Psychiatry likes to present itself as a helping profession, but even a cursory look at its history suggests otherwise. Here are some of the “treatments” that this pseudo-science has promoted for its pseudo-illnesses. STERILIZATION It is estimated that 65,000 people were sterilized in America under various eugenic statutes. This practice, which was used between the… Continue Reading
This week’s Grand Rounds is up at Health 3.0 Blog. Plenty of good posts, and if you like music with your reading, at the bottom of the page there are six versions of the song Goodnight Irene for your listening enjoyment – artists from Johnny Cash to Peter, Paul and Mary.
Daniel Carlat in his blog post of August 15 mentions, and critiques, a so-called blood test for depression marketed (for $745) by Ridge Diagnostics. The essence of Dr. Carlat’s criticism is that the test is not predictive of depression, but merely enables one to tell (with some degree of accuracy) whether or not a person… Continue Reading
Dr. Ed Pullen has this week’s Grand Rounds up at DrPullen.com. As well as the usual range of subjects covered in the medical blogging world, he has gone further afield with a few interesting additions, including a recipe for raspberry pie. Take a look when you have a chance to relax and read.
In a comment on my post on Natural Correction, Nanu Grewal raised a question concerning the addressing of behavioral problems. This is a huge topic, and I feel the reply warrants a post. There are others who could do a better job than me, but here’s my take on it. Traditional behavior therapy starts with assessment. … Continue Reading
Dr. Elaine Schattner has Grand Rounds this week at Medical Lessons. Not only has she put together some very interesting reading, but a range of photos from around the world. In her call for submissions Dr. Schattner asked that bloggers submit a photo from their region, and she received some lovely images. Have a look.
The central theme of this blog is that there are no mental illnesses and that the spurious medicalization of problems of living represents a tragic wrong turn in human history. In a comment on my last post, Nanu Grewal raised the question of a natural correction. In other words, does there come a point where… Continue Reading
On June 23, the New York Review of Books, one of the most prestigious literary magazines in the country, published a piece by Marcia Angell. I’ve mentioned Dr. Angell before. She had been editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine and had come out strongly against the extent to which drug companies are controlling and… Continue Reading
Louise has this week’s Grand Rounds up at Colorado Health Insurance Insider. You will find plenty of reading material here for the entire week. Whatever your fields of interest, there will something for you. Take a look.
The National Institute of Health (NIH) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is the primary U.S. Government agency responsible for medical research. The NIH has 27 sub-departments, one of which is the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The NIMH has an annual budget of $1.5 billion, which… Continue Reading
There’s some interesting reading at Mercola.com posted April 6, 2011. Dr. Mercola states that depression is not an illness! – and that this bogus illness was created by psychiatrists and drug companies in order to sell drugs! No surprises there for regular readers of this site. Unfortunately Dr. Mercola doesn’t take the logic far enough. … Continue Reading
Dr. Val Jones has this week’s Grand Rounds up at Better Health. You can find reading material here for the entire week, as Dr. Jones has included more than forty posts. Some are inspirational, like Dr. Ed Pullen’s Carpe Diem; others cover material that is hard to believe, as in Roy’s post Doctors to… Continue Reading
There’s an interesting article on the New York Times website: Talk Doesn’t Pay, So Psychiatry Turns Instead to Drug Therapy (March 5, 2011). The essence of the article is that psychiatrists no longer engage in talk therapy to any great extent, but instead prescribe behavior-altering drugs. What’s interesting about this is that the author, Gardiner… Continue Reading
Grand Rounds is up at Diabetes Mine. You will find the usual wide range of topics, so stop by and have a read.
Grand Rounds is up at DrPullen. There is the usual wide range of subjects – some light-hearted, others very serious. Stop by and take a look.
I am writing this post as a response to a comment posted by medical blog in my previous post, More on So-called Bipolar Disorder. In the summer of 2001 I became very ill. The symptoms were exhaustion and mild nosebleeds. I went to three different practitioners, but they all were dismissive of my concerns, assured… Continue Reading
A few days ago, I received the following email: Hi Phil, I would like to hear from you how we can survive the bipolar disorder, as I understand bipolar is a very serious disease. Regards, [Name] The question seems important enough to warrant a more public response, though I have omitted the writer’s name to… Continue Reading
DrRich has Grand Rounds up at The Covert Rationing Blog. He has obviously put a lot of work into hosting this week’s rounds, with explanatory paragraphs concerning each entry. The reader is easily able to discern what is covered in each submitted post, so stop by to have a look, and read further.
In his book Anatomy of an Epidemic, Robert Whitaker drew attention to the increasing numbers on the Social Security disability rolls due to so-called mental illness. Robert raises the possibility that the drugs routinely used to “treat” depression may be contributing to the problem. In a recent post, he discusses this matter further. I think… Continue Reading
Grand Rounds is up at Gruntdoc. As usual, Dr. Roberts presents a very user-friendly rounds, simple to follow, easy to use. Close to thirty posts, with a wide range of subjects. Stop by and have a look.
Christopher Lane, author of Shyness has written an interesting post. The gist of the matter is as follows. There’s a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines (benzos for short) that are promoted by Pharma and prescribed by psychiatrists to “treat” anxiety. (As if anxiety were an illness!) See my post on the So-called Anxiety Disorders. Benzos… Continue Reading
Grand Rounds is up at Suture for a Living. Plastic surgeon Dr. Ramona Bates has included posts that cover many different subjects, some light, some serious. Stop by and have a look.
DSM lists two principal “illnesses” under the heading Eating Disorders: anorexia nervosa and bulimia. Anorexia Nervosa means chronic and pernicious fasting even though food is readily available. “Anorexia” is Greek for lack of appetite. “Nervosa” is Greek for nervous. Bulimia means recurrent episodes of binge eating followed by self-induced vomiting or other methods of purging. … Continue Reading
Babies are born selfish. Not only has the newborn no consideration for others, he isn’t even aware of others. For the newborn, the universe is him/herself. Babies are born bad-tempered. When their needs are not immediately met, they cry. If they are still not met, they scream, turn red, and thrash their arms and legs. … Continue Reading
Manufacturing Depression, by Gary Greenberg An excellent account of the history of the psychiatric concept of depression. Dr. Greenberg provides a fairly unique perspective, as he is an experienced psychotherapist who has had some personal experience with depression. In his writing he draws material from both sides of the desk. He also identifies and discusses… Continue Reading