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A commentary on Talk Therapy Found to Ease Schizophrenia

A commentary on Talk Therapy Found to Ease Schizophrenia, by Benedict Carey, Oct. 20, 2015. Honestly, it doesn’t really take a seven year study to know that talking to a patient is a revolutionary idea. Of course, we need psychotherapy; of course we need input from the community; medications may be relevant, but antipsychotics are not the […]

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Say ‘No’ to the Fiction of Brain Diseases. Towards a new psychiatry for – ‘biological depression’, ‘biological anxiety’, ADHD, Manic-depression and Schizophrenia.

During my lifetime I have witnessed the fall of Freudian psychiatry and the ascension of molecular psychiatry. Unfortunately, we have gone from the frying pan into the fire. I certainly do not subscribe to old-fashioned psychoanalytic ideas which had been beset by considerable problems throughout the years. Its practice suffered from dogmatic theories and miscast […]

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The Secret World of Schizophrenia – The tragedy of a promise unfulfilled.

The treatment for schizophrenia and manic-depression have shockingly deteriorated throughout my professional lifetime, dating back to 1971. During the hopeful period of deinstitutionalization, it seemed like we were turning the corner. We had expected that patients would return to the community. There they would have individual and family therapy; housing; assistance with working; and help […]

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Reflections on Geel – Schizophrenia is not a Medical Disease. Human beings with schizophrenia do best with care and respect.

Thank you Charles Triance for sending me this beautiful article, “The Geel question, For centuries, a little Belgian town has treated the mentally ill. Why are its medieval methods so successful?”, by Mike Jay. He depicts a caring, human environment where individuals with schizophrenia have been taken in by the families of this village for […]

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Psychiatry has lost its way with Schizophrenia

The only thing I partially agree with in “Limited Progress Made in Schizophrenia Understanding and Treatment”, by Heidi Anne Duerr, MPH, “Psychiatric Times”, October 3, 2013, is that “we have only made a series of baby steps in understanding the etiology, pathology, and treatment of the disease.” In my view we may have made a […]

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A Hit Documentary Exposes Psychiatry’s Past Failures

Stranger Than Fiction The documentary Three Identical Strangers by filmmaker Tim Wardle takes us (spoiler alert!) from fun and frothy to a surprising left turn about the evils of human experimentation. The film raises moral questions that lead us, unsuspectingly, to a very dark place. When Bobby Shafran went off to college at age 19, he was […]

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A Brave New World – Somatic Psychiatry in the Spotlight

 Somatic psychiatry has taken over psychiatry, and replaced an in-depth understanding of human nature. The fundamental and incorrect premise of somatic psychiatry is that the source of psychiatric problems come from defects in the brain. The false belief is that we are subject to brain diseases, and we need somatic treatments to fix them. This […]

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Appendix

Do No Harm: The Destructive History of Pharmaceutical Psychiatry and its Bedfellows – Electro Shock, Insulin Shock, and Lobotomies The underling theory of somatic psychiatry is that the source of human struggle is considered to be the brain itself, rather than the person. Treatments that follow from this simplistic, mechanistic, and reductionist notion have been […]

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Enough is Enough series, #6: LSD Reconsidered. When the past is not remembered, history repeats itself

 Biochemical Psychiatry is now moving in an unfortunate, potentially dangerous, and predictable direction. It is turning to psychedelic drugs. Michael P. Bogenschutz, MD in his article in the Psychiatric Times, April, 2017, “Innovative Strategies for Addressing Substance Use Disorders: The Classic Hallucinogens”. This is how it begins. Dr. Bogenschutz presents himself as simply open to […]

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A New Paradigm for Psychiatry: Answering the call from the UN

In Robert Whitaker’s article from last December, “INTAR 2016: A Global Call for a New Paradigm” he wrote that by the end of the conference, this gathering of representatives from the World Health Organization, the United Nations, and the International Disability Alliance had “embraced a common thought: a new global health narrative was needed, one […]