“Update Psychiatric Diagnosis Procedures so They are Accountable & Evidence-Based”

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“Psychiatry is under criticism for its subjectivity and unaccountability. Brief crises are defined as lifelong conditions. There is no recognition of this ambiguity. Complaints are seen as symptoms. Patients are misunderstood or slandered. The pessimism of working in a Hospital causes Confirmation Bias. Psychiatry in its present form is based on a one-to-one interview that is then written up from the memory of the person who conducted the interview. This leaves a lot of scope for misrepresentation, and hard evidence such as videotape is not used. Nor is there group inter-rater reliability, but instead the creation of a “United Front” of Professional Vanity to prevent criticism.”

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Hi
    For the record, I agree with this. I have signed the petition.

    This strikes at the heart of the problem with the MH ‘treatment’ in the UK, in my 10 year ‘service user’ experience.

    There is so much written on MH, but in my opinion, this analysis is at the core of the issue.

    Will definitely be following this thread, and intend to contact the author at some point in the near future.

  2. This is the most direct, clear, unambiguous absolute truth (to my mind) I’ve ever seen written about psychiatry. I reposted these words below, and took off quotes (to simplify) and numbered each of these perfectly justifiable reasons that psychiatry would not only merit abolishment, at this point, but also be taken to task, one way or another. I think each of these deserves distinction.

    These are the exact conclusions I’ve drawn from my experience, up to and including “creation of a ‘United Front’ of Professional Vanity to prevent criticism.” Damn if that doesn’t say it all, and what makes it an absolutely impossible situation, toxic and dangerous. It’s bad enough for any reasonably grounded and calm person to face this, but for someone who is vulnerable and justifiably angry, confused, in fear, being coerced, what have you, and at several disadvantages to begin with, I can only see this as social abuse and total violation of human rights. What else? I have faced this before, and it is treacherous. I did fight back though, but it is not made easy, not in the slightest. How on Earth could this ever translate to healing, or anything good, for that matter. These are social ills! Or at the very least, the root cause of them.

    And when you compound it with the other 6 reasons, I think it’s a lock. Especially #6 for me, is powerful. I’ve complained about this often, the utter lack of safety and reliability of 1-1 meetings. That is a risk, no doubt. Not always of course, but all too often, the power differential is totally taken advantage of, resulting in power abuse, which is what I think all of these add up to. Sometimes, it can be hard to tell in the moment when one is being gaslighted. But it is felt later, I guarantee it. I see it as a form of post-traumatic stress. It’s a rude awakening.

    I’m sure there are more, but these are all totally true–again, from my experience–and flagrant in their power to marginalize select people (usually the ones who are awake), by bullying and overpowering, then avoiding responsibility, simply from trying to get support. So much lying, passing the buck, and cover up take place here. That is one helluva betrayal, and extremely costly for unsuspecting clients. The veil has lifted, thank goodness.

    I think these are relevant here in the USA, too. UK is being a role model here, imo. Thank you!

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    1. Psychiatry is under criticism for its subjectivity and unaccountability.

    2. Brief crises are defined as lifelong conditions. There is no recognition of this ambiguity.

    3. Complaints are seen as symptoms.

    4. Patients are misunderstood or slandered.

    5. The pessimism of working in a Hospital causes Confirmation Bias.

    6. Psychiatry in its present form is based on a one-to-one interview that is then written up from the memory of the person who conducted the interview. This leaves a lot of scope for misrepresentation, and hard evidence such as videotape is not used.

    7. Nor is there group inter-rater reliability, but instead the creation of a “United Front” of Professional Vanity to prevent criticism.

  3. “United Front Of Professional Vanity” + “Slander”.

    When I caught my GP Surgery with my name on a Severe Mental Illness Register in 2012 I made a complaint, as I had never been in to see them once with a Mental Health Problem, I was not receiving treatment for any mental Health Condition, and my main job in the UK was that of Building Subcontractor.

    I saw a doctor shortly afterwards and they wrote “..Eye contact normal, no sign of neglect, mildly agitated but no sign of thought disorder…” In the 30 years that I have been in the UK I have never suffered from any of these symptoms.

    My GP Surgery had revived “illness” in 2002 for their own (financial) purposes.

    The doctor I was seeing at the GP Surgery in 2002 had been asked to leave himself on account of his own (Severe) Mental Illness – which he has described in ‘Pulse’ as “Burnout..”.

    The GP Surgery even had me recorded under the “wrong” obsolete diagnosis.

  4. Big Time Psychiatry will never use evidence-based diagnostic data, because that would mean caving in to the unwashed, who use diagnostic techniques the psychiatric mavens have fought against for decades, creating giant structures of baseless criticism to suppress. Better to diagnose using info God has given you via auditory hallucinations than to use physical techniques like hair analysis for poisonous heavy metals and urine tests for pyrolles resulting from B6 & zinc deficiency.

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