In Medscape, former American Psychiatric Association president Jeffrey A. Lieberman discusses the “indignity” that psychiatry suffered as a result of a recent article by Tanya Luhrmann in the New York Times.
Luhrmann’s article was previously reported by Mad In America.
Lieberman describes Luhrmann’s article as “incredibly unscholarly, misinformed, confused” and “destructive.” He also describes the British Psychological Society’s Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia report as being based in a “preposterous” set of ideas that fail to properly distinguish “symptoms of disorder” from actual “disease.”
“Why would such a report be printed in a widely respected publication such as the New York Times?” asks Lieberman. “What other medical specialty would be asked to endure an anthropologist opining on the scientific validity of its diagnoses? None, except psychiatry. Psychiatry has the dubious distinction of being the only medical specialty with an anti-movement. There is an anti-psychiatry movement. You have never heard of an anti-cardiology movement, an anti-dermatology movement, or an anti-orthopedics movement. What would give an anthropologist license to comment on something that is so disciplined, bound in evidence, and scientifically anchored?”
What Does the New York Times Have Against Psychiatry? (Medscape, February 18, 2015) (Free registration)