Friday, December 6, 2019

Comments by Mick Bramham

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  • I appreciate your articles here. Thanks. It can be really difficult to know when apparent research findings are really relevant or whether they are just cleverly presented in a sort of scientific-babble that the uninitiated (including me!)can’t decipher. If you have a few minutes I would be interested in your thoughts/critique on this editorial I recently read. It claims there are 273 biomarkers for ‘schizophrenia’ http://www.currentpsychiatry.com/article_pages.asp?aid=11050

    Thanks, Mick

  • It seems to me that Western society is far too set on wanting to change (sometimes by coercive means) those who appear not to conform or who are not easily understood or accepted. Labelling people with mental health diagnoses such as so-called “schizophrenia” gives the misleading impression that doctors are able to make sense in medical terms of apparent differences. I think this is not just misleading but dishonest. It also means that patients and their families place confidence and trust (initially at least) in the treatments then offered on the basis of this assumed medical authority.

    Perhaps we are far too taken with the idea that people should be treated and/or changed – with psychotropic drugs or intrusive therapies. It is my experience that people benefit from my open approach to life: from a willingness to get to know them and to allow myself to be known too. It is then less about ‘professionals’ helping others, but about our being together and finding our way in and through life. Treatments, whether pharmacological or psychological, tend to focus on resolving problems and differences rather than on knowing and understanding a person. We need to move not just beyond diagnostic labels but outside of a treatment mentality.

  • Sandra, that’s really interesting – thanks for posting it. I also find that no matter how carefully I explain the risks and complications of coming off too quickly, people often tend to rush this process and/or stop suddenly. I would hazard a guess that a number of those you have been working with would have fared considerably better if they had come off MUCH more slowly. I think S.A. in her/his comment above is nearer the mark when it comes to tapering – slowly does it. I find that those who rush the tapering tend to believe any problems are only psychological (rather than also physiological) and it is a matter of mind over matter; hence, I try to clearly explain the changes to the functioning of the brain and the fact that this takes time to (hopefully) reverse.