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I've been practicing psychiatry for 38 years. I love my job, my peers, and my patients. But I've come to the conclusion that I'm participating in the biggest intellectual scam of this era. We claim to be a science, but have no understanding how thought or behavior is generated./1
Many billions of dollars are spent each year in an industry built on a corrupt body of pseudoscience, cultivated and exploited by monied interests for decades. This scientific fraud has been more successful than any other of our day. Our diagnoses are contrived by our guild, /2
the APA, with the collaboration of monied interests--and are so unrelated to actual science that they are copyrighted and published to profit that organization.
In the process of selling a corporatist, medication-oriented model of treatment, psychiatry has been stunningly /3
successful in redefining what it means to be a human being. Meanwhile, 20 years of peak psychiatry has resulted in a 30% increase of suicide in the United States--and American psychiatry has absolutely nothing constructive to say about it.

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Let's get this straight. Classic manic-depressive disorder was identified by Emil Kraepelin in the late 19th century, after years of observing asylum admissions. He was motivated to differentiate it from schizophrenia, to provide family members a reliable prognostic picture. /1
This disorder has been found in many cases to be peculiarly responsive to lithium, a natural element--not a patentable medication. It was renamed bipolar I disorder by the APA, our trade organization, at the same time that they introduced bipolar 2 disorder--a vague catch-all /2
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@ProfRobHoward @balfe_robert @dranniehickox @jonathanstea @SameiHuda The point is HUMILITY. Biological psychiatry has taken a small amount of information about the most mysterious and complex thing that we know of—the brain-mind—and run with it, to the utter neglect of ALL THAT WE DON’T KNOW. Hence a 30 percent increase in suicide in the US, 1/
@ProfRobHoward @balfe_robert @dranniehickox @jonathanstea @SameiHuda while more people are receiving psychiatric treatment than ever before. This finding suggests that our psychiatric treatment model might just be shit. And rather than defending this simplistic, obviously corrupt corporatist model of treatment, we should be soberly examining it 2/
@ProfRobHoward @balfe_robert @dranniehickox @jonathanstea @SameiHuda and considering a more refined mode that takes full stock of what we all know about human beings—our feelings, our challenges in life, our capacity for human growth, and the value of wisdom. Instead we cheapen all those things, treating humans as if they were a bag of 3/
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On the news yesterday saw a psychologist going on about the “rise in mental health disorders” associated with the COVID-19. Although sympathetic toward the stress the pandemic is causing, I can’t abide the pathologizing of healthy human feelings associated with this real-world
threat. We have fallen into this twisted trap of believing life should ALWAYS be safe, convenient, and pleasant—which is why when we go through divorce, death, or growing pains we ascribe our negative feelings as a mental disorder that requires intervention. Grief, pain, anxiety,
and dysphoria all have their purpose. We SHOULD be anxious about catching this virus. We SHOULD grieve when a loved one dies. Going through trauma is not PTSD—which is the pathological persistence of fear long after the threat is gone. We don’t need to DIAGNOSE someone in order
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