The Problems with Psychiatric Diagnosis and SWAG
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SWAG – (Scientifically Wild Assed Guess) = the way psychiatry operates.
Prior to the advent of drugs, family doctors and patients decided what needed treating, whether it had an official name or not. Often treatment involved lifestyle and dietary changes. Increasingly, since the 1950s, drug companies have been dictating medical care and psychiatric diagnosis. In fact, now more than ever, drugs are manufactured first and a use for them created later. For example, Ritalin and its cousins were manufactured first. Later psychiatrists created a fictitious ‘disease’ drug companies feverishly marketed as ADHD and ADD.
Psychiatric Diagnosis is Not Backed by Science
People forget that a psychiatric diagnosis for feeling sad, hurt, angry and other normal human emotions means they are ‘sick in the head’, primarily because doctors still falsely claim such feelings are caused by an abnormality of the brain. Even if the patient completely recovers, and whether correct or not, that psychiatric diagnosis will forever remain part of their medical record.
Many people regret diagnoses profoundly when they are denied insurance, a security clearance and especially when they learn that there is NO scientific evidence whatever to support any so-called ‘mental illness’, not even depression or schizophrenia and that many studies have shown that mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, will resolve more quickly and permanently when the person is not medicated.
How Psychiatric Diagnosis Messes with the Mind
Being told one is ‘mentally ill’ can really mess with their mind, especially if told drug therapy will be life-long. After all, was that not a label used only for really ‘crazy’ people at one time? According to sociologists Erving Goffman and Michel Foucault, “The power of a diagnosis is that it changes the way people understand and identify with themselves”. It would seem to be an element of brainwashing, a conditioning for life-long drug use based entirely on a myth and an opinion.
Psychiatrist Daniel Carlat referred to this ‘myth’ as neurobabble in Unhinged stating that neurobiology and genetics have found NO evidence of a role of either chemicals, neurotransmitters or genes in ‘mental illness’.
With a diagnosis, a doctor has safely passed judgment on a person’s morality by fraudulently disguising it as a scientific finding – he has decided for that person, based on his own personal biases, what is wrong with that person, with their experience of and reaction to life, and moreover, just how to ‘fix’ it. Yet, that very science is bought and paid for by pharmaceutical drug money; a voodoo science so useless that genuine scientists and ethical doctors abhor it.
It seems that the biggest problem with modern life is that who we should be and how we should live is directed more and more by self-appointed experts on humanity and their definition of what is ‘normal’. This leaves people buying into expert ‘opinion’ about what kind of people we should be, taking us further and further from our life journey. The result is profound unhappiness, a fear that we just won’t or can’t measure up and the reliance on drugs.
Authority figures exercising their ‘powers’ like this are more dangerous then those using actual physical force – its subtlety results in such self-doubt in the patient that they can no longer trust their own instincts or follow their own heart’s desires. The patient becomes an ‘emotional cripple’, paralyzed to do anything but agree with someone he is convinced knows more about him then even their Creator. The uniqueness of that person and their experience with life is never factored or acknowledged by conventional medicine.
The patient becomes fashioned in the image of the ‘authority’ figure telling him what he is, instead of being shaped by his own uniqueness. The ‘authority’s’ assessment is as unreliable and false as the ‘science’ behind it. The image a psychiatric patient is assigned is entirely dependent on whose deciding that day.
Studies have shown that psychiatrists can be counted on to choose differently for the same symptoms. In fact, as Gary Greenberg notes in Manufacturing Depression, a ‘mental illness’ can be eradicated simply by a vote as was done when the psychiatric diagnosis of homosexuality was removed from the diagnostic manual. This surely demonstrated that the only thing psychiatrists could do reliably was to diagnose diseases that did not exist. The DSM (psychiatric diagnostic manual) is truly great fiction needlessly and negatively affecting the lives of tens of millions.
So Why the Psychiatric Diagnosis?
To be lawfully permitted to prescribe drugs, doctors require a ‘disease’ to treat. It does not matter if the psychiatric diagnosis is incorrect or damaging to the patient (which is about 100% of the time), as long as it meets the pharmaceutical agenda by legitimizing what would otherwise be illegal drug promotion. As well as serving to protect pharmaceuticals from the bad reputations street drug pushers have, diagnoses facilitate insurance company reimbursements.
What Has Society Learned from Decades of Psychiatric Diagnosis and Treatment?
Seventy-five years of drug therapy and mental illness diagnoses have taught us that you cannot drug, drink, eat, work, exercise, medicate or talk your way past a persistent ‘bad’ feeling. We have also learned that drugs ,and the diagnoses legitimizing them, cause loss of self, permanent brain damage, birth defects, suicide, homicide, aggression, emotional blunting and disconnection, sexual dysfunction, cardiovascular, liver and kidney issues and reduced quality of life. Drugs and electroshock cannot affect the soul/spirit. Proof of that is in how people drugged to the point of physical damage for years continue to complain of sadness, guilt, shame and fears. In other words, torturing the brain won’t make you feel better.
Hypnotherapy Can Help Resolve Mental Illness Without Psychiatric Diagnosis
Decades of hypnotherapy treatment for the normal issues facing humans in every walk of life have assisted clients back to a good quality of life, mastery over their own lives and self-empowerment. For a drug-free, diagnosis-free resolution of emotional hardship and treatment for anxiety, depression and other mental health issues, qualified hypnotherapy can be your first and best choice. I welcome all enquiries.
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