November 22, 2012

DSM-5: A few videos about the failings of psychiary

    1. A few videos about the failings of psychiary
About ME/CFS


I promised videos about the failings of the DSM-5, but forgot that although my eyes are better than they were, they are not healed, and I can only look at a computer screen a limited time, especially if it contains a lot of white or light colors.

1. A few videos about the failings of psychiary

As I want to recommend only what I have really seen (or read or heard), here are only a few videos. But then they are quite good, and collectively they will take more than an hour of your life to see all.
I do not know the provenance of this brief video, but if indeed it was made at a congress of psychiatry and those interviewed indeed are psychiatrists, the message is quite frightening, especially in view of what psychiatrists claim in writings that are read by few, and mostly by their own kind or by politicians and bureaucrats they advice, dishonestly, "in the name of medical science": ALL of the interviewed claim - in front of a camera, in public - that they never cured anyone.

If so, they are not medical professionals, but frauds. And note that the probable reasons that none claimed to have cured anyone are these:

(1) It is probably true that their highly paid so called "interventions" helped few but themselves, and cured no one - completely unlike what psychiatric spokesmen declare to the public when they cannot be recognized or cannot be ooposed in public, in free discussion, by knowledgeable people (*).
(2) If any of them had answered "yes", the next question would and should have been: Can you produce any patient whom you have cured, which
(3) might have led to serious legal problems: Either they cannot or refuse, or the patient(s) they claim to cured may well disagree.

Also, I should add that, having an M.A. in psychology, I may have talked to more people who had had some form of psychotherapy than most, and while I have met a few who claimed to have benefitted from it, it seems almost all were in fact mostly helped by sleeping pills or mild tranquillizers, that they also might have gotten from their GP.

Besides, my own guess is that most who do benefit from talk therapy of any kind are most benefitted by the mere fact that they can talk about problems they cannot talk about with their family or friends, and that they get some sort of - semblance of - personal support, sympathy or understanding (in exchange for money, to be sure).

Then again, the same sort of relief is available from priests or clergy for those who are religious, indeed from my own point of view with the same difficulty as psychiatry and psychology: These people may sincerely believe they have relevant knowledge, and may honestly try to help, but I can't believe most of what they learned in university, whether as psychiatrist, or psychologist or as theologian, since I don't believe it myself (and I do have degrees in psychology and philosophy).

But as I have said before:
All that is necessary (not: sufficient) for effective treatment of people with probles of life are common sense, some knowledge of what is possible, in terms of ailments and treatments, some basic medicine, psychology, law and social science, and some good will. What goes beyond that, whether it is psychoanalysis or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, is moonshine, even if sincerely believed, and it certainly is not real science.

Next, a repeat from the previous Nederlog:
This is quite clear and sensible, and it should frighten people who want real medical science and not fraudulent psychiatric pill ushers who abuse science, by replacing it by pseudoscience in the name of medical science, namely to satisfy their own greed, as also shown and explained here:
and as explained in my
I also should note that Dr. Caplan is a clinical psychologist, and has been involved with the DSM. She sounds sensible and informed, and probably does not quite agree with me were she to know of me, since I don't believe in clinical psychology as a science.

But indeed it is also true that I had quite different ideas about psychology at the beginning of my academic study than at the end of it, which I started because I was interested in human reasoning, and not because I was interested in solving psychological problems of anyone, and in fact also not with the intent of becoming a psychologist, but as an adjunct to my studies of philosophy and logic, because my main intellectual interest in life since I was 15 is human reasoning.

The difference for me of my appraisal of psychology as a science at the beginning and the end of my academic study ot it is that when I started it I was willing to believe, mostly on the basis of my already then having read William James's "The Principles of Psychology", that psychology might be a real science, while at the end of it I knew it was not. (**)
This is a fine recent interview with Dr Szasz - who died in September of this year - that shows the qualities of the man: Great mental clarity, even in his nineties, and a considerable personal moral courage. (***)

Dr Szasz, as he explains himself in the interview, was a medical doctor and professor of psychiatry, who for over 50 years argued against the pretensions of his fellow psychiatrists that their theories were based on real scientific knowledge.

He seems to me to be one of the very few psychiatrists I know of who was a rational and reasonable man. As I explained in my


About ME/CFS (that I prefer to call M.E.: The "/CFS" is added to facilitate search machines) which is a disease I have since 1.1.1979:
1. Anthony Komarof

Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS(pdf)

3. Hillary Johnson

The Why  (currently not available)

4. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf - version 2003)
5. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf - version 2011)
6. Eleanor Stein

Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)

7. William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
8. Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)
Maarten Maartensz
Resources about ME/CFS
(more resources, by many)

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