Medicaloid Psychiatric Diagnosis is the Problem, not differences between DSM IV and DSM-5

Diagnosis1I have a huge problem with the DSM-5. Unfortunately I also have a problem with Benjamin Nugent’s book review, “Is Psychiatry Dishonest? And if so, is it a noble lie?” in the Slate Book Review. The problem is that both Nugent as well as Gary Greenberg in his book, The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry, both accept the faulty premises of the DSM’s in general. They are looking for neuroscience credibility for diseases which aren’t diseases at all. They accept psychiatry’s deeply entrenched pseudoscience as if this actually pertains to human struggle and suffering. The very idea that diagnosis is some medical enterprise is an absurdity. Greenberg even assents to the some idea of mental illness vs. the walking well (As part of a discussion at a book reading). This is a bizarre insult to the suffering of our patients. There is certainly such a condition as schizophrenia, but this does not diminish different kinds of suffering in other people. In fact, the collusion with psychiatry’s contemporary pseudoscience is the problem. A fight between DSM IV and DSM-5 is like a disagreement between Mussolini and Franco. A plague on both their houses. I suggest that there is an entirely different paradigm that encompasses human suffering, symptomatology, schizophrenia, neuroscience, and the brain that is at enormous variance from this whole DSM-pharmaceutical psychiatric “diagnosis” approach. This is presented in my book, “Psychotherapy of Character, the Play of Consciousness in the Theater of the Brain”.

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  1. Pamela Spiro Wagner
    Pamela Spiro Wagner says:

    Why are you happy with this contradiction, that psychiatry is looking for diseases which are not diseases but “of course” schizophrenia is a real condition. On what possible basis besides a “feeling” can you say such a thing? I hope you are aware of the fact that the insistence for decades on not only immediately medicating psychosis, but permanently medicating psychosis (without relenting) has most likely engineered two generations or more of so-called chronic and chronically medicated PWSc who do no better in terms of functioning in society than their counterparts would have in hospitals in years back. If you deny this. tell me how? Are they working? Are they contributing economically to civil society? In what measurable way have medications improved their lives,. aside from the fact that the hospitals have closed down? Most patient loads have clearly been transferred to prisons ! So unless the economic burden has been lifted rather than merely transferred to a different “agency” in society, I would say, ONE that the treatments for this “real” condition clearly do not work. and why? Because they were designed on a false premise, that schizophrenia is something biological and hence “real”…TWO I do not deny that the suffering of psychosis is real. How could i? I have been through it dozens of times. I simply defy you to show me where in the brain schizophrenia exists and how you can reliably pinpoint the anatomical or neuro-chemical deficit in these PWSc– because so far as I know, NO ONE can reliably diagnose this “condition. ” Moreover, the diagnosis remains an opinion entirely of whatever doctor in whatever country sees the patient at any given time.


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