chemical imbalance theory

My Response to Dr. Pies’ Response

November 30, 2015

On November 18, 2015, Dr. Pies sent his response to my November 17 article to MIA.  MIA posted it, and forwarded a copy to me.  It reads: “I have read Dr. Philip Hickey’s 8400+ word treatise, and I have only the following to say with regard to the two key points at issue: Notwithstanding my […]

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Dr. Pies Is Back

November 18, 2015

This morning, I received, by way of a forward from MIA, the following from Dr. Pies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   I have read Dr. Philip Hickey’s 8400+ word treatise, and I have only the following to say with regard to the two […]

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My Response To Dr. Pies

November 17, 2015

In the October 2015 issue of the Behavior Therapist (pages 206-213), Jeffrey Lacasse, PhD, and Jonathan Leo, PhD, published an article titled Antidepressants and the Chemical Imbalance Theory of Depression: A Reflection and Update on the Discourse, I thought the article had particular merit, and I drew attention to it in a post dated November […]

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Dr. Pies Responds

November 6, 2015

On November 5, Kermit Cole, Front Page Editor at Mad in America, forwarded to me the following email which he had received from Ronald Pies, MD. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   From: Ronald Pies MD <> Date: November 4, 2015 at 2:17:53 PM […]

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More on the Chemical Imbalance Theory

November 2, 2015

On October 23, 2015, Jeffrey Lacasse, PhD, and Jonathan Leo, PhD, published an interesting article on Florida State University’s DigiNole Commons.  The title is Antidepressants and the Chemical Imbalance Theory of Depression: A Reflection and Update on the Discourse.  Dr. Lacasse is assistant professor in the College of Social Work at Florida State University; Dr. […]

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Dr. Pies and Psychiatry’s ‘Solid Center’

October 22, 2015

Ronald Pies, MD, is one of American’s most eminent and prestigious psychiatrists.  He is the Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Psychiatric Times, and he is a Professor of Psychiatry at both Syracuse and Tufts. I disagree with many of Dr. Pies’ contentions, and I have expressed these disagreements in detail in various posts (for instance, here, here, […]

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Psychiatry and the Pressure to Prescribe

October 6, 2015

Hugh Middleton, MD, posted  an interesting article on Mad in America, October 1, 2015.  It’s called Hey; Don’t Just Shoot the Messenger!    Dr. Middleton is a British psychiatrist who  is a founding member of the Critical Psychiatry Network, and was a co-author of the cardinal paper, Psychiatry beyond the current paradigm. (2012). Dr. Middleton had […]

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Book Review:  Depression Delusion, by Terry Lynch, MD, MA

August 31, 2015

In this truly remarkable, and meticulously researched, volume, Dr. Lynch annihilates psychiatry’s cherished chemical imbalance theory of depression.  Every facet of this theory, which the author correctly calls a delusion, is critically analyzed and found wanting.  Example after example is provided of psychiatrists promoting this fiction, the factual and logical errors of which are clearly […]

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The Spurious Chemical Imbalance Theory is Still Alive and Well

April 27, 2015

On April 5, 2015, Scott Alexander, MD, a trainee psychiatrist, posted an article titled Chemical Imbalance on his website Slate Star Codex.  (The writer tells us that Scott Alexander is a blog handle and not his real name, but for convenience, I will refer to him as Dr. Alexander.) Dr. Alexander begins by noting that […]

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The Chemical Imbalance Theory:  Still Being Promoted

December 10, 2014

On November 28, Psychiatric Times published an article titled Psychiatric Diagnosis and Treatment of Somatizing Neuropsychiatric Disorders.  The authors are Daniel T. Williams, MD, and Alla Landa PhD, both from Columbia University Psychiatry Department. The article’s lead-in states: “Although the somatizing disorders cover a vast array of symptomatic domains across many medical specialties, this article […]

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Dr. Pies Still Spinning

September 8, 2014

On July 1, the very eminent psychiatrist Ronald Pies, MD, wrote an article for Psychiatric Times titled Positivism, Humanism and the Case for Psychiatric Diagnosis.  The article also appeared in Medscape on August 20. Dr. Pies begins by discussing websites “…that critically examine psychiatry.”  These websites, he tells us, “…vary from the viscerally enraged, to […]

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More Psychiatric ‘Myth’ Debunking

July 22, 2014

On July 15, I wrote a post called Psychiatry Debunks the ‘Myths.’  In that article I focused on the myth-debunking of Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill, but in researching the topic for that post, I came across a psychiatry resident named Shan (no last name) who blogs on a website called Exploratory Encephalotomy. With regards […]

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Psychiatry Debunks the ‘Myths’

July 15, 2014

Psychiatry has always had its share of critics, but in the past two decades these criticisms have increased in frequency and intensity.  Psychiatry’s underlying concepts are being denounced as spurious to the point of inanity, and its practices are being accurately and forcefully exposed as destructive, disempowering, and stigmatizing. Psychiatry has no rational or logical […]

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Psychiatry DID Promote the Chemical Imbalance Theory

June 6, 2014

On April 15, Ronald Pies, MD, an eminent and widely published psychiatrist, wrote an article for  The piece is titled Nuances, Narratives, and the ‘Chemical Imbalance’ Debate in Psychiatry. The main thrust of the article is that: “…the ‘chemical imbalance theory’ was never a real theory, nor was it widely propounded by responsible practitioners […]

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