Every society in every generation makes errors. Some of the errors are minor. Some are major. One of the great errors of the 20th century was this: we accepted the spurious notion that a wide range of life’s problems were in fact illnesses. This spurious notion was initiated with good intentions – to provide shelter… Continue Reading
Grand Rounds is up at Highlight Health. The theme is The Impact of Healthcare Reform, and Walter Jessen has included posts that cover many different perspectives on this timely subject. Stop by and have a look.
Grand Rounds is up at Colorado Health Insurance Insider. Well-written explanatory paragraphs, and a wide range of topics.
We’ve known for years that drug companies give gifts to physicians. The gifts have taken many forms – pens, vacations, meals, free samples, etc… Physicians always insisted that these gifts didn’t influence their prescribing practice – that they always prescribed strictly in the best interests of their clients. Two trends have been exposed in recent… Continue Reading
The human brain is a pattern-seeking machine. Because of his brain, man strives to understand the world around him and uses this understanding to improve his lot. The brain looks for patterns and explanations. Our ancestors, for instance, discovered that certain rocks, through processing in certain ways, could be shaped to make sharp tools which… Continue Reading
The notion of learning disorders gained momentum during the 50’s and 60’s, when it began to be appreciated in professional circles that there were a small number of individuals who, although quite bright, seemed to experience inordinate difficulty learning to read. They juxtaposed letters or did not seem to readily “see” the patterns of letters… Continue Reading
Unhinged, by Daniel Carlat, MD Dr. Carlat is a psychiatrist who has written something of an exposé of the abuses that reside within the psychiatric profession. Many of his chapters echo topics that have been addressed frequently on this blog. Dr. Carlat still clings to the notion that problem behaviors can be accurately conceptualized as… Continue Reading
This post was edited and updated on June 29 2014, to include additional thoughts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A Rational Policy on Drugs and Alcohol In my last post I argued against government prohibitions against drugs and alcohol. My position is that substances… Continue Reading
In my previous post on this subject, I discussed addiction to alcohol and other drugs. I made the point that addiction to these substances is not an illness, but rather an extremely strong habit. Treatment Programs The notion that alcoholism is a disease gained popularity in the 50’s and 60’s. At about the same time,… Continue Reading
Grand Rounds is up at sharpbrains. Twenty-two health and medicine posts. Plenty of reading for all on a wide range of subjects.
The APA’s DSM lists two broad categories of diagnoses in this area: dependence and abuse. So we have alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse; amphetamines dependence and amphetamines abuse; cocaine dependence and cocaine abuse. And so on. Dependence is defined by the presence of three or more of the following criteria: tolerance, as defined by either… Continue Reading
Grand Rounds is up at Musings of a Dinosaur. Plenty of reading covering many topics.
I have recently read a very interesting book by Irving Kirsch, PhD. It’s called The Emperor’s New Drugs, and the central theme of the work is that antidepressants are only very slightly more effective than placebos (i.e. sugar pills), and that the difference is not clinically significant. The logic is cogent and the research is… Continue Reading
Grand Rounds is up at Inside Surgery. Sorted, well laid out, and plenty of reading on varied topics.
In my last post I described frotteurism, which the APA lists as one of their mental disorders/illnesses. The central theme of this blog is that there are no mental illnesses – that mental illnesses are essentially psychiatrists’ ways of conceptualizing ordinary human problems for the purposes of consolidating turf and legitimizing the use of drugs… Continue Reading
Grand Rounds is up at other things amanzi. This week’s host is a surgeon in the province of Mpumalanga, South Africa. In addition to good reading, the rounds offers some very nice photos from the 2010 World Cup.
The central theme of this blog is that almost all the so-called mental illnesses listed in the APA’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual are nothing more than the ordinary everyday challenges of human existence. The psychiatric profession has “elevated” these problems to the status of disorders and illnesses to justify and legitimize their involvement in these… Continue Reading
Sorry I’ve been “off the air.” My wife, Nancy, fell and broke her thigh bone a couple of weeks ago. She is out of the hospital and recuperating well, but my days are filled with the minutiae of personal care and domestic management. Stay tuned. I still have lots to say concerning the spurious nature… Continue Reading
Grand Rounds is up at Getbetterhealth. Maria Gifford, newly-appointed content manager of Better Health, has done an excellent job of putting together this week’s rounds. She uses a straightforward style that makes it easy to check out the various posts.
The central theme of this blog is that there are no mental illnesses. The concept of mental illness is a spurious invention of psychiatrists and other mental health professionals for the purpose of medicalizing normal human problems and selling drugs. The central tenet of the mental health system is that unusual, bizarre, and disturbing behaviors… Continue Reading
Grand Rounds is up at GruntDoc. He uses a non-flowery, user friendly format that makes it easy to see what posts are available.
The central theme of this blog is that mental illness is a spurious and invalid concept, which is promoted and developed by the American Psychiatric Association to legitimize the use of mood-altering drugs. It is certainly true that people display various problems in their daily lives and particularly in their interpersonal relationships. The American Psychiatric… Continue Reading
Grand Rounds is up at Parallel Universes. Dr. Emer has very nicely taken an unthemed Rounds and sorted the posts into several interesting mini-themes. From dealing with death to high risk pools in the health insurance field, there is plenty of good reading.
Hallucinations In Schizophrenia Part 1, we noted that the APA lists hallucinations as one of the primary “symptoms” of schizophrenia. The APA defines an hallucination as follows: “A sensory perception that has the compelling sense of reality of a true perception but that occurs without external stimulation of the relevant sensory organ.” (DSM-IV-TR, p 823)… Continue Reading
Grand Rounds is up at MD Whistleblower. With so many posts on a wide range of subjects, there is plenty of reading for everyone.