Miss D writes about important issues in education, mental health, psychology, social issues, and anything else that's on her mind. Miss D recognizes and thanks everyone in the helping fields for all they do, but, just as is true in every field, there are some issues that need addressing and changing. There's often a thin line between an observation and a complaint, so Miss D tries to forward positive suggestions and ideas intended to help or resolve problems rather than just, um, complaining.
Let's Start Here...
Dr. Peter Breggin: Psychiatrists Have Gone "Mad" For Prescribing Medications
From RealClear Politics on March 17th, 2019, "Full Measure" host Sheryl Atkinson interviews (5:48) psychiatrist Dr. Peter Breggin, author of Medication Madness and director of the International Center for Patient-Oriented Psychiatry.
Breggin states, "There is no promising medical treatment and probably there never can be a promising medical treatment because to take a subject that has to do with free will, love, the principles we live by, the experiences we've gone through and to say ‘it's medical’ and to do something to the brain that’s counterproductive, which we encouraged people to do..."
Miss D's positive recommendation: Maybe we could all just stop and think for a second about why humans so willingly accept medical treatment (i.e., medications) for non-medical issues and why medical treatments (i.e., medications) are being provided for non-medical issues.
Posted by Miss D on Monday, April 29th, 2019 @ 6:00 a.m. PST
How Many Revolutions Will It Take?
Miss D has been calling for a revolution in mental health since at least the early 2000's. As you are already aware, Miss D would prefer to throw out the DSM all together because it's well, bogus. But let's keep listening to what others are saying. I don't want my readers thinking I'm the only one...
Bruce Cuthbert is the Director of Adult Translational Research at the National Institute of Mental Health (pictured above, photo credit Narayan Mahon). From the article,A Revolution in Mental Health, The Chronicle of Higher Education, by Paul Voosen, September 9th, 2013, "Cuthbert did not blunt his critique of the status quo... The DSM diagnoses, which describe collections of symptoms, are the functional equivalent of saying someone has [a] 'headache disease,' Cuthbert said. They are ignorant of biology, and often of behavior. Symptoms within a disorder vary wildly..."
In brief, NIMH's "revolution" is attempting to find improved ways to research the various DSM conditions, you know, to attempt to bring in any kind of science because at the present, there is very little science. From the article, "This effort, called the 'Research Domain Criteria' project, or RDoC, as the victory of psychophysiology, a discipline that has labored to find the links between biology and mental illness but has often remained on the outskirts of clinical psychology." The agenda is that if/when a link between biology and mental illness can be found, then med$ can be justified through science.
We're still waiting for a scientific basis for the prescription of meds and it looks like we'll continue to be waiting for a long time: "For the next decade or two, it's likely that treatment would have to be framed in DSM terms. They must work hard to find a way for next-generation research to be translated back into the old diagnoses. As flawed as the DSM is, we have no substitute for the clinical realm for insurance reimbursement, "Hyman says. "We won't have anything better for a very long time. While the criticisms are germane, we blow it up at our peril."
Posted by Mis D on Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 @ 9:00 p.m. PST
Apparently It'll Take 99 Revolutions...
"There's a trouble in the air..." Green Day, 2013
Just Don't Do It.
Robert Berezin, MD
It looks like Berezin agrees with Miss D. Glad to see more and more are finally starting to get it. Parents, if you think you need to take your son in and get him on meds because his teacher reports that he's "distracted," just don't do it.
Berezin's article reprinted in Psychology Today.
Posted by Miss D on Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 @ 6:00 a.m.
Not To Worry...
No, this isn't one of those anti-psychiatry sites or pages so don't worry. We're just starting with psychiatry because, well, it's the obvious place to start if you're looking at misdiagnosis. There is plenty of time to spend on educational conditions too. And, do you realize the criminal justice system is also a soft science? How does that system, um, diagnose guilt and innocence? You might be surprised to hear that it's pretty much the same as the other soft sciences, but more on that later.
Posted by Miss D on Saturday, May 4th, 2019 @ 12:00 Noon PST
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