What If We Are All Wrong About Mental Illness?

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From Thoughtful Living: The biomedical model of psychiatry, along with the DSM, is deeply flawed and can often be misleading. To improve, mental health services should focus more on adverse childhood experiences, the brain-gut connection, and the harmful impact of marijuana and other drugs.

“As is explained so well in Bessel van der Kolk’s The Body Keeps the Score, just giving pills to treat a psychiatric diagnosis, including Bipolar Disorder and ADHD, misses the mark. In most cases, Adverse Childhood Experiences that must be taken into account. If a doctor concentrates on restlessness and lack of attention, an ADHD diagnosis is given and the patient may get Ritalin. If the doctor focuses on mood swings, then the patient is identified as bipolar and prescribed lithium.”

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