The State of Psychiatry These Days

There was a lengthy post by a psychiatrist, Scott Alexander, about this year’s meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

The post on the APA meeting included photos of the meeting premises and all the ads for psychiatric drugs by the damn pharmaceutical companies! I wanted to barf when I saw those photos. The ads are spread out on the escalators and staircases, benches as well as posters. Ads especially for anti-psychotic drugs. Egads, are there that many psychotic people around who really need that stuff?

Supposedly, 40 million Americans are taking psychiatric drugs. Oh, is that why Nancy Pelosi and Donald Trump are acting that way? Is it the drug itself or the side effects?

No, I’m just kidding. But is this why the college students are so frightened by everything? The “snowflakes”? There are anti-psychotics, anti-anxiety drugs, anti-depressants, as well as all the drugs for ADHD and so forth, Adderall and Ritalin.

Dr. Peter Breggin has spoken and written extensively about those issues, and about the dangers of psychiatric drugs, such as anti-depressants and anti-ADHD drugs.

The psychiatrist who wrote the post on the APA meeting, writes,

There’s a popular narrative that drug companies have stolen the soul of psychiatry. That they’ve reduced everything to chemical imbalances. The people who talk about this usually go on to argue that the true causes of mental illness are capitalism and racism. Have doctors forgotten that the real solution isn’t a pill, but structural change that challenges the systems of exploitation and domination that create suffering in the first place?

“The true causes of mental illness are capitalism and racism”? Capitalism causes mental illness? (Well, I wonder how much this doctor charges his patients?! Is that the capitalism he refers to?)

Now, during the 1980s I was in therapy, during and after college. And I also took several psychology courses in college. That was always something of interest to me. And I was in group therapy for several years as well. Don’t know if any of that therapy or group therapy helped, as far as anxiety and insecurity, etc. But I know from my own upbringing and from what I heard about from those fellow group therapy members, that our early family relationships and interactions had a big influence on things. But today’s psychiatrists and psychologists don’t seem to want to look at those aspects of the origins of anxiety or depression. It’s easier to give someone a drug, like a band-aid. Or repeat these more recent mantras of “racism” and “domination,” and … “capitalism”?

On the origins of anxiety, depression, or dysfunctional behaviors and interactions (I don’t like the phrase “mental illness,” because that’s more of a label or a stigma), I have found the works of Alice Miller, Heinz Kohut, D.W. Winnicott, Margaret Mahler, and Carl Whitaker enlightening and helpful.

Besides the over-dependence on the psychiatric drugs now by psychiatrists (many of whom are being paid by the pharmaceutical companies to promote that crap, by the way), I can see just how off-the-deep-end the whole industry has gone, as it too has been overly-infiltrated by the social justice warrior stuff.

In the post about the APA meeting, the writer describes how “woke” everyone is, and lists the various presentations about racism, gender bias, “Women’s Health In The US: Disruption And Exclusion In The Time Of Trump,” and “Addressing Microaggressions Toward Sexual And Gender Minorities: Caring For LGBTQ+ Patients And Providers,” among other “woke” things.

Now, please don’t get me started on all this stuff. A lot of this SJW stuff in recent years has been very dishonest and hypocritical. There are many calls for censorship now, and silencing of people who hadn’t intended any offense. Freedom of speech is a very important thing in a civilized society, in my opinion. And the SJW and “#MeToo” movements have encouraged the eroding of due process and presumption of innocence. So there’s an anti-civil liberties trend there.

I’m sure a lot of indoctrinated, “woke” people won’t agree with this, but there’s no such thing as “microaggression.” There are only aggression and non-aggression. Aggression is a physical phenomenon. If some people are so sensitive and thin-skinned with certain words or phrases then they obviously have some unresolved issues that probably go back to one’s childhood.

But these days, it seems that many people including psychiatrists and psychologists don’t want to look at those things. Perhaps they have unresolved issues from their own early childhoods?

Besides the police state and the national security-related erosion of civil liberties, psychiatry is another field in which coercion (i.e. aggression via threats or intimidation) is acceptable, regardless of how immoral it is.

I don’t know if the APA meeting included any talks on the use of Involuntary commitment and coercion, especially with child medical kidnapping. The Justina Pelletier Boston Children’s Hospital case, in which psychiatrists took control over an actual medical case of mitochondrial disease and claimed it was all psychosomatic and had the child involuntarily committed to a mental institution, was one of the most egregious cases I have read about. I certainly am glad the Pelletier family are in the process of suing the hospital. I also had my own negative experiences during the 1980s with psychotherapists (but nothing as extreme as involuntary commitments, though). So, I’m not big on psychiatry and the whole “mental health” industry.

And finally, the APA meeting actually included a CIA booth! Oh, come ON, are you serious? Are the CIA in need of psychiatric help? Are they there to recruit some hapless James Bond-wannabe MDs who might report on their patients expressing views the government disapproves of? I’m sure they already do this.

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