Psychiatrists Discuss Psychiatry’s Poor Public Image and What to Do About It


The January 2015 issue of Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica has a section of freely available articles discussing the public image of psychiatry from a variety of perspectives. Articles include, “To be or not to be a psychiatrist — what is the question?”, “Overcoming stigmatizing attitudes towards psychiatrists and psychiatry” and “Wet minds, dry minds, and the future of psychiatry as a science.”

Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica (January 2015 issue)


  1. Psychiatrists stigmatize others with scientifically invalid “disorders,” then torture their patients with toxic drug cocktails, for a living. And now that they’re starting to been seen as the hypocritical frauds that they are, they whine about being stigmatized, as they stigmatized others? They should be grateful they aren’t being tortured, too.

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  2. Btw, when you read the articles one thing comes in mind: when did you hear cardiologists or eye doctors talking about what their “selling points” should be or that they are being stigmatised for their profession? These people are seriously delusional and lack insight into their narcissistic personality disorder.

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  3. Legitimate critique and skepticism is not “stigma.” This would be like suggesting that there is a “stigma” against child molesters, who after all just have a particular preference, which may even be genetic, they can’t help themselves, so why all the hoopla? Psychiatry as a profession has been incredibly dishonest and manipulative, not to mention dogmatic and defensive when legitimate critiques are raised. Dr. Read’s article is the one that gets to the point – when psychiatrists stop being arrogant know-it-alls who aren’t really interested in either scientific data or their own patient’s reactions to their vaunted “treatments,” then may be the well-deserved “stigma” toward psychiatry might begin to abate.

    Or as one person shared as their one-line wisdom for life: “Don’t be a dick!”

    —– Steve

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