Hence: You (and anybody else) have great problems, whether you believe it or not.

QED I think you also meant to say

Prescription: Here you may apply Huey Newton's "The Power of Laugh", to satisfaction.

Your psychologician, pro deo. (Jung didn't bake better or fairer, logically speaking, I trust...)

P.S. Problem For Students: Where is the fallacy?


And sofar for A New Term! - "Bodily Distress Syndrome" as it ran and still runs on the Phoenix Forums about ME.

However... here and now I will give some clarifications of some possibly Amazing Assertions I made in the above exchanges. I'll work my way upward to end at The Real ME again, where it all started:


8. A little logic is a joy forever...


Actually... The Proof why Dreambirdie is right palmed of a rather blatant Begging The Question - a.k.a. Petition Principii Fallacy:

Begging the question (or petitio principii, "assuming the initial point") is a logical fallacy in which the proposition to be proved is assumed implicitly or explicitly in the premise.

That is: I palmed of (1) on you i.e.

1. All humans have great problems, especially if they don't believe this.

as if it stands to reason, and then - by some logical reasoning that may be objected to but is mostly fair and logical enough - concluded logically that

You (and anybody else) have great problems, whether you believe it or not.

But in fact this started from premiss (1) - and while premiss (1) may sound rather innocently, it simply is factually false, since some humans do no not have great problems. (I don't, for example, if I am in love, even if I have ME. And no, I'm not saying in such a state I am completely rational, but I am saying that then I do feel so good that almost everything seems good, all problems easy to solve, and life a great gift...)

My reason to explicate this is that Begging the question is a VERY common fallacy AND Simon Wessely uses and relies on it A LOT and does this mostly by foisting a set of principles, axioms and definitions on the reader as illustrated in LOGICAL INTERMISSION.

Incidentally: Here is a fine site on logical fallacies with a tree-like list of clickable sorted fallacies in a Taxonomy:

and my own - shorter but adequate take is here: Fallacy.


9. Sick KCL-Logic - On the LOGICAL INTERMISSION


Actually, my LOGICAL INTERMISSION is quite serious: This IS the sort of "logic" that professors Wessely, White, Sharpe and Chalder use, very probably quite consciously most of the time, though it must be feared they also really believe their own personal versions of

--- Basic Science & Philosophy:

1. All humans have great problems, especially if they don't believe this.
2. All human problems can be solved by studying Cant and paying a Fraudian half of your income, unless your are young and attractive, in which case therapeutical miracles are wrought on the couch, by administrations to a member of the Fraudian brotherhood.
3. Whoever refutes Cant or Fraud thereby proves the truth of these doctrines.

And this is certainly a topic I'll return to, because it interests me and also because in fact I designed and wrote a whole logic for reasoning with Propositional Attitudes.


10. The Real ME


So I've arrived at the point I started from - The Real ME - and indeed I spoke quite truly when I said:

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Ooh, and I finally unshrined The Picture Of My Soul As Envisaged By My Father... (when I was very young and showed talent for Dialectical Logic ) -> My Profile: The Real ME, smiling sagely & dialectically... ;)

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But this needs a little explanation...

On the The Real ME: Actually, it is one of the lesser known pictures of Vladimir Ilich Ulyanov, more famously known as Lenin (<- Wikipedia link + Dutch link ->) OVER POLITIEK, IDEOLOGIE EN TAALGEBRUIK.

But indeed it IS The Picture Of My Soul As Envisaged By My Father for my father was a prominent member of the Dutch Communist Party and had been in the Dutch Resistance in World War II, for which he was arrested, by collaborating Amsterdam policemen, also with his father, in June 1941, in connection with the February Strike of 1941, and convicted, by collaborating Dutch judges, as 'Political Terrorists', to concentration-camp sentences.

My father survived almost 4 years of that; my grandfather was murdered. Also, after the war, my father was for over two decades the leader of the political and philosophical education of the Amsterdam CP-members, and knew himself rather a lot of the works of Marx, Engels and Lenin (**), and had their books in his library, where I first found and read them, around age 14, since I was intellectually very curious from a very young age.

Also, I was not only intellectually very curious: I was also somewhat peculiar, in not speaking until after my third birthday, but doing it then in full sentences immediately; and in being very good in argumentation from a very young age, for I first beat my father in argument when aged 8, on the question whether man flies: He, in his enthusiasm for the first Sputnik - the first human step in space outside the earth: by the Socialist Soviet Union - and said that "now man flies", after which we discussed the logic of that proposition onto fleas on cats, that also don't walk if the cat walks); and in my being born with a very large head.

It was the combination of this head and my argumentative abilities that moved my father to say, when I was around 6, that what he most liked me to become was the Dutch Lenin, although that was asking a lot of a human being...

As it happens, I gave up communism, marxism etc. completely when I was 20, basically because I disagreed with the Dutch CP, with the works of Marx etc. and also with the Radical Student Movement (Dutschke, Cohn-Bendit, Regtien and Verheij in Holland) that was then getting very popular amongst son and daughters of people my own father no doubt would have described contemptuously as "petit bourgeois", who indeed for a large part succeeded in making academic careers with it and still thrive, albeit they have meanwhile publicly recanted from communism, mostly - that characterizes these worthies so well, intellectually and morally... after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1989.

As it also happens, part of my reason to give up communism and marxism was that I had come to conclude, having been in Paris in 1968 while the Student Revolution took place, and having been in the Amsterdam Maagdenhuis (main building of the University of Amsterdam) in 1969 when it was occupied by "Revolutionary Dutch Students", that all Revolutionary Studentleaders (notably Dutschke and Regtien) were, compared to my own father, wimps of little brain who also seemed to spend enormous amounts of time in front of their mirrors to tweak their own beards to look like Real Revolutionaries (instead of shaving them or letting them grow: there was a real fashion then in Student Leaders With Three Days Revolutionary Stubble).

Finally, to explain ALL to a mostly American audience without any communist or revolutionary background:

  • I do have my parents' genes, and my mother also was in the Dutch Resistance: They were extra-ordinarily brave, unlike virtually all Dutchmen, for in fact Holland had most collaborators with the Nazis, of all countries occupied, and also more Dutch Jews were murdered in part due to this collaboration, than in the other Nazi-occupied nations, viz. more than 1% of the total Dutch population.
  • My parents motives for being communists were justice and humaneness and had come about through having to live through ten years of Great Depression while young followed by WW II. (They were no apparachiks or careerists at all and all they had to do with atrocities is that they were among the rare few who dared opposed these, also when that risked their lifes and being tortured before being killed.)
  • "Smiling sagely": Actually, Lenin was a villain, as I had concluded myself already in 1970, but my parents, like virtually all 20th C communists, believed he was A Great And Good Man And A Genius. Well... he may have been a great man ("All power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. All great man are bad." - Lord Acton) and he certainly was a smart man (read his "Materialism and Empirio-Criticism" if you want to see why...: It is quite well done, as philosophy, albeit all in dogmatic form to the effect that what is in Marx and Engels is so), but a good man he was not (though undoubtedly both better, or less bad, and more intelligent than Stalin).
  • Dialectically as in dialectical logic: Actually, "dialectics" in Greek also means logic (as in discussion, dialogue), but Marx and Engels borrowed a form of logic he called "dialectical" from the German philosopher Hegel, that implied that there were real contradictions in nature, which in turn, very conveniently, implied that a Marxist could not be refuted, since whatever contradicted his theses must be due to the real contradictions in nature that the genius of Marx and Engels had discovered. In fact, this was the first part of Marxism I gave up, when 15: Really existing contradictions just seemed (and seem) nonsense to me, and I'd come to despise specious dialectial arguments.

So I think I spoke quite truly if not quite fully when I referred to The Picture Of My Soul As Envisaged By My Father.

In fact, there is more to it than I detailed so far, for - as it happened - I became A Student Leader myself, eventually, with the peculiarity that I opposed all other Student Leaders who all pretended to be "Real Revolutionary Marxists" while being in my highly qualified eyes just wimps and phonies, who in fact were only in it for the money and because posing as a revolutionary was fashionable main stream then, for students and intellectuals, while I was - therefore and for other reasons, such as being a highly effective arguefier - scolded often in public for being 'a fascist' and 'a terrorist' by my many opponents, and being removed from the University of Amsterdam repeatedly "because of your outspoken opinions" (as the only Dutch person thus honoured since WW II ended). [I never mentioned my background, since my parents still lived, and I had been harassed enough myself.]

It is these things that have made me an aristocrat (*), an elitarian, a eugeneticist, and what not - but IF you had my genes and background, it is highly probable that in Holland you'd have done the same, which can be strongly supported by the facts that (1) nobody else has my genes and background in Holland and (2) nobody else did as I did in Holland.

And the reason for (2), at least, is that my phony babyboomers-generation who became "intellectuals" all lied for money and careers, posed as revolutionaries while being talented and motivated as apparatchiks, did not have any real interest in either Marx or science, but still are in VAST droves in richly paid very soft professorial and lectorial positions in Dutch universities that they totally lack the talents for, and in dailies, media and politics, for which reason my site and my person are Not Discussed in Holland, because "your language is impolite, and therefore we shall not react to you".

You see, in the eyes of my collaborating dishonest lying posing babyboomers generation I am a fascist and a terrorist, because I had the guts to speak the truth about the decline of Dutch education they caused to further their own careers and incomes, in the name of being Revolutionary Marxists.

In exoneration, it may be said, quite truly also that they all stem from real ordinary men and women and indeed are themselves very proud to be real ordinary men... well: I am not one of them, and not due to special efforts of my own: born that way.

That too is dialectics, dear reader...


P.S. Also, in 2008 a Dutch major Parliamentary Committee wrote a report on the state of Dutch education - A Disaster - that proves that I had and have been speaking the truth for 33 years now about it.

But I am not heard, not answered, not remunerated for my pains and losses, not helped, and actively discriminated by the mayor and aldermen of Amsterdam (the comrades of the criminals in the Board of Directors of the UvA: All Labour, all liars), because I am other than the rest, and the vast majority of Dutchmen, as shown in World War II and around Srebrenica, are mostly braindead born collaborators and conformists.

I am obviously both quite partial and very informed, but the truth is that I have NEVER met a man like my father nor a man like me. (This also I am not allowed to say in Holland, that is: Why I am met with calls of 'fascist', 'terrorist' if I try to do so, if not ignored as if I am so much filth, as is usual: All Dutchmen but Queen Beatrix, myself and my late father just get orgasmic about the phony levelling pretense that "all men are equal" - by which they mean that they are all the equals of Resistance Fighters and the equals of Albert Einstein besides. If it wasn't so contemptible, it would be ludicrous...)


See also

  • Yodeling for Beginners (<- page 25 - presently at -> 31)
    (latest issue - one: ME humor - The Laughter Process (tm) CoFIBS  at work).

And some of the evidence that Herr Professor & Frau Doctor Wessely vom Weasel zum Weisel are mentally sane if and only if (iff) I am not - as they wholly agree, miraculously almost!

But see here which of the two logical alternatives a true iff comprehends applies:

1. Anthony Komaroff

Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS (pdf)

2. Malcolm Hooper THE MENTAL HEALTH MOVEMENT:  
PERSECUTION OF PATIENTS?
3. Hillary Johnson

The Why

4. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf)
5. Eleanor Stein

Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)

6. William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
7. Paul Lutus

Is Psychology a Science?

8. Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)

Short descriptions:

1. Ten reasons why ME is a real disease by a professor of medicine of Harvard.
2. Long essay by a professor emeritus of medical chemistry about maltreatment of ME.
3. Explanation of what's happening around ME by an investigative journalist.
4. Report to Canadian Government on ME, by many medical experts.
5. Advice to psychiatrist by a psychiatrist who understands ME is an organic disease
6. English mathematical genius on one's responsibilities in the matter of one's beliefs:
   "it is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon
     insufficient evidence
".
7. A space- and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
8. Malcolm Hooper puts things together status 2010.

"Ah me! alas, pain, pain ever, forever!

No change, no pause, no hope! Yet I endure.
I ask the Earth, have not the mountains felt?
I ask yon Heaven, the all-beholding Sun,
Has it not seen? The Sea, in storm or calm,
Heaven's ever-changing Shadow, spread below,
Have its deaf waves not heard my agony?
Ah me! alas, pain, pain ever, forever!
"
     - (Shelley, "Prometheus Unbound") 

    "It was from this time that I developed my way of judging the Chinese by dividing them into two kinds: one humane and one not. "
     - (Jung Chang)


Notes

(*) Actually, I am (somewhat) aristocratic in at least three senses:

  • My communist parents believed they belonged to "The Progressive Elite of Humankind" - and had the very rare courage to live by what they professed, also when that was very dangerous.
  • Like I am, they were intellectually gifted, though no intellectuals - and personally I do believe few people - certainly considerably fewer than 1 in 1000 - are really intellectually gifted, and no one has anything to say in it, for it is genetical
  • My father's family were aristocracy from the 14th C to 1795, when all existing Dutch aristocracy was slashed by Holland's occupation by the revolutionary French. There is armour, and it is all document in the Dutch Debrett's, but indeed the family has not belonged to the nouveau riche aristocracy that arose after 1795.

And perhaps I should also try to indicate in what sense I mean "aristocratic": Personally, I do not think that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was or is the equal of the vast majority of white men I know of, for he clearly was far more intelligent and brave than they were or are. Also, I am personally in favour of equal rigthts for all, precisely because I hold that not all men are equal (for if they were, there would be no need for equal rights).

(**) The picture is Lenin shaven and with a wig, in August 1917, in order to escape the Russian police, who were after him. And in fact Vladimir Ilich Ulyanov was from Russian (minor) aristocratic stock.

Maarten Maartensz

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