Ignored factors in psychiatry

From Mad in Sweden: Has anyone in psychiatry ever asked you the following questions: What does your diet look like? How and how often do you move? What does your social life look like? Do you feel safe where you live and with who you may live with? What did you experience as a child? How was your attachment to your parents/carers? What is your financial situation and how is the contact with the authorities? Have you suffered from racism or bullying as a child and today? Are there criminal activities in your life? Do you have knowledge of how your physical well-being and nervous system affect you? Did someone teach you how to breathe deeply? Do you understand your body’s signals when you feel bad? How consciously present are you in the present moment?

Read the full article here and the English translation here. 



  1. I guess it refelcts the circularity of diagnoses in psychiatry: psychiatry defines the disease and then finding the disease as defined proves the disease exists. And even provides invalid support to search for its causes, biological, social, interpersonal, cultural, etc.

    Which does not seem to me a valid model to search for causality scientifically of any kind, even if some of those variables: social, cultural, violence, seem intuitively even empirically reasonable. That makes them philsophically, common sense, even literature based. But not scientific.

    Plain, mere, even if sophisticated empiricism is to me no better than my granma’s remedies for the cold, diarrhea, or a broken heart. That was good enough for Galileo or Newton, but not in the 20th/21th century and beyond.

    So I’m a Szaszian. Proudly. Abolish psychiatry!.

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