Three Professional Psychiatrists Speak Out Against the Mental Disorders Manual
In recent years, one hears teenagers casually diagnose their friends’ behaviors with bywords from psychiatry’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Now in its fourth edition, the DSM has categorized more and more behaviors as disorders, commonly recommending treatment by drugs: ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) for children who won’t sit still and listen; “BiPolar” for those who get really sad, but also get really happy; Eating Disorder; Reading Disorder, Gender Identity Disorder, Mathematics Disorder as well as “OCD” (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) for those who think too much, or need to (over)achieve — behaviors so common that we all may be “disordered”. Or perhaps it’s psychiatry who has “OCD” — for continually Over-the-Counter Diagnosing of the rest of mankind.
The claim that “brain imbalances” underly such disorders, making them treatable by drugs, is being challenged. Three noted psychiatrists speak out against treating the mind with medication. Fred Baughman, MD, a child neurologist, writes:
“Psychiatry is NOT a Medical Practice!
The only reason psychiatry exists today is due to its illusions of diseases and illusions of cure and ‘treatment’ by extremely expensive, always-damaging drugs. Psychology and related professions should be re-invigorated, starting with the few of courage and honesty in their ranks who have not capitulated to psychiatry and the ‘chemical imbalance’ model.
Dr. Niall McLaren, an esteemed and accomplished Australian psychiatrist with over 30 years of experience, argues against the materialistic approach to treating the mind. He explains, in his “Philosophy For Medical Students”, that over time, psychiatry changed from a mental study, to one based on the body/brain:
Dr. McLaren further states:
It is the case that . . . psychiatry fails to meet the minimal criteria for a science. . . . The psychiatric publishing industry is both corrupt and incompetent, a prisoner of its own myths, while the general public sees only a profession that can’t make up its mind about anything except that everybody is mentally ill and need lots of expensive drugs.
Modern biological psychiatry is a materialistic religion masquerading as a science.
How can I say that my profession of psychiatry is a materialistic religion? Because modern psychiatry makes believe that psychological and spiritual problems, such as anxiety and depression, are caused by mechanical failures in the physical brain, and because psychiatry then attempts to correct these psychological and spiritual problems with physical interventions such as drugs and electroshock. Modern biological psychiatry takes these views and implements these interventions on faith and it has won a lot of converts with the help of billion-dollar marketing campaigns.