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October 23, 2012

How to write and think like a real psychiatrist (psychologist, psychotherapist)

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Introduction

1.  How to write and think like a real psychiatrist (psychologist,
      
psychotherapist)
 
       Purpose and abstract
     
** A Warning **
     
The general facts about psychiatry (etc.)
      The practical requirements

Five easy facts that help the practising psychotherapist:

1. Psychiatry (psychology, psychotherapy) has no real theory
2. Psychiatry (psychology, psychotherapy) has no real statistics
3. Psychiatry (psychology, psychotherapy) is no real science
4. Psychiatry (psychology, psychotherapy) has no honesty
5. Psychiatry (psychology, psychotherapy) has no ethics      

A final note on ethics and science

PS. My eye problems

Introduction:

This is about one of the many things I failed to achieve with my excellent degree in the science of psychology, that should therefore stand as a warning and/or guide for everyone concerned, whether health care professional or patient, since it gives an excellent lesson in a few easy steps:


1. How to write and think like a real psychiatrist (psychologist, psychotherapist)

-- Purpose and abstract: --

In this Easy-In-One-Lesson program, I will teach you in one  easy lesson how to write and think like a real psychiatrist (psychologist, psychotherapist), how to become rich and admired and how to get away with most anything.

My qualifications to do so are excellent degrees in psychology and philosophy and - having a rare disease - a lot of experience and knowledge of incompetent medical doctors, psychologists and psychiatrists, and also of the genesis and background of the DSM-5.

In order to be well understood, I have to start with

-- ** A Warning ** --

There are, in these difficult times, still a few psychiatrists, psychologists and psychotherapists who "mean well" with their patients, and  who occasionally even may "help" them, rather than themselves, as is and should the rational moral goal of any medical health carer: The health carer is there to care - for himself or herself, and for his or her family and friends.

This Easy-In-One-Lesson program is not for or about these few "do-gooders", but is exclusively for real professionals, by which I mean that group of great and deserving human beings who form the ordinary run and core of the well-to-do soundly careerist and happily conformist majority, also among psychiatrists, psychologists and psychotherapists, who - being of such diverse educational attainments - might perhaps be further referred to collectively as "psychos", so as not to prejudice the value of their diverse degrees.

The fact is that these few "do-gooders" I mentioned usually have as little real knowledge of how the human brain works, or of how people think, feel, err, understand meanings, have selves, have consciousness, or desires, as do the far larger group of professional psychos - but then some of these
"do-gooders" may have a native or cultivated knack, talent, or art that helps them help others, rather than themselves.

This is not the sort of moral behaviour or sense of values that the
well-to-do soundly careerist and happily conformist psychiatrist, psychologist or psychotherapist, likes to behold:

These "do-gooders" - who really try to help others, rather than pretend to do so in order to help themselves - generally are the curse and mockery of the professional majority, whose professional moral and human goal - like most anyone in any profession! - is to get rich or at least well to do, namely by practicing the "evidence-based medical science" that seeks to cure psycho-therapeutical professionals from the horrible blights of personal debts, poverty, hard work, or honesty, in which the sciences of psychiatry, psychology and psychotherapy have happily prospered now for over a 100 years with many great successes:

Generation upon generation of psychobabblers has found financial well-being, and social support and acclaim, and also found political financial support from tax money for furthering "research" in what they all agree should not and never be called "the art of psychotherapeutical conmanship", even though that is what it really is.

Let us consider the backgrounds briefly.

-- The general facts about psychiatry (psychology, psychotherapy) --

The evidence based medical and psychological facts are these:

The real psychotherapy that real psycho-professionals give is meant to make medical marks aka "patients" ("There's a sucker born every minute") help improve the financial health, the ego-strength and the personal satisfaction and quality of life of the psychotherapists enormously, which it does mostly, and quite successfully, by siphoning the funds of the patient into the accounts of the psycho-pros (a process that is known among professionals as "transference"). All is done, if you believe it, "in the name of science" - and while Nature heals or fails to do so, the therapist smiles, and smiles, and sees to it that his bills get paid, so that everything is arranged for the best.

The basic fact here happens to be that most anyone, with or without degree in anything, can help others with - let's say - psychological problems: it  does not need a professional (psychologist, psychiatrist, priest, medical doctor) to help another human being.

The reasons - not necessarily good or fair - to appeal to professionals are mostly four:

(1) the problems are considerable or difficult to solve or (2) the person is or seems dangerous to others or (3) there is some need for medication or (4) there may be a fashion "to go into therapy", as there seems to have been in the 1970ies in the US, when therapists (of very many kinds) got part of the role priests or clergy had in earlier times: Someone who gave advice on how to deal with various problems of life, and who was supposed to have some special qualification to do so.

As it happens, only a few psycho-pros (psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists) have the natural gift to do so, and a handful may have learned it, but then I am not writing about or for those few: I am writing for the vast majority of the psychotherapeutical professionals with relevant degrees who want to make money.

And here there is a basic fact that is rarely acknowledged outside the professional circles of psychotherapists:

The basic fact that a professional knows but rarely dares speak in public, even though  he or she is absolutely required to know to become a personal, social and financial success, is this:

NONE of the psychotherapeutical professionals, and NONE of the psychiatrists is able to give anything like rational, empirically supported, scientific answers to the following questions (and there are quite a few more that are relevant that they also rarely can  rationally and honestly answer, namely about epistemology, statistics, probability, logic and science, for example, but these are too technical to consider here and now):

    (1) What is a human personality, a human self, a human character?
    (2) What is consciousness, and why do we have it?
    (3) How does the brain generate commonsense experiences?
    (4) Do we all experience similar things in similar circumstances?
    (5) What is meaning and why and how can we communicate with language?

ALL of the psychotherapeutical professionals, and ALL of the psychiatrists presuppose SOME sort of answers to ALL of these questions, indeed like anyone else who can function in a human society without creating major problems for others - but ALL of the professionals mentioned bullshit you or delude themselves if they pretend to be able to answer these questions, in rational terms, with empirical support, other than by what is mostly faith or illusion, if indeed not intentional bullshit meant - and carefully crafted - to make patients pay for illusionary "insights" and for mock "therapies" (which is the true end of psychotherapy, as it is the true end of any business: make money).

And if indeed any of the psychotherapeutical professionals or psychiatrists do help their clients or patients, as indeed does happen, sometimes, this is emphatically not because of the great amounts of rational knowledge they have, for this is not the case, but because they have some intuitive gift, possibly developed through a lot of experience, of helping others with psychological problems, or perhaps the patient just was lucky, or Nature healed spontaneously.

In sum: All of psychiatry, as a claimed body of rational science, is mostly pseudoscientific
bullshit, and cannot be anything else until there is much more knowledge of how the human brain generates human experience, personalities, selves or the delusion thereof, and predictable characters, consciousness, common sense experience that allows one to function socially, and the abilities to communicate with language and to perceive meanings in many kinds of things and situations.

All of these things exist, as anyone knows, but none of these things have any rational scientific explanation so far: The required knowledge of the brain
, to do so in rational and empirical terms, simply does not exist, as yet.

Similarly, all of psychiatry does not have any fact based rational explanation why some people get or seem to get mad, with the exception of some small areas involving drink, drugs or poisons, and even there the real mechanisms are hardly known, since there is no knowledge of how or why the brain produces experiences, feelings, values, consciousness, or any kind of mental life: The science of the brain to produce this has not been found yet, and how these everyday things everyone knows from his or her experience really work, are caused, and what they depend on simply is not known. Not to anyone, including psychiatrists, psychologists and psychotherapists, who lie for money, and suggest they do know, as do priests and clergy of all religions, except - of course - the single true religion you believe in.

-- The practical requirements for being a successful psychotherapist --

In fact, this not only does not limit the practice of psychiatry, psychology or psychotherapy, nor the financial well-being of psychiatrists, psychologists and psychotherapists in any way: It enormously helps these professionals to lay their hands on the money of their "patients" and live well on it.

So let us consider how one does make money with a pseudoscience like psychiatry, nevertheless, and why, in these days of the DSM-5 and and DSM-IV, one's earning powers as a psychiatrist are so much better than those of mathematicians, physicists, and other real scientists, even though these usually are a lot more intelligent than psychiatrists or psychologists, and let us also, for this purpose, concentrate on psychiatry, so as to make our students grasp and appreciate how to make money, and especially by writing like a psychiatrist, while in fact one knows (that one knows) very little, and one can know, and usually does know, that one is not a real scientist at all.

In the first place then, after the minor matter of getting a basic medical or psychological degree, which tends to be very much easier to acquire than a degree in mathematics, physics, chemistry or engineering, it is all a matter of personal presentation:

A psychiatrist must develop, in private, in front of his private mirror or camera, a real committed and serious professional appearance, a seeming concern and honesty, an aura of affability and quiet authority, if possible with a trained twinkle in the eye, and also with a continuous appearance of personal honesty, interest, probity, reliability, concern and personal dedication.

It doesn't matter whether it is there (it very rarely is, and if so probably is mostly delusion): All that really matters is that the patients in majority believe it is there, and indeed the less is there, of the genuine article, the easier it is to give a convincing appearance that it is there.

This is easily learned, with the help of a mirror, and perhaps also at a later stage with the help of a few colleagues, within one or two weeks of personal training at most: Even Dr Jekyll or Quasimodo can be made to look like a psychiatric pro with a little training in self-presentation and medicalese speech, for all that matters is the style, the clothing, the smile, and the appearances - real content is only confusing both to the "patient" and to the caregiver who wants pay.

The "real" "science" of psychiatry, and of psychology and psychotherapy) is that there is no real science of psychiatry, nor of psychology, nor of psychotherapy whatsoever:

There only is the well-trained professional appearance of it. (*)

This has been so since the beginnings of these great sciences of financial health for "mental health" workers, ever since Charcot and Freud found - experimentally! - that in what is claimed to be "medical science" "(evidence based!)" psychiatry one can get away with almost anything if one presents it well, and as if what one presents is - never fear to use the terms too much - "evidence based medical science".


Five easy facts that help the practicing psychotherapist enormously


The facts that the would be professional therapist should have by heart, and should only divulge or discuss with one's own colleagues, are as follows, and are presented in five easy interconnected steps:

1. Psychiatry (psychology, psychotherapy) has no real theory :

Real science has real theories about known real things, that logically imply real predictions that may be really tested by the methods of a real science.

Not so in psychiatry (psychology, psychotherapy), to its abiding financial interest:
- no real theory: mock "theories"
There is no real theory whatsoever in psychiatry (psychology, psychotherapy): There are only stories, poses, and journals of the trade where all pretend they do science, while knowing they do not.

The psychiatric genius doctor Bob Spitzer - the chief editor of the DSM-III - hit upon two truths when developing the DSM-III:

First, nearly all of psychiatry had been thoroughly refuted as science by the 1970ies.

Second, this would not matter to the remunerative craft of psychiatry (psychology, psychotherapy), because of the simple decision to divest all theorizing from psychiatry:

From 1974 onwards the diagnoses of psychiatry were a set of labels also without any theoretical foundations whatsoever - in fact, because there really are no scientific foundations on the basis of which to do this, rationally and honestly - and all that really mattered to the successful remunerative practice of psychiatry (psychology, psychotherapy) was that one sounded or wrote like medical scientists do, and that no one outside the business could make much sense of the psychiatric (etc.) prose.

This end was admirably satisfied and fulfilled by dr. Spitzer's very own DSM-III, that sounded as if it were based on medical science, but that carefully avoided any and all theory, and replaced this with empirical labels that were claimed to be descriptive, while actually being only rhetorical devices.

All of this is easy in principle, because all it requires is knowledge of a few tens or hundreds of medicalese terms; the willingness to write and speak bad, abstract vague prose, that is combined with moral promises (that are not meant to be kept, but to trick patients into trusting the writers or speakers of the prose); and lots of equivocations and "may be"s, "might be
"s, and "could be"s, that enable one to play the game of innuendo without being refutable or really saying anything whatsoever, all the while sounding as if one is a serious scientist making firm claims to medical knowledge and successful treatments. (Pattern: ' The evidence-based discovery of the angel-factor in the phenomenological nosology of "schizophrenic" forms of "art" may be a major breakthrough in facilitating what well could be successful medical research centers dedicated to the care and understanding of this deserving segment of "patients". ')

2. Psychiatry (psychology, psychotherapy) has no real statistics:

Real science often tests its real theories and hypotheses with the help of real statistics: One deduces a set of predictions, and methodically establishes whether or not these are supported by the real facts.

Not so in psychiatry (psychology, psychotherapy)
, to its abiding financial interest:
- no real statistics : mock statistics aka "evidence based science"
Since psychiatry (psychology, psychotherapy) has no real science, it cannot have real statistics that test real predictions of real theories - but in practice this opened the door for mock statistics:

A professional psychiatrist cooks up something that looks "scientific" and "statistical" and does do some "empirical research" that produce some "empirical data" - but since these are not real tests, as professional psychiatrists do not test theories, they only use such data as they or their friends found or somehow made up, namely to use these presumed "data" in innuendo-arguments that this "may be evidence for" something the professional psychiatrist looking for a career or remuneration wants to see accepted, e.g. by politicians, bureaucrats deciding on policies, or colleagues.

This works extremely well, in practice:

In this mock statistics anything goes, because it looks like real statistics, and is presented as if it were real statistics, but in fact it all is a contrived verbal impression to hang an argument on, that generally proceeds by equivocation, suggestion, and pretense to be "empirical" and "scientific", while it has been liberally sauced with excessive uses that so-and-so (usually a financial pet project of the psycho-scientist, that is not named as such) "may be" (evidence for), and "might be" (a break through), or "could be" (a reason to hold) a.s.o. that all carefully take care that the writer of this prose can never be refuted, for he does not really say anything, except that he seems to say a lot, but only by - what may be - innuendo and suggestion.

This is the method the perpetrators themselves call "evidence based medical science", precisely because it is not: It is "data" based innuendo, posturing, suggestion, propaganda and supporting of whatever policy, theory or colleague seems worthy of support (for pay, of course: we are talking of real professionals, who know what their real interests and competencies are, and also that they never should admit
or discuss their real interests and competencies in public).

This is related to the first point, that strongly enabled this practice, and the next, that generalizes both points:

3. Psychiatry (psychology, psychotherapy) is no real science:

Real science has real epistemological and methodological foundations, with a considerable amount of established facts and warranted methods and techniques, that have also produced real technology and real artifacts, whether lamps, screws, levers, calculating machines, mirrors, or pain killers.

Not so in psychiatry (psychology, psychotherapy)
, to its abiding financial interest:
- no real science : mock science, mock technology: loads of bullshit
  and deception

Psychiatry (psychology, psychotherapy), ever since their beginnings in the late 19th Century, at least as mock sciences thought in real universities, or as mock "specialisms" in medicine or as "academic study" in its own right, lacks virtually all of the epistemological and methodological foundations that the real sciences, such as physics and chemistry, do have.

This has not harmed
psychiatry (psychology, psychotherapy) in any way: In fact it has helped them to be easier to practice profitably. Where there are no real standards and there is no real knowledge it is much easier - as the many religions also show so well - to make things up to one's own best financial interests.

Instead of real science and real knowledge, in psychiatry (psychology, psychotherapy) there is an enormous amount of pretense and discussion about foundations, but no agreement whatsoever, and wide variance in positions taken.

Also, unlike the real sciences, the mock sciences of psychiatry, psychology and psychotherapy lack any rationally disciplined thought, such as logic or mathematics (which generally are too difficult for its professionals), and any agreed upon methodology, basic facts, or warranted technology, artifacts or indeed successful therapies:

These either do not exist at all, in real fact, or only work as religion works, namely because the faithful and the professionally deceived and deluded do believe, mostly by and through wishful thinking.

But then this generally is what makes them pay and believe they have been "cured" or at least helped "pro-fes-sio-nal-ly", and indeed they have been, if they paid their bills.

What takes the place of real science and real technology in psychiatry (psychology, psychotherapy) are its successful pretensions:

Bullshit, fraud and deception, guaranteed to take in almost everyone, because presented in the name of "science", in the terminology of "science", with formulas and figures that look like "science" (see above: mock statistics), but that basically are "evidence-based"
deceptions, though it also is true that a sizable part of the cognitively more challenged professional psychiatrists (psychologists, psychotherapists) may even succeed in deceiving themselves, sometimes.

And after all, this is in a good cause:

The making of money from "patients", by selling them illusions and promises, quite like the prelates of the Catholic Church made billions for centuries with promises of pie in the sky, and insistence on their having a very special personal connection to that divinity no one should doubt.

Also, one should be aware what enormous theoretical advantages this provides, for real professional psychiatrists, psychologists and psychotherapists, who are in it for he money:
   "For the bullshitter (...) is neither on the side of the true nor on the side of the false. His eye is not on the facts at all, as the eyes of the honest man and of the liar are, except insofar as they may be pertinent to his interest in getting away with what he says. He does not care whether the things he says describe reality correctly. He just picks them out, or makes them up, to suit his purpose."
     -- Harry Frankfurt, "On Bullshit
Words of true wisdom! The core of psychiatry, psychology and psychotherapy, in almost all of its many guises!

The professional psychiatrist (psychologist, psychotherapist) is only bound by the rules of rhetoric, the morality of conmanship, the art of conviction by any verbal means whatsoever - while of course pretending all the time to do "evidence based science", and while talking scientificalese all the time:
"The grand primum mobile (..) is cant; cant political, cant poetical, cant religious, cant moral, but always cant, multiplied through all the varieties of life."
   -- Lord Byron
Since almost all can be taken in almost all of the time, and almost the only ones who could protest based on real relevant knowledge are one's very own colleagues, almost no one will be found out, and these few risk being locked up in an asylum "in their own best interests" anyway, of course.

4. Psychiatry (psychology, psychotherapy) has no honesty:

Real science - physics, chemistry, engineering - can afford to make real promises that are really held, because it has real foundations, real tests, and real knowledge.

Not so in psychiatry (psychology, psychotherapy)
, to its abiding financial interest:
- no real honesty: medical cant terms and slogans + postmodernism + PR-talk
The art of professional psychiatry (psychology, psychotherapy) is the art of making money by deception, hidden by the art of talking scientificalese cant and bullshit, enabled by the fact that very few can see through a load of medicalese bullshit - especially if this is protected, as is the case with psychiatry (psychology, psychotherapy), by governments, insurances, bureaucrats and pharmaceutical companies, because it also serves their financial interests knowingly and well.

Consequently, the real psychiatric (psychological, psychotherapeutical) pro has cultivated the arts of doublespeak,
conmanship, mock medicalese, mock concern and the arts of presenting things in a postmodern way, where key-terms are put between "quote-marks", everything is declared relative, including facts and morals, and where the arts of bullshit, equivocation and weasel words go a long way towards being published and believed, indeed in the best professional journals of colleagues who are professional psychiatrists, psychologists and psychotherapists (who are in it for the money, but who know how to seem to be in it for the best of patients' interests: This they do by relentlessly claiming it, relying on authority, repetition and posturing).

5. Psychiatry (psychology, psychotherapy) has no ethics:

Real science - physics, chemistry, engineering - has a scientific ethics, which psychiatry, psychology and psychotherapy, not being real sciences, cannot share, but then pseudosciences like psychiatry, psychology and psychotherapy have something much better, for the purpose of monetary gains:
- no real ethics: The ethical and normal norms, behavior and ends are all phony
A professional psychiatrist (psychologist, psychotherapist) has transformed himself or  herself into a specialist pretending to care, pretending to give help, pretending to understand patients and their problems, and pretending to be a real scientist, a real care giver, and a real morally concerned citizen and specialist helper of those in need of care and help.

In fact, what
psychiatry, psychology and psychotherapy are almost all about is the help they give to professional psychiatrists (psychologists, psychotherapists) by the process of the transference of the patients' money to the professionals' bankaccounts.

As indicated, this fact of life may disappoint some, but then the overarching purpose is the great and meritorious one of helping
psychiatrists (psychologists, psychotherapists) to make the best of their lives, and get rich or at least well to do, by easy though professional means.

In fact, Real Soon Now this may all be computerized, since it has been found that all that a professional
psychiatric (psychological, psychotherapeutical) scientist does do  and really achieves, can be done now by a computer program:

Psychospeak is a simple demonstration of the great benefits in cost reduction that society may achieve, by terminating pseudoscience, and by having its work done by computer programs, that are much cheaper, less demanding, more honest and easier and cheaper to maintain than professional pseudoscientists are - while also giving the patient the same sorts of satisfactions and help, at a much lower price:

For more see
DSM-5: THE PRINCIPLES OF PSYCHIATRIC NEWSPEAK (PSYCHO-SPEAK) or
follow the next link... (JavaScript needed):



PsychoSpeak




.... and enjoy!

Thank you very much!



A final note on ethics and science

At this point I have arrived at the end of my practical Easy-In-One-Lesson program, that has taught you in one lesson How to write and think like a real psychiatrist (psychologist, psychotherapist), become rich, and get away with most anything.

In fact, all that remains to be said practically, to my very many fine and proud and honorable professional friends who want to be very well to do, highly respected, real professional psychiatrists (psychologists, psychotherapists), is this:
"Just go ahead and do it! You know you can! You can cheat almost anyone into believing almost anything, as an academically degreed "health care professional"! You can become rich while knowing nothing and having no competence! Just serve Big Pharma and follow the leaders of your professional organizations!"
Then again... I realized it may be wise and helpful to insert a final note on ethics and science - to help some of you who may have moral qualms, or who may even feel somewhat obsessive about notions of "real science" or "medical norms" like "primum non nocere!"

Here my professional message is like that of the leadership of the American Psychiatric Association,

Leaders!

 which is in the most paradigmatic Kuhnian and Feyerabendian evidence-based postmodern traditions:

"Don't worry - in postmodern psychiatry 'Anything Goes!': Everyone knows there is no knowledge; everyone knows all morals are relative; everyone knows that after postmodernism all that really matters is the story, the text, its interpretation, and its presentation.

The better you present it, the more you get! Since nothing is really valid, really true, really moral, or really known, any professional psychiatrist (psychologist, psychotherapist) can say what he or she pleases, and get away with it, and with a lot of cash!

We professional psychiatrists, psychologists, and psychotherapists know this is so, since generations - just as we all know we shouldn't discuss this with our dear layman patients who have been and are so good for us - which is why we rarely do so, except on rare glorious occasions like the present one.

Fellow professional psychiatrists, psychologists, and psychotherapists!

Do as our patron saint, the late great pragmatical William James counseled:

 "Have the Will to Believe" - anything that brings you profit, and always "Look at the Cash Value of your doctrines": If it doesn't pay, then it wasn't worth medical school!

If "primum nocere" is what makes you the most money, you would be more irrational than a bank manager not to do
"primum nocere"! You have that responsibility to your own best interest, and that of your family, your professional organization, and the best interests of big business! 

If
"primum nocere" is in your very own very best interest, it would be most immoral - and very much against the best moral medical traditions and practices! - not to "primum nocere"!

The world is your oyster; your patient is your cash cow; and greed is good: A happy and rich Health Care Professional is an ornament to Our Society, to Our Profession, and to the average Welfare of All!

Thank you very much - and now go for it:

For a professional psychiatrist (psychologist,  psychotherapist) anything goes!

If you don't make money, you're a looser! No one is better placed than you to obtain riches, success, and admiration! Tell the suckers want they want to hear, and prescribe them only drugs you take a hefty margin on! "

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Endnote:

Should I warn the naive that (1) this is satire while (2) most of it is quite literally true? 

Anyway... I have done so now, and here are some references about psychiatry, my reasons to write this, the DSM-5, the role of Big Pharma (psychiatry has acquired the well-paying position of shills for pharmaceutical companies), the disease I have since 1.1.1979 that not only caused me a lot of physical, factual, social and health problems but also a lot of discrimination:

Ill people with "unexplained diseases" get "explained" by fraudulent psychiatrists as "somatoformers" after which all social help gets refused by politicians and bureaucrats: "you brought it on yourself or are a malingerer - you can die as far as we care".

Here are my qualifications for writing this: I am a real philosopher of science and a psychologist, with the best possible degrees, but I never could make any money by this, because I am really ill, and have been really discriminated for some 25 years now for being really ill.

With some help other ill people - often less ill than I am - do get, I could have made my life a lot easier, more pleasant, and more remunerative, but thanks to the pseudosciences of psychiatry and clinical psychologists I have been discriminated, slandered, defamed, and not helped at all, because a bunch of liars decided to say that people with my disease are making things up because saying so served their personal interests very well, and also those of the governments they served - and then who cares about the ill and defenseless?

References:

About psychiatry: By prof.dr. Allan Frances  (The chief-editor of the DSM-IV)
My reasons to write this: 100 Nederlogs about and around the APA and the DSM-5
The DSM-5 : Dx Revision Watch  (Suzy Chapman's  fine site)

The role of Big Pharma
The disease I have
Natural philosophy
More on Freud and psychiatry
Scientific Realism vs. Postmodernism
DSM-5: THE PRINCIPLES OF PSYCHIATRIC NEWSPEAK (PSYCHO-SPEAK)
On my agreements and disagreements with dr. Szasz
On The Basic Questions of Psychiatry

For those who may - and indeed morally and rationally should - care to remove the fraudulent pseudoscience that is postmodern psychiatry (*) from the courts and from real science, and such people are these days mostly lawyers, judges and victims of psychiatry, the last item in the above list is long but thorough, and contains a lot of arguments lawyers and judges should know and might use:

Postmodern psychiatry is fraudulent and dangerous and should be stopped.

It is a
pseudoscience based on bullshit that is marketed and propagandized by public relation firms and techniques, that is: by the techniques of deception, lying, posturing, misinforming, biasing, and slanting. Currently, the American Psychiatric Association lets its DSM-5 bullshit be propagandized (<- a public relations effort) by a public relation firm: Their pseudoscience cannot be defended by science, and therefore they hired professional deceivers.

  As emeritus professor of psychiatry Thomas Szasz put it:

"Psychiatry does not commit human rights abuse. It is a human rights abuse."

"It's not science. It's politics and economics. That's what psychiatry is: politics and economics. Behaviour control, it is not science, it is not medicine."

"It's an epidemic of psychiatry that we are dealing with. We don't have an epidemic of mental illness, we have an epidemic of psychiatry.

You'll find On The Basic Questions of Psychiatry full of arguments and reasons why this is so, and while the text is over 500 Kb, it has been designed so as to be readable in bits and pieces, and has good lists of helpful commented links.

And you'll find in
On my agreements and disagreements with dr. Szasz just that: I mostly agree with him, but I also disagree on some basic points.

Then again, dr.  Szasz was a professor of psychiatry, with a very clear head and style of writing, and he was one of the very few who did rationally, cogently and clearly protest for over forty years against the abuses of his chosen "science" (which it is not, though it may be an art in the hands of a few), perpetrated by many of his colleagues, against persons who could not defend themselves.

(*) In my estimate psychiatry never was a real science, and Freud was a - very conscious, very deliberate - clever fraud. I do not deny people may get mad, and may need help:

I deny that the necessary scientific knowledge exists to justify people to say that they know how the human mind works; what is consciousness; how do brains find meanings; how human beings can make themselves understood by language, and much more.

There is as little knowledge about how the living brain makes its marvels, as there was about the continents of the earth in the year 1000.

This is also why psychology is, for the most part, not a real science: Lack of the necessary knowledge of the brain to base a science ("logy") of the mind ("psyche") on.

Then again, returning to psychiatry, the game of the early frauds, like Freud, Jung, Ranke and their followers, was about deceiving a relatively small group of relatively well-off people.

The great danger of the present time, ever since the DSM-III, that probably was designed to do just that, is the alliance between Big Pharma and psychiatry:

In the US alone, billions upon billions can be made each year, through the simple means of psychiatrists who are willing and legally able to prescribe all kinds of psychotropic drugs to all kinds of people 
- anti-psychotics to children "diagnosed" with "ADHD", for example - for all kinds of bullshit reasons, that in the end consist of (i) a psychatrist who gets a percentage of the price of the drugs he prescribes (or pharmaceutical perks, like free holidays) and (ii) a set of intentionally crafted lies that look like "science" but are bullshit or propaganda designed to sell drugs for bullshit reasons to ill people without scientific knowledge, who fall for the fallacies of authority, equivocation (weasel words) and begging the question, that have been carefully crafted for just that purpose, by professional psychiatric organizations of very willing shills for big pharma or by their well-paid "Public Relations" firms.

Finally, please note that while the above is satire, there are quite a few psychiatrists, psychologist, social workers, and lawyers who agree with the above, except that they may not feel like writing satire (and that then in part because the American Psychiatric Association very easily persecutes people by SLAPPing them).

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Maarten Maartensz


P.S. My eye problems


                  PS: Any necessary corrections have to be made later.