Friday, February 3, 2023

Comments by gloria fenton

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  • Indeed. You could go to another doctor. Stop taking the prescriptions (very gradually), add another med, or add one and drop one. But, this isn’t good advice without knowing the child, her history, iow, without doing a thorough workup. To me, it is scary and presumptuous for medical professionals to give advice without additional information.
    What if great harm comes to the child as the result of following online advice from someone who isn’t in a position to offer such specific medical direction?

    This comment won’t survive long, so I’ll send it to Bob, too. I wonder if he is aware of the legal liability he may incur by offering this platform in this manner?

  • What was it that gave you such relief, Charlotte? Was it talk therapy? Talking to a therapist who wasn’t tied into the medical model? What helped you lose the weight you struggled to lose foe so long, specifically? I am looking for help in this area and am stuck. I enjoyed reading your story, and yet I can’t figure out how to apply what you did, to address my eating issues.

  • Nathan M.D. Princeton
    Mad in America, filled with venom disguised as fact, is a general attack on the treatment of severe mental illness. This book is propaganda, not scholarship. Whitaker’s message resembles that of the small but vocal anti-psychiatry movement, which has long opposed medication and involuntary treatment for the mentally ill.

    The book sets out to prove that psychiatry is a morally bankrupt profession, based upon the actions of some misguided and even malicious caretakers of patients.

    Certainly, the days of forced sterilizations and lobotomies as “treatments” for schizophrenia have left a black stain on psychiatry that may never be removed. The antipsychotic-drug revolution of the mid-20th century was overrated. Outcomes didn’t improve as the institutions emptied patients into cities and towns that didn’t provide adequate support for them. Even today, antipsychotic drugs are less effective and more problematic than anyone would like — although they’re still an indispensable part of the lives of millions around the world.

    Unlike Beam, Whitaker doesn’t clearly address how the quality of psychiatric care is proportional to the resources allocated to it, and how our society — not just psychiatry — has often chosen not to care for the mentally ill properly. The anti-psychiatry movement has unsuccessfully lobbied to outlaw involuntary treatment in any circumstance — even when schizophrenia impairs sufferers’ judgment to the point where they reject all help and their illness makes them a threat to themselves or (rarely) others.

    Whitaker makes inflammatory, though subtle, allusions to slavemasters and Nazis. And he judges psychiatry solely by those who have perverted its practice, while ignoring any evidence of progress that is incompatible with his premise. Psychiatry and other medical fields have had their share of quackery, but we must work to improve, not eliminate, mental-health care. Who would seriously suggest that we ban chemotherapeutics and vilify oncologists simply because our treatments for cancer remain dangerous and often ineffective?

    Both books reviewed here include epithets for the psychiatrically ill that carry over into the text and should offend any sensible reader. While “insanity” and “madness” were widely used terms at one time, they now seem as dated and degrading as older terms used to denote race.