Thursday, December 9, 2021

Comments by art1138

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  • Once again, our Brave New World fails to embrace an opportunity to publicly recognize the unnecessary harm it inflicts on vulnerable populations:

    “Surprisingly, though, the researchers don’t suggest that people should discontinue or lower their dose of antipsychotics, instead simply recommending ‘a preventive, lifelong focus on cardiometabolic health.'”

    Instead of recommending known treatments that Do Not Harm people, these researchers chose to follow many others who would rather push the false narrative that psychiatric drugs are necessary. Any harm caused by the drugs is merely a new revenue stream for cardiometabolic health professionals.

    If our medical system is unwilling to admit the immense harm these drugs have caused many individuals, families, and society, where does this leave us?

    Does anyone know how to measure the loss of humanity — brilliance, creativity, human connections, COMMUNITY — we have lost due to the relentless harm inflicted on traumatized people who then had the misfortune of asking a poorly-guided medical professional for help?

    -Arthur

  • Great article with a thoughtful conclusion:

    “Medicalization of mental health has led to not only to ignoring social factors in mental health, but also egregious human rights violations. Just as it has in the past, psychiatry has found ways to bypass rights in a more subtle manner. Constantly claiming the progression of scientific knowledge and implying that treatments have radically changed cannot hide the fact that the foundations of current treatments are no different from the unethical and horrific interventions of the early 20th century.

    When analyzed closely, ECT, institutionalization, and other mainstays of psychiatry are replete with instances of human rights violations just like their predecessors in the past. This issue can only be addressed when psychiatry is no longer perceived as the primary method of intervention for mental distress. Only then will the veil over it be lifted.

    Social intervention—which offers a more individualized approach without pigeonholing an individual’s symptoms into strict categories—needs to become more prevalent. This requires refocusing the approach to mental health to the cause—working to address inequality, injustice, and childhood trauma—as well as providing trauma-informed healing practices.”