Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Comments by Holger Danske

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  • On your last point, I agree. I just didn’t want to make my post lengthier. There are a lot of guilty parties. Gary Greenberg’s books and videos (on youtube) provide excellent descriptions of the events over the past 100+ years that led APA to the fix it’s in now. I think there are too many people making too much money to expect psychiatry to turn the ship around on its own. Peter Gøtzsche is convinced psychiatry if far too corrupt to fix itself. I think only class-action lawsuits or serious government regulation changes can turn the tide.

  • I wholeheartedly agree with Dr. Kelmenson’s thesis. The overwhelming majority of published research now simply takes for granted that discovering biological differences between healthy vs diagnosed persons demonstrates the physiological cause of the disorder. A recently published study (1) presents evidence of “reductions” in white matter integrity (essentially, impaired structural physiology of brain cells) in a large sample of persons with self-reported episodes of depression, compared to healthy persons. The authors argue that loss of white matter integrity “could reflect the neurological basis of” major depressive disorder and “may underlie impaired emotional process and cognitive abilities in” people who are depressed. The authors notably did not report whether or not participants had ever taken medication, and relied on self-reports of depression. No assessment of life events or circumstances were included in the study. This problem, as Bob Whitaker and Peter Gøtzsche and Gary Greenberg, etc., have so convincingly explained, is rooted in the power of the pharmaceutical industry and the control it has exerted over research funding, academic promotion, tenure and salaries and, consequently, public acceptance of the disease model of psychological disorders. Perhaps the current opioid/heroin crisis will help change public opinion.

    (1) Shen et al. (2017). Subcortical volume and white matter integrity abnormalities in major depressive disorder: Findings from UK Biobank imaging data. Scientific Reports, 7, 5547.