Thursday, August 22, 2019

Comments by jackie13

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  • although Szasz knew that the livelihood of a psychiatrist depends on defining people as mentally ill, & that the most vulnerable members of society are the most at risk of misdiagnosis
    (etc)
    he didn’t believe in the “insanity defence” or depression, and therefore / presumably knew nothing about psychosis or e.g. Post Partum depression, else he wouldn’t have said:

    “mothers who murder their infants [say] that they are not responsible for killing. To prove their point ~ and to capitalize on their self-destructive and destructive behavior ~ [they sue] physicians”

    (he also said:
    “When a person can no longer laugh at himself, it is time for others to laugh at him”
    which is unbelievably insensitive / ignorant)

    SO
    nobody should be dismissing him outright OR acting as if he was infallible.