Your book sounds interesting, Bob. I share your disrespect for the DSM and it’s lack of concern for etiology, since of course any sane person knows that addressing the cause of one’s distress is of utmost relevance to overcoming that distress. I agree, from personal experience, more with the huge societal problems that result from the number one “sore in today’s psychiatry,” than the number two issue. But that would be due likely to my limited experience with the second issue, to some extent. The fact that covering up child abuse is the number one actual function of today’s psychiatric community I see as highly problematic, from a societal perspective. Today over 80% of those labeled as “depressed,” “anxious,” “bipolar,” or “schizophrenic” are misdiagnosed child abuse survivors. Over 90% of those labeled as “borderline” are misdiagnosed child abuse survivors. https://www.madinamerica.com/2016/04/heal-for-life/ The “mental health” industry should be highly ashamed of these huge percentages of misdiagnosed child abuse survivors. Such massive in scope misdiagnoses of our “society’s weakest members” are appalling, especially since covering up child abuse is illegal for all people, including the “mental health professionals.” You neglected to point out that the reason that covering up child abuse, by misdiagnosing child abuse survivors with the billable DSM disorders, is the number one actual function of today’s “mental health professionals,” is due to the reality that the DSM classifies child abuse as a “V Code,” and the “V Codes” are NOT insurance billable DSM disorders. Thus to get paid, all “mental health professionals” must misdiagnose all child abuse survivors, prior to trying to help them. I’d love to see people in your field try to change such an obvious error in the DSM. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/your-child-does-not-have-bipolar-disorder/201402/dsm-5-and-child-neglect-and-abuse-1 In as much as I don’t doubt your findings that trauma survivors have trouble discussing their abuse, I do have a problem with the psychiatric field as a collective, proclaiming no one can ever heal from child abuse. Or as they describe it, “Four out of five teenage girls who have been sexually assaulted are suffering from crippling mental health problems months after their attack, research has found. . . . Experts said the findings had confirmed that becoming a victim of abuse in childhood could lead to mental health issues, which could last a lifetime.” These “crippling mental health problems” likely resulted from psychiatric misdiagnoses, then inappropriate psychiatric druggings. Especially given the reality that the ADHD drugs and antidepressants can create the bipolar symptoms, as Whitaker’s work so nicely documents. And the antipsychotics can create both the negative and positive symptoms of schizophrenia, as my medical research has found. The negative symptoms can be created via neuroleptic induced deficit syndrome and the positive symptoms can be created via antipsychotic induced anticholinergic toxidrome. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuroleptic-induced_deficit_syndrome https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxidrome So much for the scientific validity of even “the sacred symbol of psychiatry.” I agree with you, “If that doesn’t make your blood boil, just a little, something’s amiss.” Largely because I am the mother of a child who was briefly sexually assaulted, who was gotten quickly away from the abusers, and my child did seemingly heal. At least according to all the psychologists, who gushed about how psychologically brilliant and well adjusted my child was, when they gave my child a psychology award upon his graduation from college. My child actually went from remedial reading in first grade, after the abuse, to graduating college with a Phi Beta Kappa, which is a “highest honors,” award as well. In other words, child abuse survivors can heal, with love, mutual respect, and keeping one’s child away from the stigmatizing and drugging “mental health professionals.” But I do agree, child abuse survivors do not like to discuss, or have difficultly discussing, such appalling abuse. And, especially when the abuse occurred under the age of 5, an age at which most of us remember very little, even remembering what happened is difficult. Only the medical records that were eventually handed over, document the deplorable crime. But being handed over those medical records did help me understand the etiology of my distress, and walk away from the insane and criminal child abuse covering up and profiteering “mental health professionals,” who’d misdiagnosed and poisoned me. A toxidrome is, by definition, a form of poisoning. And our society does need to move from having our DSM deluded, scientific fraud based, “mental health professionals” profiteering in the tune of billions off of being, primarily child abuse cover uppers. To our law enforcement professionals starting to actually arrest and convict the child rapists instead. But I will say the paternalistic “dirty little secret of the two original educated professions,” child abuse profiteering “mental health” system, does die hard. Especially since it’s a multibillion dollar, fraud based industry, today.