Dr. Thomas Szasz Born 100 Years Ago Today

As I wrote in my post on the state of psychiatry these days, I myself had been in therapy and group therapy during the 1980s as well as having taken psychology courses in college. So, psychology in general has been of interest to me, but the psychological and psychiatric professions as well.

Sadly, there are too many people in those professions who are themselves very screwed up, or ignorant, or brainwashed to follow the latest trendy fad or acceptable narrative. In these later years I think there is too much political correctness and intolerance toward those who do not buy a lot of the garbage in society today. I feel for today’s patients and psychotherapy clients who might be “needy” emotionally but whose personality goes against the grain of the practitioners who are snootily “woke.”

Anyway, one of my favorite psychiatrists was Dr. Thomas Szasz, who was skeptical of the idea of “mental illness” or of calling people with mental or mood disorders, “diseased.” He said they did not have a disease. There would need to be objective, scientific diagnostic tests such as X-rays and blood work to be done to find signs of actual “disease.”

Anyway, today is Dr. Szasz’s 100th birthday. (He died in 2012.) Author James Bovard has a good post with comments on Dr. Szasz, with some enlightening Szasz quotes, and he reprints an article he wrote in 1986 on ‘pure madness from psychiatrists.”

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