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 have grown fond of Psychiatrist-blogger 1 Boring Old Man. I generally agree with him on things, and I respect his efforts to be more up to date on the latest things than I am. From one of his Awakening Thoughts:
My real complaint about modern psychiatry, besides the corrupting influence of industries of various flavors, is that it lacks the tension and curiosity about things unknown that drives medicine forward. For all the talk of neuroscience, what I mostly see in our literature is "product testing" and the application of any new technology of science that comes along to conditions without creative ideas and hypotheses driving the endeavor. I don’t know why people have Schizophrenia, and I want to know about that. There are thousands of similar questions, and not all of them have to do with neuroscience. I’m sure that people get depressed, have bad anxiety, or behave destructively because of things in their minds, or biographies, or lives – not in their brains. That seems self-evident to me. And I’m tired of having those of us who are interested in that causality discounted as kooks based on complaints about the early theories of Freud or the arrogance of our predecessors.
My profession is currently schizophrenic (in the non-clinical sense).
There will always be demand for talking to someone outside your sphere of events, and paying them, so that's out front. A good listener is a valuable asset, someone to spill out your travails to, so someone knows what you're going through, if just a lil' bit it helps. As for accreditation and all that stuff? Refer to Thomas Szasz.
They conducted a study once that found bartenders give good and correct advice more the 50% of the time while psychiatrists give good and correct advice less thenh 50% of the time. I've always said a person would have to be crazy to go to a psychiatrist.
If Boring Old Man is saying that schizophrenic expression is partly due to the individual's immediate environment and partly due to that person's present mental outlook (whatever its cause,) I agree. But if he's saying that schizophrenia is not primarily due to brain chemistry and (possibly) brain architecture he's as wrong as can be.