Monday, December 5, 2022

Comments by sinope

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  • James – Did you see the BBC TV documentary “The Doctor Who Gave up Drugs” last year? The whole 2 episodes are excellent and worth watching, but your article has just brought to mind the bit where Dr Chris van Tulleken completed the PHQ-9 himself and was surprised to discover that he was “very likely” to be suffering from “some form of depression”. The clip in question is at 19mins 40 seconds on Episode 2. Here’s the link…

  • Shook said: “A recent Observational study in Sweden looking back at 21,492 people with the diagnosis of Schizophrenia and found that patients on antipsychotics, especially low doses, had a 15-40% decreased overall mortality than untreated patients.”
    I’ve heard of this study -Ronald Pies refers to it in a piece he wrote for Psych Central. I’d like to read the full text of the study, but I can only find the abstract. The full version costs $35. Do you know if there is any way of accessing it for free? Here’s the link to the abstract…

  • Dear Belinda – you said: “Anti psychiatry claims that there is no such thing as emotional distress, no one ever needs help and if we just got rid of the whole thing, everything would be ok.”

    Interesting you should say that – I’ve noticed how this view of anti-psychiatry is spreading around the internet – I think it’s coming from lead psychiatrists and is trickling down. Still… at least the phrase ‘anti-psychiatry’ is entering the public consciousness – that’s something, I suppose.

    What does it mean to be ‘anti-psychiatry’? Ted Chabasinski explored this question in his blog post: “Of course I’m Anti Psychiatry. Aren’t You?” Here’s the link…

  • In a world where Trump has been publicly diagnosed ‘sane’ by top US Psychiatrist, Allen Frances (‘Trump is Breaking Bad, Not Clinically Mad’), anything could happen. The chilling thing for me about this incident is not that this guy was forced to undergo an unwanted psych-evaluation for a misinterpreted tweet – anyone paying attention knows that can happen – it’s that the public seems happy to trust the judgement of Psychiatry to interpret the intention behind a tweet. This guy got lucky – he made a political statement that chimed with the views of the doctor (presumably psychiatrist), who then declared the situation “ridiculous”. But what about someone who makes a political statement about Psychiatry? Not so lucky, I fear.

  • Sera,

    Many thanks for your sharp insight into this difficult subject. Just to add my own experience to the growing list: The only time I felt close to suicidal was on release from psych hospital over 20 years ago. It had been a brutal experience, and I vowed that whatever happened I was NEVER going back. With that came the frightening realisation that there was no safe place for me to turn if I reached crisis point again. Severe depression took hold, compounded by the fact that I never questioned the “illness like any other” line, and believed my very genes and brain were defective and diseased. I felt as though I was rotten at the core of my being.

    It was only on discovering Anti-Psychiatry activists on the nascent Internet that I learnt there were other ways of viewing these experiences. This made me angry as I felt that I’d been cheated of a chance to learn and grow from the experience of madness. The anger helped lift the depression, and I was able to start rebuilding my life.

  • Oh, come on! There must be a way.

    I’d say dissolve the pill in lemon juice (or smash up the pill), locate the microchip and swallow that alone. Unless the chip measure the actual level of drug in your system, I don’t see how they’d know the difference… except you’d have to convincingly fake side effects at the review appointment.

    BTW, I was somewhat alarmed by the general reaction to The Cat’s thread on the Electronics forum, especially this comment… “don’t you think it’s a good thing if the family know that their family member isn’t taking their meds ??”

    Nice try though.

  • “To my knowledge, no professional psychiatric organization has ever publicly promoted a ‘chemical imbalance theory’ of mental illness in general.” 

    Oh really? Here’s a passage from the Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK) current leaflet on schizoaffective disorder…

    What are the causes of schizoaffective disorder?
    The exact cause is not known, but we do know that there is a chemical imbalance in people affected by schizoaffective disorder. (emphasis theirs)

    Link to leaflet:

  • I too experienced every one of the “mystical experiences” on your list. After coming down to earth, I swallowed the medical line that these profound insights were nothing but biochemical imbalances of the brain. Every so often I’d remember how “delusional” I had been, and I’d feel a flood of acute embarrassment. As a pragmatic atheist I didn’t have the language or mindset for any kind of spiritual awakening. Now I’m less sure. So many people have reported similar experiences, it doesn’t seem right to dismiss them all as the result of wobbly brain chemistry.

    You may be interested to know that a lealet on schizophrenia written by the Royal College of Psychiatrists describes a spiritual aspect to psychosis. Unfortunately it is classified as “delusion”. Here’s what it says…

    “It may suddenly dawn on you that at last you really understand what is going on. This may follow weeks or months when you have felt that there has been something wrong, but that you couldn’t work out what it was.”

    I was amazed to read such an accurate description of my own experience, but I felt it lacked something. I wrote to the RCPsych to suggest that they move the paragraph from the “Delusion” section and instead have it as a stand alone paragraph adding…

    “This experience has been described by some as the beginnings of a spiritual awakening or epiphany. Once recovered from the acute psychosis, it is sometimes viewed as a positive aspect of the turmoil, leading to greater insight and personal growth.”

    Their response was not encouraging.