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Jun 29, 2011           

Whither psychiatry? What is the DSM-5 for?
  A charlatan (also called swindler or mountebank) is a person practicing quackery or some similar confidence trick in order to obtain money, fame or other advantages via some form of pretense or deception. (Wikipedia: Charlatanerie)
  Quackery is a derogatory term used to describe the promotion of unproven or fraudulent medical practices. (Wikipedia: Quakery)
In criminal law, a fraud is an intentional deception made for personal gain or to damage another individual; the related adjective is fraudulent (Wikipedia: Fraud)
  A confidence trick is an attempt to defraud a person or group by gaining their confidence. (Wikipedia: Confidence trick)

Having been busy with Hazlittt the last few days, let me - for the moment briefly - return to psychiatry and the DSM-5, where I refer you to my submission to the American Psychiatric Association about the DSM-5, that included a logical deconstruction of their so called "Rationale" (which is, logically and scientifically speaking, as irrational a rationale as I've ever read) for the DSM-5 of two weeks  ago:

I will return to the subject, but for the moment only provide some links with some background, which may be necessary or helpful for many who are not, like I am, psychologists or philosophers, but who do, like I do, appreciate the need for rational and empirical foundations for their ideas and appraisals.

Then again, being myself a philosopher and psychologist, it so happens that I found out in October 2009, to my dismay and horror (<- Dutch text) that my ex-wife, myself (who both fell ill in our first year of studying psychology with ME), and up to 17 million others have been systematically defamed, denigrated, slandered, and verbally abused by psychiatrists Wessely, White and Sharpe and others since 1988.

For since then these, and some fifteen to twenty-five others of their ilk and humanity, probably for the most part well paid by pharmaceutical or medical insurance companies, have consistently argued, completely against the classifications by the World Health Organization for ME, against rational empirical science, against moral decency, against the civil laws on slander, as if people with unexplained diseases must be mad or malingering - for that is the basic game of Wessely, White and Sharpe, that only serves the interests of psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, and insurance companies and governmental institutions that hope to save money - that my ex, myself and some 17 million others with the symptoms of ME/CFS are all mad, malingering and/or possessed of "dysfunctional belief systems". Or so Wessely, White, Sharpe and company claim, on the purported ground that ME/CFS is a disease that non-psychiatrist medicine does not yet have an adequate bio-medical explanation for.

That's why all these millions with my type of disease get no help and are discriminated, slandered, defamed, denigrated, denied civil rights and decent help, risk being sectioned if they protest, and get abused by bureaucrats and courts:

Because a few dozen sadistic psychiatrically qualified nutters, bullshitters or frauds, have succeeded in totally corrupting psychiatry, science, morality and rationality, and introduced the techniques of defamation, propaganda, lying, pretending and fraud into real medical science in the name of 'evidence based medical science', which in fact is their Newspeak for their kind of pretentious fakery and fraudulence dressed up in medicalese terminology, but made up of imagined mental diseases, that psychiatrists falsely attribute to ill laymen for profit.

Then again, if you haven't studied psychology, psychiatry, medicine or philosophy of science - and for the latter see

- you may want some evidence that there is very much very rotten in the current state of psychiatry, and the following links may help you.

My primary source is Suzy Chapman's excellent site about the DSM-5 (noting in passing that she has another excellent site about ME/CFS):

where I found the links to the following two quite interesting recent articles in the New York Review of Books about the demise of psychiatry as a department of real medicine, and its replacement by charlatanerie, quackery, fraudulence and confidence trickery in the name of 'evidence based medical science' - and these are all my qualifications and diagnoses: see the initial quotations of today, in case you need semantic or legal enlightenment - by Marcia Angell:

These are fine articles, though they won't built up your confidence in psychiatry, or indeed in medicine as long as real medical people do not weed out this quackery and abuse, and I must assume the last article is pre-published on line. (Also, I should say there are two versions of each article: A version in several parts, and a version in one part, and I have provided links to the one part versions.)

Neither of the last two articles is specifically about ME/CFS, but they explain rather a lot about psychiatry's current state, and the dangers of the DSM-5, for which also see my

- which in fact is Ms. Chapman's submission to the APA of 2010, with notes by me. As Ms. Chapman wrote in 2010, and I repeat with my bolding, and as Ms. Angell's linked articles strongly support

Get it wrong and patients are exposed to the risk of iatrogenic disease.

Get it wrong and there will be implications for the securing of health insurance, welfare, social care packages, disability and workplace adaptations and provision of education tailored to the needs of children too sick to access mainstream school.

Get it wrong and families will be put at increased risk of wrongful accusation of “factitious disorder by proxy/factitious disorder on other”.

Get it wrong and practitioners are at risk of litigation.

It seems though that the APA and especially the editors of the DSM-5 want to get it wrong - and my quotations at the start of this Nederlog kindly and clearly explain why they would want to get it wrong: It is profitable, and they think they can get away with it, betting on their basic medical degrees, their medicalese fraudulent doublespeak, and the ease with which laymen may be bamboozled by persons pretending to be authorities.

P.S. Corrections, if any are necessary, have to be made later.

For clarification: Perhaps I should remark that I am not against psychiatry, in principle, nor do I believe that all psychiatrists are frauds.

But I do believe that everything I have read these last 40 or more years about philosophy of science and methodology - which have been, together with mathematical logic, my main academic concerns, in which I had hoped and expected to make an academic career - supports my conclusion that with the plans for the DSM-5 the APA has definitely taken leave of rational and of ethical and honest medical science, and turned US psychiatry into an intentionally designed instrument of quackery and fraudulence, that is as dangerous to ill people as it is profitable to psychiatrists.

As to ME/CFS (that I prefer to call ME):

1.  Anthony Komaroff Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS (pdf)
3.  Hillary Johnson The Why
4.  Consensus of 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)
 Maarten Maartensz
ME in Amsterdam - surviving in Amsterdam with ME (Dutch)
 Maarten Maartensz Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Short descriptions of the above:                

1. Ten reasons why ME/CFS 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:

7. A space- and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
8. Malcolm Hooper puts things together status 2010.
9. I tell my story of surviving (so far) in Amsterdam with ME.
10. The directory on my site about ME.

See also: ME -Documentation and ME - Resources
The last has many files, all on my site to keep them accessible.

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