We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I don't quite understand how a psychiatrist can analyze a patient's problems if he /she won't talk to him/her. In the course of a long life, I've encountered difficulties and tried psychiatry as a healing aid [once]. It wasn't a good fit for me, because I hated to give up sovereignty over myself. So after six months, when the psychiatrist told me I'd have to come three times a week I said, "Well, I guess it's going to be 'sayonara' then. How much do I owe you?"
Looking back, it worked out well for both of us. I got some insight, and he got paid. I realized that no one but myself could solve my problems. Everyone has them, and only the one whose problems they are can really solve them.
Now, I'm in my eighties and I've had an exciting, satisfying life, so I guess I made the right decision.
I enjoyed this talk. I just listened to a talk about "making the world sick" in which the author highlights the unfortunate relationship between big pharma and diagnosis' made. I have been uncomfortable with the sheer volume of SSRI's prescribed and the follow up counseling that is almost never done.
The bones of what I am feeling is that Psychiatry is friendship. How many of us just wanted a good friend to go through a crisis with us. Most friends are not equipped to help with severe mental illness. Therefor the ministry of Psychiatry fills the need-or attempts to. By reducing the relationship to "Brain Chemist" the clinician has depersonalized the interaction and harmed the patients.
Just my opinion.
Here is an article that highlights this serious issue:
Surprisingly forthcoming from a shrink. Don't think I've ever met a Doc that could be that self critical. He does a nice job of keeping his critique constructive and not into the self loathing arena. Thanks for posting, I think we'll be getting the book.
They did a study some years ago that showed bartenders had more success with talk therapy then psychiatrists do. Another study showed that psychiatrists were wrong in their diagnoses more then 50% of the time. Why would anyone go to a psychiatrist? You would have to be crazy to go to a psychiatrist.