> that ‘schizophrenia’ and ‘bipolar disorder’ are almost the same thing > By reducing it to purely biological explanations (for which psychiatry has failed so far to provide any > concrete proof) I disagree with those. I do believe in existing evidence that some mental illness e.g. schizophrenia cause massive gray and white matter disruptions. And also on the surface schizophrenia is characterized by negative symptoms which are not present in bipolar disorder. But what I want to show is that biological psychiatry is biting itself. Since people here like to claim that ‘brain matter loss and negative symptoms is due to antipsychotic administration’ I’d like to offer a simple experiment: 1. We take two groups of people. The first group is diagnosed with bipolar with psychotic features, the second one is diagnosed with schizophrenia. 2. We give them a comparable amount of antipsychotics. 3. We measure their brain afterward. I believe data on this matter already exists and there is much more gray matter loss in case of schizophrenia. There is also data on unmedicated schizophrenics which also show gray matter loss. And negative symptoms of schizophrenia were known even before antipsychotic emergence. Data on brain abnormalities are replicated many times so for me it is pretty strong evidence that there is an underlying disease. But what I don’t like about current treatment is that: antipsychotics do cause additional brain matter loss and antipsychotics do cause additional negative symptoms. And this is without talking about other horrible side effects. I applaud to everybody here who managed to live without antipsychotic drugs (this doesn’t work for me, although I’m striving to function on as minimal dosage as possible). Basically, my path was from antipsychiatry after first psychotic breaks, towards biological psychiatry (Alright, I’m going to be a second-class citizen here with these guys, but at least have a life) then back. Severely disappointed after getting fat, becoming severely depressed and suicidal and having an absolutely blank mind on their ‘minimal effective dosage’. The psychiatrist is something like tyrannical impotent who commands his wife, again and again, to lie this way and dress this way, but nothing works. Psychiatric treatment is almost orthogonal to the underlying disorder. So, f*ck psychiatry. And f*ck big pharma.