Friday, January 27, 2023

Comments by JeanM

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  • Excellent article, Dr. Lynch. It says exactly what needs saying. I’m not a medical professional, but I am a medical writer, and I’ve lost count of the many articles I’ve read in which the author solemnly states that a particular medication is hte “gold standard” for a “disease” such as anxiety. What is also troubling is the way patients welcome this kind of diagnosis – they’re glad to be told they have an illness, which allows them to hand off the problem to a psychiatrist who will make it all better. I’m not dismissing the very real nature of their pain, but that removes any other options for resolving it. It’s more comforting to believe you’re sick in the same way as someone who has diabetes or a heart condition – and psychiatry so unfairly reinforces this paradigm.

  • What an excellent article about another hoax by Big Pharma and the psychiatric community to sell more drugs. The DSM-IV and 5 definitiions of mental illness are so vague that anyone can be “mentally ill” at any moment. Inteesting that both editions include this phrase: “An expectable or culturally approved response to a common stressor or loss, such as the death of a loved one, is not a mental disorder.” Expectable by whom? And just because a “culture” approves of a response, that doesn’t make it healthy or right. That passage provides some potent weapons for medicalizing – and disempowering – anyone who doesn’t behave in expectable or culturally approved ways.