Thursday, June 4, 2020

Comments by Jeff Harbour

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  • While it is a fact that modern medical treatment for transient psychological crises can and often does induce permanent, life-long and severe mental problems,(“modern psychiatric treatment is the illness that it purports to cure”, R.D. Laing), I suspect that there are many situations where the mental illness model and therapies are useful and effective. I don’t think it’s an “all or none” situation, in other words. We have, however, taken an approach that is useful in rare and specific instances and applied it to widespread individual, existential crises with catastrophic results. As you have effectively argued, the impact of the current, mainstream treatment for mental illness is having tragic consequences of epidemic proportions. We need to change the way we think about this. Thank you.