Friday, August 19, 2022

Comments by Rich ShulmanPhD

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  • Thanks for writing this essay, Mary. Many people will benefit from so many of the messages you’ve included, like … “as in the case of myself and my son, people are believing that they are having normal human responses to life experiences rather than accepting society’s explanation that they are mentally ill”

    There ARE increasing amounts of resources, reasoned arguments, research and good writing on such subjects… and many excellent sources that support the types of arguments you make. Volunteers In Psychotherapy’s website includes many of them, if they might be of use to you.

    Thanks again and keep up the good work!

  • Thanks for this interview, Bob, Sarah and Allan. It’s an excellent introduction to the problems in our field.

    The lay public is misled to understand the DSM as being akin to a medical pathology textbook, although Allan’s fine book [and James Davies’ Cracked: The Unhappy Truth about Psychiatry] make clear that the history of the construction of the DSM III was based on political, financial and guild interests – not on scientific analysis or studies of validity or reliability.

    The life story [stressors, trauma, conflicts, dilemmas] that people are struggling with when they seek help has now been downplayed for decades; and instead credence is given to a misleading sleight of hand by which “symptoms” are transformed into the illusion that we know something about the supposed underlying biological lesions or malfunctions [ undocumented “brain disorders” or “chemical imbalances”] which are proclaimed to be the source of someone’s distress, unhappiness or confusion.

    I know this because I served for 20 years on an Institutional Review Board of a major hospital and its allied mental hospital [the Institute of Living] – during which time I saw researchers (whose studies we reviewed) repeatedly admitting that we had no biological markers, no understanding of any underlying tissue pathology for psychiatric “diagnoses.”

    For 23 years I’ve led a nonprofit service that helps people without any obeisance to this misleading and inaccurate system of “diagnosis.” Volunteers In Psychotherapy, in greater Hartford, CT, allows all clients to work with licensed therapists in strict privacy, so that people can be more honest in exploration of highly personal sources of their distress – with no reports being sent to insurers and no misleading “diagnoses” becoming part of their permanent medical records.

    Thanks for this terrific discussion! [VIP has additional relevant books and articles listed on our website – including Allan’s book and several of Bob’s. I’ll read Sarah’s soon.]