Paula Caplan writes in the Washington Post about the harmful impact of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. “As a clinical and research psychologist who served on (and resigned from) two committees that wrote the current edition of the DSM, I used to believe that the manual was scientific and that it helped patients and therapists. But after seeing its editors using poor-quality studies to support categories they wanted to include and ignoring or distorting high-quality research … The marketing of the DSM has been so effective that few people — even therapists — realize that psychiatrists rarely agree about how to label the same patient.”
The marketing of the DSM has been so effective that few people — even therapists — realize that psychiatrists rarely agree about how to label the same patient
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Of course, The DSM does more harm than good. It certainly doesn’t eliminate stigma, quite the opposite.
A related article and tribute to Bob Whitaker on HOW PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS MADE AMERICA MAD by Dr. Gary Kohls. This is the real nefarious reason behind the bogus DSM stigmas to create the life destroying labels before or after the Psychiatry/BIG PHARMA//GOVERNMENT pathocracy/plutocracy creates the latest billion dollar brain/body disabling poisons to falsely accuse people in distress of being “mentallly ill” so they can force these pretend treatments in the guise of medicine under our totalitarian laws. These fraud stigmas and lethal drugs serve equally bogus but deadly eugenics theories typical of all totalitarian states that destroy the targeted person’s life and perpetrate euthanasia by robbing the person of about 25 to 30 years of their life.
I disagree that the DSM V should be protested or buoycotted. I believe that the whole evil system of psychiatric diagnosis like the entire DSM process along with their poison drugs should be abolished like all crimes against humanity past and present.
I’m for getting rid of the DSM altogether.
Not most of the labels, but all of them.
Some forms of “mental illness” have underlying physical conditions as a root cause; for others it’s a need to overcome trauma, or learn new tools.
But we don’t help people by labeling them.
“Once you label me, you negate me.” – Kierkegaard
Duane Sherry, M.S.
Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (retired)
As the following article makes clear, being falsely accused of being “mentally ill” allows psychiatry and society to perpetrate untold crimes against the person’s brain and body in the guise of help as with brain damaging ECT exposed in the article below.